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May 2014 Wrap-up

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I know it’s such a boring and cliche thing to say, but seriously?!  I cannot believe May is over.  This entire year has flown by me way too quickly.

I think it means I need to actually get more done, instead of lazing around, waiting for the days to pass me by.

And you know me, I love remembering where I’ve been as much as I love planning where I’m going, which means it’s time for another monthly wrap-up post.

May was actually a really fun month for me, food-wise.  I participated in Brunch Week, which was enough incentive for me to finally learn to make homemade Pumpernickel Bagels, which is something I’ve been wanting to do for a long time.  I also had my friend Diane share her tried and true royal icing recipe with you.

And, there was Raspberry Sorbet.  This is honestly one of my favorite recipes ever, and I suspect I’ll be making it all summer long.

All in all, while I’m not exactly anxious to move into June (slow down, time!), I am looking forward to sharing my June recipes with you!

 

pumpernickel-bagels-9 Pumpernickel Bagels

I adore pumpernickel bread, so these pumpernickel bagels were a
perfect choice for Brunch Week!  They are really tasty fresh, with
a rich rye and molasses flavor.

banana-choc-chunk-muffins-2014-6 Banana Chocolate Chunk Muffins

This is one of the recipes I am most proud of.  This flavorful muffin
has a great texture, thanks to oats, and a sweet side, thanks to
chunks of bittersweet chocolate.

coffee-cake-2 Cinnamon Coffee Cake

This coffee cake is warm and comforting, a great way to start
your day!  The generous amount of crumb topping might be
my favorite part.

chocolate-chocolate-chip-3 Double Chocolate Cookies

These rich chocolate cookies are lightly spiced for an interesting
depth of flavor.  The chocolate chips could also be substituted with
white chocolate chips.

Royal Icing-square Royal Icing

Diane from Created by Diane shared this easy and reliable recipe
for royal icing with us.  It’s a great way to make cute customized
cookies and cupcakes!

toasted-coconut-popcorn-5 Toasted Coconut Popcorn

Popcorn and toasted coconut with a sweet buttery glaze makes
a great weekend snack.  Quick and easy to make, this recipe
feeds a crowd!

raspberry-sorbet-3 Raspberry Sorbet

Fresh raspberries + 4 more common ingredients is all you need
to make this refreshing sorbet.  Not too tart, not too sweet, it’s a
great alternative to ice cream.

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These graham cracker chocolate chip cookies with toasted
marshmallow frosting were a gift for my nephew for his
birthday.  I think I want some for my birthday too!

 

In other news, I decided to roast some bananas this month.  I turned them into a Roasted Banana Cake with Brown Butter Cinnamon Frosting, which I had trouble keeping my fingers out of, and which I shared with My Cooking Spot this month.

I started a new Pinterest board, this one filled with all kinds of great food from high-quality food blogs.  Follow Food Blog Favorites here.

I also decided that since I make desserts with buttermilk so frequently, I would collect them all in one place for you.  After all, who uses the entire carton of buttermilk in one recipe?  There’s always buttermilk to spare.  Figure out what to make with your leftover buttermilk here.

Want to know what’s coming up in June?  Well, I can’t tell you everything, but I can give you this one hint… Chocolate Chip Cookies.  Lots and lots and lots of chocolate chip cookies.

As always, send your questions, comments, and suggestions to me at: jen@jensfavoritecookies.com.  See you in June, my friends!

S’mores Cookies

This s’mores cookies recipe uses graham cracker chocolate chip cookies and toasted marshmallow frosting, a great summer treat!

S'mores Cookies from JensFavoriteCookies.com - Graham cracker chocolate chip cookies with toasted marshmallow frosting!Happy Man turned seven this week.  Happy Man is my nephew and he is one hysterical kid.  I still think about the week he spent his afternoons with me a couple years ago.  He asked me about my brakes.  What 5-year old does that?

A couple months ago, Happy Man’s brother, Scooter, had a birthday too, and I gave him an entire batch of these gorgeous Brownie Cookies.  They were a hit, and with good reason.  They’re freaking amazing, if I say so myself.

I don’t think Scooter shared his cookies with Happy Man.  It was very sad.

I told Happy Man he would have his very own entire batch of whatever cookie he wanted for his birthday.  Trouble was, Happy Man had no idea what kind to choose.  And, Mom said he likes everything.  Which narrows it down to any flavor in the universe.

S'mores Cookies from JensFavoriteCookies.com - Graham cracker chocolate chip cookies with toasted marshmallow frosting!

Since our two families frequently go camping together, I have these memories of Happy Man with marshmallow all over his face after eating s’mores.  And since it was the only thing I had to go on, the S’mores Cookies were born.

This is not my first time baking with graham crackers.  In fact, adding some graham cracker crumbs to the chocolate chip cookies is just SO fantastic.  It gives a little unexpected oomph to the cookies.  I figured some marshmallow frosting would put these right over the top.

S'mores Cookies from JensFavoriteCookies.com - Graham cracker chocolate chip cookies with toasted marshmallow frosting!

I wish Happy Man could have seen me using the kitchen torch.  I know he would have been impressed.  He would probably have 25 questions for me about it, and then remember the experience for years.

If you don’t have a torch, don’t worry, these are still fantastic without torching.  I just love the color and texture the torch gives the edges.  It’s the difference between marshmallow and toasted marshmallow.  And, if you’ve ever been around a campfire, you know that’s a pretty significant difference.

Besides, it’s not every day a kid turns 7!

 

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S'mores Cookies

A graham cracker chocolate chip cookie sandwiched with toasted marshmallow frosting.

Servings 18 sandwiched cookies
Author Jen @ Jen's Favorite Cookies

Ingredients

For Cookies:

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 cup graham cracker crumbsq
  • 1 cup flour
  • 3/4 cup chocolate chips

For Marshmallow Frosting:

  • 3 egg whites
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • dash salt
  • pinch cream of tartar

Instructions

For Cookies:

  1. Cream butter and sugar. Add egg and vanilla and mix well.

  2. Add salt, soda, and graham cracker crumbs and mix well. Add flour and mix until combined. Fold in chocolate chips.

  3. Drop spoonfuls onto a baking sheet and bake at 350F for 8-10 minutes. Let cool.

For Frosting:

  1. For frosting, place egg whites, sugar, salt, and cream of tartar in a mixing bowl and mix on high for several minutes until stiff peaks form.

  2. Fill a piping bag with frosting and pipe a generous amount onto the bottom side of a cookie, and sandwich with another cookie. 

  3. *Optional step: Use a kitchen torch to lightly brown the frosting.

Raspberry Sorbet

This berry sorbet recipe is easy to make and tastes delicious!  Use fresh berries for a refreshing summery treat.

Raspberry Sorbet from JensFavoriteCookies.com  -  very easy to make and refreshing!As soon as the summer produce starts showing up in the store, I’m all over it.

Recently, I bought big packages of both strawberries and raspberries.  The kids went to town on the strawberries, eating them right out of the package.  I insisted the raspberries be left alone so I could make something fun with them.

I’ve been wanting to make sorbet ever since I had the best blueberry sorbet in the known universe a few years ago on a cruise.  Of course, I was also worried about comparing my first-time attempt to the amazing gourmet stuff we were served on the cruise ship.

Turns out, I didn’t really need to worry.  Sorbet is crazy simple to make (this one has only 5 ingredients!), and it’s easy to make it really delicious.  I added a mint leaf to my dish, and I loved what the mint did for the flavor.

Raspberry Sorbet from JensFavoriteCookies.com  -  very easy to make and refreshing!

Sorbet is a great option if you are living a dairy-free life.

And, if you are living a dairy-free life, my condolences.  A close friend of mine had some health problems, and had to cut both gluten and dairy from her diet.  She said not eating cheese was even harder than not eating wheat.  I believer her, too.

So, if you’re off ice cream, just switch to sorbet.

Raspberry Sorbet from JensFavoriteCookies.com  -  very easy to make and refreshing!Raspberry Sorbet from JensFavoriteCookies.com  -  very easy to make and refreshing!

Is it wrong for me to hide this sorbet from my kids and just share it with Robb?  We’ll be happy to quietly have a small dish each evening after the kids go to bed.  

It seriously makes me want to make sorbet all summer long.  It’s that awesome.  And that easy.

Want more?  Check out these recipes using fresh berries!

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Raspberry Sorbet
 
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A simple frozen raspberry sorbet.
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Recipe type: Frozen Dessert
Ingredients
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 4 cups fresh raspberries
  • 1 lemon
  • ¼ cup corn syrup
Instructions
  1. Combine sugar and water in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, and let boil for about 3 minutes. Remove from heat.
  2. While syrup cools, place berries in a blender or food processor. Juice the lemon, and add lemon juice to berries. Blend or process until smooth. (This should make about 2 cups of puree.)
  3. Add corn syrup and simple syrup to berries. Blend until smooth.
  4. Pour mixture into a plastic container with a lid, and freeze. Stir mixture every 30 minutes for 4-5 hours until mixture is set. Serve frozen.

 

Toasted Coconut Popcorn

This sweet popcorn recipe includes toasted coconut.  Very easy and quick to make sweet popcorn recipe.

Toasted Coconut Popcorn from JensFavoriteCookies - this sweet popcorn feeds a crowd quickly and easily!The whole family was together recently for a funeral.  After the funeral, we played games and shared memories.

My brother provided the root beer floats for the game night, and I brought a giant bowl of popcorn.

Maybe you’ve heard me tell you before how often we eat popcorn, and how picky we are about how the popcorn is prepared.  I should seriously start a second blog just for popcorn recipes.

And, maybe you’ve heard me tell you before about how much we love coconut in this family.

It’s only natural that I should put coconut and popcorn together.  Honestly, I’m surprised I haven’t done it before now.

Toasted Coconut Popcorn from JensFavoriteCookies - this sweet popcorn feeds a crowd quickly and easily!

For this recipe, I started with my favorite Sweet Popcorn Glaze, and added coconut in the form of coconut extract and toasted coconut. Continue reading “Toasted Coconut Popcorn” »

Royal Icing

Learn how to make royal icing for cookies and cupcakes!  Royal icing is easy to make and stores well.  This post contains affiliate links.ne

I’ve never been great at making things look cute.  Tasty, yes.  Cute, not so much.  Case in point, royal icing.  There are so many cute things you can do with it!  But I am not good at any of them.  *wipes tear*  So, for those of you who are ready to tackle royal icing and making totally adorable cookies, I’ve invited my friend Diane of Created by Diane to share her royal icing recipe with you!

Diane is always making cute cut-out cookies, cupcakes, and other decorations with royal icing.  I think you will learn a lot from her today!

How to make Royal Icing for cookies and cupcakes - JensFavoriteCookies.com
Royal icing is an icing that is great for decorating cookies, it dries hard so you can stack the cookies and even ship them. It’s smooth and can be drizzled over cookies, you can use it to outline cookies as well as flood the icing in so the icing is smooth and solid on top of the cookies.

You can also use royal icing to make cupcake toppers. Any simple shape can be made, in any color you can imagine. Wow the possibilities are endless. You can also put the royal icing toppers on brownies, cakes and cookies. They really create a 3D effect.

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There are lots of online baking supply stores to order meringue powder and colorings from or check in your area for a cake supply store.

Here are a few ideas of what to do with the royal icing:

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Royal Icing
 
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A basic recipe for royal icing.
Author:
Recipe type: Icing
Serves: 3.5 cups
Ingredients
  • 1 pound powdered sugar (about 4½ cups)
  • 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon meringue powder (*see notes)
  • about ⅓ cup warm water (or more as needed for consistency)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • gel food coloring
Instructions
  1. In mixer bowl on low mix powdered sugar and meringue powder until it's combined, this will also reduce any clumping in the powdered sugar
  2. Add warm water and extract and mix on low until combined
  3. Turn mixer on medium-high and beat until it's fluffy and stiff. When beater is removed from mixer the icing should stand up and the peek should gently fall over.
  4. Add more water as needed for the consistency you desire for your project.
  5. Add food coloring and mix until the color is completely blended, remember some colors get darker as they sit especially when using gel colors. I prefer Americolor Food Colorings as they don't have taste and are not water based and won't effect the consistency of my icing if I add another drop as water based colors will do.
  6. I use the 20 second method for outlining and flooding cookies and for drizzling over top of baked items along with making royal icing toppers. I use a little stiffer icing for eyes and writing.
  7. Royal icing lasts 4 weeks at room temperature. If it separates, whip for 1-2 minutes to restore the texture.
Notes
I prefer to use Americolor meringue powder over the brands you can get at the craft store, because it is better quality and tastes better. I also use Americolor food coloring gels. Even when making white icing, the white gel color makes a very bright vibrant white.

 

Double Chocolate Cookies

These soft chocolate cookies have a little spicy kick to them.  You will love the subtle, unique flavor in these soft chocolate cookies.

Double Chocolate Cookies from JensFavoriteCookies.com - They have a little spicy kick to them!It’s been raining and raining here in Utah.  Which drives me crazy.

Nothing against rain, I don’t mind rain, and I basically live in the desert, so we’re always happy for the moisture, but it makes the skies so grey.  After a couple days of grey skies, I’m basically ready to flee the state.  I would never make it, living in Seattle or Portland.  The grey skies would suck out my soul.

Fortunately for me, there is chocolate therapy.  It’s a real thing, right?

Sometimes I use these fudge Brownie Cookies to quell the chocolate cravings, but today I wanted something with a little kick to it.  I couldn’t get these Double Chocolate Cookies out of my head, mainly because of the one ingredient that makes them so different.  One surprising little spice makes these cookies unique and memorable.

And delicious.

Double Chocolate Cookies from JensFavoriteCookies.com - They have a little spicy kick to them!

That secret little spice is… drumroll… cloves.

Cloves are not just for Christmas cookies and fake cigarettes, y’all.  You can use cloves all year long!

Did you know cloves are super healthy?  They have this chemical in them called eugenol, which can help prevent toxicity from some environmental pollutants, plus it has some anti-bacterial and anesthetic qualities.  Cloves are even known to fight cancer.  Do you get the ramifications of this?!  Adding cloves to your cookies makes them healthy! (-ish)

That makes this the most delicious “health” cookie ever.

Double Chocolate Cookies from JensFavoriteCookies.com - They have a little spicy kick to them!

This gives me one more excuse to make them again.  As if I needed one.

Originally, I used white chocolate chips in this cookie, which is really the way to go.  Today, I was out of white chips, so I doubled up the chocolate and used good ol’ semi-sweet chips.  Either way, I think you’ll be happy.

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Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies

Lightly spiced chocolate cookies with chocolate chips.

Cook Time 9 minutes
Servings 4 dozen
Author Jen @ Jen's Favorite Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup bittersweet chocolate chips
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon cloves
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Melt butter and bittersweet chips in the microwave, in 30-second intervals, stirring between each.

  2. In a large bowl, cream eggs, sugar, and vanilla. Add chocolate mixture and mix well.

  3. Add salt, soda, and flour, and mix until combined. Gently mix in chocolate chips.

  4. Drop spoonfuls onto a baking sheet and bake at 350F for 9-11 minutes.

 

Cinnamon Coffee Cake

Welcome to the second annual brunch week hosted by Terri of Love and Confections and Susan of The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen!  Join us May 5th through 10th while we celebrate the deliciousness of brunch and to prepare for Mother’s Day and summer brunching season.  We have 32 bloggers bringing you their best brunch game, from cocktails to eggs benedict to donuts, there is something for everyone this week.  Our amazing sponsors have donated some great prizes for a gigantic giveaway, please visit them all for more information.

Cinnamon Coffee Cake from JensFavoriteCookies.com  -  with lots and lots of crumb topping!This coffee cake has been my nemesis.  Falling, melting, pitching a fit.  It’s the most uncooperative cake I’ve worked on in a while.

I finally decided that coffee cake has a mind of it’s own, and it would never be as pretty, as picture-perfect, as I hoped.

I consoled myself with the fact that everyone’s slice chunk of cake disappeared in no time, and at least one family member went back for seconds.  And thirds.  And gushed about how delish it is.

I’m having a chunk right now, as a matter of fact.  I’d tell you it helps me think, but honestly, the only thing I’m thinking about is crumb topping.  And lots of it.

Cinnamon Coffee Cake from JensFavoriteCookies.com  -  with lots and lots of crumb topping!

I’m really enjoying Brunch Week, by the way.  Lots of bloggers, lots of brunch recipes, lots of fantastic ideas, and just in time for Mothers Day.  Have you seen this list of fantastic stuff?

We’re also hosting a crazy big giveaway, with tons of prizes and tons of winners!  Enter the giveaway here!

Cinnamon Coffee Cake from JensFavoriteCookies.com  -  with lots and lots of crumb topping!Cinnamon Coffee Cake from JensFavoriteCookies.com  -  with lots and lots of crumb topping!

 

Brunch Beverages:

Brunch Eggs:

Brunch Mains:

Brunch Breads:

Brunch Fruit and Sides:

Brunch Desserts:

ENTER THE GIVEAWAY HERE!

Want more? Check out these breakfast baked goods!

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Scones
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Buttermilk Muffins
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Bagels

 

Cinnamon Coffee Cake
 
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A heavy cinnamon coffee cake with generous crumb topping
Author:
Recipe type: Cakes
Serves: 9
Ingredients
CAKE:
  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • ⅔ cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2¼ cups flour
CRUMB TOPPING:
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 1 cup flour
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
Instructions
  1. Cream butter and sugars. Add eggs, sour cream, and vanilla, and mix well.
  2. Add soda, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon, and mix well.
  3. Add flour and mix until combined. Batter should be heavy.
  4. Pour into a 9x9 pan.
  5. To make crumb topping, mix butter, flour, and brown sugar. Use a fork to mix until crumbly. Pour topping over batter.
  6. Bake cake at 350F for 60-65 minutes. Let cool before slicing into 9-12 pieces.

 

Banana Chocolate Chunk Muffins

This healthy banana muffin recipe is moist, with lots of flavor and great texture.

Banana Chocolate Chunk Muffins from JensFavoriteCookies.com for #BrunchWeek

I’ve posted this recipe before.  I’m posting it again because it’s the all-time best banana muffin in the entire universe.  For real, it’s one of the recipes on this blog I am the most proud of.

It’s also one of the more rarely-made recipes at our house.  Don’t get me wrong, the muffins always disappear at a fantastic rate, but so do the bananas.  The Fruitarian eats all the bananas long before they ripen enough to bake with.

I don’t understand this, personally, because the thought of eating a plain banana gives me the chills.  And not in a good way.  All that soft, mushy, banana-flavored… banana in your mouth?  BLECH.  But eating banana muffins makes me supremely happy.  And it’s not because of the chocolate.

Okay, it’s not only because of the chocolate.

Banana Chocolate Chunk Muffins from JensFavoriteCookies.com for #BrunchWeek

The flavor of this muffin comes from the butter mixed with the ripe bananas.  And the chocolate.  Of course.

The texture comes from quick oats.  Not every muffin uses oats, but this one does, and does it well. 

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Have you entered the giveaway yet?  There’s a good one going on right now, one with lots of prizes and lots of winners.  Enter to win here!

And don’t forget, there are lots more Brunch Week recipes out there today.  You’ll love these!

 

Brunch Beverages:

Raspberry-Mango Batido from Foxes Love Lemons

Blackberry Mimosas from Quarter Life (Crisis) Cuisine

Brunch Egg Dishes:

Spinach Bell Pepper Frittata from That Skinny Chick Can Bake

Corn Souffle from Hungry Couple

Croque Madame Muffins from Cooking in Stilettos

Fajita Vegetable Quesadillas with Eggs and Avocado Hollandaise from Sarcastic Cooking

Bacon, Cheddar, Zucchini Quiche from The Kitchen Prep

Brunch Breads and Grains:

Blueberry Cornmeal Waffles from The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen

Busy Bee’s Granola from Culinary Adventures with Camilla

Chocolate Dipped Banana Hazelnut Pancake Kebabs from Food Faith Fitness

Springtime Sweet Rolls from Eat Your Heart Out

10 Minute English Muffin Cream Cheese Danish from Neighborfood

Lemon Poppyseed Scones from Real Housemoms

Apple Croissants from Hip Foodie Mom

Vanilla Chai Quick Bread from Savvy Eats

Fig and Oatmeal Breakfast Bar from My Catholic Kitchen

Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins from Jen’s Favorite Cookies

Brunch Fruits, Vegetables, Sides: 

Roasted Beet Salad with Pistachios and Blue Cheese from Healthy. Delicious.

Caramelized Onion, Apple and Gruyere Bites from Take a Bite out of Boca

Savory Truffles from Jane’s Adventures in Dinner

Brunch Desserts: 

Orange Marmalade Pound Cake from Love and Confections

Hazelnut-Blackberry Cottage Pudding from The Vintage Cook

Orange Surprise Inside Pound Cake from Chelsea’s Messy Apron

Strawberry Hazelnut Crumble with Coconut Whipped Cream from The Little Ferraro Kitchen

Corn Fritter Shortcakes with Maple Whipped Cream from The Spiffy Cookie

 

Banana Chocolate Chunk Muffins
 
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A flavorful banana muffin with oats and chocolate chunks.
Author:
Recipe type: Muffins
Serves: 20
Ingredients
  • ½ cup butter
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¾ cup quick oats
  • 1½ cups flour
  • 4 oz. bittersweet chocolate, roughly chopped
Instructions
  1. Cream butter and sugar. Add bananas and eggs and mix well.
  2. Add salt, soda, baking powder and oats and mix well.
  3. Add flour and mix until combined. Fold in chocolate.
  4. Fill muffin cups ⅔ full. Bake at 350F for 18-22 minutes. (For mini-muffins, bake 9-12 minutes.)

 

Pumpernickel Bagels

Welcome to the second annual brunch week hosted by Terri of Love and Confections and Susan of The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen!  Join us May 5th through 11th while we celebrate the deliciousness of brunch and to prepare for Mother’s Day and summer brunching season.  We have 32 bloggers bringing you their best brunch game, from cocktails to eggs benedict to donuts, there is something for everything this week.  Our amazing sponsors have donated some great prizes for a gigantic giveaway, please visit them all for more information.

Homemade Pumpkernickel Bagels from JensFavoriteCookies.com for #BrunchWeek - These bagels have a rich and complex flavor.Why won’t my family eat pumpernickel?  It makes no sense.  It’s like they don’t appreciate the flavor of rye flour.

For me, the amazing flavor of pumpernickel is the main reason I decided to make bagels in the first place.  The pumpernickel calls to me.

As with most breads, I have been discovering that they are not as difficult or complicated to make as I imagine.  Then, when I realize how easy it is, I go a little crazy with it.  Remember the Soft Pretzels?  I made those about 5 or 6 times in three weeks once I learned how easy they were.

This means that these bagels are seriously dangerous to my diet right now.  But I don’t care.  Someone pass the cream cheese.

Homemade Pumpkernickel Bagels from JensFavoriteCookies.com for #BrunchWeek - These bagels have a rich and complex flavor.

Of course, my kids thought they were chocolate donuts.  When I told them they are bagels and NOT donuts, they responded hopefully with, “But, does this make you feel like you COULD make donuts?”  Which made ME respond with, “Bite your tongue!”

Truth be told, chocolate donuts sound frankly amazing, but you’d think they could let me revel in the glory of my fantastic pumpernickel bagels for five minutes before wishing aloud I had made something else.

Psssh.  Teenagers.

Homemade Pumpkernickel Bagels from JensFavoriteCookies.com for #BrunchWeek - These bagels have a rich and complex flavor.

Homemade Pumpkernickel Bagels from JensFavoriteCookies.com for #BrunchWeek - These bagels have a rich and complex flavor.

This being Brunch Week and all, you should know two things.  First, there are a bunch of amazing bloggers sharing brunch recipes this week!  (See list below)  And second, there are lots of fun giveaways that you can enter!  Giveaways include prizes from California Walnuts, Bob’s Red Mill, Oxo, Dixie Crystals, Whole Foods Market Doctor Phillips, Grimmway Farms, Woot Froot, Vidalia Onion, Baloian Farms, and Stemilt and Bonne Maman.  (They provided all the prizes free of charge.  I have not been compensated, nor have I received product for Brunch Week.  All opinions are my own.)

See all of today’s #BrunchWeek recipes here:

Beverages:

Brunch Eggs:

Main Brunch Dishes:

Brunch Breads and Sides:

Brunch Fruit and Vegetables:

Brunch Desserts:

 

To enter the #BrunchWeek giveaway, click here!

Want more? Check out these classic breakfast ideas:

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Slightly adapted from AllRecipes

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Pumpernickel Bagels
 
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A dark rye and molasses pumpernickel bagel.
Author:
Recipe type: Bread
Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • 1¼ cups warm water
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 4 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1 cup rye flour
  • ⅓ cup cocoa powder
  • ½ cup molasses
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon caraway seeds
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1¼ cups all purpose flour
  • water for boiling
Instructions
  1. Combine warm water with whole wheat flour and yeast. Let sit for 10 minutes.
  2. In a separate mixing bowl, combine rye flour, cocoa, molasses, oil, caraway seeds, and salt. Add yeast mixture and all-purpose flour and mix until combined.
  3. Knead dough until smooth, about 10 minutes.
  4. Place dough in a greased bowl, cover with a towel or plastic wrap, and leave in a warm place. Let rise until double in size, about 1 hour.
  5. Divide dough into 12 pieces. Roll each piece into a ball, then make a hole in the center. Stretch dough to create a 1-inch to 2-inch hole in the center, keeping the dough at about ½-inch thickness.
  6. Cover formed bagels with a towel or plastic, and let them rise about 30 minutes.
  7. Gently place bagels in boiling water, 2-3 at a time. Boil for 45 seconds, turn, and boil another 45 seconds. Remove from water and let drip for 2-3 minutes.
  8. Place boiled bagels on a greased baking sheet, and bake at 450F for 9-10 minutes.
  9. Store in a plastic bag or other airtight container.

 

Lemon Thyme Shortbread

This buttery shortbread recipe is sure to please!  The fresh lemon flavor is perfect for spring.

Lemon Thyme Shortbread and 13 Mothers Day Recipes on JensFavoriteCookies.com I love Mothers Day.  I never really want it to be a big deal, just an easy, enjoyable day.

I always tell my kids, what I want for Mothers Day is breakfast in bed, and handmade cards.  This year, my 15-year-old said, “All you want is a handmade card?  Really?!”

I think he was slightly more disappointed when I told him I would love it more if it was heartfelt rather than slapped together while breakfast was cooking.  But, even a hastily slapped together sentiment will do.

I might have to add one more thing to my list, though, because honestly, I love cookies.  And cookies really should be consumed on Mothers Day.  Something with a fresh, springtime flavor.  Something simple.

Lemon Thyme Shortbread and 13 Mothers Day Recipes on JensFavoriteCookies.com

This lemon shortbread is perfect for Mothers Day.  I added thyme to it because, well, I love thyme.  And putting an herb in a cookie is interesting.  And moms love that kind of stuff.

Speaking of things moms love, my friends are back, this time to celebrate Mothers Day!  We’ve put together 13 fantastic Mothers Day recipes just for you.  There’s sure to be a few things you and your mom will enjoy.  Check out each one of these awesome recipes!

13 Perfect Mothers Day Recipes on JensFavoriteCookies.com

1. Coconut Cupcakes from That Skinny Chick Can Bake
2. German Apple Cake from Magnolia Days
3. Baked Lemon Pasta with Broccoli and Shrimp from What Smells So Good
4. Cinnamon Pear Cake from Roxana’s Home Baking
5. Strawberry Whiskey Sour from Girl in the Little Red Kitchen
6. Huevos Rancheros from Crumb Blog
7. Triple Lemon Cake from Created by Diane
8. Banana Chocolate Chip Bread from Chocolate Moosey
9. Lemon Thyme Shortbread from Jen’s Favorite Cookies
10. Pineapple Coconut Sweet Rolls from Pineapple and Coconut
11. Caramilk Stuffed No-Knead Brioche from Gotta Get Baked
12. Mom’s World Famous Sponge Cake from Hungry Couple NYC
13. Brown Butter Pecan Fudge Ripple No-Churn Ice Cream from Cupcakes and Kale Chips

 

Lemon Thyme Shortbread and 13 Mothers Day Recipes on JensFavoriteCookies.com

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Lemon Thyme Shortbread
 
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A buttery shortbread with the flavors of fresh lemon and thyme.
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Recipe type: Cookies
Serves: 3 dozen
Ingredients
  • ¾ cup butter
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme, (leaves removed from stems)
  • 1½ cups flour
Instructions
  1. Cream butter and powdered sugar. Add salt, zest, lemon juice, and thyme. Mix well.
  2. Add flour and mix well.
  3. Wrap dough tightly in plastic wrap and chill for 1-2 hours, until firm.
  4. Roll dough on a floured surface to ¼-inch thickness. Use cookie cutters or a knife to cut shapes approximately 2 inches in width. Place shapes on a baking sheet and bake at 350F for 8-10 minutes. Let cool before eating.

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