It’s the Holiday Season, it’s Winters and it’s December – all good things together (not to miss the weddings). In this festive mood chocolate indulgence is a-must to really feeeel that goodness. Relaxing in a cozy corner with a mug of chai (read your favorite hot drink) and these soft baked, moist and fudgelicious cookies with chocolate chunks, Chocolate Chunk Brownie Cookies – is my kind of celebrating winters.
I’m not into baking as such, but in winters you feel like having all those freshly-baked warm cakes and cookies, and baking it yourself is the best thing to do. These Chocolate Chunk Brownie Cookies are so easy to make that it can be a fun holiday activity with your kids.
Chocolate, brownies and chocolate chunks all together in one cookie is a celebration in itself. Everyone loves brownies and when it’s equally good in a cookie form, it’s a marriage made in heaven. And that crackled top is a vision in itself and the way your entire home fills with bakelicious-chocolatey aroma, it’s heavenly!
These are the yummiest, bestest cookies you’ll ever have. I made a batch for my work friends and they all loved it so much that these were gone in no time at all. So bring on those aprons and get baking.
Chocolate Chunk Brownie Cookies
by Hirra Pervaiz December-29-2016
Chocolate Chunk Brownie Cookies – Soft baked, moist and fudgelicious cookies have it all; chocolate, brownies crackled top and chocolate chunks all in one. These are not cookies, these are a celebration!
Prep time: Total time: Yield: makes 24 cookies
1/2 Cup Butter, unsalted (cut into chunks)
2 1/2 Cup Semi-sweet chocolate chips
3/4 Cup Flour, spooned and leveled
1/2 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Baking Powder
3 Eggs, large
1 Cup Granulated Sugar
2 Tbsp Brown Sugar
2 Tbsp Cocoa Powder
2 tsp Vanilla Extract
1 Cup Chocolate Chunks (I used Hershey’s chocolate bar)
Preheat the oven to 177°C (350°F)and line baking tray with parchment paper
In a bowl over simmering water (double boiler method) melt together butter and chocolate chips. Stirring frequently until smooth. Set aside to cool slightly
In another bowl whisk together flour, salt and baking powder
Beat egg, sugars and cocoa powder using an electric mixer on high until the mixture is thick and doubles in volume (about 4-5 minutes)
Reduce the speed to medium and combine chocolate mixture with the egg-sugar mixture. Now add to it vanilla extract
Reduce the speed to low and add flour mix all at once. Mix until well combined.
Fold in the chocolate chunks.
Using a tablespoon or a cookie scoop, scoop out heaping tablespoons of dough onto the prepared baking sheet
Bake until the top is crackly and edges are set( about 10-15 minutes). Remove from the oven and let cool for 1-2 minutes on the baking sheet. Then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely
These cookies can be stored in a air-tight jar for 2-3 weeks
You can also add roasted nuts or chocolate chips to the dough
Happy Father’s Day to all the Dad’s of the world. We don’t express our feelings to our dads mostly, but there’s hardly anything we can do without them. Like they say ” When all else fails, call dad!”
This father’s day just say it to him, how much he means to you and make it extra special for him. My father is the best father in the whole world, I know everyone says that but he really really is. He has been there throughout supporting and encouraging me to whatever I ever wanted to do. He encouraged me to go for all those crazy ideas that I ever had and I’m glad I did!
Being a father to his 3 daughters, he never felt his daughter’s are less than any son. Be it education, hobbies, future planning, hardships of life or anything, he has been my support system all in all. This father’s day I not only said it to my father how much I love him, but also shared this with so many others who wanted to say the same to their fathers. All this through my Father’s day Chocolate Bouquets and Chocolate Date Truffles
I just love doing this, making other happy, sharing love and bringing smiles. It brings so much joy to me, its amazing. While that’s what I did for clients, for my father I planned to make it special for him this Father’s Day. My father likes Savory Food, so it had to be the same and that’s when I came up with the idea of making Baked Chicken Cheese Discs.
If you’ve been following my blog and reading my posts, I shared a Creamy Chicken & Spinach Bakerecipe here. I improvised this recipe and turned it into these delicious, crispy and cheesy discs.I’m sure you’ll love these!
And the best thing about them is, you can fill up with your choice of filling and enjoy it as you fancy. Plus, these make a perfect Appetizer and Party Food. So, please your guests with this delicious appetizer.
Baked Chicken Cheese Discs
by Hirra Pervaiz June-21-2015
Baked Chicken Cheese Discs! The easiest appetizer to wow your guests, flavorful, crispy, cheesy and delicious.
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: serves 6
For Baked Chicken Filling
4 Tbsp Unsalted Butter
2 Tbsp All-purpose Flour
1 Cup Milk
1/4 Cup Cream
1/2 tsp Salt, or to taste
1/2 tsp Black pepper powder
1/4 tsp White pepper powder
1 Cup Chicken, boiled and shredded
1 Potato, boiled and mashed
1/2 Cup Spinach, boiled
1/2 Cup Sweet Corn
For Herb Butter Spread
3 Tbsp Salted Butter
3 Tbsp Cheese Spread
1/4 tsp Italian Seasoning
1/4 tsp Black Pepper powder
1 Garlic clove, minced
12 Bread Slices
1/2 cup Cheddar Cheese, grated
Oil for brushing
For Baked Chicken Filling: In a heavy bottom pan, melt butter over medium heat, add flour and mix until foamy. Now add milk stirring continuously using a whisk, to avoid lumps. Let boil and thicken. Remove from heat and add cream along with all the seasonings, now add chicken, potato, spinach and mix well. It will be thick in consistency
For Herb Butter Spread: In a bowl, mix together all the ingredients into a smooth spread
For Bread Discs: Take take two round cutters, one big and the other almost two size smaller than the big cutter. Cut each bread slice with the big cutter and to make a pair cut one of each pair with smaller cutter, making a ring.
Assembling: Generously spread Herb butter on the whole disk and put the bread ring over it, press slightly.Fill the ring with the prepared baked chicken filling and sprinkle grated cheese on the top
Preheat the oven to 180 degree Celsius. Lightly grease the baking tray with oil, place all the discs on the baking tray. Using a brush apply oil to the sides if the disk so its turn crisp and golden. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until cheese melts and discs are golden and crisp. Serve hot!
Veggie Lovers can skip chicken and add their choice of vegetables, capsicum, carrots etc.
This can be made with any type of filling, make it as healthy as you want and as cheesy as you fancy
Spring is here and I’m so happy to see my little garden in full bloom, filled with floral scents, its all green and fresh. Nature always inspires me and brings a smile on my face with its creations be it a budding flower or seeing the clouds make different shapes. Today’s recipe is inspired from the Spring season and is my inspiration to look at the positive things life has to offer. It’s my Mini Chocolate Donuts … yes Donuts!
I must have gotten you all confused on what’s the connection between donuts, spring and positive thinking right? Well, it’s pretty simple, have you heard that quote:
“Between the optimist and the pessimist, the difference is droll.
The optimist sees the doughnut; the pessimist the hole!” – Oscar Wilde
This is the lesson learned from the donuts – to look at the positive things life has to offer. Inspiration is from Spring since my donuts are sprinkled with rainbow sprinkles, it has the color and feel of spring, it all connects, you see 🙂 Here’s a picture of my Spring Garden.
I had this mini donuts pan from Prestige, from quite some time now and had planned to make donuts on my 1st Blogiversary in June this year, but I couldn’t wait this long and made these cute little donuts out of it. This recipe is the best recipe for baked donuts, its soft, moist, easy-to-make and delicious! Oh, did I tell you its dairy free? Well.. yes it is, no eggs, milk or butter. Simple ingredients and oh-so-awesome donuts in 15 minutes. Don’t believe me? Try it yourself.
Wave good-bye to fried donuts and welcome these baked mini chocolate donuts in your home. The rich chocolatey glaze on the top gives this moist donuts the texture and makes them melt in your mouth.
The rainbow sprinkles on the top give it the oomph. But you can decorate with anything you fancy. Do check out the notes below, I’ll be giving the Nutella Version of this recipe.
When you make these, make an extra batch because these little cuties will be snapped in just no time at all. Believe me they’re that good.
Baked Mini Chocolate Donuts
by Hirra Pervaiz April-09-2015
Mini Chocolate Donuts – a moist, chocolatey and delicious little treat, easy-to-make, topped with rich chocolate glaze and rainbow sprinkles, its dairy free! The best baked donuts recipe. Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 8 donuts
1/4 Cup + 2 Tbsp Flour
1/4 Cup Castor Sugar
2 Tbsp Cocoa Powder
1/4 tsp Baking soda
1/8 tsp Salt
1/4 tsp Instant Coffee
2 1/2 Tbsp Vegetable Oil
1/2 tsp Vanilla essence
1/4 Cup Water
1 Tbsp Corn Syrup (optional)
1/2 Cup Castor Sugar
1 Tbsp Vegetable Oil
1 Tbsp Water
2 Tbsp Cocoa Powder
1/4 tsp Vanilla Essence
Pre-heat oven to 180 degrees celsius and prepare the donuts pan by lightly greasing it with oil
In a prepping bowl sieve together flour, sugar, cocoa powder, coffee, baking soda and salt. Whisk together to combine.
Add vegetable oil, vanilla, water and corn syrup and continue to whisk until smooth and well combined.
Pour into 8 donuts pan molds, filling each mold until about 2/3 full and put it in the oven to bake
Donuts will take 10-14 minutes to bake. Remove from oven and let cool in the pan for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes release from molds on to a cooling rack and let cool completely.
Prepare the frosting by whisking together sugar, oil and water until smooth. Add cocoa powder and vanilla essence and continue to whisk until creamy.
Once the donuts are cool, dip them in the chocolate glaze to cover the top and sprinkle some rainbow sprinkles – Enjoy!
If you’ve prepared the Chocolate Glaze and Donuts are not yet cool, cover the glaze with a damp tea towel to prevent it from drying out.
For the Nutella Version Donuts: Add 4 Tbsp Nutella in the donuts batter along with the rest of the ingredients mentioned.
For the Nutella Version Glaze: 1/2 Cup castor sugar, 1 Tbsp Water and 2 Tbsp Nutella (melted). Mix all the ingredients together, slowly add water until the glaze has the right consistency
The entire winter season, I couldn’t bake anything owing to the gas shortage in our part of the world. But, it’s back again! and here I’m with super easy Surprise Cookies recipe with strawberry deliciousness
This cookies recipe is great in so many ways, a few are 1. its super easy 2. it uses less ingredients 3. it has a surprise inside 4. it has strawberries 5. its quick to make 6. it tastes amazing 7. its an awesome treat! I can go on with the list, but I’ll keep that for you to enjoy and share. By far these are the best cookies I’ve made and the taste is so amazing that it was a definite hit at my place and these were gone in just no time at all.
Now, for the surprise, as they say “its whats on the inside that counts” it goes with these too. The surprise is on the inside and that is Oreo Cookies (ta-da)
And these Oreo cookies are covered with peanut butter goodness and then topped with strawberry deliciousness. Oh! what a divine combination (isn’t it?)
So, next time you’re thinking of making cookies and want to have some fun in the kitchen (even with kids) remember this recipe and wherever you serve these, they’ll be a hit for sure!
by Hirra Pervaiz February-27-2015
Surprise cookies with strawberry deliciousness, but its whats on the inside that counts! A perfect treat that’s fun and simple to make
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: makes 15 cookies
1/2 Cup Butter
1/2 Cup Castor Sugar
1/2 Cup Peanut Butter (Smooth or Crunchy)
4 Tbsp Light Corn Syrup
1+3/4 Cup Plain Flour
1/2 tsp Baking Soda
15 Oreo Cookies
Preheat oven to 170 degree Celsius and line a baking tray with parchment paper
In a stand or electric mixer, cream together butter and sugar until well combined
Then add the peanut butter and corn syrup and blend well
Gradually add in plain flour and baking soda and combine until you have a thick dough
Take about a tablespoon of the dough and flatten it onto the lined baking tray. Take one Oreo Cookies and press it gently on the flattened dough, and fold the edges over the Oreo cookie until it is completely covered. Make an indentation in the center with your thumb lightly
Repeat with all the cookies and pop the tray in the oven
Bake the cookies for 15-18 minutes, depending upon your oven, or until the edges start turning golden and the cookies are baked to your liking
When golden, take out of oven, if indentations look shallow further define them and fill each cookie with 1/2 teaspoon of jam. Let cool for 5 minutes before transferring to cooling rack
Serve while still warm, with a scoop of ice cream, a glass of milk, coffee/tea or just as is. These make great gifts too