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M&M Cookies with Toffee Peanuts Recipe

M&M Cookies with Toffee Peanuts

04.04.11 by Jackie

It might sound strange, but in my opinion, making cookies is like making risotto. What I mean is that in general, you shouldn't use too many chunky ingredients to accent the cookie dough. I typically make use of whatever I can find in my pantry, and this time I limited the additions to coconut toffee peanuts and M&Ms.

The M&Ms came from a package of goodies from Rutgers University. My father-in-law was inducted into Rutgers Hall of Distinguished Alumni a few years ago and has stayed close to the school. The colors of the Scarlet Knights are faithfully represented in the M&Ms, and I think they add a nice touch of color to the cookies while showing off some school spirit. Thanks, Dean McCormick!


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Gingerbread Cookie Recipe Recipe

Gingerbread Cookie Recipe

12.24.10 by Jackie

I used gingerbread cookies as a fun and playful way to get to know my niece and nephew when I met them for the first time. I baked a few gingerbread men for them, and asked them what they thought of the designs. My little nephew is just a year old, so I didn't use any egg in the  gingerbread dough.

We're finally back from a few days in Rome and now are spending Christmas with my parents and my sister's family in Paris.

I wish you all a very Merry Christmas!

Gingerbread Men Recipe with Picture


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Speculoos Spread Cookie Tartlet Recipe Recipe

I recently received a jar of speculoos spread from a company called Tamarin. I first saw these new speculoos "pâte a tartiner" jars during my last trip to Paris. Our family loves Nutella and peanut butter, so I couldn't wait to develop a new dessert around this product. The thick spread is based on speculoos, which are specialty shortcrust cookies that originally were baked traditionally for consumption on St. Nicholas' Eve. They originated from the North of France and Belgium (also known as "speculaas" in Dutch) and often are shaped with an image stamp depicting the story of St. Nicholas. The main spices for the thin, crunchy, slightly brown cookie are cinnamon, cloves, ground ginger, cardamom, nutmeg and white pepper. The cookies are so delicious that they're available year 'round in France.

I made a cookie dough using the same spices as for speculoos cookies but instead of making shortcrust, I used it as a base and created a cookie tartlet. As soon as the shells come out from the oven, I pressed the center of the cookie to create a cavity so I could insert a creamy spread of speculoos inside. The result was fantastic. I’ll play around with the product more and post additional recipes, so stay tuned. Thanks, Tamarin!

Speculoos Spread


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Green Tea Cake Roll Recipe  Recipe

Green Tea Cake Roll Recipe

09.10.10 by Jackie

Cake rolls, as the name implies, are cakes that are spread with jelly or buttercream and then rolled into logs. The French name is roulade. For this recipe, I decided to use matcha green tea because of its very delicate flavor. It also gives the cake (called génoise in French) a beautiful jade green color. I filled and covered the cake with vanilla butter-cream and kept the flavors appropriately Zen in their simplicity.

Matcha green tea is fairly expensive and has a very short shelf life, so once the box is unsealed, consume it fast. Enjoy it as is with hot water or flavor your favorite desserts with the green tea powder. I had a little less than one tablespoon left in the tin. I think I had made pretty good use of it with desserts such as Vietnamese agar agar desserts, tea lattés, crème brulées and ice cream.

Green Tea Cake Recipe with Picture


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Green Tea Ice Cream Recipe Recipe

Green Tea Ice Cream Recipe

09.06.10 by Jackie

As I mentioned at the beginning of the summer, my husband Lulu decided to leave the ice cream maker on the kitchen counter to encourage us to make good use of the machine. School has started and I bet the weather is going to get cooler, so I decided to get one more use out of it before storing it away until next season.

We are huge fans of tea. Whether it's for crème brulées, cookies or making Arnold Palmers, my family just can’t get enough. I've made Earl Grey ice cream this summer and I thought it would be fun to make another ice cream out of matcha green tea.

I love combining matcha with black sesame; I think the flavors go perfectly together. So I decided to serve the scoop of ice cream with warm black sesame sauce. Aunt Danielle just introduced me to an instant black sesame product that tastes really great. I've been making my own black sesame sauce from scratch but this version saves a lot of time. The warm black sesame sauce against the cold ice cream is reminiscent of the same temperature contrast for chocolate lava cake and ice cream, which is very pleasant.


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