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Espresso cookies with chocolate and cherries

21 Apr

Because I needed an excuse to buy more coffee products.

These cookies are crunchy on the outside, chewy on the inside, with a strong espresso taste up front. I like milk chocolate for the chips — it mellows out some of the bitterness of the coffee, and highlights the tartness of the dried cherries.

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Panna cotta: Mocha-mint Irish cream

20 Feb

Clearly, if you’re going to be making four kinds of panna cotta in one go, you will be needing to make more than one that includes some sort of spirit.

Based on the classic Irish cream and coffee, this variation uses chopped, espresso-flavored chocolate (one of many tastes from my new organic market — read: walking distance from my house — chocolate obsession, Green & Black’s chocolate bars), Bailey’s Irish cream and fresh mint leaves.

Again, it is based on the Basic Panna Cotta recipe, outlined in Panna Cotta bonanza. Keep with the clicking for the Mocha-mint recipe.

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Panna cotta: Nutella spice

20 Feb

Continuing on the Panna cotta bonanza theme, this variation uses a hefty spoonful of Nutella melted in with the heavy cream.

Add a little ground cinnamon and ground ginger, finish with some pure vanilla extract and milk chocolate chips, and enjoy the pudding-esque dessert that tastes like pie, hazelnut, chocolate and living the dream.

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Recipe: Blueberry muffin-inspired cookies

4 Feb

These blueberry-flavored treats came from an idea to make a different, new-to-me cookie each week. This time around, it’s blueberry-juice-infused Craisins (didn’t know they made these), toasted pecans, semi-sweet chips, white chocolate chunks and quick-cooking oats. They’re chewy, filling, and taste like an extra-guilty breakfast pastry.

Eventually, coming up with new ingredient combinations to put in a standard chocolate-chip cookie recipe will become more challenging. I don’t see that happening for a while.

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Chocolate-chunk-pecan cookies, with bacon

28 Jan

About a week ago, I started thinking up Southern-themed cookie recipes, in celebration of Carolina being not only not awful, but actually almost somewhat decent at basketball this season. Barring a macaroni-and-cheese cookie, I came up with a short list of ingredients that remind me of home: pecans and pork.

After ruling out actually putting pieces of bacon in the cookies (though that idea might come back around), I settled on a chocolate-chunk-pecan cookie that is flavored with bacon salt, instead of the standard Kosher. The sort of bacon salt I had on hand is from City Market, and is essentially what would happen if you blended Bacos into a powder (no pigs were harmed in the production of this seasoning). It makes the cookie taste like a meal.

The result, using a mix of extra-dark chocolate, semi-sweet chips and pecans, was satisfyingly sweet and mystifyingly hearty. I might recommend toasting the pecans on a second round, or adding a splash of sweet bourbon for extra Southern flavor.

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Accidental recipe: Coffee-hazelnut-chocolate-oatmeal cookies

23 Jan

For about three years living in Colorado, every cookie I baked was a grainy, mortar-textured hockey puck. For each recipe that worked in North Carolina, there was suddenly a useless, tooth-breaking counterpart.

Successful cookie-baking was completely elusive until a little treasure chest of high-altitude-friendly recipes entered my world in the form of the North Fork Ranch‘s family cookbook.

For the first week or so, I was convinced these recipes didn’t work — surely it was the shortening that was making them so crispy. Turns out I was baking everything for about 8 minutes longer than necessary. With adjusted timing, those recipes turned into springboards for chewy, slightly salty cookies that have countless adaptations.

This one was brought on by some leftover coffee and a very tempting bar of hazelnut-infused chocolate from one of Steamboat’s organic food stores, Bamboo Market.

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