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Chocolate Blackberry Cream Cookies

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It is just not that difficult to come up with a reason to purchase berries.  I’m never quite sure what to do with them, but it never takes me long to figure it out.

When I found this recipe, I was excited to have a good reason to purchase blackberries.  They sat in the fridge for a couple days before I got around to baking with them, and the kids kept asking me about them.  My son, the “fruitarian,” was going crazy with blackberry-desire!

The cookie itself is deceptively delicious.  Even if you don’t want to top your cookie with berries, consider making this cookie plain.  It is a super simple version of a chocolate crinkle, made with a devils food cake mix.  It can be mixed up very quickly, and comes out soft and fudgy and almost brownie-like.  YUM.  Since the dough was quite soft, I used my scoop to drop dough into a bowl of powdered sugar, and I was quite generous in coating it, so my fingers wouldn’t get too sticky.

chocolate-blackberry-cream-cookies-1Don’t get me wrong, I have no problem licking chocolate cookie dough off my fingers.  I just wanted to save myself for the blackberry cream frosting.

Sometimes I make this cookie without the powdered sugar, and that works great too. Either way, you’ll have a soft chocolatey cookie that makes a great base for the frosting.

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I have honestly not baked with berries much.  The recipe on Your Cup of Cake calls for a blackberry puree, without actually mentioning how to make the puree, so I guessed.  I know there are other ways to make a puree, but this worked just fine and it was really easy.

I dumped a bunch of berries in a bowl, and  I used a fork to smash them a bit, and then I let them sit and macerate for maybe 10 minutes while I rolled the cookies in sugar and put them in the oven.

I then came back and smashed them some more.  The truth is, I am just way to lazy to strain this.  Plus, I don’t have a good strainer.  The only strainer I own has been used to clean the fish bowl, so I don’t have much desire to use it on my berries.

True story.  I figured it would be fine if my frosting had berry chunks in it.  Fine and dandy.

By the way, you won’t need nearly the berries you see pictured above. A small handful is enough, since you only need 3 tablespoons of puree. If you do end up with extra puree, cook it with sugar and water for a really delicious blackberry syrup!

chocolate-blackberry-cream-cookies-2I measured about 3 tablespoons of the non-strained berry puree, and mixed into my softened cream cheese and butter, and added powdered sugar until it was a nice, thick, frosting consistency.  I gently frosted my soft chocolate cookies, and topped them with a leftover berry, to make them look extra pretty.

And actually, if you’re into making things pretty, use a piping bag to pipe the frosting on. I was mostly into stuffing these in my face as fast a possible, so I used a knife to give the frosting a quick smear.

I think these would really impress at a gathering, so I definitely recommend them for entertaining!  Plus, since the cookies are made with a cake mix, they are one of the simpler recipes on this humble blog.  The only real problem was cleaning up all that powdered sugar!

My friends have some amazing berry-themed cookies this month too!  Check these out…

Raspberry Tarts by Tastes of Lizzy T
Olive Sables by Kelli’s Kitchen
Blueberry Lemon Cookies from Bake or Break
Chocolate Raspberry Oatmeal Cookies from Posed Perfection
Chocolate Blackberry Cream Cookies from Jen’s Favorite Cookies

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Chocolate Blackberry Cream Cookies

A recipe for a fudgy chocolate crinkle cookie topped with blackberry frosting.

Cook Time 8 minutes
Servings 2 dozen

Ingredients

Cookies:

  • 1 box devils food cake mix
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • powdered sugar for rolling

Frosting:

  • 4 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 4 tablespoons butter softened
  • 2-3 tablespoons blackberry puree
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • about 2 cups powdered sugar

Instructions

Cookies:

  1. Mix together cake mix, eggs, oil, and vanilla, mixing just until combined.

  2. Roll dough into balls, coat with powdered sugar. Place on baking sheet.

  3. Bake at 350F for 8-10 minutes. Remove to a cooling rack and let cool.

Frosting:

  1. Mix all frosting ingredients together. Adjust consistency by adding more powdered sugar to thicken, or more puree to thin.

  2. Generously frost cooled cookies. Top with a blackberry.

Raspberry Sorbet

This berry sorbet recipe is easy to make and tastes delicious!  Use fresh berries for a refreshing summery treat.

Raspberry Sorbet from JensFavoriteCookies.com  -  very easy to make and refreshing!As soon as the summer produce starts showing up in the store, I’m all over it.

Recently, I bought big packages of both strawberries and raspberries.  The kids went to town on the strawberries, eating them right out of the package.  I insisted the raspberries be left alone so I could make something fun with them.

I’ve been wanting to make sorbet ever since I had the best blueberry sorbet in the known universe a few years ago on a cruise.  Of course, I was also worried about comparing my first-time attempt to the amazing gourmet stuff we were served on the cruise ship.

Turns out, I didn’t really need to worry.  Sorbet is crazy simple to make (this one has only 5 ingredients!), and it’s easy to make it really delicious.  I added a mint leaf to my dish, and I loved what the mint did for the flavor.

Raspberry Sorbet from JensFavoriteCookies.com  -  very easy to make and refreshing!

Sorbet is a great option if you are living a dairy-free life.

And, if you are living a dairy-free life, my condolences.  A close friend of mine had some health problems, and had to cut both gluten and dairy from her diet.  She said not eating cheese was even harder than not eating wheat.  I believer her, too.

So, if you’re off ice cream, just switch to sorbet.

Raspberry Sorbet from JensFavoriteCookies.com  -  very easy to make and refreshing!Raspberry Sorbet from JensFavoriteCookies.com  -  very easy to make and refreshing!

Is it wrong for me to hide this sorbet from my kids and just share it with Robb?  We’ll be happy to quietly have a small dish each evening after the kids go to bed.  

It seriously makes me want to make sorbet all summer long.  It’s that awesome.  And that easy.

Want more?  Check out these recipes using fresh berries!

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Raspberry Sorbet
 
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A simple frozen raspberry sorbet.
Author:
Recipe type: Frozen Dessert
Ingredients
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 4 cups fresh raspberries
  • 1 lemon
  • ¼ cup corn syrup
Instructions
  1. Combine sugar and water in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, and let boil for about 3 minutes. Remove from heat.
  2. While syrup cools, place berries in a blender or food processor. Juice the lemon, and add lemon juice to berries. Blend or process until smooth. (This should make about 2 cups of puree.)
  3. Add corn syrup and simple syrup to berries. Blend until smooth.
  4. Pour mixture into a plastic container with a lid, and freeze. Stir mixture every 30 minutes for 4-5 hours until mixture is set. Serve frozen.

 

Blackberry Cobbler

Delicious blackberry cobbler;  This cobbler recipe uses nuts and oats for the crust, and blackberries and sugar for the filling.  Top your blackberry cobbler with a spoonful of whipped cream!

blackberry-cobblerWhen I first started blogging seriously, one of the hardest things to get used to was that I had no one to talk to.  None of my “real life” friends cared much about blogging, and none of the cool bloggers out there were my friends.  Then, as I began making blog friends, it felt weird that I didn’t know any of them in “real life” and so we have digital relationships and do things like share pictures of food we ate alone by ourselves.

It could be a sign of mental illness, I’ve been told.

At any rate, I was grateful for those digital friendships, those body-less faces in profile pictures that would talk to me all day about page layouts and posting schedules, and recipe attribution and plugins.  Oh!  The plugins!  {I’m a confessed addict.  I’m trying to quit.}

My very first blogging buddy was Carla at Chocolate Moosey.  Carla and I connected on Twitter, and she has become on of my best friends.  As time has worn on, and I’ve made a few more blogging friends, Carla and I remain close.  I can’t imagine going more than a day or two without connecting with her in one of about 15 ways.  {We bloggers tend to be social media addicts, too.}

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Turns out, I’m not the only one who thinks Carla is awesome.  She has made lots of friends through social media and blogging.  Friends who can’t be there in person to wish her a Happy Birthday today.

Happy Birthday Carla!

And since Carla and I have never met, and in fact live 2000 miles apart, we have something of a non-traditional friendship, I guess.  So it’s fitting that I’m sharing a non-traditional birthday dessert, i.e. not cake.

Blackberry Cobbler | Jen's Favorite Cookies

You should know that it doesn’t bother me ONE BIT to have cobbler instead of cake.  In fact, I have had peach cobbler as my birthday cake many, many times, and it continues to be my favorite birthday cake.  My mom makes a mean peach cobbler, and my birthday is in the fall, right when peaches are in season.

However, this is May, and peaches just don’t exist today.  But blackberries do.  Lovely, luscious, gorgeous blackberries!  I bought the biggest Costco-sized box I could find, and made this cobbler twice.

cobbler recipe

I suggest checking out some of the other things Carla’s friends made for her virtual birthday party.  You won’t regret it!

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Pear Blackberry Salsa

This salsa recipe uses berries and pears; A recipe for fruit salsa with blackberries, pears, and fresh mint.

fruit salsaMy husband is incredibly honest.  He doesn’t pull any punches, and he speaks his mind, which means I know when I ask him his opinion, I will get the real thing.  It’s one of my favorite things about him.

It’s also one of my least favorite things about him.

Especially when the opinion he voices is that I’m a messy cook and terrible at keeping the kitchen clean.  Not that I didn’t know that already, but still.  He followed it up with some advice to go with what I’m good at… being carefree and fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants.

Out of respect for that advice, I have created one of the most unusual and unplanned (and, by the way, not that messy) recipes I have ever done.  Even the recipe card below is full of estimates and no measurements whatsoever.

And Robb was right, it suited me just fine.

salsa recipe

Originally, I had intended to make a salsa with nectarines and blackberries, cilantro and jalapenos, but what was I thinking?  It’s nowhere near nectarine season.  They were not to be found.  So I walked around the produce department with my little 6-oz package of blackberries, looking for potential salsa ingredients.

I settled on pears.  Delicate, delicious, Barlett pears.

I knew I couldn’t use a jalapeno with a pear, because I didn’t want the pepper to be too overpowering.  I went with the milder Anaheim pepper.  And, I thought cilantro would be weird with pears, so I used mint.

fruit salsa

I was a little worried about this whole flavor combination, but I shouldn’t have been.  It’s unusual, for sure, but delicious.  The mint is a surprise, and a great compliment to the pear.

I’m not sure if I’ve told you this, but blackberries are my all-time favorite berry.  If I have to eat nothing but fruit, give me peaches and blackberries, and I will be just fine.

I’ll probably find a way to make a mess of the kitchen with them, but I’ll be just fine.

Salsa with mangoes and avocadosMango Salsa Guacamole ThumbChunky Guacamole Chocolate Blackberry CookieChoc Blackberry Cookies

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Lemon Blackberry Cookies

My day was going so well.  I had a great morning of blogging, the kids did their chores, and I was in pretty good spirits.  Then I got an unexpected phone call that went something like this:

Robb: Can you pack a bag for me?  I’m going to Boise.
Me: Are you serious?
Robb: If I come home right now, can you take me back to the office?
Me: Right now?  When do you leave?
Robb:  My rental car will be here in 45 minutes.

*long sigh*

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Lemon Blueberry Cookies

A recipe for a soft lemon cookie with blueberries.

Source: Hot Polka Dot, although I made one important change.

Yield: nearly 4 dozen cookies

I really try to avoid Costco.  I deliberately did not renew my membership because the stupid place costs me way too much money.  There are only a few things that I really need to get there, and everything else is a better deal somewhere else, so I just don’t go.  Once in a while, I mooch off my mother, or my mother-in-law, and get them to take me there, so I can get the frozen meatballs I love (no, I don’t make them from scratch, sorry to disappoint!) and the giant bag of shredded cheddar cheese, and the mega-pack of toilet paper.  Have you ever noticed that almost everyone at Costco is buying toilet paper?  I have.  These are the kinds of things I think about.  Welcome to my world.

At any rate, my last trip to Costco netted me a huge box of fresh blueberries, among about $200 worth of other things.

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