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White Chocolate Citrus Snowballs

Yield: 36 cookies

Ingredients

2 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup almond meal
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
3/4 cup + 1 cup powdered sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
zest of 1 lemon
zest of 1 orange
zest of 1 lime
1/4 cup white chocolate chips, coarsely chopped

Instructions

Preheat oven to 375F degrees. Line baking sheet(s) with parchment paper or nonstick baking mat.

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, almond meal and salt.

In a large bowl, cream together butter and 3/4 cup powdered sugar until fluffy about 3-4 minutes. Beat in vanilla extract and citrus zests. Gradually blend in flour on low speed. Stir in chopped white chocolate just until combined.

Shape dough into scant 1-inch balls, placing cookies 2-inches apart. Bake for 10 minutes or until cookies are set and are very lightly browned around the edges. Allow the cookies to cool for 3-4 minutes on the baking sheet, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

When cookies are completely cool, roll in the additional 1 cup of powdered sugar.

Notes: These cookies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for 3 days. They also freeze beautifully.
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Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

These cookies work beautifully in my high altitude kitchen as written. I live just below 7000 feet.
Yield: 2 dozen cookies

Ingredients

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin spice
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, room temperature
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups quick oats
1 cup raisins, I like to use a mix of golden and Thompson

Instructions

Preheat oven to 375F degrees.

Line a large baking sheet with a nonstick baking mat or parchment paper.

Whisk together the flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and pumpkin spice in a medium bowl.

Using a stand mixer, beat the butter and both sugars together until light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla, mix until combined. Slowly add the dry ingredients to wet ingredients. Mix until just combined. Stir in the oats and raisins.

Drop cookies by heaping tablespoon on lined baking baking sheet about 2 inches apart. Bake for 10 minutes or until cookies are light brown around the edges. Be sure not to over cook! Remove cookies from oven and let cool on baking sheet for five minutes until transferring to a cooling rack. Repeat with remaining cookie dough.

Author’s notes: These are a classic oatmeal cookie but loaded with warming pumpkin spice and plump juicy raisins. They’ll make your house smell wonderful.

I do think quick oats works better than regular rolled oats in recipes at high altitude. High altitude tends to deplete the moisture in pantry ingredients and baked goods can be dry. If I do use regular oats, I like to pulse them in the food processor or blender first to make them a bit smaller.
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High Altitude Snickerdoodle Recipe

A recipe for perfect Snickerdoodles at high altitude every single time
Yield: 4 dozen

Ingredients

2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup butter, room temperature
1 1/4 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350F degrees.

In a small bowl, combine flour, cream of tartar, salt and baking soda; set aside.

Cream butter and sugar together in a large bowl until light and fluffy, about 3-4 minutes.

Add eggs and beat just until combined.

Slowly add in flour mixture and stir just until combined, don’t over mix.

In a small bowl, combine 1/4 cup granulated sugar and 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon.

Shape dough into 1 inch balls and roll in the cinnamon-sugar mixture. Place cookie balls 2-inches apart onto lined cookie sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes.. Don’t overtake! Remove from oven when cookies look just barely done and let them cool on tray 5 minutes before removing them to a cooling rack.

Store cookies in an airtight container on the counter for 3 days or in the freeze for up to one month.

Author’s note: This recipe makes a ton! It’s easily halved but I always make the full recipe. Snickerdoodles don’t last long around here.
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Chocolate Chunk Espresso Blondies

Thick, chewy, caramel-y and totally decadent (high altitude) cookie bars made with espresso powder and studded with dark chocolate chunks.
Yield: 24 blondies

Ingredients

2 cups + 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon coffee liqueur
2 teaspoons espresso powder
12 tablespoons butter
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
8 oz dark chocolate chunks, I used two Hershey’s dark chocolate bars coarsely chopped
3/4 cup chopped pecans, optional

Instructions

Preheat oven to 325F degrees.

Combine flour, salt, and baking soda in a small bowl; set aside.

Combine coffee liqueur and espresso powder and gently stir just until espresso powder dissolves; set aside.

Melt butter over low heat just until melted. Remove from heat and let cool for 15 minutes.

In a large bowl, add melted butter and both sugars; whisk together until well blended. Whisk in eggs, vanilla extract and the coffee liquor/espresso powder mixture. Stir in flour mixture just until combined- don’t over mix. Stir in chocolate chunks and chopped pecans if using.

Spread batter into a buttered 9×13 baking dish. Bake for 22-28 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool, in pan, on a wire rack until room temperature. Cut into 2-inch squares and serve.

Author’s note: these Chocolate Chunk Espresso Blondies have been modified for high altitude. I live just below 7000 feet.
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High Altitude Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

A high altitude recipe for Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Yield: at least 3 or 4 dozen

Ingredients

3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
2 tablespoons pumpkin pie spice
1 cup butter, room temp
3/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 egg + 1 egg yolk
1 tablespoons vanilla extract
1 cup canned pumpkin
2 cups chocolate chips

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 F degrees. Line two large baking sheets with a nonstick baking mat or parchment paper; set aside.

In a medium bowl whisk together flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder, and pumpkin pie spice.

Use a stand mixer or hand held mixer and cream the butter and both sugars together until light and fluffy. Add egg + egg yolk, vanilla, and pumpkin and mix until thoroughly combined. Add the dry ingredients and mix just until just combined. Stir in the chocolate chips.

Drop by large, rounded tablespoons onto prepared baking sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until cookies are just beginning to brown around the edges. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes. Transfer to a wire cooling rack and cool completely.
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Ultimate High Altitude Chocolate Chip Cookies

Recipe by C Erik “If you’re tired of having totally flat or stiff and tasteless chocolate chip cookies for the high altitude baker, then this is the recipe for you! If you like firmer cookies, increase the flour by 1/4 cup.”

Ingredients

1 cup butter or margarine
1 cup white sugar
1 cup packed brown sugar
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

In a large bowl, stir together the butter, white sugar and brown sugar until smooth. Mix in eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt; stir into the batter just until blended, then mix in the chocolate chips so they are evenly distributed. Drop cookies by heaping teaspoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets spacing 2 inches apart.

Bake in the preheated oven until the edges begin to turn golden, 12 to 15 minutes. Allow cookies to cool for a few minutes on the baking sheets before removing to wire racks to cool completely.
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Fried Bocconcini With Spicy Tomato Sauce

Ingredients

For the sauce:

1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp. red pepper flakes
1 can (28 oz.) crushed tomatoes, juice reserved
Salt and pepper, to taste

For the fried mozzarella:

3-4 cups peanut oil, depending on type of pan you will be frying the cheese in
1 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan
2 lb. mozzarella bocconcini (about 50 pieces)
4 eggs
1/2 cup milk
2 cups all-purpose flour
4 cups panko

Instructions

For the sauce:

In a saucepan over medium heat, warm the 1/2 cup olive oil.

Add the garlic and red pepper flakes and cook, stirring, until the garlic is soft but not browned, about 1 minute.

Add the tomatoes and their juices and simmer until the sauce is thickened, about 6 minutes. Season with salt and black pepper. Set aside.

Preheat an oven to 200F.

For the fried mozzarella:

Drain the cheese from its liquid. Place the cheese on a paper towel-lined baking sheet and pat dry.

If your cheese balls seem pretty big, halve or quarter them into bite-size pieces. Once they get the panko breading on them, they will be a lot bigger.

In a bowl, whisk together the eggs and milk.

Put the egg mixture and bread crumbs in separate wide, shallow bowls. Combine the panko with the teaspoon of salt and Parmesan in another wide, shallow bowl.

(*If you only have one shallow bowl, use it for the panko. It will help you immensely with the breading process.)

Roll the cheese in the flour, dip into the egg mixture and coat with the bread crumbs, shaking off the excess after each step.

Repeat the breading process one more time for each cheese piece.

In a large, deep sauté pan over medium-high heat, pour the oil to a depth of 3 inches and heat to 350F on a deep-frying thermometer.

Working in batches, fry the cheese until golden, about 45 seconds (or until golden brown-watch them carefully as oven temperatures may vary). If you notice that your thermometer’s reading decreases, wait for a little while until the oil gets back up to the proper temperature.

Transfer the fried cheese to a paper towel-lined plate and season with salt and black pepper. Place the cheese on a wire rack set over a baking sheet and keep warm in the oven while frying the remaining cheese.

Serve with the warm tomato sauce.
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