Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Sell Your Home By Way Of A Cookie

Real estate experts statistics state ... if you want to sell your home...your home should smell like baked goods. If you host an open house or any time a tour is scheduled... throw some cookies in the oven.  Have a tray of warm cookies out for potential home buyers to grab as they pass thru... what you hope to be titled their new home. Also have some cookies baking to fill the house with a sweet delicious aroma.  Nothing says buy me like the smell of a sugar high... which hopefully leads to the smell of cash in your hand.

Here are cookie recipes to get them asking... where do I sign???

No boring chocolate chip cookies here....

cherry-vanilla oatmeal cookies
Cherry Vanilla Oatmeal Cookies

Nothing humdrum here. Swap out the usual cinnamon and raisins for vanilla and cherries, and become a born-again oatmeal-cookie fanatic. Buttery, crispy, chewy -- they've got everything you could want in a cookie. Does that sound like a dare to add chocolate chips? We wouldn't stop you.
Total time: 1 hour
Yield: 4 dozen cookies
    3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) salted butter, softened 3/4 cup brown sugar 3/4 cup white sugar 1 egg 1 teaspoon vanilla 3/4 cup flour 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt (or half as much table salt) 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 3 cups rolled oats 3/4 cup dried cherries 3/4 cup chopped pecans (optional)
  1. Heat the oven to 350 F.
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer on medium speed, beat together the butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla and beat until creamy. Whisk together the flour with the salt and baking soda, and add this to the butter mixture. Beat until blended, then mix in the oats, cherries, and pecans.
  3. Drop tablespoonfuls of the dough onto greased (or parchment-lined) cookie sheets, and bake 10-12 minutes, until cookies are deep golden and brown at the edges. Let baked cookies sit on sheet for 2 minutes, then transfer to a rack to cook.

magic peanut butter cookies
Magic Peanut Butter Cookies

Are these golden, fragrant, chewy cookies magic because they have no flour or butter in them? Or magic because of the way they disappear? You decide.
Total time: 30 minutes
Yield: 3 dozen
    1 cup peanut butter (creamy or chunky -- not natural-style) 1/2 cup white sugar 1/2 cup brown sugar 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt (or half as much table salt -- more salt if your peanut butter is unsalted) 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 large egg 1 teaspoon baking soda
  1. Heat the oven to 350, and grease 2 baking sheets or cover them in parchment paper.
  2. With an electric mixer, beat together the peanut butter, sugars, and salt until combined well.
  3. In a small bowl lightly beat the egg and vanilla, then beat it into the peanut butter mixture with the baking soda until combined well.
  4. Roll teaspoons of dough into balls and arrange them about 1 inch apart on baking sheets; the mixture may seem oily and strange, and this is okay. Flatten the balls with the tines of a fork, making a crosshatch pattern.
  5. Bake the cookies one sheet at a time in the middle of the oven until they're puffed and golden, about 7 minutes.
  6. Cool the cookies on the baking sheet for 5 minutes, then transfer them to racks to cool completely.


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  5. I am learning baked goods are a very popular scent especially with men. Who Knew... thank you for visiting and I stop by and return all the bloggy love!!! Have a great weekend !!!

  6. Now you've got me wanting cookies :p

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  7. thank u new friend... i love cookies... they are yummy and may sell your home...lol