Chocolate Snickerdoodles

Have you noticed lately that all the cookies are being baked into snickerdoodles?

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I’ve seen everything from gingerbread to peanut butter cookies twisted into snickerdoodles.  It doesn’t end with cookies either.  With a quick search on Pinterest, you’ll find waffles, cupcakes, and truffles, to name a few. Chocolate Snickerdoodles [Read more…]

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Coconut Nutella Surprise Cookies

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At first glance, it isn’t obvious that these tasty cookies are made with Nutella.  Even after a bite or two, you will enjoy the delicate coconut flavor enhanced with chewy oatmeal, but you might wonder, “Is there really Nutella in here?”  That’s when the surprise comes in, and BAM, you bite into the smooth and creamy chocolate-hazelnut spread, and it all comes together.
Coconut Nutella Cookies 3It seems like only a short while has passed since I made these cookies, but since time flies so quickly, it’s actually been close to a couple months.  I wanted to make a Friday treat, and couldn’t decide between two different cookies that I’d seen that week on Pinterest, both from Two Peas & Their Pod.  The first was a coconut oatmeal cookie that practically called my name.  The only hesitation I had about bringing it to work was that not all people are lovers of coconut.  And by that, I mean that the people who aren’t lovers of this ingredient seem to be haters.  The second cookie that caught my attention that week was a giant chocolate chip cookie stuffed with Nutella in the middle.  I was pretty sure this would be a sure hit, since everyone I work with loves them some Nutella.  But I did mention the coconut recipe was calling my name, and so the decision was made to combine the two.  Done and done.
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I decided to follow Annie’s method for stuffing her Nutella cookies on Annie’s Eats, and it worked perfectly.  Thursday morning before work, I lined a baking sheet with parchment paper and placed scoops of Nutella on the parchment.  I stuck the sheet in the freezer, and left it there until I was ready to make cookies that night.   And just to make the coconut a little friendlier for everyone, I pulsed it in the food processor with the oatmeal just a bit.  My friends, we have a winner.    [Read more…]

Cranberry White Chocolate Cookies

I like everything about cookies.  It’s true.  Cranberry White Chocolate Cookies 4

Cookies are probably my favorite thing to bake.  They are easy to whip together most of the time, they are portable, and they please a crowd.  From the time I was a young person when my mom let me bake Snickerdoodles by myself, I have enjoyed browsing cookbooks for new cookies, and more recently, finding them online to tuck away on the pages of Pinterest.  And for real, who doesn’t love a good cookie?Cranberry White Chocolate Cookies And this cookie is definitely one of my faves.  It meets all the above criteria, and as a plus, you don’t even need a mixer to make the dough.  You could be noshing on these cranberry white chocolate cookies soon after the cookie craving strikes. [Read more…]

Cherry Apricot Oatmeal Cookies

Cherry Apricot CookiesIs it really December?  It really can’t be.  But the calendar doesn’t lie, and neither does my email inbox that’s flooded with subject lines like Hurry Up and Buy Now Because This is the Best Christmas Sale Ever.

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So you know what that means.   It’s time to start cranking out the sugar cookies and the pumpkin rolls and the caramels and all that fun stuff.  Maybe you’re on the ball and already there, but I’m not.  Before jumping into the holiday baking craziness,  I wanted to bake something simple.  Something with oatmeal and maybe some dried fruit.  I found this recipe in the Dahlia Bakery Cookbook and thought the Cranberry Apricot  would be just right.
I thought I had everything I needed, but when I started measuring out my ingredients, I didn’t have any cranberries.  No worries though.  My baker assistant remembered the dried cherries in the pantry and the recipe was changed just like that. [Read more…]

Cocoa Shortbread Cut-out Cookies

Can you believe that it’s time for Halloween already?  Soon the neighborhood will be full of trick-or-treating witches, superheroes, and princesses.  But then we’ll blink, and it will be covered in snow, Christmas lights, and the occasional inflatable Santa.
These cocoa shortbread cut-outs are so easy to whip up for any holiday, and they’re tasty, too.  In Martha Stewart’s Cookies, they’re cut as simple diamond shapes and drizzled with melted white chocolate.  But you can cut them into as many shapes as you have cutters.  The dough mixes up in a food processor, and is ready to be rolled out right away.  No chilling required – bonus.
While we’re on the subject of Halloween, did you watch Modern Family last week?  That show always cracks me up, but especially the Halloween episodes.  Only Claire could dress as Little Bo Peep and still frighten the kids away.  [Read more…]

Confetti Cookies

Are you looking for a party in a cookie?  This is it.  Every party starts with sprinkles, and this cookie is full of them.

The recipe comes from Momofuku Milk Bar, which is one big party in itself.  It’s loaded with cookies, cakes, and ice cream that not only make me want to bake them myself, but also visit the bakery in person one day.

This cookie starts out with a birthday cake crumb that tastes like bits of shortbread mixed with sprinkles. Since the cookie recipe only uses half the crumb mixture, you may be tempted to only make half the recipe.  I would advise against that because you’ll want extra for sprinkling over ice cream or just popping into your mouth.

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Pumpkin Snickerdoodles

I know, just yesterday two weeks ago I was in denial that summer was over.  And now summer is long gone.  The days are much shorter, and the mornings are downright chilly.
When I look up to the mountains, I see leaves that are changing to autumn colors of golden and scarlet.  When I look online, I see recipes full of fall ingredients like apples and pumpkins.  That must be the reason these cookies from Annie’s Eats just about jumped off the page when I saw them.

Snickerdoodles are one of my favorite cookies anyway, but with pumpkin?  Say no more.  They looked like the perfect cookie for fall, and if the box I took to work was any indication, my co-workers agreed.  These cookies disappeared faster than the summer temperatures. [Read more…]

Big, Bold Lemon Bars with Toasted Coconut

Do you ever stumble upon a recipe with an enticing picture over these interwebs, and you HAVE to make that recipe right now?  Right now, as in, at the front of the line before countless dog-eared pages, bookmarks, and pins?  Yeah, me too, and this lemon bar recipe is an example of that.  When I ran across the recipe on FREUTCAKE, the enticing picture grabbed my attention, and the ingredient list held my curiosity.


On any given day, there’s a good chance I would pass over a chocolate-loaded brownie in favor of a good lemon bar.  I’m talking about a lemon bar with a buttery shortbread crust and a lemon layer that’s tart enough to make me pucker.  I had a feeling that these bars would not disappoint.  First, the crust is mixed with graham cracker crumbs and toasted coconut.  And then there’s the lemon layer that includes the zest and juice from eight lemons, twelve egg yolks, and four whole eggs.  [Read more…]

S’more Bars

A little kitchen tidbit I learned from my mom was to keep a collection of recipes that aren’t difficult to put together, and will please a crowd.  There will always be times when an unexpected event comes up and it’s nice to whip up a little something to share that doesn’t require an entire evening in the kitchen or a trip to the grocery store.  You know what I’m talking about.  Sure, everyone loves the wow factor of a four-layer cake that’s complete with frosting, oohs and ahhs, but I’ve never had anyone complain after being served Nutella Rice Krispie Squares, either.

These bars definitely fall into the category of easy to make and pleases a crowd.  And I love recipes that don’t even require a mixer.  Don’t get me wrong.  My Kitchenaid and I go way back and she’s never let me down, but I don’t miss the extra step of hoisting her up from the bottom cabinet.  And of course, no waiting for butter to soften means they can be thrown together on a whim.  [Read more…]

Lemon Ricotta Softies

I take some kind of treat to work most Fridays, and I can never guess what will be the best received.
Lemon Ricotta Softies

I could spend a couple hours putting together some fancy multi-layered bar on Thursday night, and by 5:00 the next day, the tray might still be half-full.  Or, I could run out of time on Thursday and spend five minutes whipping up a batch of Nutella Rice Krispie Squares on Friday morning and they might easily be gone by noon.  Go figure.

Lemon Ricotta Softies

When I saw these cookies over at The Way the Cookie Crumbles, however, I had a feeling they’d be a hit.  I have a similar recipe that uses sour cream to turn out a wonderfully soft, cakey cookie, and I knew the ricotta cheese would have the same effect, only possibly better.  Plus, you can never go wrong with the bright, citrus punch of lemon zest in the cookie as well as the glaze.

These lemon ricotta softies were indeed a hit.  One co-worker told me that they taste as fresh and bright as the way clean clothes feel.  Hmm, interesting.  I assure you these cookies do not taste like soap, but I think I get the connection.
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