Dark Chocolate Mint Chip Cookies

By dark chocolate, I mean really dark—and not just because of the chips. Adapted from a recipe on the back of the Nestlé Toll House Dark Chocolate & Mint Morsels bag, this concoction has added coffee and less sugar, giving the cookies a deep chocolate flavor suitable for cacao aficionados. Indeed, I thought these [click headline for more — or photo in Facebook]

Coffee Toffee Chocolate Chip Cookies

There’s just a hint of coffee in these cookies, and the toffee comes from a delectable combination of the first two ingredients: butter and brown sugar. The result is an irresistibly chewy cookie packed with a scrumptious combination of chocolate, coffee and almond meal.

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Key Lime Pie Biscotti

It’s mid-winter here in Michigan, and we have the snow to prove it. This recipe features a tropical flair reminiscent of warmer, sunnier climes. Offset by the creamy sweetness of white chocolate morsels, key lime delivers a bright burst of flavor to these cookies, which I recommend devouring any time of year. (Right now, [click headline for more — or photo in Facebook]

Christmas Biscotti

I intended to create a festive cranberry-pistachio biscotti combo last Christmas but ran out of time. Twelve months later, I finally did it! One of the advantages of waiting is that I had white chocolate chips on hand this year. I’ve been experimenting with them lately; otherwise, it never would have occurred to me [click headline for more — or photo in Facebook]

Triple Chocolate Chip Brownie Cookies

“Triple”—because of the cocoa, melted chocolate and chocolate chips; “brownie”—because of the texture; Triple Chocolate Chip Brownie Cookies—because sometimes a little chocolate just isn’t enough!

Adapted from a recipe published in Redbook magazine, this one contains half as much butter (proportionally) plus added whole grains and a touch of fruit.

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Extra Peanutty Chocolate Chip Cookies

Crunchy peanut butter, puffed brown rice, rolled oats, whole wheat flour and peanuts add an adventurous twist—as well as extra fiber, protein, vitamins and minerals—to this version of chocolate chip cookies. These have more butter and sugar than my typical “savvy” cookies, but less than most traditional recipes.

Extra Peanutty Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Chocolate Walnut Brownie Biscotti

Given how much I like chocolate and walnuts together, it’s somewhat surprising that I haven’t yet shared a biscotti recipe featuring this classic brownie combination. When I noticed the omission last week, I started experimenting, and here are the results.

Though not chewy or gooey like their namesake, brown sugar makes these a little [click headline for more — or photo in Facebook]

Cherry Almond Chocolate Chip Cookies

We’re fortunate to have access to dried cherries in bulk here in Michigan, and we take advantage of that on a regular basis, using them in everything from oatmeal to turkey stuffing. Since dried cherries go so well with almonds and with chocolate, it makes sense to bring all three together in one cookie.

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