Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Well, here it is. The best Chocolate Crinkle Cookies you’ll ever eat. Thanks to the people at Americas Test Kitchen who did all the real work in developing this recipe, I merely tweaked it. This is a Dairy Free recipe now 🙂

This is what I did…

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Assembled the ingredients…minus the vanilla… that elusive vanilla!

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Combine the eggs, brown sugar, espresso powder and vanilla

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stick the crisco and chocolate chips in a microwave safe container

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Not quite ready after 30 secs

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Ready after another 40 secs

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Had my helpers add the melted chocolate into the egg mixture, on low

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Combine the dry ingredients together

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add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix until just combined

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and there’s the batter! Let it rest 10-15 minutes while you prep your pans

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Fit your parchment to size

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Ready to Rock and Roll

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Using a Mini Scooper, drop 1 scoop into a bowl of sugar

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toss it in the sugar so you are able to handle it without it becoming a sticky mess!

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They’ll bake at 325 Degrees for 12 minutes on the center rake. Bake each tray alone! (they don’t like sharing the oven)

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Pose them in front of a black wall for lots of drama and try not to eat them all 😉

Good Luck with trying not to eat them all.

I literally had to hide them from my son who was sneaking them whenever he came into the kitchen…I’m pretty sure he single handedly at 10 in one day!

Here’s what you need…

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

1 Cup FLour

1/2 Cup Cocoa powder

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp baking soda

3 eggs

1 1/2 C brown sugar

1 tsp finely ground espresso

1 tsp vanilla

4oz  dairy free chocolate chips

4 Tablespoons Crisco or dairy free butter

Granulated sugar in a bowl for rolling

Powdered Sugar in a bowl for rolling

Parchment paper and cookie sheets

mini scooper

Preheat Oven to 325°F. Combine eggs, brown sugar, espresso and vanilla

Melt chocolate chips and crisco. Add to wet ingredients

Mix dry ingredients (flour, cocoa, salt, baking soda). Mix until just combined.

Rest batter for 10-15 minutes, then roll in granulated sugar to form a ball, followed by rolling in powdered sugar to coat completely.

Arrange on cookies sheets with 2″ spacing not more than 11 on a tray.

Bake for 12 minutes, one tray at a time.

THEY WILL LOOK GOOEY AND UNCOOKED. Don’t be fooled, 12 minutes is perfect and they will solidify as they cool. Let them rest on the cookie sheet until the next batch is done cooking

ENJOY!

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Blueberry Lemon Macarons

In honor of my sister-in-law heading to Spain and Paris for a month (so jealous), I made macarons for her bon voyage party, like she won’t get her fill of them in Paris. Let’s just take a moment of silence as we approach the holy grail of patisseries…

…the macaron.

Soak it in. Mmmmmmmm. Ok, that’s good. Now let’s dig into this recipe.

Here’s what I did…

the ingredients. Egg whites, sugar, almond flour, confectioners sugar, dye, candy thermometer, spatula, water,

the ingredients. Egg whites, sugar, almond flour, confectioners sugar, dye, candy thermometer, spatula, water,

trace circles on parchment that can be slid out from under the macarons parchment

trace circles on parchment that can be slid out from under the macarons parchment

almond flour and confectioners sugar

almond flour and confectioners sugar

combined with whisk, making a well for the egg whites

combined with whisk, making a well for the egg whites

2 eggs white and food dye added to make this colorful thick paste

2 eggs white and food dye added to make this colorful thick paste

cover the almond paste to prevent drying

cover the almond paste to prevent drying

place sugar and water to saucepan

place sugar and water to saucepan

beat egg whites until soft peaks form, adding 35g of sugar at this point

beat egg whites until soft peaks form, adding 35g of sugar at this point

heat the sugar until 240Âș

heat the sugar until 240Âș

drizzle in the molten sugar syrup slowly while mixing

drizzle in the molten sugar syrup slowly while mixing

meringue holds a firm string of whites when pulled

meringue holds a firm string of whites when pulled

add 1/3 of the meringue to the almond paste

add 1/3 of the meringue to the almond paste

I added a bit more food dye  after the first round of meringue was added

I added a bit more food dye after the first round of meringue was added

add the rest of the meringue to the almond base

add the rest of the meringue to the almond base

fold together and press against the bowl  to combine

fold together and press against the bowl to combine

piping out little mounds just shy of 2", using my template as a guide

piping out little mounds just shy of 2″, using my template as a guide

drying out for about  45 minutes

drying out for about 45 minutes

notice the dull surface, these are dry to touch

notice the dull surface, these are dry to touch

check out those feet

check out those feet

shells matched by size and shape

shells matched by size and shape

shells filled with lemon curd and blueberry buttercream

shells filled with lemon curd and blueberry buttercream

hmmmm...who ate one?!

hmmmm…who ate one?!

handpicked flowers by little guys, macarons and coffee...perfection

handpicked flowers by little guys, macarons and coffee…perfection

showing us some macaron excitement

showing us some macaron excitement

thick, structured and just enough filling

thick, structured and just enough filling

Here’s what you need…

Blueberry Lemon Macarons

Almond Paste: 

150g almond meal

150g powdered sugar

50g egg whites (2 whites)

food dye

dash of salt

Meringue:

55g egg whites (+2 egg whites)

35g granulated sugar

120g granulated sugar

40g water

Measure precisely! Sift flour and sugar together and process in food processor if necessary to make VERY fine. Combine all ingredients in the paste until it is uniform and cover.

Whip egg whites for meringue until frothy, then add 35g sugar slowly until soft peaks form. While on stove heat 120g sugar and water until 240Âș (just under) then drizzle into whisking egg white on Med. High.

Add 1/4-1/3 meringue into paste and blend together. Add rest of meringue and combine until just dripping of spoon. Texture should smooth out into a smooth circle if piped. (This may take some practice to figure out the right consistency here. I’m not gonna lie, it may take a few batches to nail this aspect…don’t give up!)

Bake at 300Âș for 15-20 mins. remove from parchment when cool. Once you fill and sandwich together the macarons, wrap them in plastic wrap and let them sit overnight in the fridge to reconstitute the cookie and reach the right texture. They can be frozen too, only let them thaw in their wrapping before serving.

Blueberry Buttercream

butter, blueberry syrup and 10xsugar

(sorry I kinda winged it with this one, basically a buttercream overloaded with syrupy cooked blueberries)

Lemon Curd

Recipe coming soon!