Thursday, October 28, 2010

White-Chocolate Spiced-Pumpkin Cheesecake

I love this twist on a delightful dessert. The white chocolate marries so well with the flavors of pumpkin and cream cheese. It's not the first time I've put white chocolate into a cheesecake, and I dare say it won't be the last. Also, another little perk to this cheesecake is that it only uses one package of cream cheese, which cuts down on the typical cheesecake-fat-content. Furthermore, the one and a half cups of pumpkin puree is very good for you. Enjoy!

12 graham crackers
1 stick butter, melted
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon brown sugar

1 8oz. package cream cheese
3 eggs
4oz. white chocolate
1 1/2 cups fresh pumpkin puree
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
1 granulated sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar

In a food processor, process crackers, cinnamon, brown sugar, and melted butter until the mixture forms a fine grain. Press into a prepared cheesecake pan.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Melt white chocolate in a double boiler until just melted; stir and set aside. In a large bowl, cream 8oz cream cheese with sugars; add eggs, pumpkin puree, flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, white chocolate; mix well. Pour filling into prepared crust; bake 45 to 55 minutes. Cool 15 minutes; chill for at least 1 hour.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Double-Chocolate, Sneaky-Mom Cookies

I'm currently lacking a picture of this tasty creation because they were eaten before the photo shoot could take place, but I really want to get this recipe on here before I mislay the sheet of paper I scibbled it down on. I've lost more than one recipe in this manner...

Here it goes!
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
1/2 cup shortening
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/4 cup flax
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp vanilla
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, cream butter and shortening; add sugars, cocoa and beat. Beat in flour, flax, oats, salt, baking soda and egg. Stir in vanilla and chocolate chips. Place 1 to 2 tablespoons of batter 2 inches apart on baking sheet and bake 12 to 14 minutes.