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Salted Caramel & Chocolate Samoa Macaroons, Recipe

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I had big plans for today: up early, nice run around Fresh Pond, errands, lunching, some cooking… But then last night I decided that dancing was in order and ended up heading to TT the Bears for Heroes – their awesome 80s dance night. Needless to say I didn’t get out of bed at 7am as anticipated and instead snoozed until about noon. When I did finally get up the last thing I wanted to do was go for a run or be productive in any way. After a few hours of mind-numbing TV I scavenged through my cabinets and found the ingredients to make Salted Caramel and Chocolate Macaroons. Thank god as this is just what I needed to get through the day.

These are quick, easy, and delicious. They taste like Samoas / Caramel Delites without the shortbread cookie. As Depeche Mode said, I just can’t get enough.macaroon

Salted Caramel & Chocolate Samoa Macaroons

from The Craving Chronicles
Makes about 24 cookies

Egg whites vary in size, so if you find your cookie mixture too runny and your cookies are forming puddles around the bottom as they bake, don’t be afraid to add a little bit more coconut and/or flour to firm things up. Keeping the mix cool will help prevent that too. The coconut oil is optional but helps to thin the chocolate some for easier dipping and drizzling.

Ingredients

4 large egg whites
12 ounces sweetened flaked coconut, divided
7 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
2/3 cup granulated sugar
6 Tablespoons unsalted butter
1/4 + 1/8 teaspoon salt

6 – 8 ounces dark (at least 60%) chocolate, chopped
1/2 tsp coconut oil (optional)

Directions

Whisk egg whites in a large bowl. Add half of coconut and flour, stir with a spatula or wooden spoon until combined. Set aside remaining coconut.

In a 4-quart or larger saucepan over medium-high heat, combine butter and sugar. Cook, stirring occasionally, until caramel reaches a rich coppery color. (Caramel may looks separated with a layer of butter on top. Don’t panic.) Remove from heat. Carefully add reserved coconut and salt (Caution: may spatter!), and stir to combine. Cool about 5 minutes.

Add about 1/4 cup of the caramel mixture to the egg white mixture at a time, stirring vigorously to combine and prevent cooking the eggs. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Mixture should be wet but not too loose or runny.

Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet or two with parchment or Silpats. Scoop cookies between 1 1/2 and 2 tablespoon size, and place about 1-inch apart on baking sheet. (Return any remaining mixture to the fridge until read to bake.) Bake at 350°F for 12-14 mins, or until bottoms are golden brown. Cool about 2 minutes on the pan, then move to wire racks to cool completely.

Place chocolate and (optional) coconut oil in a small, microwave-safe bowl and heat in 30 second intervals on High until chocolate starts to melt. Continue heating in 15 second intervals, stirring well between each, until melted and smooth. Dip cookie bottoms in chocolate and set on wax paper. Drizzle remaining chocolate over top. Allow chocolate to harden at room temperature, or pop cookies in the fridge to speed the process up.

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Pistachio Chocolate Chip Cookies, Recipe

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A couple weeks ago I dragged my dad (well, technically he drove me) to Costco when he was in town as I wanted to buy some pistachios to make Pistachio French Macarons from a recipe my friend Louise has given me. I bought a ginormous bag of these pistachios and then, of course, never made the french macarons. Instead I was just making my way through the bag one handful at a time. Enough was enough, I had to make something with them. Not having the patience to make french macarons I decided some quick and easy cookies would have to do.

I found this recipe for Pistachio Chocolate Chip Cookies and since I had all the ingredients already decided to whip up a batch. The recipe promises to be quick and tasty, and they were both. The one warning I would give you if you are going to follow the original recipe is that it calls for a tablespoon of vanilla extract which is A LOT. I was going to comment on her post to ask if that was a typo but comments were closed (why? no idea) so I had to wing it. It had to be a mistake so I went with a teaspoon instead of a tablespoon, thank goodness. These cookies are plenty sweet as are that I bet they would be ruined with 3 times the vanilla. Yikes.

Anyways, I’m glad I finally got to use up some of my pistachios and this was a great way to do so. Now if I can only stop eating handfuls of cookies…

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Pistachio Chocolate Chip Cookies
Adapted from Felicia Sullivan

INGREDIENTS:
2 cups unbleached, all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup cane (white) sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 large egg
1 large egg yolk
1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
1/3 cup chopped pistachios (unsalted, not the red variety)

DIRECTIONS
Preheat the oven to 325°F (165°C). Grease cookie sheets or line with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda and salt and set aside. In a medium bowl, whisk together the melted butter, brown sugar and white sugar until well blended.

Beat in the vanilla, egg, and egg yolk into the wet mixture until light and creamy. Mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until just blended. With a wooden spoon, stir in the chocolate chips and pistachios. Drop a tablespoon of dough onto the prepared cookie sheets. Cookies should be about 3 inches apart.

Bake cookies for 10 to 12 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the edges are lightly toasted. As you may size your cookies differently, I would advise you to keep checking, as no one wants a crumbly mess of a cookie. Cool on baking sheets for a few minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool completely. Try not to eat all the cookies before taking them into work to unload.

Groundhog Graham Crackers

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Happy Groundhog Day!

Last year I had seen these amazing little groundhog crackers in pudding over on babble’s website and couldn’t wait to make them. I suppose I didn’t need to wait a year but it felt appropriate to wait until the next Groundhog Day really.

The graham cookie recipe I used can be found on Smitten Kitchen’s site.

These were not as easy as they look to make! Not only do you have to cut out a few dozen little groundhogs but then you have to wait for them to cool in the fridge or freezer, bake them, and wait for them to cool before even thinking about painting their little faces on. Needless to say, I was a little impatient once it came to their faces as it was just about time for bed. This little guy was the cutest in the bunch with many not even making it past the destruction phase (read: eaten).

I’ll definitely make these again but likely only once a year and will allow myself a bit more time next time. Too cute!

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