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Leslie’s Espresso Cookies


Easy to prepare, these delicious cookies are great for snacking and dessert. Vegan and gluten-free. Dean teamed up with local Organic Gourmet Leslie Cerier to bake up some amazing Espresso Cookies using Deans Beans organic fair trade coffee and cocoa.

Makes 1 dozen Continue reading

Espresso Cookies, YUM!

Dean and Leslie with espresso cookies

I love my job. I have the privilege of developing recipes with Deans Beans organic and fair trade cocoa and coffee. Here I am with Dean Cycon in my gourmet country kitchen in Western Mass after shooting the recipe video for these rich, fudge-like Espresso cookies. Continue reading

Best Organic Brownies

07 Hazelnut Brownies with Chocolate Chips is Gluten-Free

Come on over to http://www.lesliecerier.com/recipes/hazelnut-brownies-with-chocolate-chips-2/ for the best brownie recipe I know of-gluten free or otherwise. Enjoy them warm out of the oven. Or, in the unlikely event that you have leftovers, rest assured that they get better every day. Great for breakfast, too. I like to use a combo of organic hazelnut, brown rice and Continue reading

Mocha Cake

Mocha Cake for Deans Beans

Imagine eating this delicious mocha cake warm out of the oven. YUM!

The UFOs, as Deans Beans’ calls their organic fair trade chocolate discs, on top and inside the cake, are slightly gooey. To add to the fun, I used Deans Beans’ organic, fair trade cocoa, and coffee, too, cause this is a recipe I created for Deans Beans. We will make a video of it soon and give you the recipe. Sneak peak, Continue reading

Cacao vs Cocoa Benefits and Flavor

The difference between cacao and cocoa is that cacao is raw; cocoa is roasted. Cocoa is darker than the raw cacao. Some folks think that raw foods have more minerals than cooked cocoa. Cacao and Cocoa are both full of antioxidants and nutrients that positively affect our cardiovascular health and brain power. Undoubtedly, cocoa and cacao are mood enhancing Continue reading