In case you haven’t figured it out from my blog thus far, I like the simple things in life. Peanut butter cookies. Rich chocolate brownies. Lovely summer bundt cakes, like this one.
One of my very favourite morning rituals is to check my Google reader to see what lovely recipes have been posted to the food and baking blogs that I follow. When one in particular catches my eye, I mark it as ‘starred’. Then whenever I am going to a party, feeling peckish, or just in the mood to bake, I check my starred posts list and choose one from it. However, life has been pretty crazy lately and that combined with the insane heat wave we are having in Montreal lately, has prevented me from doing much baking. So, I thought it would be a good idea to round up all the links of the cookies, cupcakes, etc that are waiting for me to try them out, and maybe it will prompt me to get that oven fired up.
I made molasses cookies from Martha’s recipe at Christmas and they were my favourite cookie of the year. I’ve since been a little bit obsessed with the idea of molasses in cookies, and combined with chocolate chips? I love you Joy!
Mint makes everything better, at least that is my philosophy. Also chocolate.
I guess I’m on a thin, chewy cookie kick? All my recent recipe crushes seem to have that in common. I have some buttermilk left in the fridge though so these might get pushed to the front of the line!
Um…mocha? espresso? buttercream? drrooooool.
I’ve made quite a few recipes using bananas and they are always a huge hit. The peanut butter frosting just pushes this recipe over the edge into fantabulous.
Raspberries are delicious and in season right now, so it is a good time to use them in my baking. Plus Pioneer Woman never lets me down!
Kind of a cop out, since they don’t really require any baking skill, but these remind me SO much of my childhood that they need to be on the list just for nostalgia’s sake.
Any recipes you all want to try? Recommendations? More to add to my list? I have a party this weekend where I am supplying dessert so I will be posting up my results soon enough.
We are in the midst of a heat wave in Montreal. It has been too hot to do anything other than float around in the pool. Definitely not a good idea to be turning on the oven in this type of weather. However, we got a big thunderstorm a few days ago and things have cooled down to at least a bearable level of heat. So, I took the chance to get baking again. Even if I did do it in my bikini, between trips to the pool.
I recently discovered Framed, and have earmarked a ton of recipes to try. I started with baking, of course, and chose the Mocha Chocolate Chip Cookies. They turned out delicious, with a little bit of bite from the coffee, and sweetness from a pound (!!) of chocolate chips. I would definitely make these again, except not in this type of heat. I had trouble during the mixing phase because the butter just mellllttteeeddd as soon as I took it out of the fridge. I was too anxious to refrigerate the dough overnight, and I think that would have made a difference because the cookies spread out A LOT.
I have been thinking that I should change the title of this blog to “All the Recipes You Can Make with Chocolate and Peanut Butter” because seriously, it is beginning to be a problem. It is all I ever want to bake! I think about trying something challenging or different but as soon as I open that cupboard the chocolate chips look so happy next to that big jar of PB…I can’t control myself. So, here is another cookie involving Peanut Butter and Chocolate chips, except this time with oatmeal for good measure.
Who could resist that? Look how delicious the peanut butter looks sitting there with all the sugar. Mmm, heaven.
I also recently was given a gift of some real, gourment Mexian vanilla, from a lovely family who spoil me way too much! I have never baked with real vanilla, I am always too poor to shell out the big bucks. But this may change the way I bake! I was so excited to try it.
Check out that dough. Doesn’t it look amazing? I bet it tastes good even before baking, not that I would know. I swear.
I put the dough in the fridge before scooping them out, a habit I am developing because I love what it does to the cookies.
This is how they turned out! Amazng. They don’t look like peanut butter cookies so it is a pleasant surprise when you bite into one! And I got to use these amazing chocolate chips from Bulk Barn that I will be talking more about in my next post. They are soooo good and not even that expensive!
Please try these cookies! Make sure to undercook them a little, if you are like me and enjoy that sort of thing.
adapted from allrecipes
Ok, I have been really bad with updating this blog. I realized that when I went to look through my pictures and found these muffins, which I made back when I was still doing my new years resolution of eating healthy. Clearly I gave that up about a month ago! But one recipe that I am still going to make is this one – these healthy (93 calories per muffin!) treats are surprisingly delicious and alleviated some of that guilt I feel each time I bake.
(recipe from sparkrecipes.com)
Makes 12 healthy and delicious muffins!
My girlfriends and I had a pot luck Christmas gift exchange, and my dish to bring was an appetizer. I decided to make something that I had been eyeing for a while – the brie and proscuitto bites. I made them at home before bringing them over to my friend’s house, so I have no pictures of the finished product – but trust me, they were amazing and very addictive. I am glad I made them somewhere public so I didn’t just eat the whole tray myself. In Canada we don’t have the Pillsbury recipe creatings, so I just used a package of the crescent rolls and cut it into little squares. Still good!
Source: Our Sweet Life
1 container of Pillsbury Recipe Creations
1 triangle of Brie cheese
about 1/4 lb thin cut prosciutto
They were amazingly easy and very impressive – I got lots of compliments on the time I must have spent on them, which I obviously accepted without denial.
These cookies were on my Christmas baking list, but a chocolate needing emergency (aka a snowy winter night with plenty of milk in the fridge and nowhere to go) came up and I couldn’t resist trying out this recipe. I have a ton of other updates for you, but I am working on doing them in chronological order. I will keep them short and sweet!
The one thing that I hate about this recipe is chopping up the chocolate squares. I can’t do it without hurting myself. It frustrates me to no end. I only do it because the results are so delicious. I think I need a better knife, or a better technique – anyone have any tips?
Anyway, the cookies turned out amazing. Super chocolatey, melty, and made the whole apartment smell delicious!
Source: Martha Stewart
Makes 2 dozen