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Flourless Chocolate Fudge Cookies

Flourless chocolate cookie with bite pic

Holiday cookie time. Who’s ready to start baking? I wanted to make the richest, darkest cookies I could find. I aimed for a recipe like flourless cake that left all the flavor to the chocolate. This IS it. WARNING: These are dangerously chocolatey. You can roll the dough balls in powdered sugar for a hint of sweetness. For more of a truffle taste, roll the cookie balls in unsweetened cocoa–the darker, the better.

 

Recipe

Servings: 18 cookies

 

Ingredients:Stack of flourless chocolate cookies pic

1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips + 1/2 cup

3 egg whites, room temperature

1 1/2 cups powdered sugar

1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1 tsp. espresso or black onyx powder (optional, but soooo good)

1 tbsp. cornstarch

1/4 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

 

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly coat baking pans with cooking spray.
  2. Melt 1 cup of the semi-sweet chocolate chips in the microwave until smooth; allow to cool. Stir in vanilla extract.
  3. Beat egg whites in a large bowl until they start to form soft peaks. Add in 1/2 cup powdered sugar and beat until it becomes thick and creamy.
  4. In a separate bowl whisk together 1 cup powdered sugar, cocoa powder, black onyx powder, cornstarch, and salt.
  5. Add dry ingredients into the egg white cream at low speed until combined. Stir the melted chocolate into the egg-white mixture.
  6. Stir in 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips. Batter will be stiff and thick.
  7. Roll batter into balls. Next, roll balls in either powdered sugar or cocoa powder.
  8. Bake cookies for 8-10 minutes. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheets until cool.

Tweaked from a recipe from Culinary Couture.

 

Powdered sugar fudge cookie pic

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Chewiest oatmeal cookies–with these 5 easy tips

Oatmeal cookiesJust crisped on the outside, chewy on the inside–that’s what oatmeal cookies should taste like. After doing extensive research (grueling for my kids, as you might imagine), I’ve discovered a few easy tweaks you could use with your favorite oatmeal cookie recipe to make it even better.

 

Toss the raisins. Instead of your standard raisins that come in the little, red boxes, I like to use golden raisins or craisins to mix things up.

 

Soak ‘em. My tried-and-true oatmeal cookie recipe involves soaking the raisins for an hour in egg spiked with vanilla and almond extract. Once cooked, the raisins are plumped with flavor.

 

Toast the oatmeal. It takes a few extra minutes, but it gives the oatmeal a boost of nuttiness. I place the oatmeal in a nonstick pan at medium-high heat and stir them until they begin to just barely brown. Watch the oatmeal carefully so it doesn’t burn.

 

Add in coconut. I substitute some of the oatmeal in the recipe with coconut–instant chewy factor!

 

Shred the oatmeal. I pulse half of the oatmeal a few times in the blender. Sure, you want a few big pieces of oatmeal in your cookies but the shredded pieces blend more easily into the dough and make your final cookies less crumbly.

 

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Christmas cookies for Santa

We made cookies for Santa over the weekend. Here’s the recipe for Chocolate Nutella Orange Pinwheels that Santa will be munching on tonight.

As far as the mix for the “raindeer” I have no idea what my youngest tucked in the bag of “healthy treats” for Rudolph and company.

"Dear Santa, Please bring this to the raindeer it is healthy for them too."

You'll notice a strongman, Perry the Platypus, a volcano, and a squid among our Santa cookies

Santa is going to love these cookies!

Chocolate Nutella Orange Pinwheel Cookies

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Spiced chocolate gingerbread cookies

Someone snagging the last cookie

Sure gingerbread cookies are tasty, but why not add chocolate chips? Oh yeah. Digging around online, I found a recipe on Rachael Ray that tweaked a Joy the Baker recipe to do just that–marry chocolate and chewy gingerbread cookies.

I put my own spin on these cookies by ditching the traditional dip in sugar and upping the spiciness. Intrigued?

Recipe

Prep time: 10 minutes + baking

Servings: I think 3 dozen my kids kept eating them before I could count


Ingredients:

2 1/4 cups flour

2 tsps. baking soda

1/4 tsp. salt

1 1/2 tsps. cinnamon

1 1/2 tsps. ground ginger

1/4 tsp. nutmeg

Pinch of cayenne powder (opt.)

1 tsp. dark cocoa powder

1 tsp. vanilla

1 1/2 sticks (12 tbsp.) butter, softened

1 cup brown sugar (dark preferred)

1/4 cup molasses

1 egg

1 cup chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix together the dry ingredients in a baking bowl, except for the brown sugar.
  3. In another bowl, cream together the brown sugar and butter until well combined. Add the molasses, then the egg and vanilla.
  4. Stir the dry ingredients into the creamed butter. Mix in the chocolate chips.
  5. Roll the cookie batter into 1 – 1 1/2″ balls.
  6. Bake on a parchment-lined cookie sheet for 9 minutes.
  7. Allow the cookies to cool on the pan for 3 minutes before removing.

*These are better on day 2!

Directions

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Basket cookies & bunny bread

Anybody want a cookie?

For Easter I wanted to pass along a couple ideas I came up with while roaming through our neighborhood Italian shop, Alesci’s. Over the holidays, the bakery puts out their version of pupa cu l’ova, or basket cookies, a traditional Italian Easter treat. The idea behind the cookies is to bake an egg tucked into a cookie dough “basket.” Roaming online recipes, I found various ways to do this–sometimes the egg was hard-boiled, other times it wasn’t. Sometimes the egg was already dyed, others went sans color.

The sizable basket cookies at Alesci’s are made with a stiff biscotti dough that’s thickly glazed with powdered sugar and then tossed with multi-colored sprinkles. From what I could tell (and I’d have to happily research this by eating more), the cookies are baked, glazed, and then while still warm the hard-boiled egg is pressed into the cookie. Some recipes call for baking the cookies with the egg inside. My thought is if you want to try this at home, you could make a regular sugar cookie dough spiked with a little bit of anise. I’m going to have to try that for next year.

Don't eat the egg in the middle--it's just for decoration!

But what I did make with my kiddos is some bunny bread. We used pizza dough to create our edible bunnies. I rolled out the dough and then had the kids use a biscuit cutter for the bunny heads and simply cut the ears out with a kitchen knife. For the eyes we used black beans, but olives would work well too. We experimented with the nose and teeth. An overturned mushroom stood in for teeth on a couple of our bunnies. My daughter made a pepperoni smile for another. We did make one big bunny by stretching the dough out into a circle but in the end my teen noted it looked more like a pig than a bunny. Ah well, I wanted some sort of Easter treat for my kids that didn’t involve sugar and this one turned out tasty–and fun. Happy holidays everyone!

The floppy eared bunny

This one looks more like a pig, huh?

Bye bye bunny!

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Holiday sweets round-up

From simple cookies to rich cakes, here are some ideas to make your holidays a little sweeter.

Cookies

Viennese cookie

Viennese Cookies

For all of the flavor of Linzer cookies without the work, try check out this version I came up with for Wandering Educators.

10-minute Fancy Cookies

Make these beautiful cookies in minutes to give away to neighbors–or to eat with your kids.

Chocolate Nutella cookies

Loaded with hazelnut flavor, Nutella is one of my favorite holiday ingredients (okay, I use it all year, but around Christmas I buy it in bulk.)

Pretzel S’mores

Last minute school party that you need to take treats to? These whip up in minutes and kids love ‘em.

Brownies and Bars

Mudgie's Brownie Waffle

Mudgie’s Deli Brownie Waffles

These dessert waffles are great with berry sauce or a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Chocolate Raspberry Cream Cheese Bars

Make a pan of these sweets to serve at your next holiday party.

Mini Cheesecakes

These little treats pack big, creamy flavor!


Cakes

Mmmm...cheesecake

Raspberry Chocolate Truffle Cheesecake

This is a Christmas tradition around our house.

Chocolate Upside Down Cake

You literally throw the ingredients together for this dessert that tastes like German Chocolate cake.

Easy Chocolate Cake

Add mint chips to the batter to make this cake even tastier.

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Halloween chocolate sugar cookies

Instead of decorating the usual sugar cookies for Halloween–what about starting with a chocolate dough? I used this recipe to make my Harry Potter sorting hat cookies, but the intense chocolatey, workable dough is perfect for any kind of cookie cut-outs. I used my Halloween linzer cookie maker to craft my cookies.

I’ve been packing these in my kids’ lunch bags all week.

Here’s the recipe:

Chocolate butter cookie dough

*Adapted from King Arthur Flour’s Baking Companion Cookbook

Yield: Depends;)

Prep time: 30 minutes + baking, fridge time

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups flour

3/4 cocoa (*see note below)

1/2 teaspoon salt

3/4 butter at room temperature (not margarine)

1/4 cup granulated sugar

3/4 cup brown sugar

1 egg

1 Tablespoon water

1/2 Tablespoon honey or agave

1/2 teaspoon almond extract (optional)

Vanilla frosting

Directions

  1. Cream the butter and sugars together.
  2. Add the egg, water, honey and extract (if using) to the butter mixture. Blend well.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix together the dry ingredients. *Note: to get the dark color try using Hershey’s special dark cocoa at the grocers or order dark cocoa powder from King Arthur Flour.
  4. Gently mix the dry ingredients gently into the batter just until incorporated.
  5. Place dough on waxed paper, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 4 hours or until solid.
  6. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line your cookie pans with parchment paper.
  7. Working with 1/3 of the dough at a time and leaving the rest refrigerated, roll out the dough, using flour (or cocoa) and a rolling pin, to 1/8″ thick.
  8. Bake the cookies for 7 minutes and then check on them. You don’t want to overcook them!
  9. Remove the pan and allow the cookies to cool ON the pan.
  10. Decorate with frosting, sprinkles…

Your turn–making any Halloween sweet or meals this weekend?

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Kumquat cookies

After posting about kumquats last week I just wanted to pass along a cookie recipe that was a big hit with my kids. You use the kumquat puree to give the cookies a boost of citrusy sourness. The cookies puff up more like pumpkin ones than dense chocolate cookies. I pulled this right from the Kumquat Growers website but made a few changes. (White chocolate chips–nope, dark chocolate!)

I also made another change, the dough isn’t very sweet. I like that but on half of the cookies I sprinkled Lavender Vanilla Sugar (thanks for the care package mom!). The floral aroma and flavor boosted the kumquats’ tanginess. Plus, my kids liked sharing them with their friends outside so they could say, “Would you like a Lavender Kumquat Cookie?” You just don’t have those everyday.

Recipe

See all the bits of kumquat on the cookies? And the Lavender sugar?

Ingredients

2/3 cup margarine or butter

2/3 cup packed brown sugar

2 eggs

1 1/2 cups oatmeal

2/3 cup dark chocolate chips or chunks

2 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

2/3 cup kumquat purree

Directions

  1. Cream the butter and sugar together until fluffy.
  2. Beat the eggs into the creamed butter one at a time.
  3. In a small bowl combine the remaining dry ingredients.
  4. Add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture, combine.
  5. Add the kumquat puree, combine, then stir in the chocolate chips.
  6. Refrigerate the dough for 1 hour until stiff.
  7. Bake at 375 degrees on lightly greased cookie sheets for 10-12 minutes or until just browned.

Makes 2 dozen cookies.

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Cherry chocolate chip oatmeal cookies from The Cherry Stop

As promised, here’s a cookie recipe from Jamie Roster, who happens to co-own with her husband The Cherry Stop, in Traverse City, Michigan, better known as the tart cherry capital of the U.S.

Recipe

Ingredients

1 cup butter, softened

1 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup sugar

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 1/2 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 cups, quick cooking oatmeal

1 1/2 cups dried tart cherries

1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350.
  2. Cream the butter and sugars together. Whip in the eggs and vanilla.
  3. In a separate bowl mix together the flour, baking powder, salt and oats.
  4. Mix the dry ingredients in with the wet. Stir in the cherries and chocolate chips.
  5. Use a tablespoon to drop dough balls onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes.
  6. Makes 4 dozen cookies.
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Koeze’s Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe

These are the most peanutty cookies I’ve ever made–or tasted. This recipe comes courtesy of the Koeze company.

Recipe

Prep time: 15 minutes + baking

Servings: 20 cookies

Ingredients

1 cup flour

½ teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon salt

1 cup Cream-Nut peanut butter

½ cup brown sugar

½ cup granulated sugar

1 stick butter, room temperature

2 Tablespoons honey

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla

5 ounces semi-sweet chocolate (chips are fine)

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350.
  2. Cream the peanut butter and butter together in a large bowl. Add the sugars and then the egg and vanilla.
  3. In a smaller bowl, mix together the remaining dry ingredients (except the chocolate).
  4. Add the dry ingredients slowly to the creamed ingredients. Mix just until moistened. Stir in the chocolate.
  5. Place small dough balls onto the cookie sheet and bake for about 10 minutes or until just barely browned. Let the cookies cool on the pan before transferring.
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