This week I experimented with three different dessert recipes. The first recipe I made just to enjoy at home. It is from Missy Chase Lapine aka “The Sneaky Chef.” I’ve owned a couple of her cookbooks for a few years, but had never made these cookies. They are chocolate chocolate chip cookies, but with a really healthy kick. They contain “The Sneaky Chef’s” signature “purple puree.” This purple puree is comprised of spinach and blueberries. Yep, you read that correctly. These cookies have spinach in them! The most amazing part is that you cannot taste the spinach…not even a little bit! It’s unbelievable! These cookies also contain a really healthy flour blend that is comprised of equal parts of all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, and wheat germ. I have made many of “The Sneaky Chef’s” recipes, and this recipe is among my favorites. Even my picky eater Ryan loved these cookies. That in itself is a testament to just how yummy they are. Victoria is actually “in” on all the secrets, and she bravely tries all the dishes anyway. She loved these cookies too. Here is the link to the recipe that I used: http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detail.asp?recipe=1803961 Unlike the recipe in this link, I used Missy’s flour blend. I mix 1 cup of all-purpose flour, 1 cup of whole wheat flour, and 1 cup of wheat germ, and add it to a gallon size zip lock bag. Then I use what I need for the recipe at hand, and store the rest in the fridge. This recipe only calls for 1 cup of the flour blend, so you will definitely have some left over. You will totally make these cookies more than once, so left overs are a good thing! Additionally, I always add a mixture of semi sweet chocolate chips, and white chocolate chips to the batter…YUM!
The second sweet treat that I baked was strawberry lemonade scones. I found this recipe on “Pinterest” a few months ago, and knew immediately that I had to try it. Last April, I purchased a scone pan, and I have only used it once. I was really anxious to use it again, so when I found this recipe I knew I had to try it. That said, it took me a bit as the recipe requires a few things that I don’t routinely have on hand. I never have heavy whipping cream in the fridge, and it is one of the ingredients. Also, the recipe calls for freeze-dried strawberries which I also never have. I picked them up specifically at Trader Joe’s to make these scones. I am happy to report that these scones are delicious! The scones are tender and sweet, with a hint of tang from the lemons. They would be perfect with coffee, tea, or a glass of lemonade. YUM! Having the scone pan made my job a ton easier, and I am so glad that I decided to splurge and pick it up. Here is the link to the recipe that I used: http://www.munchkinmunchies.com/2011/05/strawberry-lemonade-scones.html
The last sweet treat I made for the dessert course of our meal with The Phillips family. We got together over last weekend to have dinner and hang out, and I brought dessert. The Phillips’ really enjoy snickerdoodles, so I decided to try chocolate snickerdoodles. I have never made them before, so I was excited to try them. I also took chocolate peanut butter no bakes. I have made these cookies numerous times in the past, but it has been a bit since we last ate them. I featured them in my “Cookie of the Week” blog. Here is the link to that blog entry: http://chris-cookieoftheweek.blogspot.com/2011/01/week-7-chocolate-peanut-butter-no-bakes.html The snickerdoodles came out great. Truth be told, I prefer regular ‘ol snickerdoodles, but these were a nice change. Here is a link to the recipe that I used: http://www.bhg.com/recipe/cookies/chocolate-snickerdoodle-drops/
Dinner with the Phillips family was great as usual. To add to the merriment, we started the evening off with a really great cocktail. Sheila, aka Shirley found the recipe on “Pinterest” and decided to make it for us. It is called “The Fishbowl” and it is delicious! It has nerds on the bottom (like gravel in a fish tank), swedish fish, sliced lemons, limes, and oranges, pineapple juice, Sprite, and about a gallon of liquor! Not really. ☺ All I can say is “WOW.” It was amazing. Shirl has a real knack for mixing drinks, and I for one love love love to reap the benefits. I think she should start a blog titled “Cocktail of the Month”, and for the record, I am totally volunteering to taste test all the drinks! C’mon Shirl… hurry up and start mixing drinks…the Cookie Mama wants a cocktail! ☺
I hope you try the recipes. Enjoy! ♥