Cowboy Cookies!


Are you cowboy enough for these cookies?! Bigger than sky country and chock full of chocolate, these cookies will satisfy buckaroos of all ages! ~Amy

Cowboy Cookies!

14 tbsp butter, at room temperature
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
2 tbsp vanilla

1 tsp coarse salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 1/4 cups flour

1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
3/4 cup milk chocolate discs, Guitard or Callebaut
1/2-3/4 cup white chocolate discs, Guitard, or Callebaut

Heat oven to 350

Line 2 baking sheets with parchment.

Beat butter and sugar together for 3-5 minutes. Add eggs one at a time, and best until light and fluffy. Add vanilla and salt and beat on high.
Add soda and flour slowly, and mix on low until just mixed.
Add chocolate, and either mix in, or stir in by hand.

Using a 4oz scoop, place about 2 inches apart and bake 12-15 minutes.

Recipe by Amy and Madeline Richardson

Tangerine White Chocolate Macarons


These delicious white chocolate tangerine macarons instantly became a favorite after premiering as a take home wedding gift! So pretty, and so popular! ~Amy & Madeline

Tangerine White Chocolate Macarons

Macaron Base:

3 egg whites, at room temperature
5 tbsp granulated sugar
2/3 cup almond flour
1 1/2 cups confectioners sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract

6-7 drops blush food coloring

In a food processor, process almond flour and confectioners sugar until well mixed. Sift the mixture through sieve, and divide in half.

In a medium sized mixing bowl, whip egg whites until foamy.

While beating on high, slowly add sugar. When soft peaks form, add extracts and food coloring if desired.

Beat until stiff peaks,has a glossy texture, and mixture doesn’t drip from the beaters.

Into the whipped merengue, fold in the first half of the almond mixture. When just blended, add additional dry mixture, folding until mixture is blended, and looks like lava when dropped from the spatula.

Place mixture in a piping bag fitted with round tip.

On to a parchment lined baking sheet, pipe in small circles, about the size of a quarter; leaving room for the batter to spread.

Rap sheet firmly against the counter, or flat surface. This helps the macaron to get it’s pied shape.

Before baking, let batter dry, uncovered for 30 minutes.

Heat oven to 300. Bake for 15-17 minutes. Cool completely.

Pipe a small amount of ganache on the flat side of macaron, top with other half making a sandwich. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Makes about 2 1/2 dozen filled macarons.

Tangerine White Chocolate Ganache

1/2 heavy whipping cream
1 1/2 cups chopped white chocolate
Zest of 2 tangerines

Place chopped chocolate into a small bowl.
In a saucepan bring cream to an almost boil. Pour over chocolate, and let set for about 5 minutes. Slowly stir until smooth. Add extract and orange zest and whip to desired consistency.

Recipe by Amy and Madeline Richardson

Strawberry White Chocolate Macarons


Strawberries are in full season in my back yard. Perfect for jam, pies or just for eating. My gamache uses a little freezer jam to give it that garden fresh taste! ~Amy

Strawberry White Chocolate Macarons

Macaron Base:

3 egg whites, at room temperature
5 tbsp granulated sugar
2/3 cup almond flour
1 1/2 cups confectioners sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract

3-4 drops neon pink food coloring

3 drops red food coloring

In a food processor, process almond flour and confectioners sugar until well mixed. Sift the mixture through sieve, and divide in half.

In a medium sized mixing bowl, whip egg whites until foamy.

While beating on high, slowly add sugar. When soft peaks form, add extracts and food coloring if desired.

Beat until stiff peaks,has a glossy texture, and mixture doesn’t drip from the beaters.

Into the whipped merengue, fold in the first half of the almond mixture. When just blended, add additional dry mixture, folding until mixture is blended, and looks like lava when dropped from the spatula.

Place mixture in a piping bag fitted with round tip.

On to a parchment lined baking sheet, pipe in small circles, about the size of a quarter; leaving room for the batter to spread.

Rap sheet firmly against the counter, or flat surface. This helps the macaron to get it’s pied shape.

Before baking, let batter dry, uncovered for 30 minutes.

Heat oven to 300. Bake for 15-17 minutes. Cool completely.

Pipe a small amount of ganache on the flat side of macaron, top with other half making a sandwich. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Makes about 2 1/2 dozen filled macarons.

Strawberry White Chocolate Ganache

1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
1 1/2 cups chopped white chocolate
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup strawberry freezer jam, or preserves

Place chopped chocolate into a small bowl.
In a saucepan bring cream to an almost boil. Pour over chocolate, and let set for about 5 minutes. Slowly stir until smooth. Add extract and whip to desired consistency. Beat in strawberry jam until light and fluffy.

Recipe by Amy and Madeline Richardson

Seaside Salt Water Taffy Rice Krispie Treats


Back in 2011, I was given a challenge to create a new flavored Rice Krispie Treat, using vacation destinations. So in honor of National Taffy Day, I hope you enjoy a seaside twist on this classic cereal snack! ~Amy

Seaside Salt Water Taffy Rice Krispie Treats

5 tbsp butter
5 1/2 cups Rice Krispie Cereal
1 10oz package marshmallows
3 cups miniature marshmallows
12-15 pieces of salt water taffy, suggested flavors, Cotton Candy, Orange Vanilla, Strawberry, etc…
Powdered sugar for dusting

Dust a small baking sheet with powdered sugar. Slightly warm taffy with hands. Roll into long strips and cut into about ten small pieces per taffy. Place cut taffy onto baking sheet, dusting to lightly coat.

In a large saucepan, over low heat, melt butter, add marshmallows and stir until almost smooth. Remove from heat and fold in cereal. When evenly coated, fold in miniature marshmallows. Stir in taffy pieces, and place mixture into buttered 8×8 baking pan. Pressing lightly to compress. Cool to set. Cover until ready to serve. Slice into even sections. Keep covered until ready to serve.

Makes 10 pieces

Recipe by Amy Richardson

Pretty Pink Shirley Temple Macarons


Shirley Temple macarons?! Shirley Temple, the iconic depression era movie star that brings a smile to everyone! A twinkle in her eyes, a sparkle in her step, and classic pink signature drink, who can resist?! ~Amy

Pretty Pink Shirley Temple Macarons

Macaron Base:

3 egg whites, at room temperature
5 tbsp granulated sugar
2/3 cup almond flour
1 1/2 cups confectioners sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract

3-4 drops neon pink food coloring
3 drops red food coloring

In a food processor, process almond flour and confectioners sugar until well mixed. Sift the mixture through sieve, and divide in half.

In a medium sized mixing bowl, whip egg whites until foamy.

While beating on high, slowly add sugar. When soft peaks form, add extracts and food coloring if desired.

Beat until stiff peaks,has a glossy texture, and mixture doesn’t drip from the beaters.

Into the whipped merengue, fold in the first half of the almond mixture. When just blended, add additional dry mixture, folding until mixture is blended, and looks like lava when dropped from the spatula.

Place mixture in a piping bag fitted with round tip.

On to a parchment lined baking sheet, pipe in small circles, about the size of a quarter; leaving room for the batter to spread.

Rap sheet firmly against the counter, or flat surface. This helps the macaron to get it’s pied shape.

Before baking, let batter dry, uncovered for 30 minutes.

Heat oven to 300. Bake for 15-17 minutes. Cool completely.

Pipe a small amount of ganache on the flat side of macaron, top with other half making a sandwich. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Makes about 2 1/2 dozen filled macarons.

Cherry White Chocolate Ganache

1/2 heavy whipping cream
1 1/2 cups chopped white chocolate
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2-1 tsp maraschino cherry juice

Place chopped chocolate into a small bowl.
In a saucepan bring cream to an almost boil. Pour over chocolate, and let set for about 5 minutes. Slowly stir until smooth. Add coconut extract and whip to desired consistency.

Recipe by Amy and Madeline Richardson

Breakfast Bubble Waffles with Frozen Yogurt, Fresh Berries and Granola


Thank you Hong Kong! Bubble waffles are not only delicious, but so much fun! This streetfood favorite, is typically served as a dessert with ice cream, but I thought it would be fun to actually make it for breakfast! Topped with frozen yogurt, fresh fruit and a granola crunch, they are perfect for a party or a special Sunday breakfast! ~Amy

Breakfast Bubble Waffles with Frozen Yogurt, Fresh Berries and Granola

Brown Sugar and Sour Cream Bubble Waffles

Breakfast Blueberry Tangerine Frozen Yogurt*

Breakfast Raspberry Guava Frozen Yogurt*

Breakfast
Breakfast Strawberry Pineapple Frozen Yogurt*

Fresh Berries

Granola, homemade*, or purchased

*recipes @ http://www.greattastebuds.wordpress.com

Brown Sugar Sour Cream Waffles

2 egg yolks
2 tbsp sour cream
3 tbsp brown sugar
1 3/4 – 2 cups milk
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 butter, melted and cooled slightly

1 3/4 cup flour
1 tbsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
2 egg whites, beaten to medium peaks

In a bowl, whisk eggs lightly. Add sour cream, brown sugar, and vanilla. Add butter and milk and whisk until combined. In a large bowl sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Whisk the milk mixture into the flour mixture all at once and whisk until well combined and no lumps remain. Add one third of the egg whites into the batter and stir until late. Gently fold in the remaining egg whites in 2 additions.

Preheat the iron, spray with non stick cooking spray, and ladle the batter evenly over the bottom filling all the pockets. Some people use a soup ladle to do this. Bake for 3 to 5 minutes until the waffle turns a lightly brown. Remove with a wooden utensil and serve immediately.

Recipes by Amy Richardson

Product info:

Bubble Waffle Maker available at:
Amazon $39.95
Bed, Bath, and Beyond $39.95

Roasted Asparagus, Rosemary and Black Forest Ham Quiche


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Asparagus and ham are traditional at our Easter dinner. Love the combo! Easy and elegant for your Sunday brunch!~Amy

Roasted Asparagus, Rosemary and Black Forest Ham Quiche

1 recipe Pastry shell for single crust pie

6 Eggs
1/3 cup sour cream
1/3 cup Half-and-half, or milk
¼ tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
2tbs snipped fresh rosemary leaves
1/4 pound Black Forest Ham, shaved
2 cups Jarlsburg cheese

Bake crust at 425 in an 8 inch pie or tart pan until set and dry. (8-12 minutes)
Set aside.

Arrange asparagus in a single layer on a parchment lined baking sheet. Drizzle lightly with olive oil, salt and pepper. Bake at 425 degrees for about 5 minutes. Set aside.

In a medium bowl, whisk eggs. Whisk in sour cream and light cream, salt, pepper, and fresh rosemary. Stir in cheese and ham.

Pour egg mixture into the hot, baked pastry crust. Arrange asparagus over the top. Bake at 325 degrees for about 45 minutes, or until a knife inserted into the center comes out clean.

Let quiche rest for 10 minutes before serving.

Makes 6-8 servings.