• Snickers Peanut Butter Chocolate Cupcakes

    How to make Snickers Peanut Butter Chocolate Cupcakes

    Yield: Makes 12 cupcakes

    Prep Time: 45 minutes

    Cook: 20 minutes

    Ingredients

    Chocolate cupcakes

    3/4 cup (105 grams) all-purpose or plain flour
    1/4 cup (20 grams) cocoa powder
    1/4 cup (20 grams) dutch processed cocoa powder
    1/2 teaspoon baking soda
    1/2 teaspoon baking powder
    1/2 cup (100 grams) granulated or caster sugar
    1/4 cup (45 grams) brown sugar
    1/2 cup (115 grams or 1 stick) unsalted butter
    2 large eggs
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    1/2 cup (120 ml) buttermilk

    Peanut butter frosting

    1/2 cup (115 grams or 1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
    3 and 1/2 cups (435 grams) icing or powdered sugar
    1/2 cup (125 grams) smooth peanut butter
    1/4 cup (60 ml) milk
    1 cup (125 grams) Snickers bars

    Directions

    Preheat the oven to 360 F (180 C). Line a 12 hole muffin tin with patty cases. In a large mixing bowl, sift the flour, cocoa powders, baking soda, baking powder and then add the sugars – give it a stir. Pop the butter into the microwave for a short burst, 10 seconds or so at a time, until it is JUST melted. Give it a stir with a fork to eliminate any lumps.  In a separate mixing bowl, add the eggs, vanilla and butter and whisk together until smooth. Then add the wet mixture into the dry mixture, along with the buttermilk and gently fold until just combined.

    Spoon the mixture into the prepared patty cases and pop into the oven. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until just cooked through. Set cakes out onto a wire rack and leave to cool completely.

    To make the peanut butter frosting, place your butter and peanut butter in a large mixing bowl and beat with an electric mixer until smooth and creamy. Add in half of your icing or powdered sugar and the milk and beat until the frosting starts to come together. Then add the remaining icing or powdered sugar. The icing should be nice and creamy but thick enough to hold its shape. Pipe the icing onto the cupcakes using a piping bag and a large star tip.

    Cut your Snickers bars into bite sized pieces and add one on top of each cupcake. Enjoy!

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  • Pumpkin Cookie Butter Truffles

    How to make Pumpkin Cookie Butter Truffles

    Yield: about 22 truffles

    Prep Time: 30 minutes

    Ingredients

    For the truffles:

    3 ounces (85 grams) cream cheese, at room temperature
    2 tablespoons powdered sugar
    1/3 cup (75 grams) pumpkin puree
    1 3/4 cup (175 grams) Speculoos cookie crumbs (from about 23 cookies)
    1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
    1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
    1/8 teaspoon ground allspice

    For coating:

    16 ounces (454 grams) chocolate (any kind), finely chopped
    1 tablespoon coconut oil or shortening
    Crushed Speculoos cookies

    Directions

    In the bowl of a food processor, combine all filling ingredients. Pulse until well blended.

    Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Scoop the mixture into balls about 1-inch in diameter. I like to use this cookie scoop.

    Place the cookie balls in the freezer until well chilled, at least 1 hour or up to 1 day.

    When cookie balls are chilled, combine the chopped chocolate and oil in a medium microwave-safe bowl. Microwave in 30 second bursts, stirring between bursts, until just melted and smooth. Do not overheat.

    Drop each cookie ball into melted chocolate, coating evenly. Remove with a fork, gently tapping off excess chocolate. Place back on cookie sheet and decorate as desired. Repeat with the remaining cookie balls.

  • Butterscotch Browned Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

    How to make Butterscotch Browned Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

    Yield: 25 large cookies

    Prep Time: 25 minutes

    Cook: 15 minutes

    Ingredients

    2 sticks (227 grams) unsalted butter
    1 1/2 cups (187 grams) all-purpose flour
    1 cup (127 grams) bread flour
    1 teaspoon baking soda
    1 teaspoon baking powder
    1 teaspoon fine sea salt
    1/4 cup (50 grams) granulated sugar
    1 1/2 cups (300 grams) packed dark brown sugar
    2 large eggs plus 1 egg yolk, at room temperature
    2 teaspoons vanilla
    2 cups (200 grams) chocolate covered butterscotch caramels (see post above)
    1 cup (170 grams) semi sweet chocolate chips

    Directions

    In a small saucepan set over medium heat, melt the butter. Swirling the pan occasionally, continue to cook the butter. It should become foamy with audible cracking and popping noises. Once the crackling stops, continue to swirl the pan until the butter develops a nutty aroma and brown bits start to form at the bottom. Once the bits are amber in color, about 2 to 3 minutes after the popping stops, remove from heat and pour into a mixing bowl. Stir in the granulated sugar and dark brown sugar. Allow to cool for about 20 minutes to room temperature.

    In a medium bowl combine the flours, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.

    With an electric mixer, beat the cooled butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar until well combined, about 1 to 2 minutes. Add the eggs, yolk, and vanilla, beating until combined. On low speed, gradually beat in the flour mixture. Stir in the chocolate chips and butterscotch caramels. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 24 hours but no more than 72 hours.

    Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Line baking sheets with nonstick baking mats or parchment paper.

    Let dough sit at room temperature just until it is soft enough to scoop. Divide the dough into 3-tablespoon sized balls and drop onto prepared baking sheets. At this point you can freeze the dough balls until hard then transfer to an airtight container and store in the freezer for up to 2 months. Let sit at room temperature for 15 minutes before baking as directed.

    Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool for 2 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely. Serve or store in an airtight container for 3 days.

  • Salted Caramel Apple Sheet Cake

    How to make Salted Caramel Apple Sheet Cake

    Yield: 36 servings

    Prep Time: 15 minutes

    Cook: 20 minutes

    Ingredients

    For the cake:

    2 cups (254 grams) all-purpose flour
    1/2 teaspoon baking soda
    1/4 teaspoon salt
    1 cup (200 grams) granulated sugar
    1 cup (200 grams) lightly packed light brown sugar
    1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    2 sticks (227 grams) unsalted butter
    1/2 cup (120 ml) buttermilk
    2 large eggs
    1 teaspoon vanilla
    2 cups (200 grams) peeled and chopped Granny Smith apples (about 2 medium apples)

    For the glaze:

    1 stick (113 grams) unsalted butter
    1/4 cup (60 ml) milk
    3 cups (375 grams) powdered sugar, sifted
    1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
    1/4 cup salted caramel sauce (homemade or store-bought)

    Directions

    Make the cake:

    Preheat the oven to 400°F. Butter or oil a 10-by-15-inch jellyroll pan or a 16-3/4 by 12-inch sheet pan.

    In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, salt, granulated sugar, brown sugar, and cinnamon.

    In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, combine the butter with 1 cup water and heat until the butter melts. Bring to a boil. Once the mixture is boiling, remove from heat and add in the flour mixture. Add in the buttermilk, eggs, and vanilla. Gently stir in the apples.

    Pour the batter into the prepared pan, spreading evenly. Bake for 20 minutes if using a jelly roll pan, and about 17 minutes if using a half sheet pan, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Let cool in the pan on a wire rack for about 10 to 15 minutes.

    Make the glaze:

    Meanwhile, combine the butter and milk in a large heat-proof bowl. Microwave until the butter is melted. Gradually stir in the powdered sugar until combined. Stir in the vanilla and caramel until combined. Pour evenly over the warm cake. Let set for about 15 minute before slicing and serving.

    Adapted from Chef in Training

  • Pumpkin Cupcakes with Nutella Frosting

    How to make Pumpkin Cupcakes with Nutella Frosting

    Yield: 12 cupcakes

    Prep Time: 40 minutes

    Cook: 20 minutes

    Ingredients

    For the pumpkin cupcakes:

    1 and 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
    1 teaspoon baking powder
    1/4 teaspoon baking soda
    1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
    1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1 cup pumpkin puree
    1/2 cup canola or vegetable oil
    1/2 cup brown sugar
    1/4 cup granulated sugar
    2 large eggs
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract

    For the nutella frosting:

    3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
    1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons Nutella
    3 cups powdered sugar
    2 tablespoons heavy cream
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    pinch of salt

    Directions

    To make the pumpkin cupcakes:

    Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 12-count muffin pan with cupcake liners and set aside.

    In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, and salt. Set aside.

    In a separate mixing bowl, mix together the pumpkin puree, oil, brown sugar, granulated sugar, eggs, and vanilla extract until fully combined. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until just combined, making sure not to over mix the batter.

    Evenly distribute the batter between all 12 cupcake liners, only filling them about 2/3 of the way full, and gently smooth out the batter on top. Bake at 350°F for 16-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cupcake comes out clean.

    Remove from the oven and allow to cool for a few minutes. Remove the cupcakes from the pan and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

    To make the nutella frosting:

    In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, or in a large mixing bowl using a hand-held mixer, beat the butter on medium speed for 1-2 minutes until smooth. Add in the Nutella and continue mixing for an additional minute until well combined. Add in the powdered sugar, heavy cream, vanilla, and salt and continue mixing on medium speed until fully combined, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.

    Pipe the frosting on the cooled cupcakes as desired.

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  • How to Make and Store Brown Sugar

    How to make and Store Brown Sugar

    Yield: Any amount needed

    Prep Time: 5 minutes

    Ingredients

    1 cup granulated sugar
    1 tablespoon unsulphured molasses for light brown sugar, 2 to 3 tablespoons for dark brown sugar

    Directions

    In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to combine the sugar and molasses until completely incorporated. Use or store in an airtight container. Use a brown sugar saver to keep it from hardening.

    If it does become hard, you can still add the soaked brown sugar saver to soften it. You can also add a slice of bread for a few hours, which will soften it again.

  • Ultimate Cheesecake

    How to make Ultimate Cheesecake

    Yield: about 12 servings

    Prep Time: 30 minutes

    Cook: 1 1/2 hours

    Ingredients

    For the crust:

    1 3/4 cups (230 grams) graham crackers crumbs (about 15 whole graham crackers)
    1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

    For the filling:

    2 pounds (907 grams) cream cheese, at room temperature
    1 1/4 cups (250 grams) granulated sugar
    1/2 cup (130 grams) sour cream
    1 lemon, zested
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    4 large eggs

    Boiling water, for the water bath

    For the topping:

    12 ounces (340 grams) fresh raspberries
    2 tablespoons granulated sugar
    1 teaspoon lemon juice

    Directions

    Preheat the oven to 325°F.

    Prepare a 9-inch springform pan for a water bath. Place a large square of heavy duty aluminum foil underneath the pan. Gently fold the edges up and around the pan. Repeat twice so there’s three sheets of foil to ensure a waterproof seal. Gently fold the top of the foil around the edge of the pan.

    Make the crust:

    In a medium bowl, combine the graham cracker crumbs, cinnamon, and butter until the mixture is moistened. Press into the bottom and halfway up the sides of a 9-inch nonstick springform pan. Bake for 10 minutes. Place on a wire rack to cool. Maintain oven temperature.

    Make the filling:

    In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to beat the cream cheese on medium speed until completely smooth and free of lumps. Add the sugar and beat until combined. Add in the sour cream, lemon zest, and vanilla. Add the eggs, one at a time, and beat until just combined. Be careful not to overmix.

    Pour the batter into the foiled-wrapped springform pan. Place the pan in a large roasting pan. Pour boiling water into the roasting pan until the water is about halfway up the sides of the cheesecake pan. Bake at 325°F for 1 1/2 hours, or until set and the top looks slightly dry. If the middle is slightly wobbly, that’s fine. Err on the side of underbaking rather than overbaking.

    Turn off the oven heat and crack the oven door open just by 1-inch. Let the cheesecake cool inside the oven for 1 hour.

    Remove the cheesecake from the oven and from the water bath, unwrap the foil, and transfer it to a cooling rack. Run a thin-bladed knife around the edge of the cake to make sure it’s not sticking to the sides (which can cause cracks as it cools). Let the cheesecake cool completely on the rack.

    Refrigerate until completely chilled, at least 4 hours or up to 3 days. Store the cheesecake uncovered to avoid creating condensation, which will create a mushy texture.

    Make the topping:

    In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the filling ingredients. Heat, stirring and breaking up the raspberries often, until the raspberries release their juices and begin to form a sauce, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and press through a fine mesh strainer into a small bowl to remove the seeds. Let cool completely. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour before using.

    Release the cheesecake from the pan onto a cake stand or serving plate and top with the raspberry sauce. Serve.

  • Black Forest Cupcakes

    How to make Black Forest Cupcakes

    Yield: 16 cupcakes

    Prep Time: 1 hour 5 minutes

    Cook: 20 minutes

    Ingredients

    For the chocolate cupcakes:

    1 cup all purpose flour
    1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
    3/4 teaspoon baking powder
    1/2 teaspoon baking soda
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1/2 cup granulated sugar
    1/2 cup brown sugar
    1/3 cup oil
    1 large egg
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    1/2 cup buttermilk
    1/2 cup boiling water
    1 teaspoon instant espresso powder

    For the cherry filling:

    2 cups pitted and halved sweet cherries
    1/4 cup granulated sugar
    1/4 cup water
    2 tablespoons cornstarch
    2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
    1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

    For the whipped cream:

    2 tablespoons water
    1 and 1/2 teaspoons unflavored gelatin
    1 and 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
    1/3 cup powdered sugar
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract

    Directions

    To make the chocolate cupcakes:

    Preheat oven to 350°F. Line two 12-count cupcake pans with 16 cupcake liners and set aside.

    In a large mixing bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Whisk in the granulated sugar and brown sugar until well combined. Add in the oil, egg, vanilla extract, and buttermilk and mix until just combined.

    Add the instant espresso powder into the boiling water and mix until dissolved, then add to the mixing bowl. Mix with the rest of the ingredients until well combined, making sure not to over mix the batter. The batter will be thin, this is okay.

    Evenly distribute the batter between all 16 cupcakes liners, making sure to only fill them a little over half way full. Bake at 350°F for 18-20 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted into the cupcakes comes out clean. Remove from the oven and carefully remove the cupcakes from the pan. Transfer the cupcakes to a wire rack to cool.

    To make the cherry filling:

    Add the cherries, granulated sugar, lemon juice, water, and corn starch to a saucepan and mix until well combined. Heat over medium heat, stirring often, until the mixture has thickened. Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla extract, then set aside to cool.

    To make the whipped cream:

    Pour the water in a small bowl and sprinkle the unflavored gelatin on top. Allow to sit for a few minutes. Transfer to the microwave and microwave for a few seconds until the gelatin has dissolved. Stir well and set aside to cool for a few minutes.

    In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, or in a large mixing bowl using a hand-held mixer, add the heavy whipped cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla and mix on medium speed until it starts to thicken. Turn the mixer to low, slowly pour in the gelatin, then continue mixing at medium-high speed until stiff peaks form.

    To make the cupcakes:

    Once the cupcakes and cherry filling have cooled, use a knife to cut out a hole in the center of each cupcake. Scoop about 1-1.5 tablespoons of the cherry filling into each cupcake. Then pipe the whipped cream on top. Garnish with chocolate shavings and a cherry on top!

    Chocolate cupcakes adapted from Hersheys Stabilized Whipped Cream adapted from Food.com

  • Peach Pie Milkshakes

    How to make Peach Pie Milkshakes

    Yield: 2 milkshakes

    Prep Time: 15 minutes

    Note: I like the color and texture that the peach skins provide, so I don’t bother peeling the skin. If you want a smoother texture feel free to peel the skin.

    Ingredients

    For the milkshakes:

    1 1/2 cups REAL® Seal vanilla ice cream (store-bought or homemade)
    1/2 cup REAL® Seal cold whole milk
    2 large ripe clean peaches, chopped
    2 tablespoons REAL® Seal sweetened condensed milk
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    1 tablespoon light brown sugar
    1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

    For garnish:

    Whipped cream
    Ground cinnamon
    Gingersnap or Speculoos cookies, crushed
    Peach slices

    Directions

    Place all milkshake ingredients in a blender and blender until smooth. Pour into two milkshake glasses and top with whipped cream, crushed gingersnap cookies, and peach slices for garnish. Serve immediately.

  • No Bake Rocky Road Cheesecake

    How to make No Bake Rocky Road Cheesecake

    Yield: Makes one 9 inch cake

    Prep Time: 30 minutes

    Cook: 3 hours

    Ingredients

    Approximately 20 (200 grams) Oreo cookies
    1/4 cup (60 grams) unsalted butter
    2 and 1/2 cups (500 grams) cream cheese, room temperature
    1/4 cup (50 grams) graunlated or caster sugar
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    1 and 1/2 cup (360 ml) thickened or heavy cream
    1 cup (150 grams) good quality semi-sweet or dark chocolate
    3/4 cup (105 grams) roasted peanuts
    2 cups (110 grams) mini marshmallows
    1/2 cup (75 grams) semi-sweet or dark chocolate, for decorating

    Directions

    Lightly grease a 9 inch (23 cm) springform baking tin with a little butter and set aside. Add your Oreo cookies (cream and all) to a food processor and blend until they resemble fine crumbs. If you don’t have a food processor, place them in a sandwich bag and bash with a rolling pin. Melt your butter in the microwave and add it to your crushed Oreos and whiz again (or stir well) until the mixture resembles wet sand. Pour your Oreo mixture into your prepared tin and press down gently to form an even layer. Pop in the fridge.

    Add your softened cream cheese,  sugar and vanilla to a large mixing bowl and beat with an electric mixer until smooth and creamy. In a separate bowl, add your cream and beat with an electric mixer until soft peaks form. Finally, melt your dark chocolate in the microwave until it is just melted – give it a good stir. Then add your chocolate to your cream cheese mixture and beat until smooth. Then gently fold through the whipped cream. Add 1 cup (55 grams) of mini marshmallows and 1/2 cup (35 grams) of roasted peanuts and stir through. Pour your cheesecake over the top of your Oreo cookie base, cover loosely with alfoil and refrigerate for at least 3 hours or overnight.

    When you are ready to serve, scatter the remaining 1/2 cup (35 grams) of roasted peanuts and 1 cup (55 grams) of mini marshmallows and lightly press them into the top of the cheesecake. Melt your extra chocolate in the microwave and then use a spoon to drizzle the melted chocolate all over the cheesecake. Cut and serve!

  • How to Make Bagel Bombs

    How to make Bagel Bombs

    Yield: 16 balls

    Prep Time: 30 minutes

    Cook: 30 minutes

    If you don’t have instant yeast, you can always substitute with the same amount of active dry yeast. Simply add the active dry yeast to the warm water and let it proof for 5 minutes before proceeding with the recipe.

    If you can’t barley malt syrup (which I find on Amazon or at Whole Foods), use brown sugar.

    Ingredients

    For the dough:

    1 tablespoon instant yeast
    4 cups (482 grams) bread flour
    2 teaspoons salt
    1 tablespoon barley malt syrup
    1 1/2 cups lukewarm water

    For the water bath:

    2 quarts water
    2 tablespoons barley malt syrup
    1 tablespoon granulated sugar

    For the filling & topping:

    8 ounces (227 grams) cream cheese, at room temperature
    1 egg white
    Desired toppings

    Directions

    Make the dough:

    Combine all the dough ingredients in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook. Knead on medium-low speed for about 10 minutes (or knead vigorously by hand for 12 to 15 minutes). The dough will be stiff and hold its shape without spreading. Place the dough in a lightly greased bowl, cover, and let rise until puffy but not necessarily doubled in size, 1 to 1 1/2 hours.

    Transfer the dough to a work surface and divide into 16 pieces. Roll each piece into a smooth, round ball. Place on a lined baking pan or lightly greased baking pan and cover. Let them rest for 30 minutes. They may puff up slightly.

    While the dough rests, form cream cheese into sixteen 1-tablespoon balls. Freeze.

    Prepare the water bath:

    Heat the water, malt powder, and sugar to a gentle boil in a large, wide pan. Preheat the oven to 425°F.

    With your hands, stretch and flatten each piece of dough place a frozen cream cheese ball into the center. Enclose the cream cheese with the dough, pinching to seal and rolling into an even ball.

    Boil the bombs for 30 seconds per side then remove to a baking pan.

    Top and bake:

    Brush with the egg wash, coating with desired toppings, and bake for about 20 minutes, or until golden brown.

    To make ahead:

    Individually wrap each bagel bomb in plastic wrap, then place in an airtight container. Freeze for up to 3 months. For best results, let thaw in the fridge overnight then reheat in a 350°F oven until warmed through.

    Inspired by Milk Bar in NYC

  • How to Make Bagels

    How to make Bagels

    Yield: 8 bagels

    Prep Time: 30 minutes

    Cook: 30 minutes

    If you don’t have instant yeast, you can always substitute with the same amount of active dry yeast. Simply add the active dry yeast to the warm water and let it proof for 5 minutes before proceeding with the recipe.

    If you can’t barley malt syrup (which I find on Amazon or at Whole Foods), use brown sugar.

    Ingredients

    For the dough:

    1 tablespoon instant yeast
    4 cups (17 ounces) bread flour
    2 teaspoons salt
    1 tablespoon barley malt syrup
    1 1/2 cups lukewarm water

    For the water bath:

    2 quarts (64 ounces) water
    2 tablespoons barley malt syrup
    1 tablespoon granulated sugar

    For the topping:

    1 egg white
    Desired toppings, see above

    Directions

    Make the dough:

    Combine all the dough ingredients in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook. Knead on medium-low speed for about 10 minutes (or knead vigorously by hand for 12 to 15 minutes). The dough will be stiff and hold its shape without spreading. Place the dough in a lightly greased bowl, cover, and let rise until puffy but not necessarily doubled in size, 1 to 1 1/2 hours.

    Transfer the dough to a work surface and divide into eight pieces. Roll each piece into a smooth, round ball. Place on a silicone mat-lined baking pan or lightly greased baking pan (do NOT use parchment paper) and cover the balls with plastic wrap. Let them rest for 30 minutes. They may puff up slightly.

    Prepare the water bath:

    Meanwhile, prepare the water bath by heating the water, malt powder, and sugar to a gentle boil in a large, wide pan. Preheat the oven to 425°F.

    Use your index finger to poke a hole through the center of each dough ball then twirl the dough around your finger to stretch the hole to a 2-inch diameter. Place each bagel on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Transfer the bagels, 4 at a time, to the simmering water. Increase the heat to bring the water up to a gentle boil if necessary. Cook the bagels for 2 minutes, gently flip them over, and continue cooking for another minute. Use a skimmer to remove the bagels back to the baking sheet and repeat with remaining 4 bagels.

    Top and bake:

    Beat the egg white with 1 tablespoon of water and coat each bagel with the mixture. Sprinkle any desired toppings evenly over the bagels.

    Bake the bagels for 20 to 25 minutes, or until they reach their desired brown color. Remove the bagels from the oven and cool completely on a wire rack.

    Serve or store in an airtight container for up to 3 days. Stored bagels are best served toasted. You can also freeze the bagels in an airtight container for up to 2 months.

  • Ultimate Nutella Cupcakes

    How to make Ultimate Nutella Cupcakes

    Yield: 12 cupcakes

    Prep Time: 30 minutes

    Cook: 20 minutes

    Ingredients

    For the chocolate cupcakes:

    4 ounces (113 grams) bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
    1/3 cup (30 grams) Dutch-process cocoa
    1 teaspoon instant espresso powder
    1/2 cup boiling water
    3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons (113 grams) all-purpose flour
    1/2 cup (100 grams) granulated sugar
    1/4 cup (50 grams) packed light brown sugar
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1/2 teaspoon baking soda
    1/2 cup (114 grams) sour cream, at room temperature
    1/4 cup (50 grams) vegetable oil
    2 large eggs plus one egg yolk, at room temperature
    2 teaspoons white vinegar
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract

    For the filling:

    1/2 cup (150 grams) Nutella

    For the Nutella buttercream:

    2 cups (250 grams) powdered sugar, sifted
    8 ounces (227 grams) unsalted butter, at room temperature
    2/3 cup (200 grams) Nutella
    1/4 teaspoon fine salt
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    Ferrero rocher candies, for topping

    Directions

    Make the cupcakes:

    In a medium heatproof bowl add the chocolate, cocoa powder, and espresso powder. Pour hot water over mixture. Cover and let stand for 5 minutes. Whisk mixture gently until smooth then set aside to cool.

    Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a standard 12-cup muffin tin with foil or paper liners.

    In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, sugars, salt, and baking soda.

    Whisk sour cream, oil, eggs, egg yolk, vinegar, and vanilla into the cooled chocolate mixture until smooth. Stir in the flour mixture until smooth, being careful not to overmix.

    Using a spring-loaded scoop, divide the batter evenly among prepared muffin cups. Bake until cupcakes are set and firm to the touch, about 20 minutes. Let cupcakes cool in pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes before removing from pan to cool completely, about 1 hour. Cupcakes can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 day.

    Fill the cupcakes:

    Use an apple corer or small paring knife to remove the center of each cupcake, being careful not to remove the bottom.

    Place the Nutella in a ziptop bag and snip a hole in one corner. Gently squeeze 2 teaspoons of Nutella into each cupcake.

    Make the frosting:

    In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix together the sugar and butter. Mix on low speed until well blended and then increase the speed to medium and beat for another 3 minutes. Add the Nutella, salt, and vanilla and beat on medium for 1 minute, or until well combined.

    Fit a piping bag with a decorative tip and frost all the cupcakes. Top with a Ferrero Rocher candy, if desired. Serve or store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 day, or in the fridge for up to 3 days.

  • Lemon Blueberry Cupcakes

    How to make Lemon Blueberry Cupcakes

    Yield: about 15 cupcakes

    Prep Time: 30 minutes

    Cook: 20 minutes

    Ingredients

    For the cupcakes:

    1 3/4 cups (222 grams) all-purpose flour
    1 teaspoon baking powder
    1/2 teaspoon baking soda
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1 stick (113 grams) unsalted butter, at room temperature
    1/2 cup (100 grams) granulated sugar
    1/4 cup (50 grams) lightly packed brown sugar
    2 large eggs plus one egg yolk, at room temperature
    1 cup (240 ml) buttermilk
    2 lemons, zested and juiced
    3/4 cup (115 grams) fresh blueberries
    2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

    For the buttercream:

    3/4 cup (115 grams) fresh blueberries
    3 cups (306 grams) powdered sugar, sifted
    2 sticks (227 grams) unsalted butter, at room temperature
    1/4 teaspoon fine salt
    2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
    1 to 2 tablespoons heavy or whipping cream
    Lemon zest, for garnish

    Directions

    Make the cupcakes:

    Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line two standard muffin tins with 15 paper liners.

    In a medium bowl combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

    In a large bowl, use an electric mixer on medium-high speed to beat the butter and sugars until fluffy and very well combined, about 3 minutes. On medium-low speed , add the eggs and yolk, one at a time, until combined. Add the buttermilk, lemon zest, and lemon juice. Add in the flour mixture, stirring just until combined.

    In a small bowl toss the blueberries with the 2 tablespoons of flour. Add into the batter and fold with a spatula until combined. Be careful not to overmix.

    Divide the batter among the prepared muffin tins, filling each 3/4 full. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow the cupcakes to cool in the pan for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

    Make the buttercream:

    Using a blender, immersion blender or food processor, puree the blueberries. Pass the pureed blueberries through a fine mesh strainer and into a medium bowl to remove the skins. Set aside.

    In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix together the sugar and butter. Mix on low speed until well blended and then increase the speed to medium and beat for another 3 minutes. Add the salt and vanilla and beat on medium for 1 minute.

    Remove half of the buttercream to the bowl with the blueberry puree and stir until well combined. If the buttercream is too thin, add more powdered sugar to thicken. If desired, add a few drops of purple food coloring to enhance the blueberry color.

    To the plain buttercream, add the cream and beat until well combined.

    Swirled Piping

    In a large piping bag fitted with a decorative tip (such as the Ateco #846), use a spoon to scoop the plain frosting into one section of the bag, using your finger on the outside of the bag to help scrape it off. Repeat with the blueberry frosting. Ensure you’re aligning the frosting so it starts at the same place in the bag. Don’t worry if the colors touch each other.

    Squeeze the bag to slightly blur the colors together for a watercolor type effect. Twist the bag and squeeze out a test pipe to ensure the colors are coming out evenly before piping onto your cupcakes. Garnish frosted cupcakes with lemon zest.

    Serve or store at room temperature for up to 1 day, or in the fridge for up to 3 days. Let come to room temperature before serving.

  • Monkey Bread

    How to make Monkey Bread

    Yield: 8 servings

    Prep Time: 2 hours

    Cook: 30 minutes

    Ingredients

    For the dough:
    1 package quick rise active yeast
    1 1/2 cup milk, warm (120 degrees F)
    1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon sugar
    5 tablespoons butter, melted (no hotter than 120 degrees F)
    1 large egg
    1 teaspoon salt
    4 1/2 cups flour
    For the sugar coating:
    10 tablespoons butter
    2/3 cup brown sugar
    2/3 cup granulated sugar
    2 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
    For the glaze:
    1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
    2 tablespoons butter
    1/2 teaspoon vanilla
    1 1/2 to 2 cups powdered sugar

    Directions

    For the dough:
    Mix together warm milk, yeast, and 1 tablespoons sugar in a bowl of a standing mixer fitted with a dough hook (you can also just do this by hand) and let it dissolve for 5 minutes. Mix in the 1/4 cup sugar, butter, egg, and salt. Start adding in the flour while mixing, adding 1 cup at a time until you’ve added 4 cups (scrape sides of bowl as needed). Mix on low for 5 minutes, adding a couple tablespoons of flour at a time if the dough gets too sticky. Place dough in a large greased bowl and turn the dough over so the top is greased. Cover with a towel and let it rise for an hour.
    Grease a bundt pan and set aside.
    Melt the 10 tablespoons butter in a bowl. In another bowl, mix brown sugar, granulated sugar, and cinnamon.
    Pinch or cut off dough into 1 1/2 inch pieces. Roll into balls (use flour as needed), dip in the melted butter, and roll in the sugar mixture. Place the coated balls of dough into the greased pan. Mix any remaining butter and sugar mixture together and pour over the balls. Cover the pan with plastic wrap and let rise for 30-45 minutes.
    Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Bake for 25-30 minutes until golden. Let cool for 5 minutes and then remove onto a platter.
    For the glaze:
    Heat cream and butter together in the microwave until melted. Beat in vanilla and powdered sugar until desired consistency. Pour over the warm Monkey Bread. Serve.

  • Strawberry Baked Donuts

    How to make Strawberry Baked Donuts

    Yield: 11 to 12 donuts

    Prep Time: 10 minutes

    Cook: 10 minutes

    *Freeze-fried strawberries are available at most grocery stores near the other dried fruits like raisins.

    Ingredients

    For the donuts:

    1 cup (127 grams) all-purpose flour
    1/2 cup (100 grams) granulated sugar
    1/4 teaspoon baking powder
    3/4 teaspoon baking soda
    1/4 teaspoon fine salt
    1 large egg
    7 ounces (198 grams) unsweetened nonfat Greek yogurt
    1 tablespoon canola oil
    1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
    1/2 cup finely chopped fresh strawberries

    For the strawberry glaze:

    1 1/2 cups (188 grams) powdered sugar, sifted
    3/4 teaspoon light corn syrup or golden syrup
    *1/2 cup (6 grams) freeze dried strawberries, finely crushed
    2 tablespoons hot water

    Directions

    Make the donuts:

    Preheat the oven to 400°F. Spray two 6-cup donut pans with nonstick cooking spray.

    In a large bowl whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. In a small bowl whisk together the egg, yogurt, oil, and lemon juice. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour the wet ingredients in. Add in the chopped strawberries. Gently fold everything together until just combined. The batter will be thick, do not overmix.

    Scoop the batter into a piping bag or freezer bag and snip a bottom corner with scissors. Squeeze out the batter evenly into each cavity of the prepared donut pan. You may only have enough for 11 donuts.

    Bake for 10 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool for a few minutes and then flip over onto a cooling rack to cool completely.

    Make the glaze:

    Mix all ingredients in a bowl with a whisk until smooth. Immerse each doughnut into the glaze. Place glazed doughnuts on a wire rack above a lined sheet pan to catch any excess glaze. Let set for 15 minutes before serving.

  • S’mores Cookie Cake

    How to make S’mores Cookie Cake

    Yield: One 9" cookie cake

    Prep Time: 1 hour 25 minutes (includes cooling time)

    Cook: 25 minutes

    Ingredients

    1 and 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
    1 cup graham cracker crumbs (about 6-7 full-sheets)
    1/2 teaspoon baking soda
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
    3/4 cup brown sugar
    1/4 cup granulated sugar
    1 large egg
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chunks
    1 and 1/2 cups mini marshmallows
    Optional: 1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chunks or chips, melted

    Directions

    Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a 9″ pie plate (or cake pan or springform pan) with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.

    In a large mixing bowl, mix together the flour, graham cracker crumbs, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

    In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, or in a large mixing bowl using a hand-held mixer, cream the butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar together until light and fluffy. Mix in the egg and vanilla, making sure to mix well after each ingredient. Slowly mix in the dry ingredients until just combined, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Add in the chocolate chunks and mix until just combined.  Scoop the cookie dough into the prepared baking dish and smooth it out into one even layer.

    Bake at 350°F for about 25 minutes or until the top is set and lightly browned. Remove from the oven and transfer to a wire rack to cool for at least one hour, but it’s best to let it cool completely.

    Just before serving, top with the mini marshmallows, return to the oven and broil until the marshmallows are lightly golden brown. Remove from the oven, slice, and enjoy.

    Adapted from: All Recipes

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  • S’mores Cookies

    How to make S’mores Cookies

    Yield: about 32 cookies

    Prep Time: 15 minutes

    Cook: 15 minutes

    Ingredients

    1 1/2 cups plus 2 tablespoons (206 grams) all purpose flour
    1 cup (8 full crackers or 120 grams) graham cracker crumbs
    1 teaspoon baking soda
    1 teaspoon salt
    Pinch of cinnamon
    2 sticks (226 grams) unsalted butter, at room temperature
    3/4 cup (149 grams) granulated sugar
    3/4 cup (149 grams) light brown sugar
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    2 large eggs
    1 cup (170 grams) miniature chocolate chips
    1 1/2 cups mini marshmallows
    2 Hershey bars, chopped

    Directions

    Preheat oven to 375°F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.

    In a medium bowl combine the flour, graham cracker crumbs, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon.

    In a large bowl, use an electric mixer on medium-high speed to beat the butter, sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract until creamy, about 2 to 3 minutes. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Slowly beat in the flour mixture until smooth. Stir in the chocolate chips.

    Use a medium cookie scoop to drop 1 1/2 tablespoon-sized balls onto the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 8 minutes, and remove from the oven. Push 3 to 4 marshmallows and a few pieces of hershey bar into each cookies. Return to the oven and bake an additional 3-4 minutes until fully cooked. Cool cookies on a wire rack. Store in an airtight container and room temperature for 3-4 days.

    From Make and Bake via Baked Perfection

  • Funfetti Cookie Dough Chocolate Brownies

    How to make Funfetti Cookie Dough Chocolate Brownies

    Yield: 9-12 brownies

    Prep Time: 45 minutes

    Cook: 45 minutes

    Ingredients

    Chocolate brownie

    1/2 cup or 1 stick (115 grams) unsalted butter, chopped
    1 and 1/3 cup (200 grams) good quality semi-sweet or dark chocolate, pieces
    1/2 cup (100 grams) granulated or caster sugar
    1/2 cup (90 grams) brown sugar
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    3 large eggs
    2/3 cup (85 grams) all-purpose or plain flour

    Funfetti cookie dough

    1/2 cup or 1 stick (115 grams) unsalted butter, room temperature
    1/2 cup (90 grams) brown sugar
    1/4 cup (50 grams) granulated or caster sugar
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    1 cup (140 grams) all-purpose or plain flour
    2-3 tablespoon milk
    1/2 cup (75 grams) milk chocolate chips
    1/2 cup (70 grams) funfetti sprinkles, plus extra for decorating
    2/3 cups (100 grams) semi-sweet or dark chocolate, pieces

    Directions

    Grease and line a square 8 inch baking tin with parchment paper, ensuring two sides of the paper overhang. Put the butter and chocolate in a heatproof bowl and place on top of a medium saucepan that is filled with a small amount of water. You need to ensure the bottom of the bowl will not touch the water below. Place the saucepan on the stove on a medium heat and stir while the chocolate and butter melt. Once the mixture is lovely and smooth, remove the bowl from the heat and leave to cool slightly.

    Preheat the oven to 320 F (160 C). Next, add the sugar and vanilla to the chocolate mixture and beat with an electric mixer until combined. Add the eggs, one at a time and beat again. Sift in the flour and stir until the mixture is smooth. Pour the brownie batter into your prepared tin and place in the oven. Bake the brownie for approximately 35-40 minutes. The brownie should have a nice cracked top and no longer wobble in the middle. Leave to cool completely.

    To make the cookie dough, add the softened butter and sugars to a large mixing bowl and beat with an electric mixer until pale and creamy. Add the vanilla and beat again. Sift in the flour and add the milk and stir until a soft cookie dough forms. Add in your chocolate chips and sprinkles and stir through. Then place the cookie dough on top of your brownie and spread it out as evenly as possible.

    Finally, melt your chocolate in the microwave, stirring in-between 20 second bursts, until just melted and pour oven the top. Add extra sprinkles. Pop into the fridge for 15 minutes to set, then cut and serve.

  • No Bake Strawberry Lemonade Mini Cheesecakes

    How to make No Bake Strawberry Lemonade Mini Cheesecakes

    Yield: 12 mini cheesecakes

    Prep Time: 30 minutes

    Ingredients

    For the crust:

    1 sleeve (9 crackers, 140 grams) graham crackers
    4 tablespoons (57 grams) unsalted butter, melted

    For the cheesecake:

    12 ounces (340 grams) cream cheese, at room temperature
    1/2 cup (100 grams) granulated sugar
    3/4 cup (180 grams) heavy cream
    Zest of 1 lemon
    1/4 cup lemon juice

    For topping:

    5 ounces (142 grams) strawberries, hulled and chopped
    1 tablespoon granulated sugar
    2 teaspoons lemon juice
    Strawberry slices
    Lemon slices

    Directions

    For the crust:

    Thoroughly grease a mini cheesecake pan. Place the graham crackers in the bowl of a food processor and pulse until finely ground. Add in the melted butter and pulse until moistened. Divide the mixture among the cavities of the cheesecake pan, about 1 heaping tablespoon in each. Firmly press into the bottom of each cavity (a shot glass or other small object makes easy work of this). Set aside.

    For the cheesecake:

    In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese and sugar on medium-high speed until creamy and well combined. Add in the cream, zest, and juice and continue beating until well combined and thickened. Divide the mixture among each cavity and cover with plastic wrap.

    Chill until firm, at least 4 hours or overnight. The cheesecake can be stored in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 2 days.

    For the topping:

    Combine the strawberries, sugar, and lemon juice in the bowl of a blender or food processor and pulse until pureed. Top each cheesecake with a dollop of the sauce. Garnish with a strawberry and lemon slice. Serve.

  • Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake

    How to make Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake

    Yield: About 8 to 10 servings

    Prep Time: 15 minutes

    Cook: 20 minutes

    The bread flour helps create a chewy texture. If you don’t have any, use all AP flour. But I’d highly suggest picking some up on your next grocery run because it’s my fave trick for chewy cookies!

    Ingredients

    For the chocolate chip cookie base:

    2 sticks (227 grams) unsalted butter, melted
    1/2 cup (100 grams) granulated sugar
    1 1/4 cups (247 grams) lightly packed dark brown sugar
    1 tablespoon milk
    2 teaspoons vanilla
    2 large eggs plus 1 egg yolk, at room temperature
    1 1/2 cups (191 grams) all-purpose flour
    1 1/4 cups (159 grams) bread flour
    1 teaspoon baking soda
    1 teaspoon baking powder
    1 teaspoon cornstarch
    1 teaspoon fine sea salt
    2 cups (340 grams) semi sweet chocolate chips

    For the buttercream:

    1 1/2 cups (153 grams) powdered sugar, sifted
    4 ounces (113 grams) unsalted butter, at room temperature
    Pinch fine salt
    2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
    1 tablespoons cream or milk

    Sprinkles, for garnishing

    Directions

    For the cookie base:

    In a large mixing bowl, stir together the butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar until well combined.

    Stir in the eggs, milk, and vanilla until well combined. Gradually beat in the flours, baking soda, baking powder, cornstarch, and salt. Stir in the chocolate chips. Bake now or cover the dough and refrigerate until ready to bake.

    When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350°F. Spray a 9-inch spring-form pan with nonstick cooking spray.

    Press the cookie dough into the bottom of the prepared pan. Bake for 20 minutes, or until golden brown but not overcooked. Let cool completely.

    For the buttercream:

    In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix together the sugar and butter. Mix on low speed until well blended and then increase the speed to medium and beat for another 3 minutes. Add the salt, vanilla, and cream and beat on medium for 1 minute, adding more cream if needed.

    Spread all over the cooled cookie cake then garnish with sprinkles. Serve or cover and let stand at room temperature for up to 1 day, or refrigerated for up to 3 days. Let come to room temperature before serving.

  • 3 Ways to Make Swirled Cupcake Frosting

    How to make 3 Ways to Make Swirled Cupcake Frosting

    Prep Time: 15 minutes

    Ingredients

    1 batch of buttercream frosting
    Gel food coloring (I like Wilton or Americolor)
    Piping bags
    Decorative piping tips (I used Wilton 1M)

    Directions

    Double bag technique

    Fill two small disposable piping bags with different colored or flavored frosting. Use scissors to snip holes in the bottoms of both bags. Insert both bags into a large (16”) disposable piping bag fitted with a decorative tip, making sure the two bags are aligned by squeezing and twisting the large bag. Squeeze out a test pip to ensure the colors are coming out evenly.

    Plastic wrap technique

    Lay a large piece of plastic wrap on a flat surface. Spoon one color or flavor of your buttercream frosting in a log down the center. Repeat with the second color or flavor, spooning it parallel alongside the first color.

    Fold the plastic wrap over to shape it into a two-toned log. Twist the excess plastic to seal the buttercream inside. Drop the plastic wrap log into a large pastry bag fitted with a decorative piping tip, using the excess plastic wrap to pull the log through the opening of the bag. Refrigerate for 10 minutes before frosting your cupcakes. Squeeze out a test pip to ensure the colors are coming out evenly.

    Spatula Striping

    In a large piping bag fitted with a decorative tip, use a spoon to scoop one color of frosting into one section of the bag, using your finger on the outside of the bag to help scrape it off. Repeat with your remaining color(s). Ensure you’re aligning the frosting so it starts at the same place in the bag. Squeeze the bag to slightly blur the colors together for a rainbow type effect. Twist the bag and frost your cupcakes. Squeeze out a test pip to ensure the colors are coming out evenly.

  • Salted Honey Caramel

    How to make Salted Honey Caramel

    Yield: Depending on size, about two dozen squares

    Prep Time: 10 minutes

    Cook: 20 minutes

    Ingredients

    3/4 cup sugar

    1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk

    1 tablespoon local honey

    4 tablespoons salted butter butter

    1 tsp cinnamon

    1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

    1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

    1/2 teaspoon fleur de sel, small coarse pieces

    Directions

    1. Trace around an 8×8 baking pan with parchment paper, leaving about an inch on all sides. Generously butter the parchment paper and place it as securely as possible inside the pan.
    2. In a small saucepan, heat the condensed milk, butter, honey and cinnamon. Keep an eye on this mixture: once the butter has melted, turn off the heat. At the same time, insert your kitchen thermometer (optional) into a medium saucepan, combine sugar with 2 1/2 tablespoons of water. Place over medium-high heat and let the sugar dissolve. Stir gently to be sure that the sugar melts smoothly. From this point on, stir only as necessary. Cook until the sugar reaches 300 degrees, or for 5-7 minutes.
    3. Remove from heat and add the cinnamony milk and butter to the sugar mixture. Cook the caramel over medium heat until it reaches 245 degrees, or for 3-5 minutes.
    4. Remove the medium saucepan from the heat. Add vanilla extract.
    5. Pour the mixture into the prepared baking pan, carefully as to not scrape the hard bits on the bottom and sides. While letting the caramel cool for up to 15 minutes, melt chocolate chips over low heat. Spread the chocolate over cooled caramel. Sprinkle fleur de sel as a garnish.
    6. Once completely cool, lift out of the pan and onto a countertop. Slice the bar of caramel with a long, sharp knife.
  • Homemade Nutella

    How to make Homemade Nutella

    Yield: About 2 cups

    Prep Time: 5 minutes

    Cook: 10 minutes

    Ingredients

    1 cup hazelnuts
    12 ounces milk chocolate, chopped
    2 tablespoons canola oil
    3 tablespoons powdered sugar
    1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
    1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
    3/4 teaspoon salt

    Directions

    Preheat the oven to 350°F.

    Spread the hazelnuts in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet. Toast the hazelnuts until they’re slightly browned and the skin is slightly blistered, about 10 minutes. Wrap the hazelnuts in a kitchen towel and rub vigorously to remove as much loose skin as possible (some skin may not remove, that’s fine). Let cool completely.

    Place the chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave in 30-second bursts, stirring between each burst, until the chocolate is melted and smooth. Let cool completely.

    In a high-powered blender or in a food processor, grind the hazelnuts until they form a paste. Add the oil, sugar, cocoa powder, vanilla, and salt and continue to process until the mixture is as smooth as possible. Add the melted chocolate and blend until smooth. Press the mixture through a fine strainer to remove any chunks of hazelnuts that might be left behind. Allow the mixture to cool (will be warm from blending or processing). Store the mixture in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.

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  • Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream

    How to make Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream

    Yield: about 1 quart

    Prep Time: 15 minutes

    Cook: 30 minutes

    Ingredients

    1 quart fresh strawberries, hulled and quartered
    3/4 cup granulated sugar, divided
    1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
    6 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
    3/4 cup REAL® Seal whole milk
    1/2 cup REAL® Seal heavy cream
    2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
    2 tablespoons corn syrup
    1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
    1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    4 whole graham crackers, chopped

    Directions

    Preheat the oven to 300°F. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.

    Toss the strawberries with 1/4 cup sugar and the balsamic vinegar. Spread strawberries into one even layer on the prepared baking sheet and roast for about 30 minutes, or until the strawberries have darkened in color, are soft, and their juices have released. Transfer the strawberries to a medium bowl and mash until only small pieces of fruit remain. Cover and refrigerate the strawberries until chilled about 1 hour.

    Meanwhile, in the bowl of a blender or food processor, puree the remaining ice cream ingredients except the graham crackers until smooth. Transfer to a medium bowl and press plastic wrap against the surface. Chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes, or up to 1 day.

    Pour the mixture into an ice cream maker. Freeze according to the manufacturer’s directions. During the 5 last minutes of freezing, gradually add the roasted strawberries and graham crackers.

    Transfer the ice cream to an airtight container, press plastic wrap against the ice cream, and freeze until firm and flavor is ripened, at least 2 hours.

  • Chocolate Nutella Cookie Cups

    How to make Chocolate Nutella Cookie Cups

    Yield: 24 cookie cups

    Prep Time: 40 minutes

    Cook: 13 minutes

    Ingredients

    For the chocolate cookie cups:

    1 and 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
    1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
    1/2 teaspoon baking soda
    1/4 teaspoon salt
    1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
    1/2 cup brown sugar
    1/2 cup granulated sugar
    1 large egg
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract

    For the Nutella frosting:

    1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
    1/4 cup Nutella
    2 cups powdered sugar
    1 tablespoon heavy cream
    1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
    tiny pinch of salt (optional)

    Directions

    To make the chocolate cookie cups:

    Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a 24-count mini muffin pan with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.

    In a large mixing bowl, mix together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

    In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, or in a large mixing bowl using a hand-held mixer, beat the butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar until light and fluffy. Mix in the egg and vanilla extract, making sure to mix well after each ingredient. Slowly mix in the dry ingredients and mix until just combined, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.

    Evenly distribute the cookie dough between all 24 mini muffin cavities. Bake at 350°F for 11-13 minutes or until done in the center. Remove from the oven and gently press down the center of each cookie cup using the bottom of a measuring teaspoon. Allow the cookie cups to cool in the pan for 5-10 minutes, or until they’ve firmed up a little and can easily be removed from the pan. Remove from the pan to a wire rack to cool completely.

    To make the Nutella frosting:

    In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, or in a large mixing bowl using a hand-held mixer, beat the butter until smooth. Add in the Nutella and mix until well combined. Next, add in the powdered sugar, heavy cream, vanilla extract, and salt and mix until fully combined.

    Pipe the Nutella frosting into the cooled cookie cups as desired.

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