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]
Fall is here, October is here, and in a few short weeks it will be Halloween and then Thanksgiving. Can you please tell time to slow down a little for me? I want to just sit and appreciate the change in seasons for a little while. I'm in full Fall baking mode, even though the temperatures outside are still warm. After much baking with pumpkin this week and last, I decided it was time I made a batch of pumpkin pie spice. You can buy pumpkin pie spice at the store, but if you keep a well-stocked pantry it is so easy to make your own. Store it in an airtight container at room temperature and you should be set for all of your pumpkin baking needs through the end of the season. Check back soon ... [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.
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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]
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'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]
What is it about cookies that makes everyone love them so much? (I'm assuming that since I love cookies, everyone else must, too.) Is it that there are so many delicious types of cookies, they never get boring? Or maybe that it's so easy to grab one out of the cookie jar or freezer, no scooping or cutting off of a piece required?
I always like to have cookies on hand in my freezer, for when a sweets craving hits (which happens to me pretty much every day :) ). The only problem I've been having lately is that there are too many good recipes to choose from. I'm not sure if Pinterest makes this problem better or worse, as I feel like I'm always looking and re-looking over the cookies on my ... [Continue Reading]
A donut pan is one of those kitchen gadgets that always looked like it would be fun to own, but was probably not something that I would buy for myself. So I was super excited when I won a donut pan that Tracey was giving away on her blog! It arrived in the mail on Friday and I made my first batch of donuts on Sunday morning. They were really easy to make, and while they aren't health food, they're not too bad, either, since they're baked and not fried. Thanks again, Tracey for the fun giveaway!
I made these maple donuts with cinnamon sugar and they turned out really good. I had actually bookmarked the recipe in the middle of the night while feeding William. Lately, I've been catching up on ... [Continue Reading]
Sometimes, you want a sugar cookie, but don't want to go through the process of rolling out dough, cutting out shapes, and decorating. For those times, these soft frosted sugar cookies are the perfect solution. They're quick and easy to make, and turn out just as cute as decorated sugar cookies, especially if you add some fun sprinkles.
The cookies are super soft and just about melt in your mouth. I've made them a couple of times now, and this last time I made them in mini size. I like the mini size so much better than the large cookies; they are just the right size for snacking. The large cookies, while delicious, were a bit much to eat in one sitting.
These cookies are fun to make and ... [Continue Reading]