Finally Cookies – The Oreo

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Well I thought since my blog is called Cookie Cutterz I should at least have already had a post about Cookies but alas I do not, so here I am FINALLY doing a much-needed blog post on one of many favourite cookies to have graced me with its sweetness, which is none other than the dunking cookie called the Oreo.

This is a timeless biscuit for me since it just one of those advertisements for Oreos where the little boy says: “mom says chocolate isn’t good for dogs but you can have some of my milk” which just make you smile and want to eat more Oreo’s with milk or just on their own since they are rich and creamy and self-control is needed often when devouring these delicious biscuits.

The great thing about Oreos are that not only are they incredible to eat but they can be used and added to different types of other recipes. On their website (http://www.oreo.com) they provide recipes into 5 different categories which are the following:

  • Lifestyle
  • Appetizers
  • Desserts
  • Holidays
  • Parties and events

When you pick a recipe you would like to make, they also provide you with recipe tips for this recipe that may include variations, how to make it easy as, nutritional information on the recipe, how to store it as well as what other recipes you may like that are similar to the one you chose.

So here are some of the recipes they provide on their website and hopefully this will entice you to visit their website and try some of their delicious recipes

OREO Crunch Bars

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 OREO Cupcakes

Oreo-Cupcakes-60652 OREO Chocolate Mint Grasshopper Pie

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OREO Cheesecake 
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OREO Espresso Shake

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OREO Doughnuts

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Frozen OREO PizzaFrozen_OREO_Pizza

Mini OREO Surprise CupcakesMini_OREO_Surprise_Cupcakes

Sweet Sayings & Quotes of the Dessert Kind

In conjunction with Chocolate part 5 Quotes and sayings, this is a post about quotes and sayings on desserts and baked goods that I thought I would share since it brought a smile to my face and just made my day a little bit better.  Hopefully it does the same for you 🙂
  • Life is uncertain.  Eat dessert first.  – Ernestine Ulmer
  • I want to have a good body, but not as much as I want dessert. – Jason Love
  • Vegetables are a must on a diet.  I suggest carrot cake, zucchini bread and pumpkin pie.  – Jim Davis

  • Age does not diminish the extreme disappointment of having a scoop of ice cream fall from the cone.  – Jim Fiebig
  • Ice cream is happiness condensed.  – Jessi Lane Adams
  • When you’re dead, you’re dead. And until then, there’s ice cream. – Series: The Mentalist
  • A balanced diet is a cookie in each hand. – Unknown Author

  • Once in a young lifetime one should be allowed to have as much sweetness as one can possibly want and hold.  – Judith Olney
  • Sometimes, eating a thick slice of chocolate fudge cake with ice cream makes you a better person.- Dr. SunWolf
  • Work is the meat of life, pleasure the desert. – B. C. Forbes
  • A man doesn’t have to go to war to be a hero; he can say he doesn’t like pie when he sees there isn’t enough to go around.  – E.W. Howe

( All these quotes are from quote garden.com)

Case of Nostalgia Part 4: Luxury

Luxury. This is the fourth and sadly the final section in the 2011 House and Leisure Food Collector’s Edition. The dessert recipes in this section are all quite extravagant and most of the ingredients are rich and decadent. Out of all four sections, I enjoyed this section the most since it contains the most dessert recipes and the recipes all challenge you and of course there are three recipes that include chocolate so of course this section was the clear winner.

There are 7 dessert recipes in this section and they are as follows:

  • Fig, Thyme and Burnt Butter Tart
  • Winter Jelly with Poached Grapes
  • Trio of Chocolate Parfait Terrine
  • Blueberry Claufoutis
  • Mini Plum Tartes Tatin
  • Two-Toned Custards
  • Wheat and Gluten Free Chocolate Caramel Slices

So here are some of the recipes:

  • Fig, Thyme and Burnt Butter Tart

Ingredients

for the pastry
350g plain flour
135g caster sugar
250g unsalted butter
3 egg yolks
10ml water
3ml salt
1/2 cup walnuts, finely chopped

for the filling
15ml honey
4 egg yolks
1 cup cream
1/2 cup caster sugar
8 fresh figs, halved
3 sprigs fresh thyme
50g butter
15ml icing sugar cream

Preheat the oven to 170°C. Put all the pastry ingredients into a food processor and mix until it forms a ball. Use your fingers to press the pastry into a 23cm tart tin. Refrigerate until you use it.

Mix the honey, yolks, cream and sugar together. Take the pastry out of the fridge and fill with the fig halves. Tear the thyme and sprinkle over the figs. Pour the egg mixture over the figs and bake for about 40 minutes. Melt the butter and heat until it starts to burn. Add the icing sugar, mix together and pour over the tart as soon as it comes out of the oven. Serve warm with thick cream.

This recipe serves 6-8

  • Trio of Chocolate Parfait Terrinedownload

Ingredients:

3 eggs
6 egg yolks
195g caster sugar
75g dark chocolate
525ml cream
75g white chocolate
45ml chocolate almond biscotti, crushed
75g milk chocolate
45ml honeycomb, crushed

Line a 16x8x6cm loaf tin with clingfilm, make sure that it hangs over the edges of the mould and is smooth. Place one egg and two egg yolks in an electric mixer, and whisk on high-speed. Place 65g sugar in a small saucepan with enough water to dampen it.

Heat over medium temperature and cook to soft-ball stage (116°C on a sugar thermometer), or until the sugar resembles a thick syrup and there is slight caramelisation around the sides of the saucepan. Immediately remove from the heat and pour in a constant stream into the whisking eggs, reducing the speed to medium. Once all the sugar syrup has been added, increase the speed to high, and whisk until light and very fluffy.

Melt the dark chocolate in a double boiler over gentle heat, and fold into the egg mixture. Whip 175ml cream to stiff peaks and gently fold into the chocolate mixture. Pour into the lined mould, spread evenly and freeze. Ensure that each layer is frozen before making the next. Repeat the process, this time folding in the melted white chocolate and finely crushed chocolate almond biscotti. Fold in 175ml cream, again whipped to stiff peaks, pour the mixture over the dark chocolate parfait layer, spread evenly and freeze.

Repeat the process with the remaining ingredients, folding in the melted milk chocolate and crushed honeycomb. Whip the remaining cream, fold into the mixture and pour over the white chocolate parfait layer. Freeze until ready to serve. Garnish with piped whipped cream, shards of dark chocolate, crushed honeycomb and crushed biscotti.

This recipe serves 6

  • Wheat and Gluten Free Chocolate Caramel Slices

Ingredients:

for the pastry

130g rice flour

5ml baking powder

100g ground almonds

120g caster sugar

120g butter, melted

for the filling

80g butter

100g soft brown sugar

1 can condensed milk

30ml golden syrup

10ml vanilla

150g 70% dark chocolate

Combine all the ingredients together in a bowl. The mixture will be very crumbly. Press into a 37 x 26 x 2cm lined baking tin, making sure the edges are packed. Bake at 180°C for about 12 minutes until golden brown.

Place all the ingredients, except the chocolate, in a saucepan and cook over a medium heat until the mixture is golden, stirring. Pour the mixture over the cooked pastry base and bake at 180°C for 10 minutes. The mixture will look like caramel and bubble when you take it out of the oven. Leave it to cool. Melt the chocolate in a double boiler. Spread half over the caramel, allow to cool slightly and then top with the remaining chocolate. Leave to set, then cut into squares.

This recipe makes 40 squares

Chocolate Part 5: Quotes & Sayings

Since I LOVE Chocolate as you can tell by it being chocolate part 5 and in my opinion I do not think that there is anything wrong with that since the more the merrier. So for the 5th part of Chocolate I thought I would share some Quotes and Sayings about chocolate. Hope you enjoy:

  • Strength is the capacity to break a chocolate bar into four pieces with your bare hands – and then eat just one of the pieces. –  Judith Viorst
  • It’s not that chocolates are a substitute for love. Love is a substitute for chocolate. Chocolate is, let’s face it, far more reliable than a man. – Miranda Ingram
  • Exercise is a dirty word… Every time I hear it, I wash my mouth out with chocolate. – Unknown Author

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  • Life without chocolate is like a beach without water.- Unknown Author
  • I have this theory that chocolate slows down the aging process…. It may not be true, but do I dare take the chance?- Unknown Author
  • Life is like a box of chocolates – you never know what you’re going to get. – Forrest Gump in “Forrest Gump”
  • Put “eat chocolate” at the top of your list of things to do today. That way, at least you’ll get one thing done.- Unknown Author
  • A day without chocolate is a day without sunshine.- Unknown Author
  • Chocolate doesn’t make the world go around … but it certainly makes the ride worthwhile!- Unknown Author
  • Nothing chocolate…. nothing gained.- Unknown Author
  • There are four basic food groups-milk chocolate, dark chocolate, white chocolate, and chocolate truffles.- Unknown Author
  • Stress wouldn’t be so hard to take if it were chocolate covered.- Unknown Author
  • Chocolate is made from beans. Coffee is made from beans. Beans are vegetables. Have you had your vegetables today?- Unknown Author
  • Chocolate is cheaper than therapy and you don’t need an appointment.- Unknown Author
  • Chocolate cake may not fix everything but it’s a darn good substitute.- Unknown Author
  • There is no chocolate anonymous because no one wants to quit.- Unknown Author
  • Diet tip: Eat a chocolate bar before each meal. It’ll take the edge off your appetite, and you’ll eat less. – Unknown Author

  • Coffee, Chocolate and Men, Somethings are just better rich!- Unknown Author
  • Seven days without chocolate makes one weak!- Unknown Author
  • I am not overweight. I am chocolate enriched.- Unknown Author
  • Nine out of ten people like chocolate. The tenth person always lies. –John Tullius

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  • Money can’t buy happiness, but it can buy chocolate, which is pretty much the same thing! – Unknown Author
  • This guy found a bottle on the ocean, and he opened it and out popped a genie, and he gave him three wishes. The guy wished for a million dollars, and poof! there was a million dollars. Then he wished for a convertible, and poof! there was a convertible. And then, he wished he could be irresistible to all women… poof! he turned into a box of chocolates.- Unknown Author
  • Chocolate does not ask silly questions. Chocolate Understands. – Unknown Author

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Chocolate Part 4: When Life Gives You Lemons, Throw Them Back & Demand Chocolate.

Since winter has decided to arrive and shot us with its coldness which I am not complaining about since in my opinion it is much easier to get warm in winter than it is to get cooler in summer since in winter we have warm cosy blankets, fireplaces and best of all hot coffee and multiple mugs of Warm Delicious Hot Chocolate.

Everyone has their own unique way of making their own hot chocolate, some like it very sweet and others prefer it without added sweetness. I on the other hand like my hot chocolate with an added kick. Coming from a hot-blooded Latin family that likes to add hotness and spiciness to everything which makes hot chocolate no exception.

So without further do here is my recipe for my Delicious Spicy Hot Chocolate:

Serves 2:

  • 40ml of Cocoa Powder
  • 15ml icing sugar
  • 5ml cinnamon
  • 2ml chili powder
  • 100ml milk
  • 50ml boiling water
  • mini marshmallows for topping

In a small saucepan mix the cocoa powder, icing sugar, cinnamon, chili powder and add a bit of the milk and mix to form a paste.

Than add the milk and water by slowly mix it with the chocolate paste.  Warm it up on the stove until its hot but not boiling.

Pour the hot chocolate into two mugs and top off with the mini marshmallows. If you do not like marshmallows, you can top it off with whipped cream instead or both 🙂

Also the bigger the mug, the better the hot chocolate! 🙂

Case of Nostalgia Part 3: Winter Warmth

Winter. This is the Third section in the 2011 House and Leisure Food Collector’s Edition and recipes they provide under the winter section are warm, sweet and delicious and are perfect for those days of just sitting by the fireplace, in blanket watching movies.

There were three dessert recipes in this section and all three are different from each other and look delicious. however the two that stood out to me was firstly the Steamed Vanilla Sponge with Fig Preserve and secondly the Earl Grey Cheesecake.

  1. Steamed Vanilla Sponge with Fig Preserve
  • 175g softened butter
  • 175g self-raising flour
  • 175g caster sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 45ml milk
  • 250g fig preserve in syrup

Cream together the butter, flour, sugar, eggs, lemon zest and milk in a cake mixer until thick and smooth. Rub the inside of a ovenproof glass bowl and pour in the syrup from the fig preserve. Arrange the figs around the bottom of the bowl and pour in the batter over them. Cover the bowl with clingfilm and place inside a saucepan big enough to leave a little space around the bowl. 

Pour boiling water into the pot until it comes halfway up the side of the bowl. Cover the pot with a lid and place it on the stove, bringing it to the boil. Steam for two hours, checking the water periodically and topping it up if necessary. Remove from the heat, take the bowl out of the water and invert the pudding onto a plate. Serve hot with thick cream or custard. This recipe serves 6-8.

2. Earl Grey Cheesecake

  • 1 earl grey tea bag
  • 45ml hot water
  • 1 packet of digested biscuits
  • 30g butter, melted
  • 750g cream cheese
  • 10ml cornflour 
  • 200g caster sugar 
  • 3 eggs
  • 200ml sour cream  

Preheat the oven to 160°C. Open the tea bag and soak the leaves in the hot water. Line a 25cm springform tin with baking paper and set aside.

Crush the biscuits until fine, add the melted butter and mix. Press into the tin. Mix the cream cheese, cornflour and sugar together in a mixer. Add the eggs, tea and sour cream, and beat until the mixture thickens. Pour into the tin and bake for 45 minutes until slightly wobbly in the middle. Refrigerate until set. This recipe serves 6-8. 

Chocolate Part 3: If At First You Don’t Succeed, Have Chocolate

hTo Start the month of June on a positive, I thought I would share some benefits of dark chocolate on our health as well as in cooking since even though the way chocolate taste is its best quality, it also has many other benefits.

There are three main types of chocolates available  to eat which are white chocolate, milk chocolate and dark chocolate.  Dark chocolate is the best in terms of quality and in health benefits since it contains a higher cocoa percentage than the other two which contain more added fats and sugar. So here are some benefits of dark chocolate:

  1. Good for Your Brain: Dark chocolate increases blood flow to the brain and heart thus helping to improve cognitive function. Dark chocolate contains several chemical compounds that have a positive effect on a person’s mood and cognitive well-being. It also contains PEA which stands for phenylethylamine which is the chemical that encourages the brain to release endorphins, so eating dark chocolate will make a person feel happier. Dark chocolate also contains some caffeine which a mild stimulant however in 1.5 ounce of dark chocolate there is only 27mg of caffeine compared to an 8 ounce cup of coffee that has 200mg.
  2. Helps Control Blood Sugar: Flavonoids in dark chocolate help reduce insulin resistance by helping your cells to function normally and recover its ability to use insulin properly which can help keep blood vessels healthy and circulation undamaged to protect against type 2 diabetes. Dark chocolate also has a low GI which means it will not cause big spikes in blood sugar levels.
  3. Good for Your Heart:  By consuming a small amount of dark chocolate 2 or 3 times a week can help lower blood pressure, improve blood flow and may help prevent the formation of blood clots.
  4. Full of Antioxidants: Dark chocolate contains antioxidants that help free the body of free radicals, which cause oxidative damage to cells and associated with the aging process. Free radicals may also cause cancer so by consuming antioxidant rich foods such as dark chocolate can protect the human body from many types of cancer and slow signs of aging.
  5. High in Vitamins and Minerals: Dark chocolate contains certain types of vitamins and minerals that support a person’s health. It contains some of the following vitamins and minerals in high concentrations: potassium, copper, magnesium and iron.  The copper and potassium help prevent against stroke and cardiovascular ailments. The iron protects against iron deficiency anemia, and the magnesium helps prevent type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease.

Remember even with all these great benefits, Dark chocolate should also be consumed in moderate amounts and that the higher the cocoa percentage the better :).

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