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Truffle . . . Um, Saturday: Nutella Truffles

Nutella truffles

I really wanted to get this post out before Christmas, since I had promised to post them “soon,” so I’m changing Truffle Tuesday to Truffle Saturday. (Since I was so successful at keeping up with Truffle Tuesdays, I know this is confusing. Ha!)

These were the gifts I made for my friends this year: rich, chocolately, hazelnutty Nutella truffles. A dozen placed in a clear plastic treat bag, tied with a beautiful ribbon, makes a thoughtful token gift. Continue reading

My 2011 Christmas Cookie List

2011 Christmas Cookies

As I mentioned last year, I make a lot of biscotti around the holidays. This year’s biscotti gifts have been baked, wrapped, and mailed. But when it came time to make my own stash of Christmas cookies, I decided to branch out a little.

For me, 2011 is the year of the shortbread. My mother has always loved short-style cookies (So we’re on the same page, “short” cookies are those that use butter and flour but no eggs.), but as a kid I perpetually turned my nose up at them. I preferred sugar cookies, bar cookies with lots of chocolate, anything chewy, gooey, and delicious. A drier, crispier shortbread was never what I was looking for.

But now that my taste buds and I have both grown up, I’ve finally awoken to the appeal of shortbreads. And now I think they’re a perfect holiday cookie. Buttery and decadent yet light and crisp, they’re the ideal partner for a hot beverage on any occasion this time of year. Continue reading

Recipe Trend: Deceptively Delicious Whole-Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies

whole-wheat chocolate chip cookies

No, I’m not trying to push health food on you. These cookies are anything but. Recipe #2 on the Savour recipe trend list, this was probably the recipe I was most looking forward to trying. Food bloggers touted their surprisingly nutty flavor, and many claimed it was the best chocolate chip cookie they’ve ever tasted. This was now their go-to recipe for chocolate chip cookies, they said. With press like that, how can you not be intrigued?

Yes, the only flour they contain is whole wheat (many other baked-goods recipes that incorporate whole-wheat flour usually only replace about 25% or so of the white flour with whole wheat). But that’s not necessarily to make them healthy. Look, you’re still putting in a cup of butter and two cups of sugar, not to mention eight ounces of chocolate, although it is the healthier dark chocolate. Face it, these cookies are more decadent than healthy any day. Continue reading

Why I Think Biscotti Are the Perfect Christmas Cookie

Biscotti

Wow, I have been so busy with my Christmas baking that I didn’t realize it’s been so long since my last post. What have I been baking? Well, I’m glad you asked!

Every year, I make batches upon batches of biscotti to give as gifts. I didn’t realize how strange this was until I tweeted about this year’s first batch of biscotti being in the oven and I received a reply along the lines of “First? How many batches do you make?” To be honest, I never actually counted, although this year, if I remember correctly, I made one regular batch and then three double batches (thanks to my fabulous new mixer, a much-appreciated early Christmas gift), for a total of seven regular batches. Plus, there’s still time for some more!

I don’t find this strange because to me, biscotti are the perfect holiday cookie. Not only is it the best cookie to enjoy with a warm beverage during the cold months of December and early January, it’s also incredibly versatile. It also keeps for what seems like forever, which is a plus when making them as gifts ahead of time. Continue reading