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  • One spice that you’ve probably never thought about putting into a batch of cookies is mustard, and that is exactly what makes Cookie Madness‘s Mustard Spiced Chocolate Cookies so interesting. You often find cinnamon added to chocolate to give it a little depth, but these cookies use a dry mustard powder! The mustard doesn’t dominate the chocolate, but it does bring out the more bitter notes in the cocoa powder, giving it a bittersweet aftertaste that should appeal to fans of dark chocolate. You might want to add chocolate chips to sweeten things up, or turn these fairly soft cookies into an ice cream sandwich.
  • With the weather warming up, asparagus season is just starting to hit its stride. Cake, Batter and Bowl‘s Ricotta, Goat Cheese and Asparagus Tart is a great way to incorporate asparagus into a healthy tart that can serve as an appetizer or as a savory main dish. The filling is made with both ricotta and goat cheese, with a little bit of egg to help hold it together, as well as with a generous amount of fresh asparagus. The tart crust is made from a blend of chickpeas and whole wheat flour that adds another layer of flavor to the dish – and bakes up with a much more traditional pastry crust-feel than you might expect.
  • Blueberries are a berry that get associated more with fresh fruit tarts and muffins than with cookies, but blueberry fans will definitely appreciate the way that these Marbleized Chocolate and Blueberry Cream Cheese Cookies from Phuocn Delicious incorporate the fruit into cookie dough! The result is a cookie that has two colors swirled into each one: a rich purple color for the fruity blueberry dough and a deep brown for the chocolate dough. The cookies are a great combination of flavors and textures, and they’re definitely eye catching.
  • Strawberry lemonade, in any form, is one of the most perfectly refreshing summertime treats that I can think of. The Strawberry Lemonade Popsicles that Pass The Sushi made are even more refreshing than most. The easy to make popsicles have lemonade-yogurt layers interspersed with strawberry frozen yogurt layers, made with fresh strawberries. The yogurt gives the popsicles a lot of body and richness in addition to simply being a good flavor match for both the lemon and strawberry layers.
  • Homemade pretzels are a wonderful snack, but they can be quite filling and sometimes you want a snack that you can just munch on while watching TV or talking to friends. Golden Pretzel Bites with Fleur de Sel, which Lemon Drip Foodie baked up recently, are an elegant solution to this. The recipe starts out with a batch of dough that you might use to make full-sized soft pretzels, but is cut into bite sized portions, sprinkled with salt and baked into a very munch-able shape. They’re great for both snacking or entertaining – or when you want a pretzel but just don’t feel like shaping the dough!

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  • Ok, so many more recipes that I want to try… thanks for sharing!

  • Kerstin
    May 26, 2011

    Yum, everything sounds delicious! Thanks for the feature 🙂

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