Salted Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

chocolate chip cookies, salted chocolate chip cookies, brown butter cookies

I was scrollin thru Instagram the other night, when I came across a beautiful picture of chocolate chip cookies by @tojo827 (thanks for the recipe!!)

Some may consider chocolate chip cookies the most simple of cookies, but I was so intrigued.

I decided to try the recipe and add some flake salt for an added depth of flavor. I love sweet and salty treats!

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Easy Peppermint Bark

easy peppermint bark, peppermint bark

Looking for a last minute gift? Look no further than this peppermint bark!

All you need is some chocolate, candy canes and peppermint extract (which is even optional)!

peppermint bark, chocolate peppermint barkPackage these treats, wrap them with a bow and share with your friends and  neighbors! There’s nothing that says “I appreciate you” more than a homemade gift! I know it is something I love to receive 😀

chocolate peppermint bark, peppermint bark

Easy Peppermint Bark
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Ingredients
  • 8 ounces white chocolate
  • 8 ounces milk or dark chocolate
  • ½ teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 3 candy canes, crushed
Instructions
  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper
  2. Melt white chocolate, over a double boiler. This means placing a bowl over a pot of simmering water and gently melting the chocolate.
  3. Mix in the peppermint extract
  4. Spread white chocolate evenly onto the parchment paper. Place in refrigerator to cool and harden.
  5. Melt milk or dark chocolate.
  6. Spread evenly on top of the white chocolate
  7. Sprinkle on the crushed candy canes and gently press in the candy canes
  8. Allow to cool and set in the refrigerator
  9. Break into pieces
  10. Enjoy 🙂

 

 

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Candied Pecans

candied nuts, holiday nuts

Is it just me or did this year fly by?

I mean, 2015 will be over in just a few short weeks!

But before we can celebrate the new year, we need to gift our friends and neighbors these delicious candied pecans!

candied pecans, candied nuts

Who doesn’t love a sweet, nutty, candied nut? And as a gift? The best 🙂

 

I’ve made several batches of these pecans and they are always gone in the blink of an eye! Seriously, they’re that good.

And the good news is, they’re really simple and easy to make.

pecans

 

Candied Pecans
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Serves: 4 cups
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • 16 ounces pecans (about 4 cups)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 320 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk the egg white, water and vanilla until it stiffens slightly.
  3. Stir in sugar, cinnamon.
  4. Add the pecans to the bowl and mix until the pecans are coated in the cinnamon and sugar.
  5. Spread pecans evenly on a baking sheet and place into the oven.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes, until golden.
  7. Allow to cool completely
  8. Enjoy 🙂

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Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

chocolate peppermint cookies

I’ve kind of been obsessed with chocolate peppermint flavored everything right now.

It is the holiday season and I DO love chocolate, so it totally makes sense!

*See my Peppermint Marshmallows Here *

 peppermint marshmallows

I am so excited to announce my Youtube Channel and this is the first video I am sharing on there!

 

 

Chocolate Peppermint Cookies
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Serves: 18 cookies
 
Ingredients
  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • ¾ cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon peppermint extract
  • ⅓ cup cocoa powder
  • 1 ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • ⅓ cup chocolate chips
  • 2 candy canes, crushed
  • 18 peppermint Hershey kisses
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Cream together butter and sugar. Add in the egg. Mix well.
  3. Add in salt, baking soda, peppermint extract, cocoa powder and flour. Mix until combined.
  4. Fold in chocolate chips.
  5. Place in freezer for 5 minutes.
  6. Scoop onto baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  7. Bake for 10-12 minutes.
  8. Place a peppermint Hershey kiss in the center of the cookie and swirl with a toothpick.
  9. Sprinkle on crushed candy canes
  10. Enjoy!

 

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Mushroom Risotto with Crunchy Kale

mushroom risotto, baked kale chips

I’ll be honest, I hadn’t tried risotto until a few months ago, when it was the only options I liked at a restaurant.

It was a seafood risotto, that was creamy, rich and packed with layers of flavor.

I set out to make my own risotto at home and learned from none other than Chef Emeril Lagasse

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Cran-Orange Cupcakes

cranberry orange cupcakes

I love cranberries. They are tart and bright! They are a beautiful rich red and pop! when they cook. What a festive little fruit 😀

cranberries

Cranberries are typically used to make juice and sauce. They are also used in baking and I decided to candy some up for a decorative topping to my cranberry orange cupcakes!

These delicious cupcakes are the perfect treat for

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Gingerbread Cake with Orange Icing

orange icing, gingerbread cake

I love a beautiful cake pan almost as much as the cake that bakes within it!

Hussein and I were at the mall last weekend and I had to stop and have a look (and only a look, I promised) at William Sonoma when I came across the most beautiful Nordic Ware pan. I *had* to have it. 

gingerbread cake with orange icing

I then set out to make a special cake flavor to go with this oh *so* special pan. I wanted it to be festive, reminiscent of the season and unlike other cakes that I have made before.

I decided on a gingerbread cake and landed on this recipe from Bon Appetit. I paired it with a very simple orange icing 😀

gingerbread cake, gingerbread cake

 

Gingerbread Cake with Orange Icing
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Ingredients
Gingerbread Cake
  • ¾ cup canola oil
  • ½ cup molasses
  • ¾ cup dark brown sugar
  • ¾ cup boiling water
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon ground clove
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
Orange Icing
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2½ tablespoons fresh orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 9inch baking pan with non-stick baking spray.
  2. In a bowl, mix oil, brown sugar and molasses until well combined.
  3. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well in between each addition.
  4. Sift together flour, salt, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, clove.
  5. Add the flour to the wet ingredients. Also add in the boiling water and orange zest.
  6. Mix until all ingredients are combined, being careful not to overmix.
  7. Bake for 35 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean
  8. Allow the cake to cool completely
Icing
  1. Mix powdered sugar with orange juice and zest, until well combined
  2. Use a pipping bag to decorate your cake
  3. Enjoy 🙂

 

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