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]
It had been a while since I made chocolate ice cream, so I decided to go all out and make this Milk Chocolate Ice Cream with Brownie Bites. Oh my is this ice cream good. The milk chocolate ice cream is incredibly rich and creamy, and the brownie bites are rich, fudgy little wonders that add a whole other dimension of chocolate flavor to the ice cream. The brownies are amazing on their own, and since you only need half of the pan for the ice cream, you have plenty to enjoy or share. Or, you can do what I did and freeze the other half to mix into another batch of ice cream later on. (Just be sure to chop them into bite-size pieces before freezing. Directions on how to freeze are included in ... [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]
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]
It's Friday! The weekend is almost here, and you should definitely start thinking about treating yourself to a special breakfast. Waffles for breakfast on a lazy weekend morning are a real treat, but chocolate chip waffles? Chocolate chip waffles will bring a little fun into your morning and make you feel like a kid again. And if you are making these for your kids? You'll love to see the smiles that appear on their faces when you tell them what's for breakfast.
The batter for these waffles is quick and easy to whip up, and you can have waffles on your breakfast table in no time. I used mini chocolate chips in my waffles, but you can use regular size too if you want even bigger bursts of ... [Continue Reading]
I've survived the first three weeks of school, and my return to work after my maternity leave. I'm enjoying getting to know my new group of third graders, and there is something to be said for quiet mornings of getting ready while my two kiddos are still sleeping (even though it means the alarm goes off at 4:45a.m. on workdays). The beginning of a new school year is always super busy, so I haven't had much time for baking lately. Plus, those early morning wake-ups (in addition to a middle-of-the-night baby feeding most nights) have left me tired, so I've been using weekends to catch up on sleep, as much as the kids, household tasks, and schoolwork will allow, at least.
This weekend, I ... [Continue Reading]
Last week I shared this salted caramel sauce, and mentioned that we used it to make brownie sundaes. What I didn't share is the real reason I made the salted caramel sauce to begin with, which was to make these cookie bars. Oh my goodness these are good. Chocolate chip cookie bars are pretty amazing on their own, but throw in a layer of salted caramel and you have a dessert that's on a whole other level. Slightly gooey, sweet, and sprinkled with fleur de sel, it's hard to stop at just one of these, but your waistline will thank you if you do. :)
I brought part of my batch to share when we visited our friends for dinner, and then put the rest in the freezer (after I cut them into bars). ... [Continue Reading]
I'm always looking for good uses for the over-ripe bananas that end up in my fruit basket. Lately I've been loving these banana muffins and this smoothie, but the other day I decided to try something new. The first thing you'll notice as you bake these banana walnut blondies is that they smell amazing. When you take a bite, you'll taste a wonderful combination of brown sugar, banana, and browned butter. Toasted walnuts provide a delicious crunch, and the chocolate chips a burst of sweetness.
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Banana Walnut Blondies
Makes 16 blondies
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat ... [Continue Reading]
As their name suggests, these brownies are deliciously rich and fudgy. They are quick and easy to mix up, and you probably have all of the ingredients on hand, making them an ideal treat to whip up when a sudden chocolate craving hits. I added in some dark chocolate chips because, well, why not? I like the extra bits of chocolate that the chips add, especially when the brownies are slightly warm so the chocolate chips are nice and melty.
There are many, many brownie recipes out there, and if you haven't found your favorite yet (or even if you have), I encourage you to try these. I know I'll make them again and again.
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Yes, I know I've already posted a number of different peanut butter chocolate chip cookie recipes on the blog, but here's a new recipe that I just found and love. I can't say that it's better than my other recipes, but it's certainly just as good. What can I say- I love peanut butter chocolate chip cookies, so I guess I can never have too many!
As I was typing up this recipe, I realized that it is basically the Baking Illustrated recipe for Thick and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies (which is my all-time favorite), with peanut butter substituting for part of the butter. No wonder I liked these cookies. :)
This recipe is nice because it only makes about 2 dozen cookies, so it's perfect ... [Continue Reading]
As summer weather approaches, how about whipping up a batch of ice cream? I highly recommend this chocolate raspberry version. The chocolate raspberry combo is one of my favorites, and both flavors really come through in this ice cream. I used frozen raspberries, and they worked perfectly. I take advantage of frozen fruit in my cooking and baking whenever I can, because it's both cost effective and available year round. Next time, I think I'll try substituting frozen cherries for the raspberries to make chocolate cherry ice cream... I can hardly wait!
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Chocolate Raspberry Ice Cream
Makes about 3 cups
1 1/2 ... [Continue Reading]