"chewy" news and stories
I've have a weakness for ice cream that was flecked with bits of cherry ever since my mom brought home that first carton of Ben & Jerry's Cherry Garcia when I was in high school. To this day, when I'm craving a treat, it's one of the first things I turn to.
I think that's why this picture spoke to me so strongly, it's that tie to cherry studded ice cream. This image (and recipe) comes to us from Susan at Sticky, Gooey, Creamy, Chewy. She takes her ice cream a step further than the folks at Ben & Jerry's, soaking her cherries in brandy before stirring them into the ice cream. Sounds quite good to me!
Filed under: Feast Your Eyes
I am not a big fan of creamy things, including cream-based soups and cream-based drinks and desserts. That means that while I like the flavor of Bailey's, I just can't drink very much of it at one time. When I got a bottle of the new Bailey's with a hint of Caramel Irish Cream Liqueur, I loved the flavor (more than Jonathan did) and began to come up with recipes that would show it off. I settled on baking a batch of cookies, though the liqueur would do well in a cake, too.
To play up the caramel flavor, I used brown sugar in the cookies and stirred in a combination of white chocolate and butterscotch chips. The overall flavor from the liqueur was subtle, but noticeable, and the mix of sugar, chips and Bailey's was a winning combination. The cookies are on the softer/chewier side, so the chips actually stand out as adding a slightly firmer texture to the treat.
If Bailey's isn't your thing, or if you can't find the caramel, not to worry. I included some variations after the recipe: