Hazelnut Chocolate Candy Cookies

My obsession with chocolate chip style drop cookies, chock full of surprising ingredients is still running strong.  I should just title this the Odds and Ends Cookie blog.  In this latest rendition, I added hazelnut filled, candy coated, chocolates to the mix – I mean, that’s the fancy non-brand way of describing – Nutella in…

Caramel Brownies

It’s been awhile since a brownie post has graced this blog, and this one is full of all kinds of gooey goodness.  Creamy caramel melts into the chocolaty brownie base giving you a beautifully sticky, sumptuous treat. Caramel Sauce You can make the caramel ahead of time.  This recipe makes about 2 cups of caramel,…

Crème de Cassis Truffles

Crème de cassis is a black current liqueur, and a lovely complement to bitter dark chocolate – a little hint of sweetness hidden in an indulgently rich fruit flavor.  I rushed to get this post out in time for Valentine’s Day.  Here’s a lovely treat for your loved ones, not only is it seasonally appropriate,…

Peppermint Bark Chocolate Drop Cookies

So Andes Mints wasn’t the only discovery I made in the Holiday candy aisle, I also happened upon some white chocolate peppermint bark, and as a counterpoint to my Creme de Menthe Chocolate Chip Cookies I decided to pioneer a chocolate drop cookie with chunks of peppermint bark tossed in.  They’re not the prettiest of…

Red Velvet Cake

My instinct when asked to bake a red velvet cake is to immediately head for the boxed cake mix.  Just the thought of balancing vinegar, the “right” type of cocoa powder, and copious amounts of red food coloring into a single cake made my head spin.  Also the overall concept of a red velvet cake…

Beet Crumb dusted Mini Chocolate Cupcakes

Moist dark chocolate mini cupcakes coated in a honey infused chocolate ganache and sprinkled with brown butter suffused beet crumbs.  I thought these cupcakes would make for a great pre-Halloween post.  There is something delightfully spooky about topping a chocolate cup cake with beets. My wonderful work colleagues gifted me with a couple of cookbooks…