Chocolate Raspberry Donut Macarons

Chocolate Raspberry Donut Macarons | The Blonde Buckeye

It’s macaron time again! More specifically,┬áChocolate Raspberry Donut Macarons.┬áSince I’m planning on making ┬ábunch of macarons for the upcoming holidays, I made this batch of macarons for “testing purposes”, but added a little fun to them. My first test was to see if I could freeze the shells before I fill them for a few days, so I can make them on a Sunday, but they’ll be eaten on Thanksgiving. They tasted the exact same; success.

My second test was for flavored chocolate ganache. I wanted to see what chocolate worked well, and also how much extract I wanted to use to add some other flavors to the ganache. I used Trader Joe’s Pound Plus (Dark Chocolate) and a raspberry extract this time. It was rich, creamy and just tasted so divine! I also made my macarons a little smaller, so I could make more. Plus they’re just so cute and little.Continue Reading

Black Onyx Duet Cookies

Black Onyx Duet Cookies | The Blonde Buckeye

I made up a fancy name for these cookies to let you know they’re special. But really, they’re a copycat of a cookie at Panera. Like, a really, really good cookie though. Ironically, I haven’t technically had the Panera Duet cookie, but based on my ‘market research’, this is pretty darn close. Also, trust me when I say, I know a good chewy-chocolatey cookie. It’s basically a dark chocolate cookie, that contains chocolate chunks, white chocolate chips and walnut pieces. It’s a killer combination, made especially for all you chocolate lovers.Continue Reading