A Lovely Ice Cream Cookie for Valentine’s Day

A Lovely Ice Cream Cookie for Valentine’s Day

Vanilla Ice Cream cookie with warm blueberries

I love the combination of blueberry, coconut and vanilla. You probably have seen this combination in my blueberry & vanilla soy milk oatmeal post. For this dessert I warmed up blueberries with cream of coconut and served it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream served on a cookie.  The cookie’s ingredients support this dessert with flavors of coconut,  vanilla and chocolate chips. Topped with a thin slice of banana and chocolate shavings makes this dessert a very simple yet tasty treat for any occasion.

Ice cream cookie with blueberries

A Quick Journey into the History of Valentine’s Day

As Valentine’s day is upon us we honor our spouses, partners or friends. We look to buy the biggest  and reddest roses, the best chocolate money can buy and send the  biggest cards out to our loved ones. It is truly a beautiful day to spend the evening together and celebrate a lovely friend ship or marriage. But where is this tradition originated and why are we celebrating Valentine’s day?

Did you know?

To make a long story short:  According to the history books and online archives. St. Valentine who lived around A.D. 270 was a priest from the Roman Catholic church who married  young soldiers before they went to war. The only problem was that the Emperor Claudius had forbidden soldiers to get married, because he thought these men are vulnerable and don’t make strong warriors compared to single men who have nothing to lose. St. Valentine ignored  these regulations and kept on marrying  soldiers in privacy. Once the Emperor Claudius heard of that he ordered St. Valentines to be killed. In his prison cell he was alleged visited by a maid to bring him food and drink. Before his death he wrote her a letter whith the ending words “from your Valentine”.  This is almost 2000 years ago. Tell me Culinary Traditions aren’t powerful? Of course there are other theories about St. Valentine, maybe you know a different one.

Chocolate Coconut Cookies

What will it be? Chocolate, Flowers or jewelry.

According to an online survey published on about flowers; men buy flowers, candies and chocolate to show their affection to a loved one, while women use this opportunity to honor their relation ships to mothers and female friends.  Chocolate is the most bought item for Valentine’s Day, followed by flowers and jewelry.  Valentine’s Day is the second busiest Holiday after Christmas. How do you celebrate Valentine’s Day?

Jar of chocolate chip cookies

 

Chocolate Chip Coconut Cookies

Recipe Type: Dessert, Baked Goods
Cuisine: American
Author: Kraemers Culinary Blog
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • Chocolate Chip Coconut Cookie Dough
  • 6 oz / 175 g / 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 8.5 oz / 240 g / 1 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 tbsp cream of coconut
  • 2 egg
  • 3.5 oz / 100 g / 1 1/4 cup organic quick cooking oats
  • 2 tbsp coconut flakes
  • 12 oz / 345 g / 3 cups unbleached organic flour
  • 4.5 oz / 130 g / 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
Instructions
Chocolate Chip Coconut Cookies
  1. Blend butter, sugar, eggs and cream of coconut until well incorporated.
  2. Add all other ingredients.
  3. Scoop 1 1/2 oz cookie dough onto a greased baking pan, or on a silicon mat.
  4. Flatten dough with fingers or spoon.
  5. Bake at 365 degrees Fahrenheit or 185 degrees Celsius for 7-9 minutes.
  6. Place baked cookies on rack to cool.
Notes
I used a confection oven, which speeds up cooking time. For regular ovens add about 2-3 minutes baking time.

 

Freshly baked chocolate chip cookies

 

Warm Blueberries

Recipe Type: Dessert
Cuisine: French
Author: Kraemers Culinary Blog
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • Warm Blueberries
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp cream of coconut
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • Juice from one lemon
  • 5 oz / 140 g / 1 cup organic blueberries
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Orange liquor
Instructions
Warm Blueberries
  1. In a sauté pan melt all ingredients except berries and liquor over medium heat.
  2. Cook sugar mixture until it is reduced to half.
  3. Now add the blueberries.
  4. Once the blueberries come to a boil move pan away from fire and add the liquor.
  5. Bring blueberries one more time to a quick boil and serve immediately
Notes
Serve warm blueberries to your favorite ice creams or puddings. It also taste delicious with crepes, pancakes or French toast.

 

Cookies taste best after they have just cooled out. Although you can store them in a cookie jar and munch on them for days to come. For this dessert I served the cookies with vanilla ice cream and warm blueberries. Decorated with a slice of banana and chocolate shavings. You can create your own ice cream cookie with any type of berries and your favorite ice cream.

Happy Valentine’s Day

 

Lovely vanilla Ice cream cookie

 

What are your favorite cookies?

What is your favorite dessert using cookies or ice cream?

Do you like warm blueberries or do you prefer other berries?

Do you celebrate Valentine’s day?

 

 

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Grandmothers Cinnamon Stars for Christmas

Grandmothers Cinnamon Stars for Christmas

Cinnamon Stars

I can’t believe it is this time of the year again. Not too long ago I packed all my Christmas decoration away – it seems.  Well, I think Christmas is  the best time of the year. Beautiful childhood memories reminding me of the Christmas Holiday preparation.

 

Christmas Advent Wreath

 Grandma’s Cinnamon Stars Were The Best

Just the smell of freshly baked cinnamon stars reminds me of my Grandmother baking during the Holidays.  There was something magical to it.  I was fortunate to have spent a lot of time with my Grandma watching her baking Christmas cookies,  that is cinnamon stars in particular.  I was just 7 or 8 years old,  probably too young to understand the relevance and importance of a recipe.  However, what I do remember is she never had one.

Whipping Butter for Holiday Cookies

Not even a scale she had.  Now – remember this is in Germany where we only work with grams and kilo.  We don’t even work with cup measurements.  However,  today it is simply unthinkable not having a scale – nonetheless a recipe.  Even to this day – not even my Mother  – could really tell what the exact ingredients were.  That is,  for my favorite “cinnamon stars”,  next to many other cookies, cakes, roasts and other good Grandma delicatessen.  Although she did emphasized that lots of butter is always a good thing. And she was right,  just as Julia Child said,  butter is flavor.

Cinnamon Star Cookie Dough

 One thing is sure,  the flavor of these Christmas cookies were incredible.  To be quite honest there are probably better cookie recipes out there,  but you know when Grandma baked them – no one could do it better.  Regardless of what she cooked or baked it was just simply incredible.  I guess most of us have these fond memories of our Grand parents in particular when it comes to the Holidays.

Zimt Sterne - Cinnamon Stars

So now you know that I didn’t inherit a recipe for my cookies,  yet I did my best to make it as close as possible to Grandma’s cinnamon stars.  What I did inherit was an old  German cookbook from 1889,  which is awesome. Unfortunately the cinnamon stars were not listed,  but similar recipes were.  I hope I gave you some inspiration to bake some of your favorite Grandma’s Holiday cookies.  Happy Holidays

Cinnamon Star Cookies

Recipe Type: Dessert
Cuisine: German
Author: Kraemer’s Culinary Blog
Prep time:
Cook time:
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Serves: 40 cookies
Ingredients
  • 1 cup / 225 g butter
  • 1/2 cup / 120 g sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla essence
  • 4-5 drops bitter almond essence
  • 2 cup / 250 g flour, sifted
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp cardamom
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 cup / 150 g almonds, roasted & ground
  • 1 cup / 125 g powdered sugar
Instructions
  1. With a speed mixer whip butter and sugar until creamy.
  2. Add vanilla and bitter almond essences.
  3. In a separate bowl mix all other ingredients together.
  4. Slowly incorporate dry ingredients into the butter mixture.
  5. Don’t over mix.
  6. Place dough on a with flour dusted surface.
  7. Quickly knead dough to a shape of a ball.
  8. Roll out dough about 1/4 inch / 7mm thick and cut out stars.
  9. Place cinnamon stars on a greased and floured baking tray.
  10. Bake in 350 degree Fahrenheit / 175 degree Celsius preheated oven until the edges are slightly turning golden brown (about 12-14 minutes)
  11. While the cinnamon stars are still hot place them in a bowl with powdered sugar. Turn cookies once or twice in the sugar and let cool out on a rack.
  12. When cookies are cool sprinkle with more powdered sugar. That’s best done with an icing sugar shaker. Store in an airtight container.
Notes

Bake cinnamon stars longer if you like them crispy. For a more chewy consistency bake less.

Tip: Remove dough before it forms a ball. At this time the dough is very light and fluffy. On the table mold dough into a ball and gently roll it down to a 1/4 inch height. Follow instructions above.

I like to split up the dough and put half in the refrigerator, while I roll out the other half. Always make sure that surface is dusted with flour. Turn dough often while rolling out and dust with flour again. This will assure that the dough is not sticking to surface.

 

What are your favorite Holiday cookies?

Do you remember any of your Grandma’s recipes?

 

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