"The Essence of Chocolate" serves as a good guide for baked holiday treats.
This one is from The Essence of Chocolate and I always get rave reviews everytime I take it somewhere. It's not overly sweet, definitely more of a "grown-up" treat with sea salt and cacao nibs. Ingredients: 1 cup flour 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 6 tablespoons cacao nibs 1 teapsoon fine or coarse sea salt 12 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature 1/2 cup sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract Directions: Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone liners. Combine the flour and cocoa powder in a small bowl. Combine the nibs and sea salt in a separate bowl (I pulse a few times in my spice grinder.) Beat butter and sugar until fluffy. Add the vanilla extract. Add about 1/2 of the flour-cocoa …
These quick and easy pecan squares are great for any family gathering.
Friday, November 23, 2012
Submitted by Jeanette Brooks Here's a recipe my family has made during the holidays ever since I was little. My mom used to cut these cookies into small diamond-shaped bars. They are so good! Even though they aren't very glitzy-looking, they taste amazing and they'll make your kitchen smell like Christmas! Plus if you have any gluten-free folks who are joining you for the holidays, you can easily make these gluten-free by subbing the regular flour with almond flour. PECAN SQAURES 1 cup butter 1 cup brown sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 separated egg 2 cup flour 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1 cup chopped pecans Cream butter and sugar. Add vanilla and egg yolk. Beat till light and fluffy. Mix dry ingredients together and add half the …