So, how is your cookie intake? Are you already done with them for 2017? In case you didn’t know, Germans have a special name for the cookies you bake during the holidays. They are called “Plätzchen” whereas everyday cookies are “Kekse”. Does tell you something about how important cookies are during the holiday season, doesn’t it? Two words for cookies, the boring normal ones and the fancy ones for the holidays. And since I love cookies (any for that matter), the holiday season is perfect for a cookie monster like me. Welcome to the Chocolate Star Cookie. This cookie is the star of the sweet combination of vanilla and chocolate – in all its glory.
Warning, this is again a recipe that requires time. At least the chocolate mousse part takes its time. However, the good news is that you can prepare this beauty well in advance as it freezes up nicely. So how about a last minute change in the Christmas menu? Can I interest you in a rich and creamy cake, which combines the best parts of chocolate with cherry? I invented it for my birthday originally. And for that reason you get your heavy load of chocolate and also fruit. Because that’s me. Rich chocolate already in the pie pastry, a thick cherry filling and rich chocolate mousse to top it off with, so delicious and perfect for any special occasion!
I think I have mentioned before that I am a big chocolate fan. One of the reason I have quite a few chocolate recipes on this blog. Just to give you some great ones
I had read before that beetroot is supposed to make a chocolate cake great. I haven’t tried that yet, but thought I would give it a shot. I mean, it does sound weird, I give you that, but if it really is as moist and delicious as people have claimed, I wanted to give it a go. So I finally got around to making a very chocolaty bundt cake and this time I wanted to see whether beetroot really could work its magic on it.
Can I confess something? I am a chocoholic. I really don’t care, be it summer or winter, I will happily eat chocolate. Except for white chocolate. I don’t know why, but we simply don’t get along. But offer me any of its siblings and I am in. Be it milk chocolate or chocolate with 85% cocoa, I will eat it. I would say that my consumption of chocolate isn’t lower in summer, rather, it is higher in fall and winter. You can easily find me with something chocolaty in my hand while snuggling under a blanket. Chocolate is soulfood!
Did you know that Oreos are vegan? I didn’t. I always assumed that Oreos contained some kind of milk product. For that reason I was more than happy when I learned that Oreos indeed are vegan and can be used in vegan recipes. Today I invited Ramona to create a guest blog post as I am still trying to catch up after a long holiday in Colombia (and yes, you will find some new Colombian recipes here very soon!). In my opinion she has brought along some super interesting recipe. Let’s give the floor to her:
Aren’t these owl cupcakes the cutest? I just love them so much. In fact, I made them already in summer, because, why not? Once I saw them on Pinterest, I was hooked. Yes, I am also on Pinterest. Feel free to check out my profile here. You need to know that I love birds. Any kind. I especially like smaller birds, but you can basically present to me any kind of bird and I will be excited. So if you combine my love for birds with baking, you got me. Just these big eyes…
What my go-to recipe for chocolate cake is? Definitely this one. I don’t even know when or where I picked it up. It probably was passed down to me from my mom as we spent several years in the U.S. in the 80’s, German recipes are usually a bit more complicated. It has been very popular among my relatives. I love this recipe because it can be whipped up in about five minutes. Literally.
One thing I know for sure is that I have seen this cake around a lot. At a lot of festivities. I mean, what beats a cake you can whip up so quickly and which is so versatile? I love that it is so moist! Originally it was a sheet cake, often served with nuts and frosted with some chocolate frosting. Sometimes it was made with cherries, my sister also used it as a birthday cake for one of her children and used smarties, M&Ms etc. to make it more festive. This recipe can also be the base for a bundt cake.
I feel it is time for some chocolate. Maybe it’s because I didn’t eat chocolate for three weeks. I wanted to look pretty for my birthday. So I restricted myself to eating relatively healthy, no sweets and no chocolate. That was really hard for me. Three weeks without chocolate? As a chocoholic I am proud to say that I managed. I was allowed to drink one small cup of cocoa per day, but that was about it. I know that a lot of people say they don’t crave chocolate in summer. I am definitely not one of them. I can have chocolate day in and day out. Summer or winter. If there is chocolate, you will find Jenny around.
I have a treat for you today. Think a very dark chocolate cookie with chocolate chunks and a surprise caramel center inside. Add some flaky sea salt and you got this price-winning cookie. I am not kidding. Sally from Sallysbakingaddiction.com actually won a baking contest with these cookies. It doesn’t surprise me, they are really and truly worth every bite!
If you ask me which recipe is universally loved around the world, I would say it is brownies. Chocolate in cake form, a delicious square, which can be prepared in under twenty minutes and is the traditional crowd pleaser. Brownies make me happy, brownies are comfort. They are so simple and easy! Oh, and in case you forgot, they have everything to be in chocolate heaven: lots and lots of high quality chocolate, butter, eggs, and sugar.