126 posts categorized "Dessert"

Chocolate Pecan Brookies

In Butter, Chocolate, Cookies - Bars, Dessert, Eggs, Nuts, Pecan, Recipe
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A brookie....what the hell is a "brookie", I can hear you asking?

Well, in my parlance, a brookie is a cookie with the texture of a brownie.

Get it?

I decided to whip these up the other day because I needed a BUNCH of cookies in a hurry for an event I was hosting at my home.  Rather than cook up multiple batches of much larger cookies, I decided to pull out my #70 portion scoop (about 1/2 ounce, 1 tablespoon) and cranked out about 4 dozen of these gorgeous little "brookies" in no time.

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Double Strawberry Cheesecake

In Cake, Cheese, Chefs, Dessert, Fruit, Recipe, Strawberry
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I made this gorgeous Melissa Clark dessert a few nights back to cap off  a special "thank goodness EVERYONE is finally done with school" meal.

It was a huge hit!

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Chocolate-Oatmeal-Walnut Cookies

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Ever go to a top-notch bakery and buy a huge, delicious chocolate chip cookie and wish that you could make one just like it at home?

Well now you can.

These behemoths, from the famed Tartine Bakery in San Francisco are the ultimate bakery case cookie.  Fully 3" wide, they are packed with chewy-earthy oats, crunchy walnuts and decadently rich bittersweet chocolate.  The addition of molasses gives them a depth of flavor that brown sugar alone can't quite match, and their generous size will satisfy even the biggest sweet tooth at your table.


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Bittersweet Chocolate Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

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 I came up with this little number to serve at a family graduation party for Jordan (Arthus), who graduated from H.S. last week....HUZZAH!  When asked what type of cake he wanted he immediately reached for our go-to bittersweet chocolate cake and opted this time to have it finished off with a cream cheese frosting.

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Coconut Chocolate Macaroons

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Not to be confused with the dainty and ever popular French Macarons, these delightful  flavor bombs are big and bold, jammed with sweetened coconut (and in this case mini semi-sweet chocolate chips), and made luxuriant with a mix of egg whites and pastry cream.  

The base recipe is one from a favorite local chef of mine, and a HUGE supporter of  Share Our Strength, Joanne Chang.  Joanne is a wonderful gal, super dedicated to ending childhood hunger in the US, and a very successful chef and restaurateur.  She is an owner (along with her husband Christopher) of the wildly popular Boston restaurant Myers and Chang, and also runs a growing empire of Flour Bakery and Cafe locations (currently 4 and counting) in and around the city.

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Dirt Bombs

In Breakfast / Brunch, Butter, Cinnamon, Dessert, Eggs, Milk, Muffin, Recipe, Snacks
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Please don't click past this recipe because of it's less than appealing name....you'll be VERY sorry if you do, I can promise you that.  These delightful little nuggets are from the Bantam Bread Bakery in Bantam, CT and come to us courtesy of the R.S.V.P. feature in the May 2014 issue of Bon Appetit magazine.  R.S.V.P is where reader's write in to request that the magazine ferret out the recipes from their favorite restaurant meals.

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World Peace Cookies

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I know what you're thinking.  Wouldn't it be lovely if all we had to do to rid the world of conflict and bring peace was to bake a few batches of top-notch cookies.  

Just imagine......

Israel and Palestine.....fixed.

Russia and Ukraine.....done.

Syria's civil war.........a thing of the past.

Lannisters v. Tyrells........just make sure there's enough cold milk to go around (it turns out drinking wine in Westeros can prove fatal....poor Joffrey).

It seems silly to ponder a world where a single sweet confection could turn the tides of conflict and put us on a path to world peace, but if any treat could, then it would surely be these masterful cookies.

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Burnt Caramel Pudding

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I can't believe I'm about to say this, but there is just too much good food in the world.

Every day I seem to add to my list of recipes to try - some pulled from magazines, others clipped from favorite websites.  There are some recipes that I've had in my "to cook" queue for years now and I am starting to wonder "will I ever get to them?"  

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Oatmeal Date Cookies

In Butter, Cardamom, Cookies - Bars, Dates, Dessert, Oats, Pecan, Recipe, Vanilla
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I have always loved oatmeal raisin cookies, they are among my favorite treats.  I had making a batch in-mind when I picked up a monster container of Quaker Oats the other day, but before I could get them mixed up and in my oven I stumbled across this recipe for oatmeal date cookies.  Given that I had a container of Medjool dates in my pantry I decided to make these instead, and I'm so glad I did because they really are a very different cookie, and they are super tasty.

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Chocolate Coconut Pound Cake

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As you all know, I tend to shy from hyperbole when it comes to making claims about any recipe we share here being the "best" of it's kind.  I figure there's always room for improvement, plus who's to say that a recipe I might consider to be the "best" would even place in your top 10.  Personal taste in food (or anything else for that matter) is by definition a very subjective thing, my fave is not likely to be your fave and that's just as it should be.

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"Oui, Chef" exists as an extension of my efforts to teach my kids a few things about cooking, and how their food choices over time effect not only their own health, but that of our local food communities and our planet at large. By sharing some of our cooking experiences, I hope to inspire other families to start spending more time together in the kitchen, passing on established familial food traditions, and starting some new ones. Read more...
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