Mayan Brownie Cookies

Preheat your oven to 350*.

In a small saucepan over low-medium heat, melt 4 tablespoons of unsalted butter. Add 8 ounces of semi-sweet chocolate (I use chocolate chips for ease). Stir often.

When fully melted, add 2 tablespoons cocoa powder, 1 teaspoon chili powder and 2 teaspoons cinnamon. Whisk until completely combined. Let cool slightly while you prepare the rest of the ingredients.

In a stand mixer or with a handheld mixer, beat 3 eggs, 1 1/4 cup sugar and 1 teaspoon kosher salt until white and fluffy (3-5 minutes). Add 2 teaspoons baker’s extract (or vanilla; baker’s extract is a little more stable in the heat) and 1 tablespoon olive oil. Mix until combined. Add the warm chocolate mixture and stir until combined. Mix in 1/2 cup flour and 3/4 teaspoon of baking powder.

By hand, fold in about 5 ounces of semi-sweet chocolate chips.

Bake heaping tablespoons about 2″ apart for 14-17 minutes.

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Easy Crepes

During my summer study abroad, I will confess to eating more than my fair share of Nutella crepes. It’s a delightful dessert, breakfast, or farmer’s market snack. There, they would serve them piping hot and ready to eat without any utensils.

There are more complicated ways to make crepes, but you should probably go with the easiest.

Take 1 cup of pancake mix (I used this protein mix from Krusteaz because it was provided free to test out), 1 cup of milk of your choice, and 1 egg. Whisk it together until there are no clumps. If you are going to make sweet crepes, add a dash of vanilla extract. Pour approximately 3 tablespoons of batter into a warm greased non-stick pan with a flat bottom. Tilt and rotate the pan so the batter spreads out evenly.

Cook over medium heat. When the top begins to look dry, flip. Cook the other side until it begins to just turn golden brown.

Remove from the pan, spread with filling of your choice and either fold or roll up all that delicious goodness. Enjoy hot.

These also freeze pretty well – freeze flat with either a piece of foil or parchment between each crepe.

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Flowery and Buttery Goodness

If you don’t like lavender or don’t have access to food grade lavender, omit it. 

Pulverize 2 teaspoons dried lavender (with a mortar and pestle, blender, or food processor). Cream this together with 1/2 cup butter and 1 cup granulated sugar. Mix in 1 1/2 teaspoons of vanilla extract and 3 1/2 cups all purpose flour. Shape this into a ball and let sit in the fridge for at least an hour. Chilling the dough keeps it from spreading when it bakes and makes this a great cookie to use a cookie cutter with.

After the dough has chilled, roll out to about 1/4″. Cut out your desired shapes. You don’t need to leave much room on a cookie sheet between them. Cook about 25 minutes at 350 degrees. Let cool so they get crunchy.

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Sparkling Cider Muffins

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For a variety of reasons, we open a bottle of Martinelli’s each holiday we host. The thing is, we never finish a bottle of it. This recipe uses up some of the leftover and some pureed pumpkin (for when I don’t use the whole can making puppy treats for Gibbs and Nugget).

Combine 1/2 cup oat flour, 1 cup all purpose flour, 1 1/2 teaspoons cardamom, 1 teaspoon ginger, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1 teaspoon kosher salt, 1 1/2 cups sugar, 3/4 cup pumpkin puree, 2 eggs, 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract, 1/3 cup sparkling cider and 1/4 cup olive oil.

Pour into lined mini or full sized muffin tins. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes and check for doneness. The full-sized may take an extra minute or two.

When still hot, sprinkle with a 1:1 sugar:cinnamon mix.

If you’d like to eat them my favorite way, eat them while a bit warm still and reading a good book.

 

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Graham’s Cookies

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To be clear, these cookies are not cookies Graham made. Rather, these are cookies that his sweet sister makes a version of and I was determined to create a from-scratch version. These have less oatmeal than the originals, but that means you can sneak them to people that “don’t eat oatmeal cookies.”

Cream together 1/2 cup unsalted butter, 1/2 cup packed brown sugar, and 1/2 cup white sugar. Beat in 2 large eggs and 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla. Stir in 1 cup flour, 1 cup old fashioned oats, 3/4 teaspoon baking soda, 1 teaspoon kosher salt, 1 1/4 cup dried tart cherries, and 1 cup dark chocolate morsels. If you like walnuts or macadamia nuts, throw some in too. If you’re related to Graham, don’t do that, it’s probably not safe.

This will, in fact, look like it’s mostly cherries and chocolate. Do not judge me.

Drop by tablespoons a few inches apart on silicone or parchment lined baking sheet. Bake 14-17 minutes at 350 degrees. Let cool then remove to cooling rack. Smack husband’s hand away when he tries to steal them while piping hot.

 

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Clouds of Whipped Cream

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I know, there’s already a post with a recipe for whipped cream. But with the holidays approaching, you need peppermint whipped cream in your wheelhouse for holiday desserts, hot chocolate, and I won’t tell anyone if you add it to your coffee, too.

Chill a bowl in the freezer for about 20 minutes.

Using a mixer (chill the mixer paddles for extra credit), whip 1 cup heavy cream, 1/4 cup powdered sugar, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract, and 1 teaspoon peppermint extract. Don’t use spearmint (which makes up the regular “mint extract”). If you’re struggling to find peppermint, check the cake decorating sections of your local grocery store or even craft stores. If you still can’t find it, you can buy entirely too much of it on Amazon.

 

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