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Italian Easter Bunny Egg Cookies

PrintItalian Easter Bunny Egg Cookies have been a tradition in our family my whole life! Grandma Felicia and Nona Rose and Aunt FeFe Militello always shaped them into Easter Bunnies for the kids and Easter Baskets for the adults. Both are fun, delicious, and a must have sweet treat… 

GloucesterCast With Guest Linn Parisi From Discover Gloucester and Host Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 3/24/14


GloucesterCast With Guest Linn Parisi From Discover Gloucester and Host Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 3/24/14

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Turtle Alley Chocolates and Recipes to use them…….YUM!

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Hi!  I want to thank Hallie from Turtle Alley Chocolates on Washington Street in Gloucester again for her hospitality (and chocolate) and for taking us through some of what they do in a day in the shop.  It is amazing to me that no only do they stock that store to the gills with delicious treats but they also stock their store in Salem as well!

The aroma of chocolate is intoxicating in the shop……if you have not been there–GO NOW!

I hope you enjoy these simple recipes.  Very easy to make and certain crowd pleasers!  Inspired Cooking airs Tuesdays at 8:30, Fridays at 4:30 in the afternoon and Sundays at 11:30 am on Channel 12, Cape Ann TV.  I hope you will tune in.

Decadent Spiced Caramel Brownies

20 Salted Ancho Chipotle Caramels—from Turtle Alley Chocolates—refrigerated and cut into fourths

(if you live far far way and can’t get these, you have two options—Turtle Alley has mail order OR you could use regular caramels and toss them in a tiny tiny bit of chipotle or ancho chili power right when they come out of the fridge)

2 sticks salted butter

4 oz unsweetened chocolate

1 cup all purpose flour

1 teaspoon cinnamon

Pinch kosher salt

4 large eggs at room temperature

2 cups granulated sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray 9 x 13 pan with cooking spray and set aside.

In a microwave save mixing bowl, melt together butter and chocolate, about 2 ½ minutes.  Stir until smooth and set aside.

Whisk together flour and cinnamon and set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, stir together eggs and sugar.  Stir in flour mixture until smooth.  Mix in butter and chocolate mixture and pour in pan.

Drop prepared caramel pieces over brownies and swirl to combine.  Bake 24-26 minutes until center is set.  Remove from oven and cool on a rack.  Allow to cool completely before serving(good luck with that!).  Enjoy

Bolster Cookies

Peanut Butter Kissed Chocolate Chip Cookies

½ cup butter flavored shortening

¼ cup salted butter

1 ¼ cup light brown sugar

1-2 tablespoons milk

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

1 large egg

1 ¾ cup all purpose flour

1 teaspoon kosher salt

¾ teaspoon baking soda

15 Turtle Alley Peanut Butter bolster bars, chopped

½ cup milk chocolate, chopped

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line 4 baking sheets with parchment or spray with non stick cooking spray and set aside.

In a large bowl, cream shortening, butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy.  Add milk, vanilla and egg and mix until smooth and lighter in color.  Wisk together flour, salt and baking soda and add to sugar mixture.  Mix until well blended.  Add bolster bars and chocolate and mix just until combined.

With a small scoop, dish out 12 cookies per tray.  Bake cookies for 10 minutes, turning once at 5 minutes.

Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly on pan before moving to a cooling rack.


*if you are making these on warm muggy day, refrigerate the dough for an hour or so before you make them

It’s All About Ice Cream!

I hope you will make these recipes for ultra dark chocolatey cookies for the “greenhead” ice cream sandwiches and the fantastic toasted pecan cinnamon blondies with they spiced apple compote to make a wonderful sundae with vanilla ice cream!

Inspired Cooking airs on Cape Ann TV ch 12 Tuesdays at 8:30, Fridays at 4:30 and Sunday morning at 11:30.  I hope you will tune in!

Double Darks

2 cups all purpose flour

1 cup natural cocoa powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 tablespoon espresso powder

½ teaspoon kosher salt

16 oz. semisweet chocolate (8 oz chopped)

1 cup salted butter

3 cups granulated sugar

4 large eggs at room temperature

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line 4 large baking sheets with parchment and set aside.

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, espresso powder and salt and set aside.

In a microwave safe dish, melt butter and chopped chocolate in the microwave, about 1 ½ -3 minutes (individual microwave power will vary).  Stir until smooth and allow to cool slightly.

In the bowl of a stand mixer or with a hand mixer in a large bowl, combine sugar, eggs and vanilla until well blended and lighter in color.  Gradually mix in flour mixture and then chocolate mixture and finally chopped chocolate.

Using a #40 ice cream scoop (about 1 ½”) scoop onto prepared baking sheets, 9 to a sheet.  Bake 15-17 minutes in preheated oven until cookies are flat and surfaces are cracked.

To assemble, press a large scoop of mint chocolate chip (or another favorite ice cream) between two cookies


*these cookies keep well in an airtight container for up to a week.  You can also make the ice cream sandwiches well in advance, wrap them individually and freeze them until ready to serve.

Cinnamon Pecan Blondies Sundaes with Warm Apple Sauce

2/3 cup salted butter, melted

1 pound light brown sugar (yes, one pound, about 2 1/2 cups)

3 large eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 ¾ cup all purpose flour

2 ½ teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

¾ cup cinnamon baking chips

½ cup toasted pecans, coarsely chopped

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray 9 x 13 baking dish with nonstick spray and set aside.

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, salt and baking powder.  Set aside.

In a large bowl, stir together butter and brown sugar and extract until smooth.  Add eggs and stir until combined.  Gradually stir in dry ingredients until incorporated.  Mix in cinnamon chips and pecans and pour dough into prepared pan.  Wet fingers with water and press batter into pan.

Bake 25-30 minutes until center is just set and edges are lightly browned.  Allow too cool about ½ hour before slicing.  Serve with vanilla ice cream and warm apple sauce.  Enjoy!

Warm Apple Sauce (this sauce is great on french toast too!)

4 tablespoon salted butter

2 tablespoons brown sugar

3 cups cooking apples (empire, gala) peeled, cored & sliced or cubed

Pinch salt

½ teaspoon cinnamon

½ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

In a large saucepan, melt together butter and brown sugar.  Add remaining ingredients and cook for 15-20 minutes or until apples are soft and cooked through.  Serve with cinnamon pecan blondies and vanilla ice cream.

To assemble, cut blondies into desired size and place in a serving dish.  Top with a generous scoop of vanilla ice cream and several spoonfuls of warm apple sauce.  Sprinkle with additional toasted pecans if desired.  Enjoy!

Blondies keep well tightly wrapped or in an airtight container.