Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Four Weeks of Cookies: Santa Hat Cake Pops


Next up in Four Weeks of Cookies...drum roll... CAKE POPS! And not just regular cake pops, santa hat cake pops, just in time for Christmas. Merry Christmas, y'all!

It's been a while since I last made cake pops. I try to make them about once a year, but hadn't gotten around to it yet in 2013. Luckily, my coworker told me he loves cake pops, so I promised to make a batch during the holidays. I had already done reindeer, Christmas trees and snowmen in years past, so this year I opted for the last holiday-themed design in my cookbook, santa hats. While they appear simpler than some of my previous batches, looks are deceiving. Because they are red and white, as opposed to one solid color, they require triple dipping. Oof.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Four Weeks of Cookies: Snickery Squares


Today, Four Weeks of Cookies continues with a non-traditional selection. This 'cookie' is of the bar variety- made up of a layer of buttery shortbread, topped with a layer of dulce de leche and caramelized peanuts, and finished with a layer of rich chocolate and a sprinkling of nuts. It's like a grown-up version of a Snickers bar (hence the name). If all of that sounds appetizing to you, then congratulations, you're a sane human being.  If not, then get the heck out of here, because these bars are freakin' delicious and you don't deserve them.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Four Weeks of Cookies: Big Kid Thumbprints


 Four Weeks of Cookies is back, my friends! One cookie recipe for each week in December, in an effort to pack as much baking as possible into the holiday season. This year I promise to be more timely in my posts, i.e. I won't finish the series in March this time, and I will also be providing some more interesting cookie recipes. I may be a bit liberal with what counts as a cookie, spice it up with some cake pops, even. But who cares, it's all in the name of deliciousness and holiday cheer, so here we go.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Lentil Meatballs with Lemon Pesto

 
Happy belated Thanksgiving, y'all! I hope everyone enjoyed the holiday and the subsequent food coma. I spent several days at home, visiting with my family and my adorable pups (see below). There was a bit of shopping, a bit more football and a whole lot of food. After the holiday weekend I had, I'll definitely be turning to some lighter fare this week to recover. If you're on the same page, definitely give these lentil meatballs a try. Technically, they're not 'meatballs' as they're vegetarian, but I'm going to go ahead and call them that anyway, as lentillballs doesn't have quite the same ring to it.
 

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies


Happy Halloween, friends! I hope everyone has some fun plans and great costumes in store. Pat and I dressed up as Pam and Jim from The Office (alternatively, a three-hole punch and a cat, if you're not an Office fan) this past weekend, but I'm still waiting for an inspired idea to come to me for the real deal on Thursday. 

Anyhow, in honor of Halloween, I bring you my first pumpkin treat of the season (drum roll, please)... pumpkin chocolate chip cookies. I've always enjoyed this variety of cookies, but have never gotten around to making a batch myself (Editor's note: this is false. Discovered a recipe for pumpkin pecan chocolate chip cookies w/ frosting in my archives. Oops). Let me say, if you're looking for a low effort goodie for Halloween or for fall in general, these cookies are an excellent option. They couldn't be easier. 

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Goodbye, Summer! (And Peach Pie)


It was a brief summer here in Chicago and a busy one at that, but I still managed to fit in a few trips to Pat's family's lake house in Michigan. The house is in Union Pier, a little over an hour's drive from the city, which makes for an easy weekend escape. Union Pier is a cute little town with a great muffin spot and a solid farmers' market within walking distance from the house. I always try and hit up the farmers' market while I'm there. They have high-quality fresh produce and some homemade jams that are to die for.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins


Let me start by saying, I've never been a big fan of poppy seed muffins. With the myriad of muffin varieties out there, poppy seed has just never been my first choice...or my second...or third, fourth or fifth. But when you're baking for others, you make things that aren't your favorite and sometimes you discover new favorites along the way.