Monthly Archives: January 2012

Nutella No-Bake Cookies

An easy recipe for a no-bake cookie with Nutella, chocolate, and peanut butter.

Source: Shugary Sweets, where it is listed as a most popular post.

Yield: About 3-4 dozen cookies, depending on size

Some days were made for no-bake cookies.  I mean, what other cookie can you start and finish within 20 minutes?  I normally make the basic chocolate no-bake, but when I found this recipe for Nutella no-bake, I knew immediately that I would try it.  There was not a question about that.

My picky daughter absolutely loves Nutella.  I’ve been known to spread Nutella on a tortilla for a quick snack, or a leftover pancake, or a piece of toast.  (I’ve also been known to spread it on my finger and eat it that way, but don’t tell her that!)  As I knew she would be, she was very excited about my new recipe.

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Peppermint Meltaways

A recipe for a simple, dense mint cookie.

Source: Square Bakery, though I admit to a small change or two.

Yield: 2-3 dozen

I’m a sucker for mint.  Peppermint, spearmint, any kind of mint, I’ll take it.  I’ve been wanting to try this recipe for a while, and the day finally came.  Hooray!  I was a little nervous, because the last time I made meltaways, I actually threw them in the trash.  They were horrendous.   I want so badly for them to be good, though, that I thought it was worth a second look.

This recipe from Jen at Square Bakery looked promising.  The comments showed a little confusion about some aspects of the recipe, and really helped me decide how to make it.  I still don’t think this is my favorite cookie of all time, but it is definitely worthy of eating and sharing.  I’ll share a couple items to consider when you are making it.

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Orange Poppyseed Pancakes

I’ve recently been asked to create a cookbook, specifically of breakfast items.  Breakfast has, of necessity, become a big as heck deal at our house, so I’m getting better at it every day.  I thought I would share my basic pancake recipe, with some thoughts on how to embellish it.  Okay, okay… I’ll admit that it’s not MY recipe.  I use the basic recipe from the Better Homes & Gardens cookbook.  It’s a staple.  I will, however, take credit for the modifications.

The great thing about making pancakes this way is that I know this recipe works.  I also know that I can change it up by adding or substituting an ingredient or two.  This way the same old pancakes don’t really feel like the same old pancakes.  We can have pancakes once a week, and as long as I add a variation once in a while, it feels like a completely different breakfast.

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Chocolate Sugar Cookies

A recipe for a dark chocolate rolled sugar cookie embellished with royal icing.

Source:  Annie’s Eats, whose cookies are way cuter than mine.

Yield:  Varies according to cookie cutter size, but I ended up with around 2-3 dozen.

I’ve been meaning to make this recipe for a while now.  I mean, let’s face it, a chocolate sugar cookie is a brilliant idea!  What finally put me over the edge was a recent neighborhood class about using royal icing.  I’m not great at royal icing, I’m a complete novice.  The class was fun and informative, and I decided it was time to put my new knowledge to the test.  These chocolate sugar cookies were the perfect device.

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Sweet Popcorn Glaze

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I’ve been having trouble getting any cookies baked lately, but I figured I could fill in with a very simple favorite recipe for sweet popcorn.  This glaze is very quick and easy to whip up, and is always a hit for parties and gatherings.

Of course, this time, I didn’t bother coming up with a gathering excuse to make it.  I was just in the mood to eat it, so I made some.  This probably tells you a lot about my dress size.

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