Mocha Melting Moments Cookies

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There’s two more days until Christmas!! WOOOO HOOOOOOO!!!

Tell me, you’re done all of your Christmas shopping?! – if not, I vote homemade gifts for everyone.

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Sooo this year I went a little overboard on cookies … I mean yes, for the holiday season in real life, but also on the blog…. Annnndd while you can never have too many cookies – I feel like I may have saved the best for last… not that I’m playing favourites, I can’t be biased when it comes to snacking on santa’s favourite treat.

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Buuuuuuuuuutt … don’t these cookies remind you of snowy mountains?!?  In other news I can pretty much guarantee it will be snowing in July around town since it’s way too warm right now for us to be having a white Christmas.

February is going to hit us hard isn’t it?! I’ll be dreaming of these days in a couple weeks won’t I?! My only issue is how the heck am I going to have a magical snowy white Christmas morning, sipping hot chocolate by the fireplace … you know, like how Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen did in To Grandmother’s House we go!! Ahhh the plights of my life … rooooof-stooouufff.

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Mocha Melting Moments Cookies

Ingredients

1/2 cup flour

3/4 cup cocoa powder

¾ cup cornstarch

¼ tsp salt

1/2 tsp instant coffee powder ( or expresso powder)

⅓ cup confectioners sugar + 1 cup confectioners sugar, sifted ( once cooled)

1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature

1 tsp Baileys Liquor

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Directions:

In a medium sized bowl whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, cornstarch, salt and instant coffee powder.

In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the butter and sugar. Add Baileys. Mix in flour mixture.

Divide dough into two. Shape into 1 inch log – flatten slightly. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 350º F.

Take out the refrigerated dough and scoop into 1 inch balls. Bake for 10 minutes.

Remove from oven and allow to cool, once cooled, dust the tops with remaining confectioners’ sugar.

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Merry Christmas everyone, I hope you have a beautiful season filled with love, family, food and of course lots to laugh about – I’ll be sure to be back next week xox

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The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap : Cranberry Orange Dark and Stormy Cookies

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Guuuuuuuuuuuuuuyyyyyysssss….. first, I have to apologize — the site was down and I’m suuuuuuuppppeerrr late in posting this recipe!! Unless, we can all rewind and pretend we’re back at last wednesday?!?!

I’m sure we can all use a couple extra hours around this time of year – do we have a deal, or do we have a deal?!?! Gooooooooooodddddd deal.

I have booze to convince you if I already haven’t :).

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But first, take a gander at these amazing cookies I received as part of this year’s Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap!!

IMG_0244 This is my third year participating, and it’s pretty much like an early preview to christmas every time I receive a package — aannnnndd best of all, we make some major dough in support of Cookies 4 Kids, bringing awareness to childhood cancers!! It’s a total win-win.

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I received a gorgeous dozen Chocolate pistachio sables from the amazing Stacy of The Little Red Button … 4 words – Melt.In.Your.Mouth … seriously soon good!! And I also received a dozen scrumptious dozen Chewy Maple Syrup Fudge Cookies from Marie of Food Nouveau …. they totally had this Canadian Girl smitten!! Thank you thank you thank you to both of you!!

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I know every year, amazing cookies are created for this special event, and in the past I’ve stuck with familiar holiday season flavours and to be frank, why fix something if it aint broke ( that’s probably not close to the saying, but you know what I mean). The base of my cookie was the flavour of ginger beer … a HUGE trinidadian classic around this time of year.

And it got me thinking/googling for cocktails with a ginger beer base…. hence the dark and stormy – throw in some orange and cranberry for a little zing and we have ourselves a killer cookie!!

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I will warn you, this recipe yields a lot of cookies … like A LOT … I originally needed to only make at least 36 … let’s just say I made over 75 cookies with this recipe – you could easily make the cookies larger ooooorrrr cut the recipe in half.

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Cranberry Orange Dark and Stormy Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 ½  cups unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 ½  cup brown sugar
  • 2 large egg yolk
  • 2/3  cup gingerbeer
  • 1 tsp rum extract
  • ½ tsp orange extract
  • 2 ½  cups all purpose flour
  • 2 cup bread flour
  • 2 ½  tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 2 tsp cornstarch
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • ½ tsp orange zest
  • 1 tbsp mixed peel
  • ¼ cup crystalized ginger, diced
  • 1 cup diced cranberries

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Directions: 

  •  Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  • In a stand mixer, cream together the butter and brown sugar. Add egg yolks and rum extract and mix until just combined.
  • Add beer and mix again until just combined.
  • Add flours, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cornstarch, cinnamon, ground ginger, and orange zest mix until just combined.
  • Add in mixed peel, crystalized ginger and cranberries.
  • Scoop out cookie dough by the rounded tablespoon full onto prepared cookie sheets – note the cookies will spread.
  • Bake at 325 for 14 minutes.

I hope you all have a beautiful holiday season …. I’m sure I’ll be back with a couple more posts before the new year 😉

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Wonderful Things, for the Most Wonderful Time of The Year

Children of the playground … we must gather!

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 There is exactly one month until Christmas

WTF-OH-MY-GAWD-HOLY-MOTHER-OF-HO-HO-HO …

That`s kind of how I feel about the entire situation tooo. I`m excited ( I totally just typed executed for anyone who wants to know :$) and also, thinking Santa baby, this lady aint ready for you aaannnnnnddd I still have one more fall recipe to share with you !!

Also, funny story – Mr. LTSL has never been much of a Christmas person – he’s all about good food, family, gifts and cookies but count him out of the parades, tree light up festivals, Christmas markets and decorating. Especially tree decorating. Except this year. It would seem that my little Grinch’s heart grew three sizes this year.

We got our tree the second weekend of November – it’s a phoney-baloney one because we can’t have a real one in the condo. I also heard that it takes 12 years for a new tree to grow back .. so pardon my French but eff that.

Anyways, … ever since I’ve been collecting decorations for both our home and the tree – I’ve even made some!! And since the second weekend of November Mr. Grinch has asked when we would decorate. So we finally did. And it’s beautiful. There’s no order to it .. there are large bulbs at the top, and little ones at the bottom .. but it’s ours. And it’s perfect. And we did it together.

Holiday season things. Yo. Word.

… I can’t stop.

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I haven’t even thought about Christmas shopping – but I want to get it done soon, so I don’t have to face the travesty that malls turn into come December Uno. Sooo to make YOUR life easier( … and because I know what I want for Christmas) I’ve made a list of the cool-funky-amazing  things any food blogger – food eater – food lover would adore :

 Stocking Stuffers :

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  • Vanilla bean pods – Fresh Vanilla makes a world of a difference!!
  • Coupon to wash the dishes/clean the kitchen  – I would LOVE this … I’m a cooker/baker … I hate cleaning .. but I do it, because I made the mess.
  • Zester/Grater  – So handy for spices, cheeses – nutmeg
  • OXO cookie dough scooperI have a couple and LOVE them – different sizes are a good idea – perfect for not just cookies, but cupcakes, ice cream … Nutella ( what, you don’t eat Nutella with a scoop?!?)
  • funky apron I always forget to wear an apron .. and I have a couple. But Funky aprons are gnarly and look you can even be Wonder Woman, or  Batman orr look at this Christmas Story — show me how the piggys eat apron!!

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  • Baked jewelrytwo words SO.CUTE.
  • OXO Cake TesterI currently use, wooden skueres – it does the job, but this cake tester would be so.much.better.
  • Gift Card to favourite restaurant – because every home cook/baker needs a day off every once in a while.

Gadgets

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  • Vegetable spiralizer  – so cool, I so badly want to make zucchini noodles!!
  • iPad And Cookbook Stand Combo – YES! In hopes that I no longer have butter stains on all of my cookbooks … this is #SorryNotSorry kind of situation
  • Hamilton Beach 1.5 Quart Ice Cream Maker ( it’s so little and cute!!)– ice cream for one, SIGN ME UP!! This would be so perfect, especially since Mr. LTSL isn’t an ice cream kind of guy .. cupcakes, sign him up for cupcakes.
  • Tagine – so freaking in love with mine. You’ll never have a better lamb stew or paella – promise.
  • Cast Iron Pan – I use mine for everything .. pizza … steak … potatoes … cookies .. cake. LOVE IT!
  • Pizza Stone – Pizza never tasted so good … nor quesadillas .. or grilled cheese.
  • Silpat Mat – WORD. Best kept baking secret … that’s probably not a secret – I use mine for every single jingle thaaaannnnggg … but mostly cookies.
  • Cake stand/dessert tray – I only have a million … but what’s a girl to do? Some people collect shoes, some plants … you can never have enough funky-cute-amazing-sparkly cake stands/ dessert trays.

Fancy-shmancy Food Items

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  • Sloane Teas – YES. LOVE the chocolate truffle … and the jasmine pink lemonade
  • Hot chocolate by Jacques Torres Die.  – Thick, rich, creamy, annnd sooooooooooo delicious!! Add some burbon and we’ll be besties!!
  • Blueberry Honey by Nude Bee Co. ( TORONTO WHHHHHHHHHHHAAAATTT) … shop local. Seriously, probably my favourite honey in all the land. And their blueberry. Kill-me-now.

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Cookbooks

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I hope this helps ladies and gents … and if all else fails, at least you have a great shopping list for yourself 😀