Who Doesn’t Love Chocolate Chip Cookies?

Are you sims cookie makers? If they have Level 3 or higher cooking skill, they can bake delicious treats any time day or night. They cost 21 simoleons to make and can sell at retail for 88 simoleons, so baking up a batch can be a tasty way to earn a bit of extra cash.

If your sims family is anything like my real family, though, there wouldn’t be enough cookies left to sell. Once I put a plate of cookies out to cool, they tend to disappear very quickly.

Here’s the recipe I use. It’s doubly-delicious in my opinion because it combines chocolate chips with chewy oatmeal. Enjoy!

CCCGranny’s Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup butter, softened

1 cup packed light brown sugar

1/4 cup sugar

2 large eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla

3 cups rolled oats

2 cups chocolate chips

In a medium bowl, mix flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Set mixture aside.

In a second bowl, blend butter, sugar, and brown sugar with an electric mixer (medium-high speed) for approximately three minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, and beat well after each addition. Add vanilla.

Using mixer on low speed, slowly add flour mixture. Continue mixing until wet and dry ingredients are combined.

Add oats and chocolate chips. Mix until combined.

Note: You can chill the dough in the refrigerator for an hour before baking, although I usually skip this step and the cookies turn out great all the same.

Place cookies (about 2 teaspoons of dough for each cookie) on a parchment-lined baking sheet, about 2″ apart. Bake in an oven preheated to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Bake for about 10 minutes. Edges will be lightly browned and center should still be soft. Cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes, then transfer cookies to a cooling rack.

VARIATIONS: You can also add in about 1 cup flaked coconut, 1 cup chopped nuts, or both, depending on your family’s preferences. I’ve also made these using butterscotch chips instead of chocolate. The results are yummy. I do leave out the cinnamon when I’m making the butterscotch variety. Yet another variation is to add one mashed banana to the mix. Instead of individual cookies, the recipe can also be prepared in a pan and cut into bars.

ENJOY!

 

 

 

 

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It’s Not Rocket Science — It’s a Salad!

Rocket ShipOnly in The Sims, right? Where else can you pick up a book on rocket science, start building a space ship in your backyard, and travel to space — bringing back an occasional dead alien for inspiration?

I’ve got a few rocket scientists in my game, and of course, I’ve got Edgar Evans, world-famous astronaut.

Today, I’ve slipped into his kitchen and dug up one of his wife’s special space-inspired recipes. It’s long been a family favorite at the Evans home, and with the arrival of spring — and spring greens — you, too, can enjoy this delicious salad.

 

Rocket Salad
This spring salad is both delicious and healthy. A perfect choice for the aspiring astronauts and rocket scientists in your family.

PINEAPPLE ROCKET SALAD

Salad Ingredients:

4 cups torn arugula leaves

1/4 cup fresh pineapple, peeled, cored, and chopped

1/4 red onion, thinly sliced

1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped

Dressing:

3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

1 tablespoon olive oil

2 teaspoons honey

1/4 teaspoon salt

Directions:

Mix all salad ingredients in a bowl. In a separate small bowl, whisk dressing ingredients together. Pour over salad and toss to coat. Makes four servings.

 

Hop to It, Foodies!

One of the most delicious recipes our sims have available is carrot cake cupcakes. With the Easter holiday coming up in a few days, what better time to make this delicious treat?

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I found this version at HoosierHomemade.com which uses Truvia Baking blend to keep the calories down. So, hop to it, foodies. Bake up these yummy cupcakes, and have a sweet Easter.

Carrot Cake Cupcakes Recipe

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
Serves: 30 cupcakes
Ingredients
  • 2¼ cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup Truvia Baking Blend
  • 1½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • ½ cup buttermilk (See Note below)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 cups finely shredded carrots
  • ¾ cup chopped walnuts
  • ¾ cup raisins

No buttermilk? No problem. Add 1/2 tablespoon of lemon juice or white vinegar to 1/2 cup of milk. Let set for five minutes.

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, combine flour, Truvia Baking Blend, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Whisk ingredients together. In a separate bowl, beat eggs, then mix in oil, buttermilk, vanilla, and carrots. Add carrot mixture to flour mixture. Stir to combine. Fold in walnuts and raisins.

Pour batter into lined cupcake pan and bake for about 12-15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow cupcakes to cool completely before icing.

Use traditional cream cheese frosting or try this quick alternative: Combine 1 8-ounce tub of Cool Whip with 1 8-ounce container of Marshmallow Fluff.

For Easter fun, add Reese’s Pieces in the shape of a carrot. The carrot top is made by flattening a green gumdrop and cutting off small pieces with a sharp knife or kitchen scissors.

Foodie’s Delight: Quick Chocolate Cake

Isn’t it amazing how our sims can whip up a delicious cake in a matter of minutes?

Chocolate CakeWell, you can do it too with this convenient 3-Minute Chocolate Cake recipe. With only a few ingredients, a mug, and a microwave, you can have dessert ready in a jiffy.

THREE-MINUTE CHOCOLATE MUG CAKE

Place the following ingredients into a large microwavable mug:

  • 4 tablespoons flour
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 3 tablespoons oil (coconut is best)
  • 1 dash vanilla
  • 1 dash salt (optional)
  • 1 dash baking powder (optional)

Mix ingredients well and microwave for about 3 minutes. You’ll see the cake “rise” as it cooks. When you take it out, it will fall. Allow to cool a bit then dig in and enjoy!

Note: Microwaves vary so watch your cake closely. If it looks ready before 3 minutes, go ahead and take it out.

 

“Flirty Cookies” for Valentine’s Day

Here’s to love, romance, and flirtations. The next time you’re “in the mood” why not bake up a batch of “Flirty Cookies”? Here’s how.

Sugar Cookie Recipe
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 large egg  (lightly beaten)
  • 2 tbsps milk
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract

In a medium bowl combine flour, salt, and baking powder. In a second bowl, cream the butter and sugar with a handheld mixer for 3-5 minutes, until light and fluffy. Add the egg, milk, and vanilla, and mix again. Slowly add the dry ingredients, mixing until combined.

Scoop the dough into plastic wrap and flatten into a disk. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Roll the dough out on a floured surface, rotating and flipping often so it doesn’t stick. You want it to be about 1/8-inch thick. Cut the dough into desired heart shapes and transfer to a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake the cookies for 8-10 minutes, until just faintly golden. Let rest on sheets for 1 minute, then transfer to racks to cool completely.

Now comes the decorating fun! Check out this video from Sweet Ambs.

 

Just for Foodies: 50 Ways to Grill Your Cheese

Grilled CheeseWhenever I play The Sims, I get hungry. I love to cook, and most of my sims are very good at it. Even so, sometimes the greatest meals are the easiest. Who doesn’t love a good grilled cheese sandwich?

 

 

 

Check out these great ideas for making your next grilled cheese the best you’ve ever had.

 

 

    50 GRILLED CHEESE RECIPES