Thursday, December 22, 2016

Last Minute Christmas Gift? Think Chocolate Peppermint Thumbprints

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Its coming around the corner ? Do you have your Christmas shopping done? Need a last minute Christmas gift?

How about offering homemade baking?
It's a very thoughtful gift to share with your family,friends or even co-workers.They will certainly admire all the effort you brought to make their gift special. 

Therefore, if you're curious in heading this direction?;however stuck on a concept for a recipe. Then you should try making these decadent Chocolate Peppermint Thumbprints. They are super impressive in appearance while quite simplistic to make. The recipe is also easy to follow in directions,utilizes budget-friendly ingredients and are also fun to decorate. You just have to remember to leave extras for taste testing?! You wont want to miss out on that.

Miss out !?

Yes,because these delightful treats are made with a chewy, dark chocolate cookie dough as well as a creamy chocolate peppermint center. They are a perfect fit for the holiday season and furthermore to make them even more special,we also drizzled white chocolate over top for a little elegance. Lastly to bring it altogether as a gift, you can easily wrap up a batch and tied it off with a colorful bow.
Overall, homemade is always a great choice for a Christmas gift. When you put in the effort everyone has appreciation, because its always the thought that counts. Also, if your gift receiver is a chocolate lover as well as a fan of mint then you definitely have a large window of recipes.
So go on and try the recipe out for yourself !!

Have A Very Merry Christmas And A Happy New Year!!

Chocolate Peppermint White Chocolate Thumbprints
Adapted From Martha Stewart

2 cups all purpose flour
2/3 cups unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 tsp salt
11/4 cups unsalted butter,softened
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 tbsp vanilla extract
5 ounces (3/4 cup) semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 tsp peppermint extract

1. Preheat oven to 350F.In a medium bowl,sift over bowl flour,cocoa powder and salt.

2.In a large bowl with a handheld mixer, cream together 1 cup of  the butter and 1 cup of the sugar on medium-high, until light and fluffy.Add the egg and vanilla,beat to combine.

 3.Gradually add the flour mixture on low,until combined.

 4.Place the 1/2 cup sugar into a small bowl.Rolled the dough into 1 inch balls and roll them into sugar to coat.Then place the cookie balls onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment or a baking mat.

 5.Bake for 5 minutes.Remove from oven and make indentation on the top using a spoon. 

6.Bake the cookies again just until set, about 4 minutes.Let cool on sheets on a wire rack. Repeat the process

7.In a microwave safe bowl,combine chocolate chips,1/4 cup of butter and peppermint extract.Melt in 10 second increments until completely melted.Let cool to thicken,enough to use for pipping, about 5 minutes.(Tip:To cool faster place chocolate in fridge)

8.Place chocolate in a medium sized zip lock bag and snip off a small hole in the corner.Then proceed to pipe the centers of each cookie.Let set. Can also use a piping bag with tip.

Decorating Tip

 If desired,melt about a 1/2 cup of white chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl.Add 1-2 tbsp of vegetable oil to help the melting process,but don't make it too liquidity.If to liquidity add more white chocolate to the melting process.Melt only in 10 second increments until completely melted. Drizzle the white chocolate over top of the cookies using a fork or knife.Let set to cool.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Slow Cooker Desserts: Celebrate The Holidays With Plum Buckle Cakes


Do you have a slow cooker at home? 

Do you want to enjoy delicious desserts at home?  
Yes, Of course

Well then Slow Cooker Desserts from Jonnie Downing is precisely what you need this holiday season. With a cookbook like this you can create any sweet treat you desire just by utilizing a slow cooker. You can enjoy cakes, cheesecakes, puddings, souffles and even pies. The sky's the limit with recipe possibilities.

Therefore, to get you started on this adventure, we are introducing individual plum buckle cakes that can be easily made with minimal prep work as well as simple ingredients. That's certainly what you want for a dessert on a busy holiday celebration.

To start,each one of these cakes are made in 4 inch ramekins,which create a perfect serving size for your guests. They also consist of a simple coffee cake batter, topped with fresh fruit as well as a sugar syrup drizzled over top. Then each of the buckle cakes are slow cooked to perfection for 4-5 hours, allowing ample time to focus on other aspects of the holidays. Once done you can keep them warm, until ready to serve for dessert.

The slow cooker will undertake all the work on making these elegant mini desserts. Thus, magically creating a lovely moist crumble cake with sweet, juicy plums along with a caramelized topping. It will smell heavenly throughout the whole home and just describing it makes me hungry.

Overall, these plum buckle cakes are an excellent choice to include in your family holiday feast. Everyone will bewildered there made with a slow cooker as well as wonderfully impressed. Just don't forget the ice cream.

 Individual Plum Buckle Cakes

Yields: 4 servings
8 quart or larger:Fits four 4inch ramekins
6 quart or larger:Fits four 3 inch ramekins

1/2 cup unsalted butter,softened
1/2 cup plus 1 tbsp granulated sugar,divided
1 large egg
3/4 cup all purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp salt
1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
1/6 cup 2% milk (fill a 1/3 cup measure halfway)
2 cups sliced unpeeled ripe plums
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

Using my stand mixer,I creamed together the butter and 1/2 cup of the sugar until light and fluffy.Then I added the egg and creamed the mixture thoroughly.

In a medium bow,I then mixed together the flour,baking powder,salt and nutmeg,Then I stirred half of the dry mixture into the butter mixture,then proceeded to add the milk.Only stirring to combine but not smooth.Then I added the rest of the dry mixture and blended, until combined.

Sprayed four 4 inch ramekins with cooking spray,then poured the batter in each.

Washed and sliced the plums,thinly.Arranged the plum slices in a circular pattern on each cake.In a sm.bowl,I mixed together 1 tbsp of sugar and 1/2 tsp cinnamon.Then sprinkled the sugar mixture over the batter.

Placed the ramekins in the slow cooker.Covered and cooked on low for 4-5 hours,or until a toothpick was clean.Then served warm with ice cream.