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🍫Chocolate-Covered Chocolate Cookies with Chewy Caramel🍫

To celebrate the end of my daughter’s ⚽️ soccer ⚽️ season, I created these AMAZING chocolate-covered chocolate cookies with a chewy caramel layer. I stayed up entirely too late making them (due to the Chocolate mold only having 2 soccer balls on it!!). But, they are so totally worth it!! The melty, creamy milk chocolate, the not too soft but not hard and crunchy chocolate cookie, and the chewy delicious caramel… if it didn’t take so long to make each one,I think I would have made several dozen and froze them! 

First, I made some dark chocolate cookies. Flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking soda, salt, egg, and oil-rolled out between 2 layers of waxed paper, to make cleaning up a snap!


I rolled them super thin, cut them, froze them on a lined cookie sheet until hard, baked them off, then trimmed them if needed. 


(If dried out and thrown in the food processor, they would make a nice cookie crumb crust for a cheesecake!)

While the cookies were baking, I rolled out some caramels and used the same cookie cutter to cut them into rounds. The ‘scraps’ that were cut off, that weren’t eaten!, were combined and rolled out to make more caramel discs. 

Also happening while the cookies were baking, the chocolate was being melted. This ceramic covered metal bowl fits perfectly into the top of my big pasta pot, without falling in! I just throw a little water in the pot, set the bowl in the top, and turn on the stove. The chocolate melts and I turn the heat down to the very lowest setting just to keep it warm and melty. 


Now comes the part that takes forever-the chocolate molds! I highly suggest that you have multiple molds if you want to try these. It will go much faster that way!! I used a baby spoon to place the melted chocolate and spread an even coat into the soccer ball molds. Then into the freezer to let it set up. Back out of the freezer to add the caramel and cookie discs. Coat the bottom with more chocolate to close it off and pop it back into the freezer to finish setting up. When they were set, I turned the chocolates out of the mold to reveal these soccer cookie/candies.


They are my current favorites! They are sort of like having a chocolate version of the Twix bar! Delicious!


(Sorry about the chipping nail polish-mine doesn’t last very long, even the gel kind! But, I’ve been painting it turquoise every few days this whole month of October for Dysautonomia/Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS) awareness month!! #makesomenoiseforturquoise)


A better shot of non-chipping turquoise


My beautiful POTSie soccer player. She may have been winded from her POTS, but she still did her best and I’m super proud!

Great season, Team Nicoletta’s! Thank you, Coach C and Nicoletta’s Italian Cafe!

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🍎Apple Crisp Cookies

The same great taste of apple crisp in an easily portable, mess-free cookie!


🍎Apple Crisp Cookies 🍎

Recipe:

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter at room temperature. 

1 cup brown sugar

1 teaspoon cinnamon

2 Tablespoons yogurt (I used salted caramel Greek yogurt)

1/4 cup apple cider

1 large apple (I used Spygold)

1 cup flour

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon baking powder 

2 cups oats

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. 
  2. Peel, core, and small dice the apple. Place apple pieces on a microwave-safe plate and cook for 2 minutes to soften apples. Let cool. 
  3. In a medium bowl, cream the butter and brown sugar. 
  4. Stir in the cooled apple, the yogurt, and the apple cider. 
  5. Add the flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, and oats and combine. 
  6. Drop by scoop or teaspoonful onto a baking sheet (I line mine with parchment paper first). 
  7. Bake for 8-10minutes. Allow to cool on the baking sheet for 2 minutes and then transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling. 
  8. Store cooled cookies in an airtight storage bag or container. These cookies freeze well. 

🍎🍎🍎🍎Happy Fall!🍎🍎🍎🍎

🍎Autumn = Apples🍎

I have said it before, but I will say it again-I love Fall! The crisp morning air, the changing of the leaves, hoodies and scarves, and of course apple picking! And what comes with apple picking? Aside from the family FUN tradition of picking apples together, comes the family YUM tradition of 🍎pies, 🍎crisps, 🍎bars, 🍎sauce, 🍎 chips, 🍎 Ooey Gooey Butter Cake, 🍎breads, 🍎sauce cookies.. all things apple! 


🍎🍏 Windy Hill Orchards 🍏🍎

My first 🍎 creation of the season is this twist on apple crisp! 

I used my tart pan for this delicious treat. I made up a cake mix from scratch (minus the wet ingredients), added some melted butter and pressed it into my pan. After baking it for about 5-7 minutes, I layered in my thinly sliced apples. A little drizzle of caramel sauce and a cinnamon oat crumb topping, and it was off to the oven to finish baking. The hardest part was waiting for it to cool (I don’t care for hot apples)!

Simply Nautical

Simply Nautical.

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The bride wanted a simple cake with a touch of a nautical theme (the rope knot) and their color was navy.

5 tiers of white chocolate cake with raspberry filling and blue velvet with cream cheese filling, all with vanilla buttercream and covered in vanilla marshmallow fondant. This was probably the heaviest cake I have ever made! The bottom tier alone weighed more than the average 3 tier cake. I had to call upon help when it came time to deliver it (Thank you, Andrew!).

And as a surprise for the groom, the bride wanted a small cake to display some of his interests… like golfing, cigars, Fireball Whiskey, boating, and Chihuahuas. I have to say that I really didn’t think I could pull that one off. None of these things really went together… or did they! Thanks to my talented sister, Brandy, who dreamed up the idea to tie them all together, this little guy was born!

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A Chihuahua adorned with a golf cap (complete with a dimpled golf ball for the pompom), holding a shot glass of Fireball Whiskey in one paw, and a cigar in the other, while floating in the water on a life preserver! And to ‘tie’ it together with the wedding cake, I bordered it with a rope and the same knot!

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Congratulations to Brittany and Daniel!

~September 6, 2014~

Golf Gathering

Teddy Trossett tees off as family and friends gather in support. Some cupcakes and cookies I made for the gathering. 

Chocolate Truffle-filled white chocolate golf balls on chocolate or vanilla cupcakes with piped buttercream grass. 


Cookie platters: Lemon Poppyseed, Coconut, Pumpkin Chocolate Chip, Chocolate Chip, Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal, and Sugar. 

Boston Terrier Birthday

Crunchy Sweet Potato Chips

I recently got a food dehydrator and decided to make some healthy snacks with it. For instance, I made some apple fruit leather and some strawberry fruit leather that the kiddos took for their school snacks.  So easy to make and the best part was that I know exactly what was put into them. Tasty AND healthy!

So, when I was wandering through the produce section, I saw these big sweet potatoes and it got me thinking about crispy chips! Of course, thinking about sweet potato chips made me want them. 

I sliced the sweet potatoes on the mandolin so they were very thin.   

Then I placed them on the dehydrator trays and sprinkled them with pink Himalayan sea salt. In to the dehydrator they went.    

155* for 3 hours and voila! Crispy sweet potato chips that are not only tasty, but healthy, too.   

There were so many sweet potato slices that they didn’t all fit on the dehydrator trays. What to do, what to do? How about using the microwave to make some of the chips? 

  The end result was a bit different. They browned up some, not such a pretty melon-orange  color like the dehydrator chips. They were also a little cheesy, not so crispy.  
 In the end, I preferred the dehydrator chips, but 3 minutes in the microwave is so much faster if you’re in need of an immediate reward. 

 

Frozen Treat Fake-Out

Are you dieting? Or even just trying to make healthier food choices? Here’s a frozen treat fake-out that can be swapped for ice cream, sorbet, Italian ice, or fro-yo! 

  
If you love frozen treats and the tang of cranberries, then this frozen treat will fake-out your taste buds and make them think you are eating something naughty. 

To make it, I threw whole cranberries, cubed apples, and orange chunks (without peels) into a food processor with a little lemon juice. I made this one a bit chunky, but you can puree it as fine as you’d like. I didn’t add any sweetener to mine, as I like it a bit tart. You could add honey, or apple sauce if you feel you need to cut the tartness. 

When it reaches your desired consistency, freeze in an air-tight container. Once frozen, scoop with an ice cream scoop into your serving dish and enjoy!

Valentine’s Proposal Cake

As our news feeds light up with news of engagements this Valentine’s Weekend, I wanted to share the small part I took in planning one of these special proposals. Nate knew he wanted to propose to his love this weekend, and knew that he wanted to do it over dessert, but was also sure that he didn’t want her to bite into, or swallow, the ring. I combined two of her favorite desserts-red velvet cake and chocolate covered strawberries-to create this proposal dessert.

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A moist red velvet cake with cream cheese icing on the inside and cream cheese and buttercream icing on the outside. Rimmed with chocolate covered strawberries and a chocolate box on top.

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The chocolate box on the cake allowed for the ring to be hidden on the dessert without being consumed. The chocolate heart on the cover of the box says “Be Mine”. And a chocolate heart inside the box says “Forever”.

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Congratulations, Tanya and Nate!

 

 

SUPER Cake

I was honored to make this very special 40th birthday cake for my friend, Mike. I had free creative license with this one; although it didn’t take me long to figure out what I was going to do. You see, this friend is a math teacher, with a young family… and also the singer in an 80s cover band (Flux Capacitor sings in full 80s dress-clothes, hair, eye-liner, and all)! I love singing and dancing along whenever they play; but I also love math! I knew I wanted to incorporate both into this cake-especially after seeing this split picture of him:

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So, here is what I came up with:

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Vanilla cake with raspberry filling, vanilla buttercream, and fondant coated. The Super Pi symbol on top represents the mathematical side of Mike, the little notebook papers around the base (that describe the many ways that Mike is super), represent the teacher side, the wave boarder represents the family man side (family vacations on the beach), and of course, the figure in front represents Mike’s rocker side.

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Happy Birthday, Mike!

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