Entries from June 2011

blissful eats with Tina Jeffers: Chocolate Malt Sandwiches

June 30, 2011

We just got back from a few days in lovely Bend Oregon, it’s so beautiful there, I can see myself getting pretty used to waking up every morning to the fresh air and the amazing scenery.  Life there is definitely low-key, it’s all about being outside and connecting with loved ones.  We were lucky enough to spend some time with Mrs, French and the family and while I am saddened to hear that they might be leaving Portland, I can’t think of a more beautiful place to make a new home.  Whatever they decide, I am encouraged by the thought that if they do leave us behind we will have an excuse to visit Bend more often. 

Such a simple place inspires an easy dessert that takes minimal time and effort.  I whipped these up the other night to take along to dinner with friends.  I think my boys were disappointed that they didn’t get the exclusive rights to the entire batch. 

I love malted milk balls, they are my favorite candy, so when I saw this recipe I just knew that I had to try them.  I did change the recipe a bit, the original called for a chocolate malt filling and I was afraid that it might be too rich and mask the flavor of the malt so I omitted the chocolate and added a little extra malt powder and some powdered sugar instead.  These are definitely cookies that I’d make again, they were easy, tasty and unique a winning combination in my book!  If you’d like to see more of my kitchen experiments, visit me at scalingbackblog.com, I’d love the company!

Chocolate Malt Cookies

Makes 1 ½ dozen

Adapted from Martha Stewart


For the cookies

  • 2 cups plus 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • ½ cup unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa
  • ¼ cup plain malted milk powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 ¾ cups sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup greek yogurt
  • 3 tablespoons hot water

For the filling

  • ½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cup plain malted milk powder
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • ½ cup confectioners sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


For the cookies:

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.  Sift together flour, cocoa powder, malted milk powder, baking soda, and salt. With an electric mixer, beat butter and sugar on medium-high speed until pale and fluffy. Mix in egg, vanilla, yogurt, and hot water. Reduce speed to low; mix in flour mixture.

Space tablespoon-size balls of dough 3 1/2 inches apart on parchment paper-lined baking sheets. Bake until flat and just firm, 10 to 12 minutes. Let cool on parchment on wire racks. 

For the filling:

Beat butter and cream cheese with a mixer on medium-high speed until fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes.  Reduce speed to low and add malted milk powder and confectioners sugar a little at a time, and then the vanilla; mix until smooth.

Assemble cookies:

Spread a heaping tablespoon filling on the bottom of one cookie. Sandwich with another cookie. Repeat.


June 29, 2011

hello friends…goodness, i apologize for not popping in to post yesterday.  i needed to take time to breathe just a bit.  i try not to over-complicate my bliss- i try to step back from real-life and create a space on bliss where you can come and dream just a little bit.  i also have a tough time putting myself out there…all of that being said, i am taking just a moment to complicate things and give you a glimpse into where my noggin is right now.

we are in bend, oregon on a little family getaway…i see it as a getaway and the mister sees it as more of an opportunity.  mr. french wants to bundle up the family home in portland and move it all to this lovely mountain town.  where do i stand?  i am not standing, i am sitting down…surrounded by a fog of confusion.  should i leave my beloved portland for a simpler way? should i pack up my little b and lu too and move them from the only home they have ever known to start over?  there are opportunities calling and i am not sure i am ready to listen.  i moved to portland 6 years ago and it took me 4 to feel just right.  i like to lay down roots and i have some pretty special ones in portland.

i am not sure where i am heading with this post, i just had to vent.  i will keep you posted.

i find comfort in knowing that no matter what i do, i can take all of you with me…

xo mrs. french

i heart monday.

June 27, 2011

greetings from the mountains!  i hope it is beautiful wherever you are…

i heart this top.

i heart this end table.

i heart this vessel.

 i heart these sandals.

i heart this sari blanket.

i heart this lariat.

i heart this purse.

i heart these decanters.

i heart these jeans.

i heart this perfect ring.

i heart this skirt.

i heart this pillow.

i heart this dress.

i heart “action bunny” (thanks ms. melis).

i heart these boots.

i heart this top.

i still heart this classic.

i heart this salt bowl.

i heart this caftan.

i look forward to sharing a bit of our holiday with all of you…in the mean time enjoy my little list!

xo mrs. french

Design by Ana Degenaar + Development by Brandi Bernoskie