Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Valentine's Day Blessings to All... Chocolate-y Recipes

Posted Feb-14-08 18:23:52 PST
Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom. ~ Marcel Proust.
I just wanted to take a minute to wish you all a very blessed Valentine's Day! And what would Valentine's Day be without CHOCOLATE!!!?? I made these cookies often when my children were little... perhaps you will like to try this ol' recipe! Much love to you & yours, ~Laura of Wildenblue Farm
~Doubley Chocolatey Cookies~
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.In a large bowl, mix together
1 & 1/4 cup Butter, 2 Eggs, 1 tablespoon Vanilla Extract &
1 teaspoon Instant Coffee dissolved in 1 tablespoon Hot Water.
Then add
2 cups Brown Sugar, 2 cups flour, 3/4 cup Cocoa Powder,
1 teaspoon Baking Soda & 1 teaspoon Salt ...blend well.
Now add 1 cup chopped Walnuts & 1 & 1/2 cups Chocolate Chips.
Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto a buttered or parchment-lined cookie sheet and bake for about 8 minutes.... cookies should look soft... do not overbake! Remove from oven & let cool. This will make about 4 dozen cookies.
And if you want to be fancy, try these easy truffles!
Basic Chocolate Truffles
Chop about 6 ounces of chocolate... EITHER semisweet, bittersweet or milk chocolate; your preference.
Place the chopped chocolate into a microwave-proof bowl and add
1/4 cup of butter & 3 tablespoons of heavy cream.
Cook this for 1 minute intervals... watch carefully so it doesn't scorch... being sure to stir til melted & velvety smooth.
Then add a bit of this hot chocolatey mixture to one beaten egg yolk, a little at a time so the yolk will not curdle, stirring all the while til you can add the yolk & chocolate mixture all together. Return to the microwave & again, at 1 minute intervals, cook til thick, stirring & blending often. Then, stir in
3 tablespoons of ONE of the following... your choice...
Vanilla,Strong Coffee, Chambord, Grand Marnier, etc.
Blend well, chill for about 1 hour. Remove from refrigerator & beat slightly til fluffy. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto parchment-lined cookie sheet... roll into balls, then roll into cocoa powder. Chill til firm. You may dip these in melted chocolate, crushed walnuts, coconut, etc., if you prefer.

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