Alexis’s Brown Sugar Chocolate Chip Cookies

Yesterday I made – perhaps – the best chocolate chip cookies I’ve ever had – not counting my own of course Ha! – so I decided that I HAD to share the recipe with you all. The recipe comes straight from the Queen herself – Martha Stewart. The story goes, her daughter Alexis, didn’t like her Mom’s chocolate chip cookies – thought they needed more brown sugar. Martha went into the kitchen and developed these. Fabulous! You can Google these for Martha’s original recipe. The recipe that follows has my additions – or subtractions – from the original. My recipe fits my taste buds. Extra pure vanilla extract, longer bake time, etc.


Alexis’s Brown Sugar Chocolate Chip Cookies

1 pound (4 4oz sticks) unsalted butter, softened
3 cups light brown sugar, lightly packed
1 cup white granulated sugar
4 large eggs
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons baking soda
3 1/2 cups white all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips, coated in 1 tablespoon white all-purpose flour

Start by preheating your oven to 375 degrees F. Line several baking sheets with parchment paper. For these – only three cookies will fit on your typical baking sheet – so you may need to work in batches. 

In a large bowl cream together the soft unsalted butter, light brown sugar and white granulated sugar until light in color and fluffy in texture. 

Beat in the large eggs. Add pure vanilla extract, salt and baking soda. Combine. 

Gently fold in the white all-purpose flour. 

Fold in the prepared chocolate chips. 

Drop dough equal to the size of three tablespoons into 3 piles on the prepared baking sheets and bake in preheated oven for exactly 11 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool to room temperature. 

Enjoy! 

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Rocky Road Bark

I love the flavor combinations of rocky road and I love chocolate bark – so what could be better than combinding them together? The fabulous part about this recipe – aside from the fabulous results – is that the recipe can literally be transformed into millions of different flavor combinations! I use semi-sweet chocolate for the base but feel free to use bittersweet chocolate, milk chocolate, white chocolate or even a combination of chocolates all swirled together. Also top with anything your heart desires. Crushed up potato chips, crushed peppermint candies, dried fruit, candy sprinkles – ANYTHING! 

How fabulous is that!?

Rocky Road Bark

1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 tablespoon solid vegetable shortening
2 cups chopped walnuts, lightly toasted
2 cups mini marshmallows
1 1/2 cups mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup white chocolate chips
1 tablespoon solid vegetable shortening

Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and place on top a sheet of parchment paper. 

In a large bowl combine the semi-sweet chocolate chips with the solid vegetable shortening. Microwave on high power 2 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds, until the chocolate is melted and smooth and glossy. 

Carefully pour the melted chocolate directly in the center of the parchment paper. Using the back side of a spoon spread the melted chocolate out into a rectangle about the size of 12 inches by 18 inches. You want the chocolate thin enough to snap when cooled but not too thin as to break when loading on the topping. Be careful not to make the chocolate too thick either or it will not form traditional bark. 

Once the chocolate is formed sprinkle on the lightly toasted walnuts, mini marshmallows and the mini semi-sweet chocolate chips.

In a microwave safe bowl combine the white chocolate chips with the solid vegetable shortening. Microwave on high power 2 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds until the white chocolate is melted and smooth and glossy. 

Take a spoon and drizzle the melted white chocolate over the entire surface of the bark. Use whatever pattern you desire but I think that a single line back and forth across horizontally looks the best. 

You may not use all of the white chocolate. 

Place into the refrigerator for 2 hours. 

Remove and carefully break the bark up into pieces. Store at room temperature. 

Enjoy!

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Cookbook Corner – Chocolat

“Chocolat” By: Pierre Marcolini

It’s no secret that I LOVE anything and everything chocolate! So – can you imagine my love for this deliciously put together cookbook? 

There are so many recipes in this book I can not possibly list all of them – or even half of them in this blog post! Just trust me when I say that you will want to add this amazing cookbook to your collection if you love chocolate – great sophisticated recipes – and gorgeous photographs. 

There are sections from chocolate known areas of the world like Mexico, Brazil and Java that each include recipes of their own. There are sections in this book that you will want to tear out of the book – only to later frame them on your walls. Not that I’m recommending tearing apart this book – but seriously the photographs are exquisite! 

I love the stories that are told throughout and the “From Bean to Bar” section that is basically like a storyline tracing the cacao tree from birth to finished chocolate bar. I love how it talks about proper cooking techniques – storing techniques and techniques that will make your finished dishes soar above anything you’ve made before. 

Natural Bittersweet Chocolate Truffles – Natural Milk Chocolate – Crisp Milk Chocolate Praline Clusters – Black Sesame Seed Praline – Chocolate Soufflés – Ganache Filled Chocolate Cookies – Candied Lemon Peel Dipped in Chocolate – Soft Chocolate Caramel Candies – Chocolate Pastry Cream – Chocolate Marshmallows – Vanilla Scented Hot Chocolate and Praline Hearts. Those are just some of the interesting – complex and delicious recipes that fill this book. 

I highly recommend this cookbook to the chocolate lover and to the cookbook collector who can not resist a cookbook filled with great stories, recipes and photographs. 

To buy “Chocolat” click here…

https://www.amazon.com/Chocolat-Cocoa-Bean-Chocolate-Bar/dp/0847859282

The personal views and reviews of this blog are mine and mine alone. Any opinion or thought expressed are strictly my own. More information can be found by emailing me your questions.

Blaise 

Nancy’s Peanut Butter Bars with Chocolate Ganache

I love Nancy Fuller and I love her cookbook and show on “Food Network”. This recipe is hers and it is fabulous! Chocolate and peanut butter – what could be better!? I have made a few changes to the recipe based on my personal taste buds.

Nancy’s Peanut Butter Bars with Chocoalte Ganache

1 1/2 cups confectioner’s sugar
1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1 cup smooth peanut butter
1 stick unsalted butter, melted
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup heavy cream

Prepare an 8×8-inch square baking dish by spraying with non-stick spray containing flour. 

In a large bowl combine the confectioner’s sugar, graham cracker crumbs, smooth peanut butter and melted unsalted butter. 

Once combined, pour into prepared pan and pat down evenly with clean hands. 

In a medium size microwave safe bowl combine the semi-sweet chocolate chips and heavy cream. Microwave in 30 second intervals until melted and smooth. Whisk until glossy. 

Pour carefully this mixture over the pressed peanut butter mixture and spread evenly. 

Refrigerate for one hour before cutting. 

Enjoy! 

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Baked Goods!


My “Blaise the Baker” baked goods will be featured at “The First Annual Henry County Church Chili Cook Off” on Saturday April 1st, 2017 from 5pm-7pm at the Memorial Wesleyan Church! Tickets are $5 and the proceeds are going to help send their missions group to Belize! Stop by for the chili cook off – bid on my desserts – and have a great time! What kind of desserts will be there!? I’ll be making my Chocolate chip cookies, Brownie Truffles, Cinnamon Rolls w/frosting, Elvis Brownies… and some other surprises! Hope to see you all there!!! For more information contact blaisethebaker@gmail.com 

Blaise 

Chew This! Lunch Lady Brownies 

Happy “Chew This!” Sunday! Just to catch up those who may not already know – I write a food column in “The Courier-Times” that appears on the first and third Sundays of each month. You can pick up a copy of the paper if you are in the Henry County, Indiana area OR view it online (with a paid subscription) at http://thecouriertimes.com. I love doing this and it gives me such an incredible opportunity to share with everyone my love for family, food, memories and recipes. 

Today’s column is for “Lunch Lady Brownies”. Food trends come and go and most recently the food trend of “Cafeteria Classics” has started – and does not look to be going anywhere anytime soon – thankfully! I love memories of school cafeteria food, cafeteria classics – all so nostalgic. These brownies are delicious – and so easy! They are the perfect mix of cake and fudge and the frosting has to be put on while the brownies are still warm! Trust me on this. Highly recommend you try this! 

ALSO – in my “Ask and Answer” section – I talk about riced cauliflower and give a recipe for cauliflower pizza crust! 

What’s your favorite “Cafeteria Classic”? Have a favorite food or favorite food memory (or recipe) to share with me? Email me! blaisethebaker@gmail.com 


Lunch Lady Brownies

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Enjoy! 

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Chew This! Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie

Happy “Chew This!” Sunday!!! As many of you know, I write a food column for “The Courier-Times” on the first and third Sundays of each month called “Chew This!” I absolutely love it and love sharing my family recipes, stories and memories. If you are in the Henry County, Indiana area – pick up a copy of the newspaper today and let me know what you think! If you are not, but would still like to take a look, sign up for an online subscription at http://thecouriertimes.com Need help with the online signing up!? Write to me and I’ll be happy to help! blaisethebaker@gmail.com 

I am so excited to share this recipe with everyone. Well recipes – there are two here that I’m sharing. The pie crust is from a friend of mine, Dorothy Boulanger and could not be any more simple! The pie crust does not have to be rolled out, prebaked, proofed – trust me – it is amazing! And the filling? It is basically a huge, soft chocolate chip cookie! The crust is crisp, the inside warm and gooey. My mouth is watering… 

This pie can be made in advance, wrapped and chilled and baked off whenever you are ready! Just be sure not to keep it unbaked for longer than 3 days. After baking, leftovers can be kept covered for 7 days. It is simply an amazing pie and one of my current favorites! 


Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie

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Enjoy!

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Chew This – Chocolate Snickerdoodles

Happy “Chew This!” Sunday! As many of you already know, I write a twice monthly column that appears in “The Courier-Times” on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of every month. I LOVE it and it is such a great opportunity for me to share my love of food, recipes, family and memories with all of you! If you live in the Henry County, Indiana area – pick up a copy! If you don’t – you can subscribe online! Visit http://thecouriertimes.com for more information or email me at blaisethebaker@gmail.com and I would be happy to help you set up an account! 

Today’s column is all about taking a classic cookie and giving it a “twist”! My “Chocolate Snickerdoodles” were born out of an idea I had to add chocolate to your traditional Snickerdoodle cookie recipe. After many trials and errors I found the perfect combination of chocolate, texture and familiar “Snickerdoodle” flavor. My taste testers and I found these to be incredible! 

Also in today’s column, my “Ask and Answer” feature answers your questions on the “perfect pie crust”! I have some tips and tricks that you’ll need to read and follow for that “foolproof” pastry! 


Chew This! – Chocolate Snickerdoodles

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Enjoy!

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Cookbook Corner – Chocolate 



“Chocolate” By: Pierre Hermé and Sergio Coimbra

This is a chocoholics dream come true! This book is filled with fabulous, mouthwatering photographs that are simply stunning to the eyes! The coffee table sized book is HUGE in size – and HUGE in taste and texture. 37 recipes fill this book and each one is uniquely gourmet in its own way. Huge full color glossy chocolate photos line the pages and the text and colors will have your jaws dropping! Highly recommend this book to those who want a unique, elegant and classy look into the chocolate minds of two genius authors. Fabulous!

The personal views and reviews of this blog are mine and mine alone. Any opinion or thought expressed are strictly my own. Shout out and special thanks to Flammarion for this opportunity. More information can be found by emailing me your questions.

Blaise 

Black and White Cookies

These cookies shouldn’t be confused with the popular New York “Black and White Cookie” – a cakey cookie with two different colored sides. Think of this cookie as a white chocolate chip cookie with cocoa powder added to the dough. My friend Karen sent me a version of this recipe from a Mrs. Fields cookie cookbook and I couldn’t have been more excited. I love Mrs. Fields cookies but I really think this version beats their popular and familiar cookie. Stir up a batch and let me know what you think! Email me at blaisethebaker@gmail.com

I’ve also opened up my “Blaise the Baker SHOP” on my Facebook page. Join me there at http://facebook.com/blaisethebaker Right now my only product available is my cookbook, “Blaise the Baker Dessert First” but stay tuned for additional items which will be added in the future.

Black and White Cookies

2 sticks (8 oz) unsalted butter, soft
1 cup dark brown sugar, packed
3/4 cup white granulated sugar
3 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
2 1/4 cups white all-purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips mixed with 1 tablespoon white all-purpose flour
1 cup white chocolate chips mixed with 1 tablespoon white all-purpose flour

Start by preheating your oven to 300 degrees F. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper.

In a large bowl combine the soft unsalted butter, dark brown sugar and white granulated sugar. Once combined and throughly mixed add in the large eggs. 

Beat well before adding in the pure vanilla extract. 

In another bowl whisk together the white all-purpose flour, unsweetened cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Add this in small increments to the wet ingredients and stir well. 

Once all combined and mixed, stir in the white all-purpose flour coated chips. Be careful not to over mix the dough.  

Drop by rounded tablespoon size balls onto the prepared baking sheets. Bake one sheet at a time in preheated oven for 23 minutes exactly.

Once baked, remove from the oven and allow the cookies to cool before removing them from the baking sheet. 

Enjoy! 

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