My good blogger buddy, Jenna, is having a baby girl in October and I rounded a bunch of her other blogger buddies together to throw her a virtual celebration. After all, we are scattered across the United States, and meeting for a real baby shower is out of the question. So we’re doing the next best thing, and boy have we all got some treats for you, Miss Jenna!
Being the crazy cake lady, you’d probably assume that I’d be the one to supply the cake. Well, surprise, no cake from this corner today! There are three reasons for this:
1) After scanning Jenna’s blog to verify my recollection, there is a distinct lacking of cake to be found, so I thought maybe a different type of sweet was in order.
2) I’m a terrible procrastinator and though I invited the other guests three months ago, I only got around to making my recipe for the shower recently.
3) Because of my procrastination, I had to make something that served double-duty and could serve as both a treat for her shower and could be submitted as one of my entries into the fair, since it’s crunch time and fair baking is pretty much the only baking I’m doing right now.
Thankfully, I was able to come up with a solution! I actually first made her something else that didn’t turn out like I’d hoped, so when I realized that the cookies I was entering into the fair for the “Special Chocolate Cookies” category would be perfect with a raspberry glaze, and the pink color would also make them baby shower-suitable, I rejoiced.
I have won three ribbons for my almond fudge cookies in the last two years and this year I wanted to change them up and enter them into a new category. Since they are flourless, they are super fudgy and mostly consist of toasted almonds and chocolate. I thought adding a raspberry element would be a perfect compliment to the almond/chocolate flavors and I’m so pleased with how they turned out. The original recipe is really good. But this is even better-absolute heaven! Super chocolatey with chunks of Ghirardelli Dark & Raspberry chocolate squares throughout, the raspberry almond flavor is enhanced further by raspberry and almond extracts, and a raspberry glaze with almond garnish. I love these and Jenna, I hope you love them too!
I suspect my first creation, which involved lemon and raspberry and poppy seeds, might have been more up Jenna’s alley if it had turned out as good as it did in my imagination, and I also feel guilty for not being the cake maker for this shower since it’s pretty much understood that I’m the cake supplier for all special occasions. However, Jenna did jokingly beseech her readers to mail her some chocolate to satisfy a craving a while back. Well, these cookies are definitely chocolatey and the bonus of making them instead of a cake is that I can ship them! Be looking for them in two days, Jenna–I mailed you some this morning. Enjoy!
Raspberry Almond Fudge Cookies
Plan ahead: the cookie batter needs to be refrigerated overnight so make it the night before you plan to bake them.
Printable recipe with picture
1 cup raw, unsalted almonds
½ pound semisweet chocolate
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
1/3 cup sugar
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon almond extract
¼ teaspoon raspberry extract
6 Ghirardelli Dark & Raspberry Chocolate Squares, chopped
½ cup powdered sugar
1 tablespoon heavy cream
1 ½ teaspoons raspberry extract
1/8 teaspoon almond extract
Sliced almonds, for garnish
Lay almonds on a microwave-safe plate and toast in microwave in 30-second intervals on high, stirring in between, 3-5 times until nuts are fragrant. Cool to room temperature. In a food processor, grind nuts until very fine, almost like flour. Set aside.
Melt the chocolate and butter together in a double boiler; remove from heat and set aside. Beat the eggs with an electric mixer on highest speed, gradually adding the sugar and salt. Continue beating until ribbons form; about 10 minutes. Fold in the chocolate-butter mixture. Gently add the ground almonds and then fold in the chopped dark & raspberry bar. Cover and refrigerate overnight or 8 hours.
Heat the oven to 325 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Use a cookie scoop to form the dough into 1-inch balls. Place on the baking sheet about 2 inches apart and immediately place in the oven. Bake until the center of the cookies are no longer wet-looking, 10-14 minutes. Allow to cool one minute on sheet before removing to rack.
To make the glaze, stir the powdered sugar, cream, and extracts together until smooth. Add additional cream to thin, if necessary. Drizzle over cooled cookies and immediately sprinkle with sliced almonds.
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So cute!!! And thanks again for hosting this shower, it was a lot of fun. :)
It was my pleasure, and thanks for putting up with me! :)
It was easy to do. :)
Chocolate and Raspberries were meant to be together! These cookies are BEAUTIFUL! Thanks for all you did to put together this Virtual Baby Shower! Did you tell Jenna yet or still a surprise when she gets on this morning?
Nope I didn’t tell her, I’m waiting for her to discover it. Which is probably a good thing since we had some trouble with our links! lol! At least now it’s all ready for her when she starts reading. :)
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So cute! And such an awesome thing to do a virtual baby shower! I love that these cookies don’t have flour in them :) Yum!
I love it when recipes are naturally gluten-free or vegan because they are so much better than the ones adapted to make them that way, it seems. And these are good even for normal cookies so I love having it in my arsenal for serving to people with dairy or gluten allergies.
Veronica, this was so much fun and you did a wonderful job! And your cookies… oh my goodness… no wonder you’ve won awards for them. Definitely going on my “must make” list! Thanks again!
I really like them Kimby, I hope you do too!
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Great job putting this all together girly! It was fun and a great idea, I can’t wait to read the rest of the blogs. Your cookies look super moist and delicious! So pretty. That’s great that you were able to send some too :)
Thanks Suzie, it was my first time. I definitely learned a lot! hahaha
Oh my gosh!! Veronica, you sweet, sweet friend! I can’t believe you put this together, and I can’t believe that you’re actually mailing me those incredible looking sweets.
I feel so loved and fuzzy inside! (and the tears will probably come later =)
Thank you to all you ladies who participated!
I admit I was probably the most spazz-tastic shower host of all time, but all the ladies were very nice and patient with me! lol. You are so welcome!! It was all my pleasure.
Those cookies are so cute and they look absolutely delicious! Have a great week!
This looks SO decadent—I love how deeply, darkly intense chocolate they are!
They are pretty intense. I forgot I was supposed to roll them in sugar before baking-that helps offset the intensity but the glaze made up for it thankfully.
Thanks so much for hosting, and those cookies look delicious!
My pleasure! Thanks!
*waves* Hi Veronica! Come to think of it, you’re right…Jenna doesn’t write about cake (or other sweets) that often. I, on the other hand, have a severe weakness. I’ll take 5, please. Thanks for hosting and pulling this all together! It was much fun!
Sugar sisters unite! :) You’re so welcome!
What an utterly gorgeous idea my friend to host a virtual baby shower! These look like the perfect addition :)
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Veronica–the shower for Jenna was such a great idea. Thank you for all of your work and inviting me to participate with everyone. Although I was intimidated, once I got into the swing of things I had a great time. I still think it’s funny how we both looked at Jenna’s blog trying to figure out what she would like and both originally came away with the same flavor profile in mind for a dessert. No offense, but I’m glad that your raspberry lemon poppyseed idea didn’t work out because I did NOT have a reliable back-up plan. It looks like you, however, DID have a great back-up plan! These sound so amazing and that pink raspberry glaze is perfect for a baby girl shower.
Aw, Terri you’re a sweetheart and you’re welcome. :) I know that was a trip we had similar ideas! I actually had no back-up plan and was bummed to have to post a semi-failure but was so happy about that pink glaze–totally worked out. :)
They look impressive, thanks for sharing :-)
What deliciously, lovely cookies!
You had me at “flourless” and “fudgy”!!! These look great and they are very pretty. Thanks for all you did, this has been super fun :)
You’re welcome! It was fun for me too!
these cookies look awesome, veronica!! thanks for organizing & all your work, especially around fair time for you. great job! these cookies look fabulous. :)
I was pretty much a crazy woman on Tuesday trying to get my baking done, but I was smart and started my day by reading all the blogs, otherwise I never would have gotten around to it. I loved them all-so much fun!
I love the idea of a virtual baby shower — that sounds like so much fun! Your cookies look incredible. So fudgy and delicious! And a huge congrats to you for the ribbons you won with your cookies!
Thank you Faith! I saw other bloggers do it before so I thought it would be fun and it was. :)
Veronica, these are so pretty! They would be perfect for a baby shower, virtual or real or any girlie get together! They look delicious too!
these are ridiculously cute!!! totally love them and hope they will win first place. 100% going to make them with my girl (and I will take pictures for you!). congrats to Jenna!!!
That makes me super excited! I can’t wait to see those pics-I never tire of that little girl of yours-she’s just precious!
These cookies look like they take all the best parts of brownies (the fudgy texture) and put them in cookie form…which is even better because it means you can have five and not feel guilty. WIN. I just know Jenna would love these!
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Those look so good! Love raspberry and chocolate!
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