Entries Tagged as 'desserts'

chocolate cake cookies

August 25th, 2013 · 2 Comments

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So, the title of this post was originally “Royal Baby Chocolate Cake Cookies,” which is why I used our cute little Union Jack stools as backdrop.  But that probably tells you a little bit about how long this recipe sat in my “To Publish” folder, since that baby has probably had four People Magazine covers by now!

But these cookies?  Still totally great.  Cookies are one of my favorite things to bake — they’re not as time or labor-intensive as making a whole cake, but you still get that extra-special homemade touch.  And as an added bonus, Chad would prefer cookies over cake any day (sometimes it’s a major effort to stop him from eating the whole batch)! 

So if you’re looking for a yummy Sunday afternoon recipe, I definitely recommend these.  And congratulations to Will and Kate, a little bit late!

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Chocolate Cake Cookies

INGREDIENTS
1 1/4 cups butter, softened (2 1/2 sticks)
2 cups sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup cocoa powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups chocolate chips
Powdered sugar, for dusting

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla.  Add the flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt to the creamed mixture and mix thoroughly, then mix in the chocolate chips.  Drop dough by small spoonfuls onto cookie sheets lined with Silipat or parchment paper.

Bake 8 to 9 minutes in the preheated oven. Cookies will be soft. Cool slightly on cookie sheet; remove from sheet onto wire rack to cool completely.  When the cookies are cool, dust with powdered sugar and serve.

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recipe: key lime pie

April 9th, 2013 · 9 Comments

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Most of the time, I go to the grocery store without a set list in my head — which is sometimes great and sometimes a total disaster.

Great: When I spot fresh key limes and decide to make key lime pie!

Disaster: When I get home and realize I have no idea what the other ingredients are in key lime pie, and have to make a second trip to the grocery store for the rest of them.

Sigh. 

But, once I finally got my hands on some sweetened condensed milk (really, I should have had than in our pantry to begin with) and after juicing about 100 ping-pong-ball-sized key limes, this pie was absolutely delicious.  Perfect for a summer dinner party in the backyard, or just a really yummy afternoon snack.  You could totally make this without fresh key limes (they’re not easy to find) and save yourself most of the work!

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Key Lime Pie

INGREDIENTS
4 egg yolks, beaten
1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup key lime juice
1/2 cups finely ground graham cracker crumbs
1/3 cup white sugar
6 tablespoons butter, melted

DIRECTIONS

Mix graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and melted butter until well blended.  Press mixture into an 8 or 9 inch pie plate (I used an 8-inch springform pan for mine).  Bake at 375 degrees F for 7 minutes.  Set aside to cool.

Mix together the egg yolks, sweetened condensed milk and key lime juice and pour into the cooled shell.  Bake at 375 degrees F for 15 minutes.  Refrigerate to cool, and top with powdered sugar and fresh key lime slices. 

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living sweetly: homemade chocolate truffles

January 11th, 2013 · 6 Comments

There are very few things I love more than a chocolate truffle.  It’s one of the few recipes that tastes better when it’s a little sloppy and homemade — there’s something so incredibly delicious about this easy, handmade recipe.

Besides, how could a recipe that just uses three ingredients not be irresistable?  I bet you have most of these in your kitchen now — what better excuse to make them for your Golden Globes viewing party on Sunday?

I’m so excited for these videos — they’re a lot of work, but I’m having a ton of fun learning how to do them!  If you have any suggestions, I’d love to hear them!

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Truffles

INGREDIENTS
12 ounces chocolate, chopped
1/3 cup heavy cream
1 tsp vanilla extract
For toppings:
Cocoa Powder
Cinnamon
Crushed Peppermints

DIRECTIONS:

In a small saucepan, melt the chocolate and vanilla for 1-2 minutes.  Pour in the cream and stir for approximately 4 minutes, or until smooth.

Refrigerate for 2 hours.  Roll each truffle into a ball between your palms, and then roll them in the toppings.  Serve and enjoy!

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Tags: desserts · food · holiday

white chocolate chip cookies

October 1st, 2012 · 34 Comments

I’ve been on kind of a baking frenzy for the last few weekends — I think that the beginning of “fall” (which in Houston is a lot like “summer”) is making me think about holiday cookies, hot soups and rich, hearty pastas.  Even if I’m sitting by the pool for most of November (I hope!), I’m going to be baking as if the first snowfall is right around the corner. 

These would also be a great party favor, if you have something fun coming up!  It’s amazing how something as simple as a few glossy bags and some pretty ribbon can turn everyday cookies into something really special.  I love the burst of color that the packaging added for a simple cookie like this!

On a side note, I have no clue why everyone ruins white chocolate chip cookies by adding macadamia nuts!  I pick them out of every white chocolate chip cookie I get, so when I decided to make my own, they were obviously off the table!

White Chocolate Chip Cookies

INGREDIENTS

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1 cup white chocolate chips

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix together butter, sugar, brown sugar, vanilla, salt and eggs.  Separately, sift together the flour and baking soda, and mix them into the wet ingredient mixture.  Add the white chocolate chips and stir to combine.

Drop by well-rounded teaspoon onto baking sheets lined with Silipat.  Bake for 8 to 9 minutes or until centers are set. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.

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oreo brownies

August 24th, 2012 · 6 Comments

Last weekend, a few of our friends here invited us over for dinner.  Being the eager-beaver cook that I am, I wouldn’t let them rest until I’d volunteered to bring an appetizer… and a dessert.

So, for inspiration, I took to Pinterest!  And I found these amazing Oreo Bars, which looked totally delicious and only involved three ingredients — dream come true. 

But OMG, for a three-ingredient recipe, these are a pain!  They’re insanely sticky, so they wouldn’t release from the tin foil I poured them into (or, um, flattened them into), they got all over my hands and our countertops, and I could hardly cut them!  I tweaked the recipe a little so you guys can hopefully learn from my mistakes, because the finished products were pretty freaking awesome.

I had a request from a friend to name these “Moon Bars” but I’m still not totally sure why!  I guess because the oreos look like the surface of the moon?  Doesn’t “Oreo Brownies” sound more delicious?!

PS — The dish in these photos is from the Noritake Metaal collection!  I love these large square plates so much — they double as serving platters!

No-Bake Oreo Brownies

DIRECTIONS

1 16 oz package of Oreos
1 package small marshmallows
4 tablespoons butter

DIRECTIONS

Prepare a baking dish by lining it in foil and spraying the foil with cooking spray. 

Place Oreos in food processor and pulse until ground.  Melt marshmallows and butter in microwave until puffed, about 1 1/2-2 minutes.  Remove and pour in ground Oreo Cookies.  Stir to combine then transfer to a the foil-lined pan.  Place in the refrigerator for 20 minutes.  Remove bars out of pan and peel off the foil.  Place the removed bars in the freezer for another ten minutes, and then cut them into squares.  Once cut, the bars can stay at room temperature for several hours.

Makes 24 small bars

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