confectioners’ sugar

Toffee Meltaways

Happy Buttercrunch Day!

Caramelized Butter and Sugar… some call it Toffee, some call it Buttercrunch.

Up until a few days ago I actually didn’t know there was a difference. But thanks to The Nibble we have a couple of examples to help us distinguish the two:

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Chocolate Garlic Cheesecake Truffles

Now before you run away… let me just say that I wanted to start the year by challenging myself to come up with a new recipe using an ingredient you wouldn’t normally think of using to make a dessert.

Last summer I created a video for Paula Dean’s Real Women of Philadelphia in which I demonstrated how to make Espresso Hazelnut Cheesecake Ice Cream

Well, just a few weeks ago Real Women of Philadelphia announced a new video challenge using Philadelphia’s newest product, Philadelphia Cooking Cream.

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Chocolate Crunch Snowball Cookies

Although I come from a humble family, my father a Cuban immigrant, and my mother a former nun who decided to leave her life behind in Mexico and start a fresh beginning here in the U.S. I don’t recall a time during my childhood where I experienced hunger, true hunger.

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ChocoMintArita Macarons

Yes, I did it again… I created another margarita/tequila inspired macaron.

I’m sure you would have taken exactly the same course of action if someone invited you to a “Ladies Night In” event sponsored by Sauza Tequila right?

And if that wasn’t reason enough…

Let’s just say you were also going to be treated to a private cooking demonstration given by the very talented Food Network Chef from Mexican Made Easy and Author of Fresh Mexico: 100 Simple Recipes for True Mexican Flavor; Marcela Valladolid.

See… I knew I made the right decision.

Chef Marcela Valladolid

This chica has it all, talent, beauty, mean cooking skills, and tons of charm!

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Eggnog Snowflake Linzer Cookies

Today I’m going to share with you my interpretation of a very popular Austrian Christmas cookie.

Because as you can see from the title of this post I’ve made a *few* dreamy alterations to the traditional recipe and added my own holiday spin if you will.

You could think of Linzer cookies as baby Linzertortes which are traditionally made using ground almonds and filled with black currant or seedless raspberry preserves. The only major distinction between the two, other than the obvious size, is that instead of a lattice crust which adorns the Linzertortes, the tops of Linzer cookies have a small round cutout in the center to make the preserves visible, better known as Linzer “eyes”.

So for my Linzer Cookie version I opted to swap out the almonds for pecans, and replace the traditional preserve filling with an eggnog glaze, oh and the “eyes” on my linzer cookies are in the shape of a snowflake. Very à propos, no?

Snowflake Eggnog Linzer Cookies

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