Posts Tagged ‘white chocolate’

White Chocolate Apple Blondies

Get ready for fall with these white chocolate, cinnamon-apple blondies. Topped with a drizzle of melted white chocolate.

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A yea ago today, I was standing in front of a crowd presenting and defending nearly 7 years of research. A part of my soul on display. And it earned me a PhD. Yes a year ago today I defended my 189 page dissertation in a 45-ish minute presentation followed by an hour of questioning in order to stamp Dr before my name. Unfortunately I have not been able to take advantage of using the title as much as I would have hoped in the past year but I’ve definitely enjoyed this unconventional time off, post-grad school.

Today is also national white chocolate day and I love white chocolate. In honor of my doctorate anniversary I decided to combine it with apples because an apple a day keeps the doctor away – unless you happen to be one and then there is no escape! That was a terrible joke, my apologies. But I will not apologize for how good these blondies are. White chocolate, chopped fresh apple and cinnamon come together to make one chewy blondie with flavors fit for the first day of fall.

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One year ago: White Chocolate-Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Sandwiches & Name Change

Three years ago: Healthier Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
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Caramelized White Chocolate Spritz Cookies

These caramelized white chocolate spritz cookies are not only amazingly delicious, they are helping to fight pediatric cancer. 

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Let’s talk about the magic that is caramelized white chocolate and how it can save kids from cancer. I already am a huge fan of white chocolate and caramelizing never is a bad thing so when first heard the term “caramelized white chocolate” I knew I had to get in on it. Other than requiring you to hover near the oven for 3 to stir every 5 minutes for 30 minutes, it is actually easy to make. All you need is some good, real white chocolate (none of that candy coating stuff), a clean rimmed baking sheet, and a spatula. And an oven of course. I actually made mine in a toaster oven! Just please, please be sure there is not a single drop of water on any of your tools. Water will cause the white chocolate to seize which is not a fun time.

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At first while melting the chocolate, it may appear a bit dry. Don’t worry! It will smooth out just have patience and don’t immediately toss it in the garbage (unless you got water in it, in which case you may want to start over). Every time you stir the chocolate around you will notice it getting creamier and tanner. After 30 minutes it will resemble peanut butter (a little darker than the pictures I have because unfortunately I forgot to take shots of the final product). Take a taste and get excited because that stuff is going into cookies!

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Not just any cookies either, cookies for kids’ cancer. Starting this month for every OXO product sold with this sticker on it,OXO will donate 25 cents in support of pediatric cancer research as part of its $100,000* pledge to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer. Look for specially marked OXO products at participating retailers near you. For more information about OXO’s involvement with Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, visit oxogoodcookies.com. To learn more about this worthy cause, visit cookiesforkidscancer.org.

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Where can you find OXO & Cookies for Kids’ Cancer on social media?

Twitter: @OXO / @Cookies4Kids
Instagram: @OXO / @Cookies4Kids
Facebook: facebook.com/OXO / facebook.com/CookiesForKidsCancer
Pinterest: pinterest.com/OXO / pinterest.com/Cookies4Kids

There is also s dedicated hashtag for this campaign to use when sharing via social media: #OXOGoodCookies

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One year ago: Pumpkin Pie Streusel Bars

Two years ago: Speculoos S’mores Cheesecake Bars

Three years ago: Baked Falafels
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Raspberry-White Chocolate Icebox Pie

Is it a pie or is it cheesecake? Whatever it is, the combination of raspberry and white chocolate is undeniable. The vanilla wafer crust is worth attention as well.

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(After I point it out, please ignore the chip in the plate pictured above. It saddens me but not enough to dispose of the plate.)

Two pies in one week, what is this madness?! But just wait this one is different. I thought that after heating up your oven making the peach pie you would not be keen to turn it on again for a prolonged period of time so how about a pie where all you have to bake is the crust? A delicious, vanilla wafer crust which blows graham cracker crusts out of the water pie. The filling requires no baking and actually reminds me more of a cheesecake than a pie. Raspberry-white chocolate cheesecake/pie or whatever you want to call it, just make it.

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One year ago: Honey Pecan Milkshakes

Two years ago: Blueberry Walnut Oatmeal Pancakes with Vanilla Maple Glaze
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Blueberry White Chocolate Brown Butter Cookies

It doesn’t get much better than a super chewy cookie. These blueberry white chocolate chip brown butter cookies are not only chewy but literally bursting with flavor.

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Big, fat, chewy cookies are back! Ever since perfecting my perfect chewy chocolate chip cookie I have only been making normal sized cookies, but when I saw Laruen’s recipe for blueberry white chocolate cookies I knew it was time to bust out the 1/4 cup scoop again. So I took my big, fat, chewy chocolate chip cookie recipe, browned the butter, and added fresh blueberries and white chocolate chips. And you know what happened? They blew my mind. These cookies were so incredibly soft and chewy that my step mom said “they don’t taste cooked” to which I replied “that’s the point!” I wish I had captured a photo of their innards so that you could fully appreciate what I am talking about. The insides were cooked just enough to not be raw and hold their form but not too much to turn them crumbly. It is unsafe for these cookies to be unguarded as I will make myself sick eating one after another, after another.

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One year ago: Potato, Squash and Goat Cheese Gratin

Three years ago: Cream Cheese Chicken Enchiladas
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USA Soccer Cake

Show off your American pride with this surprise-inside USA flag cake, decorated like a soccer ball for the World Cup. Also perfect for Memorial Day and the Fourth of July.

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Today the USA soccer team takes on Ghana for their first game in the 2014 FIFA World Cup. USA is in Group G with Ghana (obviously), Portugal and Germany. In other words we’ve got some tough teams to play. To have any hope of being one of the two teams to advance from the group, team USA must beat Ghana as they are likely the most beatable. Unfortunately, Ghana has knocked the USA out of the last two World Cups. Obviously this means it’s time for a fun cake.

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To celebrate game 1 for the USA, I originally planed to make cupcakes decorated as soccer balls but decided to take it a step further and try out my own version of a surprise-inside cake – a soccer ball decorated cake with a USA flag inside! Alternating layers of red and white cake are segmented with a round of blue cake which when cut, looks like a miniature flag. This cake would also be perfect for Memorial Day or the upcoming July 4th holiday.

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One year ago: Cinnamon-Chocolate Chip Pancakes

Three years ago: Homemade Whole Wheat Pita Bread
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Single Serving White Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Rice Krispies Treat

Get your rice krispies treat fix with this single serving recipe. Make it your own with your preferred nut-butter and mix ins. I chose white chocolate peanut butter and peanut butter cups!

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How many of you have already dug into the Easter candy? The holiday-shaped Reese’s are always my weakness, with their superior peanut butter to chocolate ratios. Just when I thought the temptation could not get any stronger, Reese’s coated these beautiful creations with white chocolate. There’s nothing I love more than PB+Choc than PB+WChoc, which lead to the birth of this rice krispies treat with a double dose of PB+WChoc. And it’s all mine!

Whip up this single serving white chocolate peanut butter rice krispie treat with a hidden white chocolate Reese’s cup in the middle and you will be the happiest person around, assuming you also love PB+WChoc – if not change it up to your preferences! It just might cause you to forget all about your imploded March Madness bracket. (Although I did win in both groups I entered upon Florida’s loss, despite Wisconsin’s loss whom I picked to win it all.)

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Two years ago: Pretzel Crusted Peanut Butter Blondies with White Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting

Three years ago: Spicy Mac and Cheese

SINGLE SERVING WHITE CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER RICE KRISPIES TREAT

Serves 1

Ingredients:

1/2 Tbsp Peanut Butter & Co.’s White Chocolate Wonderful peanut butter

1/2 Tbsp unsalted butter

2/3 cup miniature marshmallows

3/4 cup Rice Krispies puffed rice cereal

1 white chocolate Reese’s peanut butter cup (I used the Egg shape)

Directions:

  1. Lightly grease a small bowl or tupperware, set aside.
  2. In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt the peanut butter and butter. Add the marshmallows and stir until smooth. Mix in the cereal with a rubber spatula until evenly distributed.
  3. Press half the mixture into the prepared bowl. Place the Reese’s cup in the middle, top with remaining cereal mixture and press evenly. Allow to cool completely.
  4. Use a knife or small spatula to remove the treat. Enjoy!

Source: Adapted slightly from Something Swanky.

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Small Batch Green Velvet White Chocolate Chip Cookies

This small batch of 6 green velvet cookies studded with white chocolate chips tastes just like it’s cake ancestor. Perfectly green for St. Patrick’s Day or change up the color for your favorite holiday!

Green Velvet White Chocolate Chip Cookies

Not only is St. Patrick’s Day one week from tomorrow, this week (March 9-15) is National Chocolate Chip Cookie Week! However, this week is already jam-packed with St. Patrick’s Day recipes but I took the opportunity for Single Serving Sunday to combine these events into a small batch of green velvet white chocolate chip cookies. I was incredibly pleased with how well the flavor of these turned out. They taste just like red velvet in cookie form… except green. And the recipe only makes 6 regular-sized cookies or one jumbo if you’re feeling like Cookie Monster.

Just promise me you won’t wear white while making these? Food coloring and white clothing to do mix :-/.

Three years ago: Nutella Fruit Dip
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White Hot Chocolate Cupcakes

After living in Memphis for nearly 7 years I finally realized how much I am not used to cold weather anymore. Thankfully the temperatures were in the 50s and 60s over the weekend while my apartment was packed up into storage, but it promptly plummeted. Unfortunately my warmest coat is hidden away in some box because I didn’t look at the weather forecast before packing. For having a PhD I do some silly things sometimes.

This kind of weather calls from serious amounts of hot beverages and food. I say that and realize these cupcakes are not as warm as a cup of hot chocolate but they certainly will warm your heart. I’ve had White Hot Chocolate Cupcakes on my to-do list for way too long, I think since last winter. But I finally tackled them and a good thing too because they were a huge hit! People were calling dibs on the remaining last few.

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One year ago: Blackberry Swirl Meyer Lemon Curd Ice Cream
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Pass the Cook Book Club: White Chocolate Mousse with Frangelico

It’s time to pass around another cookbook! This month we picked recipes from The Silver Palate Good Times Cookbook by Sheila Lukins.

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Since Valentine’s Day is approaching (and I happened to have most of the ingredients for this recipe), I decided to make the white chocolate mousse. White chocolate is is my favorite kind of chocolate and I couldn’t deny it in mousse form. I was slightly disturbed by how many dirty dishes were created in the making of this dessert, but thankfully it was well worth it (Kita, you were right). Want to make it more festive for Valentine’s Day? Add red food coloring or top it with colorful red/white/pink sprinkles.

Want to join the fun next month? Click on over to the Facebook group page to sign up!

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One year ago: Meyer Lemon Greek Yogurt Pancakes

Two years ago: Green Monster Spinach Smoothie
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Meyer Lemon Curd Cupcakes for Two

The more I pack, the more stuff I realize I have (and wonder how more than one person could have ever survived living in this apartment). In an effort to reduce the unnecessary clutter, as is typical with packing/moving, I have a separate set of boxes that are being filled with things to donate or give away. Some of it is stuff that I have debated donating in the past but somehow convinced myself to hold on to. Just goes to show that you should trust your instincts when you cannot answer the question, “when will I need/wear this?” Of course then there are things like my highschool tennis hoodies that even though I never wear them I refuse to donate them.

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Which brings me to the items in my fridge that I cling on to because I don’t like to waste things and think that I will find some purpose for it in another recipe, only to be pushed to the back and lost. Then much later it is found without knowledge of what it was in the first place. Thankfully I found a purpose for the meyer lemon curd before it suffered the same fate – stuffed into a vanilla cupcake! Yes, I know I could’ve just eaten it straight up but that wouldn’t have been as fun because these cupcakes also happen to make just enough for two. Got any leftover frosting lying around? Perfect time to use it! I somehow did not have any so I whipped up a miniature batch of white chocolate buttercream.

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Two years ago: Broccoli Quiche

Three years ago: Pizza Dough

MEYER LEMON CURD CUPCAKES FOR TWO

Serves 2

Ingredients:

CUPCAKES

1 egg white

2 Tbsp sugar

2 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/4 cup all-purpose flour

1/4 heaping tsp baking powder

Pinch salt

1-1/2 Tbsp milk

FILLING

1-2 Tbsp meyer lemon curd

FROSTING

1 Tbsp unsalted butter, at room temperature

1/2 cup powdered sugar

1/8 tsp vanilla extract

0.5 oz. white chocolate, melted

1/2-1 tsp milk

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a muffin pan with 2 liners.
  2. In a small bowl, add egg white and sugar and whisk until combined. Add in vanilla and melted butter and stir until mixed. Add flour, baking powder and salt and stir until smooth. Stir in milk. Divide batter equally between the 2 cupcake liners.
  3. Bake at 350 for 12-16 minutes, or until cake is set. Let cool completely.
  4. While the cupcakes cool prepare the frosting: In a small bowl, cream butter with an electric mixer until fluffy, then add vanilla. Add in powdered sugar on low speed. Add in melted white chocolate and beat until incorporated. To reach desired consistency, add in milk 1/2 teaspoon at a time with mixer on low speed, until it reaches desired consistency.
  5. Using a paring knife, cut out the core of the cooled cupcakes. Fill with meyer lemon curd. Cut off the tops of the removed cored and place on top of filling. Frost and decorate with sprinkles if desired.

Source: Cupcakes and Frosting adapted from How Sweet It Is.

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