Black Bottom Whiskey Pecan Cookies

Black Bottom Whiskey Pecan Cookies

Black Bottom Whiskey Pecan CookiesThis November will be the third time I’ve attended the conference Mixed. It’s one of my favorite conferences of the year. It’s a time when food bloggers get together to learn from each other and make a connection in real life. Most of us know each other from our interaction in our online communities, but it’s extra special when we actually get to see each other face to face.

Dixie Crystals is a returning sponsor this year and they’ve put out a call for cookie recipe entries for their annual cookie competition. I’m tossing my spatula into the ring with this Black Bottom Whiskey Pecan Cookie recipe.

With a full cup of pecans in the batter, these cookies deliver a lot of crunch. The addition of dried cranberries and a splash of whiskey caters to the adult palate while the chocolate slathered bottoms speaks to the kid in all of us.

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Black Bottom Whiskey Pecan Cookies
 
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Packed with pecans, this cookie delivers a ton of crunch. The addition of whiskey and dark chocolate makes this recipe especially wonderful for cookie lovers who like their cookie a little grown up.
Ingredients
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup Dixie Crystals granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup Dixie Crystals brown sugar
  • ¼ cup light corn syrup
  • 1½ Tbsp whiskey
  • pinch of salt
  • ¼ cup plus 2 Tbsp flour
  • ½ cup dried sweetened cranberries
  • 1 cup pecans, chopped
  • ½ cup dark chocolate morsels
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375º.
  2. In a medium sized pot over medium heat, mix together the butter, sugars, corn syrup and whiskey until butter is melted and mixture is smooth.
  3. Take off heat and add salt. flour, cranberries and pecans. Mix until thoroughly combined.
  4. Drop by rounded Tbsp onto cookie sheet. These cookies will spread, so only place a half dozen on the cookie sheet at a time,
  5. Bake at 375º for 8 minutes or until the cookie is golden. Remove from oven and allow to cool for five minutes on the cookie sheet. Once firmed up, transfer to a cooling rack to finish cooling.
  6. Melt chocolate in a double boiler. Once chocolate is melted and smooth, spread a thin layer of chocolate across the bottom. Place on parchment paper to harden.

 

Macchiato Muddy Buddies

Macchiato Muddy Buddies

Macchiato Muddy BuddiesIt looks like Fall is upon us. The air is chilling, leaves are turning color, apples are being picked and Starbucks is selling pumpkin beverages again. Yes, it’s that time of year. Time to pull out those cozy sweaters and spread that down comforter back on your bed. It’s nesting season. My favorite time of year. In a past life I must’ve been a prairie dog. I love to burrow.

This is also the time of year when our favorite television shows ramp back up again. If you’re anything like me, nothing feels better than putting on your cozy clothes and slipping under a blanket while watching your favorites. Even better if a bowl of some fabulous snack is nestled on your lap.

And while my kids love a big bowl of hot buttered popcorn to munch on while watching their shows, I like something a little more adult. So today I’m going to share with you one of my favorites. A blissfully simple to make Macchiato Muddy Buddies recipe that will have the coffee lover swooning with the first handful and completely in love after the second.

If you are scratching your head and wondering what the heck a muddy buddy is, you’re not alone. Part of the country calls this concoction puppy chow, others call it muddy buddies and I’ve also heard of monkey munch. Essentially it’s Chex cereal mixed with some kind of melted sweet like chocolate or peanut butter and then tossed with confectioners sugar. Of course there are a million variations of this which is evident if you do a Pinterest search. But the two things you really need to know about this recipe is that it’s easy to make and highly addictive.

espresso powder

While simple to make, my recipe does call for one unique ingredient. Espresso powder. If you’ve made my Espresso Snaps before (you really should), you are already familiar with the stuff. This powder packs a ton of espresso flavor into whatever recipe you stir it into. It works magically well with chocolate, enhancing its already lusty flavor. If you haven’t tried it yet, give it a whirl. You won’t be disappointed.

We’re going to use it again in the coming weeks in a to-die-for pound cake recipe. You are going to want it for that.

Macchiato Muddy BuddiesAnd can I tell you how wonderful this is for football season snacking? If you find yourself the host(ess) of game day, you’ll appreciate how quick and easy this is to make. But make sure to make a bunch. This stuff vanishes before the end of the first quarter if you only make one batch.

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The fun kids' snack with an adult twist. Macchiato Muddy Buddies blend the flavors of chocolate and espresso together to create a truly addicting snack that any coffee lover will adore.
Ingredients
  • 1 12oz box of Chex cereal (I used rice Chex)
  • 1½ cup chocolate morsels
  • ½ cup milk
  • 2 Tbsp espresso powder, divided
  • 2 cups confectioners sugar
Instructions
  1. Place cereal in a large paper bag.
  2. Place morsels in a large bowl. Heat milk just until steaming. Pour hot milk over morsels and stir until smooth. Add 1 Tbsp espresso powder and mix until incorporated.
  3. Pour chocolate mixture over cereal and shake bag well. You want the cereal evenly coated.
  4. Pour confectioners sugar into another bowl and stir in the 1 remaining Tbsp of espresso powder. Mix well. Dump into bag of chocolate coated cereal and shake well.
  5. Spread out on cookie sheet and allow to sit for ten minutes. Store in airtight container in the refrigerator.

 

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