Chef's Notes Plus

All About Chocolate

Bewildering arrays of cocoa and chocolate products exist and vary widely in quality and availability. The first step in properly selecting these products is to understand the makeup of each and their uses. Bittersweet/semisweet chocolate Often simply called dark chocolate, the FDA regulates that this type of chocolate must contain […]

Cookies

Black and White Cookies

Make about 2 dozen cookies Ingredients 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter 1 cup sugar 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt 3 eggs 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 1/4 cup sour cream 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon baking powder Vanilla Glaze Ingredients 1 1/4 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted 2 tablespoons […]

Cookies, Desserts

Candy Bowl Cookies

Makes about 2 dozen cookies These cookies are a classic chocolate chip cookie recipe, with a twist. In place of chocolate chips, we’ve used chip-sized pieces of Halloween-favorite chocolate candies, like peanut butter cups, chocolate-covered caramels, and chocolate-coated toffee pieces. Use whatever you like best, adding as many textures as […]

Cookies

Chocolate Cappuccino Shortbread With Dark Chocolate Glaze

Makes 30 Cookies Ingredients 8 ounces unsalted butter, soft 1/2 cup dark brown sugar, packed 2 cups all-purpose flour 1/4 cup cocoa powder 1 teaspoon espresso powder 2 tablespoons cornstarch 2 tablespoons granulated sugar 3 tablespoons Dark Chocolate Glaze (recipe below) Directions Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a 9×13-inch […]

Desserts, Family Fun

Chocolate Cereal Crumbles

Makes 4 to 6 servings So simple and satisfying, these little treats are a snack for kids and grown-ups! Use your favorite cereal and experiment with a mix of dark, milk, or even white chocolate, if you like. We love peanuts in this recipe, but you can replace it with […]

Desserts, Sauces, Dressings, and Condiments

Chocolate Glaze

Makes about 1 1/2 cups, or enough to glaze a 9-inch cake This chocolate glaze stays shiny but soft and is a perfect topping for cream puffs or éclairs. Use it to glaze a cake or to drizzle into vanilla ice cream for a chocolate ripple effect. Ingredients 1/2 cup […]

Sauces, Dressings, and Condiments

CHOCOLATE HAZELNUT SPREAD

This homemade spread is a healthier take on the store-bought version. Try this delicious chocolate hazelnut spread over your favorite whole grain breads, or use as a flavorful filling in pastries or desserts. Makes 2 cups  Prep time: 10 minutes Cooking time: 20 minutes   ©The Culinary Institute of America 

Desserts

Chocolate Mousse

Makes 4 to 6 servings Heating the egg whites and egg yolks not only pasteurizes them, making them safe to eat without further cooking, but it also dissolves the sugar and denatures the proteins. This creates a smooth and strong structure in your egg foams that helps to keep your […]

Desserts

Chocolate Peanut Butter Icebox Cake

Makes 8 servings This may be an icebox cake recipe, but the beauty of an icebox cake is that it requires no recipe. Simple layer your favorite cookie (graham crackers, chocolate chip, snickerdoodles!) with something creamy (pudding, whipped cream, dulce de leche!) and wait until tomorrow. Ingredients 2 cups heavy […]

Free Recipes, Pies and Tarts

Chocolate Pecan Pie

Makes one 9-inch pie This simple variation on pecan pie is for the chocolate-lovers. The chocolate is not overpowering, but is actually a great semi-bitter complement to the otherwise sweet pie. Served warm, the chocolate will be melted and gooey, but served at room temperature, you can enjoy bites of […]