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Cooking tuesdays : Wookie Cookies

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Cooking tuesdays : Wookie Cookies

My dearly beloved reader, the Cooking Tuesdays are back! That’s right, the wonderful ‘tradition’ of posting a recipe every Tuesday has finally returned! And, as you can see, I’m coming back strong, with apologies and a wonderful, amazing, delicious and geeky recipe for the Star Wars fans in your life (because everyone of us knows at least one Yoda/Darth Vader/ Han Solo obsessed person out there. Or Jabba-obsessed for that matter; no judging ). So, to celebrate the upcoming movie I present you the easy and delicious Wookie cookies! I was thinking about some amazing, stylish Vader brownies or Yoda cupcakes, to be honest, but found them waay to complicated for some of us (aham, me), and because I had no time to buy cookie shapes and you are probably just as busy, we’re going to do a very easy recipe, but tasty and good-looking, nonetheless. ( + they are actually healthy! )

What you need:

  • 1½ cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 3 cups old fashioned oats
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter or margarine, at room temperature
  • 2 eggs at room temperature, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

What to do:

  1. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set it aside.
  2. In a large bowl, mix all of the dry ingredients ; flour, sugars, cinnamon salt, baking soda, and oats.
  3. Add the butter, beaten egg, and vanilla. Stir until the dough is combined.
  4. Chill the dough. You can either chill the entire bowl in the fridge for atleast an hour or if you are short on time…Drop the cookie dough by rounded tablespoon on the prepared baking sheets, about 2 inches apart. Place the baking sheets in the freezer until firm, about 10 – 15 minutes.
  5. Once chilled, place the baking sheet in the center of the preheated oven, and bake for about 12 minutes, or until lightly golden brown all over
  6. The cookies will still be soft to the touch. Judge their readiness by color, not firmness. Remove the baking sheet from the oven, and allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet until firm (about 10 minutes). Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  7. Once completely cool decorate the cookies with chocolate frosting and white chocolate pieces to look like Wookies.
  8. Enjoy!

 

Recipe taken from here

 

 

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21 Days to go

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Taking advantage of my last sips of the delicious Caramel Machiatto I decided to write a bit. I just came back from doing some shopping for St. Nicholas. I bought lots and lots of sweets, tea cups and warm socks for my parents and for my grandmother. I’m very excited about this Christmas. Actually, no, I’m excited about Christmas in general, to be honest. I know, I know, it’s “over commercialized” and so on. I’ve heard this side of the story, too, because one my friends is a very cynical soul ( so am I in general, up to a point ). 

i just can’t help it, that warm feeling inside once December starts. I love everything about it. I get so excited when the first Coca-Cola commercial with Santa comes up in the cinemas, or when Starbucks change their cups to red. I love listening to carols on the radio, all of them! ( Last Christmas was once my favourite song, so yeah…). I enjoy the slight taste of cinnamon in every food and I actually always wanted to have one of those ridiculous red-reindeer jumpers. I can’t wait to walk with my best friend around the shops and buy all kinds of stupid things for the relatives or help her choose a gift for her mum. Or, walking under the lights in city centre, taking pictures. What about those cute Christmas-markets, where they sell mulled wine and ginger bread?

 I mean, how can anyone really hate Christmas?

I agree that the world doesn’t get better for a month, that people don’t change just because they see some lights on the streets and drink more hot chocolate. But it does send a positive message, to spread joy, make people smile. It should be more about that than about buying huge presents, I agree. And, like it or not, I actually think it brings a bit of warmth in this cold months.

 

 My favourite seasonal songs (that you probably never even heard) to cheer up all the grumpy cats out there:

Cooking Tuesday: Mocha Silk Pie

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Oh, man, I have a recipe for you…you are going to love it. it’s good to eat at any time. A little difficult to make, but the results…oh, the results!

What you need:
Crust
1 cup Pecans, Finely Chopped
½ cups Packed Brown Sugar
2 ounces, weight Semi Sweet Chocolate Grated
2 Tablespoons Kahlua
Dash Of Salt
Filling
2 sticks Butter (salted)
1-½ cup Sugar
2 teaspoons Instant Coffee Granules
1 teaspoon Kahlua
3 ounces, weight Semi-sweet (or Bittersweet) Chocolate
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
4 whole Large Eggs

What to do:
To make the crust, combine chopped pecans, brown sugar, grated chocolate, and salt. Stir with a fork to combine, then drizzle in Kahlua, stirring until combined. Press mixture into a pie pan, bringing it up the sides a bit. *Do not bake* Set aside or refrigerate until needed.
In small microwave safe bowl, melt 3 ounces of unsweetened baking chocolate until stirrable (about 45 seconds on high). Set aside to cool.
In a large bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat butter, sugar, 2 teaspoons instant coffee, and 1 teaspoon Kahlua until fluffy, about 1 1/2 minutes. When melted chocolate is cooled, drizzle it into the butter/sugar mixture as it beats on medium speed; use a rubber spatula to get it all out. Add 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract. Beat the mixture thoroughly until combined, scraping the sides if necessary.
On medium speed, add the four eggs, one at a time, over a period of 20 minutes; leave about 5 minutes between each egg addition. Scrape sides of bowl halfway through this process. Pour filling into the pie crust. You might have a little filling leftover. If you do, I’ll trust you to do the right thing.
Smooth out the pie filling and place pie in the refrigerator to chill for at least two hours (preferably longer).
Serve with whipped cream and more grated chocolate.

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Cooking Tuesday: Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes

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Cupcakes are dessert of the season, we can all agree on that. And as cute and pretty as they look, they are just as delicious.

What we need:
1 package (18-1/4 ounces) chocolate cake mix
1-1/4 cups water
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/3 cup canola oil
3 eggs
24 miniature peanut butter cups
FROSTING:
6 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
2/3 cup heavy whipping cream
1/3 cup peanut butter
Additional miniature peanut butter cups, chopped

What to do:

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes

Ingredients
1 package (18-1/4 ounces) chocolate cake mix
1-1/4 cups water
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/3 cup canola oil
3 eggs
24 miniature peanut butter cups
FROSTING:
6 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
2/3 cup heavy whipping cream
1/3 cup peanut butter
Additional miniature peanut butter cups, chopped
Method
In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, water, peanut butter, oil and eggs; beat on low speed for 30 seconds. Beat on medium for 2 minutes or until smooth.
Fill paper-lined muffin cups half full. Place a peanut butter cup in the center of each cupcake. Cover each with 1 tablespoonful batter.
Bake at 350° for 18-22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center of the cupcake comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
Place chocolate in a small bowl. In a small saucepan, bring cream just to a boil. Pour over chocolate; whisk until smooth. Stir in peanut butter. Cool, stirring occasionally, to room temperature or until mixture reaches a spreading consistency, about 10 minutes.
Spread over cupcakes; immediately sprinkle with additional peanut butter cups. Let stand until set. Yield: 2 dozen.

Enjoooy!! I’m sure you are going to love them 🙂

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Cooking Tuesday: Oreo truffles

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It is a general truth that every person on this planet, and others love Oreo biscuits.
So I have found for you my lovelies, the most awesome recipe. Everyone will beg for another Oreo truffle, believe me. And it’s so, so incredibly easy to do. Are you ready? 🙂

What you need:

1 (16 ounce) package OREO Chocolate Sandwich Cookies, divided

1 (8 ounce) package PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened

2 (8 ounce) packages BAKER’S Semi-Sweet Baking Chocolate, melted

What to do:
Crush 9 of the cookies to fine crumbs in food processor; reserve for later use. (Cookies can also be finely crushed in a resealable plastic bag using a rolling pin.) Crush remaining 36 cookies to fine crumbs; place in medium bowl. Add cream cheese; mix until well blended. Roll cookie mixture into 42 balls, about 1-inch in diameter.
Dip balls in chocolate; place on wax paper-covered baking sheet. (Any leftover chocolate can be stored at room temperature for another use.) Sprinkle with reserved cookie crumbs.
Refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour. Store leftover truffles, covered, in refrigerator.

Recipe taken from here

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Chocolate and gifts

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This evening , according to the legend, St. Nicholaus is filling the shoes of all good children with sweets and fruits. As a child, thanks to my family, I strongly believed in magic, St. Nick and Santa Claus. Today, it’s a joy for me to buy sweets for my parents, wrap them up and put them in red stockings.

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Even the city seems ready to celebrate this eve and all Christmas lights have been turned on. I am proud to say that my city has never looked better and the Christmas maket is absolutely gorgeous. I see parents everywhere caring presents and bags and strangely it just makes me happy. I feel like in sort of a movie. Not even the freezing cold outside can bother me anymore.

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Our beautiful, beautiful Christmas market.

To sweeten my day, as a pre-gift for tonight I got a delicious cookie:

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So this is our tradition. Every night on the 5th of December good kids receive sweets or fruits. Sometimes, to those really good children, St. Nick may even carry a toy or two.

How are traditions in other countries? It is the same or totally different? What do you do on this day?

I’m waiting for your answers. Love, Maria.

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(Yap, these are our presents.)

Macarons for the broken hearted

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In this post I want to share my honest and most sincere appreciation to one of lives great pleasures: eating. I love sweets, food in general, I fucking love to eat. Why wouldn’t I? There are flavors out there for each single person, macarons for each soul, chocolate for any disease. What cheers me up on a cloudy day? Buy me a colorful macarons and I’m yours forever. Do you see me sad or anxious? Try dark chocolate, it’s my favorite. The variety of desserts is endless and it fascinates me. I mean everyone knows that stressed spelled backwards is dessert. And chocolate is nothing but a heavenly way to get chubby.
Please don’t blame me for taking some pounds… I’d advertise the healthy fruits but they’re not really my cup of tea.
In the end I wanted to conclude that FOOD is GOOD. By the way, don’t worry, I know Kate Moss’s motto : ” Nothing tastes as good as skinny does .” BITCH HAVE YOU EVER TASTED MILLE FEUILLE OR A MACARONS?!!!
I’m sorry, I’m hungry.

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