Smoked Sea salt Triple Chocolate Threat Cookies

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Happy Frrrraaaiiidaaaayy!! I have the best chocolate lovers cookie combo for your crazy cats today ( how many C-words, can I use in one sentence)  – or if you’re in a giving valentine-y mood … heeeeellllllooooo chocolate aphrodisiac – I seriously can’t believe I wrote that, knowing very well, that my mom reads this blog.

So I know not too long ago I told you these smoked sea salt chocolate cookies were the bee’s knees … well, I lied. No I didn’t they’re pretty darn-tootin-good ( I annoy me too .. it’s not just you) BUT these cookies are better.

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Smoked Sea salt – Check

Dark Chocolate – Check

Milk Chocolate – Check

Semi-Sweet Chocolate – Check

White Chocolate – Check

Stretchy pants – Check

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… sorry, I got a little carried away. BUT HOLY MOLY I COULD TOTALLY GO TO TOWN ON THESE COOKIES!!

I actually brought these cookies into my new office, and I had co-workers tell me this was the best cookie they’ve ever had!! Now, that could mean one of two things – either they’re being nice and want me to continue bringing in goodies or they really are stinking delicious.

The secret to this recipe is low and slow … yes, we’re still talking about cookies – stop it! These cookies are baked at 300 oc for 20 minutes – creating a shell exterior and an extremely chewy interior.

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Smoked Sea Salt Triple Chocolate Threat cookies

 Ingredients

1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

2 tablespoons margarine

1 cup + 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1 teaspoon baking powder

¾  teaspoon smoked salt

½ tbsp coffee powder

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons brown sugar

2 large eggs, at room temperature

2 tablespoons whole milk

1 tbsp vanilla extract

1/2  cup milk chocolate chips

½ cup dark chocolate chips

¼ cup white chocolate chips

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 Instructions

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper, lightly spray them with non-stick spray, and set aside.

Place the semi-sweet chocolate chips and margarine in a small, microwave safe bowl. Microwave until melted and well combined – should take about 20 seconds.

In a medium-sized bowl sift the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and smoked sea salt and coffee.

In a separate medium-sized bowl whisk together the sugars, eggs, milk, and vanilla.

Add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, and stir to combine.

Add in your melted butter/chocolate combo.

Add all 3 types of chocolate chips

Lower oven to 300 degrees and scoop batter on the prepared baking sheets, and bake for 20 minutes. Allow to rest on baking tray, for 2 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.

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Chocolate lovers UNITE!! How perfect would these cookies be for valentines day, instead of a box of chocolates?

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Love Potion aka Apple Cider Sangria

IT’S FRIDAY.

IT’S BOOZE DAY.

LET’S CELEBRATE!!

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… ps, I’ve come to realize – I bake a lot with alcohol!! Not that I think I need an excuse, but I figure what I can’t drink, I’ll eat – just kidding … kind of. 

I know we’re still a little ways away from valentine’s day, but trust me when I say love is in the air.

Just a couple weeks into this spanky year, and there’s talk of proposals, weddings & babies –first NO I’M NOT PREGNANT – and second, these three things can only mean L.O.V.E. A little love potion never hurt anyone and technically, this is just a mish-mosh of winter spices, some juice and booze .. lots of booze … lot of sweet, delicious, come-to-mama booze.

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It’s been a rough week. I have big plans of downing this pitcher and having a scandal marathon. On that note, can we talk about my insane tendency to jump on good tv shows waaaaaayyy after the hoopla begins. It happened with friends, happened with How I Met Your Mother, happened with The Good Wife, Suits, Blacklist and now, of course Scandal. So I have crazy marathons, and then have no one to talk to about it, since everyone else is waaaaaayyy ahead of me.

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 Love Potion aka Apple Cider Sangria

Serves 8 .. or 1 thirsty ready to ppaaarrtaaay /tired girl aka moi

3 apples, cored and sliced

1/4 cup cognac

3/4 cup caramel rum

4 cups apple cider

3 Cups persecco – chilled

1/2 Cup pomegranate seeds

5 cinnamon sticks

4 stars of anise

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Directions: 

Add the apples to a large pitcher. Add the cognac, vodka, apple cider, and persecco. Add cinnamon sticks and stars of anise. Stir.

Fill the pitcher with ice. Pour the sangria into glasses filled with ice and top with sliced apple and pomegranate seeds.

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 Cheers mate!!

P.s please don’t drink and drive, be responsible, be cool, spend the night and have a scandal marathon with me.

Red Velvet Chewy Gingies

There’s two days left to the big V-day ( or is that D-day … sorry, I couldn’t help it – and no I’m not a valentines day cynic … just realist … sort of … okay, truth is I love the mush – just not the hoopla of moo-lah people feel obliged to spend – – rant. over.)

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Sorry about that tangent. There are 2 days left to valentines day and you want to do something sweet for your oh-so-adorable-honey-pie.

Flowers? … not unless you’re willing to sell a major organ.

Perfume? … maybe, but you did that for christmas.

Diamonds? … are you kidding, I thought the aim of the game was to save for a rainy day.

So, what do you do?

Do what I told you to do last year you crazy cats!! – – make the love of your life something.

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They say, the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach – paaahhlease, I know a couple of ladies that wouldn’t mind a snack or two *cough – me 😀 – cough*

Not to mention the fact that you’ll look amazing for being creative, you’ll get extra kisses for taking the time to make her something annnd in the long run, she’ll thank you for saving money for those new shoes she’s about to buy … sorry, it’s true – – you may end up buying her some new shoes …sometime.

Ladies speaking of shoes

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http://www.katespade.com/designer-shoes/designer-womens-heels/shoes-heels,default,sc.html … va va va vooom ..YES!

Hey fellas, if you think I should probably stop giving the ladies ideas of ways to buy new shoes … just skip that whole section.

And now …

COOKIES!!

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Red Velvet Chewy Gingies 

  • 1 1/8 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 Tsp ground ginger
  • 3/4 Tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 Tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 Tsp cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup vegetable shortening
  • 1/4 cup butter ~ room temperature
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1Tsp finely grated ginger
  • 1 Tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 Tsp Red food colouring
  • 1 cup Red sanding sugar and Pink Jimmies ( or any other colour your little heart desires)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 oc.

In a large bowl, whisk flour, ground ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, and cocoa powder.

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In an other bowl, cream the brown sugar, shortening, and butter. Add egg, molasses, grated ginger, vanilla and food colouring; beat just to blend.

Next, add your dry ingredients.

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In a small shallow bowl, mix together the sanding sugar and jimmies.

Using a Tbsp measuring spoon, create cookie balls. Roll each ball in your fancy valentines day mix.

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Arrange on cookie sheet, leaving approximately an inch between each cookie ( they will spread) and bake for 10 minutes.

Allow to cool, and then wrap nicely to swoon the apple of your eye.

Photo Credit: http://www.shibbyphotography.com/
Photo Credit: http://www.shibbyphotography.com/

Happy Loving my darlings …

P.s this recipe is totally legit ( yes, I just said legit … and I probably should not have) to make for best friends, moms, siblings as well as for yourself – if you don’t love yourself, there’s no point loving anyone one else. TRUTH.

xox

You Got Me Seein’ Stars Linzer Cookies

Its that can’t eat cant sleep reach for the stars over the moon world series kind of thing – love.

It’s that feeling that has you smiling for no particular reason, but you know – you still want to be doing it no matter how silly you may look.

It’s pretty major stuff – – I kind of like it.

While we have this whole love thing on the table – shall we discuss valentines day?

I think it’s pretty cool to celebrate love.

Love your friends

Love your family

Love your pets

Love, the love of your life

&

Love your life.

See … it’s a good thing.

But this whole valentines day thing? …. mmmm I’m not really buying it 😦

I’m not buying the celebrate love for one day shin-dig… what’s wrong with today?

As soon as you finish reading this, tell the first person you see – you love them.

Celebrate love everyday 🙂

Plus, valentines day has gotten SO SUPER expensive.

Flowers – chocolate – sparkly things – dinner

Gentlemen – – let me let you in on a little secret to score some major points with the ladies.

Buy her flowers and chocolate any day but valentines day.

Don’t be shocked – – in fact, go out and buy that special someone flowers today (yes, before valentines day)

I’m saving you some moo-lah and you could always say it’s a pre-valentines day gift 😉

She’ll say it’s cute and you’ll get some…

MAJOR COOL POINTS!!

Then, on the actual day …

make that lucky lady cookies, write her a cute note, pack her a PBJ sammie for lunch.

Simple is often better.

Home made is the best.

Try it and I know you’ll be thankful, but no need to say thank you.

I got your back boys, I got’chor back!! (that may have been my attempt to act cool… fail 😦)

Let me just get back to what I know …

COOKIES 😀

You Got Me Seein’ Stars Linzer Cookies

2 Cups Butter

1 Cup Sugar

1/2 Tbsp Almond Extract

2 Cups Ground Almonds

4 1/2 Cups Flour

1/2 Tsp Baking Powder

1/2 Tsp Salt

2 Eggs

1 Cup Strawberry Jam ( feel free to use any flavour, your heart desires ;))

2 Cups icing sugar + 1 cup to dust on your cookies

1 Tsp Cinnamon

Directions:

In a standing mixer, or using a hand mixer – cream together butter, sugar , 2 cups icing sugar.

Add baking powder, salt, almond extract and cinnamon.

Mix that happiness and then, add your eggs.

Next, add your flour, in 3 parts – mixing well after each addition.

Last – add the ground almonds.

Mix Mix Mix.

Now, cover with parchment paper and allow to chill at least 45 minutes (over night works well too :)).

Preheat oven to 350 oc, and lightly spray two sets of cookie sheets.

Once your dough is chilled, remove dough from the refrigerator and divide into 2 parts.

Take 1 half and roll into a 1 inch thick sheet. Using a circular cookie cutter – – cut into circles. Be sure to keep track of exactly how many circles you have. These will act as the bottom layer of your cookie sammie.

Using the other half of the dough, cut the exact same amount of circles – – except this time, using a smaller cookie cutter (in this case – a star) cut out your shape in the middle of the circle. These will then be used as the top of your cookie sandwich.

Bake both sets of cookies for 10 minuets.

Allow to cool.

Taking your cookie hats  – – the cookies with the stars, lay in a single layer on a long sheet of parchment paper. Carefully, dust with icing sugar.

Now for the bottoms. Taking your cookie bottoms, slater a generous portion of strawberry jam on each cookie.

Last, cover each bottom with a hat.

🙂

Doonnnnneeee….

Be sweet kiddies

xoxox