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Coffee Sugar Cookies Dipped in Chocolate

Coffee Sugar Cookies Dipped in Chocolate | Pale YellowIt’s 10 p.m. Sunday night and I’m laying in my bed writing this post.  I think I write 80% of my posts from bed, so this is not unusual.  What is unusual is the fact that I’m still in my pajamas, the pajamas I wore last night!  That’s right, I have not left my apartment today, I haven’t even unlocked the deadbolt. Needless to say, I had little motivation to put on clean clothes, especially since I’m dropping off my laundry tomorrow.

Coffee Sugar Cookies Dipped in Chocolate | Pale YellowSince I feel overwhelmed with work and grad school and some semblance of a social life, I have been considering hiring a housekeeper.  Nothing major, such someone to come once awhile to do the big cleaning jobs that I lack the motivation and time to complete like cleaning my filthy blinds and dusting behind the furniture.  However, that seems like an over-privileged thing to do, I should be able to clean up after myself properly.  So I compromised my time and decided to pay for drop-off laundry service, it’s a lovely decadence!  I pack all of my dirty towels, clothes, and sheets in a bag, drop it off before work, and it is perfectly folded for me to take home by the time work is done.  #SweetLife

Coffee Sugar Cookies Dipped in Chocolate | Pale YellowIt sounds lazy, but I’m seriously exhausted.  Usually summer is a period of relaxation, but summer 2014 felt like a never ending roller-coaster of travel, school, work, and emotion.  I’m not complaining and do not regret a thing, it’s just that I’m slamming into fall like a it’s a brick wall and I’m really feeling the effects.  I was not unproductive today; I made and canned tomato soup & tomatillo salsa, reorganized the kitchen, read a book, talked to my mom, and made a healthy dinner, I just didn’t leave the house.  It sounds lazy, but they day went by so fast, I need more hours!  There is always grad work to do…

Coffee Sugar Cookies Dipped in Chocolate | Pale YellowAnyway, I made these cookies on a day I not only left the house, but I drove across the great state of Michigan!  On my journey I stopped and spend the night with Stacey to check out her new house.  It’s a perfect single lady house and I wanted to bring her something.  Enter these cookies – chocolate and coffee are two of Stacey’s favorite things, so why not combine them!  The cookies are easy, tasty, and more delicate than the cookies I usually bake.  These are a perfect afternoon pick-me-up: sugar, caffeine, and chocolate – delightful!Coffee Sugar Cookies Dipped in Chocolate | Pale Yellow

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Coffee Sugar Cookies dipped in Chocolate

Adapted from I Am Baker

Yield – 18 cookies

 

1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature

3/4 cup sugar

1 egg

1 tablespoon fresh ground coffee

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1 cup flour

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup bittersweet chocolate chips

1 tablespoon shortening

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 ˚F and line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer with a paddle attachment cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.  Beat in the egg, vanilla, and coffee.
  3. Add the baking powder, cinnamon, and salt and mix until just combined.  Scrape the bowl as needed.  Add the flour and mix on low until all the flour is incorporated.
  4. Use a 2-tablespoon scoop to portion the dough on the cookie sheets.
  5. Dip a small glass in sugar and gently press down on each cookie to flatten.
  6. Bake for 8-10 or until the cookies just begin to brown.  Move to a cooling rack and let cool completely before dipping.
  7. Add the chocolate chips and shortening to a microwave safe bowl and microwave in 20 second intervals.  Stir at each interval and heat until the chocolate chips are melted and smooth.
  8. Dip half of each cookie in the chocolate and return to the cooling rack.  Let the chocolate harden before storing.Coffee Sugar Cookies Dipped in Chocolate | Pale Yellow

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Peanut Butter Chip Ritz Carlton Chocolate Chip Cookies

Peanut Butter Chip Ritz Carlton Chocolate Chip Cookies | Pale Yellow

With less than two hours left in this day, it’s going to be a short post.  I decided to finish watching Oz last night instead of blogging or doing work for grad school and that decision may have repercussions later in the month, but it was the right decision at the time.  Oz was a fantastic series; violent, full of nudity, and disturbing, yet it still provided hope and reminded you of the goodness in the worst types of people.  There was a point near then end where I was sobbing, but I made it through.  The ending was appropriate with enough surprises to make it interesting.  If you have Amazon Prime and don’t mind a lot of man-bits flopping around, definitely watch Oz!

Peanut Butter Chip Ritz Carlton Chocolate Chip Cookies | Pale YellowCookies.  After avoiding doughs that required overnight refrigerating because I lack patience, I’m all over it now.  Make the dough one day, clean it all up, and flop it in the fridge.  The next day is a breeze to preheat, scoop, and bake.  I was wandering the baking aisle at Meijer and found peanut butter stuffed chocolate chips and immediately purchased them.  Why not through them in cookies?

Peanut Butter Chip Ritz Carlton Chocolate Chip Cookies | Pale YellowThese cookies are:

Tender and chewy.

Sweet and chocolatly.

Easy and delicious.

Peanut Butter Chip Ritz Carlton Chocolate Chip Cookies | Pale YellowThey were eaten in record time with all my family around!  Make some for your family too!

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Peanut Butter Chip Ritz Carlton Chocolate Chip Cookies

Adapted from Cookies and Cups

Yield – 4 dozen 2-tablespoon cookies

 

2 cups unsalted butter, room temperature

3/4 cup + 1 tablespoon brown sugar

3/4 cup + 1 tablespoon white sugar

2 eggs

1/2 tablespoon vanilla

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

2 3/4 cups flour

1 bag peanut butter filled chocolate chips

1 cup bittersweet chocolate chips

sea salt for sprinkling

  1. Cream together the butter and sugars in the bowl of a stand mixer with a paddle attachment for 2 minutes until light and creamy.
  2. Beat in the eggs, vanilla, salt, and baking soda.
  3. Add in the flour until just combined and then fold in the chocolate chips.
  4. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  5. Preheat the oven to 350 ˚F and line your cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  6. Use a 2-tablespoon scoop to portion the dough on the cookie sheet.  Sprinkle each with sea salt.
  7. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the edges just begin to brown.
  8. Let cool completely before storing.Peanut Butter Chip Ritz Carlton Chocolate Chip Cookies | Pale Yellow

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Salted Caramel Chocolate Hazelnut Chip Cookies – SRC

Chocolate Hazelnut Chocolate Chip Cookies | Pale YellowDespite a week without posts, it has not been a week without baking, there is a rarely a week without baking! I worked at what I’ve been calling DNA camp for the past week and it’s fantastic to be with students again.  I appreciate the ridiculousness of high school students so much!  The boys who don’t take lunch until 2 because they loose all focus after eating so their teacher pushes hard in the morning and the girl who takes charge like a full-fledged adult, not a 16-year-old, make my day.  I wanted to make them a treat, because teenagers love treats!

Chocolate Hazelnut Chocolate Chip Cookies | Pale YellowAs of right now, I’m on my way to Michigan and I don’t know what to anticipate.  I want to spend as much time with family and not over- or even extend myself.  There will need to be some quiet time.  Hopefully I’ll get my head back in the blogging game and churn out some recipes and posts.  No work, no grad school, no excuses!

Chocolate Hazelnut Chocolate Chip Cookies | Pale YellowOne way I’m getting back into the game is my membership into the Secret Recipe Club.  It’s a neat way to discover new blogs, meet online friends, and share the blogging love!
Secret Recipe ClubMy first assignment is to create a recipe from Jenny’s lovely blog – Jenny’s Cookbook.  While looking for something to make I first thought about the pickled green beans because I have tons of green beans in my fridge that I don’t know what to do with.  But then I found this, and immediately went searching for a use!  Salted caramel + chocolate + hazelnut is a home run in flavor town!  Click on the link below visit more sites and recipes.

Chocolate Hazelnut Chocolate Chip Cookies | Pale YellowThese are good cookies – perfectly soft and chewy.  Adding chocolate spread makes the cookies moist and creates a lovely texture.  And the addition of chocolate chips takes the cookies over the top, always add chocolate chips, I feel like I should have added more!  This is a super easy cookie to whip up with just a bowl and spoon sure to bring a smile to anyone’s face!Chocolate Hazelnut Chocolate Chip Cookies | Pale Yellow

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Salted Caramel Chocolate Hazelnut Chip Cookies

Adapted from Jenny’s Cookbook

Yield – 2 dozen 2-tablespoon cookies

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup salted caramel chocolate hazelnut spread, or Nutella
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/3 cup flour
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
sea salt for sprinkling
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 ˚F and line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Add the butter and sugar to a bowl and mix with a wooden spoon until light and creamy.  Mix in the spread, egg, and vanilla.  Make sure to mix until well combined.
  3. Stir in the powder, soda, and salt.  Add the flour and mix until barely combined and then stir in the chips.
  4. Use a 2-tablespoon scoop to portion the batter on the cookie sheet.  The cookies spread, so leave plenty of space between cookies.
  5. Sprinkle each cookie with sea salt.
  6. Bake for 10-12 minute or until just set.  Let cool 5 minutes on the cookie sheet before moving to a wire rack to cool completely.Chocolate Hazelnut Chocolate Chip Cookies | Pale Yellow

 

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Brownie Ice Cream Sandwiches

Mint Brownie Ice Cream Sandwiches | Pale YellowLately I’ve been wondering how much longer I can keep this blog going.  I’ve been reading food blogs for several years and had wanted to start my own for awhile.  When I finished my master’s degree, I knew it was time!  I had this teaching thing under control and had free time from not being in class, reading, and writing.  I surprised myself by being able to churn out three recipes a week to photograph, edit, type up, and publish.  It has always been a lot of work, but it’s been enjoyable; my hobby, my commitment, something to challenge myself.

Mint Brownie Ice Cream Sandwiches | Pale YellowNow that I’m back in grad school, working full time, and working extra hours, I just don’t know if I can swing everything.  I want to keep blogging, I still enjoy it; it’s just become one more thing on my massive to-do list.  Maybe I’ll do one recipe a week and one WILTW, I don’t know.  It just feels sad that I might not be continuing something I’ve worked so hard to build the last two and half years.  Besides school or work, this blog is the only thing I have ever truly committed to, and it’s just for me, because I want it.

Mint Brownie Ice Cream Sandwiches | Pale YellowHow many things do you do just for yourself?  Yes, I want readers and followers and bake most of the treats for others, but the whole process of blogging requires a lot of alone time and dedication.  I enjoy being apart of the blogging community and having invisible internet friends.  I like how much I’ve grown as a baker, photographer, writer, and social-media navigator.  I just wish I had about three more hours everyday.

Mint Brownie Ice Cream Sandwiches | Pale YellowRegardless of how I feel about blogging, you should make these ice cream sandwiches.  One – they are super easy, two – you could customize with any flavor of extract and ice cream your heart desires, and three – they are delicious!  The brownie is rich and chocolaty and the ice cream is cold and creamy; a perfect summer treat.  I went the mint route because you can’t go wrong with chocolate + mint, but I imagine there are endless possibilities.  Please, make this happen!Mint Brownie Ice Cream Sandwiches | Pale Yellow

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Brownie Ice Cream Sandwiches

Adapted from Smitten Kitchen

Yield – 10 sandwiches

3 ounces unsweetened chocolate

8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter

1 cup sugar

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla or mint extract

1/2 teaspoon salt

2/3 cup flour

2 1/2 – 3 cups ice cream (I used mint chocolate chip)

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 ˚F and line 2 8×8” pans with parchment paper, liberally grease the parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Melt the butter and chocolate in a bowl over a double boiler, stir until it is all melted.  Stir in the sugar and the eggs, one at a time.  Mix in the extract.
  3. Add the flour and salt and mix until just combined.
  4. Divide the batter evenly between the two prepared pans and spread with an offset spatula.
  5. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until the brownies are set.
  6. Let cool completely on a wire rack.
  7. Let the ice cream soften slightly and then use a standard ice cream scoop to portion the ice cream on one brownie.  I used 5 scoops, but you could use more.  Press the second brownie one top.  The parchment paper is an excellent tool for moving the brownie slabs around.
  8. Return to the freezer to harden.  Cut into pieces with a hot, dry knife.  Wrap in parchment paper and store in the fridge.Mint Brownie Ice Cream Sandwiches | Pale Yellow

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Chocolate Cookies with Pretzels, Caramel, and White Chocolate Chips

chocolate cookies with pretzels, caramel, and white chocolate | Pale YellowI’m sitting in Starbucks on a beautiful Sunday afternoon writing a paper.  Or at least trying to write a paper.  So far I’ve texted a bunch of people, checked Facebook 12 times, looked at my classmates’ papers to see how they use APA properly instead of looking up an actual APA manual, and pre-ordered two cookbooks from Amazon.  I’ve contemplated emailing my professors asking for an extension because *tear* I’ve been on vacation in Aruba for a week and now I don’t know if I can get my paper done by Tuesday.

chocolate cookies with pretzels, caramel, and white chocolate | Pale YellowI know.  I’m whining and need a smack in my privileged face.  I am so fortunate to have a career that allows me time off to travel and supports my lifestyle choices.  I am fortunate that I can continue my education in a program that has so far excited, engaged, and challenged me.  I am fortunate to have the luxury of free time to blog and write papers and grocery shop at my leisure.  Done whining, I just gave myself a little face slap.  And I finished two paragraphs of my paper.

chocolate cookies with pretzels, caramel, and white chocolate | Pale YellowTo continue the theme of privilege, when I was in Costa Rica three weeks ago (yep, that happened too), my amazing landlords moved my car for me the whole week.  I live in a neighborhood where street parking is not allowed on the weekends and there are two days of alternate side during the week.  They moved my car on and off the lawn as needed and made sure I didn’t get a ticket;  I am very fortunate to live where I do with these people.  Needless to say, they needed a big thank you.

chocolate cookies with pretzels, caramel, and white chocolate | Pale YellowCookies are always an appreciated thank you gift.  The youngest boy immediately took the plate to the couch and started chowing down!  I’m not surprised, the cookies are soft and chewy, chocolatey and crunchy.  The coca adds depths of flavor and the caramel and white chocolate chips adds interest.  And there’s pretzels, you can’t go wrong with pretzels in your cookies.  You should make these cookies as a perfect thank you to some who deserves appreciating or just a thank you to yourself for being awesome.chocolate cookies with pretzels, caramel, and white chocolate | Pale YellowPrint the Recipe!

Chocolate Cookies with Pretzels, Caramel, & White Chocolate
Adapted from Barbara Bakes
Yield – 2 dozen 2” cookies

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup flour
1/3 cup dark cocoa powder
3/8 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup caramel bits
1/2 cup chopped chocolate covered pretzels
1/4 cup white chocolate chips

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 ˚F and line your cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Cream the butter and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer with a paddle attachment for 2-3 minutes or until pale yellow.
  3. Beat in the vanilla and egg until well incorporated.  Scrape the bowl as needed.
  4. Add the flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt; mix on low until just barely combined.  Add the caramel, pretzels, and chocolate chips. Mix until combined.
  5. Use a 2-tablespoon scoop to portion the dough on the parchment paper, leave about 2” of space between each cookie.
  6. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until just set.  Let cool completely on a wire rack before storing.

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Dirty Hairy Monkey Cocktail

Dirty Hairy Monkey Cocktail | Pale YellowIn Costa Rica there was a lot of drinking, when it’s free, there is no reason to go for it.  We made our own sangria at lunch from wine and fruit, had pre-dinner cocktails, wine with dinner, and our post-dinner toast.  But the best drinking moments took place at the swim up bar.  Every pool should have a swim up bar.

Dirty Hairy Monkey Cocktail | Pale YellowWhen you’re enjoying happy hour in a pool, fruity cocktails are a must! Whether you fancy mojitos, daiquiris, margaritas, or pina coladas, your drink should be cold, colorful, and delicious.  Sometimes the drinks weren’t very strong, but there is an easy fix – “strawberry daiquiri con mucho rum, mucho, mucho rum!”

Cocktail Time | Pale YellowAwesome Spanish aside, there was a “drink-of-the-day” at the resort.  One of the drinks was called a dirty monkey.  I think it was called a dirty monkey, honestly I can’t remember and I kept calling it a hairy monkey.  No matter, I Googled the cocktail stateside and made my own adjustments.

Dirty Hairy Monkey Cocktail | Pale YellowThis doesn’t take exactly like what I had in Costa Rica, but close enough!  Cold, fruity, strong, and a slight hint of banana and chocolate.  The only way to improve the cocktail is to drink it in a pool instead of at the table while working on homework.  Boo to homework, yay to dirty, hairy monkeys!

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Dirty Hairy Monkey Cocktail
Adapted from Monkey Ball
Yield – 1 drink

1 part dark rum
1 part light rum
1 part banana schnapps
1 part kahlua
6-7 ice cubes
chocolate syrup + banana for garnish

  1. Add the rums, schnapps, kahlua, and ice to a blender.  Blend until smooth.
  2. Coat the inside of a glass with chocolate syrup and pour the drink inside.
  3. Garnish with a banana slice and enjoy responsibly

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S’more Rice Krispy Treats

S'more Rice Krispy Treats | Pale YellowI’ve spent the past three days at the Bronx Zoo and am there again today for graduate school.  Despite all the learning, fun, and viewing of baby sea lions & lemurs, I’m exhausted.  Class gets over at 3:30 and I have a lot of energy that slowing dissipates over my hour-plus drive home.  Saturday I was pumped to go out and be social but after eating a lobster roll, I rode my bike home at quarter to eight to drink wine and go to bed because I was just too tired!  But hey, at least I’m still able to post!

S'more Rice Krispy Treats | Pale YellowThere is this little boy I know who turned two and is renowned and loved by all who meet him.  I was fortunate enough to be in attendance at his second birthday; it was great fun with pizza, a Thomas cake, and adorable decorations.  “Choo, choo, I’m two!”

S'more Rice Krispy Treats | Pale YellowObviously I wanted to bring a treat, but I wanted one that didn’t require an oven.  I also wanted something that was easy; it’s summertime, we all need a break from complicated desserts.  A quick browse through my Pinterest boards brought me here.  Bonus – mini blowtorch required!

S'more Rice Krispy Treats | Pale YellowNot only are these treats easy, they are super tasty.  I don’t think I’ll be able to go back to plain rice krispy treats now that I’ve had a chocolate version, chocolate for everyone!  Any recipe that requires two bags of mini marshmallows is a winner and has plenty of sweetness.  The treats are soft and chewy with a decadent topping.  This is a perfect recipe for any summer event!S'more Rice Krispy Treats | Pale Yellow

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S’more Rice Krispy Treats
Adapted from Foodie Crush
Yield – a million little pieces (or about 48)

4 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 10-ounce bags mini marshmallows, divided
1 12-ounce bag semi-sweet chocolate chips, divided
1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 sleeve graham crackers, crushed and divided
5 cups rice krispy cereal

  1. Cover a 9×13” pan with foil, spray the foil liberally (very liberally, trust me!) with cooking spray.  Set aside.
  2. Add the butter to a large saucepan to melt.  Stir in 1 1/2 bags of mini marshmallows.  Stir and heat until all the marshmallows are melted.
  3. Turn off the heat and stir in about 1 cup of chocolate chips.  Stir until the chocolate is melted.
  4. Crush the graham crackers into medium-fine crumbs and stir in one cup into the marshmallow-chocolate mixture.  Stir in the salt and vanilla.
  5. Add the cereal and lightly toss until all the cereal is coated. Press evenly into the prepared pan.
  6. Use a piece of wax paper to spread the mixture evenly in the pan.  Sprinkle the remaining graham crackers over the top.  Evenly sprinkle the remaining chocolate chips over the graham crackers.
  7. Sprinkle the rest of the mini marshmallows over the top.  Use a mini blowtorch to toast and melt the marshmallows.  Or, if you’re uncool and don’t have a mini blowtorch, use the broiler.
  8. Let cool complete before cutting and serving.S'more Rice Krispy Treats | Pale Yellow

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