Brownie Cookies with Rhubarb & Vanilla Bean

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A friend of mine brought me a chocolate bar for cooking from her trip to France and the first thing that came to my mind were these cookies. They are soft and fudgy on the inside. Rich but not overly sweet, and the tartness of the rhubarb still comes through.

This recipe makes about 30 cookies.

Ingredients:

For the cookies:

100grs of dark chocolate, chopped

113grs of butter

1 ½ cups of all-purpose flour

2 eggs

1 egg yolk

¾ of a cup of brown sugar, packed

½ cup of sugar

1 teaspoon of vanilla essence

2 teaspoons of cornstarch

1 teaspoon of baking soda

Pinch of salt

¼ cup of cocoa powder

For the rhubarb:

2 rhubarb stalks

1 tablespoon of butter

1 vanilla bean or 1 tablespoon of vanilla essence

1 tablespoon of sugar

 

To make the cookies, place the butter and chopped dark chocolate in a small bowl. Melt it in the microwave for 30 second intervals, stirring in between until the chocolate has melted completely. Then allow it to cool down.

Mix the flour, baking soda, cornstarch, salt and cocoa powder in another bowl.

In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs, egg yolk, sugars and vanilla. Then slowly whisk in the cooled melted chocolate.

Then add the flour mixture to the chocolate mixture in batches. Mix until everything is combined.

Then allow the dough to chill in the fridge for 2 hours.

In the meanwhile, start preparing the rhubarb. Slice the stalks in two lengthwise. Then finely slice them.

Place the butter with the sugar in a pan over medium heat. Once the butter has melted, add the rhubarb and vanilla and cook for 1 minute while stirring. Then transfer the rhubarb to a fine mesh sieve with a bowl underneath to catch all the liquid. Let it sit there until the chilling time for the cookie dough is up.

Once the cookie dough has chilled, preheat your oven to 180C/350F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Discard the juice from the rhubarb and place the rhubarb in a small bowl.

Take the cookie dough out of the fridge and grab about 2 tablespoons of cookie dough and roll it into a ball using your hands. Place it on the prepared baking sheet. Repeat for the rest, leaving some space in between each ball. Place about 1 teaspoon of the rhubarb on top of each ball and press with your fingers so it sticks. Bake the cookies for 10 minutes. While a batch is baking, keep the remaining cookie dough in the fridge.

Let the cookies rest in the baking sheet for 10 minutes before transferring them to a cooling rack.

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Chocolate, Oatmeal & Cranberry Sandwich Cookies with Vanilla Bean Frosting

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These cookie sandwiches are soft and chewy. They make a perfect edible gift for the holidays.

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This recipe makes about 23 small sandwich cookies.

Ingredients:

For the cookies:

1 ¼ cup of all-purpose flour

¼ cup of cocoa powder

1 cup of instant oats

1 cup of brown sugar

113grs of softened butter

1 egg

½ teaspoon of baking powder

½ teaspoon of baking soda

1 tablespoon of vanilla extract

1/3 cup of chopped dried cranberries

1 tablespoon of milk

For the vanilla bean frosting:

4 tablespoons of skyr or Greek yogurt

1 vanilla bean, seeds scraped off

3 cups of powdered sugar

 

To make the cookies, preheat your oven to 180C/350F and line an oven sheet with parchment paper.

Cream the butter with the sugar. Then add the egg and vanilla extract. Add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cocoa powder. Finally add the milk, oats and cranberries.

Grab about 1 teaspoon of the dough and roll it into a ball using your hands. Place it on the prepared baking sheet and repeat for the rest of the dough. Bake them for about 10 minutes. Allow them to cool down for a couple of minutes in the baking sheet, and then transfer them to a cooling rack.

Once all the cookies are cold, start making the frosting. Whisk the skyr with the vanilla bean seeds and then gradually add the powdered sugar.

Place about one teaspoon of the frosting on the flat side of one cookie, top with the flat side of another cookie, and press to spread the filling. Repeat for all. Keep them in an airtight container in the fridge.

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Chewy Chocolate Chunk Cookies with Orange & Pecans

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It’s been a while since I made cookies and now that the weather has turned, I feel more like baking sweet things. I added chopped dark chocolate, orange zest and salted pecans to the cookies. If you don’t want to use salted pecans, just add a good pinch of salt to the cookie dough. These cookies are soft and chewy. It’s impossible to eat just one!

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This recipe makes around 30 cookies.

Ingredients:

1 cup of granulated sugar

½ cup of brown sugar

226grs of butter, at room temperature

1 tablespoon of vanilla essence

¾ teaspoon of baking soda

2 eggs

2 ¼ cups of all-purpose flour

100grs of dark chocolate, chopped

Zest of 1 orange

½ cup of salted pecans, chopped

 

Preheat the oven to 180C/350F. Line a baking tray with parchment paper.

Place both sugars in the bowl of the stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, add the butter and mix until it’s soft and fluffy.

Add the vanilla essence, baking soda and eggs. Mix it for a few seconds. Then add the flour and mix until all the flour is incorporated into the cookie dough.

Finally add the dark chocolate, orange zest and pecans. Mix just until everything is combined.

Scoop about 1 tablespoon of the cookie dough and place it on the prepared tray. Make sure to leave enough space in between the dough because the cookies expand quite a lot.

Bake for 9 minutes, until the edges start to get golden. Allow them to cool for a few minutes before transferring them to a cooling rack.

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Healthy Protein Cookies (Gluten Free)

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I made these cookies for the first time a while back when I was experimenting with chickpea flour. I wanted to make a healthy cookie recipe that would be good for the body as well as for the taste buds. I used chickpea flour, coconut oil, mandarins and agave to sweeten it up a bit.

picThese cookies are quite addictive, neither my husband nor I can stop eating them. They are a bit cakey and I love the mix of mandarin with chocolate.

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This year almost half a million tulips were planted around Amsterdam to celebrate the Tulip Festival. In some locations they are already in full bloom and yesterday was a nice sunny day, perfect to go visit some of the locations. I made these cookies again on Saturday and we devoured them when we came back home yesterday. They were a nice treat after biking around town.

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This recipe makes about 38 cookies.

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Ingredients:

For the cookies:

400gr Chickpea flour

1 ½ tablespoon of Mandarin zest, plus more for garnish

5 tablespoons of coconut oil, melted

12 tablespoons of agave syrup

2 tablespoons of mandarin juice, I just squeezed the mandarins over a sieve

2 eggs

1 teaspoon of baking soda

1 teaspoon of vanilla essence

For the dipping:

150gr of dark chocolate, melted

 

Place all of the ingredients for the cookies in the bowl of the stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Mix until well combined. If you don’t have a stand mixer, you can also just mix it using a whisk.

Cover with plastic film and let it sit in the freezer for 30 minutes. It is important that the dough rests and gets cold; it will be easier to shape the cookies later.

Preheat the oven to 180C/350F and line an oven tray with parchment paper.

Once the 30 minutes are up, remove the cookie dough from the freezer.

Take about one teaspoon of the dough and shape it into a ball using your hands. Then flatten it as much as you can, using the palms of your hands. They will puff up in the oven. Place the cookie on the prepared tray. Repeat for the remaining dough.

Bake them for about 6 to 7 minutes, until slightly golden.

Once you take them out of the oven; using a fork, press a bit in the middle of each one to flatten it slightly. Allow them to cool down.

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Once the cookies are cold, start melting the chocolate. You can just microwave it for 30 second intervals, mixing it in between until it has completely melted.  Line a cutting board with plastic wrap.

Dip half of each cookie in the melted chocolate. Then place it on the prepared cutting boar. Repeat until all the cookies are dipped in the chocolate. Then sprinkle some extra mandarin zest on top of the chocolate part of each cookie. Allow for the chocolate to harden.  You can keep them in an airtight container for a few days.

Lime Cookies Stuffed with Bounty, with a Malibu Lime glaze

Lime Cookies Stuffed with Bounty, with a Malibu Lime glaze

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Lately I have been into making stuffed cookies; I blame my sweet tooth on the cold weather. Bikini season is far, far away still, so a little overindulgence won’t hurt. Since I can’t have tropical weather at the moment, at least I can eat something that evokes summer to me.  Coconut, rum and lime. I really love this combination, so I thought of putting them together in cookie form.  This recipe makes about 19 cookies.

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For the cookie dough:

113gr butter, at room temperature

½ cup of granulated sugar

½ cup of icing sugar

1 egg

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

1 teaspoon of baking soda

Pinch of salt

2 cups of all-purpose flour

Juice of 5 limes

Zest of 3 limes

For the filling:

5 bounty chocolate bars

For the glaze:

1 1/3 cup of icing sugar

1 tablespoon of Malibu rum

Juice of 1 lime

 

To make the cookie dough, cream the butter with the granulated sugar and icing sugar until light and fluffy.  Then mix in the egg, vanilla, baking soda and salt.  Add the flour. Finally add the lime zest and lime juice.

Once it is all mixed, cover and let it sit in the fridge for at least 1 hour.  You can also leave it in the fridge overnight.

Preheat the oven to 180C/350F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Open all of the bounty bars. Slice each piece into 3 parts.

Remove the cookie dough from the fridge and start shaping the cookies.

Take about a tablespoon of cookie dough and roll it into a ball with your hands. Then flatten it, pressing with both your hands.  Place a piece of the bounty bar in the middle. Bring the edges of the dough together and press to seal them and then form a ball again.  Place the ball on the prepared baking sheet and repeat until all the cookies are done.  The dough is quite sticky, I found it easier to wash my hands after assembling 5 cookies, and then start to assemble them again.

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Bake them for about 10 minutes, until the edges start getting golden.  Then remove from the oven, let them rest on the baking sheet for 5 minutes and then transfer them to a cooling rack.

Once the cookies have cooled down, start making the glaze.  Mix the icing sugar, Malibu and lime juice in a small bowl.  Pour the glaze in a Ziploc bag, and snip off one of the corners of the bag. Use it as a piping bag and drizzle over each cookie.

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Mini Alfajores de Maizena (Cornstarch cookies)

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Alfajores are cookies usually filled with dulce de leche from South America. Particularly from Argentina but in Peru they are quite popular as well. I grew up eating them and these are my favorite kind because the cornstarch makes them softer and they just melt in your mouth. I like to make them bite size because they crumble easily, this way there is no mess of pieces falling. Just pop one in your mouth and enjoy.

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This recipe makes about 25 mini alfajores.

Ingredients:

1 ¼ cup of cornstarch (maizena)

½ cup all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons of baking powder

¼ cup powdered sugar

2 egg yolks

3 tablespoons of unsalted butter, softened

400gr of Dulce de leche for the filling

Shredded dried coconut (optional)

 

Sift the cornstarch with the flour and the baking powder.

Whisk the softened butter with the sugar until it becomes creamy. Add the egg yolks, one by one, while whisking. Finally add the cornstarch mixture and whisk until it is all combined.

Place the dough on a clean surface and using your hands shape it into a ball. Wrap it with plastic wrap and let it sit in the fridge for 20 minutes.

Once the dough has rested in the fridge, preheat the oven to 180C/350F and line a baking tray with parchment paper.

Roll the dough on a lightly floured surface. You want it to be around 3mm thick. The dough will crack, but can be easily patched back together. Cut the dough with a small round cookie cutter and place the cookies on the prepared baking tray.

Bake them for 10 minutes. You want the cookies to still be pale ( The edges of the bottom part will be lightly golden). Allow them to cool down completely before filling them.

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I find it easier to fill the cookies by piping the filling. Place the dulce de leche on a piping bag, or a ziplock bag.   Flip half of the cookies upside down and pipe some dulce de leche in the middle of each cookie. Then place the second cookie on top and gently press to create a sandwich. You can dust the sides with dried coconut if you like.

You should only fill the cookies with the dulce de leche if they are going to be eaten on the same day otherwise just store them in an air tight container. They will keep for a few days.