October 2014 Wrap-Up

While I’m dreading scraping snow off my car and wearing gloves and putting extra blankets on the beds, I’m looking forward to baking up some lovely holiday inspired treats for you.

Samoas Brownies

These brownies kind of had quite an effect on me. Apparently the chocolate-caramel-coconut combination is my own personal form of ambrosia. I had to send extra brownies in the kids lunches to keep myself from eating the whole pan.

Dulce de Leche Cookies

But, if Robb moves my car mirrors, I’m going to keep his Dulce de Leche cookies for myself. That’ll show him.

Peanut Butter Brookies

I layered the cookie dough and the brownie batter in a pan, baked, and cut them into squares. They were really fun to give away to my peanut butter loving brother.

Roasted Red Pepper Hot Cheese Dip

This week, I figured it was about time for me to put a bunch of cheese together and get it all warm and melty and eat it with Wheat Thins. It was a brilliant and tasty idea.

Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

Not that there’s anything wrong with a plain old, ordinary peanut butter cookies or anything, but sometimes it’s fun to just take them to the next level. Know what I mean?

Caramel Layer Cake

Yes, you can eat caramel year-round but there’s something about caramel that pairs so well with fall and winter flavors.

Almond Shortbread Fingers

Since it’s almost Halloween, I figured some fake blood and body parts were in order.

Chocolate Sugar Cookies

I was worried that Chocolate Sugar Cookies would be too boring and cliche, so I spiced them up with some adorable holiday decorations.

Essential Baking Supplies for your Pantry

While I was organizing the pantry, I thought I would share with you some of my favorite baking ingredients, those things that are essential for anyone who wants to bake to have on hand.

Pumpkin Buttermilk Donuts

Donuts mean Halloween to me. Pumpkin, donuts, Halloween, chocolate milk, they all go together, right?

September Wrap-Up

September might be my favorite month. I love when summer lingers, reluctant to transform into fall. And, I’m not going to lie, I do enjoy the routine and the hopefulness that comes with the beginning of the school year.

Pumpkin Cookie Bars with Cinnamon Icing

One nice thing about pumpkin is it is naturally wet, which means you can use it to replace eggs in a baking recipe. Lots of pumpkin recipes are sort of naturally egg-free. Which is nice for the egg-allergy crowd. Especially if they are also the pumpkin-loving crowd.

Bacon Cheese Pecan Bites

I’m calling these A.C.A.B. Pecan Bites, named after a culinary code that my husband and I seem to agree on: when all else fails, *A*dd *C*heese *A*nd *B*acon.

Chocolate Cheesecake

To make this cheesecake, I started with my great-grandfather’s recipe. We knew him as Grandpa Chuck, but when he was cooking, he preferred Chowhound Charlie, making the official title of this recipe “Chowhound Charlie’s New York Cheesecake.”