Written on September 18, 2013 at 9:00 am , by Michael Wurm, Jr.
As you may already know from my Chocolate-Pumpkin Brownie recipe, once autumn arrives, I like to incorporate pumpkin into pretty much everything I make. Thankfully, I’m not the only one who has this love for pumpkin.
This week on my blog Inspired by Charm, I’m hosting the Second Annual Fall Cookie Week. Essentially, it’s a week (or eight days as is the case this year) of fall-inspired cookie recipes. As I was searching for inspiration and recipes on the web, I knew that I had to include a cookie from Better Homes and Gardens. Their cookie recipe collections are some of the best.
I’ve also always been intrigued by palmiers. They look so fancy and they taste delicious – two essential characteristics of any cookie. So when I stumbled upon this recipe for Chocolate Palmiers, I thought it would be the perfect place to sneak in a little fall flavor. Yes, this is where the pumpkin comes into play.
Other than chilling time, which is a must for making these sweet treats, they came together quickly. Plus, I love the combination of pumpkin and chocolate. These are definitely a winner in my book.
I followed this Chocolate Palmier recipe except for these few changes:
- I omitted the nuts from the filling.
- I put in six tablespoons of pumpkin puree before adding the egg.
- In addition to the cinnamon, I used 1 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice, 1/2 teaspoon of ground cloves, and 1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg.
That’s it. Simple touches, but a big difference in flavor!
Over the years I’ve learned that adding pumpkin puree to a recipe isn’t enough to get that wonderful pumpkin taste. It’s all about the spices. The combination of cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, cloves, and nutmeg really bring the pumpkin flavor to life.
So if you are looking for a scrumptious autumn treat, be sure to give this
a try. For more fall cookie inspiration, swing on over to Inspired by Charm’s Fall Cookie Week.
As always, happy cooking!
Michael Wurm, Jr. – Inspired by Charm
Written on May 17, 2013 at 8:00 am , by Michael Wurm, Jr.
Memorial Day is on the horizon, and it’s not too early to start planning what you’ll make for friends and family. As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I’m usually the person who volunteers to bring the dessert. It’s my thing. A few years ago I discovered BHG’s recipe for White Chocolate Cherry Shortbread Cookies. Being red and white, they were perfect for the holiday season so I decided to bake a batch.- I’m always on the hunt for new cookie recipes and I struck gold with this one.
My family adores these cookies and so do I. They have become a new holiday favorite. The cherry and white chocolate combination is a classic flavor pairing. It’s sweet, fruity, and rich. It also has a weird way of instantly reminding me of the holidays, family, and good times.
I realize that some recipes are special because you make them only once a year. However, since my family is always begging me to bake these cookies, I wanted a way to change them up a little for another holiday.
I was in the grocery store the other day when inspiration struck! I stumbled upon these adorable red, white, and blue sprinkles and thought they would be perfect. I also picked up a bottle of blue sugar crystals. Adding just a touch of the red. white, and blue would instantly make these a festive dessert for Memorial Day, Independence Day, or summer in general.
I bought a few other ingredients, mostly pantry staples, and headed home to bake.
Needless to say, the results are adorable! I couldn’t resist snapping a few pictures and teasing my family over Instagram. They were so happy to see that they won’t have to wait another six months for one of their favorite treats!
So tell me, what traditionally seasonal items do you serve all year long? What’s your favorite dish served on Memorial Day?
Michael Wurm, Jr. – Inspired by Charm
Written on November 29, 2012 at 8:30 am , by Michael Wurm, Jr.
I love baking cookies. It’s one of the things I really look forward to each holiday season. I usually set aside a day or two and bake up a storm. Since it’s just me here, this leaves me with a lot of cookies. Thankfully, my mom and grandma are able to take some off my hands. Unfortunately, for some of you, this tradition of making a beautiful variety of cookies may have become a dreaded chore. Well, not any more! This year consider having a Cookie Exchange Party.
Here’s how it works. When hosting a Cookie Exchange Party, you bake up one big batch of a particular type of cookie (or fudge, chocolate covered pretzels, candy, etc.) as do your friends. Then everyone joins you at your house with a large supply of treats. During the party (after sampling a few cookies, of course) you swap cookies and recipes. When you leave the party, you have a huge variety of holiday treats and you only had the stress of baking one item. Plus, you had a chance to hang out with your friends. Sounds pretty fun, right?
So whether you are considering holding a cookie exchange or doing all the baking yourself, I found 12 fabulous cookie recipes that will leave your guests satisfied and impressed. Some are classics and some are new favorites.
1. White-Chocolate Cherry Shortbread // 2. Christmas Sugar Cookie Cutouts // 3. Peanut Butter and Mocha Checkerboards // 4. Tangerine Butter Cookies // 5. Mini Raspberry and White Chocolate Whoopie Pies // 6. Ultimate Chocolate-Dipped Cookies // 7. Chocolate Palmiers // 8. Cherry Surprise Crinkles // 9. Roly-Poly Santas // 10. Buried Cherry Cookies // 11. Lemony Star Sandwiches // 12. Mint Meringue Kisses
I also took things a bit further and created a little round up of my favorite holiday-inspired platters, trays, and cake stands. I mean, if you are going to all the trouble of baking these delicious treats, you want them to look as scrumptious as they taste, right? You could even fill one of these delightful pieces with a variety of homemade sweets and you’d have an instant gift. Too perfect!
1. Mikasa Scarlet Vine // 2. White Enamel Cake Stand // 3. Williams Sonoma Vintage Footed Platter // 4. Plaid Platter // 5. Dancing Dreidel Platter // 6. Rectangular Plates // 7. French Bull Ziggy Plate // 8. Williams Sonoma Christmas Tree Platter // 9. Artist Palette Tray // 10. Jadeite Cake Stand // 11. CB2 Clarity Plate // 12. French Bull Black and White Platter
How do you handle all of your holiday baking? Do you host a cookie exchange? What’s your favorite holiday cookie?
Cheers, Michael Wurm, Jr. – Inspired by Charm