Friday, February 26, 2021

Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie with Tahini Swirl

Recipe for individual skillet chocolate chip cookies with a sweet tahini swirl and topped with ice cream and halvah candy.

Is there anything more comforting than tucking into a warm skillet cookie with ice cream melting into the gooey chocolate? Yes, when you add a swirl of peanut butter or, in this case, a dollop of sweet tahini. The nutty taste of the sesame seeds blends with the sweetness of the cookie but adds an additional layer of flavor.

Recipe for individual skillet chocolate chip cookies with a sweet tahini swirl and topped with ice cream and halvah candy.

Tahini is incredibly versatile. It's just a paste made of sesame seeds and can be used either sweet or savory. Basically, whatever you can do with peanut butter, you can also do with tahini. I love it as a dip for pita bread, as the creamy element in a salad dressing or as an ingredient in chocolate chip cookies.

Recipe for individual skillet chocolate chip cookies with a sweet tahini swirl and topped with ice cream and halvah candy.

Because more is more, I also sprinkled some crumbled havah on top of the ice cream. It's optional but, hey, why not? Halvah is a Middle Eastern fudge-like candy made from tahini, sugar, spices and nuts. It has a flaky texture and addictive flavor. Check the international aisle of the grocery store or Amazon if you want to try it. Either way, cold creamy ice cream, warm gooey cookie...pass the spoon. Enjoy!
Yield: 4 Servings
Author: Anita Schecter
Recipe for individual skillet chocolate chip cookies with a sweet tahini swirl and topped with ice cream and halvah candy.

Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie with Tahini Swirl

Prep time: 15 MinCook time: 30 MinTotal time: 45 Min
Recipe for individual skillet chocolate chip cookies with a sweet tahini swirl and topped with ice cream and halvah candy.

Ingredients

For the Cookie Base:
  • 3/4 Cup granulated sugar
  • 1 Stick (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 Teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 Cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 Teaspoon baking power
  • 1/2 Teaspoon salt
  • 1 Cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
For the Tahini Swirl:
  • 1/4 Cup tahini (sesame paste)
  • 1/4 Cup powdered sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons milk
  • Pinch of salt

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cream together the granulated sugar and unsalted butter using a hand or stand mixer until the mixture has lightened in color. Beat in the egg.
  3. Sift together the all-purpose flour, baking powder and salt. Add the dry ingredients into the wet and mix just until incorporated. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  4. Pour the batter into four 4" skillets.
  5. In a small bowl, combine the tahini, powdered sugar, milk and salt. Scoop a quarter of the mixture on top of each skillet and, using a butter knife, swirl it into the batter.
  6. Bake for 25 - 30 minutes, depending on how gooey you like it, and serve warm topped with ice cream and crumbled halvah candy.
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Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Savory Dutch Babies (German Pancakes)

Recipe for a savory Dutch baby German pancake filled with cheese and topped with sauteed bell peppers, red onions, tomatoes and ham.

The first time I tried cooking these puffy pancakes, I was not expecting them to rise as much as they did. Some kind of photography/food styling trick, I thought. Nope. I've made them several times since that first time and they puff big!

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Boozy Chocolate and Peanut Butter Hot Cocoa Bombs

Recipe for hot cocoa bombs made with a marbled peanut butter and milk chocolate shell, filled with hot cocoa mix and bourbon.

You've probably been seeing hot cocoa bombs everywhere on the internet for the past few months. Costco now makes them and sells them in multi-flavor packs. Even smaller producers are offering them on Etsy. And while I don't normally jump on trends, I've made a few of these for clients and, well, they're just so cute and fun.

Monday, February 1, 2021

Satsuma Mandarin Orange Scones

Recipe for cream scones flavored with satsuma mandarin orange juice and zest, topped with a mandarin orange glaze.

There's very little that I like about winter but those first couple of months of the new year do have one high note and that is the abundance of winter citrus. It's always been strange to me that fresh fruit is in peak season when my city is blanketed in frozen snow.