Tag: dessert

Milk & Cookies Smoothie

I actually just looked up the word smoothie online. This is the definition in case you’re wondering….

Let’s discuss # 1 for a second. Have you ever called a dude a smoothie? Oh, he’s such a smoothie. Hmm. Not so sure about that one.

This milk & cookies smoothie definitely doesn’t fit definition #1. Although this smoothie is pretty suave.

#2. Yes. OK this is a smoothie.

I looked up the definition because I feel like this smoothie is way too decadent to be considered a smoothie. In my mind a smoothie is something you fill with bananas & berries. Something that you blend with green stuff to get good stuff into your kid’s diet.  You know…something on the healthy side. According to this definition, this is an actual smoothie even though it tastes like a milkshake. I think it has everything to do with the frozen bananas & cookies. It’s DECADENT. One second you get banana, and then you get a hint of cookies and BAM! There’s the peanut butter. It’s rich & creamy and will definitely fulfill your cookie & milkshake craving. It’s not just any old smoothie. It’s a Milk & Cookies Smoothie!

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Slice & Bake Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

I’m really good at moderation…if given the chance.  In college I had a stash of soups on my side of our dorm room that taunted my roommate. She would “borrow” one and quickly replace it over and over again. I found it amusing and also very kind of her to keep replacing them.  It wasn’t so much that I wanted the soup; I just liked having them there in the off chance I might want one one day. I’m a planner by nature. I like to have a stash for a rainy day.

Flash forward many years later and my college roommate lives right down the street. We were hanging out with our kids (who are best friends!), drinking cocktails when she pulled out some cookie dough from the fridge and quickly made a batch of 5 cookies. One for each kid and one for each adult. It got me thinking that I need to have cookie dough in my freezer for when I’m feeling like a cookie and not 4 dozen. There’s something so satisfying about having access to cookies when the time calls for it.

Now when she comes over, I’ll guarantee we have cookies in the house, but this time I won’t expect her to replace them…

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Maple Olive Oil Banana Bread

It’s Monday. Let’s make banana bread! I swear the only thing better than coming home from work to a nice strong cocktail is digging into a slice of warm banana bread with a slab of butter on top. Please tell me that I am not the only person who enjoys baking when I get home from work. I feel like it easily erases all the stress the first day being back from a weekend can bring.

This banana bread recipe is a real treat. Instead of vegetable oil or butter we substitute extra virgin olive oil. It’s amazing! It adds a nice depth to the bread. It gives it a good oomph/intriguing/what’s that in there? taste. Brown sugar & maple syrup provide the sweetness. And you know what’s really fantastic? You can use up that Greek yogurt you have in the fridge to make this. All of this is practically at my fingertips on a moment’s notice. That’s exciting yet terrifying because I could seriously eat a whole loaf if I didn’t have to share it with the boys in my household.

And what we have is a tender banana bread topped with cinnamon sugar. It’s straight up MAGICAL. A true cure for the Mondays if I do say so myself.

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Baked Cinnamon Sugar Doughnuts

I really like baking doughnuts because I can usually save some calories & fat from frying and splurge on the doughnut icing. I find that it’s usually the icing that makes the baked doughnut taste magnificent. But here…we have something different. A cake based doughnut with just a cinnamon + sugar topping. Will it be as magnificent?

You best believe! It might be the closest baked doughnut to a fried doughnut I’ve had. The cake part is imparted with flavor thanks to a combo of cinnamon  & nutmeg. And that spongey dense texture? I die. I’m sure the cinnamon-sugar binder (butter) helps!

I halved this recipe because….well…you know most people (namely ME) can’t be trusted with 12 cinnamon sugar doughnuts in their possession.

What else is new?

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Chocolate Heart Sandwich Cookies

I have an on-going list of recipes that I want to make but then I flip through a magazine and something new and bold trumps the list and gets made right away. That’s the case for these Chocolate Heart Sandwich Cookies. They were too cute to pass up since I’m a sucker for heart shaped cookies.

I made them while Cooper was taking a nap over the weekend and I think I blew is MIND when he woke up and saw these on the counter. It’s amazing how something so little, cute and charming can have such a big impact (these might be his spirit cookies). I don’t doubt an adult/loved one would have the same reaction. The only difference is that they don’t have to incessantly beg me for another one…cuz they’re grown. They do what they please and have control over their own sugar rush (I hope).

Anything that’s made with love is void of calories & fat….or so I tell myself. Homemade Oreos are like diet food ;)

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Baked Espresso Glazed Doughnuts

Everyday at 3PM I crave doughnuts. It was waaaaaaay worse when I was pregnant. I should tell you about that Krispy Kreme incident. Wait. I’ll keep that between me and my husband. When I have these daily doughnut fantasies, they usually involve a cup of coffee. I’m sitting at a table all by myself, inhaling my first doughnut and then savoring every last bite of the second. Unfortunately in real life, I can’t fully give into my coffee & doughnut fantasy because if I drink coffee after 12pm, I turn into a gremlin. Even decaf is no good. My mind & body are weird. That’s a fact.

Let’s smash/bang the two and give you the best of both worlds. Coffee & Doughnuts? How about coffee IN doughnuts. Yeah, I did it. Can you imagine if you drank coffee with espresso glazed doughnuts? That’s like uber meta, is it not? I can’t deal with that fantasy! No sleep for days!! College final exams, anyone?

I have to tell you that these baked chocolate doughnuts have a little espresso kick in them but they’re pushed over the edge of deliciousness with a creamy espresso glaze. They’re almost like caramel chocolate candies but with no caramel. Maybe they’re kinda like Vietnamese coffee? Hmm! All I know is that they’re deeeeeeelish and yes, definitely caffeinated. I did my fantasy right and ate two…bites? doughnuts? Wait. I’m not telling.

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Sticky Cranberry Gingerbread

Last night I went on Facebook and asked if it was still OK to make gingerbread since you know…Christmas has passed. The general consensus was that there is not specific season for gingerbread; we can eat it all year round. Let me just say that I LOVE YOU. Thank you for humoring my gingerbread craving. I didn’t get to taste any gingerbread this holiday season, so here I am rectifying that. Gingerbread all day, everyday…until I finish this one.

I do believe that cranberries won’t be around for much longer, so let’s take advantage of those and make this seasonal gingerbread cake. Once upon a time I made a cranberry apple upside cake and it was fabulous. But it lacked the depth and spiciness that only molasses can provide.

So here we are with a fantastic sticky cranberry gingerbread that I’ve had my eye on for months. It’s a sturdy cake that’s so rich and gooey. I’m sure by the time you read this I’ll have eaten half, but can you really blame me? I had a craving.

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Chocolate Chunk Blondies

Can I be really really REALLY honest with you? When I do Christmas shopping for other people I slyly throw in a few *little* presents for myself. I KNOW!! I KNOW!! It feels equally wrong as it feels right. Let me also say that holiday baking is no different. I usually make what I’m craving and I hope/pray people will like what I’ve made. I do have some good cravings…

I had really dense/chewy chocolate chip cookies in my mind the other day so I turned my craving into a gift for friends. That’s not so bad, right? I totally shared!

Remember how I gave you cookbook ideas for gifting? Let’s add another one to the list!

Barefoot Contessa Foolproof: Recipes You Can Trust is Ina Garten’s latest cookbook. It definitely belongs on my cookbooks to gift this Christmas. My copy has a sticky on almost every single page for the recipes I want to make. GOOD SIGN. Totally. Like major good sign.

Ina’s Chocolate Chunk Blondies are unreal. They’re buttery, dense, chewy, slightly salty, studded with melted chocolate and enhanced by walnuts. Casey and I LOVED the walnuts. I might be guilty of only giving half of this batch away. It was those dang walnuts! I plan on making  at least three more batches this Christmas. Don’t look at me like that!

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