Reason the first: White and Dark Chocolate and Peppermint Cheesecake. Reason the second: World Peace Cookies. Reason the third: Chocolate Chunkers. If those three reasons aren’t good enough for you then you have a heart, (and stomach) of stone and I feel sorry for you. The following three recipes and filled to the brim with chocolaty goodness and are begging to be eaten with reckless abandonment.
For the Tall and Creamy Cheesecake, Dorie gives a basic recipe, provides numerous alterations and encourages you to make up your own. I took her suggestion for marbled cheesecake one step further by adding white chocolate and peppermint extract to half of the batter. I’d like to say this was my idea, but really I just stole it from page 230, (of Baking: From My Home to Yours, where else?) where it’s Dorie’s favourite switch up for her Basic Marbled Loaf cake. And did I mention this is one of the most luxuriously smooth cheesecakes I’ve ever tasted? It was dangerous for me to have in the house. I couldn’t even freeze it to keep myself from devouring it because I liked it frozen too!
The Word Peace cookies are nothing new to me, (hopefully not to you either, they’ve certainly made the rounds) I’ve even gone so far as to make World Peace cookie ice cream and they’re always good. I made this batch to bring into work with me for two reasons: 1- If they’re believed to be good enough to instill world peace then I figured they should certainly work for smaller scale goodwill projects too. My thoughts were that if I brought them into work the bosses might tell me I don’t actually have to do anything other than bake for them. Or maybe my co-workers will take over my work so that I can become the team baker. So far that hasn’t happened. Sigh. 2- One of the people at work can’t eat eggs so he previously hadn’t been able to sample any of my baked goodies. The World Peace cookies don’t have eggs so they were perfect for him and he appreciated the effort.
And then we have the Chocolate Chunkers. Oh my. Dorie describes them as fabulous, and she does mean truly fabulous. There are NINETEEN ounces of chocolate in these cookies and you’d better darn well include every last one of them! The only change I made was to add a couple tablespoons of mocha powder and substituted craisins for raisins. The cookies seriously give the world peace cookies a run for their money and are perfect with a glass of ice cold milk. They’re also perfect for breakfast. I’m not gonna lie, I started today with two of them…