Another day of going through the pantry and finding loads more half used bags of chocolate chips and dried fruit, so along those lines — and because I didn’t have time to run to the shops and I had to make a bunch of cookies for a bake sale — here are another one of my “everything but the kitchen sink” cookies, sort of like the Chocolate Toffee Cranberry Cookies from a few weeks ago. They are even sort of healthy this time!
In case you hadn’t noticed, I seem to have an affinity for the whole “cherry + chocolate” combination. I know, it’s not for everyone, but I’ve made cookies, pies, granola bars, and even Hot Cross Buns at Easter on the theme of Cherry-Chocolate. So here I am with *yet another* recipe: Tart Cherry Dark Chocolate Crumble Bars. Super easy to make (no mixer required) and can be made year round as I use jarred cherries anyway. Snack time!
I know that cranberries are more of a Thanksgiving or Christmas type of thing, but when I first saw a recipe for cranberry curd, I thought that it had this absolutely amazing deep pink color, so why not make something with cranberries for Valentines Day, especially if you are overloaded on the chocolate? This has a nice tart but sweet bite and is the perfect plalate cleanser after a rich meal.
Ever notice that most recipes only call for a cup of chocolate chips and you somehow end up with about 4 or 5 open bags of various kinds of chocolate chips — or any other “flavoring thing” like nuts or dried fruit for that matter? Well that was the case this week when I was looking for a cookie inspiration and so this is what I came up with. Mini chips (very meltable), crunchy toffee bits (for texture), sweet and tangy dried cranberries. Turned out quite yummy for a cookie on a whim. Now, pass the milk.
Not quite over my Meyer Lemon kick yet, so I thought that I would make these tartlets. The addition of the pistachios is unique, but I had run out of other nuts (initial thought had been cashews) but these turned out ok in the end. If I were to make them again, maybe I’d up the butter quotient in the tartlets though, because they were very crumbly taking them out of the tart pans. The quick curd was lovely though.