Oatmeal, Peanut Butter, Espresso, Chocolate, Honey & Almonds!

I think I have started, stopped, restarted, and restopped, and restarteded this post so many times.  Instead of trying to write a fun intro.. I’m going to just dive in!  Ready?!

First off, we have a Oatmeal Cookie Sandwich with Peanut Butter Filling.

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When you mix together flour, spices, and oatmeal plus some nicely chopped up pecans.. do you know what you get?  Lemme tell you.  You get amazing amazing oatmeal cookies!  Oh, and you mustn’t forget the sugar and butter too.  All whipped up nice and fluffy.

And if you look closely in that first picture, do you catch a glimpse of yet another wonderful present from the husband?  Yes, it is a rabbit whisk!  Cute right?  🙂

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Yummy!  They were wonderfully soft and chewy.  They didn’t turn out as flat as I hoped.   I wanted them to be flatter so that they wouldn’t be humongous when I filled them.   But seeing how fast they disappeared… I guess it really didn’t matter.

P1230688 P1230692Beautiful, right?!  My coworkers INHALED them.  I bring them baked goods every week.  Some are hits and some are miserable misses.  But these cookies are still raved about today!   I made these cookies 2 weeks ago!  I rarely bake the same things twice, but this one, this one I must.  Otherwise… I fear retribution from the coworkers. hahaha.

Next, we have Espresso Chocolate Shortbread Cookies.

I guess I take back what I just wrote earlier about not baking the same things twice.  I did indeed bake this before.  But thinking back I do not believe I actually posted it.  And looking back through my archives… I do believe I am correct.

This is a delicious rich buttery cookie.  I don’t really eat shortbread cookies all that often.  I realize that this is a big mistake.  They are crisp and yet melt in your mouth.  The lovely marriage of espresso and bittersweet chocolate.  You would think that this cookie, being chock full of chocolate-y bits, would be very sweet.  However, since I used bittersweet chocolate, it was just the right intensity of dark cocoa flavor.  🙂

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And did you know that this cookie is actually kinda fun to make.  But I suppose if you’re really anal about like having really straight lines.. this might be more fun?  Less fun?  After chilling the dough inside a gallon-sized ziploc bag, I used my cutting board to cut my cookies.  If you look closely, you can see the little rectangles I cut.  They were somewhat straight… I really don’t care that much, as you can see.  haha.

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They go quite well with coffee.  Or milk.  Or chocolate milk!  Yum.  Chocolate soy milkkkkk.  🙂

Okay, last but not least, I also made Honey Bee Cake.

Yes. I did make all three of these in the same week.  In 2 days to be exact.  Yes, I do have a life outside of baking.  No, I do not get enough sleep.  🙂

This pretty little cake was from the afore-posted about cake cookbook.  I love it!  I have already bookmarked three other cakes I want to make.  Maybe I shall try to make one every week!  hehe.  I do love cakes.

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See the super cute rubber spatula?  It was a gift from my coworker.  It pretty much describes my most favorite three things to do.  🙂  Melting butter is always a good sign.  As is including honey in baked goods.

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This is the resulting glaze comprised of honey, butter, and brown sugar.  Yes, this beauty will be drizzled all over the cake!

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You have to poke holes to help the honey glaze seep in.  Seep in.  SEEP! But no worries, we will cover up these unfortunate looking, but very necessarily, holes with…

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ALMONDS!  Toasted almonds.  And then drizzle even more glaze on top!  Bake a few more minutes for the just the right type of crunch…

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AMAZING!  I wish I had taken off the springform pan while taking this picture.  Then you could see just how beautiful this cake is.  Oh well.  Next time.  And I also wished I used MORE almonds.  The almond to cake ratio was not to my liking.  But since this cake was so cute and so delicious (my coworkers are also raving about this one!), I think I will end up using twice as many almonds.  Just to be safe.  🙂

Whew.  I am finally done!  This was a really long post.  Took a long time to write it.  Thanks again to the husband for the lovely pictures!  Enjoy! 🙂

Do I Hear Wedding Bells?!

Yes indeedy!  And no.  Not mine.  hahaha.

I was asked to bake for my dear friend Liz Lee’s bridal shower.  🙂  So I decided to utilize the wedding cake and wedding dress cookie cutters I bought a few months ago.  I almost forgot about them.. but was super excited to finally have a reason to use them!  I also decided to make a very special cake, which I also happened to bake for a friend of a friend’s wedding (of which I will post about later).  🙂

These cookies were pretty labor intensive… I must admit.  But the finished products… were so cute.. that it was almost worth the sleepless night.  🙂

And NOW  for the amazing cake!  I think I want to make this a specialty of mine… 🙂

Pretty… right?  🙂  Wait until you take a look INSIDE!

Isn’t it wonderful?!   YES.  THAT IS A HEART!  The cake that I made for my friend of a friend’s wedding (which, I will post in greater detail at a later time) had a strawberry cake heart.  This one was red velvet cake and I actually liked this recipe (unlike the other cake I made before).

This cake took me well over 10 hours for all the baking and frosting and chilling and assembling and frosting.  It also cost me a whole night of sleep.  😦  But when you open it and you hear the crowd gasp… well… it’s all worth it.  🙂

Cookies Overload?

So I was slightly ambitious this past holiday season… I wanted to bake cookies for all my coworkers and neighbors.

So ambitious that I baked over 600 cookies within literally 2 days.

So after pounds of butter, cups of flour and sugar, dozens of eggs, bottles of molasses, and ounces of melted chocolate (not to mention teaspoons of spices and whatever else), I succeeded! 🙂

I made Gingerbread Cookies, Bourbon Snaps, Lemon Glazed Christmas Wreaths, Chocolate Freckles Cookies, Peppermint Chocolate Cookies, and Candy Cane Cupcakes and Peppermint Bark (yes.. these two aren’t cookies.)

I don’t think I’ve ever baked this much in such a tight time frame in my life before.  Though.. I do anticipate lots of intense baking this year for a wedding! 😀

Anyhow, like to see my pictures now?

I cannot seem to find pictures of my Peppermint Chocolate Cookies.  😦  They were SO delicious! Ahh.  I must make them again.  But anyway, another very yummy treat is Peppermint Bark.  So easy to make!

I took all of these yummy treats and packaged them as goodies.  It was actually quite scary meeting my neighbors for the first time.  I’ve seen them now and then in the parking lot, but even still.. probably only like 4 or 5 of them.  The few that I managed to meet were very friendly and I hope to see them more often!

Cookies in little bags make me happy.  Though cookies in a cute tin make me happier.  Unfortunately.. packaging can cost way too much.  But little baggies will suffice for now. 🙂

Hurray!  Two posts in one night!  I’m on a roll. 🙂

And fortunately, I am not too overloaded.  Many more cookies to come!

Warm Winter Treats!

Despite the crazy weather I have managed to stay sane, keep dry, and not get into any driving accidents.

And because of the awful weather, we all deserve a pick-me-up of sorts, right?  Well, my idea of a pick-me-up is eating baked goods with a special “kick”. 🙂

Bourbon Snaps & Guinness Stout Gingerbread Cake, anyone?  🙂  So delicious!  These will keep anyone warm during the cold winter season. hehe.

It tastes like bourbon, molasses and butter. hehe. 🙂

But oh man.  The Guiness Stout Gingerbread Cake was amazing! It was moist and gingery and delicious!

Delicious! 🙂  And I’m actually going to make Banana Bourbon Bread Pudding tonight… hehe.

I am STILL so many posts behind.  Rawr.  You’d think that I would be caught up (being that I was on vacation and all), but yes.  I shall try to post them up by next week!

I think everyone’s New Year’s Resolutions should include at least one that involves baking.  Whether baking for the first time, baking more, baking less (for me..), baking for others.  The choices are endless!

Happy New Year everyone!

Pumpkins Pumpkins Pumpkins

I love pumpkins!

I realize I love a lot of things.. but seriously, pumpkins are delicious!

And everyone knows that Fall is just not complete without pumpkins!  Jack o’ Lanterns for Halloween & Pumpkin Pie for Thanksgiving! 🙂

Therefore, it’s only fitting for me to go a bit crazy and create a number of delicious pumpkin creations! 🙂

Last weekend, I made Pumpkin Butterscotch Cookies and Bourbon Pumpkin Cheesecake.

I personally am not a huge fan of butterscotch, but this pairing felt right to me.  Not too sweet with a nice “kick” from the spices that usually accompany anything with pumpkin.

I’ve been dying to make this recipe for ages.  I actually didn’t get a chance to eat it.. but it was completely DEMOLISHED!  🙂

Unfortunately.. (as always), I don’t have the picture of the finished product.  But it was gone SUPER fast at my young adult fellowship’s Thanksgiving Social.. so I’m going to assume that it was a success!!

Ah yes.  I also made some other pumpkiny stuff, but I shall save that for another post! 🙂

I hope ya’ll had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  There is much much much to be thankful for! 🙂

Sugar & Spice & Everything Nice

No.  I don’t mean girls!

I mean delicious treats that are best served during the Fall.

You know what I’m talking about!

The delicious combination of cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and ginger.  YUM.

I absolutely adore baking with those spices.  The aroma and the taste are to die for!

So to usher in the officialness of fall (because in all honesty, the past month or so has not been really fall, but more like a belated summer), I decided to make Pumpkin Cupcakes and Ginger Cookies!  Woo!

I paired the Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting.  Funny story, I couldn’t really determine if the frosting was ready or not.. because I hate the taste of cream cheese.  But fortunately, most people liked it. haha.  And I put real ginger in the Ginger Cookies to try and give it that crazy little kick.  Maybe next time I’ll put some of my crystallized ginger in there and see if it adds any extra flavor!

I really truly do love pumpkins. 🙂  Look forward to more posts with pumpkins.  hehe.

I also decided that I need to use up all the ingredients in my ingredients bin.  I seriously have too much junk in there.  So my next project will be to only bake with the things I find in there!  Well obviously not including milk and eggs and butter, which I’d need to buy more of if I ran out.  But I will try my hardest to not buy anything else (dry ingredients wise) until I have emptied out that bin!

I feel up for the challenge!  Or.. I will crumble and buy something else. 🙂

But yes, here are a few pictures of the delectable treats!

 

No More Cookies in the Cookie Jar!

Like I’ve written before in my posts.. I really do like cookies!  I don’t eat too many of them.. but nothing can satisfy a quick fix for sugar and sweetness like a cookie can! 🙂

I do love peanut butter.. LOVE LOVE!  But I haven’t really baked/enjoyed them in cookies… until I made Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies!

I love how this cookie is FLOURLESS!  Ah.  And the simplicity of it too!  1 cup peanut butter to 1 cup of sugar (well.. 1/2 white and 1/2 brown sugar) to 1 tsp of baking soda to 1 egg!  So easy!  🙂 I have already memorized this recipe and plan on using it in the future when I’m in need of yummy cookies STAT!

And of course.. who doesn’t love Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies!?  It’s my apartment-mate, Carrie’s, absolute favorite!  I like oatmeal raisin more, but at least this cookie makes you not feel so guilty for eating sweets.. because it has oatmeal in it….oatmeal is healthy… right? 😛

All right!  My last post with pictures.. until I get my new memory card. 😦  But it’s okay.. because… I haven’t baked at all this week, so nothing new to update with. 🙂

However.. I do have some old photos that I haven’t blogged about yet.. so perhaps I shall do that instead?  🙂

Hope everyone has a lovely Labor Day Weekend!  Go beach it!  BBQ it!  Spend time with family and friends it! 🙂 Enjoy!