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This time of year you can never have too many cookie recipes, especially if you like to make homemade goodies for your sweetie for Valentines Day. Ooey-gooey and rich with chocolate and coffee flavors, these brownie cookies have a dense and fudgy texture that’s just perfect. A topping of toffee chips that melt into the cookies during baking sets them apart from many other cookie recipes out there.

One Year Ago:Banana Espresso Chocolate Chip Bread 

Toffee Brownie Cookies

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Ingredients:
  • 8 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon instant coffee
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 8 ounce bag toffee bits

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a microwave safe bowl, melt the chocolate and butter together using…

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Peanut Butter Cheese Ball

 From: Bunsinmyoven.com

Peanut Butter Cheese Ball
 

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 3/4 cup creamy peanut butter (not all-natural)
  • 3 tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup peanut butter chips
  • Graham cracker sticks, teddy grahams, apple slices, Nilla wafers, for dipping

Instructions

  1. Beat together the cream cheese, powdered sugar, peanut butter and brown sugar in the bowl of your stand mixer.
  2. Spoon onto a large piece of plastic wrap; bring up all four corners and twist tightly to form a ball.
  3. Freeze for 1 hour and 30 minutes or until the cheese ball is firm enough to keep its shape. Place peanut butter and chocolate chips on a plate. Remove the plastic wrap from the ball and roll it into the chocolate and peanut butter chips to completely cover, pressing them into the ball if necessary.
  4. Place the ball on serving dish; cover and freeze for 2 hours or until almost firm. (Can be made ahead. If frozen overnight, thaw at room temperature for 20 to 30 minutes before serving.) Serve with graham cracker sticks, teddy grahams, Nilla wafers, or apple slices for dipping or spreading.
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Goat Cheese Bacon Balls

Goat Cheese Bacon Balls from: bunsinmyoven.com
 

Ingredients

  • 6 slices bacon
  • 4 ounces goat cheese
  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped thyme or basil, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 cup pecans

Instructions

  1. Fry the bacon in a large skillet over medium heat. Remove to a paper towel-lined plate to drain. Pat the slices to remove excess grease.
  2. While the bacon is cooking, whiz the goat cheese, cream cheese, 1 tablespoon of herbs, and black pepper in the food processor. Whiz until creamy and well-mixed, then form small balls, about the size of the tip of your thumb.
  3. Place balls on a parchment lined baking sheet.
  4. Put in the freezer for 20 minutes to firm up a little more.
  5. Clean out the food processor. Crumble in the cooled bacon, the remaining tablespoon of herbs, and the pecans. Whiz until very fine and crumbly; it should be as fine as your food processor will make it.
  6. Take the cheese balls out of the freezer and roll them in the bacon mixture, pressing it in with your fingers if it doesn’t immediately stick.
  7. Place the balls in a container on their sides and refrigerate until serving. Serve on toothpicks or with crackers.
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lightly adapted from The Kitchn

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Lea & Jay

A Nutella, Double Chocolate & Banana Tart for the Annual World Nutella Day. Be still my heart! Has there ever been a happier, more delicious convergence of ingredients? I think not, though perhaps adding a little peanut butter into the mix would have made it even more enticing… if that is possible. That’s right, today February 5th is World Nutella Day. This celebration of all things Nutella was started in 2007 by Sara at Ms. Adventures in Italy and Michelle at Bleeding Espresso as a day to celebrate, get creative with and most importantly, to EAT Nutella.

I absolutely love Nutella. Just spreading it on toast is a joy, not to mention just eating it straight out of the jar. Yup, I might do that from time to time. I participated in World Nutella Day last year with my Nutella & Banana filled Peanut Butter Ebelskivers. ( See..I got…

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