Showing posts with label chocolate. Show all posts
Showing posts with label chocolate. Show all posts

Star Wars Day Cookies (and Skywalker Memories) from author Cleo Coyle

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A special post for Star Wars Day (aka) 
May the Fourth Be with You Day!

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A long time ago (in a galaxy not so far away), I served as editorial director for a line of Lucasfilm children's books. As a lifelong Star Wars fan, this was a dream come true. Although I was based in New York, I visited Skywalker Ranch enough times to point out the particulars of Mr. Lucas's stunning, sprawling Victorian Main House, pictured above. (Over the fireplace you'll find the Norman Rockwell, and in that glass case Indiana Jones's leather whip.)

To say I enjoyed my work would be a galactic understatement. I was reading top secret scripts; seeing raw footage in George Lucas's own screening room; and brainstorming tie-in book ideas right there at Skywalker. Even eating in the gorgeous Ranch dining room was a trip (OMG, there's George!). I learned so much in that realm of storytelling magic. I'll never forget it.


Crispy on the outside, CHEWY on the inside.
Out of this world cookies for Star Wars Day
Now that I'm a culinary mystery writer, murder is my business and so is food, which is why I'm sharing an out of this world cookie recipe for Star Wars Day, one that's crispy on the outside and delightfully Chewy on the inside. (Yes, puns are my business, too.) 









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free recipe PDF.

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May the Force Be with You (Always!)

Cleo Coyle
New York Times bestselling author of
The Coffeehouse Mysteries







How to Make Chocolate Chip Cobbler by Cleo Coyle

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Liquefied chocolate bubbles up through this baked cobbler like a Willy Wonka primordial swamp. While still warm and magnificently gooey, spoon it into bowls and serve it with ice cream or whipped cream. Now that's eating with joy!

http://www.coffeehousemysteries.com/userfiles/file/ChocolateChipCobbler_CleoCoyle.pdf
Click here to download
this recipe as a free
PDF document.
To download this recipe in a free PDF, click here. To see the rest of this blog post with large, step-by-step photos, scroll down, or click on the read more link below.

~ Cleo Coyle, author of
The Coffeehouse Mysteries














Easy Kahlua Brownies by Cleo Coyle

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For the love
of chocolate...
and coffee!

Most culinary experts agree that chocolate and coffee are a perfect match. The reason? Both are made from roasted beans, so when you add coffee to chocolate desserts, it enhances that deep roasted flavor, making the chocolate taste richer and more intense. That’s one reason why Kahlua brownies are so popular. The other is the "spirit" of the rum in the sweet coffee liqueur, which brings the party with the flavor.

Unfortunately, retaining that flavor is tricky. Many recipes instruct you to add Kahlua to your batter, but during the baking, much of the taste and spirits are cooked away. Today’s easy recipe shares how Marc and I make our Kahlua brownies. Here's a hint. We were inspired by the affogato...



Affogato, which means "drowned" in Italian, is a deliciously easy dessert in which Italians simply pour a shot or two of hot espresso (or strongly brewed coffee) over a scoop or two of gelato or ice cream.

As for the brownies, get our easy recipe by scrolling down or clicking here or on the "Read More" link below. May you bake with love and...eat with joy!


Caramel and Sea Salt Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies for #ChocolateChipCookieDay from author Cleo Coyle

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With rich flavor notes of buttery caramel and sea salt, these Silver Dollar Chocolate Chip Cookies are truly little treasures.
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My readers may remember them from my recent bestselling Coffeehouse Mystery Once Upon a Grind.

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as a free PDF, click here

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May you eat with chocolate chip joy!

Cleo Coyle
New York Times bestselling author of
The Coffeehouse Mysteries




Chocolate-Almond Matzo Buttercrunch and Pistachio Buttercrunch for Passover from Cleo Coyle

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This week brings the celebration of Passover, one of the most widely observed Jewish holidays of the year. An important food custom that’s followed during this week is to eat no yeasted bread, only unleavened bread (aka Maztos).


Cleo Coyle has a partner in
crime-writing—her husband.
Learn about their books
by clicking here and here.

MATZOS + CHOCOLATE 
AN AMAZING TREAT 


Over the last few years, the basic recipe for Matzo Caramel Buttercrunch has been posted all over the Internet, but it was originally created by Marcy Goldman, author of A Treasury of Jewish Holiday Baking. This post gives you my version with step-by-step photos and some personal notes and tips. I hope you enjoy it!



Love and peace to you. Happy Passover, Happy Spring! And may God bless us, every one.

~ Cleo Coyle 

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Banana Splits for Grown-Ups with an Easy Microwave Recipe for Magic Shell Chocolate from Cleo Coyle

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Behold my "Coffeehouse" version of the classic American banana split: a fun, fast way to fancy up the famous kiddie sundae for the adult table. 

My post not only shows you how I make this beautiful "dinner service" presentation, but also gives you a recipe and tips for making your own magic shell chocolate--a great way to create chilly chocolate treats for summertime eats.
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recipe in a free PDF document.


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Eat with joy!

~ Cleo Coyle, author of
The Coffeehouse Mysteries



Chocolate Chip Millennium Falcon and Silver Dollar Chocolate Chip Cookies by Cleo Coyle

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A long time ago (in a galaxy not so far away), I served as editorial director for a line of Lucasfilm children's books. As a lifelong Star Wars fan, this was a dream come true. Although I was based in New York, I visited Skywalker Ranch enough times to point out the particulars of Mr. Lucas's stunning Victorian Main House (the Norman Rockwell over the fireplace, the original Indiana Jones whip in the glass case). 



To say I enjoyed my work would be the understatement of the century. I was reading top secret scripts; seeing raw footage in George Lucas's own screening room; and brainstorming ideas right there at Skywalker. Even eating in the gorgeous Ranch dining room was a died-and-gone-to-heaven trip (OMG, there's George!). I learned so much in that realm of storytelling magic. I'll never forget it.



Now that I'm a culinary mystery writer, murder is my business and so is food; thus, I give you the Millennium Falcon Chocolate Chip Cookie along with the recipe to bake your own. Crispy on the outside, these cookies are also delightfully Chewy on the inside (yes, puns are my business, too!). And they truly are out of this world. :)






Click here for the
free recipe PDF.


To download my recipe now
as a free PDF, click here

To see the recipe in blog post form, scroll down or click here, and...

May the Force Be with You (Always!)

~ Cleo Coyle
New York Times bestselling author of
The Coffeehouse Mysteries








How to Make Chocolate Chip Cobbler by Cleo Coyle

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Liquefied chocolate bubbles up through this baked cobbler like a Willy Wonka primordial swamp. While still warm and magnificently gooey, spoon it into bowls and serve it with ice cream or whipped cream. Now that's eating with joy!

http://www.coffeehousemysteries.com/userfiles/file/ChocolateChipCobbler_CleoCoyle.pdf
Click here to download
this recipe as a free
PDF document.
To download this recipe in a free PDF, click here. To see the rest of this blog post with large, step-by-step photos, scroll down, or click here or on the read more link below.

~ Cleo Coyle, author of
The Coffeehouse Mysteries














How to make Frozen Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Bites by Cleo Coyle #dairyfree #glutenfree

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These frozen goodies are delicious right out of the freezer. The bananas turn creamy after a day or so with a texture just like ice cream, but with a lot less fat (and a little less guilt).

http://www.coffeehousemystery.com/userfiles/file/Cleo-Coyle_Chocolate-Peanut-Butter-Banana-Bites.pdf
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recipe PDF,
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Or read the entire post (and get a bonus recipe) by scrolling down or clicking here, or on the read more link below...


How to Bake the $250 Chocolate Chip Cookie by Cleo Coyle

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In this post, I share some of my favorite urban legends with you, including one that involves food: the legendary $250 Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe. I also share some tips with you on getting the most out of any chocolate chip cookie recipe. Yes, even a notorious one. 

If you'd like to download the recipe in a free PFD, click here. To read my entire post, scroll down, or click here and...bake with joy! 

~ Cleo Coyle, author of
The Coffeehouse Mysteries




Coffeehouse Banana Split: My Grown-Up Take on a Kiddie Classic with Magic Shell Chocolate by Cleo Coyle

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Here is my "Coffeehouse" version of the American classic: a fun, fast way to fancy up the famous kiddie sundae for the adult table. 


Cleo Coyle, author of
The Coffeehouse Mysteries
Click here for a fast printable copy of the recipe or read the entire post by clicking the "Read More" link below (or scrolling down).





How to Make Nutella Banana Split Bread by author Cleo Coyle

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This beautiful bread gives the taste of two different loaves in every slice: Chocolate-Hazelnut "Nutella" Bread on top and Banana Bread on the bottom. 

My recipe will show you how easy this bread is to make with one bowl and one batter.

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Chocolate Ricotta Muffins: An Easy, Low-Fat Coffeehouse Recipe from Cleo Coyle

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My readers might recall these light, chocolaty muffins from my bestselling Coffeehouse Mystery A Brew to a Kill
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As the story opens, coffeehouse manager Clare Cosi hires a sweet-natured dietitian to help lighten some of the higher calorie items on her menu. 

When Lilly is brutally struck by a hit-and-run driver, Clare’s outrage propels her into tracking down the culprit; and once again, Clare is sleuthing her way in and out of trouble. 

For today's recipe, I'm duplicating one of Lilly's coffeehouse menu makeovers. May you eat it with joy--and in good health! 

(To get the recipe, scroll down or hit the "read more" link below...)

Chocolate Matzo Buttercrunch and White Chocolate-Pistachio Buttercrunch from Cleo Coyle

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This month marks the celebration of Passover, one of the most widely observed Jewish holidays of the year. An important food custom that’s followed during this week is to eat no yeasted bread, only unleavened bread (aka Maztos).

Cleo Coyle, author of The
Coffeehouse Mysteries
MATZOS + CHOCOLATE 
AN AMAZING TREAT 


Over the last few years, the basic recipe for Matzo Caramel Buttercrunch has been posted all over the Internet, but it was originally created by Marcy Goldman, author of A Treasury of Jewish Holiday Baking. This post gives you my version with step-by-step photos and some personal notes and tips. I hope you enjoy it!

Love and peace to you. Happy Passover, Happy Easter, Happy Spring! And may God bless us, every one.

~ Cleo Coyle 

How to Make Chocolate Buttercream Frosting without Butter or Cream by Cleo Coyle

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Cleo Coyle has a partner in 
crime writing—her husband. 
Learn about their books
by clicking here and here.

This "buttercream" frosting has no butter or cream, yet it tastes like a chocolate fudge dream. So what's the mystery ingredient to this frosting? It's one that vegans and vegetarians may have guessed by now...avocado.

If you've never used avocado as a substitute for butter in baking, I can tell you that it's a lot of fun to play with...


Black Bean Brownies: No flour, No butter, Just Chocolate Fudgy Goodness by Cleo Coyle

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These chocolate brownies nearly qualify as magic. There is no white flour in the recipe. The structure comes from nutritious black beans, which add fiber and protein, but you won't taste the beans. You'll taste only delicious fudgy chocolate. 


My Coffeehouse Mystery readers may recognize these brownies as a bonus recipe from A Brew to a Kill. To view more recipes from the book, click here

To get the Black Bean Brownie recipe, click the "read more" link below or scroll down...



Little Chocolate Clouds from Cleo Coyle

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Foobuzz.com named an earlier version of this
post a Number One "Top 9" Pick among
thousands of food blogs.



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"I had some dreams, they were
clouds in my coffee…”

One of songwriter Carly Simon’s many inspired lines was my inspiration for today’s recipe post.

"When coffee dreams,
it dreams of chocolate..."
(And so do I)
With warmer weather finally making its appearance here in New York City, and the threat of sleeveless tops and shorts coming at me like a Sisyphus boulder, I knew my craving for something chocolate needed to be tempered into something light.

Then spring cleaning started me thinking about using up my foods before they hit their dreaded expiration dates. And what was on the cusp of being ejected from my fridge? Eggs!

The result was this recipe for Little Chocolate Clouds. These simple chocolate meringues are easy to whip up and bake. They are bursting with chocolate flavor yet still light and with the added bonus of protein....

Cleo Coyle's Cuppa Joe Mocha Drops

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My recipe for you today is a decadent chocolate frosted brownie-like cookie kissed with the sultry note of coffee. 

While I was growing up, bountiful trays of cookies, baked by the women of my family, were a beloved and expected addition to our Italian-American wedding feasts. 
Of course, in Italian culture, cookies aren’t just eaten at special occasions. Pizzelles, sesame cookies (see my recipe in Decaffeinated Corpse), pignolis, amaretti, biscotti (see my recipe in Latte Trouble), and many other kinds are enjoyed at all hours of the day: at breakfast with cappuccinos, in the afternoon with an espresso pick-me-up, or after dinner on an elegant dessert dish...


Mocha-Dipped Rum Macaroons from Cleo Coyle

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This recipe was inspired by one of my favorite Halloween candies.

Do you have a favorite trick or treat candy? After hours trekking our chilly, dark, “haunted” neighborhood in Southwestern Pennsylvania, my sister and I loved upending our pillow cases and dumping our sweet loot out on the living room floor. Sorting and ranking would follow...

What is a true BROOKLYN BLACKOUT CAKE? And why is it from Brooklyn? Cleo Coyle tells you…

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The eyes eat first!

Feast your eyes on a very rare sight. Pictured above is a Brooklyn Blackout Cake that is actually from Brooklyn. Why is it rare? Because my husband and I found one of the only bakeries in Brooklyn that still bakes and sells this cake. 



We went in search of it as research in finalizing 


our own Blackout Cake recipe...