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Millionaire Chocolate Squares

We are always browsing for new sites and YouTube channels to follow, and about a month ago we found Ireland based Donal Skehan, who’s not only a YouTube star, but an amazing food bloger, author (4 books), food photographer and TV presenter. We are loving all of his videos… specially now that he went already twice to visit Sarah Carey over at the Martha Stewart’s Kitchens. Check out their collaboration videos here and here. So when we saw Donal making these Chocolate Squares we knew it was just a matter of time before we made them ourselves.

These bar cookies, a cookie shortbread based, and just after its baked, you add the hot caramel, bake it off a bit and after it cools completely, you pour the chocolate. This treat’s origins apparently are in Scotland in the Elizabethan-era (between 1558–1603). During that time, it was common to use ground oats rather than wheat flour. When baking chocolate and condensed milk started being available, they merged into the recipe and is what we now know as the Millionaire Shortbread or Millionaire Chocolate Squares. What makes them Millionaire? The rich and delicious layer of chocolate on top of caramel!

Donal’s version is perfect. I’ve tried my hand at making caramel before, but with the addition of condensed milk and a little bit of corn syrup, the mix is stabilized, resulting in a smooth and golden caramel. Donal uses golden syrup, but you can also use corn syrup or honey. I made them for a birthday dinner and they were a hit! I converted the recipe from grams to cups and tablespoons, but feel free to check out Donal’s original version linked below.

I hope you can make them at home too. They are perfect to make ahead!

Kitty

Millionaire Chocolate Squares

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Rhubarb Berry Squares

As you already know, one of the things I absolutely love about having the blog with Helga, is that we cook a lot. And most of that cooking we share with friends. Picture this: For fall, we get pumpkins and pumpkin puree, so we have pie, soup, puree, muffins, a loaf or cake… all within a week or two. We have to get creative. First, we taste it out. Then, we share it with family and friends. And sometimes, we freeze some of the dishes or some of the ingredients. So, most of the times, when I’m baking desserts, I try to make them for special occasions or gatherings, that way I know the food will be tested… and loved! Not all the times we can be adventurous, but after baking and combining flavors, there are just a few pairings that you know will go amazing together. Take this rhubarb, blueberry and cranberry squares. Think shortbread cookies with jam and crumble on top. I thought it was going to be great, but man it was a hit!

It was a few months since we hanged out with a bunch of friends, and since we all had an open night on a Saturday, we all got together to talk about life, how was this year starting to look like, what would love to do throughout 2015 and just give thanks that we all have each other. I whipped up this recipe earlier that day, and just a 15 minutes shy of cutting out the first piece, it was halfway gone. I didn’t get a chance to take anything back other than the dish I baked it in… so I am happy to share this tweaked recipe with all of you.

If you don’t have rhubarb or cranberries at hand, replace all of the amounts with any type of berries you like, or even peaches and blueberries… the combinations are endless. In the frozen section of your favorite grocery store, you can find frozen berries and that is the perfect combination for this recipe. I hope you enjoy cooking this, but specially seeing the dish just fly by as much as I did… I even had to ask for a time out to take the picture (with my phone!) and to taste a small square before it was all gone!

Kitty

Rhubarb Berry Squares

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Strawberry Chocolate Chip Cookies

The original recipe for these cookies calls for freeze dried strawberries. Where in the world will I find those?! I wanted to try the combination anyway, so I went ahead with fresh strawberries, knowing that using fresh fruit would probably result in a moister cookie. The verdict is… This cookie is great tasting! The tartness of the strawberries combined with the semi sweet chocolate from the cookies is amazing, BUT when you make them, make sure to eat them right away.

Because we’re using fresh fruit in this recipe, the cookie gets soft after a few hours.  So, try them out if you can get your family to eat them in one afternoon!  You can use half a recipe so you only get between 18 to 24 cookies.

As a variation, I think using dried fruits would be an interesting idea. The obvious choice would be dried cherries, or cranberries. But how would adding some dried apricots taste? I’ll definitely try it out and report back to you!

Helga

Strawberry Chocolate Chip Cookies

Strawberry Chocolate Chip Cookies

Recipe adapted from Baking Bites

Yields: 3-4 dozen cookies

Ingredients:
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2  cup sugar
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
2 large eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp honey
2 cups strawberries, diced
1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips

Procedure:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda and salt.
  3. In another large bowl, cream together butter and sugar. Add eggs in one at a time and beat until fully incorporated. Stir in vanilla and honey.
  4. Gradually blend in dry ingredients, followed by strawberries and chocolate chips (don’t worry about breaking up the strawberries; stir them vigorously!).
  5. Drop tablespoonfuls (1-inch balls) of dough onto prepared baking sheet.
  6. Bake for about 10-11 minutes, or until cookies begin to brown and are set. Bake an extra minute or two for a crisper cookie. (recommended!)
  7. Cool for 2 minutes on baking sheet, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Strawberry Chocolate Chip Cookies

Strawberry Chocolate Chip Cookies

Strawberry Chocolate Chip Cookies

Strawberry Chocolate Chip Cookies

Strawberry Chocolate Chip Cookies

Strawberry Chocolate Chip Cookies