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Chocolate Chip Caramel Pecan Cookies

A few weeks ago when discussing baking with a colleague of mine, the phrase “chocolate chip caramel pecan cookies” was offered up.  This was too tempting of an idea to pass on, so I searched around for a recipe that I liked the look of and settled on Sally’s recipe for Salted Caramel Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookies.  What I ended up baking was very similar to an older recipe I’ve posted up here for Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies, with only a couple of ingredients having different quantities and then the addition of pecans.  Just like with those cookies these are delicious, and they have the advantage of the caramel ingredient being slightly easier to come by than the caramel chips.  I’m also a fan of the addition of pecans, so I decided it was worth writing this up as a recipe in its own right!

Chocolate chip caramel pecan cookies on a cooling rack

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Posted by on July 8, 2014 in Baking

 

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Chocolate Brownie Maple Sandwich Cookies

A friend of mine passed along this recipe for Samoa Oreo Cookies from Chef in Training, which as-is look amazing and the trick of using a boxed cake mix simplifies making the cookies.  After thinking about how I’d want to go about making these, the cookies reminded me of the Chocolate Brownie Cookies I made for the inaugural recipe on this website.  My first attempt at these involved the Chocolate Brownie Cookies but without the pecans, and with a buttercream frosting made with a 1/2 cup of butterscotch ice cream topping and about a cup of toasted coconut flakes smooshed into the frosting in each cookie.  This was the result, and they were fairly amazing:

Chocolate Brownie Coconut Caramel Sandwich Cookies

In the process of eating these while sharing them with some friends, I decided that I definitely needed to bake these again but I wanted to try a maple frosting instead.  The result was just slightly more amazing than the first attempt:

Chocolate maple sandwich cookies

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Posted by on May 17, 2014 in Baking

 

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Chocolate Chip Molasses Cookies

A few weeks ago I was experimenting with making hot chocolate from scratch using a base of cream and chopped chocolate and then mixing in a variety of other ingredients to see what happened.  The short version is: “wonderful things happened”, and a longer version is on it’s way here once I’ve settled on a trio of recipes that I like the most.  One of those experiments involved unsweetened chocolate and molasses and after recovering from the resulting delirium I decided that I wanted to make a cookie sweetened with molasses.  I settled on Shauna’s recipe at gluten-free-girl for Soft Molasses Cookies.

A quick warning for this recipe: you will need a kitchen scale.  The major ingredients are all listed by weight in the original recipe and I held true to that.  The explanation accompanying the original recipe is worth reading through and I agree that it gives you a more accurate and reliable result.  My scale is also one of my favorite kitchen appliances, which would be one of several reasons this recipe appealed to me.

Enough words!  Let’s see some of these amazing cookies!

Cookies on a rack

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Posted by on February 27, 2014 in Baking

 

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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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