Tag Archives: baking

Big Skillet Cookie

18 Sep

When I was growing up my parents would have birthday parties for me and ask me what kind of cake I wanted. 9 times out of 10, I wanted a cookie cake.

Cast Iron Cookie

Cookie cakes are awesome. A big cookie is bigger and better than a regular cookie.

Cast Iron Cookie

In need of a big cookie? Try this Chocolate Chip  Peanut Butter Oatmeal Skillet Cookie. It’s yummy, try not to eat it all at once.

Cast Iron Cookie

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Holiday Baklava

30 Dec

A little late, but Happy Holidays!

Since our holiday decorations are meager, here’s a picture in front of the Christmas tree in Atlantis from our pre-holidays cruise.

Happy Holidays

Our holidays were fun and filled with family.

For our family gatherings, we brought baklava. We made baklava from How Sweet It Is that I had pinned a while ago.

My husband helped me make this, probably reducing the amount of time it took to make by half since one of us could deal with the phyllo sheets and the other could brush on the butter.

It didn’t take as much time as you’d think, and totally, completely worth the work.

It was crazy good.

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baklava2

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Carrot Cupcakes

23 Oct

One of my resolutions this year was to read more books.

It hasn’t been going well. And although I know it’s not going well, I feel too lazy to get moving on this.

Carrot Cupcakes

So instead, I’ve made the argument in my head that listening to podcasts is, in some aspects, similar enough to reading a book. (I know this isn’t even close to true, but don’t tell me that.)

Carrot Cupcakes Recipe

Ingredients

So I set up my iPod to subscribe to a bunch of podcasts.

But I’m really not a great listener. In meetings, I will accidentally zone out and subsequently panic that I have no idea what everyone else in the meeting was talking about for the past five minutes.

Mixing the batter

Carrot Cupcakes

Anyway, the best podcast that I’ve listened to so far is the Dinner Party Download. The premise of the podcast is that it prepares you to “win” your next dinner party, which means that the hosts, along with their guests, give you some ideas for small talk, a cocktail recipe, etiquette tips, news/stories, and a music playlist.

Making the Cream Cheese Frosting

Decorating

One of the cool stories from the podcast was about Jane Fonda. How after conquering fashion, modeling, and acting, she went on to conquer fitness. She got into aerobics, which was new at the time, opened her own aerobics studio, and published an aerobics workout book.

And then some guy who produced home improvement VHS tapes got inspired and asked Fonda to make an aerobics video. At that time, only 5% of homes had a VCR to watch VHS tapes.

He thought a few people would buy the workout video, but he was wrong, millions of people bought it. And that sparked millions of homes to buy VCRs, arguably starting the home video boom.

Carrot Cupcake

Pretty interesting, right?

If you agree, give the Dinner Party Download a listen while you make these delicious Carrot Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting from Martha Stewart. And then share them with your dinner party guests (or eat them all yourself while pretending to read).

Carrot Cupcakes

Shortbread Ice Cream Sandwiches

29 Jul

I haven’t been cooking much lately since I switched jobs and started working longer hours. On weeknights after work, we’ve been eating a lot of plain meals that require very little preparation or grabbing take out.

So when a dinner party came up, I didn’t make the latest dish I love to make, but rather dug into Pinterest and found a dessert recipe I pinned a long time ago, but hadn’t yet tried — Espresso Chocolate Shortbread Cookies.

After I baked them, I gave one to my husband to try. After he gave me the thumbs up, he delicately informed me, “It could use a little somethin’ somethin’.”

What could it possibly need?

Ice cream! There’s always room for ice cream.

Ice Cream Sandwich

And, these delicious ice cream sandwiches were born. And all was right in the world.

Ice Cream Sandwich

Pumpkin Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Waffles

16 Nov

During the week I was “off” for Hurricane Sandy, I slept late most days. But towards the end, I decided I should be taking advantages of the mornings. And by “taking advantage of the mornings,” I mean making delicious breakfast foods I would not otherwise enjoy if I was sitting at my desk at work.

With the help of the internets, I found a whole blog devoted to perfecting the pumpkin waffle. Although, the blog hadn’t been updated for a few years, the bloggers only stopped updating after they found what they believe is the “Ultimate Pumpkin Waffle” recipe.

So I tried it out, but added some oats for a little bit of extra chewiness and chocolate chips to help satisfy my sweet tooth.

Here’s my slight adaptation of their ultimate recipe (from Pumpkin Waffles Blog):

Ingredients
1/4 cup brown sugar
3 tbsp cornstarch
3/4 cup flour
3/4 cup quick cooking oats
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 3/4 tsp. cinnamon
2 tsp ginger
1/4 tsp cloves
1/2 tsp nutmeg
2 large eggs
1 cup whole milk
1 cup canned solid-pack pumpkin
4 tbsp unsalted butter
chocolate chips

Directions
1. Whisk together brown sugar and cornstarch in a large bowl.
2. Mix in the remaining dry ingredients to the brown sugar and corn starch mixture.
2. Separate egg whites and yolks in separate bowls.
3. Add pumpkin and milk to the yolks. Whisk to blend.
4. Whip egg whites until it forms stiff peaks. Set aside.
5. Melt the butter and into the yolk/milk/pumpkin mixture. Whisk.
6. Mix in the pumpkin mixture to the dry ingredients.
7. Add the whipped egg whites into the mixture, folding them in.
8. Scoop the appropriate amount of batter into your preheated waffle iron, sprinkle some chocolate chips on top.

Doughnuts!

16 Oct

Fall is my favorite season. It’s the time for cool weather, looking forward to the upcoming holidays and pumpkin-flavored foods.

Last week, I tried making a pumpkin-flavored hot chocolate. It was not good. More than half of it went down the drain. It was a big disappointment and my faith in pumpkin wavered. I began to wonder if pumpkin ravioli and pumpkin chocolate chip cookies were really all that I remembered them to be.

Then, came the doughnuts. The doughnuts that renewed my faith.

Are you questioning your faith? If so, you should make this recipe for pumpkin spice doughnuts. It’s easy. It’s delicious. It’s magical — they somehow disappeared.

While the recipe is for “petite” doughnuts, I only had a regular-sized doughnut pan. Contrary to popular belief, fried doughnuts are not superior to baked doughnuts.

Doughnuts

There’s less guilt with baked doughnuts. As long as you don’t see them getting basted with melted butter and then dunked in cinnamon sugar.

Doughnuts

Doughnuts

A while ago, I was craving the apple-spiced cinnamon sugar doughnuts from the Union Square Farmer’s Market. These doughnuts could kick their butt.

Doughnuts

Doughnuts

Man, it took a lot of willpower to stop after one bite to take this last picture.

Doughnuts

Hot Fudge

21 Sep

In college, I remember getting hooked on McDonald’s sundaes. I was taking the subway with a few friends, saw an almost full-McDonald’s sundae discarded in the subway station, and it set off a trigger… Next stop: McDonald’s. If only other advertising was as effective as that.

But the litter can’t take full credit. Credit where credit is due — the hot fudge. There’s no way I would have gotten all those sundaes if there wasn’t any hot fudge. Man, hot fudge makes everything better.

Take for instance, this Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie n’ Oreo Fudge Brownie. On the bottom sits chocolate chip cookie, then Oreo, and, on top, brownie. (Layers pictured below.) Sounds delicious, right? But, don’t forget the hot fudge, which is mixed into the brownie layer. It’s like a secret layer all on its own.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Layer
Oreo Layer
Brownie Layer

We served this for dessert for lunch with a few of my husband’s cousins.  As they bit into their pieces, the hot fudge started oozing into their mouths. They carefully looked to find where the hot fudge was coming from. The thing is, it is almost the same color as the brownie, and therefore pretty unidentifiable except by your taste buds. Failing to identify the origin, our guests shrugged and devoured the rest.

Cut in half

Thankfully, even just a half recipe was too much, and we still have some in the freezer.