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Shortbread cookie + mocha butter + chocolate + pecan/almond = the very best cookie … ever!
To make the cookie dough, cream the butter and sugar with a pastry cutter. Then add the vanilla, salt, egg and baking powder, and then the flour. Start with 2 cups of flour, and add more if you need it. Knead for a couple of minutes. Dough should be rollable. On a floured surface, roll the dough out thinly (about 1/8 to 1/4 of an inch) and cut into 2-inch circles. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 350F for 10-15 minutes, but don’t let them brown. They should just be a cream colour.
To prepare the mocha butter, put the butter in a bowl. This works best if it’s softened (NOT MELTED). Then, while beating the butter, slowly add the sugar and coffee. I make strong coffee with 2 heaping teaspoons instant coffee in 1/2 cup of hot water. Test it every once in a while to get the mocha flavour you like. To get a stronger flavour, add more instant coffee to the water. Don’t let the sweetness overpower the mocha flavour, or they’ll end up way too sweet.
Take the baked cookie and top it with the mocha butter. Spread approximately 1 teaspoon on each cookie. Then, stick the cookies somewhere cold (in the coldroom, or the porch if it’s winter, or the fridge or freezer) until the mocha part is hard.
Then, melt the chocolate chips with a little bit of butter, let it cool a little bit, and drip it over the mocha (I usually spread it out a tiny bit). Then, while the chocolate is still soft, stick a pecan or almond on top. I usually store these in the freezer, or they get too soft. They can be eaten straight from the freezer; they don’t have to thaw.
Made with quinoa, whole grains and oats, these healthy cookies are perfect to grab on-the-go! Almonds, cranberries, chocolate chips and coconut add a subtle sweetness. After one bite, your taste buds will be partying.
One of my favorite candy bars is the Heath chocolate covered toffee bar. Heath makes a toffee chip for baking. They are very small and mix well for a well distributed flavor. I took one of my old oatmeal cookie bar recipes and tweaked it to include these chips and also some chocolate chips. They are tasty and crispy and even more so after fully cooling overnight. That is, if they last overnight!
Buttery cookies loaded with chunks of white chocolate and a truckload of roasted macadamia nuts.
Nancy is the Coupon Clipping Cook, which means she not only has an astounding number of recipes to share with us (her TK recipe box is busting at the seams!) but she's also got loads of money-saving tips in her blog (she worked at a grocery store for a number of years, so she knows her stuff). She has some pretty amazing creations, like Roasted Garlic Potato Soup and Nutty Coconut Chicken. Go check them out!
Heather is a Texas native and the blogger behind Heather's Dish. She's mom to Weston, wife to Nate, and they live in Little Rock, Arkansas with their two "stubborn and saucy" dogs Bunker and Keira. In her blog, she shares her photographs, random musings (serious and silly alike), and all kinds of scrumptious recipes---and not just evil variations of her favorite mac and cheese. Her enviable TK recipe box is a testament to that. Go see for yourself!