Toaster Oven Cookies (includes three recipes)

Toaster Oven Cookies

Guest post submitted by Lauren Hill

Why bother heating up the oven to bake just a few cookies?  Toaster ovens take up less space and use less energy than a full-sized oven, but you can use them for baking many of the same things.  You can even purchase baking pans and utensils designed to fit your toaster oven.  The best part about using a toaster oven for cookies is that you can make a full batch of dough and store it in the refrigerator, bringing it out to bake so that you always have warm cookies fresh from the oven.

Here’s how to bake cookies in a toaster oven.

Heat the toaster oven to the same temperature required for a standard oven.  Make sure the oven has reached the desired temperature before baking.  Keep in mind that toaster ovens can be hot on the outside as well, so always use care and supervise children.

Make the cookie dough according to your favorite recipe or use one of the suggested recipes below.  You can cut the recipe in half or you can, as mentioned, store the dough for later.  Spray the cookie sheet with cookie spray.  Place the dough on the cookie sheet and put the cookie sheet in the oven.  Toaster ovens may vary, but generally you’ll need to add about three minutes to the suggested baking time for a standard oven.  Keep a watch so that they don’t burn.  You can test the cookies by inserting a toothpick.  If the toothpick comes out clean with no dough, then the cookies are done.  Bring the cookies out of the oven and allow them to cool on a wire rack before serving or eating them.

Try these great recipes in your toaster oven

The Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie

Ingredients for 14-20 cookies:
1 cup all-purpose flour
½ tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. sea salt
1 stick of butter, softened
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
½ tsp. vanilla extract
1 large egg
1 cup (6 oz.) semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat your toaster oven to 375°F.  In a small bowl, combine the flour, baking soda and salt.  In a large bowl beat the butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla until creamy.  Hint:  for cookies the texture is better if you do this with a wooden spoon and not an electric mixer.  Add the egg and beat well.  Gradually stir in the flour mixture and then fold in the chocolate chips.   Place tablespoon-sized balls of dough on your cookie sheet and bake for ten minutes.

Peanut Butter Cookies

Ingredients for 24 cookies:
2 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 cup unsalted butter
1 cup crunchy peanut butter
1 cup white sugar
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 eggs

Whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt together in a medium mixing bowl.  In another mixing bowl combine the butter, peanut butter and the sugars.  Whip until fluffy.  Add both eggs.  Gradually stir in the flour mixture.  Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for one hour.   Preheat toaster oven to 375°F.  Shape the dough in to walnut-sized balls and place on the baking sheet.  Criss-cross with a fork.  Bake for six to ten minutes.

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Ingredients for 36 cookies:
1 cup butter
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon cloves
1/2 teaspoon ginger
3 cups rolled oats
1 cup raisins

Preheat toaster oven to 350°F.  Line your baking sheet with parchment paper.  In a mixing bowl, beat the butter and sugars together until they are light and fluffy.  Add the salt, eggs and vanilla and beat to combine.  Add the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and cloves.  Beat again until combined.  Stir in the oats and raisins.  Form tablespoon-sized cookies on the baking sheet.  Bake for ten to twelve minutes.  Cool on a wire rack before enjoying.

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Author Bio:

Lauren Hill is a contributing author for Proctor Silex, a kitchen appliance company offering a wide selection of slow cookers, toaster ovens and blenders to make your life in the kitchen a little bit easier.

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