Tiramisu Sandwich Cookies

Tiramisu_Cookies2 My dad's all-time favorite dessert is tiramisu.  Unfortunately, for him at least, nobody else in my family is too fond of it.  When ever we go out to eat, particularly at an Italian restaurant, he always suggests splitting a tiramisu for dessert.  The rest of us always pretty reluctant, because - well, you know.... Most tiramisu, in my opinion, are over-soaked in booze and soggy (although I did make dad a rad tiramisu for Father's Day that was pretty fabulous).

When creating new recipes, one of my favorite things to do is to take a classic treat and give it a new twist.  Since I usually like tiramisu components on their own (heavy cream, coffee, booze, layer of cookie), I thought I'd try to switch 'em up in honor of dear ol' dad.

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Last year, I made the most spectacular double chocolate cookies.  They were rich, crisp on the outside, and fudge in the middle.  With an addition of some espresso and cappuccino chips, they became the base of these Tiramisu Sandwich Cookies.  Coffee-spiked mascarpone makes for a creamy filling in this hand-held treat.

FOR THE DOUBLE CHOCOLATE AND ESPRESSO COOKIES:

- 1/2 cup + 2 tbsp all purpose flour - 1/4 tsp baking powder - 1/4 tsp salt - 1 1/2 tsp instant espresso powder - 10 ounces dark chocolate, chopped - 1 cup granulated sugar - 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened - 3 eggs - 1 tsp vanilla bean paste - 1/2 cup chocolate chips - 1/2 cup cappuccino or coffee-flavored chips (use chocolate if unavailable).

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Head on over to Best Friends for Frosting for the full recipe.

Shamrockin' Mint Whoopie Pies

Mint-Whoopie-Pie2 With today being Pi Day (3/14) and only a few days left until St. Patrick's Day, I thought of no better way to celebrate than with some Shamrockin' Mint Whoopie Pies!

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Is it a cookie? Is it a cake?  When they taste this good, who cares what they are called!!

The giant, soft cake-coookies sandwich in creamy mint filling studded with dark chocolate chunks.  Looks a bit like mint chip ice cream, right?  But don't worry - these treats won't melt on you.  Perfect for celebrating all weekend long!

Mint-Whoopie-Pie3 Mint-Whoopie-Pie5Get the recipe over at Best Friends for Frosting.

Dark Chocolate + Peanut Butter Banana Macarons

Peanut Butter Banana Macarons Sometimes you just gotta amuse all of your loves at once and go eclectic.  If you took a look at my closet, decor, and even props it would be pretty hard for anyone to pinpoint my style or era in which I live (or wish to live) in.  With fashion, I love to indulge my feminine side with pearls, funky inherited jewels, and ruffle details while mixing in tailored jackets, dark denim, and military-style pieces.  As you can see from a lot of my photos, my sweets and savories can be found on a mix of vintage silver  and Crate and Barrel dishes from our wedding registry.   In fact, I just spent the afternoon walking up and down Main Street (yes, literally Main Street) going in and out of antique and local boutique stores trying to find accessories to compliment my West Elm and Ikea-esque apartment.

When it comes to the kitchen, my cooking and baking style is typically defined by giving classics a new twist.  I enjoy infusing unexpected flavors together and using local ingredients to update old favorites.  For this latest creation, I decided to mix comfort food flavors with classic pastry.  When I think of Parisian desserts, flavors like pistachio, raspberry, and rose come to mind.  Even almond and apricot- but hardly peanut butter or banana.  Not today though.

Peanut Butter Banana Macarons

 

Peanut Butter Banana Macarons

I found an amazing new product in the local section of my grocery store: Dark Chocolate and Banana flavored Peanut Butter.  Whoa.  Definitely going in the cart.  If anything, I could totally eat right out of the jar.  Of course a million ideas popped into my head on how I could use these flavors in new recipes.  For daily purposes, I use this peanut butter on toast and in smoothies.  But for more fanciful fare, the filing for French macarons.  Dark chocolate and peanut butter banana macarons are the perfect blend of nostalgic, whimsical flavors and French pastry.

Peanut Butter Banana Macarons

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Peanut Butter Banana Macarons

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Peanut Butter Banana Macarons