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Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

by Pam on December 4, 2012

My daughter didn’t want a cake or cupcakes for her 10th birthday. Instead she wanted chocolate and peppermint cookies. I found this recipe on Tasty Kitchen[1] that looked perfect. The house smelled amazing while these cookies baked and they put a huge smile on the birthday girl’s face.  The peppermint frosting and candy cane crumbles made these chocolate cookies extra special. They turned out rich and decadent which is perfect for my chocolate loving daughter who absolutely LOVED them. Happy birthday to the sweetest girl I know. I am so thankful and proud to be your mom.  xoxo

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with a silpat mat.

Combine the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt together in a small bowl – mix well.

Using a mixer, beat the butter and sugars together until creamy and smooth. Add the egg, vanilla, and peppermint extract and mix well with beater. Slowly add the flour mixture to the butter mixture until combined. Add the chocolate chips and the pieces of crushed candy cane; mix until combined.

Place teaspoons of dough on the baking sheet about 2 inches apart. Press the cookies with the back of the spatula to flatten them a bit. Place into the oven and bake 7-8 minutes; remove from the oven and let them cool for a few minutes before moving them to a wire rack.

Make the glaze by combining the powdered sugar, peppermint extract, and milk; mix until well combined. Drizzle the frosting over the cookies on the wire rack. Side Note: Place wax paper or a paper towel down under the rack for a quicker clean up. Sprinkled the crushed candy cane over the top of each cookie before the frosting sets. Enjoy!



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Chocolate Peppermint Cookies




Yield: 15 large cookies

Prep Time: 10 min.

Cook Time: 10 min.

Total Time: 20 min.



Ingredients:

Cookies:

1 cup + 2 tbsp flour
1/3 + 2 tbsp cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/8 tsp salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup + 2 tbsp white sugar
1 egg
3/4 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp peppermint extract
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 candy canes, crushed

Peppermint Glaze:

3/4 cups powdered sugar
1/4 tsp peppermint extract
3 1/2 tsp milk or half-and-half
Candy canes, crushed

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with a silpat mat.

Combine the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt together in a small bowl – mix well.

Using a mixer, beat the butter and sugars together until creamy and smooth. Add the egg, vanilla, and peppermint extract and mix well with beater. Slowly add the flour mixture to the butter mixture until combined. Add the chocolate chips and the pieces of crushed candy cane; mix until combined.

Place teaspoons of dough on the baking sheet about 2 inches apart. Press the cookies with the back of the spatula to flatten them a bit. Place into the oven and bake 7-8 minutes; remove from the oven and let them cool for a few minutes before moving them to a wire rack.

Make the glaze by combining the powdered sugar, peppermint extract, and milk; mix until well combined. Drizzle the frosting over the cookies on the wire rack. Side Note: Place wax paper or a paper towel down under the rack for a quicker clean up. Sprinkled the crushed candy cane over the top of each cookie before the frosting sets. Enjoy!



Adapted recipe and photos by For the Love of Cooking.net
Original recipe by Tasty Kitchen

References

  1. ^ Tasty Kitchen (tastykitchen.com)
  2. ^ Print Recipe (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)
  3. ^ Save to ZipList Recipe Box (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)

Tomato and Asparagus ?Carbonara?

Tomato and Asparagus “Carbonara”

by Pam on September 30, 2012

I found this recipe in the September 2012 issue of Cooking Light and I couldn’t wait to make it.  It took very little prep or time to make and it ended up being creamy, cheesy, and totally delicious.  I loved that, even though it didn’t have bacon like a traditional carbonara has, it was still flavorful and satisfying.  My husband, son, and I all loved it.  My daughter, on the other hand, thought it was too cheesy and she didn’t like the texture.  It’s no surprise since she doesn’t like cheese.  Oh well… her loss. 

Cook the pasta in salted boiling water per instructions.

While the pasta is cooking, heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat.  Add the tomatoes and cook, stirring occasionally for 5-6 minutes; add the asparagus and cook for 2 minutes.  Add the minced garlic and season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste; cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute.  Remove from the heat.

Mix the egg, Parmesan cheese, sea salt, freshly cracked pepper, to taste until well combined.  Drain the pasta and immediately add the cheese/egg mixture to the pasta and stir until well combined and the cheese has melted.  Add the tomato and asparagus mixture to the pan and mix until evenly coated.  Place pasta into the serving bowl and sprinkle the top with the torn basil leaves.  Serve immediately.  Enjoy.

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Tomato and Asparagus “Carbonara”




Yield: 4

Prep Time: 5 min.

Cook Time: 12 min.

Total Time: 17 min.



Ingredients:

8 oz whole wheat penne pasta, cooked per instructions
2 tsp olive oil
1 pint of grape tomatoes
1 lb asparagus, ends removed and cut into thirds
3 cloves of garlic, minced
Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste
1/2 cup of Parmesan, Asiago, Romano cheese mixture
1 large egg
Several fresh basil leaves, torn

Directions:

Cook the pasta in salted boiling water per instructions.

While the pasta is cooking, heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the tomatoes and cook, stirring occasionally for 5-6 minutes; add the asparagus and cook for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the minced garlic and season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste; cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute. Remove from the heat.

Mix the egg, Parmesan cheese, sea salt, freshly cracked pepper, to taste, until well combined. Drain the pasta then place back into the cooking pot and immediately add the cheese/egg mixture to the pasta and stir until well combined and the cheese has melted. Add the tomato and asparagus mixture to the pasta and mix until evenly coated. Place pasta into the serving bowl and sprinkle the top with the torn basil leaves. Serve immediately. Enjoy.



Adapted recipe and photos by For the Love of Cooking.net
Original recipe by Cooking Light – September 2012

References

  1. ^ Print Recipe (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)

Rosemary Honey “Pull Apart” Dinner Rolls – Because You Love Them…Right?

Entertaining during the holidays usually means plenty of
costly, complicated, and time-consuming recipes, so absolutely no one would blame you if
you simply tossed a tube of store-bought dinner rolls into the oven to save a
little time and effort.


Of course the problem with that, at least for loyal
followers of this blog, is that some or all of your family members will have
seen this video by then, and you may get a few looks. Not that they would never
question your undying love and devotion to their happiness, but hey, why take a chance?

Assuming that you have an electric mixer, besides a few
minutes of cutting and balling the dough, these really aren’t that much work to
make. If you don’t, and would have to knead this by hand, then let your
conscience be your guide. I think I speak for your entire family when I say, we
know you’ll do the right thing.


Anyway, as far as holiday dinner rolls go, these are pretty
lean. You can certainly up the melted butter amount, and toss in a egg or two,
but since these are generally going to be eaten with fairly rich food, I prefer a lighter approach.

Please feel free to embellish with anything else you’d like
to toss in. I’ll toss out garlic, herbs, cheese, seeds, and nuts just to start
the brainstorming session. I hope you come up with something amazing, and give
these a try soon. Enjoy!


Ingredients for about 32-36 small dinner rolls:
1 packet (2 1/4 teaspoon) dry active yeast
1/4 cup warm water (100-110 degrees F.)
1 cup milk
4 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 or 2 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon salt
2 tsp minced fresh rosemary leaves
about 3 cups unbleached all-purpose white flour, plus more
if needed (NOTE: add about 2 1/2 cups of flour at the beginning of the mixing,
and then add more in smaller increments until the dough just starts to pull
away from the bowl. Remember, you can always add more, but can’t remove too
much! Better a little too sticky than too stiff and dry.)

2 tbsp olive oil (to oil the dough)
egg wash (one egg beaten with a teaspoon of milk)
coarse sea salt