Almond Joy Cookies

Almond Joy Cookies - Chew Nibble Nosh

***Feel like you’re seeing double?  Yes, this is a repost of a previous recipe. I’m reposting it for the holidays, as it’s become quite popular, and I’m adding in a couple of hints that might help you along come baking time….

 It seems that a lot of people are having a rough time with the cookies spreading.  My guess is that they haven’t used the correct amount of coconut.  Make sure that you grab a 14 oz. bag of coconut.  There are 10 oz. and 14 oz. bags available at my grocery store.  Go big!

Dorie Greenspan’s Double-Buckwheat Double-Chocolate Cookies

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Plainly and simply, Dorie Greenspan is my baking guru.

Her Baking: From My Home to Yours book is my baking bible.  The pages are dog-eared, floured, crinkly, and splattered with recipe shrapnel, which is always a sign of good things. Her beautiful, delicious desserts are now our birthday traditions and family favorites around here, and I’ve even featured quite a few recipes of hers right here on this blog. So, when my friends at OXO got in touch with me and asked if I’d like to have the opportunity to try out one of Dorie’s newest recipes, from her highly anticipated new book Dorie’s Cookies (Coming in October!), I couldn’t pass it up.

Choco-Nana Bread

Choco-Nana Bread - Chew Nibble Nosh

I have notoriously bad luck with banana bread.  Every time I try to bake a loaf, it’s either overbaked or raw in the middle.  Despite that, I haven’t given up trying to make a decent loaf, and when I realized the bananas on our counter were brown and spotty, and wouldn’t be going anywhere, I decided I should give a new recipe a try.

Double Chocolate Peppermint Crunch Cookies – The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap 2015

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It’s that time of year again!  It’s time to announce this year’s contribution to The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap!  This is my fifth year participating in this fabulous event, hosted by Julie at The Little Kitchen and Lindsay from Love & Olive Oil. My job?  Bake up a fantastically new cookie recipe and ship out boxes of treats to three hungry food bloggers, Secret Santa style.  These delectable little cocoa-peppermint gems are what made the cut this year.  Dark, and fudgy, but with a peppermint zing that seems just about perfect this time of year, I couldn’t wait to send them out to this year’s recipients, Ginger from Stark Raving Delicious, Kellie from The Suburban Soapbox, and Annie from Annie One Can Cook.  Based on the response I got, I think they really enjoyed them!  Hope you do too.

Chocolate Pots de Creme with Marshmallow Whipped Cream

Chocolate Pots de Creme with Marshmallow Whipped Cream - Chew Nibble Nosh

Doesn’t that look like something you’d want to curl up with after a long day?

Pot de Creme is just one of those desserts that, when offered, I can’t resist.  Have you ever had one?  If so, you know what I’m saying.  A Pot de Creme is actually just a really, really creamy, tasty, wonderful custard pudding. It’s rich and velvety smooth, and a little goes a long way.  If you’re ever needing a chocolate fix…a really deep, wonderful, dreamy chocolate fix, this version is the recipe for you.

Raspberry Cream Cheese Pie

Raspberry Cream Cheese Pie - Chew Nibble Nosh

What do we do when we buy a bunch of raspberries because they’re on sale?  We make pie!  I’ve had this recipe in my back pocket for a while now, and have been meaning to make it, but grabbing some beautiful berries at a beautiful price sealed the deal.  And, the fact that this pie is so easy to throw together made it taste even sweeter.

I started by making an Oreo cookie crust.  I know, right?  Not a bad way to start things off.

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Crunch Ice Cream Cake

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Three ingredients.

That’s all is takes to make this incredibly fun, crispy, crunchy, chocolatey, cool dessert.  This ice cream cake is so easy to put together, and it knocked the socks off of my family at a cookout over the weekend.  My husband even mentioned after dessert that he’d like me to make this cake for his birthday…which isn’t until next April.

Rich and Fudgy Zucchini Brownies

Rich and Fudgy Zucchini Brownies - Chew Nibble Nosh

When I was young, my mother had this wonderful little garden on the side of our house.  I used to love watching the garden grow each summer, and daily trips out to pick fresh tomatoes, snap peas and zucchini were a highlight.  I remember spending my summer days outside, playing with friends, and we’d snack on sugar snap peas, fresh from the garden, as we played. The zucchini always fascinated me, though, because there were some years when nothing would grow, and others when we’d end up with zucchini as long as our arms, that seemed to weigh as much as a small child.  My mom would make zucchini bread after zucchini bread after zucchini bread, and we’d laugh at the size of our ginormous zucchini.  They were like veggie snacks for giants.

Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies

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Looking for something sweet for your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day?  These brownies are not only beautifully festive, but they are also unbelievably tasty.

I have this amazing neighbor.  She’s a wonderful friend, wonderful mom, and also a wonderful baker.  She bakes up the most delicious treats, and we’ve managed to be lucky enough to be her guinea pigs on more than one occasion.  A couple of weeks ago, she texted me asking if it was OK to send down some Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies to try.  (Did she really need to ask?  Heck yes!  Send them down!) She wanted to know if they were good enough to send in for the teachers.  We were her taste testers.  Tough job, eh?

Hot Cocoa Cookies with Marshmallows

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Oooooh, these cookies.

Chocolate and marshmallow is one of my favorite combinations, but I fully underestimated how delicious these cookies would be.  I saw them on Pinterest, thought they were clever and fun, and then I took a bite, and fell in love.

These cookies are fudgy, and chewy, rich, and delicious.  Warm, out of the oven, they are melty and gooey, like a molten lava cake.  As we ate them over the next few days, they were still chewy, and decadent…and the marshmallow stays puffy and light.  That was, honestly, my biggest worry.  I wondered if the marshmallow would dry out and lose its bounce.  Nope.  Still amazingly puffy a few days out.