Cookie 21 – Raspberry Dark Chocolate Cookies

More pink cookies in honor of Valentine’s Day! I’m on a kick, I guess. This recipe is heavily inspired by this recipe at Chocolate, Chocolate and More¬†so be sure to go check it out. I think Joan made a very versatile recipe and I encourage you to experiment with it! Aside from a slight negligible change here and there, I did change up the flavors for a raspberry vanilla cookie instead of a cherry white chocolate cookie, and dark chocolate chips instead of white chocolate.

I actually made this and last week’s cookies¬†within two days of each other so my dad could take a bunch of cookies to share with his coworkers, and my dad was so kind as to bring me several bags of phenomenal Sta-Green garden soil because I am mere weeks from starting to turn up the soil for my 2013 garden. I’ve done some light reading to refresh and plan, picked out my seeds, and all I need is for the weather here in Kansas City to warm up a touch so I can get cracking. I’ll be starting my seeds in doors. This can’t happe nfast enough!

Raspberry Dark Chocolate Cookies

Yield: 4 dozen

Raspberry Dark Chocolate Cookies

Adorable pink raspberry flavored cookies with dark chocolate chips in honor of Valentine's Day. Use raspberry gelatin dessert (Jell-O) to get do this cute pink cookie recipe!

Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened at room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons raspberry gelatin dessert powder
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 package instant vanilla pudding
  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 12 ounces dark chocolate chips

Recipe Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Cream together the softened butter, sugar and raspberry powder in your KitchenAid with the paddle attachment.
  3. Add eggs and vanilla extract and beat just until blended.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, vanilla pudding mix, baking soda and salt. Add the dry ingredients mixture to the batter in parts.
  5. Add the dark chocolate chips.
  6. Spoon or cookie scoop onto the cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 8-9 minutes.
  7. Remove from oven and let sit for a few minutes before transferring to wire racks to finish cooling completely.

Cookie 8: Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies (Gluten-Free)

Gluten-Free Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup almond butter
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 whisked egg white
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips
Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Almond Butter Cookie Recipe Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix almond butter, brown sugar, whisked egg white, baking soda, vanilla extract and salt just until blended. Stir in dark chocolate chips with a spatula. Drop into cookie dough balls on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. (I use my cookie scoop to get consistent sizing.) Bake for about 12 minutes. Slide the parchment paper off of the cookie sheet and onto a cooling rack to cool. This is a very soft and crumbly gluten-free cookie recipe, so let them cool completely before enjoying! Easily one of the least bad-for-you cookies I’ve made, and bonus points for being flourless for those folks with a sweet tooth who also happen to have gluten-free diets.

Cookie Recipe 2: Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Golden Raisin Cookies

It’s cold out. Really cold. And windy, too. This is what I had in my house. This is what I came up with. There you have it. Have I mentioned how much I love my cookie scoop? I bloody love this thing.

Chocolate Chip Golden Raisin Oatmeal Cookies Recipe Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup of quick-cook oats
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup golden raisins

Chocolate Chip Golden Raisin Oatmeal Cookies Recipe Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. I soaked my golden raisins in some white wine I had in the fridge and microwaved them briefly to plump them up a bit. This is totally optional. You can also use regular raisins if you like. I just happened to have golden raisins laying around the house. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Mix the softened butter, white sugar and brown sugar until creamy. Add egg and vanilla extract and mix just until blended. Add dry ingredients and oats. Mix. Then add the chocolate chips and golden raisins. Mix just until blended. Bake for about 8 to 12 minutes, or a little longer if you prefer a crispy cookie. Remember – you can always add time, but you can’t take it away, so start small!

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Makes about 12 (a dozen) cookies with 1.5 tbsp scoops.

Death by Chocolate Cake Recipe

I made this homemade Death by Chocolate Cake recipe for my mother’s birthday, which happens to be on Halloween. Whenever anyone asks what kind of cake she wants, she quickly blurts out, ‘Chocolate!’ and nothing else. So… here you go, a cake made of chocolate and nothing else. This Death by Chocolate Cake will include two layers of chocolate cake filled with a chocolate whip, topped with chocolate ganache and dark chocolate chips. These are modified from a modification from an original recipe so I have no idea where the originals come from, sorry. (If anyone knows, give me a shout and I’ll give credit where credit is due.)

Death by Chocolate Cake Recipe Ingredients

  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 cup chocolate milk (I used Kansas City local Shatto Chocolate Milk)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • A bit of raspberry or other liqueur to “baste” the cake with
Death by Chocolate Cake Recipe Directions
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare two 9″ round cake pans. I grease and flour and line mine with parchment paper rounds. In your kitchen mixer give a quick whisk to the sugar, flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Then, with the mixer on a low-medium speed add the eggs one at a time, then the milk, vegetable oil and vanilla extract. Beat for a couple of minutes, but don’t overbeat. Slowly stir in the boiling water and get a thin Death by Chocolate cake batter to pour into your pans. Bake about 30 minutes, or until your tester comes out clean. When you pull it out of the oven, let the cake layers cool in the pans for 10 to 15 minutes. Then turn them out of the pans and cool completely at room temperature on wire racks. Before adding the whip and ganache, poke holes in the cake with a toothpick and “baste” the cake with a mixture of 2 teaspoons of the liqueur and 1/4 cup water.
Death by Chocolate Whip Recipe Ingredients
  • 3 ounces Swiss dark or bittersweet chocolate
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
Death by Chocolate Whip Recipe Directions
This will be your filling between the cake layers. Chop 3 ounces of bittersweet chocolate. Boil the heavy cream and sugar in a saucepan, then add the chopped chocolate and mix well. Cool at room temperature, then refrigerate for at least 4 hours. When you are ready to whip the filling, pull it out of the fridge and lay the bowl in a larger bowl filled with ice water. Beat the cream with a hand mixer until you get stiff peaks, the tell-tale sign of a good whipped cream. I prefer to make this when the cakes are ready for it and use it right away, but you can refrigerate for a while if you’re not quite ready.
Death by Chocolate Ganache Recipe Ingredients
  • 8 ounces Swiss dark or bittersweet chocolate
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • Dark chocolate chips for garnish
Death by Chocolate Ganache Recipe Directions
Assembled the Death by Chocolate cake and then prepare your dark chocolate ganache to pour over the entire cake. Chop 8 ounces of dark chocolate. Heat the cream just to a boil, then add the chopped dark chocolate and stir it gently to incorporate. Cool to room temperature, then pour over a completely cooled cake. Top the cake with chocolate curls, or I used dark chocolate chips, or whatever else you want. Refrigerate until ready to eat and serve chilled!

Creating the B-52 Cake – Classic Neopolitan Layer

I only managed to squeeze in one cake layer today. I had to stir it by hand in a bowl because my KitchenAid stand mixer can’t handle a double cake recipe. It’s a little crispy on top from being in the oven so long to bake all the way through, but that part gets lopped up during the leveling stage – which is going to be a beast, no doubt.

The reason I could only squeeze one cake layer in today is because I had to stop by the Big Dumb Fun Show to spend some time with my favorite on-air personalities and answer some questions about the B-52 (Behemoth 52nd) cake! I’ll be sure to post links to the interview as soon as they become available. For now, enjoy the video of us pulling this layer out of the oven, and a few pics from the evening. I also added in a picture of the de-panned “Cinnamon Spice & Everything Nice” layer. It truly is a monolith!

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