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PMS Cookies

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Something to know about me: Most of my friends are women. There are usually twice as many women at my house than men, without even counting the cats. Therefore, having a handy supply of incredibly chocolaty baked goods on hand for emergency times of the month isn’t just handy, it’s necessary to my continued survival. Thus, these cookies, which pack more chocolate than I thought possible into a delicious nugget of baked bliss.

First, sift together the dry goods in a medium bowl and then set aside.

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Then melt some chocolate chips in the microwave, and stir until smooth.

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Posted by on March 7, 2013 in Dessert

 

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Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Hearts

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I know, this is a little late for Valentine’s Day, but it’s still a great gift for a loved one, and can be adapted to almost any shape. If you’re anything like me, and absolutely addicted to the wonderful combination of peanut butter and chocolate, then you’ll love this. It’s like reeses peanut butter cups, but even more awesome.

Start by creaming together peanut butter and softened cream cheese. You ARE making your own peanut butter, right? If not, go here immediately!

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Add chocolate wafer cookie crumbs and mix together, then add sugar and butter first on low, then increase the speed until everything is combined. Scrape the bowl down, and mix again.

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Posted by on February 22, 2013 in Dessert

 

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Mini Mint Chocolate Brownies

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In honor of the upcoming Superbowl, and because I haven’t posted a dessert since before Christmas, here’s something for your sweet tooth. Speaking of the Superbowl, might I also suggest these recipes: home-made salsa, chipotle spiced nuts, and chorizo-filled phyllo shells.

Start by microwaving a mix of unsweetened chocolate and semisweet chocolate chips on 50% power until shiny and melting. Stir to melt, then stir in softened butter.

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Stir in some brown sugar, making sure it’s smooth and there are no brown sugar lumps.

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Posted by on January 27, 2013 in Dessert

 

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The Best Chocolate Chip Cookie

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Recently for Christmas, I searched out four different chocolate chip cookie recipes to bake, and this was the general favorite. I’m not done with my search yet, but it’s certainly a great cookie and I’ve already had requests for another batch.

So, to start, preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line some baking sheets with parchment paper or fabulous, wonderful silpats.

In the bowl of an electric mixer, or in a bowl with a hand mixer, or a simple spoon, cream together butter and sugar.

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Next, beat in the eggs one at a time, making sure to mix well each time.

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Posted by on December 30, 2012 in Dessert

 

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Individual Apple Cranberry Crisps

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With all the cold, rainy weather we’re having lately I had a craving for a nice apple crisp of some kind. Cranberries sounded like a nice tart addition, so I decided on those as well. So I found a good basic recipe via Taste of Home, and tweaked it to be individual ramekins. Plus, I added vanilla, because… well, vanilla!

Start by slicing a bunch of apples and add in some cranberries.

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Add in some sugar, flour, vanilla, and a bit of orange or lemon zest if you happen to have some laying around (I used orange).

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Posted by on December 12, 2012 in Dessert

 

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Incredibly lazy chocolate bliss

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This is, sadly, not the sort of chocolate that you can put together in 5 minutes in the middle of the night when you have a chocolate craving. They need at least two hours to chill, which is really the only thing that detracts from how amazing they are. If you’ve already planned to much for a dinner party and have no dessert, though, these would be amazing. Or because it’s… oh, Tuesday, say.

You’ll need some chocolate chips, a few eggs, a flavored liqueur like grand mariner (I went with a nice minty rumplemize here for a mint/chocolate thing), and hot coffee or cocoa. Whipped cream is optional, but a nice addition.

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I only have two eggs instead of 4, and smaller amounts of everything else, because I’m only doing a batch for two people. Scale as necessary for the number of chocolate fiends you have. Then put the chocolate chips, eggs, booze, and salt in a blender. Pulse for a few seconds until it’s all combined.

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Then pour the coffee in a thin stream through a hole in the lid while the blender’s on. Personally I didn’t do that this time, because it was late, but I should have. Don’t make my mistake, it works out better if you follow the recipe in this case.

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Posted by on November 24, 2012 in Dessert

 

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The darker side of tarts

The darker side of tarts

Here we are on Thanksgiving, the biggest cooking day of the year, and I’m not cooking! If you are, though, and want something dark and chocolate, might I recommend this wonderfully simple little treat? The hardest part is pressing the crust into the tart pan.. ok, that’s not true. The waiting 5 hours for it to set is. But that’s what we have dinner for, as a distraction from the setting chocolate.

Start by preheating an oven to 350 degrees, and buttering either an 8×8 baking pan (as in the recipe) or tart pan (like I did). Then roast some almonds to a nice darker brown color, and put them along with gingersnap cookies into a food processor and pulse to a fine crumb. Add softened butter, and pulse until well combined. Press this nice crumb crust into the pan of your choosing. Bake for 12 minutes then remove from oven and cool for 20 more minutes.

Put a bag of dark chocolate chips into a medium sized mixing bowl and set aside. Then take the heavy cream and honey and heat in a small saucepan over low heat until the honey has dissolved into the cream. Increase heat to medium and bring the mixture almost to a boil, until the edges start to bubble.

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Posted by on November 22, 2012 in Dessert

 

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