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…]


Chipotle Chicken and Sausage in a Skillet

Dinners that can be prepared one step at a time in a big skillet are a big go-to in my kitchen.  What are they called again?  Oh yeah, skillet meals.  They make weeknight meals so simple.
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I’m always on the look-out for recipes that can be turned into a skillet meal, too, and this chipotle chicken from G’Day Soufflé was perfect for that.  Just the thought of smoky chipotles and chorizo, along with braised chicken was enough to convince me.  But what really sold me was the unsweetened chocolate in the background that ties it all together. [Read more…]

Baked Chocolate Doughnuts

I understand that you try to have a healthy breakfast most days.  Really, I do.  Monday through Friday is all about high-fiber cereal and green smoothies.  But when the weekend rolls around and you just want to have cake for breakfast, I’m here for you. Baked Chocolate Doughnut

This recipe for baked chocolate doughnuts is another winner from Tracy at Shutterbean.  Imagine soft, chocolaty cupcakes topped with a rich espresso glaze, and baked in a pan with holes in the middle.  There you have it.  It helps that they’re so easy to whip together.  Perfect for mornings after you’ve slept in (just a little).  [Read more…]

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…]

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…]

This and That

Mmm…chocolate cupcakes

Dulce de leche frosting

Owl cookies, before.

And after.

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…]

Caramel Corn with Vanilla Drizzle

How do you make sweet, crunch caramel popcorn even better?  Drizzle it with melted vanilla candy melts and chocolate candy.

It also helps if you have an assistant who is willing to go purchase more candy when you don’t have quite enough and also pick the right colors out of the bag.

I found this recipe over at a farmgirl’s dabbles and knew it would make a tasty and pretty treat for the holiday.  She warns that the stuff is addictive, and I’m glad that I plan to share because she’s right.

Have a safe and happy Fourth of July!
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Nutella Rice Krispie Squares

How long has it been since you’ve tasted a Rice Krispies® treat?  I’m not talking about the ones found in blue-foil wrappers, sitting on the shelf in your grocery store.  I’m talking about melting your own gooey marshmallows and butter, and stirring in just enough cereal to hold it all together.


Rice Krispies treats are somewhat nostalgic for me.  You see, I’m from the era way back when (did I just say that?) enjoying these sticky snacks required a bit of planning.  They were not mass-produced and ready to throw in your grocery cart.  No, these were a special treat, reserved for the occasional weekend sleepover or family get-together.  It made my day when my mom came home from shopping and pulled the marshmallows and rice cereal out of the bags, because they were only bought together for one reason.  From there, they only took minutes to put together, but the hardest part was waiting for them to cool enough to cut into squares.

If it’s been a while since you’ve made this classic in your own kitchen, now would be a good time to try them with an updated spin.  Adding the creamy, chocolatey-hazelnut spread, Nutella, puts them over the top.  So put this simple list of ingredients on your next shopping list and make someone’s day.
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Chocolate Chip Cookies with Browned Butter and Cream Cheese

Do you have a favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe?   I do, too.  I could practically mix the dough and plop them in the oven in my sleep.  That said, I’m not against trying something new when I want to switch things up.  When I saw these on mel’s kitchen café, I was curious enough to give them a try.


It was the addition of cream cheese to the cookies that grabbed my attention.  How could you go wrong by starting with soft, chocolate-studded cookies and adding the tangy flavor of cream cheese?  And since the butter had to be melted first, I thought I may as well brown it, too.  It sounded like a win-win to me.  The last thing I noticed was the lack of eggs, which is great if you happen to be baking for someone with an egg allergy.  I don’t recall ever making this type of cookie without eggs to hold everything together.


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