Posts Tagged ‘chocolate’

Cupcake Heaven

May 24, 2010

Most people go to Washington DC for the amazing history and incredible museums.  I…go for the food!  Don’t get me wrong, I love visiting the sites in our country’s capital, but when you find a place like Georgetown Cupcake, it goes at the top of your “must visit” list!

Over the course of my 9 days in DC these are the flavors I sampled: Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip, Coconut, Lemon Blossom, Chocolate 2, Chocolate 3, Salted Caramel, Vanilla Birthday and Chocolate Hazelnut!  I made a couple different trips to the store because although they have regular flavors you can get anytime they also have daily flavors, so of course you have to visit more than once to truly experience their cupcakes (at least that’s what I told myself)!

My favorite was Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip with second being either the Vanilla Birthday or the Lemon Blossom, or maybe the chocolate hazelnut. Actually, I don’t know what order I would put them in.  They were all fabulous.

So if you ever find yourself in DC, make sure you see the Smithsonians and the Memorials, but do not forget to visit Georgetown Cupcake!


The Search For Chocolate Perfection (in a cookie)

May 4, 2010

I mentioned in a previous post that I am a recipe collector and accumulate way too many recipes that I will never use.  After cleaning out my stash and organizing them into beautiful Liberty of London binders, I am determined to make each and every recipe I’m saving.   I was thrilled to see that the next recipe in line for a trial run was this chocolate crinkle cookie.

I’ve been looking for the perfect chocolate cookie for a while.  I want a cookie with perfect texture and of course amazing taste.  Unfortunately, I have yet to be able to find that.  This one comes close, but I’m not sure I’ve ended my search.  Although, I do have to say that even though I am not a warm cookie person, these cookies were pretty perfect right out of the oven. They tasted like little molten cakes!  Give them a try and let me know what you think. And if you have the perfect chocolate cookie recipe please send it to me!

3/4 cup butter, melted

1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1 cup sugar

2 eggs

2 tsp vanilla extract

2 cups flour

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

6 ounces mini semisweet chocolate chips

3/4 cup powdered sugar

In a large bowl mix together the melted butter, cocoa powder, and sugar. Whisk in the eggs and vanilla.  In a medium bowl, stir the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.  Mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. Stir in the chips. Refrigerate the dough for 2 hours.

Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Form the dough into 1-inch balls, then roll them in powdered sugar. Bake the cookies on an ungreased baking sheet for 10 minutes. Set the baking sheet on a wire rack for 5 minutes, then lightly dust them with the remaining powdered sugar. Transfer cookies to the cooling rack.  Makes 4 dozen.