You won't be able to resist these bite-sized treats! Homemade Vanilla Wafers in chocolate and vanilla. Why choose... try them both!
I can remember eating Nilla wafers from the yellow box since I was a kid. I don't know what it is about them, but they are addicting! When I was pregnant with both Julia and William I would often snack on a few Nilla wafers, with a spread of peanut butter on each one. (If you've never tried that, you must. Sooo good.) Since Julia saw me eating Nilla wafers while pregnant with William, she of course tried them and they quickly became a favorite of hers too.
I haven't bought Nilla wafers from the store for a while, since they have some ingredients that ... [Continue Reading]
The best soft and chewy chocolate chip cookies. This is the recipe I turn to whenever I want to bake classic chocolate chip cookies.
I'm often asked which of the chocolate chip cookie recipes on my site is my favorite. Well, these are it. I posted these a while ago and today I'm updating the recipe and photos because these cookies are my go-to recipe whenever I need to make a quick batch of cookies. Most often, those times are when a sudden craving for a chocolate chip cookie hits and I just can't resist! I've made these cookies dozens of times and they always turn out perfectly.
These chocolate chip cookies have a secret ingredient that gives them their soft, chewy texture. ... [Continue Reading]
Lightly sweet, with a touch of salt and plenty of chocolate, these Chocolate Chip Brioche pretzels are sure to put a smile on your face.
You can consider these Chocolate Chip Brioche Pretzels an excuse to eat dessert for breakfast, or snack time, as we did. For a very long time now, I have wanted to make chocolate croissants. I think it started when I was craving them while pregnant with William. Somehow, since then I've never found the time needed to make homemade croissants. I know, how can that be? But don't worry, these Chocolate Chip Brioche Pretzels are the next best thing.
These pretzels are made of a very lightly sweetened brioche dough. Chopped chocolate chips- I used ... [Continue Reading]
Soft, melt-in-your-mouth sugar cookies dressed up for Valentine's Day. These sugar cookies with cream cheese frosting are easily customizable to any holiday.
This weekend Julia and I did some Valentine's Day baking! We stayed in our pj's, listened to the rain falling outside, and laughed together in the kitchen. My little baker was a great help in cutting out these heart-shaped cookies, frosting them, and sprinkling them with cute and colorful heart sprinkles. Me? I soaked up every minute of our kitchen time together.
I gave Julia her own sheet of cookies to frost and sprinkle, and I especially loved how she divvied up the rest of the cookies between the two of us: “Next I'll do ... [Continue Reading]
Have you started your holiday baking? Are you finished already? I am somewhere in between. I have baked a few treats to give away, including these cranberry almond biscotti and these white chocolate cranberry macadamia nut cookies that I posted the other day. I will be doing most of my baking tomorrow, and I'm looking forward to a relaxing and busy day in the kitchen. I cannot wait to take a bite of each of our family's traditional favorite Christmas cookies!
These candy cane cookies are a family favorite. Rolling and twisting the candy canes is a fun project for the kids, and the finished cookies are so pretty with their sprinkling of peppermint-sugar. I prefer to make my candy cane ... [Continue Reading]
If you're like me, you are likely in full holiday mode right now, tackling one to do list item after another. The Christmas cards are in the mail, the gift shopping is almost done, and I've got my wrapping paper and ribbons out and ready to go. What more is there to do? Lots of baking, of course!
This weekend, my mom, sisters, and I will have our annual cookie baking day. Each year it gets more and more fun as the kids are able to participate. Julia is an old pro in the cookie baking department, but we are looking forward to two more little helpers this year, as my two-year-old twin nieces are now just old enough to join in. Which leads me to the next item on my to-do list... deciding ... [Continue Reading]
Last weekend I did my first baking with fresh cranberries of the season and made these cranberry swirl cheesecake cupcakes. These cheesecakes would be a perfect addition to the dessert table at your holiday party. The bright red cranberry swirl makes them so pretty and festive. The cheesecake cupcakes are individually portioned, so your guests can grab one and continue mingling. Although you will probably find that it is hard to stop at just one!
I love the combination of sweet-tart cranberry and creamy cheesecake, atop a lightly spiced graham cracker crust. While these are adorable in cupcake form, they would also taste delicious as bars if you are in a hurry. To make cranberry swirl ... [Continue Reading]
When Brad and I took our Anniversary trip to Seattle, the first day there we had the most amazing cinnamon gelato at Bottega Italiana. Right away I knew that I needed to make something similar at home. Gelato is churned much more slowly than ice cream, so that the finished product has a lot less air whipped into it. I don't have the equipment needed to make real gelato, but cinnamon ice cream was totally in my capabilities.
I first turned to my most trusted ice cream recipe book, The Perfect Scoop. I tried the cinnamon ice cream recipe in the book, but it's custard-based and was too rich for my tastes. The second time around, I used the same method for infusing the ice cream with cinnamon ... [Continue Reading]
If I had to choose which dessert I like making most I would have to say cookies. I love how easy cookies are to make, and appreciate that there is always a new type of cookie to try. My second favorite dessert to make? I think you probably guessed it- it's pie. I really love to make pies, and actually find it to be very relaxing. Cutting butter into pie dough, rolling the dough out, and in the case of apple pie, peeling the apples, are all tasks that I can put my hands to work on while my mind wanders and reflects on life.
This particular apple pie is my favorite for a couple of reasons. The crust is perfectly flaky and buttery, and aren't those heart cutouts just adorable? You can use ... [Continue Reading]
Is there an unofficial end date to when we are allowed to cook and bake with pumpkin? Well, even if there is, I plan to ignore such a date and bake with pumpkin until I am tired of it! This year I am really loving the pumpkin: pumpkin granola, pumpkin pancakes, pumpkin waffles, pumpkin doughnuts, pumpkin soup, and now these pumpkin chocolate chip cookies.
Pumpkin chocolate chip cookies are popping up on blogs all over right now, and I needed to try them out for myself. These really are a combination of two greats: spiced pumpkin and the chocolate chip cookie.
The pumpkin helps to keep the cookies soft, and pumpkin pie spice helps to really bring out the pumpkin flavor. Chocolate chips ... [Continue Reading]
Do you sometimes find yourself in the kitchen baking when you know you should be doing something else? Maybe the laundry is piled up, or the kitchen floor needs to be cleaned, or you have papers to correct, or all of the above? If so, then I think we understand each other. Sometimes you just need to put everything else on hold for a few minutes and bake something. Like doughnuts, right? Doughnuts should be the top priority, shouldn't they? That's what I convinced myself of on Saturday afternoon as soon as the kids went down for their naps/quiet time. I knew that there was probably a better use of my time at that moment than baking doughnuts, but I just really wanted to bake (and eat) ... [Continue Reading]
I haven't had many excuses.. I mean opportunities to make cupcakes lately. Baking a batch of cupcakes just for my family isn't a good idea, because we definitely don't need to eat a dozen cupcakes. We had my parents and brother over for dinner this past weekend so I had a reason to make dessert, and I decided that an afternoon spent baking in the kitchen sounded both relaxing and fun. I pretended I didn't have housecleaning to do, laundry to fold, or papers to grade, and just enjoyed myself.
These cupcakes have three components- a spiced apple cake, cinnamon cream cheese frosting, and a drizzle of caramel sauce. Have you ever noticed how kids eat cupcakes? They lick off all of the ... [Continue Reading]