Cookies for breakfast? Yes! You will love these healthy breakfast cookies, full of oats, flaxseed, maple syrup, and dried cherries!
How can it be that my Julia starts Kindergarten in less than two weeks? Time is going way too fast, and it seems to be speeding up rather than slowing down. I've been trying to ignore it for as long as possible, but back-to-school time is almost here and it's time to start getting ready.
Our morning routine is going to need a makeover, and soon! We've fully enjoyed relaxed summer nights and mornings, but need to get back to a regular bedtime and morning routine. My plan is to ease us into it the week before, helping Julia practice what she'll need ... [Continue Reading]
No-Bake Energy Bites are one of my very favorite things. These bites have oats, coconut, nut butter, flaxseed, and mini chocolate chips, all rolled into easy to grab little bites. They are a perfect snack for kids and adults alike!
Let's talk about these No-Bake Energy Bites. They are just about the best snack ever. They're easy to make (hello no-bake!), fun to eat, and so delicious. Plus, other than the sugar from the honey and chocolate chips, they are made with all healthy ingredients. You could leave out the chocolate chips or replace them with some dried fruit, but they are pretty tasty as is.
I make a batch of these energy bites just about every week, because they are so ... [Continue Reading]
A fresh strawberry filling and buttery oat crust will keep you coming back for "just one more" taste of these Strawberry Oat Crumb Bars!
I cannot wait for summer. I'm looking forward to long, relaxed days with no strict schedule to follow. During the school year, I only teach three days a week, but it is enough to keep me busy and always struggling to balance work, family, house, and me-time. The other four days of the week I get to stay home with my two kids- not exactly relaxation time, but I am so grateful for the time I get to spend with them. When I do have time for myself, I most often spend it in the kitchen, on my computer blogging, or outdoors walking and running.
In the ... [Continue Reading]
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]
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]
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]