Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes

July 19, 2010 at 4:46 am (Chocolate, Cupcakes, Vanilla)

This time around I was looking for a nice balance – some chocolate but not *all* chocolate.  And since I found this recipe while looking for the spritz cookies last week I was completely set on what to make this week.  Loves to Eat picked up the recipe from Annie’s Eats, and it was absolutely fabulous.

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Hazelnut Spritz Cookies

July 19, 2010 at 3:58 am (Chocolate, Cookies, Hazelnut)

So after the matcha cupcakes I was craving a bit of chocolate and these looked like just the thing.

I’m not going to be posting the recipe since I did absolutely nothing to it, and there are no pictures from me on this one or the next two – they happened before I decided to start the blog ^^.

Sadly I didn’t have a star tip big enough to pipe these – mine was about half the size I would have needed, and there was no way the dough was fitting though the tip I had.  So I decided to make them into roughly circular balls instead of the much more attractive piped cookies from delicious days as one of the commenters did.  I feel like the original cookie would have cookies more evenly – the balls were a bit softer in the center and crisper on the edges. I might try making these again for a holiday event, but they’ll never be my favorite cookie.  There wasn’t a lot of sweetening with the chocolate and even though I chose to dip them in milk rather than dark chocolate I still felt like the overall chocolate taste was pretty dark.  Personally I prefer milk chocolates, so the dark chocolate taste just didn’t suit me.  The hazelnut really added a lot to the cookie though – I just chopped them as finely as possible and left it at that – I liked the slightly chunky effect that gave, but if you don’t think you would make sure to actually grind the hazelnuts.  If I do make it again I might try substituting hot cocoa powder/sweetened cocoa for the unsweetened.


Reviews were generally positive but not glowing – many people commented that the cookie would go great with coffee – it was a bit dry even though it does indeed “melt in your mouth” as claimed.  They did garner two “definitely keep the recipe” reviews, but on the whole I doubt I’ll be making it often – not because it was bad at all but because of the type of cookie I prefer.  The odd texture was definitely a point people raised – it was finally decided that it’s somewhere between a truffle and a cookie and was thus coined a “trookie” or a “cuffle”.

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Matcha Cupcakes

July 17, 2010 at 4:25 am (Cupcakes, Flavors, Matcha)

So for my first foray into coworker-testing I decided to make matcha (green tea) cupcakes.  I started off really wanting to make this recipe from chockylit.  Unfortunately for me…it was June.  Pomegranate season is October-January so June was definitely not an opportune time for that recipe.  Instead I ended up pooling a number of different recipes to make Matcha Cupcakes with a Matcha Frosting and Chocolate Shavings .

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July 17, 2010 at 3:17 am (Uncategorized)

Despite the plethora of baking blogs out there I’ve decided to throw mine into the fray.  I usually make about 1 recipe/week and then inflict them on my coworkers (usually Mondays – nothing starts a week better than sugar!)  While I usually will be using a recipe from other blogs I’ll be detailing my experiences and thought on future adulterations here.

If nothing else this should provide a personal record of what I’ve made and how it turned out – but hopefully it can be of some use to other people too ^^

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