Chocolate Tile Shortbread Cookies

These chocolate tile shortbread cookies are so classy! They look like a cool modern dessert that not many people have seen. The lemon shortbread paired with the white, dark, and milk chocolate is amazing. It has a slight tangy and fruity flavor, with the richness of the chocolate squares. This is an easy, but impressive dessert!

fullsizeoutput_1ff5The trick to amazing shortbread cookies, is high quality vanilla bean paste. This truly brings the cookies to another level. Using vanilla extract, will turn out fine, but will not give you the rich vanilla flavor that you are looking for. You can find the vanilla bean paste here. YOU NEED THIS FOR ANY BAKING ENDEAVOUR. ITS AMAZING.


INGREDIENTS:

2 Sticks Butter
3/4 Cup Powdered Sugar
1 1/2 tsp Vanilla Bean Paste
2 Cups All Purpose Flour
1 tsp Lemon Zest

DIRECTIONS:

Zest your lemon and set the zest aside! Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. In a bowl, beat softened butter, powdered sugar, and vanilla. Mix in flour until well combined. Add your lemon zest and mix lightly. Roll your dough out into a rectangular shape. Cut the edges to make it perfect. Cut the dough into squares based on the size of your chocolate. Indent each square with your chocolate. Bake them for 10-12 minutes. Once they come out, immediately place you chocolates on them. The chocolate will soften, but once cooled completely they will become hard again.

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Matcha Green Tea Macarons

Who is ready for one of the most popular macaron flavors? Matcha green tea is an awesome flavor that is used in many desserts and drinks! The vibrant green color, and natural sweet taste works perfectly in a macaron.

fullsizeoutput_1dc7.jpegThe matcha macaron shell paired with the thick and decadent matcha white chocolate ganache is a match made in heaven! It’s so delicious, and it is the perfect flavor to make for any occasion of the year! This is another favorite of mine! Be sure to use a high quality white chocolate, to get the best tasting white chocolate ganache.

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INGREDIENTS:

Green Tea Macaron:
3/4 Cup Almond Flour
1 Cup Powdered Sugar
1 Tbsp Matcha Powder
2 egg whites
4 Tbsp Sugar

Match Ganache:

2 Bars Ghiradelli White Chocolate
4 oz Heavy Whipping Cream
1 tsp Matcha Powder

DIRECTIONS:

  • For the macarons, sift the dry ingredients into a bowl and set aside.
  • In a stand mixer beat your egg whites on high. Slowly add the sugar until it is fully incorporated.
  • Beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form. Once there is stiff peaks, fold the egg whites with the dry ingredients until it becomes a thick batter.
  • Pipe the macarons on a pan covered with parchment paper. Let the macarons rest for 20 mins until they are not longer sticky to the touch.
  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. When putting the macarons in, lower the oven to 300 degrees. Put the macarons in on the top or bottom rack and cook for 8 minutes. Turn the pan and cook for another 8 minutes.
  • To make the ganache, chop up the white chocolate.
  • In a liquid measuring cup, add your heavy cream and matcha powder and whisk well. Microwave it for 1 minute, and then pour it on top of the white chocolate. Allow it to sit for 3-4 minutes before mixing to let the chocolate melt.
  • Mix the ganache well, and then pop in into the refrigerator to harden.
  • To assemble, match up two macarons, pipe the ganache leaving a little space around the edges. Sandwich them together until the ganache reaches the outside edges.

Pecan Lace Cookies

Looking for a delicious Christmas dessert that doesn’t require too much work? This recipe is simple, but delicious, and is sure to win over every person that places it into their mouth. I made these for my family, and they all said it was to die for. They were even fighting for the last one! It is that delicious! The caramelized pecan cookie dipped in milk chocolate calls for a light, but scrumptious dessert.

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When placing cookies on a pan, I like to cover the pan with parchment paper, or even a silpat. When I am lazy (almost always), I use parchment paper, so that I don’t have to wash the silpat! Placing the cookies on the pan is also a bit hard because it is more of a wet batter. I started off using a small cookie scoop, but then went on using a pastry bag with a big hole, which worked perfectly.


INGREDIENTS:

4 tbsp Unsalted Butter
2 Cups Brown Sugar
2 Eggs
2 Tsp Vanilla Extract
1/2 Cup Flour
1 tsp Baking Powder
1/2 tsp Salt
2 Cups Chopped Pecans
Tempered Chocolate

DIRECTIONS:

  • In a bowl, beat together butter and brown sugar. Add in the eggs and vanilla and continue mixing.
  • Beat in the flour, baking powder and salt until it is well combined.
  • Fold in the chopped pecans.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 8 minutes.
  • Allow it to cool, and then dip half of the cookie into the tempered chocolate. You can learn how to temper chocolate here.
  • Sprinkle the sprinkles when the chocolate is wet, and then allow it to dry on parchment paper.

Reindeer Cookies

Looking for something festive to make for the holidays? You came to the right spot. These Reindeer Cookies are absolutely adorable, and even tastes divine. The pretzel peanut butter chocolate combo is something that you will never be able to resist! The reindeer consists of a rich peanut butter cookie that is topped with chocolate buttercream! The Nilla wafers, M&M’s, pretzel antlers, and candy eyes bring this whole cookie together, and soon you will have a whole team or reindeer’s!

IMG_9794This was a fun recipe for me to make, because I was able to collaborate with one of my favorite bakers on YouTube, Lainey from Simply Bakings! It was awesome collaborating with her, and I am grateful that she chose to collaborate with me even though my channel is much smaller than hers. If you haven’t heard about her, check out her channel and her video.


INGREDIENTS:

Peanut Butter Cookies:
2 1/2 Cups Flour
3/4 Tsp Salt
1 1/4 Tsp Baking Powder
1 Tsp Baking Soda
2 Sticks Butter
1 3/4 Cup Peanut Butter
1 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
1/2 Cup Granulated Sugar
2 Eggs
1 Tsp Vanilla

Extract Decorations:
Chocolate Frosting
Pretzels
Eye Ball Sprinkles
Nilla Vanilla Wafers
Red and Brown M&M’s

DIRECTIONS:

  • To make the Cookies, mix all the dry ingredients together. Set the bowl aside.
  • In another bowl, beat the butter and peanut butter. Add both sugars, and beat until light and fluffy. Add the eggs and vanilla and beat it until it is combined.
  • Add the dry ingredients and mix  everything until it becomes a thick dough.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 8 mins. Allow the cookies to completely cool before decorating.
  • To decorate, pipe the chocolate frosting. Add the Nilla wafer at the bottom, the pretzels at the top corners, the eyes in the middle, and the M&M on top of the Nilla, using the frosting as glue. You can use the red M&M’s for Rudolph, and brown M&M’s for the other reindeer’s. Today though, I just used red.

Bloody Eyeball on a Fork Cake Pops

These red velvet eyeball cake pops are the creepiest dessert you will ever eat! The red velvet inside not only tastes delicious, but looks like blood! The green iris, black pupils, veins, and blood make it look really spooky, and the plastic fork makes it even more creepy! It looks like the Eyeball is being picked up by a fork! HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

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INGREDIENTS:

Red Velvet Cake
Cream Cheese Frosting
White Candy Melts
Red Candy Melts
Black Candy Melts
Green Candy Melts
Disposable Forks, Spoons, Knives

DIRECTIONS:

  • Crumble your cake, and mix it with the frosting until it becomes somewhat of a dough.
  • Roll your mixture into cake balls.
  • Dip your forks into chocolate, and insert them into the cake balls. Allow this to dry.
  • Dip the whole cake ball into the white chocolate. Before it dries, add your green candy melt, flat side out for the iris. Allow the cake pop to fully dry.
  •  Pipe on your red veins and the blood using the melted red candy melts.
  • With the black candy melts, give your eyes pupils! Allow everything to fully dry before serving, or packaging.

Halloween Bark

This Halloween bark is perfect for giving away to trick or treaters, or even to hand out as party favors at your Halloween party. The white chocolate mixed with the orange and black chocolate topped with all the halloween candy is super festive and will surely impress your guests!

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It is super easy to make, and is a great dessert to whip up when you are in a hurry. It works nicely as a party favor, and packages well! Here is and example of how I made my bark into party favors.

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This is the perfect thing to make when you need a last minute dessert. Just melt the chocolate, add the toppings, and refrigerate to make the process faster. If you have time, you can allow it to try at room temperature.

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INGREDIENTS:

White Chocolate (Tempered)
Orange and Black Candy Melts
Eye ball sprinkles
Candy Corn M&M’s
Candy Corn Pumpkin Candies
Halloween Sprinkles
Any other topping of your choice!

DIRECTIONS:

  • Melt all your chocolates over a double boiler or in the microwave.
  • Spread your white chocolate over a pan that is covered with parchment paper. Make sure to make it an even layer that is not too thick.
  • Drizzle your orange and black chocolate on top of the white chocolate. Don’t add too much, because you still want to see the white.
  • Take a skewer and swirl the colors together. Scatter all your candies on top of the wet chocolate, and allow it to dry. (You can refrigerate if you are in a time crunch)
  • Once dry, cut them into pieces and serve!

Pumpkin Bat Cupcakes

These Pumpkin Bat Cupcakes are not only really cute, but they also taste amazing because of the moist pumpkin cupcake and decadent browned butter cream cheese frosting! This combination is to die for! They are the most perfect treat for a Halloween party, especially with the adorable bat themed cupcake wrappers! You can download the wrappers here: http://chcotta.ge/bl0046

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I was so thrilled when I found out that I was doing a collaboration with the ladies from Country Hill Cottage! They made Bad Bats Biscuits, and the cute cupcake wrappers above! Watch their video: Bad Bat Biscuits
Connect with Country Hill Cottage on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter

If you have never tried browned butter desserts, you need to try it now. When the butter is browned, it gives of a nice caramel toffee taste. Its soooo good! This is probably my most favorite fall dessert/Halloween dessert. I also used vanilla bean paste instead of vanilla extract in the frosting, because it adds a whole new level of richness to the frosting!


INGREDIENTS:

Pumpkin Cupcakes:
2 1/4 Cup All Purpose Flour
3/4 tsp salt
3/4 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp ground cloves
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground ginger
2 1/4 Cup Granulated Sugar
1 stick of butter
1/4 cup oil
2 eggs
1 15 oz can pumpkin puree

Browned Butter Cream Cheese Frosting:
2 sticks Butter
1 8 oz package cream cheese
1 tsp vanilla bean paste
2 cups powdered sugar
Black food coloring
Black Candy Melts
Eye Candies

DIRECTIONS:

  • To make the cupcakes, combine all the dry ingredients together in a bowl, and set it aside.
  • In another bowl, beat the softened butter and sugar together until it is light and fluffy. Add in the oil and beat until it is just combined. Add in your eggs one at a time, and make sure it is fully incorporated. Finally, mix in your pumpkin puree.
  • Add your dry ingredients in two intervals to your wet ingredients, and mix everything well.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 16 minutes.
  • For the frosting, brown the butter until it is amber in color, and smells like toffee. Refrigerate the butter until it hardens.
  • Beat the cream cheese and hardened butter. Add vanilla bean paste, and continue to beat it. Add two cups of powdered sugar and mix it until it becomes a nice fluffy frosting. Dye your frosting to the desired shade.
  • Using black candy melts, pipe wings on parchment paper, and allow it to dry.
  • To assemble, pipe your frosting on the cupcake, add the eyes and the wings! You can even add the cupcake wrappers created by Country Hill Cottage.

Lavender Macarons with Honey Buttercream

These fragrant macarons are my most favorite flavor! The lavender cookie paired with the honey buttercream is a match made in heaven. I made these for a family friend, and they told me that they were fighting over them. They are that delicious!

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Lavender and honey pair perfectly together. The fragrant flower, and the sweet honey balance each other perfectly. This video is special, because it featured a part of my Hawaii vacation, where I visited the lavender farm in Maui. The lavender I used in the video was food grade lavender from this farm, but you can find a similar version here: https://www.amazon.com/Organic-Lavender


INGREDIENTS:

Macarons:
1 tbsp Lavender + Extra for garnish
1 Cup + 1 tbsp Powdered Sugar (For the macarons & Lavender)
3/4 Cup Almond Flour/Meal
2 egg whites
4 tbsp Sugar
Purple Food Coloring

Honey Buttercream:
1/2 Cup Butter
4 tbsp Honey
1/2 tsp vanilla bean paste
1 cup powdered sugar

DIRECTIONS:

  • To make the cookies, blend the lavender and powdered sugar together until it becomes a fine powder.
  • Sift the powdered sugar, and almond flour along with the lavender powdered sugar. Mix it together.
  • In a stand mixer, beat egg whites until frothy. Stream in the granulated sugar. Continue to beat until stiff peaks form, and then add in the purple food coloring. I didn’t add too much coloring, because I wanted a light natural color.
  • Mix the egg whites with the powdered sugar/almond flour mixture.
  • Pipe it on a pan with parchment paper, and sprinkle with lavender. Let it form a crust for 15 minutes.
  • Preheat oven at 320 degrees. Before putting the pan in the oven, reduce the heat to 300 degrees.
  • Place your pan on the top or bottom rack. Bake for 8 min, turn your pan, and bake for another 8 minutes.
  • For the frosting, beat the butter, and then add the honey. Add in the vanilla bean paste, and beat the powdered sugar until combined.

Minion Transfer Cake

This blog post and video does not have exact measurements, or a complete recipe. I made this video to show the process of making a transfer cake. Transfer cakes are usually made using a sponge cake batter. It may look like a lot of work, but the finished product is amazing!

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You can do whatever design you like. I chose a minion, because I was inspired by my little cousin. You can find the minion picture I used here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1U…

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INGREDIENTS:

Decoration Batter
Sponge Cake Batter
Square Pan
Parchment Paper
Minion picture
Buttercream
Bananas
Banana Candies

DIRECTIONS:

    • I made this video to show the process of making a transfer cake. For better instructions, watch the video.
    • Make the decoration batter, and dye them the appropriate colors.
    • Place the picture under the parchment paper, and tape them together on a pan. Pipe the batter according to the picture. Freeze it until it’s hardened.
    • Make your sponge cake batter
    • Place your design at the bottom of a sprayed pan. Pour the sponge cake batter on top.
    • Bake the cake, and then allow it to cool completely before flipping it over.
    • Remove the cake from the pan, and then cut it into half. Add the buttercream and bananas and stack the other layer of cake on top.
    • Frost the sides of the cake, and make your butter cream boarders.
    • Lastly, add your candy bananas for decoration.

Sugar Cookies ~ Perfect for Cut Out Cookies

The luscious vanilla bean aroma that enters your house as these bake, already tells you that these cookies are amazing. They are soft, chewy and have the perfect touch of vanilla bean, paired with the brightness of lemon zest. Not to mention, they are the perfect cookies for cut out sugar cookies.

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The trick to amazing vanilla sugar cookies, is high quality vanilla bean paste. This truly brings the cookies to another level. Using vanilla extract, will turn out fine, but will not give you the rich vanilla flavor that you are looking for. You can find the vanilla bean paste here. YOU NEED THIS FOR ANY BAKING ENDEAVOUR. ITS AMAZING.


INGREDIENTS:

3 1/4 Cups Flour (3 cups for the dough, and 1/4 cup for rolling)
1 1/4 Tsp Baking Powder
1/2 Tsp Salt
1 Egg
1/4 Tsp Lemon Zest
2 Sticks Butter
1 1/4 Cups Sugar
1 Tbsp + 1/4 Tsp Vanilla Bean Paste

DIRECTIONS:

  • Sift the flour, then add the baking soda, and salt. Set the bowl aside.
  • In another small bowl whisk your egg and lemon zest and set it aside.
  • In another large bowl, cream room temperature butter until it is fluffy. Add your granulated sugar, and continue beating until it becomes light and fluffy.
  • Add the vanilla bean paste, and continue to mix it until well combined.
  • Add the egg mixture and beat until fully incorporated.
  • Then add the flour mixture and beat it until it’s a nice thick dough.
  • At this point, you can knead the dough a couple of times, and then refrigerate it for 4-6 hours.
  • When making the cookies, cut them with cookie cutters, place them on your cookie sheet, and place the sheet in the freezer for 15 minutes.This allows the cookie to freeze a little, so that it keeps its shape.
  • Bake the cookies at 375 degrees for 8 mins.