Category Archives: Holidays

A Twist on Holiday Cookies: Mexican Chocolate Cookies

Let’s face it: everyone is sick of sugar cookies. Yeah, they’re beautiful, but by the time the 10th coworker brings some into your office, you can take it no more. Please, you beg, bake something else.

So here you go. This is a recipe from Enlightened Chocolate by Camilla Saulsbury, quite possibly my favorite dessert book ever (and a wonderful gift from a fabulous friend in Baltimore, may I add). These cookies are a little spicy, a little cinnamon-y and utterly delicious. Bake a bunch for yourself, or be a good person and bring them to the office. Everyone will thank you profusely.

Mexican Chocolate Cookies

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 cup whole-wheat pastry flour

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

pinch of salt

5 Tbsp butter

7 Tbsp unsweetened cococa powder (not Dutch-process)

2/3 cup sugar

1/3 cup dark brown sugar

1/3 cup plain low-fat or Greek yogurt

1/2 tsp vanilla extract


1. Preheat the oven to 350F and line two cookie sheets with parchment paper. Mix the flours, spices and salt in a bowl. Set aside.

2. Cream the butter and sugars together. Add the vanilla extract and yogurt.

3. Mix the sugar-butter mixture and flour mixtures until completely combined.

4. Drop by level tablespoons onto the cookie sheets and bake for about 8-10 minutes or until almost set. Cool completely and enjoy!!


Posted by on December 11, 2008 in Chocolate, cookies, Holidays


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Fun Wine-Themed Gifts for Wine Lovers

Every single time I go to World Market, I end up spending hours there, just gazing at all of their international wares. I walk around with a glazed look on my face, wandering the aisles like a lost puppy, wondering how in the world I’m going to walk out without draining my bank account. They have fabulous thick, artisan pastas from Italy and packets of spices cheaper than anywhere else. Spanish, French and Belgian chocolates, coffees from all over, teas galore.

But let’s get to the point of this column. I found the two neatest non-wine gifts for wine lovers yesterday. Check out:

Brix Chocolates: The sweet treat to pair with your wine. This company claims that its chocolates are so pure their flavors are perfect for wine pairing. The labels give you suggestions on which chocolates to pair with your wine. The milk chocolate might pair with a Pinot Noir, Port, Burgundy or Rose, while the dark chocolate goes best with Barolo or Cabernet Sauvignon. Brilliant marketing, anyone? Yes, but it these chocolates are simply irrestistable.


Brent’s Chardonnay Wine Brittle: Classy, cute, crunchy. Spanish peanuts, butter, sugar, Chardonnay wine, pure Indonesian vanilla, baking soda and just a dash of salt make this brittle such a neat gift for those who love wine so much they want to eat it in candy form. Brent’s also offers Fiery Beer Brittle for the beer lovers.

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Posted by on December 11, 2008 in Holidays, Wine


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