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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Butterscotch Coconut Cookies

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Are you sick of cookies yet?! Hah, as if there’s such a thing as being sick of cookies … ppaaalleeeaassse! I do think this year, I’m on an all time record of the amount of cookies that have come out of my kitchen .. what can I say, I’m trying to get into santa’s goodbooks and a little extra snacks on Christmas eve can’t hurt … also, all the snacking that happens – Christmas-ing and holiday partying is hard work … aka sitting around in comfy socks, sipping on hot toddys!!

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In other anxiety-inducing news, have you finished your Christmas shopping?!?! Have you started?!?! I can officially answer no and no to the above. HELP ME … Why do the malls turn into hunger games around this time of year … can’t we all just be nice and STOP bumping into me – it’s NOT cool … and Santa is watching, so is the creepy elf on the shelf … p.s I’m SO doing that when I have kids … anything to help them with getting a therapist when they’re older.  Isn’t that what the holiday season is all about … *creepy smiley emoticon

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These little nuggets of joy are crispy, and boozy, and sweet!! They’re a mix of a macaroon and a rum ball … kind of.

Butterscotch Coconut Cookies

Ingredients:

½ cup coconut oil

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/4 cup brown sugar

1 egg

1 tablespoon malibu rum

1 cup all-purpose flour

½ teaspoon baking powder

½ teaspoon sea salt

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon powder

1/2 cup butterscotch chips

1 1/4 cup shredded sweetened coconut

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Directions

Preheat oven to 325º F.

Cream coconut oil and sugars. Add egg, and rum. Set aside.

Whisk together the flour, baking powder, sea salt and cinnamon. Add to coconut oil mixture. Stir in butterscotch chips and shredded coconut.

Spoon onto a prepared cookie sheet. Bake 15 minutes.

 

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Sweet Mint Popcorn Chocolate Cookies

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Have you seen the new Sweet Mint Popcorn?!?! I’m not even a mint fan and it’s a whole new level of addiction. It’s goooooooooooooooooooooooood! And crunchy, and minty, and sweet, and heeelllooo Elf, Home Alone, Love Actually, Serendipity movie marathon while downing the bag!!

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And so true to my nature, I mock it all up and toss it in some cookies!! …. And then down all of them during the movie marathon!!

I dedicate these cookies to my bestie, even though she hasn’t eaten them, I thought of her the entire time while making them. There’s no one I know who loves mint and chocolate more than her … not kidding, it’s kind of like my chocolate peanut butter addiction.. except on a whole new level … not kidding, like Aladdin’s whole new world kind of level. It’s very possible that I’ve now successfully scarfed down enough cookies that I no longer know what the heck I’m talking about… not kidding!

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Sweet Mint Popcorn Chocolate Cookies 

6 tablespoons butter, softened

1 cup sugar

2 eggs

1/4 teaspoon mint extract

1 ¾  cups all purpose flour

¾  cup cocoa

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon sea salt

1 cup sweet pepper mint popcorn + 1 cup for topping

½ cup vanilla frosting

½ tsp mint extract

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Directions

Preheat oven to 350

Cream butter and sugar together.

Add in eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.

Add in 1/4 tsp mint extract.

In separate bowl, stir together flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt. Add flour mixture to Butter mixture.

Fold in popcorn.

Scoop dough onto prepared cookie sheet – bake for 12 minutes.

Remove from oven and completely  cool cookies.

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Once cooled, in a separate bowl, combine frosting and mint extract.

Microwave for 30 seconds.

Drizzle onto cooled cookies and top with popcorn.

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Soooo pretty .. soooo minty … sooo yuuuummm!!

Orange Cranberry Muffin Cookies

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We’ve got some cookie, cake, muffin top, biscuit type action happening here!!

These cookies are daaaarrrrnnn tootin fun #DTF ( Name that show, and no – not jersey shore), but I don’t know if I can actually call them a cookie.

Can we just call them breakfast?! Oranges, cranberries and muffin top crumble?!?! Wait, does that kind of remind you of a coffee cake.

I feel like my recipe is going through an identity crisis!!

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Does it all cancel out, if it’s deeeelicious?!

Heh – the weather around Toronto is also going through a bit of an identity crisis — I know I will regret these words come February but it’s December uno and I haven’t seen any snow … HOW THE HECK WILL WE HAVE CHRISTMAS WITHOUT SNOW?!?! In random news, did anyone go black Friday shopping?!? Cyber Monday clicking?!!?

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Oh the holidays … soooo darrrrrnnn tootin fun!!

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Orange Cranberry Muffin Cookies

Cookie Ingredients

1 1/2 cups flour

½ cup cake flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

1/2 cup butter, softened

1 cup sugar

1 egg

1/3 cup milk

1 teaspoon orange extract

2 teaspoon mixed peel (or orange zest)

1 cup dried cranberries

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Topping ingredients  

¼ cup flour

¼ cup turbinado sugar

2 tablespoons butter

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Directions

In a small bowl, combine topping ingredients. Set aside until you are ready to use.

Combine flours, baking powder, and sea salt in a bowl, set aside.

In a bowl cream together butter and sugar. Add in egg and beat until combined. Add milk, and orange extract.

Slowly add dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, and mix until combined. Gently fold in mixed peel and cranberries.

Refrigerate the dough for at least one hour.
Once chilled, scoop out large balls, placing at least an inch apart on your prepared baking tray. Top with prepared topping .

Bake for 15 minutes, at 325.

Allow to cool on baking sheet for at least 5 minutes, before transferring to a wire rack.

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Pumpkin Spice Oreo Pumpkin Pie Bars

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Haaapppy Thanksgiving!!

Woooohooooo …. Heh. While most of us ( moi avec mi familia … yes, that was French and Spanish all in one) celebrated Thanksving over a month ago I have an extra special recipe for all of my American readers.

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Pun’kin pie… bars.

Also, I’m being super sneaky this year and celebrating thanksgiving twice because my sweet baboo ( ala Sally Brown) and I are in ‘Merica this week!! Bring on the turkey, pun’kin pie and extra stretchy pants!!

I’m normally not a pumpkin pie person, growing up my mom made a very traditional Trinidadian version – no crust – lots of spices – with huge chunks of ginger ( even though I think this might have been a mistake).

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What’s a pie without crust?!? … especially, when I made a crust out of OREOS!! Pumpkin Spice OREOS!!  I did however take a note out of her book, and spiced this recipe up – and added the fresh ginger … just a little and minced it as much as I can. And taaa-daaa I’m a pumpkin pie looovvaaaahhh … it could just be the oreos… or the magic powers that are in pumpkin spice.

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Mehh. After today, don’t we all just move onto nutmeg and chestnuts anyway … heh. Kidding. Kind of. Starbucks, I love you.

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Pumpkin Spice Oreo Pumpkin Pie Bars

Ingredients

2 cups pureed pumpkin

1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

1/4 teaspoon fresh grated ginger

½ teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/4 tsp ground cardamom

½ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon Garam masala

1 can Sweetened Condensed Milk

2 large eggs

1 tsp vanilla

21 Pumpkin Spice Oreo Cookies (crushed to a fine crumb)

5 Tbsp melted butter

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Directions:

Preheat oven to 425°

Line a large rectangular baking pan with greased foil.

In a large bowl, combine oreo crumbs and butter.

Add to bottom of prepared rectangular pan.

Bake for 5 minutes.

Remove from oven.

In a medium microwave safe bowl, add pumpkin puree, spices, salt and fresh ginger Microwave for 2 minutes.

Allow mixture to come to rooms temperature, it should be warm to the touch. Whisk in remaining ingredients.

Pour into crust and bake for 15 minutes.

Lower the heat to 350, and bake for an additional 45 minutes.

Remove from oven and allow to cool.

Slice and enjoy.

IMG_9037Just a note ( and if you’re not super hungry right away) – if you refrigerate the bars for at least 45 minutes, they slice extremely clean.

Mocha Toffee Cookies

Confession – there are tons of cookies that are about to come your way.

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Kind of a #SorryNotSorry situation.

Heh. I used a hashtag in conversation. Oh internet, you have successfully ruined me.

Speaking of which, my spelling is now at an all-time low.

Does this make you cringe for generations to come? Did I just sound like an old lady …. Hahaha. Sad.

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I’m just a kickin success these days … also in kind of funny/not so funny news – I got an e-mail last week from a reader noting that my writing was filled with a lot of slag, and they wondered if I also wrote this way at work.

*ROTFL*

That’s how I feel about that.

I shouldn’t have even addressed this, but still.

ARE YOU KIDDING ME internet world, can we all not just sit in a circle, eating cookies singing kumbaya?!?!

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These cookies have bits of toffee in them; and coffee; and chocolate. #Winning 😉 hahaha …

Mocha Toffee Cookies

1 Cup bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped

2 tablespoons unsalted butter

3/4 cup light brown sugar

2 large eggs

1 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 teaspoon ground instant coffee

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 cup all-purpose flour

3 tablespoons cocoa powder

1 ½ cup Skor toffee bits

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Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

In a microwave safe bowl, melt the chocolate and butter together, stirring until smooth.

In a medium bowl, combine the brown sugar, eggs, vanilla, instant coffee, and baking powder.

Add in chocolate mixture.  Fold in flour and cocoa powder.

Add Skor toffee bits.

Spoon onto a prepared baking tray and bake for 10 minutes.

Allow to cool on baking tray for 2 minutes before moving to a cooling rack.

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Excuse me while I chow down on these cookie monster style, chased with iced cold milk!