I was workshopping these cookies for awhile – the end result is soft chocolatey goodness.
1 cup unsalted butter
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
3/4 cup cocoa
1 3/4 cup flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups chocolate chips
1 cup toasted walnuts, optional
Cream butter, sugar and brown sugar until very light and fluffy 5-10 minutes, scraping down the bowl as needed and mixing until the mixture is all the same pale color.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line baking sheets with parchment.
Beat in eggs, one at a time, scraping as necessary. Add vanilla and mix.
Sift together cocoa, flour, soda and salt. Add to mixer and stir to combine well on low speed. Increase mixer speed to medium and beat for 30 seconds. Mix in chocolate chips and walnuts, if desired.
Scoop 3 tablespoon mounds onto cookie sheet, leaving 2″ between each cookie.
Bake 12-15 minutes, until the edges are firm and the centers seem a little undercooked.
Cool 10 minutes before removing from cookie sheets and baking remaining dough. Or scoop and freeze dough balls for up to a month -baking a couple from frozen at 9:30pm when you need a little something.
A little leftover hand pie dough, black sesame paste from my freezer, and a bar of chocolate with almonds all found each other today.
4 ounces cream cheese, straight from the refrigerator
1 stick butter, straight from the refrigerator
1 cup flour
2 TBSP sugar
1/4 tsp salt
Black Sesame and Chocolate Filling
1/4 cup black sesame seeds, toasted
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup butter, softened
4 ounces bittersweet chocolate (with or without almonds), chopped
1 beaten egg and coarse sugar for topping
For the dough: Cut the cream cheese and butter into cubes. Place flour, sugar and salt in food processor and blend. Toss in cream cheese and butter. Pulse until the dough comes together – check it by taking the lid of and pinching some dough – if it sticks together it is ready.
Divide dough into two pieces and wrap each in plastic wrap. Chill in refrigerator for at least 1 hour or overnight.
For the filling: Toast sesame seeds in a small skillet. Let cool completely. In a food processor or blender, combine cooled sesame seeds, butter and sugar. Process into a paste.
Chop chocolate into small pieces and set aside.
When ready to assemble: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line two rimmed baking sheets with foil (these will leak a bit).
Divide the dough into two. One at a time, roll out on lightly floured surface to about a 10-inch circle. Spread 1/2 of black sesame paste onto one circle and sprinkle half the chopped chocolate on top.
Cut the circle into 16 pieces, like a pizza, first in half, then quarters, then into eighths, etc… Roll up each triangle starting with the fat end of the triangle. Place on the prepared cookie sheet. Repeat with remaining dough and filling.
If desired, brush with beaten egg and sprinkle with coarse sugar.
These are chewy, rich and delicious. The brown butter is key.
2 cups flour
3 cups old-fashioned oats
3/4 tsp baking soda
1 tsp kosher salt
1 1/4 cups butterscotch chips
1 1/2 cups butter
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
3 tsp vanilla
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9×13 inch pan with a foil sling (leave foil overhanging out of the pan to make removing the bars easier). Lightly grease the foil.
Combine flour, oats, soda and salt in a medium bowl. Place butterscotch chips in a large bowl.
In a small saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Continue to cook until the butter is brown and nutty – this could take up to 15 minutes or so. Pour browned butter over the butterscotch chips, scraping all the brown bits at the bottom of the saucepan and including them too. Whisk until butterscotch chips are melted. Whisk in brown sugar until smooth. Whisk in eggs and vanilla.
Stir flour mixture into butter mixture until well combined. Pour into prepared pan and smooth evenly.
Bake for 35 minutes, until the edges are brown and the center is just firm.
Let cook completely in the pan before lifting out and cutting into squares.
This recipe is adapted from America’s Test Kitchen.
Combine blackberries, sugar and lemon juice in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a simmer, crushing blackberries with a fork or spoon as they start releasing their juices. Cook for 15 minutes, until thick. The mixture will thicken as it cools. Strain using a mesh strainer to remove most of the seeds. I like to add 1 TBSP of the seeds back into the smooth mixture and discard the rest. Refrigerate.
Line 3 baking sheets with silicon mats (preferred) or parchment. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Fit a large pastry bag with a 1/2 inch round tip.
Whisk the almond flour and powdered sugar to combine. Press through a fine mesh strainer, into a large bowl, using your fingers or a rubber spatula to work it through.
Place 75 ml of egg whites in the bowl of a standing mixer. Put the other 75 ml into the bowl of almond flour and stir with a rubber spatula until it is a smooth, thick paste. Let sit.
In a small saucepan, combine water and granulated sugar and bring to a boil over medium heat. Swirl pan gently to dissolve the sugar. Insert a candy thermometer and cook until syrup reaches 245 degrees. Meanwhile, whip egg whites in stand mixer on medium speed until they reach medium peaks. When the syrup has reached temperature, pour it slowly down the side of the stand mixer bowl while mixer is running. Once all syrup has been incorporated, increase mixer to high and beat until the meringue is stiff and has cooled to lukewarm, about 10 minutes.
Add the cooled meringue to the almond flour mixture and fold with a rubber spatula until the mixture is smooth and flows off the spatula easily. Mix in the fresh mint until well combined.
Fill pastry bag with half the mixture and pipe onto prepared baking sheets in 2″ rounds, leaving space between them as they will spread. Once the cookie sheet is full, drop it onto the counter from about 12″ high to get rid of any air bubbles in the batter. Continue piping rounds until all the mixture is used.
Set the cookie sheets aside until the macaron batter dries and forms a skin – when pressed lightly with a fingertip the batter will be dry, not tacky.
When the macarons are dry, bake one sheet at a time for 12 minutes, rotating pan at 6 minutes, until they are firm but are still pale.
Let cool completely before peeling off and matching.
Place all cream cheese filling ingredients into the bowl of a food processor and blend until smooth, scraping bowl if necessary. Do not over-whip.
Fit pastry bag with a 1/2 inch round tip and fill with frosting.
Match macaron shells
Stir 1 TBSP fresh mint into cooled blackberry jam.
Pipe a ring of cream cheese filling around the base of one macaron shell. Fill the center generously with blackberry mint jam. Top with second macaron shell, pressing down gently to seal. Repeat.
Place sandwiched macarons in an airtight container, or wrap with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 24 hours before serving.
I know this is controversial, but I think the oatmeal raisin cookie may just be the best cookie out there. These are soft and chewy. You can bake these right after mixing, but they keep their shape better if you refrigerate the dough for an hour before baking.
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup butter
2 TBSP honey
2 tsp vanilla
2 1/4 cups flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 1/4 cups quick oats
1 1/2 cups raisins
Cream butter and sugars together until smooth. Add honey and vanilla and mix. Beat in eggs, one at a time, scraping the bowl as needed. Mix in flour, baking soda and salt until well blended. Stir in oats and raisins, scrape the bowl and mix well.
Shape into balls using about 2 tablespoons of dough, (or use a cookie scoop) and place onto a cookie sheet to chill in the refrigerator. Refrigerate for at least an hour.
When ready to bake: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place cookie dough onto a greased or parchment-lined baking sheet about 3″ apart. Bake for 12-18 minutes until light brown.
Tell people that yes, they do have raisins, but just try them already.