Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

chocolate crinkle cookiesThese chocolate cookies are crunchy on the outside, and soft inside. They “crinkle” because they puff up as they bake and expand, creating a crinkle effect with the powdered sugar. Rich, chocolately, deliciousness!


Ingredients:
1/2  c  (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1  c  sugar
2  eggs
1  t  vanilla extract (or vanilla powder)
1 2/3  c  flour
2/3  c  unsweetened cocoa
1 1/2  t  baking powder
1/4  t  salt

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Blackberry Pie

blackberry bushTo my mind, there are very few activities as satisfying as standing among heavily-laden blackberry bushes in the afternoon sun eagerly filling a bowl with warm, juicy fruit. Brilliant purple jewels, soft and sweet. Eat a few, drop a few into the bowl, eat a few, drop a few more into the bowl. Even at that rate, alternately eating and filling, your bowl fills quickly, providing more than enough to make a succulent, luscious, beautiful, perfect pie.

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Lemon-Blueberry Trifle

Here is a much-simplified version of the classic British dessert, updated with a burst of lemon curd and some crunchy gingersnaps. Like many of the Simply Good Cooking recipes, this one can be made quite simply by following the recipe as written, or by choosing a variation on the given ingredient list and making some of your own combinations.  For example, I’ve included the use of store-bought gingersnaps and lemon curd, but you could easily make your own cookies, as well as lemon curd.  That is up to you.  The options give you quite a bit of flexibility in how much time is you spend cooking, while not sacrificing flavor or quality.  If you do purchase store-bought ingredients, always look for the highest quality available and you won’t go wrong.

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Rocky Road Bars with Caramel Topping

If you’re a marshmallow fan, or Rocky Road bars in particular, you are going to truly love this dessert.  The Caramel Sauce puts a bit of a spin on the familiar candy bar and makes this treat just that much more special.  The bars can be packed into a lunch bag or brought along on a picnic, or prepared as a particularly luscious taste treat following a light meal.  If you don’t eat it all at once, it will freeze nicely for at least 3 months.

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Apple Crisp

This is one of the first desserts I ever made.  It’s simple, fast to prepare, and oh so satisfying. Especially with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.  Among the countless apple crisp recipes, this one is the quickest, most simple combination, with a pure, decidedly apple flavor. Don’t even try to make a low-fat version of this treat, it’s perfect just as it is.

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Chocolate-Filled Cookies

These cookies are super fun!  They look like a plain vanilla cookie, but when you bite into one there’s a soft chocolate center.  Yum!  They’re simple to make and convey a definite playfulness, suitable for holiday cookie exchange or gift giving.

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Chocolate Oat Bars

Chocolate and oats are an almost irrestible combination.  Put them into a bar cookie and you’ve made something that will appeal to all ages and tastes. This is another quick recipe to add to your cookie recipe shelf, one you can whip up in no time and have on hand when friends drop by.

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