Christmas Baking.

Monday, December 17, 2012


Hello Foodies! This past weekend was a weekend of indulgence for me.  I went out to a lovely pub in Pickering, Ontario called Stone Corner Pub.  It’s a fairly new pub and is a sister pub to The Olde Stone Cottage in Scarborough.  My friend had her birthday dinner here and the atmosphere was especially festive.   Great Christmas décor, a live band, lovely seating, and very friendly staff.  The food of course was fantastic!  I did take some photos so I will post them in a separate restaurant review.

Besides my indulgent dinner I decided to get into some more holiday baking this weekend.  I made my absolutely favourite Flourless Chocolate Crinkle Cookies as well as a new recipe I've been meaning to try, German Chocolate Cake Bars.  I did have a lot of the ingredients on hand and only had to pick up a few items from the Bulk Barn.

The Flourless Crinkle Cookies are gluten-free which is awesome but they still have a lot of sugary goodness in them which make them not so diet friendly. However, I guarantee you that even HALF of one cookie will cure your chocolate fix instantly.  These cookies are so rich and fudgey and CHOCOLATEY!  They are best right out of the oven with a glass of cold milk, seriously amazing!!  Everyone should give these a try as they are perfect for holiday cookie exchanges and are very simple to make.



Flourless Chocolate Crinkle Cookies
(yields about 20 cookies)

Ingredients:

Non-stick vegetable oil spray
1 1/2 cups bittersweet chocolate chips (about 9 ounces), divided
3 large egg whites, room temperature
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar, divided (I used 2 cups)
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon salt

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray 2 large baking sheets with non-stick spray. Melt 1 cup chocolate chips in glass bowl in microwave, stirring twice, about 2 minutes. Cool slightly.

2. Using electric mixer, beat whites in large bowl to soft peaks. Gradually beat in 1 (I halved the sugar here) cup sugar. Continue beating until mixture resembles soft marshmallow crème.

3. Whisk 1 cup sugar, cocoa, cornstarch, and salt in medium bowl to blend. On low speed, beat dry ingredients and lukewarm chocolate and 1/2 cup chocolate chips into meringue (dough will become very stiff).


4. Place 1/2 cup sugar in bowl. Roll 1 rounded tablespoon dough into ball; roll in sugar, coating thickly. Place on prepared sheet. Repeat with remaining dough, spacing 2 inches apart.



5. Bake until puffed and tops crack, about 10 minutes. Cool on sheets on rack 10 minutes. Transfer to rack; cool.






Next up are the fabulous German Chocolate Cake Bars!  These aren't even remotely healthy but hey it’s the holidays!  This is one of Paula Deen’s recipes so you know you’re in for a real treat aka sugar coma.  These bars were also very easy to make and the end product was AMAZING!  I wanted to cut right into them when they first came out of the oven but patiently  waited about 10 minutes for them to cool down.  My sister and I both took a bite at the same time and for a moment we probably both had drool dripping down the side of our mouths.  OOEY GOOEY DELICIOUS HEAVENLY BARS!! I was blown away at how amazing these tasted.  The mixture of coconut, condensed milk, chocolate and pecans were absolutely perfect.  I could only eat one square as they are very rich, but my sisters boyfriend ended up having 3….they were THAT good.  I actually used unsweetened coconut for this recipe instead of sweetened and I’m glad I made that switch.  I think the bars would've been way too sweet otherwise.

German Chocolate Cake Bars
(Makes one 9x13-inch pan)

Crust:
1 box of chocolate devil's food cake mix (not the one with pudding added!)
½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
 1 large egg

Filling:
1 14-ounce can low-fat sweetened condensed milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 large egg
1 cup chopped pecans
1 cup shredded coconut (unsweetened)
1/2 cup milk chocolate chips

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease a 9x13-inch baking pan well with butter.

2. In a medium bowl, mix together the cake mix, butter and egg, and press into the bottom of the prepared pan. The crust should not come up the sides. Bake for 7 minutes and remove from the oven. The crust will not look done.

3. While the crust is baking, in a medium bowl mix together the sweetened condensed milk, vanilla extract, egg, pecans and coconut. Pour evenly over the warm crust, sprinkle evenly with the chocolate chips, and bake for 24 to 30 minutes, until the top is a light golden brown. Remove from the oven and cool completely before cutting into squares

Adapted from Paula Deen @ foodnetwork





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18 comments

  1. Drooling over here, I love me some chocolate ;P

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  2. These sound so good. i might have to try the chocolate crinkles for Passover. Thanks for the goodness!

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  3. The German Chocolate Cake Bars really were amazing. Its now my go to recipe.

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  4. oh your cookies look divine! I am so glad you visited me! I didn;t put two and two together until i saw a comment of yours on Michelle's fb page and then I knew how you found me:) Glad you did! Love this cookies

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  5. I love chocolate crinkle cookies! And I just made a German Cocolate Bundt Cake (which I havent posted yet) - it's truly one of my favorite flavor combinations. I like the idea of these bars for Christmas cookie platters. Very nice!

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  6. Natalie, how were the German Chocolate Cake Bars? They look amazing!!

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  7. Thanks Susan, I cant wait to check out your bundt cake recipe :)

    Therese, they turned out amazing. Maybe I will make them for your XMAS EVE party? :)

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  8. The cookies and bars look great! Such an awesome idea to make German chocolate cake into bars :)

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  9. both of those desserts look soooo good.. i love german cake, and bar style makes it even sound better

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  10. What a nice blog! Your cookies are gorgeous:)

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  11. A couple of really good looking recipes there. Hard to decide which I prefer, but if I had to choose only one, I'd probably go with the Chocolate Crinkle Cookies. But having to choose isn't any fun, so I'll have both, please. ;-) Thanks for this.

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    1. Yeah I really love the Crinkle Cookies as well :) Thanks for stopping by!

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  12. Wow, these look real good... especially the crinkle cookies, will have to make them soon!

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  13. Flourless crinkles! That´s a great recipe. Thanks for stopping by my blog Natalie!

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