Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Cookies & Cream Cheese Cupcakes


Filling cupcakes prior to icing them is messy, time consuming and tedious.  Having to scoop out sticky cake crumbs and pipe in custard or jam can be a huge pain so a filling baked into the cupcakes is a dream come true.  And when two different fillings are added it can be a match made in dessert heaven.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Healthy Oatmeal Cookies

Cookies are amazing.  They can be made in any flavor or shape imaginable, sandwiched together and filled or topped with icing, fruit or sugary decorations.  They are easy to pack up and travel with or eat on the go.  Making cookies is easy, quick and most ingredients are readily available.  And almost everyone loves at least one kind of cookie so a variety tray is a great choice for any party.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Starbucks Chocolate Cinnamon Bread

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As a non-drinker of coffee, you may think it is strange that I am a huge fan of Starbucks.  It is not their fancy hot or cold drinks that I enjoy but rather their sandwiches and pastries.  One of my favorite treats, the Chocolate Cinnamon Bread, is no longer available.  It was only a holiday item but for the past couple years, our Starbucks has not carried it so I think it has been permanently retired.  Because I was now unable to buy it, I had to find a way to make Chocolate Cinnamon Bread myself.

Friday, February 10, 2017

"Food Court" Sugar Cookies

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When I was growing up, the sugar cookies my family made were the shortbread variety – the kind you ice and sprinkle and decorate at Christmas.  Although these were delicious, I preferred the sugar cookies sold in the mall food court.  They were soft, sweet and undercooked slightly so that the centers were still dense and doughy.  Sometimes they were dotted with M&M’s or other candies and they were the perfect alternative to the overly-chipped chocolate chip cookies available.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Peanut Butter Brownie Balls: Brownies From A Box

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While I do prefer to make my own brownies from scratch, I do occasionally use boxed brownie mix.  Why?  Laziness and quality control.  Homemade brownies, like many other baked goods, can be a little finicky and if any one ingredient is measured incorrectly or the batter is over-beaten, they will not turn out correctly.  Boxed mixes, on the other hand, are really difficult to sabotage - and really easy to improve.