Oh, you guys. I have had the worst sweet tooth lately. Typically, I love to bake sweets and treats but primarily for others. My husband has a legendary addiction to all things sugar, but typically I lean towards the salty/crunchy snacks. As the weather has turned, I’ve found myself gravitating toward butter, sugar, and most definitely all things chocolate. Since I’ve been delving into all of these sweet treat recipes, I thought I’d share a few I’ve recently tried or am planning to make with you all for this week’s Good Food Reads: Sweets and Treats….
Well, it’s been a crazy few days around here. As many of you know, Lane spent the last week in beautiful Phoenix, Arizona. In a fun twist of fate, we actually had booked overlapping trips and had great plans for a fun dinner out in the land of sunshine. Unfortunately, I was caught up in the spectaular Delta scheduling debacle last weekend and my flight from Minneapolis to Phoenix was ultimately cancelled and we didn’t make it to Arizona in time to reschedule. I decided to drown my sorrows in some baked goods. Enter: Lemon Rosemary Shortbread.
How on earth is it already Friday and time for another Good Food Reads? I don’t know about all of you, but I am soooooo ready for this thing we call a weekend! My son recently turned four and we are celebrating his birthday with his first more-than-just-family birthday party. He is so excited and I am so tired. Lane is also having a birthday party this weekend and I know that we are both appreciating easy, comforting foods this weekend. I’m personally going to be trying a new Winter Lasagna with butternut squash and brussels sprouts tonight and making a double batch of chili and Jalapeño Cornbread for tomorrow night after the party! We are supposed to have beautiful weather all weekend – 45 degrees in Minnesota in February!! – so I think I’ll come up with something for my hubby to grill on Sunday. Can’t wait. What are you all cooking this weekend? Need some inspiration? Check out this week’s Good Food Reads…
Happy Wednesday, friends! I don’t know about you, but I’m smack in the middle of holiday preparations around here. Christmas is coming and with it – lots of food and fun (and presents to wrap!). While I’m busy planning our holiday menu contributions, I’ve also got a family to feed each day and this week I want festive but easy things to fill our table. This week’s Good Food Reads are a little selfish because they’re all things that I want to cook this week! I’ve got some healthy-ish things on my list as I like to save room for those Christmas cookies that inevitably find their way into our home. Also included are some appetizers and a great chicken salad dip as well as a recipe for gorgeous linzer cookies. Finally, I’ve got a great list of cookbooks, perfect for gifting. I hope you enjoy this week’s Good Food Reads as much as I do! …
Whatever your view on politics and yesterday’s election, it is an historic day in America. And I think we could all use some culinary distraction. This week’s Good Food Reads is a great mix of comfort foods and some pre-Thanksgiving prep. I’m really excited to try all of these recipes and (let’s be honest) to check out the new TV show linked at the end of the post. In fact, I think I’m going to whip up a batch of the pancakes below this afternoon, while I check out Martha and Snoop. What are your plans for this post-election day? Hopefully they include some Good Food Reads!
Fluffy Ricotta Lemon-y Pancakes (A Cozy Kitchen)
Peanut Butter M&M Oatmeal Cookies (Greens & Chocolate)
Pumpkin Chai Crumble Muffins (How Sweet It Is)
Crispy Baked Chicken Wings with Carolina Mustard Sauce (Lemons for Lulu)
Garlic-y Olive-y Pull Apart Knobs (A Cozy Kitchen)
Brown Butter Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls (Girl Vs Dough)
Butternut Squash and Leek Risotto (Love + Lemons)
The Best Inexpensive Digital Thermometers (via Serious Eats)
I will leave you with this: Martha and Snoop. Yup, they’ve got a cooking show and I think I’m going to need to watch. Because, whoa…it’s gotta be better than CNN right now.
There are many times in the kitchen when I want to put my own spin on things. And then there are times when you don’t mess with a classic. Think: Ottolenghi’s hummus. Jim Lahey’s bread. Ree Drummond’s Lasagna. Not surprisingly, many of my “don’t mess with it” recipes come from the geniuses at Cooks Illustrated. With their scientific approach to finding the best methods in the kitchen, their recipes are often instant classics. The Molasses-Spice Cookies featured in their 1999 cookbook, The Best Recipe, certainly falls into that category. (Side note: There is a new version of the cookbook aptly titled, The New Best Recipe. I don’t know if this particular cookie is featured in that edition.)…
I don’t know if it’s the weather (spring is FINALLY here!) or what, but I am HUNGRY this week. Like, can’t stop, won’t stop, hungry. Which means I’ve been trolling the old internet for new recipes to try and foodie inspiration. Which means, we have a Good (Food) Reads chock full of inspiration this week. So let’s get started, shall we?
First, I dug out my copy of Gwyneth Paltrow’s first cookbook, My Father’s Daughter (and before you scoff, it’s actually really good!), and have been eating her Italian Chopped Salad all week. It’s fresh, with plenty of heft from the bocconcini and green beans, and easy to make. Total winner! Looking forward to checking out her new cookbook It’s All Easy….
All good dinner parties need treat bags, right? We hadn’t really considered it when first planning our menu. But it is a funny story, how these particular treat bags came to be. My 13-year-old daughter has been learning her own way around the kitchen and has discovered that baking is her forte. For her last birthday I bought her a copy of Joy the Baker’s Homemade Decadence, because really, it is never too early to start your cookbook library-even if you are only turning 13. (P.S.-If you don’t have this one, it is a must have!) My daughter has been slightly obsessed with a recipe in this cookbook for Dark Chocolate Truffle Cookies. I must admit, they didn’t look like much, so when she chose them for her weekend project several months ago, I wasn’t super excited. I’m not usually too moved by anything dusted with powdered sugar. However, when I tasted these gooey little bombs, I quickly changed my mind. Pure heaven. My daughter has now made the recipe many, many times and they definitely rise to the occasion. Every time.
When my daughter found out Holly and I were hosting a dinner party, she offered to make a batch of these Dark Chocolate Truffle Cookies for us. We already had plans for our dessert course (coming soon!), but what would be a better take home remembrance of a really fun night than a bag of cookies? We took her up on her offer. She set to work, crafting the cookies, and I set to work crafting some bags for the cookies to be packaged in. I’m pretty pleased with what we came up with, and I think our dinner guests were too!
So now that our dinner is over, I can only hope that all of our guests are happily treating themselves to some Dark Chocolate Truffle Cookies. Preferably with a nice glass of wine. I recommend you all try them too. Your friends will thank you.
And a special thanks to Joy the Baker (Joy Wilson).
- ½ cup all purpose flour
- ½ cup sugar
- ¼ cup unsweetened Dutch-processed cocoa powder (this can be been somewhat hard to find, you can substitute Hershey's Special Dark cocoa powder which is a blend of natural and Dutch processed cocoas-this has worked fine for us)
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
- ⅓ cup (3 ounces) chopped dark chocolate (we have used both 70% and 72% cacao chocolate bars-both have worked well)
- 1 large egg
- 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup confectioners' sugar (you can likely get away with less of this as this is just to roll the cookies in)
- Preheat the oven to 375ºF.
- In a medium bowl ,combine flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt.
- Chop the room temperature butter into small pieces and rub into the dry ingredients until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.
- Mix in the chopped dark chocolate.
- In a small bowl, mix together the egg and vanilla.
- Pour the egg mixture into the chocolate mixture and mix until moistened.
- Press the dough into a ball (you'll have to get your hands dirty here if you haven't already).
- Wrap the ball of dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
- Put the confectioners' sugar in a shallow bowl.
- Using a tablespoon, form balls of the refrigerated chocolate mixture.
- Roll the ball in the confectioners' sugar.
- Place the sugar covered ball on a parchment lined baking sheet.
- Repeat with the remaining chocolate mixture, rolling in confectioners' sugar before placing on baking sheet.
- Bake about 10 minutes leaving the cookies just a bit undercooked on the insides.
- Cool on the pan for a few minutes before finishing cooling on a cooling rack.
- These are fabulous served warm, and almost just as good eaten over the next 4 days (store in an airtight container).