March 12, 2014
The Italians are kind of liberal with the word biscotti, considering they call any type of cookie biscotti. Meanwhile, in North America, the term biscotti refers to cookies that are long, dry, hard, and twice-baked with a curved top and flat bottom designed for dunking into coffee or even wine. The term ‘biscotti’ is derived from 'bis' meaning twice in Italian and 'cotto', meaning baked or cooked.
Biscotti can supposedly be traced back to Columbus's time, specifically to an Italian baker who is said to have served these treats with Tuscan wines. As Biscotti became massively popular almost all the provinces developed their own flavored version. Since their shelf life was quite long, they were an ideal food for sailors, soldiers, and fisherman.
Enough with the information overload, here's the recipe!
Butterscotch Chocolate Chunk Cookies
April 3, 2013
Butterscotch is defined as a type of confectionery with brown sugar and butter as the main ingredients. The authentic recipe for "making Doncaster butterscotch is one pound of butter, one pound of sugar and a quarter of a pound of treacle, boiled together.", according to "Housewife's Corner" and Masluk Cream Co. in an 1848 newspaper.
Butterscotch shares some characteristics with toffee. However, with butterscotch, the sugar is boiled to the soft crack stage, and not hard crack like toffee. The term “butterscotch” usually refers to delicacies with the flavor of brown sugar and butter together, even sans the actual confection butterscotch. Nowadays, butterscotch is considered a flavor, just like caramel.
We are all familiar with butterscotch anything, and many of them are only rip-offs, and the flavors don’t even match the real deal! Now that you are bound to know how to make butterscotch, please steer clear of artificially flavored treats! :p
Chocolate Mint Brownie Cookies
February 13, 2013
Chocolate and mint seem to go together very well. A lot of sweet treats have been surfacing with this flavor combination. I, for one, swear by this pairing. I just find the combination of rich chocolate and the refreshing mint oh so delightful.
Chocolate and mint have been consumed separately for centuries now. But, who first combined the taste sensations is unknown. Chocolate mint is popular for sweet treats like candy, ice cream, and cake, to name a few. With its continuous popularity, it invaded the liquid world. It is now used in coffee, tea, and even some main dishes. It’s even used in cosmetics! I myself love my chocolate mint bath gel and lip balm.
Cocoa Rum Balls
November 14, 2012
Since I just stumbled upon a photo of a pin-up girl captioned “I tried to make you a batch of rum balls, but now they’re just balls and I’m drunk,” I decided to make this the recipe of the week because it kind of cracked me up. And I like it when I crack up.
Rum balls are deemed the perfect indulgence for adults. These sweet and chewy no-bake cookies (or candies?) are crushed cookie crumbs, cocoa powder, confectioners’ sugar, light corn syrup (liquid glucose syrup), and rum, all rolled into balls.
Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies
October 24, 2012
The number of oatmeal cookie recipes probably equals the number of all the cookie bakers on the face of the planet. Yup, I know it, you know it, we all know it. It’s not exactly a rare treat. However, it never ceases to make us yearn for more.
Oatmeal's reputation in the health department is pretty much established already. It's particularly known for being good for the heart. It’s just as good in lowering cholesterol and stabilizing sugar in the blood. It's not too shabby in helping boost the immune system, either.
Cookies and Cream Truffles
September 26, 2012
Cookies and cream are a match made in heaven, yes. It's like they're made and meant for each other. Anyone who gets a taste of this combination almost never forgets it. Yes, I see you nodding in agreement.
Cookies and Cream (or Cookies 'n Cream) is actually a specific variety of ice cream and milkshake which is based on flavoring from chocolate cookies. It has been dubbed as the "King Kong of Ice Cream" as it was able to rocket to the top of the World's Favorite Ice Cream Flavor list when it was released.
Now here’s a recipe of this beloved pairing made into a truffle.
Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Cookies
February 22, 2012
Cookies can be many things to many people. They can be a daily treat or an occasional guilty pleasure. They can be a midnight snack staple just before you hit the sheets. They can be your go-to food during unannounced visits from friends. They can be practically anything you want them to be. It gets all the better when you throw nutritious stuff into the picture.
A banana can be a delectable dessert all its own since it is sweet by nature. Aside from being delicious, bananas are known for their substantial health benefits. They contain high levels of potassium, fiber, and essential vitamins such as vitamin C and vitamin A.
On the other hand, oatmeal makes a wise choice too when you’re rooting for nutritional content. It’s particularly good for the heart. It’s also proven to lower cholesterol and stabilize sugar in the blood, and also, it can basically boost the immune system.
The History of Chocolate Chip Cookies
November 3, 2011
Homemade chocolate chip cookies almost always bring a smile to one’s face not only because of its pleasant taste but also because of how we grew up eating them.
What many people don't know is that, like the most renowned inventions, these treats were just accidentally created by Ruth Graves Wakefield back in 1933. Wakefield was the proprietor of the Toll House Inn, which was located on the outskirts of Whitman, Massachusetts. It was a famed place then to get some scrumptious home-cooked meals. Ruth's strategy to provide her patrons an additional serving of entrées for them to take home, along with her homemade cookies as dessert, made the inn all the more popular.
One day, Wakefield was preparing one of her favorite recipes, Butter Drop Do cookies. She commonly made the recipe using bakers’ chocolate, but she realized she had run out of it and only had Nestle semi sweet chocolate on hand. She then thought of utilizing it so she mixed it into the batter thinking it would melt and blend well. The chocolate pieces certainly did not mix like the bakers’ chocolate. Instead, it held its shape and softened to a creamy texture, and the rest is chocolate chip history.
New Flavors of Chips Ahoy!
May 24, 2011
Chips Ahoy is a popular cookie product that many of us grew up with. These cookies were a blessing for those of us who desire to eat chocolate chip cookies but lack the time to make them ourselves.
In 1963, Nabisco started manufacturing this wonderful product. With a genius slogan of “Betcha bite a chip,” this cookie product gained popularity all through out America, and the road to fame later spread all throughout the world. Through the years, Nabisco kept on producing Chips Ahoy varieties like reduced fat, snack packs, peanut butter flavored, chunkier chips, and more.
Almond Joy Cookies
May 11, 2011
Nothing beats an excellent bite of rich, soft, gooey, creamy and freshly baked chocolate cookie. This is an indulgence that can leave you feeling good and satisfied.
Plus, this recipe has the bonus of almonds. Almonds are quite flavorful and have the added benefit of being a good source of protein. This way you get to satisfy your sweet tooth and get nutritional benefits!