Cinnamon Chocolate Chili Cookies

  • 2 1/4 C flour
  • 1/2 C unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 T baking powder
  • 1 t baking soda
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 8 oz unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 3/4 C sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 t cinnamon
  • 1/2 t chili powder (optional)

Preheat oven to 200C. In a medium bowl, stir together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. In a large bowl, beat butter and 1 1/2 C sugar until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Scrape down side of bowl. Beat in eggs. Gradually add flour mixture and beat until combined.

In a small bowl, combine remaining 1/4 C sugar, cinnamon, and chili powder. Using heaping tablespoons, form balls of dough and roll in cinnamon-sugar mixture. Place, about 3 inches apart, on two parchment-lined baking sheets. Bake until cookies are set in center and begin to crack, about 8-10 minutes. Let cookies cool on sheets on wire racks 5 minutes, then transfer cookies to racks to cool completely. (Store in an airtight container, up to 1 week.)

Credits: Adapted from Cleanse Your Palate


31-07-2016: It had been a long weekend, and I realized we needed cookies. Cookies that were chocolatey and didn’t involve chilling. This recipe was just what we needed. Our current oven is more accurate than the previous one; 200C was the right temp. Half a batch makes about 30 cookies.

19-04-2013: I wanted something to celebrate the 1000th anniversary of my persona (Monday) at the event this weekend, and knew cake would be too difficult to transport, and besides, I really wanted cookies…chocolate cookies. I’ve never had a yen for chocolate cookies before, so I had to go looking for a recipe. This one combines cinnamon and chili, two of my favorite additions to chocolate.

A recent test showed that our oven runs about 30 degrees hot, so I only preheated to 180C.

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Chocolate Zucchini Bread

  • 3 eggs
  • 1 C sugar
  • 1 C brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1 C vegetable oil
  • 1 t vanilla
  • 2 oz melted unsweetened chocolate
  • 2 C shredded zucchini
  • 2 C all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 t baking powder
  • 1 t baking soda
  • 1 t salt
  • 1 t cinnamon
  • 3/4 – 1 C chocolate chips
  • 1 C slivered almonds (optional)

Beat eggs (at medium speed of an electric mixer or by hand) in a large mixing bowl until thick and lemon-colored. Add sugar, brown sugar, oil, and vanilla, beating well. Stir in melted chocolate and zucchini.

In a medium mixing bowl combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Add flour mixture to zucchini mixture, stirring just until dry ingredients are moistened. Fold in chocolate chips and almonds.

Spoon batter into two well-greased 9x5x3″ loaf pans. Bake at 350F for 45-60 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center of loaf comes out clean. Let bread cool in pans for 10 minutes, then remove from pans and let cool completely on a wire rack before slicing.

Credits: Probably Carolyn Friedemann due to the typesetting of the original, but I’m not sure.


23-03-2013: Making this recipe is how I discovered that Slinky likes zucchini.

12-09-2015: We made these into muffins today, with some alternations. 2 C zucchini was roughly two small zucchinis. We halved the amount of sugar, and omitted the baker’s chocolate and chocolate chips, and instead shook in some amount of cocoa powder. The result was 28 muffins, which baked at 180C for 25 min.

Cranberry Relish

  • 2 C washed raw cranberries
  • 2 skinned and cored tart apples
  • 1 large, whole unpealed seedless orange, cut into sections
  • 1 to 2 C sugar (depending on how sweet you would like your relish to be)

Run fruit through a food blender. Use the entire orange, peels, pith and all.

Mix in the sugar. Let sit at room temperature until sugar dissolves, about 45 minutes. Refrigerate until serving.

Credits: Carolyn Friedemann (via ?)


2013-12-25: Joel wanted to make it again for Christmas, so we did. This time, I chopped about 3/4 of the apples small, and only blended 1/4. We put in 1/4 C sugar instead of 1-2.

2013-11-30: Mom made this for Thanksgiving this year, and we liked it so much we decided to make it ourselves when we had Thanksgiving in Heidelberg.

Meat Loaf with Almonds

  • 1 kg ground beef
  • 1 C fresh breadcrumbs
  • 4 T red wine
  • 1 t sugar
  • 1/2 C almond milk
  • 1/4 t black pepper
  • 1/8 t ground mace
  • 1/8 t ground cloves

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and shape into a loaf. Put into a deep covered casserole and bake at 350F for 1 hour. drain off fat and turn onto a serving platter.

Credits: Seven Centuries Cookbook

Finnish Berry Pudding

  • 3 C strawberry or raspberry puree
  • 4-6 T sugar
  • 1/2 C uncooked Cream of Wheat

Bring puree to a boilover moderate heat and add sugar. Add cream of wheat and stir continuously. Reduce heat andcook for 3-6minutes, until the mixture becomesa thick puree.

Transfer to a large bowl. Whip with electric beater at high speed until mixture doubles in bulk and becomes light and fluffy.

Serve as soon as possible. Delicious with a little whipped cream.

Credits: Known World Handbook