Chewy Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

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I am getting in the Christmas spirit and started doing some baking and one of my favorite cookies around this time of year is Chocolate Crinkle Cookies. I’ve tried making red velvet, gingerbread and vanilla crinkle cookies but my all time favorite recipe is the chocolate version.

These cookies are so easy to make, and really you can check out a ton of different recipes but all follow a very similar recipe. Here is what you need.

Ingredients (yeilds about 20-24 cookies):

1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder ( I used Ghirardelli)
2 cups white sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup vegetable oil
4 eggs
2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder
1 cup confectioner’s sugar (for coating your cookies before baking)Directions

Directions:

1.  In a mixing bowl, combine 2 cups white sugar, 1 cup of cocoa, 1/2 cup vegetable oil. Once combined, add in 4 eggs and 2 tsp. vanilla extract.
2.  In another bowl combine 2 cups all purpose flour, 1 tsp salt, 2 tsp baking powder and 1 tsp salt.
3.  Now with a spatula, spoon in the flour into the wet mix until fully combined.
4.  Cover the cookie dough with something, which at this point will still feel quite soft) and put it in the refrigerator for at least 5 hours, though I like to leave it overnight to bake in the morning.
5.  Heat your oven to 350 farenheit.  Take out 3 baking pans and either grease them with butter OR I prefer to use parchment paper to line my pans.
6.  Now spoon enough dough into your hand to make 1.5-2 inch balls. Roll the cool dough into balls and coat each one with a good layer of powdered sugar. It’s important to cover them well to get the nice contrast of the white powder to the dark chocolate cracks. You want to roll all the cookies now while the dough is cold otherwise it will get too gooey.
7.  Bake the cookies for 12-14 minutes and let cool for 5 minutes on your pan before you remove them. Enjoy!

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The Best Almond Croissant Recipe

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This recipe has got to be hands down the best Almond Croissant recipe I have ever made. Call me a shut-in but I had never tried Almond Croissants until about 5 years ago when one of my tenants, Jane, made me some and gave them to me. From that day on I was hooked and kept begging her for the recipe, until one day she gave it to me. She had worked so hard to figure out how to make them because pinterest was still on its way up and you couldnt just search every recipe in the world there. I’ve since evolved the recipe a bit and only make them at Christmas for family parties.

Since I got the recipe, I have managed to tweak it a bit more to be extra decadent and here is what you need.

Ingredients:

 

12 day old Croissants
4 large Eggs
2 sticks of Butter at room temperature.
1/2 tsp of Salt
2 cups Almond Meal
12 tbsp of Sliced Almonds
2 cups Granulated Sugar
1 cup Water
6 tbsp Brandy or Rum or Vanilla Extract (whichever you prefer)
Powdered Sugar (For dusting at end)

 

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Instructions:

 

Step 1 – Make your syrup first

In a small sauce pan on a stove, pour in 1 cup of water, 8 tablespoons of brandy or rum and 1 cup of sugar. Warm it up until the sugar dissolves and forms a syrup. Sometimes I add more sugar until the syrup is very thick but that’s only if you want it on the sweeter side. Set this aside and let it cool down to room temperature.

Step 2 – Make your Almond Paste

My recipe makes a LOT of almond paste, but thats because I love to stuff my croissants with tons and tons. It’s probably the best part of this recipe. In a mixing bowl, combine 2 cups of almond meal, 1 cup of sugar, 1/2 teaspoon of salt and combine. Once combined, take your 2 sticks of butter and add it to the bowl. Mix until everything is combined together. With your mixer on medium/high add your eggs in one by one. Beat the mixture until fluff (approx two-three minutes).

Step 3 – Fill your Croissants

Next slice your croissants in half like a sandwich. Take each side and dip it into the syrup quickly, don’t soak them. Its literally a quick dip. Then take your bottom half and put two tablespoons of the almond paste in the inside. Spread it evenly. Take your top half and place it onto the bottom. Lastly take another 2 tablespoons of the Almond paste and spread it on top and sprinkle your almond slices on top.

Step 4 – Bake your Croissants

Preheat your oven at 350 degrees. Once you have filled every croissant, place them on a pan with some parchment paper on top to avoid everything sticking together. You will want to pop them in the oven for 18-19 minutes until you see the almond paste on top of the croissants brown a little. I like to take them off the parchment paper and put them on a cooling rack right away. Once cool, dust them with powdered sugar.

 

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A 1920 Bathroom Renovation

Hi guys, I haven’t been updating this blog because I actually had a bunch happen since my last post. First, I got married to a wonderful woman named Diana and then I moved to California where I bought yet another 1920′s home with her. We started doing some renovations and the first one was a complete remodel of our bathroom. I actually failed at taking some good before shots, but here is one the real estate agent posted.

Bathroom Before

This is after we took the wallpaper off and gave up and just gutted the bathroom.

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And finally, this is what it ended up looking like.

1920's Bathroom Renovation After by James Prunean1920's Bathroom Renovation After - James PruneanIMG_0860

If you are wondering, those kick butt mirrors are from West Elm. By far my favorite thing we have in there next to the dope tiles from The Cement Shop.

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