December 20th, 2016 § 0 comments § permalink

If I had to choose only one sweet treat to make for the holidays,these cupcakes would be it. I’ve been making them since I’m a young girl. My love for these rich chocolate cupcakes with the chocolate cream cheese center hasn’t diminished one bit over the years. Check out the recipe. I’m sure you’ll feel the same way.

Preheat oven 350 F

for cake
1 1/2 c flour
1/4 c unsweetened cocoa
1 c sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 c vegetable oil
1 Tbsp vinegar
1 c water
1 tsp vanilla

Sift together the flour, cocoa, sugar & baking soda. Then combine the oil, vinegar, water & vanilla with the dry ingredients & mix until completely incorporated.

for filling
8 oz. cream cheese
1/2 c sugar
1 egg
1 c. chocolate chips
1/8 tsp salt

In a food processor combine the cream cheese, egg, sugar, salt & chocolate chips. Pulse until well combined. Set aside

Fill paper cupcake cups about 2/3 full with cake batter. Add a dollop of the cream cheese on top of the batter.

for mini cupcakes..bake for 20 minutes (Baking time will vary depending on the size of the cupcakes) Bake until cake is set.


December 19th, 2016 § 0 comments § permalink

I love this recipe. These cookies are light, flaky & nutty, with a touch of sweetness from the raspberry jam. It is no doubt the best linzer cookie I’ve made.
(recipe Soo-Jeong Kang/The New York Times)

2 1/2 sticks, softened
⅔ cup sugar
2 ⅓ cups all-purpose flour
½ cup finely ground, roasted almonds
1 teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup good-quality raspberry jam, preferably seedless
Powdered sugar for dusting

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking pans with parchment or silicone baking mats.
In a bowl or stand mixer, mix butter and sugar on medium speed until smooth. In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, almond meal, cinnamon and salt. Slowly add dry ingredients, a half-cup at a time, to butter mixture.
Divide dough into 3 balls. Place each ball between parchment paper (nonstick works best) and roll into a thin circle, about 11 inches in diameter and just over 1/8-inch thick. Refrigerate flat for at least 15 minutes.
Working quickly with one sheet of dough, remove top layer of parchment, then flip onto a clean sheet and remove the bottom layer. Using a tree-shaped cookie cutter, cut 30 shapes for the bottoms of the cookies and place on prepared baking sheets. Reserve scraps to reuse for more cookies.
Bake cookie bottoms for about 10 to 12 minutes, or until the edges just begin to brown. Rest for a couple of minutes on the tray, then carefully transfer to a cooking rack. Repeat the process to create the tops, using a pastry tip or a straw to cut out 5 to 7 holes on the trees to resemble ornaments. Open any holes that close during baking.
Meanwhile, melt jam with 1 teaspoon of powdered sugar and boil lightly for about a minute. Cool slightly. Assemble cookies by flipping the bottoms, spreading them with a scant teaspoon of jam, dusting the tops lightly with powdered sugar and then gently pressing the tops onto the bottoms. Store airtight between layers of wax paper or parchment for 3 days. Freeze for up to a month.

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