Hello and welcome to From Her Kitchen! I’ve read numerous first posts on numerous other food blogs, and it feels a bit surreal to actually be writing my own. This post is most definitely going to end in some delicious cookies, so stick around while I put myself out there for a little bit first. They’re worth it, I promise.
First things first – I’m Jillian. Full-time mom, Registered Dietitian, avid home cook, food blog stalker, and lover of all things Disneyland. I’ve loved food and cooking since I was young. Most kids came home from school and watched Hey Arnold or That’s So Raven. Not me. I watched the Food Network. I wanted to be a chef for a while but decided that being a really great home cook would be even better.
My first (and still favorite!) food blog to discover was Smitten Kitchen. I don’t know Deb personally, but I feel like I do. She’s good. Really good. After I binge read every post she had written up to that point (clear back in 2009), I worked my way through a few other blogs. I was hooked and still am. I sincerely believe that anyone can learn to cook really well from the internet thanks to some seriously amazing food blogs that are out there.
So why am I here? Why did I finally decide to throw my hat into the blogging arena? A couple things…
Mostly I need this blog. I’m a new mom, which I truly love, but I NEEDED something else. I needed a creative outlet like crazy. I’ve been considering starting a blog of my own for ages but then all the doubts set in – I have no clue how to start, I have nothing new to contribute to the blog world, food photography… YIKES, nobody is going to read it, etc. etc. etc. These doubts are mostly still there but here we go anyway!
Also,I wanted to start my own little corner of the internet to keep track of good things that come out of my kitchen. They aren’t all great, I assure you, but occasionally tasty things do make it to the dinner table, and I want to share those. Maybe you would want to make them for your family too. I’d be honored if you did. Let me know how it goes!
My goal isn’t to put incredibly unique, envelope-pushing food out there. So many other really talented people do that so much better than I ever could. What I do want to do is help you figure out what to make for dinner. Or lunch. Or really just for fun. I cook with health in mind (I am a dietitian, can’t help it!), but I am more than happy to chuck that out the window sometimes too. Taste reigns supreme here. Oh and vegetables. Lots and lots of vegetables. On that note, here’s what you really came here for:
Mexican Milk Chocolate Cookies.
I took a LOT of liberty with this title. In no way am I claiming that these are authentic Mexican cookies. They aren’t even close. But they are some delicious, thin, chewy sugar cookies that remind me of Mexican hot chocolate. If you’ve never had Mexican hot chocolate, it’s pretty normal except for the cinnamon. The cinnamon takes a regular mug of hot chocolate to a whole new level of coziness that I really really love.
Nothing new to make these cookies – cream butter and sugar together. Add some eggs, vanilla, and a few other staples, and you get a delightful thin, slightly chewy cookie. What makes these “Mexican Milk Chocolate” cookies is cocoa powder, dark brown sugar, and the tiniest pinch of cinnamon.
These are great on their own. These are even greater as an ice cream sandwich. Do it and come thank me later!
Mexican Milk Chocolate Cookies
These cookies are thin and chewy and perfect for making ice cream sandwiches or dunking into a glass of ice cold milk. Recipe adapted from Joy the Baker.
- 1 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
- 1 cup unsalted butter, still quite cold
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 teaspoon cream of tartar
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder
- pinch of cinnamon
- 2 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
Preheat oven to 375°F. Cream butter and sugars together until pale and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add eggs in one at a time, beating well after each addition. Mix in the vanilla, cream of tartar, baking soda, salt, cocoa powder, and cinnamon. Beat together one last time and make sure all the dough is a nice even brown. Mix in the flour just until the dough comes together. Over-mixing at this point makes for sad cookies. Scoop dough into tablespoon-sized mounds onto a parchment covered baking sheet. Bake about 9-10 minutes, just until the edges are set. Enjoy!