Old Fashioned Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

These Old Fashioned Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies are quite tasty. The combination of whiskey, vanilla, cinnamon and molasses is a great accompaniment to the chocolate chunks. I’d definitely make them again, except I think I would eat most of them before I got the chance to take them to work!

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Chocolate-Cornflake Haystacks

On one hand, I did like these.

On the other hand, every time I took a bite I wished they were different. Crunchier, saltier, more chocolate, it just seemed like they needed something. A scoop of peanut butter or salted peanuts would probably have been great. Toasting the coconut and the nuts would have been delicious.

The recipe is flexible, so I could make them again with different additions. I used cashews, sweetened coconut, cornflakes, and milk chocolate, and substituted honey for the agave since I had that on hand.

The overall texture was a lot chewier than expected – a combination of the softness of the coconut and the ‘glue’ holding the cookies together, which was almost taffy-like in texture when baked.

Not my favorite cookie recipe, but definite potential  with some tweaks.

Black Forest Cupcakes

I thought these Black Forest Cupcakes were great! I got a lot of compliments after taking them to my office. The cake was very moist and chocolatey, and the icing was fun to make. I substituted strawberry jam and grenadine for the cherry preserves and kirsch, but I thought the results were delicious.

I did feel like it made a crazy amount of frosting for 24 cupcakes, even swirled high. Other than that, I thought the results were wonderful.
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Lemon Sugar Cookies and Anzac Biscuits

Both these Lemon Sugar Cookies and Anzac Biscuits were delicious, and easy to make! I’m planning on bookmarking both recipes to make again.

For the Anzac biscuits, I didn’t have golden syrup so I used corn syrup, and I added a bit of coconut extract. With a touch of chocolate they would be very reminiscent of Girl Scout Samoas.  They were not too sweet, with a bit of crunch on the edges and a bit of chew from the oats and coconut. They were best the day I baked them, the next day they had toughened a bit.

The lemon cookies were just delightful – fragrant and soft with a nice texture from rolling the dough in sugar.


Valentine’s Day Share-a-Heart

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I thought the Valentine’s Day Share-a-Hearts were just ok. They were a cute Valentine’s Day treat, especially using red sprinkles. The dough was very crumbly right out of the food processor, and even after chilling it did not hold together all that well.  The flavor is a bit bland, what this recipe really needs is more chocolate- a melted chocolate drizzle or frosting would be perfect.

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Nutella Chip Cookies, Almond Style

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These were delicious! If you love chocolate with a delightful crunch of toasted nuts these cookies will make you very happy. They were very moist, so the slivered almonds that I used were a perfect complement. I’m sort of meh about hazelnuts, so I decided to substitute Trader Joe’s Cocoa Almond spread instead. I’ve never tried it before, and I noticed that it doesn’t have a strong nut flavor (while Nutella is very hazelnutty).  If  you want a cookie that is more chocolate the TJ’s spread makes a good alternative.

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Pfefferneusse and Christmas Spice Cookies

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The Pfefferneusse were easy and delicious! I would definitley make them again. They don’t look all that fancy but the flavors or orange and spice were delightful.

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The Holiday Spice cookies were a little more work, but equally delicious. I went ahead and made the full batch of sugar cookie dough from Dorie’s Cookies, theoretically enough dough for 80 cookies. I separated it into four flat discs and froze it for later. From defrosted I kneaded in the spices, and the dough was easy to roll and cut into shapes, making delicious crisp and spicy cookies. Definitely a holiday winner.

Malted Crisp Tart

I made the Sweet Potato Tart last year and loved it, so I decided to make an alternate that I missed when the group was working their way through Baked Explorations, the Malted Crisp Tart.  I love making tarts, and this one has been on my ‘to bake’ list for awhile.

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I decided to try making mini tarts in a muffin tin a la this post by the Great Bake Company.  I was a little worried that they wouldn’t come out of the pan, but thankfully they slid right out. I’ve made caramelized rice krispies once before, for Dorie Greenspan’s Crispy Topped Brown Sugar Bars, and I think they are wonderfully versatile.  I keep meaning to make a batch and adding them to ice cream (chocolate malt crunch ice cream anyone)?

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There are a lot of steps to this recipe, but nothing terribly difficult.  The tart crust was buttery, and you layer ganache and malt vanilla pudding on top with the crunchy rice krispies. Assembling everything together was easy, and I thought the tartlets came out looking adorable.  They made a delightful two bite treat.

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Peanut Butter Change-Ups

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Delicious! I brought these to my office and they were devoured. It was a very easy recipe, my only thoughts were that next time I will add even more peanuts, and maybe try rolling the dough in sugar instead of sprinkling it on top. And of course, adding chocolate is always a tempting idea!

This is my first recipe baking with Tuesdays with Dorie, who just started on Dorie Greenspan’s excellent new book Dorie’s Cookies. I got the book at Sur la Table as part of a cookie making demo Dorie held last week, it was so much fun. Can’t wait to try more recipes!

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