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Choclate chip brownie cupcakes with malted ganache

I heard a new word recently, I’m not sure if it was on Dr. Phul, Dr. Poz or Smoprah (names changed to protect the innocent).  Modulation..no…Moderpation..no…Oh yeah it was Moderation.  It’s some fancy diet thing where you eat moderate amounts of everything and nothing in excess.  I dunno, I’m not buying it, it wont stick.  I prefer to eat nothing green ( its the color of mold, and who wants eat mold?) and lots of things with chocolate (antioxidants!), butter (dairy!) and sugar ( its a plant, so there!).  I am planning on writing a book, “The Doughnut Diaries: One Woman’s Quest for the Ultimate Muffin Top”.  It will probably be in the diet section, but it should really be in self-help, because deliciousness is a life choice.

Brownie Recipe here.

Cookie recipe here.

I used a size 18/8 scoop to scoop little balls of cookie dough into the center of each cup in a cupcake pan, then I filled the rest of the cup with brownie batter and baked at 350 for about 20-25 min.

Malted Chocolate Ganache:

  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/3 cup malted milk powder
  • 1/2 cup milk chocolate, chopped or chips
  • 3/4 cup dark chocolate, chopped or chips
Whisk cream and malted milk powder in a small saucepan and bring to a gentle boil, remove from heat immediately and pour over chocolate (that’s in a bowl, obviously) and let melt for about a minute, whisk to combine.  I dunked the tops of my cookiebrowniecupcakes in the ganache.

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Cranberry White Chocolate Biscotti

There are not many things that I have been reluctant to make. Biscotti is one of them.  I think its the whole twice baked thing.  I’m all “what? its a challenge for me to make cookies at all, now you want me to make some that I have to bake TWICE?  pshaw, not gonna happen”   I think its sheer laziness on my part.
Well I’ve had an epiphany, and made some biscotti, and the laziness gods be damned.  They are hella (technical term) good.  And you can add just about anything to them, which is good, because I can never make up my mind about which cookie stuffings (another technical term) are my favorite.

What you need:

  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1tsp vanilla
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 tbs baking powder
  • 3/4 cup white chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup dried cranberries
What you do:

Preheat oven to 325.  Cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.  Add in eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition.  Mix in vanilla.  In another bowl, sift together flour and baking powder.  Add flour mixture to cream mixture, in small batches, mixing well after each addition.  Fold in chips and cranberries.
Divide batter into 3 equal parts, and form each part into a 2 inch by 10 inch rectangle on an ungreased baking sheet.  Bake for about 30 minutes or until golden brown and firm to the touch.  Let cool for 5-10 minutes.  Cut each log into 1 inch slices with a serrated knife, and place on another ungreased baking sheet, cut side down.  Turn oven up to 350.  Bake cookies for 10 minutes, flip, then cook for 10 minutes more…or until well browned and crunchy!
I melted some more white chocolate chips and drizzled it over the cooled cookies.   Prelibato!

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Nutella Brownies…(Are you drooling yet?)

There are some things in life that are without a doubt comforting…grandma’s cooking, Snuggies, cuddling with that certain someone…all three at the same time!  But since my grandma can’t cook, I haven’t made up my mind whether I like Snuggies or not, and I am currently unattached (am I getting your sympathy yet?), I go to brownies…ok, and wine.
I buy Nutella in bulk, like, monthly.  That’s how much is eaten in my house.  The go-to Nutella use is on toasted bread.  Here is an alternative.  NUTELLA ! BROWNIES !….oh yeah, I went there.  And I go there on a regular basis.  I added peanut butter chips, because how do you make chocolate better?  You add peanut butter, that’s how.  These brownies are fudgey, chewy and should be added into your regular baking routine, seriously.

What you need:

  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup Nutella
  • 1/2 brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, melted and brought to room temp
What you do:

Preheat your oven to 325.  Prepare a 9 inch square pan by lining it with parchment paper and spraying it with non stick spray.  
In a small bowl, sift flour and salt together.  Set aside.  In another bowl, mix Nutella, eggs, brown sugar and vanilla on low speed until well incorporated and creamy…about 2 minutes or so.   Add flour mixture in 2 batches, alternating with the melted butter.    Spread in your pan and bake for 35-40 minutes.  I started to check mine at about 25 minutes.  You want the center to be just set, if you like them fudgey like I do.  

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Fantabulous Friday!

Cakemix Sandwich Cookies…Yeah, I said it

Did you ever have an awesomely awesome idea, only to find out thousands, nay, millions of people have already had the same idea, and are so much quicker than you to make it known?  Ok, maybe I’m alone on that one.
So I am looking through my baking cabinet (I’m not fancy enough to have a pantry)  because not a day can go by where I don’t make something loaded with calories just to test my will power and the strecthy-ness of my jeans, and I see umpteen boxes of cake mix.  I like cake, we are friends.  But like all friends, sometimes you need a break, so you don’t end up getting on each other’s nerves and making out with each other’s ex boyfriends.
The wheels (ok, wheel) in my head starts turning, and I’m all “Hooray!  Cake mix cookies!!! With butter cream frosting smooshed in the middle!!!! I’m a stinking G.E.N.I.U.S!!!”  And then I made some, and just to see if I needed to patent my idea, Googled cake mix cookies…and yeah, there are TONS of recipes….
So there is my sad story.  It’s ok though, I consoled myself with cake mix sandwich cookies, and I’m all better now.

 

What you need:

  • 1 box cake mix..any kind you like
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1 1/2 cup chocolate chips, nuts or whatever you like (totally optional)
  • 1/2 batch of this butter cream frosting recipe…ok use any you like, ill let you.

What you do:

Mix cake mix, eggs and oil together until well combined.  Fold in goodies of your choice.  I chose to leave mine plain.  Drop by tablespoon fulls onto a parchment lined cookie sheet.  If you don’t have different size cookie/ice cream scoops, get some, seriously.  Bake in a 350 degree oven for 8-10 minutes.  Let them cool COMPLETELY before frosting.  Once the are cool, frost the bottom side of a cookie with as much frosting as you want…then top with another cookie! Holy goodness, Batman!

THE Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie

When my Things are sick, they don’t ask for soup, or for toast…they want cookies.  Ok, that may be what I want, more than what they want.  Hey, you try being stuck in a house with two snotty nose Things that have stuff pouring out of them from both ends…then tell me that you don’t want chocolate chip cookies, and a stiff drink (that’s another post).  I divided the dough in half before I added the chocolate chips…so I could make one batch with candied cranberries, pistachios and white chocolate…and the other with just chocolate and white chocolate chips…see, I did make half of them with the kids in mind, so I’m not totally selfish…just
partially.

Adapted from this recipe.

What you need:

  • 2 sticks unsalted butter- melted
  • 2 1/4 cups bread flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups light brown sugar
  • 1 whole egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 tablespoons milk (I used half and half…mostly because that all I had, but it makes them slightly richer)
  • 11/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 cups chocolate chips ( or what ever goodies you like)
What you do:

Preheat oven to 375.  Melt butter over low heat until just melted.  In the meantime, sift together flour, baking soda and salt…set aside.  When butter is completely melted, pour into a large bowl, add sugars and cream together.  Add egg yolk and egg..one at a time, mixing well after each addition.  Add milk and vanilla and mix just until incorporated.  Slowly mix in flour mixture, I added mine in about 3 batches.  Once dough comes together, stir in chocolate chips, or whatever cookie stuff you like.  Chill dough in fridge for 15 min or so, and scoop out tablespoon size dough balls onto a parchment lined cookie sheet.  Cook for about 12 min.  Start to check after 10 minutes, just to be sure.  Oh and try not to eat all the dough before you even bake the cookies…yup, guilty.

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