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]
I learned to love baking early on. I started with box-mix brownies and of course, cookies. Chocolate chip, gingersnaps, and Snickerdoodles were a few of my early favorites. I fondly remember being about 12 years old and making a batch of Snickerdoodles, and then happily bringing a warm napkin-wrapped cookie out to my dad who was working in the front yard. Today, I'm lucky enough to still live just minutes away from my parents, making it easy to share my baking efforts with them. It goes the other way, too- the other day, I stopped by to pick something up at my parents' house and my mom sent me home with a few warm buttermilk pancakes, fresh off the griddle, wrapped in a paper towel.
These ... [Continue Reading]
A real s'more, made with a warm, gooey marshmallow that has just been toasted over a crackling fire, is a real treat. It's not surprising that s'more-inspired treats have been popping up on blogs in all corners of the internet this summer. There is just something special about s'mores, and I can't help but pin so many of these treats. The only s'more dessert that I've actually made this summer, though, are these cookies (plus a few microwave s'mores, which can't compare to the real thing).
I actually made two batches of these cookies in a row, one week and then the next, because I liked them so much. Which surprised me because I was not sure how much I liked these when I first tasted ... [Continue Reading]
Wait, didn't I just post a recipe for blackberry crumb bars? Aren't crumb bars and pie bars basically the same thing? Yes, actually, they are. But I made both recipes within days of each other and both are totally worthy of sharing here. If you asked me to choose which dessert bar I liked better, I couldn't. Each is equally irresistible and easy to make. The main difference is that the fruit filling in these peach pie bars has eggs and Greek yogurt mixed in, which creates a creamy, fruity filling. Both recipes are completely adaptable to whichever fruits you're craving at the moment.
I have been eying this recipe for a long, long time. Pie bars are great because, well, they are pie in a ... [Continue Reading]
I just can't get enough of the fresh summer fruits that are available right now. Blueberries, strawberries, and peaches are my three absolute favorites, but raspberries and blackberries are also high up there on my list. Most of the time I enjoy fresh fruit on my morning bowl of oatmeal or cereal, as a side with my lunch, or sometimes as a topping for Greek yogurt.
Other times, though, I take advantage of sweet summer fruits by turning them into dessert. It's hard to beat a fresh fruit crisp, cobbler, or pie topped with a little vanilla ice cream.
If you took a crisp and crossed it with a pie, you would get these crumb bars. One dough makes both the bottom crust and crumb topping, ... [Continue Reading]
I bake cookies all the time, but somehow it's been a long time since I've made biscotti. Lately Brad has been reminding me of that fact, telling me more than once that I really need to bake some biscotti sometime. The other morning I had a few extra minutes and felt like playing around in the kitchen, so I mixed up the dough for these cranberry almond biscotti. Biscotti are very easy to make. You bake the cookies twice- first the dough is shaped into two logs and baked, and then you bake the cookies a second time after slicing the logs into individual biscotti.
These cranberry almond biscotti are a wonderful treat for breakfast or a snack. They are crisp on the outside and slightly soft ... [Continue Reading]
The other day after lunch I had a serious cookie craving. So although I had a to-do list a mile long, I used some of the precious minutes of the kids' afternoon naptime to bake these cookies. Like me, you were probably caught by the words “brown butter” in the title of these cookies. These are pretty much your basic chocolate chip cookie, but with a more complex flavor thanks to the brown butter. If you're careful not to overbake them, the cookies will be soft and chewy with just a little crispness around the edges.
I was almost hesitant to post these, because I've already shared a number of favorite chocolate chip cookie recipes with you. But then I thought, can you ever have too many ... [Continue Reading]
Brownies are so good all on their own, but top them with some Nutella espresso whipped cream and you take those brownies to a whole new level of deliciousness. Yes, these brownies are very, very good indeed. They are a great dessert to wow dinner guests, especially since they are deceptively easy to make. You can top them with chocolate curls to get extra fancy, or keep it simple with chocolate shavings like I did. Either way, you will enjoy every bite of these Nutella espresso mousse brownies. I promise.
Nutella Espresso Mousse Brownies
Makes 1 8-inch square pan
For the brownie layer:
½ cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
¼ ... [Continue Reading]
How can you turn a good chocolate chip cookie into a great one? That's what we've done right here, my friends. First, brown the butter to create that complex, nutty flavor that is browned butter. Then, hide a little Nutella surprise inside each cookie. Finally, sprinkle the cookies with some sea salt after baking to achieve that wonderful sweet-salty combination that makes baked treats extra delicious.
As you might imagine, these cookies are delicious. They are definitely rich, and I think they would have been great even without the Nutella in the center. Next time, I might try them without, since that would save a step and I don't usually keep Nutella on hand. You can decide what you ... [Continue Reading]
I have been wanting to try making homemade graham crackers for a while now. This past weekend I decided it was as good a time as any, so I started looking at a few recipes. I was happily surprised to find that I had all of the ingredients on hand, so right away I started mixing up the dough. I always thought you needed graham flour to make graham crackers, but you don't, all you need are pantry staples that you probably already have in your kitchen.
You might be wondering, why make homemade graham crackers when it's much easier to just pick up a box at the grocery store? The obvious reason is that the homemade version tastes much better, and these definitely do. They have the same graham ... [Continue Reading]
I've been on a bit of an oatmeal kick lately. We have oatmeal for breakfast most mornings, and I've made homemade granola, oatmeal muffins (recipe to come soon!), and oatmeal cookies. Then, I decided to make oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, but with some cocoa powder added in to make them Cocoa Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies.
These cookies are the best of many worlds. The cocoa powder lends a subtle cocoa flavor to the cookies, which are deliciously soft and chewy. The oats contribute to the chewy texture, and the chocolate chips give an added dose of chocolate flavor. If you're lucky enough to have a free couple of minutes in your afternoon, pour yourself a cup of coffee and enjoy one of ... [Continue Reading]
Have you started your holiday baking yet? Each year my mom, sisters, and I spend a day baking dozens and dozens of Christmas cookies. Last year was the first one where Julia was really able to participate, and she helped roll many a little ball of dough in powdered sugar or chopped nuts. Seeing her excitement for all of the little joys of the season makes this time of year extra special.
We haven't had our baking day yet this year, but Julia and I did make these gingerbread cookies together this past weekend. As a kid, I always decorated the gingerbread boys and girls with M&M's, cinnamon red hots (are they even called red hots anymore?), and raisins. So that's what Julia and I used and ... [Continue Reading]