Mar 022014
 

An easy-to-make yogurt parfait dessert from mylittlegourmet.com

Do you guys ever find yourselves stumped over what to make for visitors/guests? I do this a lot! I usually end up investing so much time/effort into the actual meal, that dessert is either non-existent or not worth mentioning. If you tend to do this too, then I’ve got the perfect dessert for you.

An easy-to-make yogurt parfait dessert from mylittlegourmet.com

It doesn’t require too many ingredients and can be made ahead of time. Also, it’s borderline healthy when it comes to desserts and your guests will be totally impressed, not knowing it took you less than 30 minutes to prepare. Oh yeah, and did  I mention it’s delicious?

An easy-to-make yogurt parfait dessert from mylittlegourmet.com

I’ve made this numerous times, and every time I end up using a different kind of cookie. My all time favorite was Pepperidge Farms Double Chocolate Brownie Cookie! You can use your favorite store-bought cookie, or if you’re feeling ambitious, you could bake these chocolate chip cookies yourself. 🙂 Either way this dessert is a winner and your days fretting over what to make for guests are over.

An easy-to-make yogurt parfait dessert from mylittlegourmet.com

An easy-to-make yogurt parfait dessert from mylittlegourmet.com

Arik insisted that his dinosaur would make the perfect addition to the photo. 🙂

Mandarin Orange and Cookie Yogurt Parfait
 
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Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 7 mandarin oranges or tangerines
  • 1 package of chocolate cookies (about 5oz. or 150g)
  • 2 cups/500g quark, may be substituted with plain or plain greek yogurt
  • 3-4 tablespoons sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ⅔ cup whipping cream
  • chocolate sprinkles for topping
Instructions
  1. Fillet the oranges (step-by-step instructions).
  2. Break up the cookies into smaller pieces.
  3. In a medium bowl, stir together quark or yogurt with sugar and vanilla.
  4. Whip the cream and fold into the quark/yogurt mixture.
  5. Layer the cream, cookies, and mandarin oranges in 6 glasses.
  6. Top each one with a last dollop of cream and some chocolate sprinkles.

Recipe from Lecker on Foodboard.de

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 Posted by at 12:48
Dec 062013
 

These shortbread cookies are made in 30 min and the perfect addition to your holiday cookie line-up - from mylittlegourmet.com

Today is Saint Nicholas Day and Arik couldn’t have been more excited to go look in his boot. If you are unfamiliar with this holiday tradition, allow me to explain. So, on the night of Dec. 5th, kids will put their boot out in front of the door before going to bed. Then, sometime in the night, St. Nicholas comes and either fills their boot with gifts and candy or with a stick depending on if they were good or not that year.

These shortbread cookies are made in 30 min and the perfect addition to your holiday cookie line-up - from mylittlegourmet.com

It seems St. Nick was lenient this year and chose to overlook a few moments and situations 🙂 and filled Arik’s boot with a puzzle, some candy and these shortbread cookies.

These shortbread cookies are made in 30 min and the perfect addition to your holiday cookie line-up - from mylittlegourmet.com

Most people living in the States shouldn’t have a problem finding toffee bits at their local grocery store. I on the other hand, had some issues here in Berlin, so I ended up using hazelnut croquant pieces, which is an amazing alternative if you can find it. If you can’t find either you could try making your own toffee bits using this recipe. Regardless of whether you use toffee or croquant bits, you should definitely try out these shortbread cookies this holiday season. With only 6 ingredients and 30 minutes of time required, how could you not?! 🙂

These shortbread cookies are made in 30 min and the perfect addition to your holiday cookie line-up - from mylittlegourmet.com

These shortbread cookies are made in 30 min and the perfect addition to your holiday cookie line-up - from mylittlegourmet.com

These shortbread cookies are made in 30 min and the perfect addition to your holiday cookie line-up - from mylittlegourmet.com

 

5.0 from 2 reviews
Chocolate Chip Toffee Shortbread Cookies
 
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Serves: 14-16 cookies
Ingredients
  • 8 tablespoons/1 stick/115g butter, at room temperature
  • ¼ cup/25g powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup/115g all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons chocolate chips
  • 3 tablespoons toffee bits
Instructions
  1. Using an electric mixer, cream together butter, sugar, and vanilla until smooth.
  2. Stir in flour and salt by hand just until combined.
  3. Fold in chocolate chips and toffee bits.
  4. Place dough in the refrigerator and begin preheating the oven to 350℉/175℃ and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  5. Once oven is ready, remove the dough from the refrigerator and roll into 1-inch/2.5cm balls. Place on cookie sheet about 1 inch/2.5cm apart and press down lightly with the palm of your hand on each one.
  6. Bake cookies for about 12-14 minutes until cookies are firm and golden brown around the edges.
  7. Remove from oven, allow to cool on sheet for 5 minutes and then place the cookies on a rack to cool completely.

Recipe from MyRecipes.com

 

 

 Posted by at 13:30
May 312013
 

White Chocolate and Berry Oatmeal Cookies | My Little Gourmet

If you’re a regular here, then you probably noticed that it was bit quiet around here last week. It’s definitely not because I’m out of recipe ideas; quite the contrary, I have too many ideas floating around in my head that I often can’t decide on which recipe to write about. No no, this lack of posting was due to a long flight and a little boy. That little boy, was of course, my little boy, and that long flight was a 13 hour flight from Seattle (our homeland) back to Berlin. It wasn’t so much the actual flight, but the time thereafter. You see, we visited home for a few weeks to see family and friends and really had a great time, but when we returned to Berlin, Arik didn’t seem to want to adapt back to our time zone. Turns out, toddlers and jet lag are not a pretty combo!

White Chocolate and Berry Oatmeal Cookies | My Little Gourmet

He decided to stay up the majority of the night and then sleep until about 3 pm during the day. I couldn’t really do much about it, since I would also end up sleeping during the day because I was just so tired from being up all night…go figure. Every day I was able to gain 1 or 2 hours back so in total it took about a week to get back on track. After numerous long nights I just couldn’t bring myself to cook and write and I was lacking daylight in order to photograph. 🙂 Now that we are finally back to our normal routine, the very first thing I needed were some homemade cookies…

White Chocolate and Berry Oatmeal Cookies | My Little Gourmet

Not just any old cookie though, no, after a week of eating pizza and easy pasta dishes, I needed a cookie with some substance. So I went with these oatmeal cookies with dried berries and, of course, some white chocolate. You can use any kind of dried berry and chocolate chips that you prefer. I ended up using a mixture of cranberries, cherries, and blueberries. The original recipe calls for strawberries, which I think would be really good, but unfortunately I couldn’t find them anywhere. Next on my list to try is cherries with dark chocolate chips. YUM! As you can see, just about anything will work so let your creative juices flow and get to bakin’!

White Chocolate and Berry Oatmeal Cookies | My Little Gourmet

On a side note, I would really appreciate it if you guys could head over to Circle of Moms and give me a vote in the top 25 foodie mom competition. You can vote once per day until June 4th and since I was entered a little late I could use all of the votes I can get! To vote, just click on this link, scroll down (a lot), and you will find me somewhere near the bottom. 🙂 Thank you all!!

White Chocolate and Berry Oatmeal Cookies | My Little Gourmet

White Chocolate Berry Oatmeal Cookies
 
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Serves: 12-15 cookies
Ingredients
  • ¾ cup/105g all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup/80g regular oats
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup/75g packed brown sugar
  • ¼ cup/55g butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • ¾ cup/75 dried berries of choice, chopped if they are larger
  • ½ cup/75g white chocolate chunks
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350℉/175℃.
  2. In a medium bowl mix flour, oats, baking soda and salt together with a whisk.
  3. Put sugar and butter in a large bowl and beat on medium high speed until well-blended (about 3 minutes).
  4. Add vanilla and egg and beat well.
  5. Gradually stir in (by hand) the flour mixture, adding a little at a time.
  6. Once blended, add berries and chocolate chunks, and stir until combined.
  7. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and drop dough balls about 2 in/5 cm apart.
  8. Bake in the oven for 8-11 minutes or until lightly browned on the edges.
  9. Remove cookies from oven, let cool for 5 minute on tray and then place on wire rack to cool completely.
Notes
* I used a mixture of cranberries, cherries and blueberries, but any dried berries will work. * These also taste great using dark chocolate chips or chunks.
 
 Recipe adapted from Cooking Light
 Posted by at 13:25
Dec 142012
 

Chocolate Chip Cookies

The tradition of leaving a plate of cookies and a glass of milk for Santa isn’t really well known here in Germany.  Since it’s one of my favorites though I decided to pass this one on to my little guy, so that he doesn’t have to miss out.  So, for the past few weeks I have been on the search for the perfect chocolate chip cookie for Santa.  The guy has to know his cookies so I didn’t want to disappoint.  I tried numerous recipes before coming across this one on Pinterest.  It was claiming to be the best chocolate chip cookie ever so of course, I had to try them.  And disappoint they did not…

Chocolate Chip Cookies

They are seriously the perfect balance of chewy and soft.  The not so secret ingredient used that sets this recipe apart from the others, is corn starch.  If you are a chocolate chip cookie fan I recommend you try this one out…you won’t be sorry.  Oh, and you’re welcome Santa!

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Chip Cookies
 
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Serves: 24 cookies
Ingredients
  • ¾ cup/170g butter, unsalted and softened
  • ¾ cup/160g light brown sugar, packed
  • ¼ cup/50g granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups/260g all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons corn starch
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt (optional)
  • 6 oz./150g semi-sweet chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350℉/175℃
  2. Cream together butter and sugars until smooth. Add egg and vanilla and blend in.
  3. Add the flour, corn starch, baking soda and salt and mix until just combined. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  4. Grease or line a baking sheet with parchment. Drop the dough, using tablespoons, about 2 inches apart onto the sheet and bake for about 8-10 minutes. They should be barely golden brown around the edges and still somewhat soft in the center.
  5. Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a rack to cool completely. Or do as I did and just transfer them straight to your mouth while still warm. 🙂

Recipe adapted from Averie Cooks, who got it from Kelsey’s Apple A Day, who got it from Anna Olson, The Food Network Canada

 

 Posted by at 14:18