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Chocolate Macarons Recipe

Chocolate Macarons

03.21.14 by Jackie

In my opinion, macarons are the epitome of a classic, elegant French dessert. If you've been following my culinary adventures, you've probably noticed how very keen I am on serving individual, miniature portions and that's exactly what I adore about macarons. They're made of a sweet meringue (egg whites, sugar and almond flour) sandwiched around a flavored filling of some sort. For this version, I used chocolate ganache (heated heavy cream poured over finely chopped exquisite, high-quality chocolate).

Cooking (and by extension baking) is an expression of love. I think the person who receives your baked goods will appreciate your effort and feel special. And that's my favorite part; I take pleasure in seeing the ones I love happy. 


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Cookie Butter Blondie Bars Recipe

Cookie Butter Blondie Bars

02.24.14 by Jackie

This is my upscale version of a PB&J sandwich. Instead of using good ol' peanut butter, I used speculoos spread (fancy word for gingerbread cookie butter) and I skipped the bread and prepared blondies mixed with honey-roasted peanuts. As for the jelly part, I used a combination of crushed fresh blackberries and fig spread I prepared last Fall from the figs in our garden. 

Every weekend, I try to get the girls involved in the kitchen by preparing a large brunch together. It's a great way for our family to catch up with each other's busy lives. In my opinion, food is a great tool for bonding and sharing memories.

As expected, these cookie butter bars were a (fig and blackberry-flavored) smashing success (no pun intended) for both kids and grownups!

 


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Salted Caramel Milk Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe Recipe

I haven't been active for the past week on PhamFatale.com. We've spent a crazy holiday season, baking a ton! Here's one of the many chocolate chip cookie versions we made during the week. We used chocolate we received over Christmas, so these feature M&Ms and chunks of coarsely chopped Godiva salted caramel milk chocolate bars.

The secret to perfect texture for this timeless classic is to closely watch the baking time. Don't over-bake them but also don't under-cook them or you'll end up with just cookie dough! Happy baking!


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Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookies Recipe

Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookies

12.13.13 by Jackie

The girls and I have been baking up a storm this holiday season. Here's the recipe for their favorite cookie from this week’s concoctions. We made them without flour, butter or white sugar. The only requirement is the use of a generous amount of peanut butter, brown sugar and a few Christmasy-colored chocolate chips. The result was super gooey, soft and pillowy cookies.

The girls suggested we bake as many varieties of cookies as possible until Christmas Day. I can already tell what my New Year’s resolution is going to be!


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Pumpkin Marshmallow Butterscotch Oatmeal Bars Recipe

These sinfully scrumptious pumpkin marshmallow butterscotch oatmeal bars may be beautiful to look at and a bit messy to eat, but they were a huge hit at our house. First, I prepared a chewy oatmeal-brown sugar crust for both the base and the topping. For the filling, I selected Thanksgiving-related items such as pumpkin purée, oozy marshmallows, decadent butterscotch chips and chocolate chips.

This sweet treat is definitely going to be part of our Thanksgiving menu. When I asked for the family's feedback, all I heard was "more". You might also want to prepare a batch for the morning following Thanksgiving; these winning bars would be a perfect brunch contribution as well. 


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