Friday, October 3, 2008

Brownie roll-out cookies and Bon Appétit has disappointed me. Again

Brownie roll-out cookies

Remember when I complained about Bon Appétit?? Back then, I sent their Customer Service an email asking for information on the cancellation process – just wanted to know if there would be a refund in case I decided to cancel the subscription. Now, weeks later and no answer from them, I found out that they simply cancelled my subscription without my asking. Can you believe it?
Thank you, Bon Appétit, for making WISE decisions for me! :S

Luckily, I don’t need that magazine to get great recipes – there are other sources, and much better ones. Like the wonderful food blogs I read.

I got the recipe for these delicious and addictive cookies on Deb’s blog and the inspiration for cutting them like stars came from the gorgeous cookies Vitor Hugo baked the other day.

And speaking of blogs I love, I made these cookies using one of the gifts my dear friend Ivan brought me from his trip to the US – something Nic posted about this week:

Brownie roll-out cookies

3 cups (420g) all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon baking powder
1 cup (226g/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened + pinch of salt
1 ½ cups (300g) sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2/3 cup (60g) unsweetened cocoa

Preheat oven at 180ºC/350ºF. Whisk flour, ½ teaspoon salt and baking powder in bowl and set aside. Mix butter, pinch of salt, sugar, eggs, vanilla and cocoa in mixer. Gradually add flour mixture, and mix until smooth. Wrap in plastic and chill for at least one hour.

Roll out cookie dough on floured counter (I rolled it between lightly floured sheets of baking paper) until it is ¼ inch (about 0.60cm) thick. Cut into desired shapes, brushing extra deposits of flour off the top.
Bake on a parchment-lined baking sheet for 11 minutes or until the edges are firm and the centers are slightly soft and puffed.

Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

Makes... according to Deb, a lot. I halved the recipe, used a 5cm (2-in) star cutter and got 45 cookies.

Brownie roll-out cookies


RecipeGirl said...

Boo to BA. That's unfortunate. Yay for you for supporting your fellow bloggers. Bloggers have spotted all of the best recipes anyways, don't you think? These chocolate stars look cheerful and delicious. I have those rolling pin bands too... very helpful gadgets!

Nic said...

I must look out for those rolling pin rings over here, are they any good? - the cookies look great!

Marysol said...

I've been wanting those rubber bands for such a long time. Why do I keep putting off buying them? I don't know. But I'd quit whining if I had one of those cookies right now.

Alexa said...

Those cookies are so beautiful. They must taste so rich and wonderful.

Mallory Elise said...

so first, i pretend to read your portuguese version, then i do the english. very cute cookies. hmmm i really want to visit sao paulo some day.

Thistlemoon said...

Love those star shaped cookies Patricia!

You know, I feel like you, I would much rather read food blogs than magazines - I love all the personal stories behind the dishes and getting know people - you can't get that from a magazine!

Emily Rose said...

these cookies look fabulous- I bet they would make great gifts at Christmas

Anonymous said...

Twinkle, Twinkle Chocolate stars! very cute Patricia.

Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

I got those rubber bands last winter when I had to bake 800 sugar cookies for my cookie donation project. It was wonderful to see each batch rolled to the same thickness!

May said...

Those cookies look good!

I agree with you, I think nowadays food blogs are a great source for recipes. Much better than magazines, and most of the time: more interesting.

Anonymous said...

I still enjoy BA's recipes, but they finally told me I'm canceled after I stopped sending them $$ a year ago. I don't trust they won't send me a magazine, though. So much for trying to save trees, right? Your cookies look delicious -- I love the stars! And I definitely should try those rings since I'm horrible at rolling out dough.

Anonymous said...

Those rolling pin rings are a great idea and the cookies are adorable! Not so brilliant was the customer service from that magazine though.

LyB said...

I have to get some star shaped cookie cutters, those are too cute! And that recipe has been on my to-try list for a while, now you're tempting me even more!

Jaime said...

i can't believe they just did that!!
anyhow, these cookies are adorable!

Peabody said...

Well you know my feelings on BA. They know it too. I emailed them a link to my post.
What a fun roll out cookie.

Big Boys Oven said...

they are mazing lovely cookies!

Anonymous said...

I am so glad you liked them! Love the stars...

Anonymous said...

I can't believe they cancelled you like that, what nerds.

Love the cookies, stars look great in chocolate.

Anonymous said...

no need to subscribe, just go to and look up the recipes from bon appetit and gourmet magazines!
great cookies, Pat, i could eat some right now :)

Peter M said...

Sadly, corporate stupidity is spreading but can make the world better by passin' around those star cookies!

creampuff said...

I can't believe they cancelled your subscription without notifying you ... what the heck is that?!!!

Hope the cookies comforted you!

Anh said...

Pat, I hope they can sort things out for ya! And the cookies, they are excellent!

aforkfulofspaghetti said...

45 cookies? So that must mean that you've got some to spare, right? ;-)

Patricia Scarpin said...

Hi,sweetie! I agree with you - and in my fellow bloggers' recipes I trust!

Nic, they are wonderful! I have been using them quite a lot, actually.

Marysol, they were a gift and I have been using them a lot!

Alexa, the cocoa flavor is really good.

Mallory Elise, tks for visiting! :)
We'd love to have you over here.

Jenn, you are so right, my friend! And we get to know wonderful people - that's quite a bonus! :)

Emily Rose, that is a great idea!

Syrie, xoxoox

Lydia, I bet they were very handy - 800 cookies is crazy, my friend. :)

May, tks for stopping by! And we get to make wonderful friends, too.

Kelly, you see? I wish they had asked me about the subscription. :(
Those rings are very handy, I recommend them!

Lorraine, not brilliant at all. :(
I'm glad you like the cookies, sweetie!

LyB, Deb's flower cookies were too cute, too!

Jaime, they did! :(
I'm so outraged.

Pea, I do. And I'm glad you emailed them your post - so they will see the wonderful reader they are losing.

Big Boys Oven, thank you for stopping by!

Deb, I loved them - tks for sharing such great recipes with all of us!

Cathy, they look kind of Christmassy, don't they?

Liz, yay for the net! :)
I wish I could share them with you, dearie!

Pete, that's my sweet revenge. ;)

Ivonne, I know! They must be nuts or something.
They did! :)

Anh, I'm so pissed I don't want that stupid magazine anymore. :\

A Fork Full..., I did spare them - and everyone loved the cookies!

mimi said...

i also made these over the summer and they were sooo good. yours came out looking perfect too! it's amazing such a simple recipe can make such delicious cookies!

Unknown said...

You're not alone in being disappointed by Bon App. I've not tried a recipe from them that I loved in quite some time! Love your photos, though...

Sarah said...

You know, there are so many other great publications out there for recipes, who needs BA??
These cookies sound so yummy--I love brownies--and the star shapes are really cute!!

Deborah said...

I've not been hearing good things about Bon Appetit lately - I'm glad I'm not a subscriber!!

These cookies look soo good!!

Anonymous said...

Mmm. I might make these as party favors for my husband's Halloween-themed birthday party on Saturday. Except with Halloween shapes.
Dig the rolling pin bands. Hrmm. Could help me in pie baking.


Katie said...

They have been really disappointing lately haven't they. But these look great and I need a good chocolate roll out cookie.

Jen Yu said...

Deb is a terrific source for recipes! I haven't picked up a Bon Appetit in ages. Their loss, hon. Your cookies are lovely.

Dazy said...

I'm making this tonight. I think I'll try to shoot it, but I don't think it will be as pretty as your picture!

aniko said...

I have just made this cookie and it's fantastic! Very easy to make it and it's so delicious! Thank you for the recipe!
...from Hungary :o)

Patricia Scarpin said...

Hey, Aniko - I'm so glad to hear that! Thank YOU for letting me know how the cookies turned out!

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