Cookies

Jun 162015
 
Cherry and Chocolate chip Scones

Cherry and Chocolate chip  Scones

A quaint English cafe, scones with jam and clotted cream and some tea to sip. That’s how I had imagined my first tryst with the scone. It did happen exactly like I had imagined, only the quaint English cafe was right here in my neighborhood.
I still go there, to drink a cup of tea and eat some scones and to chat with the Gentleman who owns the place. I don’t really remember what he says, for I always am engrossed in his oh so British accent! I only hope that if he ever asks me a question I am able to gather enough wits to answer.
In all of my visits to this cafe, I have always thought about asking him for a recipe for their scones. Someday, when I am not too smitten with the accent I might actually ask. Until then, there is always Mark Bittman and his classic scones. The recipe works like a charm.

Cherry and Chocolate chip Scone

I love that these scones are not overly sweet and that the recipe comes together quickly. It is a simple recipe, but be careful to not overwork the dough.  I took liberties with the recipe and made it like an American scone – with fillings and cut like a wedge. But it does not have as much sugar. So a best of both scone world’s!
Tara, is our wonderful host for this month’s Creative Cookie Exchange. The theme this month is Chips, Chunks or Bits! If you are a blogger and want to join in the fun, contact Laura at thespicedlife AT gmail DOT com and she will get you added to our Facebook group, where we discuss our cookies and share links. Please be patient though, as this month Laura is off to Italy and will not be checking email quite as often!
You can also just use us as a great resource for cookie recipes–be sure to check out our Pinterest Board and our monthly posts (you can find all of them at The Spiced Life). You will be able to find them the first Tuesday after the 15th of each month! Also, if you are looking for inspiration to get in the kitchen and start baking, check out what all of the hosting bloggers have made:

Cherry and Chocolate Chip Scones #Creative Cookie Exchange

Cherry and Chocolate Chip Scones #Creative Cookie Exchange

Ingredients

  • 2 C All Purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 5 tablespoons cold butter, cut into small chunks
  • 1 egg
  • ½ heavy cream
  • 1/2 C pitted and dried cherries
  • 1/4 C Semi sweet Milk chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Heat the oven to 450 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with parchment .
  2. Put the flour, salt, baking powder and the sugar in a sifter and sift three times. Add the butter and using a fork mix the butter in until the mixture looks like cornmeal. Alternately you may pulse it in the food processor.
  3. Add the egg in and then the cream, cherries and chocolate. Mix lightly to form a slightly sticky dough.
  4. Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead once or twice. Gather into a ball and press down to form a thick circle and cut into 8 wedges. Just like cutting a pie.
  5. Place on the cookie sheet and bake for about 10 minutes.Serve warm with jam and tea.

Notes

Recipe source :- Mark Bittman

http://www.spiceroots.com/cherry-and-chocolate-chip-scones-creative-cookie-exchange/

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Jan 202015
 
Double Chocolate chip cookies-2

Double Chocolate chip cookies-3

Chocolate doesn’t ask silly questions, Chocolate understands!

It’s my daughter’s favorite food, the only food she eats without complaining. Wonder where she got it from! And these Double chocolate chip cookies are her favorite. It is make someone’s cookie day with the Creative Cookie Exchange and I know making these for my daughter is going to make her day.

It all started with a search for that perfect chocolate chip cookie. The rules were simple -more chocolate, less cookie; crunchy outside, gooey inside; and last but not the least it had to be a big fat cookie.

Double Chocolate chip cookies-5

My search landed me on copy cat recipes for Levian Bakery and finally the search had ended. I tried a few of those recipes and settled on this recipe from Christi’s Blog- Love From The Oven.

We substituted part of the sugar with coconut sugar, used Valrhona cocoa powder, dark chocolate chips and we freeze the shaped cookies for about an hour before we bake them. And we don’t usually wait for them to cool down before wolfing down a couple with some cold milk.

Double Chocolate chip cookies

Make someone’s day creative cookie exchange was only an excuse to bake these again. I bake them for my daughter as much as I bake them for myself. Afterall, chocolate is cheaper than therapy and You don’t need an appointment .. Catherine Aitken

The theme this month is Make Someone’s Day Cookies! We chose someone in our lives that we loved and baked them cookies that they love! Maybe you will feel inspired to bake someone that you love a cookie! If you are a blogger and want to join in the fun, contact Laura at thespicedlife AT gmail DOT com and she will get you added to our Facebook group, where we discuss our cookies and share links.

You can also just use us as a great resource for cookie recipes–be sure to check out our Pinterest Board and our monthly posts (you can find all of them here at The Spiced Life). You will be able to find them the first Tuesday after the 15th of each month! Also, if you are looking for inspiration to get in the kitchen and start baking, check out what all of the hosting bloggers have made:

Double Chocolate chip cookies-2

Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 C Butter ( 2 sticks)
  • 1/4 C Coconut Sugar
  • 1 C Sugar
  • 1/2 C Cocoa Powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 1/4 C All Purpose Flour
  • A pinch of salt
  • 21/2 C Dark chocolate chips ( you can use milk or semi sweet too)
  • 2 Large eggs

Instructions

  1. With a paddle attachment of your stand mixer, combine the butter and sugar first, until light and fluffy. Add in the coconut sugar and mix until fluffy. Add in one of the eggs, blend it in before adding the other. Scrape the sides of the mixer.And mix again.
  2. Add the cocoa powder gradually in two to three batches and combine until well blended.
  3. Sift the flour, baking powder and salt and add that to the mixer. Blend until just combined. Do not over stir or over beat.
  4. Fold in the chocolate chips
  5. Divide into 10 - 12 cookie dough balls and flatten them as you place them on a parchment lined cookie sheet.
  6. Freeze the cookies for about an hour. Then bake in a pre heated oven at 350* for 18 minutes.
http://www.spiceroots.com/double-chocolate-chip-cookies/

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