Chewy Chocolaty Goodness!

We are in full swing of the holiday season and I couldn’t be more excited! This is the one time of the year that I put on my baking toque, get in the kitchen, and bake cookies until my heart’s content.

This week’s Your Resident Gourmet Newsletter recipe is a new one for me-my daughters made these Hot Cocoa Cookies over the Thanksgiving break and I fell in love with their chewy chocolaty goodness. So of course I had to share it with you and embellish the recipe a bit by adding some crushed candy canes for a peppermint surprise. I hope you enjoy these Peppermint Hot Cocoa Cookies over your holiday break!

 Happy Holidays!

Chef Jennifer


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Peppermint Hot Cocoa Cookies

This recipe tastes exactly like a cup of rich creamy hot cocoa, only better!

Yields 2-3 dozen


1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
12 oz. semi-sweet chocolate

6 peppermint candy canes, crushed + 1 for garnish
1 1/2 cups flour
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups brown sugar
3 eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

25 large marshmallows, cut in half


Preheat oven to 325*F.

Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or spray with pan spray.

In a medium saucepan (or in a microwave safe bowl, using 50% power), melt the butter and chocolate, stirring frequently. Once melted, set aside to cool slightly.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt.
Beat the sugar, eggs and vanilla, in a medium bowl until well combined.
Add the cooled chocolate mixture and crushed candy cane to the egg mixture and stir until just combined.
While mixing, add the flour mixture slowly and blend until just combined.
Scrape down the sides of the bowl, then cover the dough and refrigerate about 1 hour. If making the dough a day ahead, let sit at room temperature for 30 minutes before shaping.

Using a tablespoon or small scoop, scoop the dough, then roll the dough in your hands to create balls. Arrange the balls about 2 inches apart on your baking sheets, then flatten slightly. Butter or oil your hands to reduce stickiness.
Bake cookies about 12 minutes.
Remove cookies from oven and press one marshmallow half into the center of each cookie and sprinkle with crushed candy cane.

Return the cookies to the oven and bake another 2-3 minutes.

Remove from oven and allow the pan of cookies to cool a few minutes, and then transfer cookies to cooling rack to cool completely.

Serve with a mug of hot cocoa or a glass of ice cold milk!



photo by jess gonzales

Make A Better Thanksgiving Sandwich!

Thanksgiving is a day away and  by now your menu is set, your shopping done, and your turkey all set for the oven. But if you’re like me, you’re already thinking of  Thanksgiving leftovers!

I found this great article by and wanted to share their great leftover sandwich ideas with you in this week’s Your Resident Gourmet Newsletter.

 So enjoy and Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours!

Chef Jennifer  


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10 Reasons Leftovers Are The Best Part Of Thanksgiving!

Every year, you make way too much food for Thanksgiving

 So shat should you do with it?
courtesy of Christine Bryne
November 2013

1. Try a sandwich

This Leftover Sandwich is the sexiest photograph MAXIM has ever printed.

2. You don’t really need a Thanksgiving Sandwich recipe, because it’s straight up All The Leftovers On The Bread.

3. But there are some tricks to elevating that basic sandwich: Consider a “moist maker.”

Third slice of bread soaked in gravy and sandwiched between the fillings = a moist maker.



Like all things, Thanksgiving Sandwiches are improved with cheese.

So add some and melt it up.




5. Want to really get fancy? Slap on some brie.
(The brie/cranberry combination can work sans turkey, too, if you’re in a meatless mood).


6. Even blue cheese, the most controversial of the the cheeses, gets along with Thanksgiving leftovers.


7. Pearl onions get overlooked on turkey day in favor of more fashionable sides; the Thanksgiving Sandwich is their time to shine.

8. Maybe consider embracing

and making your sandwich with latkes this year.

9. You know what’s better than bread sometimes? Tortillas.

10. And, the Thanksgiving Sandwich isn’t the only option: why not a Thanksgiving hand pie?