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Café Mocha Mini Muffins

I was fortunate last week to come across this recipe courtesy of the blog Front Burner when I was in a bit of a rush to bake something involving the word “mocha” that didn’t need a lot of preparation time.  That these are “cute and delicious little muffins…so incredibly easy to make” is an understatement by the author of the original recipe.

If you’ve got enough advance warning to soften three tablespoons of butter you can make a full batch of these, from start to cooling racks and with everything else cleaned up, in less time then it takes to run a load of laundry through the dryer when you live in an apartment building when the laundry room is several floors down from you.  That’s my version of The Bessman Family’s time measurement for these mini-muffins and yes, I’m now considering measuring all of my recipes by that scale.

Cafe mocha mini muffins

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Posted by on November 3, 2013 in Baking

 

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Vegan Maple Nanaimo Bars

Back in April I attempted to make nanaimo bars by taking Leanne’s recipe from Healthful Pursuit and changing a significant number of the ingredients.  Perhaps not surprisingly that didn’t work out so well and I’ve been meaning to try again but stay closer to the original recipe.  I’m happy to report that my second attempt worked much better!

Vegan maple nanaimo bars

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Posted by on September 15, 2013 in Baking

 

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Chocolate Amaretti

For September’s first recipe I tried something a little different to my usual buttery drop cookies with a recipe from “The Cook’s Encyclopedia of Cookies” by Hilaire Walden.  These amaretti are almond flour cookies, thus implicitly gluten-free, and contain no butter.  By weight they are primarily made up of almond flour and sugar so they taste pretty good, too.  The ambitious part for me was beating egg whites for the base, generally one of the more delicate tasks in baking, but I’m happy to report that it worked out just fine and I wound up with some delightful cookies.

Amaretti on the cooling rack

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Posted by on September 2, 2013 in Baking

 

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Double Chocolate Butterscotch Cookies

This week’s recipe is courtesy of Stephanie at Back for Seconds, where her Double Chocolate Butterscotch Cookies are a recent addition to a recipe collection packed with great ideas and some amazing photographs that will capture any chocolate lover’s attention.  You should definitely browse through her recipes, just give yourself plenty of time!

Close-up cookie shot

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Posted by on July 6, 2013 in Baking

 

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Triple Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies

It’s about time I posted up my favorite cookie recipe, which comes from Ellen Brown’s book, “Gluten-Free Christmas Cookies“.

Triple chocolate hazelnut cookies

There are a lot of reasons these cookies are my favorite.  First of all there’s the obvious “triple chocolate” part which implies that they are amazing, and they live up to this wholeheartedly.  On texture they’re very similar to the Chocolate Brownie Cookies and thus similarly walk that great line between cookie and brownie.  I don’t chop the hazelnuts particularly finely so you get a lot of satisfying crunch, and the chocolate flavor lingers so they are very satisfying.

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Posted by on June 9, 2013 in Baking

 

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Double Chocolate Walnut Cookies

I went back this week to the “Best of Fine Cooking – Chocolate” 2006 edition of Fine Cooking magazine and chose another recipe based purely on how badly I wanted to eat the photo on the page.  These cookies are similar to the Chocolate Brownie Recipes from a month ago but with more of a normal cookie consistency and with walnuts instead of pecans.  The title kind of gave that much away, but the most important part is that these cookies are deliciously rich and packed with chocolate.

Double chocolate walnut cookie closeup

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Posted by on April 21, 2013 in Baking

 

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Chocolate Brownie Cookies

This recipe is courtesy of Fine Cooking magazine, and it’s from their “Best of Fine Cooking – Chocolate” 2006 edition.  Warning: any of their “Best of Chocolate” magazines are fairly dangerous things to flip through if you’re trying to stay on a diet.

Gratuitous close-up shot
Gratuitous close-up shot

Simply put, the name for these cookies is perfect.  The proportion of chocolate far exceeds any other ingredient, the consistency is that of a brownie, and the form is that of a cookie.  Also, they taste fantastic, being a little on the rich side on account of all that lovely chocolate.

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Posted by on March 24, 2013 in Baking

 

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