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Banana Nutella Maple Syrup Bread for World Nutella Day (one day late)

Christmas Cookies: Toblerone Shortbread Cookies


I met Andrea of Family & Food & Other Things on Twitter thanks to Di’s Virtual Cookie Exchange. We were tweeting about the cookies we were baking when she mentioned that she baked Toblerone Shortbread Cookies. Of course I was completely enamored with the thought of using one of my favorite chocolate bars in a cookie. Andrea was kind enough to send me the link to the recipe and I happily baked up some cookies. These were a huge hit and will most definitely be on my cookie platter next year too!




Toblerone Shortbread Cookies
Makes 28 cookies
adapted from salt and serenity

1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
½ cup + 2 tablespoons icing sugar
¼ cup cornstarch or rice flour
1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
10 ounces of toblerone chocolate bar, chopped into ¼ inch chunks


Preheat oven to 350 º F.

Beat butter until light and fluffy. Sift in icing sugar and beat again until fluffy, scraping down sides of bowl often. Sift in cornstarch or rice flour and blend in. Sift in all-purpose flour and salt
and mix just until dough comes together. Dough will be soft. Mix in vanilla
extract. Gently mix in toblerone chunks.

Using a small ice cream scoop (about 1 ½ inches across) scoop cookies
onto parchment lined cookie sheet, leaving 2 inches between cookies. You
should be able to fit 12 cookies on a 12 x 18 inch cookie sheet.

Bake on the middle rack for 9 minutes. Rotate sheet and bake another 9
minutes, until bottom of cookies are lightly browned. Remove from cookie
sheet to cool on a rack.

Virtual Cookie Exchange: White Chocolate & Macadamia Nut Cookies


A while ago Di of Di’s Kitchen Notebook and I had a conversation on Twitter where she shared her idea of hosting a Virtual Cookie Exchange. Ofcourse I was immediately smitten with the idea: I love baking cookies and seeing all the other cookies would probably give me even more ideas and inspiration for my Christmas Cookie Goodie Bags that I’m giving out at work this year!

Within no time at all Di had a list of names of other Tweeps whom we thought would love to join and the Virtual Cookie Exchange was born! One of Nancy’s very talented daughters designed the wonderful badge pictured above for all of us to use in our posts. Di will post a roundup of all the cookies later this week, so be sure to keep an eye on her blog!!

I had a lot of trouble deciding the one cookie I wanted to share with you, there are so many good ones!!! Finally I chose this one because it was voted as the most popular cookie of last years 12 Days of Christmas Cookies, both by my family and coworkers. Since then I’ve made it several times: the White Chocolate and Macadamia Nut Cookie!! These cookies are also a bit versatile: if you like a chewy cookie bake them for 12 minutes, but if you prefer a more crunchy cookie bake them for 15 minutes!

White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies
(adapted from My Tasty Treasures)
2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup butter, melted
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 egg
1 egg yolk
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups chopped macadamia nuts
2 cups white chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
Combine flour, baking soda and salt in a small bowl and set aside.
Beat together the melted butter, brown sugar, white sugar, egg, egg yolk and vanilla in a bowl with an electrical mixer until creamy.
Gradually add the flour mixture to the sugar mixture until just mixed.
Stir in the macadamia nuts and white chocolate chips by hand.
Drop by the spoonful onto a greased or lined baking sheet.
Bake for 12 – 15 minutes or until edges look golden brown (I baked mine for 12 minutes).
Cool on the cookie sheet for at least 4-5 minutes so the cookies can set.
Remove to rack to cool completely.
Enjoy!!!

 

 

TWD: Brrrr-ownies


Karen of Welcome to our Crazy Blessed Life selected Brrrr-ownies for this weeks challenge for Tuesdays with Dorie was just that: a challenge! And it was a challenge on three parts. The first part was knowing that I wasn’t going to like these: I’m not a fan of the mint/chocolate combination. However several colleagues are, therefor I decided to go ahead and make these anyway. The second problem was figuring out what York Peppermint Patties were, after I figured that out I knew we didn’t have them here/ So I picked the next best thing: After Eight!

The second challenge that arose was actually making the brownies, everything that could have gone wrong did: I was out of eggs! So I popped over to the supermarket and arrived just in time: 1 minute before closing time!! Upon arriving home I discovered that I was also out of unsweetened chocolate, since the shop had already closed I simply decided to sub it with more bittersweet chocolate. When it was time to add the After Eight to the batter I managed to drop the bowl into the batter too!
Ofcourse I had to taste the brownies: they would have been perfect, if it hadn’t been for that strong mint flavor…. However my mint/chocolate-loving coworkers absolutely adored these!!!

If you do like mint and chocolate together, be sure to take a look at the recipe over at Karen’s! Also take a check out the posts of the other TWD-ers!
P.S. In a couple of weeks I’m gonna visit Paris, so if you have any suggestions of shops, chocolatiers, restaurants or other hot spots I should visit: please leave them in a comment below!

>TWD: Dressy Chocolate Loaf Cake

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This week Dorie taught us how to dress up a simple chocolate loaf cake to turn it into something quite fancy. And we owe it all to Amy of Amy Ruth Bakes as she picked the Dressy Chocolate Loaf Cake for this weeks recipe for Tuesdays with Dorie.

This cake was so easy to make. I started by baking the cake and then because I was in a rush I tried to take it out of the tin too early: big mistake!! I accidentally dropped half of it on the floor and unfortunately had to throw it out…

After I finally got over this tragic loss, I continued on to make the cherry syrup by combining the cherry marmalade with some water and cooking it. The cake was then cut into three pieces and each piece got smothered with the cherry syrup before it was topped with another layer of cake.

To frost the cake Dorie had us make a gorgeous chocolate sour cream frosting and I added my own touch by drizzling some miniature chocolate chips on top that I had leftover from last years trip to Canada.

The cake travelled with me to a BBQ with lots of hungry secretaries where it ended up being served up as dessert. They all enjoyed their piece. The cake was quite moist, partly due to the cherry syrup, and very dense: a small piece went a long way! I loved this cake, it reminded me of a Schwarzwalder Kirschtorte I ate years ago in Germany. I will definitely be making this again, in fact I’m thinking of serving it at my birthday party!

Go here to check out the problems and questions that were discussed over at Tuesdays with Dorie. The recipe can be found over at Amy Ruth Bakes and be sure to check out the LYL to see if my fellow TWD-ers loved this cake as much as I did!
P.S. Don’t forget to enter one or both of my giveaways:
– to win a surprise foodie package go here to Guess this Food, deadline is Friday 25th, midnight CET.
– to win a $70 CSN gift card go here, deadline is Saturday 26th, midnight CET.

>TWD: Chockablock Cookies

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Chockablock Cookies: Cookies filled with loads of goodies, such as nuts, dried fruits and coconut. These cookies were picked by Mary of Popsicles and Sandy Feet for this weeks Tuesday with Dorie.

For nuts I used pecans and my dried fruit of choice was fat golden raisins. These tasted really good, but I think I would have loved them more without the oats! Go here to check out the recipe and here to see what my fellow TWD-ers thought of these cookies.