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A delicious and decadent cookie recipe

A delicious and decadent cookie recipe

The very talented Marcy Braselton of Community Kitchen recently posted her recipe for Spiced Hot Cocoa Cookies, and aside from looking OMG amazing we were thrilled to see that she used her Liddy Lifestyle utensils to create them!

Read on to see Marcy’s recipe for these ultra tempting, ultra delicious cookies.

Spiced Hot Cocoa Cookie Recipe

spiced hot cocoa cookie recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 C all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 C unsweetened dark cocoa powder
  • 1 t ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 t baking powder
  • 1/8 t cayenne pepper
  • dash of salt
  • 1/2 C semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 C extra dark (63% cacao) chips
  • 3/4 C cultured butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 C light brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 T vanilla bean paste
  • 1 C marshmallows, chopped

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Method

  1. Preheat oven to 350F degrees (180C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, cinnamon, baking powder, cayenne and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt the chocolate chips, whisking until smooth. Remove from heat.
  4. In the bowl of a standing mixer, add the butter and brown sugar and beat on medium speed for about 5 minutes or until light and fluffy.
  5. Add the eggs and vanilla bean paste and beat for 2 -3 minutes until creamy. Scrape down the sides as needed.
  6. Reduce mixer speed to low and add the melted chocolate. Beat until combined.
  7. Slowly add the flour mixture and beat until just incorporated.
  8. Remove from the standing mixer. Add the chopped marshmallows and fold into the dough by hand.
  9. Using an ice cream scoop, place cookie dough balls about two inches apart on a parchment lined baking sheet.
  10. Bake for 12 minutes. Remove from oven and cool on wire racks *These are SO good warm!*

Serves 18 cookies

 

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Easy (and impressive) recipes to serve up with your next cheese board

Easy (and impressive) recipes to serve up with your next cheese board

Everyone loves a cheese board, right? Easy yet eye catching, they’re an essential for any entertainers repertoire.

But if you’re looking for something different for your next get together, we have some beautiful recipe ideas to kick your cheese serving game up a notch.

marinated feta recipes

Marinated feta recipe (serves 4)

¾ cup olive oil
1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
½ teaspoon fennel seeds
4-5 sprigs thyme or rosemary
1 clove garlic, thinly sliced
2 bay leaves (optional)
pinch of dried chili flakes (optional)
200g block Danish feta

In a large bowl place the olive oil, herbs and spices. Mix to combine.

Break the feta into large pieces and add to the oil mixture, tossing gently to combine. Spoon the oil mixture and cheese into a sterilized jar and refrigerate.

marinated feta recipe

Allow 24 hours before serving for flavours to infuse. Serve on rustic bread or crackers. Will keep for up to a week refrigerated.

Note: Danish feta is much softer than Greek feta. Once you have added it to the oil mixture, toss gently until just combined – don’t over mix or the feta will break up too much.

warmed brie recipe

Warmed brie with honey recipe (serves 4-5)

Preheat oven to 300F / 150C.

Take a boxed brie or camembert, such as Clarines and remove the lid, keeping the cheese in the box base.

Place on an oven tray and drizzle with a little honey. Place in the oven for 10 minutes or until warmed through (do not overheat).

warmed brie with honey

Place on your cheese board with a palate knife and gently dig in. Alternatively, dollop a little cranberry sauce on top of the cheese before warming.

marinated olives recipe

Marinated olives recipe (serves 4)

¾ cup olive oil
1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
½ teaspoon fennel seeds
4-5 sprigs thyme or rosemary
1 clove garlic, thinly sliced
2 bay leaves (optional)
pinch of dried chilli flakes (optional)
200g block Danish feta

In a large bowl place the olive oil, herbs and spices. Mix to combine.

Break the feta into large pieces and add to the oil mixture, tossing gently to combine.

Spoon the oil mixture and cheese into a sterilized jar and refrigerate.

 

Looking for more tips on how to assemble the perfect cheese board? See our post HERE.
 
CLICK HERE to browse the Liddy Lifestyle collection of entertaining boards, cheese knives and spreaders.

 

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How to assemble the perfect cheese board with Liddy Lifestyle

How to assemble the perfect cheese board with Liddy Lifestyle

At Liddy Lifestyle we LOVE entertaining, and one of our favorite ways to get a party started (whether for 2 or 200) is by creating a cheese board.

With minimal time, effort and expense, you can easily put together an impressive party appetizer.

The best part is, aside from a quick trip to the store for a few cheeses, you’re likely to have many accompaniments already in your fridge or pantry.

Here are our tips for creating the perfect cheese board for your next get together.

how to assemble cheese board 

Make your cheese board a feast for the eyes and taste buds

  • When planning, take into consideration balancing different flavours (smooth, sharp, strong, nutty), textures (crumbly, gooey, hard) and colors in both the cheeses and accompaniments.
  • For the cheese itself, when making your selection choose one from each type – aged, soft, firm, blue. A general rule would be 3 cheeses for a smaller board, 4-5 cheeses for larger boards. You’ll need 3-4oz of cheese per person (or around a pound per 5 people). Quality is important here! You don’t need to break the bank, but it would be preferable to pick 3 high quality cheeses than 5 mediocre ones.
  • how to assemble a cheese board

    When selecting the cheeses, select one from each type – aged, soft, firm, blue. Make sure you have a different knife for each type of cheese; you may want to consider pre-cutting harder cheeses to make it even easier for your guests to serve themselves (while juggling a drink!)

  • When it comes to serving cheese with fruit and nuts there are plenty of options. When serving fruit, go for options such as thinly sliced pear or apple (squeeze with a tiny bit of lemon juice to stop browning first). Try grapes (both red and green – leave them on the stem!), figs or stone fruit such as peaches or nectarines (perfect for Summer soirees).
  • Dried fruit is a lovely addition to your cheese board – it’s a good idea to have some of these in the pantry ready to go for impromptu get togethers. Try dates, apricots, figs or muscatels; dried cherries are also a lovely addition.
  • cheese board accompaniments

    A paste or gel such as quince, spiced pear or fig can really bring your board together. Fruit and nut logs are also a good choice.

  • A paste or gel such as quince, spiced pear or fig can really bring your board together. Fruit and nut logs are also a good choice – being made with a firm fruit paste and formed into a log means they can just be cut into slices prior to serving your guests.
  • Nuts that compliment cheese and look great on your cheese board include pistachios, raw almonds, walnuts, pecans and macadamias.
  • It’s always nice to use a variety of crackers and breads alongside the cheeses – bite sized pieces of crusty bread work well, along with rough crackers made with fruit and nuts (think cranberry and almond, or peach and pistachio), mixed grain and seeds (like sesame, linseed or pepitas), gluten free crackers, wafers, water crackers or oatcakes.
  • You might be tempted to use onion or garlic flavoured crackers, but these can be quite strong in flavor, which takes the focus off your beautiful cheese - better to stick with less heavily seasoned and more complimentary crackers.
  • cheese board serving crackers

    It’s always nice to use a variety of crackers and breads alongside the cheeses

  • Use some greenery, whether edible (like arugula) or decorative (dried rosemary or thyme leaves) to bring your board to life (and help fill in any gaps!)
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    Most importantly, serving a delicious and eye-catching cheeseboard is all about helping you relax and enjoy time with your guests – it doesn’t need to be picture perfect, or follow every rule in the book!

    Aim for a variety of flavors and textures and you’ll be well on your way to creating the perfect platter for your next party.

    For more recipes to server with your next cheese board, see our recipe post HERE.

    CLICK HERE to browse our full range of entertaining boards, cheese knives and spreaders.

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