Ice Cream or Gelato? Why not both?!
Yummy Vanilla Nut Crunch can be found here.
And two Strawberry Ice Cream recipes here.
I have also made plenty of gelatos. It is definitely one of my favorite styles of ice cream. Smooth, creamy and not as heavy as many full cream styles.
Pictured above, Chocolate Hazelnut Gelato – one of my favorites. Recipe here.
Gelato starts with a good base that you can then add any number of flavors to: Continue reading
So I had another birthday not too long ago and there was much celebrating. I prefer a Key Lime Pie (recipe here) to cake on my birthday. But this year, I decided to go with Key Lime Bars instead. Easier to transport and package up as ‘thank-yous’ to various folks.
This time, I had just a few extra coconut shreds, so instead of storing them, I decided to toast them and add them to the top after I removed the bars from the oven. Continue reading
I made my standard Dark Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe (here) and then went scrounging around the kitchen to see how I could take them up a couple of notches.
First I added 3/4 cups of rolled oats (not quick oats), then two good handfuls of unsweetened coconut flakes. This made perfectly crisp and chewy cookies with some great flavor.
Add the oats to the butter/sugar/egg mixture and let sit for a minute or two before adding the remaining ingredients, to soften them a bit.
Bake at 375 F for 10-12 minutes.
What to do when you’ve made a big batch of Spritz Cookies and now you have leftover egg whites? How about some Chocolate Walnut Cookies?
I get requests for these cookies all the time and bonus, they are gluten-free and taste like little brownie bites.
Notes: To separate eggs, the easiest way I’ve found is the Nigella Lawson method of using your hand. It is quick and easy.
The original recipe for these called for regular cocoa and 3 cups of powdered sugar, that sounded much too sweet, so I reduced that first thing and since I love dark chocolate I used 1/2 dark and 1/2 regular cocoa. Continue reading
I decided a few days ago that gelato would be a fun birthday treat. I decided on vanilla with hazelnut chocolate spread and chopped hazelnuts.
I have made Hazelnut Gelato before (recipe here) and it’s yummy. But I wanted guests to have the option of plain gelato, a variety of chopped nuts, chocolate sauce and the hazelnut spread.
The key to a great vanilla ice cream or gelato is using the best vanilla extract you can find, or really splurge and use vanilla beans. Continue reading
I really like these cookies, they’re simple to make and gluten-free. But one thing about them is they a terribly sweet. So I decided to see what would happen if I cut the sugar down considerably.
They turned out super – not too sweet and super peanut butter flavor. Changes are in blue.
Peanut Butter Cookies (Revisited)
- 3 tbsp granulated sugar
- 3 tbsp packed brown sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 cup peanut butter
- 1 egg
Cream ingredients together and drop by spoonful onto a baking sheet. Dip a fork in sugar and press down the dough. Bake at 300 degree F for 10-13 minutes.
This usually gets a good, soft cookie, but I was wanted to try for a crispier outside. But they are prone to burning. So at the 13-minute mark, I turned off the oven and let them sit for 5 more minutes. They turned out perfectly – crisp on the outside and gooey on the inside.
Going to make them again soon.
*Four layers because that’s what I had around the house. You can add whatever else makes you happy.
First, the cookie dough: Continue reading
I have to go to a funeral and wanted to take something sweet. I find chocolate helps. Lots of chocolate.
I don’t make these very often, because they are super rich and my Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies are usually enough.
They’re easy and just a touch above regular chocolate chip cookies. This is a full batch, makes about 4 dozen cookies. Great for your holiday cookie boxes.
Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies
- 1 cup + 2 tbsp butter
- 1 cup dark brown sugar
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 tsp vanilla
- dash of salt
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 2 cups flour
- 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
- 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1 cup nuts (walnuts, hazelnuts, almonds or peanuts), chopped
mixing bowl and cookie sheet Continue reading