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I think I have just about found THE BEST COOKIE on the planet!

So, maybe a month ago now, whenever the NYC Chocolate Show was is when I first discovered these oh so tasty and perfect cookies. Yeah I know I said I was going to write about the show and I’m sorry, I’m a bad blogger, blah, blah, blah.

Anyway, the cookies! So they are from this place called The Salt of The Earth Bakery. I tried a sample at the chocolate show and instantly fell in love. I absolutely needed to buy some and I immediately regretted not having more cash on me. I only had 5 bucks left! Luckily enough, that was enough to score 2 of them!

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It was hard to share, but I did give one to Derek and he swooned over them just as much as I did. I’ve been reading Run, Eat, Repeat and she has recently set out on a quest to find the best chocolate chip cookie. Well, here it is Monica!

Anyway, lets cut to the chase. Derek and I recently discovered that Salt of the Earth products are sold at Newsbar, which is like 1 block away from my work! Derek bought us these 2 brownies, but didn’t have any luck with the cookies.

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Kona Brownie

“Chocolate loves coffee. So we married them. Our intense chocolate brownie combined with aromatic espresso beans make the perfect pairing to any decent cup of coffee, full bodied red wines or even a great cigar.”

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Caramel Brownie or The OMG

“Chocolate loves…OMG. There’s no other way to describe it. Take a bite and try not to say it. It will weaken your knees. It will introduce a new degree of decadence to your palate.”

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But, guess what? My lovely friend Jamie tried to ask about the cookies today and they were there! I went in and spotted the very last 2! I waited patiently in line and before I knew it, I saw somebody slowly tearing my heart out and running away with one of the cookies! Nooooooooo.

I was able to at least buy 1 and now Derek and I have to split it and only get a small taste. We were so excited when we realized they were there, Derek said he felt like a junky and we were about to buy crack.

These cookies are crack.

We just consumed all 3 treats tonight, we split them and savored each bite, mmmm everything was delicious! They have the perfect amount of salt on them and it goes so well with the chocolate and the rest of the cookie, it seriously could not be any better.

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Salt of the Earth, I am in love and I NEED MORE! Please send me some of your delicious cookies!

Also, check out their Facebook page, you might find it a little more fun than their main site.

That is what I ended up making with this delicious hunk of chocolate sent to me by the Foodbuzz Tastemaker program. I, of course kept about a third of it to eat on it’s own because Derek and I LOVE dark chocolate. I mixed this with 8 ounces of Ghiradelli 60% cacao chocolate.

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I attempted to make truffles with this for a bake off we were having at work. The truffle mixture came out great! I mean, what could be easier than melting some chocolate, cream and butter together? It was the actual molding and scooping out where the frustration began. I attempted to scoop out tiny balls of ganache at 11:30pm the night before. They were a mess and it became extremely hard to form them, they barely resembled spheres… 🙁

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Yeah, the finished product looked terrible, so they definitely weren’t worth photographing. I made about 15-20 of them before I gave up. I decided to throw in the towel and just save the rest of the ganache for another project.

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Eventually, I made up this boxed mix of chocolate chip cookies and decided to put the ganache in between 2 layers of cookie bars.

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The bars came out really good! Sorry for the crappy picture. I was glad these came out tasty and it was a good way to use up the rest of the ganache. The chocolate itself was amazing! I love dark chocolate, but sometimes it’s too bitter to eat on it’s own. This stuff was 70% chocolate and it was decadent.

What’s your worst baking FAIL?

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I turned some very basic cookies into these fancy delicacies. I was bored and looking for something sweet. We had no flour, so anything from scratch was out of the question. I searched my cupboard and found this lovely mix for pumpkin spice cookies.

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I added about a 1/2 a cup of sweetened shredded coconut to the mix and then popped trays full of cookies in to the oven.

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Looking at the cover of that box, I knew these cookies weren’t going to be enough without some delicious frosting. Coconut, cream cheese frosting of course! Here is the super simple recipe I used to make the frosting.

 

  • 6oz Cream Cheese (softened)
  • 1/2 Cup Powdered Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Coconut Extract

Blend all three ingredients together in a small bowl and spread over cooled cookies.

These cookies came out WAY better than I ever could’ve imagined. So simple and so yum!