Tuesdays with Dorie: Ginger-Jazzed Brownies

October 18, 2011 at 12:01 am | Posted in cookies & bars, groups, sweet things, tuesdays with dorie | 9 Comments
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ginger-jazzed brownies

Chocolate and ginger together?  Yes, please!  This is a combo I like a lot when the weather gets cool, and it makes for a brownie with some heat.  The mixing method was kind of unusual for brownies– creaming rather than melting the butter– and my Ginger-Jazzed Brownies were more on the cakey side than the fudgy side (but not fluffy cake, like this delicious chocolate gingerbread).  Perhaps that’s because while I made a half recipe, I used two eggs instead of the 1.5 I technically should have.  Or maybe it’s because instead of the corn syrup called for (for chewiness, I guess?), I used golden syrup, but I usually make this swap and it doesn’t seem to affect other recipes.  Or maybe that’s just how they’re supposed to be…I’m curious to see results from the other TWDers to compare.  With ground and grated fresh ginger, these were good, and even better with a little frosting and candied ginger bling.

For the recipe, see Baking: From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan or read Bubie’s Little Baker.  Don’t forget to check out the TWD Blogroll!

Tuesdays with Dorie: Salt and Pepper Cocoa Shortbreads

September 20, 2011 at 4:50 pm | Posted in cookies & bars, groups, sweet things, tuesdays with dorie | 8 Comments
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salt and pepper cocoa shortbreads

Chocolate shortbread with a little hit of salt and pepper?  Sounds exotic, but the s&p doesn’t overpower (even though I added 50% more of each than the recipe called for).  It just gives the slightest tickle on your tongue.  I used a little of my precious Aussie pink salt here…love that stuff.  After I baked off what you see here, I put the other half of my dough log into my freezer cookie stash.  I’ve built a good selection in there at this point, and while I must admit that this one may not bring about world peace, it’ll be a nice addition to that massive cookie platter I’ll one day make from all the leftover dough hunks.

For the recipe, see Baking: From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan or read Buttercream Barbie, as it was Tia’s turn to pick again.  Don’t forget to check out the TWD Blogroll!

Tuesdays with Dorie: Classic Brownies

September 13, 2011 at 12:01 am | Posted in cookies & bars, groups, sweet things, tuesdays with dorie | 15 Comments
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classic brownies

I have made lots o’ brownies with TWD (I think there are even still a couple more versions to go), but this is Dorie’s classic…no honey, no cheesecake, no Peppermint Patties…just straight-up chocolate and walnuts.   This is a solid brownie, in both the solidly-good sense, and the fudgy-but-not-raw-in-the-middle sense.  It’s the one to take to a bake sale, the one to put in a lunchbox, the one that will please everyone (unless they don’t like nuts, but then you just leave them out!).

For the recipe, see Baking: From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan or read Anne Strawberry.  Don’t forget to check out the TWD Blogroll!

Tuesdays with Dorie: Chocolate Spice Quickies

September 6, 2011 at 12:01 am | Posted in cookies & bars, groups, sweet things, tuesdays with dorie | 12 Comments
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chocolate spice quickies

I thought TWD was a pretty PG-group, but this week’s recipe sounds a little racy.  Too much talk about spicy quickies might make me blush.

Ok, so these are just quick to make food processor cookies, flavored with spices and chocolate.  No ID required.  I read that they weren’t actaully very spicy at all, so I doubled the amount in mine.  I used allspice, and doubling it makes it noticable, but it’s not in your face.  Ground almonds give the dough cute little speckles.

When my quickies turned out soft instead of crispy, I was kind of confused.  Ahhh….seems I didn’t read the recipe intro…the one where Dorie says they are chewy.  However, as you can see, her side note about turning them into ice cream sandwiches did not escape me!  She’s right, they have the perfect texture for ice cream sandwiches.

For the recipe, see Baking: From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan or read the delightful My Baking Heart, as it was Jessica’s turn to pick again.  Don’t forget to check out the TWD Blogroll!

Tuesdays with Dorie: Cocoa Almond Meringues

August 2, 2011 at 12:01 am | Posted in cookies & bars, groups, sweet things, tuesdays with dorie | 9 Comments
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cocoa almond meringues

We are having hot, sticky weather here.  I’ve baked enough to know that sticky weather equals sticky meringues, so I thought about hitting the snooze bar on TWD this week and skipping these Cocoa Almond Meringue Cookies.  But I had some weekend time on my hands, and I figured I could do a scaled down batch…just enough to be eaten the same day, with nothing left to wilt in a container overnight.

I like meringues, and I’m a fan of these.  Beneath their crisp, light cocoa shells, they are chewy and very dark with chocolate (studded with crushed hazelnuts, too, in this case).  If you like your meringues drier and crisped-through, I’m guessing you could bake them longer, or at the end of the book’s suggested time, turn off the oven and let the cookies continue to hang out for a few more hours inside.  I actually did bake these about 15 minutes longer than the recommended hour and ten because I made a few quite large meringues as opposed to a zillion little guys, and I wanted to make sure they weren’t soup inside.  I made a special exception to my “no coffee after 3:00″ rule and served these with a little glass of milky iced joe.  It was the perfect thing to cut the sweetness of the meringues.

Next time I find myself with extra egg whites, I’ll be sure to keep these in mind!  For the recipe, see Baking: From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan or read Ugly Food For an Ugly Dude.  Don’t forget to check out the TWD Blogroll!

Tuesdays with Dorie: Sour Cream Chocolate Cake Cookies

June 28, 2011 at 12:01 am | Posted in cookies & bars, groups, sweet things, tuesdays with dorie | 12 Comments
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sour cream chocolate cake cookies

Hooray, Spike, for finally giving these Sour Cream Chocolate Cake Cookies their fifteen minutes of fame.  This is one of the first recipes in the book that really piqued my interest, mostly because I couldn’t imagine what the heck a “cake cookie” could be.  But then, after making approximately a hundred zillion whoopie pies at the bakery in Red Hook where I used to work, it dawned on me that these might something similar.  Although Dorie says they are thin and plain, somehow mine came out chubby and rounded– like little cakes in cookie-mound form.  These are nice and moist, and to boost the chocolaty-ness, I used my darkest cocoa, replaced the cinnamon and nutmeg in the recipe with a bit of instant espresso powder and left out the currants entirely.  While they are pretty good on their own (just grab a glass of milk or iced coffee and have at ‘em), I think they’d be great filled with buttercream.  Since it’s so schwetty out here, I decided to make them into ice cream sandwiches instead, using a bit of the caramel gelato I help to make at the shop where I now work.

For the Sour Cream Chocolate Cake Cookie recipe, see Baking: From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan or read Spike’s blog.  Don’t forget to check out the TWD Blogroll!

Tuesdays with Dorie: Cornmeal Shortbread Cookies

April 26, 2011 at 12:01 am | Posted in cookies & bars, groups, sweet things, tuesdays with dorie | 15 Comments
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cornmeal shortbread cookies

If you are looking for a crunchy, buttery, sweet little cookie to serve with tea, Cornmeal Shortbread may your thing.  A pop of citrus zest adds extra flavor (I used orange), and that little bit of grittiness from the cornmeal boosts the crumbly texture typical of shortbread.  I’m glad to have a stash of extras in the freezer!

For the recipe, see Baking: From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan or read Une Gamine dans la Cuisine, as it was Valerie’s pick this week.  Don’t forget to check out the TWD Blogroll!

Tuesdays with Dorie: Pecan Powder Puffs

March 29, 2011 at 12:01 am | Posted in cookies & bars, groups, sweet things, tuesdays with dorie | 12 Comments
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pecan powder puffs

Even if you’ve never heard of a Pecan Powder Puff, you probably already know what’s up with these cookies.  You’ve likely seen (and tasted) them under one of their other aliases: Russian tea cakes, Mexican wedding cookies, etc.  Something that goes by that many names sounds a little sneaky, but if you like nuts, they are really one of the nicest little cookies you’ll come across.

These little puffs are full of ground pecans (although you could certainly use walnuts or almonds in their place).  They get their sweetness mostly from a liberal coating of powdered sugar….preferably enough powdered sugar to make you cough a little bit…know what I mean?  They are crumbly, but melt in your mouth.  If it’s still chilly enough where you live for hot cocoa, the two are a perfect match.  I wish I’d made them a little bigger.  I wish I’d made more of them.  *sigh*

For the recipe, see Baking: From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan or read Buttercream Barbie, as it was Tia’s pick this week.  Don’t forget to check out the TWD Blogroll!

Tuesdays with Dorie: Honey-Nut Brownies

March 22, 2011 at 12:01 am | Posted in cookies & bars, groups, sweet things, tuesdays with dorie | 15 Comments
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honey-nut brownies

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve flipped through the book and wondered what this Honey-Nut Brownie would be like.  Well, now I don’t have to wonder anymore.  If, for you, the word “brownie” immediately calls to mind a rich, fudgey square of chocolatey goodness, then you may want to adjust your mindset a bit if you go off to make these.  There is still goodness, but it is more cakey than fudgey, and tastes more of honey than chocolate.  There is a little chocolate in the base, but “blondie” may be a better description here.  A few extra chocolate chips in the batter and a quick ganache icing on top will boost the cacao factor, though, if that’s what your after.

Even though the texture is on the cakey side, it’s still chewy, I guess thanks to the honey.  It occurred to me that slicing these brownies in half and sandwiching them with vanilla ice cream might be tasty.  That’s what I did with half of my tray (I iced the other half with ganache).  They weren’t firmed up by photo-time, but I assure you, they were pretty good!

I used Tremblay Apiaries’ Summerflower Honey and almonds in my brownies.  For the recipe, see Baking: From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan or read Suzy Homemaker, as it was Suzy’s pick this week.  Don’t forget to check out the TWD Blogroll!

Tuesdays with Dorie: Chocolate Oatmeal Drops

February 15, 2011 at 12:01 am | Posted in cookies & bars, groups, sweet things, tuesdays with dorie | 24 Comments

chocolate oatmeal drops

I love chocolate.  I love oatmeal.  Naturally I’d been hoping that we’d get to make these Chocolate Oatmeal Drops sooner rather than later.  Yet, when their turn rolled around, I wasn’t at first convinced.  They seemed a little dry to me…like maybe the oats had robbed the cookies of some of their moisture.  I almost never bake off a whole batch of cookies at once though, so into the freezer went a slew of scooped out raw dough drops. 

I pulled a handful of scoops out a few days later and baked them off, shortcutting the recommended time by just a minute or so.  They were not at all raw inside, but soft and really chocolatey, just the way I’d hoped they would be.  So, now I am convinced: chocolate + oatmeal = tasty cookies. 

For the recipe, see Baking: From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan or read Bake With Us, as Caroline and Claire picked it this week.  Don’t forget to check out the TWD Blogroll!

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