I’ve wanted to do a food blog post for a while. Recently, I’ve been brushing up my kitchen skills and while I’m not ALL that crazy about cooking/baking, I do like the products. XD My parents were out of town last week and I figured that would be the perfect opportunity to make something and bring up my photography lights and tripod without too much of a commotion. (Besides, then my brother and I could eat all the cookies and we didn’t have to share!)
It’s been so long since I’ve posted a recipe. The fact is, I’ve been so busy (school, y’all) and garden and other stuff has been occupying my Saturdays instead of baking/cooking/creating masterpieces in the kitchen. But, I put it on my list to make two recipes this June. I also have a food post planned for July as well! So hopefully I’ll get back on track.
A soft chocolate crinkle cookie with a hint of espresso and tart cherries.
At my last lesson, I promised my violin teacher I would make her cookies. I was brainstorming, visiting my favorite blogs, when I remembered. For Thanksgiving 2014, we had these cookies. These wonderful, chocolaty crinkle cookies with tart cherries and….the best part, the hint of espresso.
My dad is Canadian. He was adopted when he was a baby and raised Dutch. Which means that he was exposed to many delicious Dutch treats that many Americans have never had or heard of. To name a few, some of them are Boterkoek, (pronounced boat-er cuek) which when translated, means “butter cake”. It’s basically an almond coffee cake. Another one is Zand Taartjes, or berry tarts, and Jan Hagel. When my parents got married, my Dad’s mom gave him some of her Dutch recipes. My mom has made the Botercoek a few times. This past weekend I wanted to make cookies and my dad suggested I make Jan Hagel. “What’s THAT?” I asked. The recipe was provided and I set out to make them! Jan Hagel, pronounced “Yon Ha-ghul” (you know, with that weird German gh sound you do in the back of your throat?) is sort of a coffee cake cookie. The ingredients are butter, egg yolk, sugar, flour, cinnamon, nuts. Sound intriguing? Read on.
Here’s another top ten! These cookies looked so delightful that I just couldn’t resist sharing. Yum! Every time one of these bloggers puts out a new recipe I get so hungry! Enjoy.