Chocolate Decadence Cookie Recipe

I am always looking for easy and rich dessert recipes to try on my family. Baking is one of my favorite things to do, but I always like to keep it simple. The best part about chocolate decadence cookies are that they look elaborate, but they are a breeze to make. If chocolate is your indulgence, these cookies will do the trick. I am a chocolate lover myself and am always looking for a cookie recipe that combines chocolate and nuts. I find this combination to be my guilty pleasure and chocolate decadence cookies have quickly become my favorite dessert.

Great With Ice Cream

Not only do I love chocolate cookies, but I also enjoy pairing them with ice cream for a filling family dessert. These chocolate decadence cookies taste great with vanilla bean ice cream. I find that making homemade ice cream to pair with these cookies only makes for tastier treat. My kids can’t get enough of the rich chocolate taste of these cookies combined with the ice cream flavor. So instead of making brownies and ice cream, I opt for chocolate decadence cookies and ice cream.

Recipe Tips

One of the best parts in this easy recipe involves the amount of flour that is required. These cookies only call for ¼ cup of flour for a whole batch. This means that the main ingredients are chocolate and walnuts. You get a rich dessert that is pretty basic to make, but full of taste. If you prefer pecans to walnuts, you can adjust the recipe accordingly. I simply begin melting the chocolate and am on my way to a delicious batch of chocolate decadence cookies that won’t last long. Just remember not to overcook these cookies, because they will not taste as delicious.

Birthday Dessert

My kids love these cookies so much that I often make them as a substitute for cake. Since they go so well with ice cream, they are a great birthday party dessert treat. If your kids love chocolate, you can try this recipe at the next birthday party and get rave reviews.

Ingredients:

1/4 cup all-purpose flour

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

1/8 teaspoon salt

8 ounces bittersweet (60% cocao) chocolate, chopped

2 tablespoons butter

2 large eggs

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

6 ounces bittersweet chocolate chips

2 cups walnuts, coarsely chopped

Instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 350?F. Position racks in the upper and lower thirds of the oven.

2. Combine the flour, baking powder, and salt in a small bowl and mix together thoroughly with a whisk. Set aside.

3. Place the 8 ounces of chocolate and the butter in a large heatproof bowl set directly in a wide skillet of barely simmering water. Stir frequently just until melted and smooth. Remove the chocolate from the skillet and set it aside. Leave the heat on under the skillet.

4. In a medium heatproof bowl, whisk the eggs, sugar, and vanilla together thoroughly. Set the bowl in the skillet and stir until the mixture is lukewarm to the touch. Stir the egg mixture into the warm (not hot) chocolate. Stir in the flour mixture, then the chocolate chips and nuts.

5. Scoop slightly rounded tablespoons of batter and place 1 1/2 inches apart onto parchment lined cookie sheets. Bake for 12 to 14 minutes, until the surface of the cookie looks dry and set and the centers are still gooey. Rotate the sheets from top to bottom and from front to back halfway through the baking time to ensure even baking. Slide the parchment paper off the cookie sheets and onto racks to cool. Allow the cookies to cool completely before storing. May be kept in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Easy Christmas Cookie Recipes – One Recipe with Many Variations

There are so many Christmas cookie recipes around but often so little time to bake during the busy holiday season.

The solution? A great tasting basic cookie recipe that quickly and easily turns into such a variety of easy to make Christmas treats, friends and family will think you poured over all your favorite Christmas cookie recipes.

Let’s start with the basics.

Basic Cookie Dough Recipe

1/2 cup (or 1 stick) butter (or margarine) at room temperature

1/2 cup brown sugar, lightly packed

2 tablespoons sugar

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1 large egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients except the flour. Beat with an electric mixer, scraping the sides of the bowl several times, until the mixture is light and fluffy. With mixer at a low speed, add the flour gradually, beating just until everything is well blended.

Place the mixture on a baking sheet using a tablespoon measure and press down with a spoon to flatten a bit. Or roll our and cut into shapes with a cookie cutter. Bake at 350ºF for about 12 to 15 minutes, until golden.

This basic cookie mixture is also the base for the following cookie recipes (all baked in a preheated oven at 350ºF).

Orange Cookies

(Makes about 32)

Add 1 tablespoon of grated orange zest to the recipe. Shape into a log that is about 1 1/2″ in diameter and refrigerate for 4 hours.

Slice dough into 1/4″ thick slices. Place on cookie sheet. Cookies can be decorated with candies, rolled in colored sugar, or cut into pretty holiday shapes before baking. Bake in preheated oven for 12-15 minutes, until lightly browned.

Cherry Coconut Chocolate Squares

(Makes about 54 squares)

In addition to the basic dough you will need:

1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

3 large eggs

1 1/2 cups granulated sugar

1 teaspoon almond extract

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

3 cups flaked coconut

1/2 cup maraschino cherries, well drained and coarsely chopped

Line a 13″x9″ baking pan with foil.

Stir cocoa powder into basic dough mixture. Press evenly into the prepared pan. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until the crust looks dry.

In a medium bowl whisk together eggs, sugar, almond extract and baking powder until well blended. Stir in coconut and cherries. Pour over the baked crust.

Bake for 30-35 minutes, until top just begins to brown and a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool in the pan on a wire rack. Lift it out on to a cutting board using the foil ends and cut into 1 1/2″ squares. Squares can be stored in an airtight container for up to 3 weeks.

Coconut Pineapple Cookies

(Makes about 36)

In addition to the basic dough you will need:

1 1/2 cups sweetened flaked coconut

1/3 cup pineapple preserves (use raspberry or apricot if you prefer)

Add 1 cup of the flaked coconut to the basic dough mixture and mix well. Shape the dough into 1 1/2″ balls and roll in the remaining coconut to coat them. Place the balls 1″ apart on lightly greased cookie sheets. Make a deep indentation in the center of each cookie with your fingertip.

Bake for 12-15 minutes until the cookie is firm and the coconut is lightly toasted. When cooled, fill each hole in the center of the cookies with the preserves.

You can vary this basic dough to make a wide variety of Christmas cookie recipes. Add other flavorings like maple, ginger or cinnamon. Add chopped dried fruits like apricots or dates. Or bake them plain in holiday shapes and decorate with colored icing.

Christmas is such a wonderful time of year. Here’s hoping these quick and easy Christmas cookie recipes help keep the pressure off the cook.

How to Make The Best Sugar Cookie Recipes Which Wow Everyone

Cookie baking is fun – particularly when you have simple and easy to bake sugar cookie recipes to follow. But the most enjoyable aspect is the decorating. This is what turns a plain ordinary cookie into an edible work of art. You really are limited only by your imagination.

The first step of course is to make the cookies. There is no creaming butter and sugar involved. The dough is worked in a food processor. Nothing could be easier.

Ingredients you will need:

9 oz / 280 g /2 ½ cups plain / all-purpose flour

5 ½ oz / 170g unsalted butter, chopped

Pinch salt

3 tablespoons caster / superfine sugar

2 egg yolks beaten with 4 tablespoons ice-cold water

Preheat the oven to 400oF / 200oC. Line two baking sheets with parchment or baking paper.

In the bowl of a food processer, process the flour and butter until it resembles coarse crumbs. Add the salt and sugar and process again until just combined, being careful not to overprocess the mixture.

With the motor still running, add the egg yolk mixture and process using the pulse button until it forms a glossy ball.

Remove from processer, wrap in plastic wrap and chill in the fridge for 30 minutes.

Remove from the fridge and divide the mixture into smaller portions for rolling. While rolling one portion, keep the remainder refrigerated. Roll the dough out to a ¼ inch / 6 mm thickness. Using cutters, cut out shapes, placing the cutters as close to the edges as possible to minimise the number of times you re-roll the dough. Repeat with the remaining dough, then combine all the leftover dough and re-roll.

Place onto the baking sheets allowing room for spreading and bake for 10-15 minutes or until a golden color.

Remove them from the oven and leave on the baking sheets for 2-3 minutes before lifting them onto wire racks to cool.

Allow to cool completely before icing and decorating.

Now comes the fun part, icing and decorating. Glace icing is perfect for this sugar cookie recipe. It can be drizzled over the top or piped into simple designs.

This glace icing recipe is sufficient to ice 24 cookies.

1 cup icing / confectioners sugar

A few drops of vanilla essence

1 tablespoon of hot water

A few drops of food coloring (if required)

Sift the icing sugar into a bowl then add the vanilla essence. Gradually stir in the hot water until the mixture is the consistency of thick cream. Add the water a few drops at a time until you have the desired consistency. If you find you have added too much water and the icing is too runny, simply add more icing sugar.

Spoon a little icing into the centre, then using the back of the spoon, spread out to cover the entire cookie. Glace icing sets very quickly, so if you are adding other decorations, you will need to work quickly before the icing sets.

Glace icing is also extremely versatile. It is perfect for feathering and drizzling.

To create a feathered effect, cover the cookie with icing as above, then pipe several straight parallel lines of icing in a contrasting color across the top. Take a toothpick and draw lines in the opposite direction, gently dragging the color through the icing.

Alternatively, pipe lines of icing, or, if you want to be adventurous, pipe designs over the tops of your cookies.

Really, the possibilities are endless.

Having a large collection of sugar cookie recipes that you can decorate in creative ways is great fun.

Lemon Tuiles Cookie Recipe

The lemon Tuiles cookie recipe is another exquisite French creation. This delicate cookie is lemon flavored and resembles a thin curved potato chip in shape! These cookies are great for tea parties or a brunch!

Ingredients

3 egg whites

1/4 cup salted butter, melted

2 teaspoons finely shredded lemon peel

1/4 teaspoon lemon extract

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

Hardware

Medium bowl

Small microwave safe bowl

Cookie sheet

Parchment paper

Rolling pin

Mixer

Step 1: In a medium bowl, let egg whites stand at room temperature for 30 minutes.

Step 2: In a small microwave safe bowl, melt butter on medium setting in microwave oven.

Step 3: Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper; set aside.

Step 4: Add lemon peel and lemon extract to melted butter and combine; set aside.

Step 5: After egg whites have set for 30 minutes, beat them with an electric mixer set at medium speed until soft peaks form.

Step 6: Gradually add the sugar, beating on high until stiff peaks form.

Step 7: Fold in about half of the flour.

Step 8: Gently fold in the butter mixture.

Step 9: Fold in remaining flour until combined.

Step 10: Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Step 11: For each cookie, drop a level tablespoon of batter onto the prepared cookie sheet (bake only 3-4 cookies at a time). Spread batter into 3 inch circles.

Step 12: When cookies are baking drape a piece of parchment paper over the top of a rolling pin.

Step 13: Bake for 5-7 minutes or until cookies are golden brown around edges. Using a wide spatula, immediately remove cookies and drape over the prepared rolling pin (place cookies with the side that was against the cookie sheet against the rolling pin). Cool cookies on rolling pin until cookies hold shape; carefully slide off rolling pin to a cooling surface.

The lemon Tuiles cookie recipe makes 24 wafers.

For more information on baking procedures and hardware used in this recipe see our Baking Tips section.

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