Breakfast Cookies

Our kitchen window looks out on the street.  Some mornings I like to just sit by the window with a cup of coffee and breakfast, enjoying breakfast and the view of the street.

Early morning is always peaceful, yet active.  Runners zip along the sidewalk.  People sleepily stroll while walking their dogs.  Birds chirp and hop along the branches of the trees lining the street.  And I sti watching it all.

These cookies are just right to enjoy while watching the morning unfold.  Full of flavor, light and filling they are easy to enjoy while sitting at home or grab on the way out the door.



Hot Coco Recipe

Alright guys, this weekend it hit me:  I have less than two weeks to finish getting gifts, wrap them, and mail most of them.  EEK!

How did it get to be the middle of December?  Why is it going to be in the 70s this week?  I know I’m below the Mason Dixon line, but I’m not that far south.  Just last year I woke up the day after Christmas to a blanket of snow.

Well, even though the weather seems a bit confused, the calendar says it’s the time of year for cuddling up in front of a crackling fire with a warm cup of cocoa.  There is nothing wrong with store-bought cocoa.  But if you want to treat yourself or your loved ones then you can make your own.

Rich, chocolaty comfort in a cup.  That’s what this cocoa is.

Spicy Spice Cake with Orange Frosting

R made a cake while I was stuck in tech.  R made a delicious, spicy cake.  It was wonderful the next morning as breakfast… don’t worry I also had coffee for breakfast.

This spice cake is spicy.  I tried some without the frosting, the cloves and nutmeg gave a wonderful spicy heat.  The frosting is sweet, but not overly, a strong orange zest accents the spice of the cake.  You don’t need much of this cake as it is packed with flavor.  Bake this cake for someone special just because.

If you were to top this cake with a chocolate frosting be prepare for a very rich dessert.  Chocolate would go well with the spiciness of the cake, perhaps vanilla would work too.  The orange frosting would go great on a white cake as well to add some zest.


Chocolate Spice Sugar Cookies

I’m back!  The computer is up and running.  I still need to install a few things on it, but I can check the web, edit photos, and post again!

The other day I had a craving for gingerbread… don’t ask me why cause I have no idea.  I thought about making gingerbread cookies.  But then I remembered seeing Christmas decorations in store already and decided I could wait another month or two for such a christmasy cookie.  Instead I decided to make chocolate sugar cookies… and then I threw in some spices.

These cookies turned out better than I expected.  They are not sweet like the usual sugar cookie, the cocoa and spices tie for first in the race to your taste buds.  Biting into one of these they have a satisfying snap and crunch that give way to a deep cinnamon chocolate flavor.  Subtle sweetness make these a very nice bedtime snack and go very well with both milk and coffee.

The dough can be kept for a few days in an airtight container in the fridge.  Which means you can make a big batch of dough and bake fresh cookies a few nights in a row or make them ahead of time and pop them in the oven if you are in need of a sweet snack.  Did I mention they make your whole house smell like cinnamon and chocolate?  You might find it hard to wait for them to finish baking.


Daring Bakers’ Challenge – Baklava

I am excited to be posting my first Daring Bakers’ Challenge.  This month the challenge was to make homemade baklava with handmade phyllo dough.

For my baklava filling I used walnuts, almonds, dark chocolate, and a few dashes of cinnamon and cocoa chile powder.  The result is a chocolatey, sticky, sweet baklava with nutty undertones.

Sopapilla Cheesecake Bites

Ok, so they aren’t exactly bite-size, but they are great finger food.
Sopapilla is fried, sweet dough usually served with honey or syrup.  I found a recipe for cheesecake sopapillas, and since I couldn’t find the pasty sheets in the grocery store I made single serving roll ups.

Flaky, light dough covered in sugar and cinnamon contains a sweet cheesecake filling.  Fresh out of the oven, while very hot, they were divine.  Even once they had cooled down to room temperature these little treats were a big hit.  Easy and fast this recipe is a keeper.

Sopapilla Cheesecake Bites

1 (8oz) package Cream Cheese, softened
3/4 cup Sugar
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
2 (8oz) package refrigerated Crescent Rolls
1/4 cup Butter, melted
1/2 cup Sugar
1 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Lightly grease cookie sheet.

Beat the cream cheese, 3/4 cup sugar, and vanilla extract in a bowl.

Unroll crescent roll dough.  In each triangle place a spoonful of cream cheese mixture towards the larger end of the triangle.  Starting with the two corners closest to the cream cheese fold those over.  Then roll up the crescent roll, making sure to try and keep the cream cheese contained in the dough.  Repeat with each dough triangle.

Combine 1/2 cup Sugar and Cinammon in a cup.  Brush roll-ups with melted Butter then sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon mixture.

Bake in the oven for 13-15 minutes, or until dough is crisp and light brown.  Allow to cool 10 minutes before serving.  Enjoy!

Beignets & Cinnamon Rolls

Yesterday for Fat Tuesday K made beignets.  They turned out fluffy, crisp on the outside and still soft on the inside.  Covered in powdered sugar they were a sweet treat.  After making two batches of them there still was a lot of dough left, so back into the fridge it went with plans for this morning.

This morning the dough was rolled out again.  Instead of cutting it into squares and dropping it into hot oil it was coated in cinnamon, brown sugar, flour and butter; then rolled into a tube.  The tube was cut into 12 pieces and placed on a baking sheet.  Instead of brushing the pieces with half and half I used white mocha creamer that was in the fridge.  The creamer also was added to powdered sugar and vanilla to make a glaze.

Once out of the oven these giant rolls filled the apartment with a warm cinnamon scent.  And the taste was even better, sweet but still savory, the dough was crisp on the outside and softer the closer in to the center.  The filling rich, and the glaze a little indulgent.  Overall a huge success, the dough recipe is versatile for two treats if not more.