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The Infamous Jacques Torres Chocolate Chip Cookies Now, I have a chocolate chip cookie recipe that I swear by. I love it, I think it is incredible, and I haven’t changed my mind about that. However, as much as it pains me to say it, these chocolate chip cookies by Jacques Torres are absolutely, without a doubt, the best chocolate chip cookies that I have ever made or tasted in my entire life. Either way, I made these and everyone that tried them went nuts. Edit: For more Jacques Torres deliciousness, check out my Jacques Torres Chocolate Mudslide Cookies! Your ingredients. Whisk together the cake flour, bread flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Beat together the butter and sugars, until light and fluffy, at least 3 minutes. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, followed by the vanilla. Add in the flour mixture, very gradually, until just moistened. Fold in your chocolate. Now, press plastic wrap down onto the top of the dough, being sure it is completely covered, and refrigerate for a minimum of 24 hours. Author: The Crepes of Wrath

Get Off Your Butt and BAKE! » Impressive recipes made simple. Six Ways to Create a Meaningful Holiday Season - Mamapedia™ Voices This week I’m feeling tired. Yes, I’m getting sleep, spending time in nature, connecting with friends and moving my body daily, but I’m realizing the kind of tired I’m feeling is a cumulative tired—from the past month, probably even the past year! So I’m moving slow and mindfully—particularly knowing what the next several weeks hold. Before you find yourself feeling overscheduled, overextended and overworked during the holiday season, I invite you to slow down and PAUSE. While this is a favorite time of year for some, this upcoming stretch can also be incredibly stressful, emotionally-taxing and just plain exhausting for many of us. (There is a reason therapists offices are packed in January.) As you move into the next few weeks, consider approaching the holidays intentionally. What does that mean? Here are some possible themes for you to consider. Rest and rejuvenation. Spiritual renewal. Connection and healing with family members. Service to others. Simplicity. Creative expression.

Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Cookies « Betchacanteatjustone's Blog This just may be my new favorite Chocolate Chip Cookie. It’s made with butter AND cream cheese. It’s dense, chewy, chocolatey and very delicious. I had half a package of cream cheese that needed to be used up and I really wanted chocolate chip cookies so I figured surely there must be a recipe… a quick google blog search led me to baking blonde and a really delicious recipe that’s definitely being added to my regular cookie repertoire! Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe from BakingBlonde 4 oz cream cheese, softened (recipe called for 5-6 but I only had 4)3/4 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled1 cup brown sugar1/2 cup granulated sugar2 tsp vanilla extract1/2 tsp baking soda1/2 tsp salt2 cups plus 3 tbsp all purpose flour1 1/2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips Preheat the oven to 325 degrees and line baking sheets with parchment Cream together the butter, cream cheese and sugars until light and fluffy. Sift together dry ingredients and then add them to the butter mixture. Enjoy!

Yummy Soft and Chewy Ginger Snaps - Mommy Notes - Music to your Ears - What To Expect Blogs I wanted to share this yummy recipe with you - it is an old family favorite. These Ginger Snaps are very soft and chewy...oh so good! Please enjoy this holiday season! Molasses Cookies (Soft Ginger Snaps) 1 cup sugar 1/4 cup molasses 1 beaten egg 3/4 cup oil Mix well, then add: 1 1/2 cup flour 2 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp salt 1/2 tsp ginger 1/2 tsp cloves 1 tsp cinnamon Roll into balls, then roll in sugar. Does this recipe sound delish? Dec 2011 POST EDIT: Since I've had so many hits to this recipe, which have also come with a lot of questions...I thought I would post the answers here to save you some time. I made the cookies today and took some new snapshots. Under-cooking vs Over-cooking. Someone had mentioned that only cooking them for 7 minutes made them too doughy. Is the dough supposed to be slimy/gooey? The oil and molasses mix in this recipe is what gives it its soft nature. My cookies turn out flat, is that how they are supposed to be? It depends on how you make the recipe.

Espresso Pumpkin Pie by Lura Lee I always get a craving for pumpkin pie as soon as the first leaves start turning colors or the first crisp autumn breeze turns my cheeks red. This year, I took my old pumpkin pie recipe and expanded upon it and improved it by adding espresso. It's a simple recipe using canned pumpkin. The purist bakers among the crowd can modify a from scratch pumpkin pie recipe accordingly, if they have the patience to fool around with whole pumpkins, but this recipe is for the majority of people who want the pie minus the fuss. Espresso Pumpkin Pie Why Espresso? Many pies are too sweet for me. Ingredients 2 shots of espressoA 29 oz. can of pumpkin puree1 3/4 cups (22 oz.) of evaporated milk4 large eggs1 1/2 cups of sugar1 1/2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon1 teaspoon of allspice 1 1/2 teaspoons of finely ground espresso2 "deep dish" 9 inch, pre-fab. pie crusts The Secret The secret to making a good, fluffy/creamy pumpkin pie (instead of one that is heavy) comes down to the eggs. The Big Bowl

Chocolate Quake Cake Maybe this blog should be renamed "Sprinkle Bakes Chocolate Cakes". I've had a serious romance with the confection all year. First there was a very special chocolate cupcake recipe for pyromaniacs, soon after came Chocolate Whiskey Cake, then Chocolate Gâteau on the Half Shell, Nigella's Chocolate-Honey Cake, the proportionally epicPBC4 (as I've come to call it), and last week's post was dedicated to the marriage of chocolate cake and red wine. I may need an intervention, but like most addicts I don't want one. I've tasted many, but this chocolate cake may be my favorite, ever! This was the strangest technique for making icing that I've ever encountered. As you can see in the picture above, two cake layers are stacked and frosted... ... and the third cake layer is cut in two pieces horizontally (some of you may know this as "torting" a cake). Important note: This recipe requires a whopping 3 cups of cocoa powder. One more thing!

7 Homemade Holiday Spa Gifts By Brooke McLay | Who says your kitchen is just for making dinner? With a few simple ingredients, you can also create Homemade Sugar Scrubs, Bath Salts, and Soap Crayons. Here are 7 simple gifts you can stir up, whip up, and wrap up in your kitchen that will rival even the fanciest of bath and body retailers. Made by hand, all natural and organic, this may be the best thing you make on your stove all year. The only problem? nggallery id=’120116′ Kiss Gloss Just a few basic ingredients are all you need to stir up a pot of luscious homemade lip gloss. Sugar Scrub Homemade Sugar Scrub sounds haute, but it's surprisingly simple to make! Easy Homemade Soap A fresh bar of soap smells even better when it's stirred up with love in your kitchen! More on Babble About Brooke McLay Brooke McLay Brooke McLay is a recipe developer, food writer, food photographer, and cooking show host for Babble, General Mills, and Good Cook.

Nutella Mug Cake I have been experimenting with different mug cakes every since I heard about them about a year ago. None of them have been winners. They were either too chewy, too dry, or not sweet enough. Well, I continued experimenting, and thought why not add some decadent Nutella into the mix. I modified the classic mug cake recipe, added Nutella, and a little more milk and oil than I had been using before. The results were beyond amazing. I made these quick desserts today for my father and sister-in-law. Nutella Mug Cake Ingredients 4 tablespoons self rising flour 4 tablespoons white granulated sugar 1 egg 3 tablespoons cocoa powder 3 tablespoons Nutella 3 tablespoons milk 3 tablespoons olive or vegetable oil Method 1. 2. Note: Depending on the wattage of your microwave, you may have to increase cooking time. Makes 1 very large serving. For even more desserts in jar check out our slideshow “Contain Yourself! And if you love Nutella, you’ll devour these 15 spell-binding recipes!

Two Minute Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake This, friends, is where procrastination gets me. I was staring at the computer, mired in writers’ block. I clicked on that Stumble button I installed in my toolbar but never use. Oh look! A new webpage has popped up! On it, a recipe for single-serving peanut butter cake you mix and microwave in a minute. The chocolate:peanut butter ratio wasn’t quite right, and so I made the cake chocolate with a spoonful of cocoa. Chocolate chips are a must – they turn into gooey pockets of melted chocolate in the finished product. Butter or spray a ramekin, or do it right in a mug. It took mine a minute to cook, rather than 30 seconds. Note to self: pick up some vanilla ice cream. Two Minute Chocolate Peanut Butter Cakewith thanks to Cassie of Back to Her Roots! Peanut butter AND portable?

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