German Chocolate Cake Cookies

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It started with a Saturday afternoon craving a few months ago. I wanted double chocolate chip cookies and on a whim, I folded in chopped pecans and toasted coconut. I love that combination on German Chocolate cake.

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It’s worth toasting the pecans and coconut, but you can skip that step if you want. If you do take the time to toast both, let them cool fully before you proceed with the recipe.

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Serve with ice cream, berries, or eat warm from the oven.

German Chocolate Cake Cookies

Makes 18 to 20 cookies

¼ cup scooped and leveled all-purpose flour (35 grams)
2 teaspoons espresso powder
1 teaspoon fine salt
½ teaspoon baking soda
8 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
1 stick (½ cup) unsalted butter, cut into chunks
1 cup granulated sugar (200 grams)
4 large eggs, at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped (1 cup)
½ cup packed shredded coconut, toasted (50 grams)
¾ cup pecans, toasted and chopped (90 g)

Whisk the flour, espresso powder, salt, and baking soda in a medium bowl; set aside.

Combine the unsweetened chocolate and butter in a heatproof bowl. Set over a pan of simmering water and whisk until melted. Set aside to cool slightly.

Meanwhile, beat the eggs and sugar in a large bowl with an electric mixer on medium speed until pale yellow and tripled in size, about 2 minutes. Beat in the vanilla. On low speed, slowly drizzle the chocolate mixture into the egg mixture until fully incorporated.

Add the flour mixture to the egg-chocolate mixture and fold with a rubber spatula until no streaks remain. Fold in the chopped bittersweet chocolate, coconut, and pecans.

Refrigerate the dough for at least 4 hours and up to 3 days.

30 minutes before baking, preheat the oven to 350º F with a rack in the center of the oven. Scoop the dough into 1.5-ounce/3 tablespoon scoops and place on a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake, rotating front-to-back once, for 11 to 13 minutes, or until just set in the center and glossy.

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Easy Homemade Ricotta

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Anyone who’s shared a home (or test kitchen) with me knows I have a weakness for cheese. If there’s a nutty alpine-style wedge or a round of creamy Bonne Bouche in the fridge, I can’t avoid its siren-call for one meal. (Sorry to those whose Cheddar has ever gone missing…) But, other dairy products languish in my refrigerator without a thought. I buy a quart of yogurt or pint of sour cream for a recipe, only to find colonies of mold coating the leftovers. Continue reading →

Raw Spring Salad with Asparagus and Radishes

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Perfectionism has been getting in the way of this blog. I have been working on a German Chocolate Cake cookie that has gone through FOUR iterations, and it still has one last test to go. I’ve been missing writing, and I’ve been missing sharing recipes with you. (“You” meaning hopefully someone in addition to my mom.)

I’ve been obsessing about how to get that cookie right, (this seems to be a habit by now…) and along the way I forgot that sharing a simple salad recipe in the vein of Nigel Slater is sometimes enough. Continue reading →

Winterfresh Salad with Roasted Sunchokes

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Circa-midwinter, after all the holiday cheer, I usually want to hunker down with chunk of bread pudding, a steaming bowl of stew, and as many simple cakes as my oven will fit. But, this January, I’ve been doing an elimination diet to diagnose any hidden food allergies, which has stolen my trusty sidekicks away. This means no cheese, no eggs, no sugar, no prosciutto, no lemons.

So what’s a comfort-food-loving girl to do? It turns out that eating healthily in the winter doesn’t just have to be a bowl of quinoa topped with beans and half an avocado (though, that’ll do on most days). Sometimes, it’s nice to forget winter entirely and make something light, crisp, refreshing—and dare I say it?—summery. Continue reading →