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.

Cake 49: White Chocolate Bundt Cake

Made this cake last week, and once again I’m just now getting around to blogging it. My apologies for the delays lately. Things are way crazier for me in Kansas City than they were in St. Louis. I am actually really ready for the end of the 52 cakes project – I’m so sick of cake and sugar! After I finish the project I think I’ll take a breather for a while, and when I am ready I will start back up with 52 cookies! This cake was given away at a cake walk at my job – I have no idea who won it or what they thought!

White Chocolate Cake Recipe Ingredients

  • 4 ounces white chocolate
  • 1/4 cup hot water
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup vanilla yogurt

White Chocolate Cake Recipe Directions

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees, and prepare a round bundt pan. Sift together the flour and baking soda in a medium bowl and set aside. In a small bowl, chop the white chocolate and pour the hot water over it. Stir constantly until the white chocolate is melted and the mixture is smooth. Set aside to cool at room temperature. In your kitchen mixer, cream together the softened butter and sugar until the mixture is light and fluffy. Add the egg yolks one at a time. Scrape down the sides with a rubber spatula, then stir in the white chocolate melt and vanilla. Alternate adding the dry ingredients mixture and the vanilla yogurt, beginning and ending with the dry ingredients. Mix just until blended, do not overbeat. In a clean metal bowl with clean whisks, beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form. Fold the egg whites into the white chocolate cake batter about 1/3 at a time. Pour the batter into your prepared bundt pan, and bake for about 25 to 30 minutes. I think it was 30 minutes anyway – I can’t remember how long I baked mine. Play it safe and start with 20 minutes, and keep an eye on it. It should brown on top, pull away from the edges slightly, spring back when pressed and your toothpick tester should come out clean when inserted in the middle. Let it cool in the pan for 10 to 15 minutes or so, then use a knife to separate the cake from the edges of the pan. Invert the pan and let the cake slide out. I melted a little more white chocolate with a few teaspoons of oil and drizzled it over the top, and added some fresh raspberries around the base for some color.

Cake 47: Lemon Raspberry Cake

After the move I just plain did not have the brain power to come up with a new original or mashup recipe, so we borrowed recipes from my friends Martha Stewart and Betty Crocker this time around. My brother Cody did most of the heavy lifting, as he’s spending a lot of time learning new things in the kitchen with me lately, and it turned out just phenomenally. Really great stuff. I served this at my mom’s latest Scentsy party!

Lemon Raspberry Cake Recipe Ingredients

Courtesy of Martha Stewart

  • 1 cup butter, softened at room temperature
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 2 cups sugar, and 2 additional teaspoons sugar separately
  • 2 large eggs, 3 large egg yolks
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice, 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 cup buttermilk

Lemon Raspberry Cake Recipe Directions

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and prepare two 9-inch round cake pans. In one bowl, sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt together, then whisk in the lemon zest. In your kitchen mixer, beat the softened butter and sugar for about two minutes until light and fluffy. Add in the eggs and egg yolks, one at a time, then beat in the 2 tablespoons of lemon juice. Alternate adding the dry ingredients (in 3 parts) and the buttermilk (in 2 parts), beginning and ending with the dry ingredients. Blend just until combined, do not overbeat. Divide the batter between the two pans and smooth it out with a rubber spatula. Bake about 32 to 35 minutes, or until your cake tester comes out clean and the cake just starts to pull away from the edges. Cool in pans. While they’re cooling, stir the 2 teaspoons of sugar and 2 tablespoons of lemon juice, then poke holes in the cake with a skewer and brush the lemon-sugar mixture over it. Cool completely before turning out of pans.

Lemon Buttercream Frosting Recipe & Raspberry Filling Ingredients

Courtesy of Betty Crocker

  • 1/2 cup raspberry preserves
  • 1 1/4 cups butter, softened at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar

Lemon Buttercream Frosting Recipe Directions

In your kitchen mixer with the whisk attachment, beat the softened butter, lemon peel and lemon juice for about 30 seconds. Add the powdered sugar about a half cup at a time, whipping until light and fluffy. Crumb coat each cake layer with frosting and refrigerate for a bit. Add another layer of frosting, then top one layer with the raspberry preserves, going to about a half inch from the edges (so it doesn’t glorp out of the layers when you’re frosting). Stack the other layer on top, then frost the entire thing. Garnish with fresh raspberries and lemon peel (or a lemon twist if you’re lucky enough to have a cool zester thing and some talent).

Cake 42: Raspberry Thin Mint Cheesecake

We received a care package from Mark and Deedee’s family in Seattle while my husband was home on R&R and it included two boxes of my favorite Girl Scout cookies – Thin Mints! (Read my attempt at making homemade thin mint cookies.) I have been thinking about it for a while, and finally with the right supplies, was able to make a thin mint cookie crust for a classic New York cheesecake, which also happened to be the type of cake my husband requested for his time home from Afghanistan. Lucky break.

I apologize for not posting this much sooner – we’ve been enjoying two weeks of R&R from his deployment and I even took lots of time off work to spend with him, so I’m just now getting around to it!

Thin Mints Crust Recipe Ingredients

  • 2 cups Thin Mint cookie crumbs
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted

Thin Mint Crust Recipe Directions

Put enough Girl Scout Thin Mint cookies in the food processor to grind until you get 2 cups of fine cookie crumbs for the cheesecake crust. Melt 1/4 cup of butter. In a small bowl, mix the two with a spatula, and then press into a prepared 9″ round spring form pan. I prepared my spring form pan with butter and flour, as well as a 9″ round parchment paper sheet. Press the crumb mixture firmly into the bottom of the pan.

New York Cheesecake Recipe Ingredients

  • 4 8-ounce packages of cream cheese, softened at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cups milk
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup flour

New York Cheesecake Recipe Directions

Put your oven rack in the middle of the oven, and preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Put a cake pan filled with water on the bottom rack. In your kitchen mixer, beat the cream cheese with the paddle attachment until it’s light and fluffy, and add the sugar gradually, beating until smooth. Mix in the milk, then add the eggs one at a time beating just until blended (don’t overbeat). Add the Greek yogurt, vanilla extract and flour and beat until blended. Pour over your thin mint cookie crust. Bake for 1 hour, or until the middle is just a little jiggly and doesn’t seem quite set. Turn off the oven and let it set for about another half hour. Remove from the oven and cool completely at room temperature. Chill for 6 hours.

Raspberry Sauce Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 6-ounce package of fresh raspberries
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract

Raspberry Sauce Recipe Directions

Thanks, mom-in-law, for teaching us how to do this part. Couldn’t be easier. Cook down the fresh raspberries, sugar and almond extract over medium heat in a saucepan, stirring constantly until the raspberries break down. If you wish to have a smooth, seedless raspberry coulis, simply press the sauce through a sieve with a spoon. My husband said he was just fine with the seeds so we kept them in. Pour over the completely cooled cheesecake, garnish with fresh mint (ours is mint from the garden) and chill in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

White Chocolate Raspberry Mousse in Chocolate Cups

Delicious little morsels for fans of the raspberry and chocolate combo?

Chocolate Cups Recipe Ingredients

  • 10.5 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons shortening

Chocolate Cups Recipe Directions

Chill your miniature muffin/cupcake tin. Put the chopped chocolate and shortening into a metal bowl over a saucepan with water simmering in the bottom. The bowl should not be touching the water. Stir constantly until the mixture is smooth. Remove from the heat and cool a bit (not too much or it will get too thick to paint with). Paint the inside of miniature cupcake liners with the chocolate, then chill in the pan and chocolate cups in the fridge. Re-paint the inside of the cupcake liners two more times to make sure that all the crevices and folds of the paper cups are covered. The chocolate tends to drip to the bottom of the cup. Refrigerate for at least a half hour until your chocolate solidifies. Peel back the paper liners from each chocolate cup. (A few people at the dessert tasting said they would have preferred white chocolate or milk chocolate cups instead of the darker bittersweet chocolate – whatever you like is just fine! Also, you can do full-size cupcake liners if you want to serve larger portions. These portions are for bite-size desserts.)

White Chocolate Raspberry Mousse Recipe Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup fresh raspberry puree
  • 2 tablespoons raspberry liqueur
  • 7 ounces white chocolate, chopped
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream

White Chocolate Raspberry Mousse Recipe Directions

Chill a super-clean metal mixing bowl. Melt the chocolate just like you did for the chocolate cup, over a saucepan of simmering water that doesn’t touch the bowl. In the cooled mixing bowl, whip the heavy cream until stiff peaks form. Put it in the refrigerator to chill. Combine the raspberry puree and raspberry liqueur, and warm them in a metal bowl over hot water just like you did with the chocolate. Slowly stir in the melted white chocolate. Fold the chocolate raspberry mixture into the whipped cream with a spatula. Pipe the white chocolate raspberry mousse into the chocolate cups and chill for at least 6 hours. We garnished ours with a drizzle of fresh raspberry coulis, but you could also do fresh whipped cream or chocolate curls.

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