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Chocolate Sandwich Cookies February 7, 2013

Filed under: Desserts,Recipes,Valentines — admin @ 4:49 pm

Chocolate Sandwich Cookies

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 12 minutes

Yield: 36

Serving Size: 1

Calories per serving: 134

Fat per serving: 8g

Chocolate Sandwich Cookies

Ingredients

  • COOKIES:
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 15 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature, cut into cubes
  • FILLING:
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted
  • Red food coloring

Instructions

  1. Make cookies: Arrange racks on bottom and top thirds of oven; preheat to 350ºF. Line two baking sheets with parchment. In a bowl, using an electric mixer on low speed, combine sugar, flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt. Gradually add butter; slowly increase mixer speed to medium. Mixture will look crumbly at first, but continue mixing for about 8 minutes and it will come together in large clumps.
  2. Transfer dough to a well-floured work surface and knead briefly, then press into a small rectangle. Cut dough in half. Working with one piece at a time, roll dough to 1/4-inch thickness. Using a 1 1/2-inch round cutter, cut circles. Gather up scraps, reroll and cut as many cookies as possible. Transfer them to baking sheets.
  3. Bake cookies for 6 minutes, then rotate pans (top to bottom and front to back) and bake 6 minutes longer. Remove baking sheets from oven and place on wire racks for a few minutes to cool before transferring cookies to racks to cool completely. Repeat with remaining dough.
  4. Make filling: In a large bowl, using an electric mixer on high speed, beat butter until light and fluffy. Reduce the speed to low and gradually add salt and confectioners' sugar. Add food coloring, drop by drop, until filling takes on desired pink hue. Transfer filling to a pastry bag. Pipe filling onto half the cookies, then sandwich them together with remaining cookies.

Notes

Adapted from: All You February 2013

http://blog.eternal-hopes.com/chocolate-sandwich-cookies/

 

Chocolate Marble Cake February 7, 2013

Filed under: Desserts,Recipes,Valentines — admin @ 4:43 pm

Chocolate Marble Cake

Yield: 8

Chocolate Marble Cake

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cups cake flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup plain, whole-milk yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons whole milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon instant-coffee powder
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • Sprinkles, optional

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325ºF. Mist a 9-by-5-inch loaf pan with cooking spray. In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt. In a separate small bowl, whisk yogurt, milk and vanilla.
  2. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer on medium-high speed, beat butter with sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Beat in eggs one at a time, beating well after each and scraping down side of bowl. Reduce speed to low. Add half of flour mixture, then yogurt mixture, then remaining flour mixture, beating after each addition until nearly combined. Remove 1/3 of batter (about 1 cup) to a medium bowl.
  3. Pour 1/4 cup boiling water into a small bowl. Whisk in cocoa and coffee powder until smooth; let cool slightly. Add to batter in medium bowl; stir to combine.
  4. Alternate spoonfuls of vanilla and chocolate batters in loaf pan. Draw a knife through batters for a marbled effect. Bake cake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, about 50 minutes. Cool on rack for 15 minutes, then remove from pan and cool completely.
  5. Place cream in a microwavable cup or bowl. Microwave until hot, about 25 seconds. Add chocolate chips. Let stand for 2 minutes; stir until smooth. Let cool to warm room temperature (icing should still be pour-able). Drizzle icing over cake, letting it drip down sides. Top with sprinkles, if desired. Let stand until icing has set.

Notes

Adapted from: All You February 2013

http://blog.eternal-hopes.com/chocolate-marble-cake/

 

52 Week Money Saving Challenge – Update February 6, 2013

Filed under: Money — admin @ 4:21 pm

Back on January 3rd I had posted the 52 week money saving challenge, I just currently deposited week 6 into my savings account. Has anyone else been doing this? I’d like to know.

52weekmoneychallenge

 

Valentine Fonts February 4, 2013

Filed under: Fonts,Valentines — admin @ 3:29 pm

I’ve listed some of my favorite Valentine fonts. I hope you like them.

topvalentinefonts

  1. I Love What You Do!!
  2. Love and Passion
  3. Vanessas Valentine
  4. Loving You
  5. Lover Boy
  6. Love You Too
  7. Hey Cutie
  8. Loveness
  9. Sweethearts
  10. Romantically Yours
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