So, in December I purchased a tortilla press . . . and a tortilla warmer . . . and a bag of Bob’s Red Mill Masa Harina . . . and some parchment paper pre-cut into rounds. I realize I was purchasing my own Christmas present, but I’m quite happy with it. I try never to buy anything that only has one use and discourage others from buying them for me. I don’t know what got into me, but I’ve found a place to stow it so it’s all good. Both the recipes found below here are gluten-free. I guess I better say that the Sope recipe below does not require a press or any special equipment. I only used the press for tortillas.

There’s a grocery store in Palm Springs, California called Cardenas and it is like heaven on earth. You can smell the fresh tortillas from the in-store factory. I once filled up a large cooler with fresh produce purchased at Cardenas for about 17 USD and the same produce would have cost me around 100 USD here in Anchorage. Cardenas is a magical place. It reminds me of the big covered markets you see in Mexico full of sights and smells. It’s always hard for me to decide whether to get something they’ve already cooked at the Deli counter or buy the ingredients and make the dishes myself. I usually do both. It drives my mother crazy, “Why are these rice and beans in my refrigerator? What are you going to do with them?” I answer her that by the time I go back home, I’ll have eaten all of it.

My husband took this picture to show the joyous market called Cardenas.

Corn Tortillas

I used the recipe from Isabel Eats. Her tortillas get nice brown marks on them, but I couldn’t get mine to do that. My tortillas were still quite fabulous, so I’m thinking it doesn’t matter? The first two times I made these I used Bob’s Red Mill Golden Corn Flour Masa Harina. It’s very yellow with a grainy texture. The third time I made these, I ran about 1/2 cup short of Bob’s and made it up with Maseca Instant Corn Masa Flour. The color is white and the texture is fine, like cake flour. It threw me off, but I sallied forth and came up with a delicious product. A word about Masa Harina: it is ground corn that has been processed with lime (not lime fruit, but lime stone). According to web sources, ground corn is not the same and will not work the same. You need to use Masa Harina.

  • Ingredients
  • 2 cups Masa Harina
  • 1-1/2 cups hot water
  • 1/2 tsp. salt

Makes 12 tortillas, about 6″ diameter. Stir the ingredients together until it’s a smooth ball. Cover with a damp kitchen towel and let sit for an hour. Divide the dough into twelve pieces (about 2″ in diameter) and roll each piece into a ball. Keep the dough balls covered with the damp kitchen cloth as much as possible.

As I said earlier, I use parchment paper rounds, top and bottom, to keep my dough from sticking to the press. Most people cut slits in two gallon-size plastic bags and put one bag on the top and one on the bottom. I haven’t tried that yet. Place a dough ball slightly off-center on the parchment on the press and place the second parchment round on it. Flatten the dough ball slightly with your hand and then lean on the body of the press to flatten more. Finish off by pressing on the handle. Be mindful not to break the shear pin that attaches the handle to the body. Pushing down on the body of the press should do most of the work.

I have an old non-stick griddle and heated it thoroughly over medium-high heat. I sprayed it with non-stick spray and carefully lay the tortilla to fry. I left it for about thirty seconds and then turned it over. I do not want crispy tortillas. I want them soft and easy to manipulate.

My process was to roll a piece into a ball, press it, and put it on the griddle. While that was cooking, I’d press the next one, etc. A dozen tortillas took me about 50 minutes. I’m usually trying to do too many things at once, so it probably could have gone much faster if this was all I had to do. As they were cooked, I put them into my tortilla warmer.

The first time I made these, I used them to make Shrimp Enchiladas. What a glorious flavor! Oh my, oh my! There is just no comparison to store-bought tortillas. My second tortilla-making venture I made tacos with leftover Cuban Pork Roast and grated cheese. The third time I did this, I used more of the leftover Cuban Pork Roast and made enchiladas.

Sopes

I had bought the Sopes from Cardenas one time, but I wouldn’t know where to purchase something like that here. That is to say I did know what my end-product was supposed to look like. This recipe comes from Kristin at Yellow Bliss Road. I looked all over the web and Pinterest and found a lot of Sopes recipes, but they all called for a lot of finagling. Most of them say to press the dough, lightly fry them, then turn up the edges and deep-fry them. Oh, please. No, thank you. It’s hard enough just cooking things once! Kristin’s recipe does not require a press and she only cooks them once. While I was doing this I thought I had made a huge mistake and I would never, ever make them again. I’d have a perfect disc with a lip and then it would stick to my hand and tear. Oy! Keep your hands as wet as possible. HOWEVER, once they were finished, I realized they were darn near perfect and incredibly delicious. I WILL make these again.

  • Ingredients
  • 1-1/2 cups Masa Harina
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • Cooking oil (My skillet had about 3/4″ in it)
  • Toppings like refried beans, shredded or ground meat, cheese, salsa, lettuce, avocado, tomato, onion, sour cream (whatever strikes your fancy)

Makes about 9 Sopes, approximately 3″ diameter. Stir all ingredients, except cooking oil, together to form dough. Heat the cooking oil over medium high heat until a drop of water sizzles when it touches. Divide dough into golf-ball sized portions and roll into ball shapes. Keep remaining dough balls covered with a damp kitchen towel while working with the others. Using your hands, press each dough ball into a disc of about 1/4″ to 1/2″ thick. Pinch the edges of the disc to form a lip.

If you keep your hands wet, you’ll have greater success forming the discs and the lips. Place the disc, lip side up, in the hot oil and let fry for a little while. Try to get a brown spot on the bottom. Carefully flip the disc over onto the lip and let fry a little longer. I thought this would be a huge mess and fall apart, but it hardens fairly quickly in the oil and becomes easy to get a spatula underneath. You could probably even use tongs. Your goal is to have a crispy edge, but a soft center. Remove from oil and place on paper towels to drain. I did three Sopes at a time in my frying pan and it didn’t take long at all.

These are now ready to serve, and if you’re using cold toppings like lettuce, sour cream, or tomato, you’re done. I spread a tablespoon of warm refried beans over the bottom of each Sope and then spread warm leftover Cuban Pork Roast over that and sprinkled with grated Sharp Cheddar Cheese on top. Then I popped them into the oven at 400 degrees for about 5-10 minutes until the cheese melted. These were heavenly delicious. I topped them with sliced fresh jalapenos and salsa. They were easy to eat by hand. I see this being a hearty game-day snack.

This is my new favorite way to make polenta. It is so simple and versatile. I found the basic recipe at dinnerthendessert.com. I’ve only ever made half Sabrina’s recipe because it makes too much for us. Even so, I’d say half her recipe still serves six people. I think we could get away with halving it again, but I’ve been pretty happy using up the leftovers (think eggs over polenta-yummy!). I think any kind of cheese would do, it just depends upon what you’re going to serve with it. I’ve used Parmesan. I’d like to see a slightly firmer product, but I’m working on it. I buy polenta, but Sabrina says you can use corn meal. Lastly, she also says you can stir in a lot of different things, like shallots or garlic or lemon. I haven’t yet tried that.

Since there are no wheat products in this, I think we can safely say it is gluten-free. I use polenta in the same way I use mashed potatoes.

Mushroom Steak Tips over Creamy Cheesy Baked Polenta
  • Ingredients
  • 3 cups water
  • 3/4 cup polenta
  • 1 tsp. Kosher salt
  • Dash pepper
  • 1 or 2 Tbsp. butter
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Stir together water, polenta, salt, pepper, and butter in a 2-qt. baking dish. Bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees for 40 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in cream and cheese. Return to oven and bake another 10 minutes, uncovered. Serves 6.

I’ve just returned from California with a bag of Meyer lemons from a tree in my dad’s back yard. This recipe does not require Meyer lemons, but it’s what I had. Also called Limoni de Amalfi Cotti al Forno, the recipe comes from Jamie Oliver (Jamie’s Great Italian Escapes – 2004 – Food Network – Amalfi Baked Lemons). I love this dish because it combines so many ingredients that I love. Anchovies, yes! Basil, yes! Tomato, yes! Lemon, yes! It’s a bit of a messy dish, but oh, so yummy!

  • Ingredients
  • 3 large lemons
  • Approximately 6 oz. Mozzarella (I used Mozzarella Pearls)
  • 6 fresh basil leaves
  • 3 anchovy filets
  • 3 cherry tomatoes (I used 12 grape tomatoes)
  • Salt and pepper
  • Toasted bread (I used baguette slices)

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Cut the tops and bottoms off the lemons, then slice the lemons in half cross-wise. Carefully remove the lemon pulp with a knife. Set the lemon rinds on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet.

Place a slice of mozzarella into the bottom of each lemon cup (I was using Mozzarella Pearls so I put four of them into the bottom of each lemon). Next add a basil leaf, then half of an anchovy filet, and then half of a cherry tomato (or two grape tomatoes sliced in half). Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Top with another slice of Mozzarella. Bake at 400 degrees for 10-15 minutes. Remove from heat and scoop the filling out of the lemon onto a piece of toasted bread. Eat it while it’s still warm and melty!

I’ve made this dish several times over the past couple years and it’s really, really delicious. My recipe is based upon one found at TamingTwins, but I’ve modified it quite a bit.

This dish is how I use my leftover salmon that’s already cooked. I haven’t tried it, but I believe canned salmon would work as well. We eat a lot of sweet potatoes because they purportedly are lower in carbs than regular potatoes, but that may just be an advertising ploy by sweet potato growers. Sweet potatoes are commonly called yams in the USA, but real yams are an entirely different vegetable originating in Africa or Asia and most of us have probably never eaten or seen one. That aside, if you’re at the grocery store shopping for yams, almost assuredly they are selling you sweet potatoes. Go ahead and get the yams.

This recipe’s proportions are basically eyeballed. I’ll give you my ingredient proportions, but do feel free to wing it with a handful of this or that. You’ll see. I tend to start by choosing a baking dish that I can spread a layer of flaked salmon evenly across the bottom. The next layer is prawns and onion that has been cooked in milk. TamingTwins poached her salmon with onion in the milk, but I like to use my leftover salmon that’s already cooked. However you decide to do things, the purpose is to flavor the milk with seafood. The next layer is the shrimp and onion-flavored milk made into a white sauce. The next layer is the mashed sweet potatoes mixed with grated cheddar cheese. You can cook the sweet potatoes however you like, they just need to end up mashed. The last layer is grated cheese over the top. This dish is like a shepherd’s pie, but maybe we should call it a fisher’s pie. It may not look like much, but it’s super yummy.

  • Ingredients
  • 2-3 Sweet potatoes (yams)
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 cup grated cheddar cheese, divided
  • Cooked salmon, at least two serving pieces
  • 1-1/2 cups milk
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 5 Prawns (extra-large), peeled, deveined, and rough chopped
  • 3 Tbsp. butter
  • 3 Tbsp. flour
  • 1 Tbsp. parsley flakes (optional)

Peel and cut the sweet potatoes into large pieces. Put them into a pot with an inch or so of water and boil/steam until the sweet potatoes are soft. Mash them and then stir in a dash of salt and pepper and 1/3 cup grated cheese. Set aside.

Debone and flake the salmon. Spread it evenly across the bottom of a baking dish. I used a 2-quart dish. Set aside.

Bring milk with onion to a boil in a saucepan and let simmer for a couple minutes until the onion is cooked. Stir in the prawns. Let simmer until they’re cooked. It won’t take long at all, a minute or two. Strain out the onion and prawns, making sure to save the milk. Spread the onions and prawns across the salmon in the baking dish. Set aside. Let the milk cool to room temperature or less. It was zero degrees here while I was last making this, so I just strained the milk into a measuring cup and set it outside to cool. Didn’t take long. Ha.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Make a roux by melting butter in a small saucepan and stirring in the flour, salt, and pepper over medium heat. Stir in the cooled milk and continue stirring over medium heat until the sauce is thick and bubbly. Remove from heat and stir in the parsley flakes, if using (I didn’t have any). Pour the sauce over the seafood in the baking dish.

Dollop mashed sweet potatoes evenly over the filling in the baking dish. You can smooth it out or fluff it up, however you like. Sprinkle with remaining 2/3 cup grated cheese.

Bake at 350 degrees F for 30-40 minutes, until heated through. Heavenly!

I baked this one for thirty minutes, but it could have used another 5-10 in the oven. I was too hungry to wait!

I am a fan of split pea soup. I buy the spiral-sliced fully-cooked hams at Costco and whenever we have ham for dinner, I save the bone to make split pea soup. If I need to cook chicken for a dish calling for shredded chicken meat, then I might cook the chicken in water and use the flavored water for this split pea soup.

My meals tend to be like guitar riffs where one thing builds on another. This morning I was trying to use up all the Cheesy Potatoes from last night’s Christmas dinner, so I diced some leftover ham and put it on the bottom of a skillet, then plopped the leftover Cheesy Potatoes on the ham. Once heated, I cracked four eggs over the top, covered the skillet until the eggs were cooked to my liking and had a delicious brunch. I digress.

  • Ingredients:
  • Ham bone (with a little meat left on) or bacon or breakfast sausage
  • 4 cups water or chicken stock
  • 1/2 # dried green split peas
  • 1 cup onion, chopped
  • 1 cup celery, chopped
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 Tbsp. dried parsley (optional)
  • Fresh or frozen peas (optional)

If you are using a ham bone, then just put it into a large stock pot. If you are using bacon or breakfast sausage, then fry it in your stock pot first. If there is a lot of fat, drain it off. Add the water, split peas, onion, celery, carrots, salt and pepper, optional parsley. Bring to a boil and then lower heat to simmer for 3-4 hours. Let it cool a little bit. Remove the ham bone and take the meat off the bone. Return the meat to the pot. Discard the bone. Bring the pot to a boil again. If you are adding fresh or frozen peas, do it now. Let them cook a minute or two. Remove pot from heat. Serve.

Almond-Coconut Tart Crust and Almond Tart Crust

You can find my first foray into tart crusts here with the Lingonberry Curd Tart, also a gluten-free crust. There are a lot of almond-flour crust recipes on the web and the two in this post I have recently tried. They are both configured as sweet crusts for sweet fillings.

Almond-Coconut Tart Crust

This one can be found at A Foodcentric Life. I liked the crispiness of the crust. I used it as a crust for a golden raspberry curd tart that turned out disastrously, but the disaster had nothing to do with the crust. The crust was great.

  • Ingredients:
  • 1-1/2 cups almond flour
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 2 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 6 Tbsp. melted butter

Add all ingredients to a food processor and process until it’s fully incorporated. I found that mine did not stick together yet. That’s okay, just make sure it’s evenly mixed. I had to scrape the bottom of my food processor and give it a few more whirls to make sure all the butter made it into the dough.

Spray a 9″ tart pan with a removable bottom and preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

The processed ingredients should stick together in your hands. If it does not stick together when you squeeze it, then you might try adding more butter. I thought mine was too dry, but I carried on without changing anything and it turned out great. Scoop out a pinch at a time and press onto the sides of the tart pan. Add dough a pinch at a time all the way around and then sprinkle the remaining dough into the bottom of the pan and press in evenly. As I said, it’s quite dry, but does stick together. Try to make the dough as even and smooth as possible.

I set mine on a baking sheet to bake, but next time I think I’ll just set the tart pan in the oven. Bake at 350 degrees for 13-16 minutes. It should be a golden brown color. Remove from oven. Let sit on a cooling rack until cool and then remove from tart pan. Fill with your favorite no-bake filling.

Almond Tart Crust

This one can be found at wholesomeyum.com. It held up well to the pumpkin cream filling that I used. The texture is a bit more cake-like than cookie-like. I think that’s because of the egg.

  • Ingredients
  • 2-1/2 cups almond flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • Dash salt
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9″ tart pan with removable bottom.

Add all ingredients into a food processor and process until it sticks together smoothly. Remove dough a pinch at a time and, starting along the edge of the tart pan, stick the dough to the pan. Once the edge is complete, use the rest of the dough to cover the bottom of the pan. Make sure you go all the way to the top of the pan.

Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool. Remove from tart pan. Fill with pre-cooked filling, like cream, pudding, or curd.


Here is a picture of my pumpkin cream tart. The pumpkin cream part was ho-hum, I’m not a big fan of pumpkin cream pie so I won’t bother posting the recipe here. The crust is good, though.


Fresh Mandarin oranges (also known as Clementines, Halos, Cuties, etc.) are very popular at Christmastime here. I had too many of them to eat out of hand, so I cast around the internet for a way to use some easily. This recipe fit the bill. I used the one found at Cupcake Project. I don’t have a dehydrator, and am not really interested in a crispy product. That being said, I can’t figure out how I’m going to store these as they are QUITE STICKY. Totally delicious, but QUITE STICKY. Now, I suppose if I were baking some kind of Grand Marnier or orange cake or dessert, I could place these candied Mandarins decoratively on top. But I’m trying to watch what I eat in this quasi-post-holiday season, so instead of using them as a garnish, I am eating these off the paper, several at a time. It’s defeating my purpose, I know. I should never have too much of anything because I feel like I must finish eating it. All of it. Sigh. These are so, so good.

A couple notes . . . the cinnamon flavor is a little bit strong, so next time I might use two cinnamon sticks instead of four. There is a huge amount of leftover syrup, about 3-1/2 cups, what am I going to do with it?

  • Ingredients
  • 8 Mandarin oranges
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 cinnamon sticks

Slice the oranges into about 6 thin slices each one. In a large saucepan stir together water and sugar, bring to a boil. Add the mandarins and cinnamon. Bring to a boil again. Reduce heat. Stirring only occasionally, let it simmer 40 minutes. Using tongs, remove the slices.

Cupcake Project used a cooling rack set over paper to catch the drips. There is a caveat not to let them sit too long on the racks or the racks will get all sticky, hard to clean. I don’t want to deal with my racks like that, so instead I placed a sheet of wax paper over my racks. Later in the day I used the tongs to turn each slice over. The next day I moved the slices to a new sheet of wax paper. Later that day I turned them over. Note that I was taste-testing them frequently throughout. Ha. The next day I changed the wax paper again. An option for storage would be to dredge each slice through granulated or sanding sugar, but I think I’ll simply layer them between sheets of wax paper. That should work to keep them from sticking to each other.

As I said earlier there’s a lot of leftover syrup. You could make a second batch in the same syrup, that would be super good. I poured my leftover syrup in jars and plan to use as a sweetener for salad dressing or pancake syrup or cocktail syrup. It would taste pretty good to sweeten tea, too.

This recipe comes from fixfeastflair.com. I love the look of these and they taste amazing. That being said, I’d like to see a fluffier roll as these seem a bit dense to me. I’m probably doing something wrong. But it’s all good!

  • Dough Ingredients
  • 1 cup warm milk, heated to 110 degrees F
  • 1 envelope (2-1/4 tsp.) active dry yeast
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 3-1/4 cups flour (I use bread flour)
  • 1 tsp. ground cardamom
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 5 Tbsp. butter, softened

In the bowl of a stand mixer, pour milk and sprinkle yeast over the top of the milk. Stir in a teaspoon of brown sugar. Let activate for about 10 minutes. Stir in the remaining brown sugar, about 2 cups flour, ground cardamom, salt, and butter. Using the dough-hook attachment, mix for several minutes to build up the gluten, scraping the bowl down every so often. Add flour a half-cup at a time until the dough comes away from the side of the bowl and is smooth to the touch. Let rise in a warm place until the dough is doubled, at least an hour.

  • Filling ingredients
  • 4 Tbsp. butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1-1/2 tsp. ground cardamom

While the dough is rising mix together the filling ingredients into a spreadable paste. Also prepare two or three baking sheets with parchment paper or Silpats.

Once it’s risen acceptably, punch the dough down and roll out on a floured surface into a rectangle 21″ by 13″. Spread the filling over all the dough, all the way to the edges.

Fold the long side of the dough evenly into thirds toward the center (each third is 7″). Run the rolling pin over to compress slightly. Turn the dough so that the open ends are on the right and left sides. Starting at either left or right, cut the dough into thin strips. When finished, you should have 15 to 20 strips. Please go look at fixfeastflair.com to see how to do this next part. She’s got a gif that shows how to make the rolls. You take each strip and roll it around your hand, making sure the ends are firmly tucked underneath.

Set the rolls on the prepared baking pans and cover with plastic or a kitchen cloth. Let rise for about 30 minutes. The pictures are showing two different times I baked these, so don’t let that throw you off. I did it the same both times.

  • Topping Ingredients
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp. sugar
  • 1/2 Tbsp. ground cardamom

While the rolls are rising on the pans, in a small saucepan mix together water and brown sugar. Bring to a boil and remove from heat. Stir in vanilla extract. Set aside. In a small dish, stir together 1 Tbsp. sugar and 1/2 Tbsp. ground cardamom. Set aside.

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Bake rolls for 8 to 10 minutes or until quite brown and baked through completely (don’t burn them, however).

While they’re still hot, brush with topping syrup and then sprinkle with sugar mixture. Remove to rack to cool. Serve while warm. Or not. These are so, so yummy!

I’ve made these cookies at Christmas for many years. They are one of my favorites. The recipe comes from Taste of Home. I think these cookies are also know as Split Seconds, although I didn’t know that until now, and I haven’t checked into the Split Seconds recipes. Raspberry Ribbons are super simple to make, but they really don’t store very easily, so it’s the kind of cookie you should probably make only a day ahead or the morning of an event where you’ll need them.

  • Cookie Ingredients
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2-1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup raspberry jam (other jam flavors optional)
  • Glaze Ingredients
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. cream
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. Combine flour, baking powder and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare two baking sheets with parchment paper or Silpat. Divide dough into four portions and shape each portion into a log of about 2-1/2″ around and 10″ long. Place two logs on each baking sheet. Make a 1/2″ depression lengthwise along the top of each log. Bake 10 minutes.

I’m reusing my parchment paper for these cookies, so please excuse the way it looks in the picture.

Remove from oven and spoon raspberry jam into the depressions. Bake another 10-15 minutes, until lightly browned. This is important as you do not want a soggy center beneath the jam. They should be nicely crisp. Remove from oven and cool for two minutes.

I carefully slice into 3/4″ slices while they are still on the cookie sheet, but you can remove them to a cutting board first. It just seems like an extra unnecessary step to me. After slicing, remove to a cooling rack. Be careful not to lose the jam, so do it with care. Separate the slices on the cooling rack.

In a small bowl combine the glaze ingredients and drizzle over warm cookies. Cool completely.

I have made these cookies using other flavors of jam and they’re all great. Raspberry seems to give the most punch to offset the buttery goodness of the cookie dough. Apricot also does this, rhubarb too, but although rhubarb tastes great it’s not as eye-popping pretty as raspberry.

This is a nice anytime cookie, easy to make. It looks very nice on a Christmas cookie platter. I took the recipe from Collecting Memories.

One of my 2018 Christmas Cookie Platters
  • Ingredients:
  • 1 cup baking cocoa powder
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable (or Canola) oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar

In medium bowl, mix together cocoa powder, sugar, and oil. Beat in eggs and vanilla until smooth and shiny. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Stir into cocoa mixture until smooth. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerator at least 4 hours or overnight.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Scoop out dough with a spoon and roll into balls of 1 to 2 inches. Roll the balls in powdered sugar and place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. The cookies will spread while baking so place them at least 2″ apart. Bake for 10 to 14 minutes depending upon the size of the cookies. They should be soft in the center, so they end up being chewy instead of crispy. Let cool for several minutes before removing from baking sheet. The yield is around 5 dozen, depending upon how large you make them.