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Daily Cravings: Monogram Cookies

14 Dec

So, I stumbled upon a site dedicated to cookies. Over at Bake at 350, she’s got tips on baking cookies and better yet decorating. Oh, the decorating.

I am in awe and completely inspired by basically every post on the site. Since I will most certainly be testing out some of the Christmas cookies she’s done I’ve passed them over as our Daily Craving. These beautifully monogrammed cookies are even better anyways. AND they’re even the monogram I’d use for my little one!

Photo Credit: Bake at 350

Love…

Top Ten Edible Gifts for the Holidays

6 Dec

In need of some ideas of which treat to give out this year? No worries my friends, I’m here to help you narrow your options. For those of us who love to bake, this time of year is the perfect reason to make all kinds of yummy dishes for our friends, family and co-workers. But choosing which goodie gift to give can be daunting, so, here are my top picks for the season.

Chocolate-Dipped Peppermint Sticks

A sweet addition to a holiday classic, the candy cane.

Peppermint Spoons

I had never thought of this, but it’s absolute genius. Perfect for a cup of coffee or hot chocolate!

Peppermint Bark

My mother-in-law loves peppermint bark. I had never really been a big fan, however, it’s growing on me. Especially these recipes for Peppermint Bark Brownies, yum.

Cheddar Cheese Shortbread and Biscuits

With all the sweets you’re bombarded with over the holidays, I’ve found these spice little biscuits are the perfect taste-bud break.

Muddy Buddies

This is a quick and easy treat my mom and I have been making for years. And it is SO GOOD! The first time my husband tried these he couldn’t get enough, trust me, you’ll feel the same way.

Fudge

Yes, Please! This is another holiday classic, for me at least. I’d help my mom make this as a little girl and give it out to my teachers at school. Whether or not they liked it, I guess I’ll never know, but I surely do.

Cookies, Cookies, Cookies

There are way too many types of delicious cookie recipes everyone loves to give out for the holidays for me to just choose one. But gingerbread is an obvious.

Banana Bread

Great for Christmas morning when you aren’t quite ready to jump into the cookies and fudge.

Popcorn

There’s not much to say here, who doesn’t like some popcorn, especially with caramel.

Hot Chocolate Mix

We’ll finish our little list of goodies with the one I indulge in most during the winter season. Hot chocolate is a wonderful way to warm up on those chilly morning and nights that fill most of our holiday seasons.

S’more Cookies

8 Aug

It’s S’mores Week here in The Cupcake Cure house and I’m pretty excited. I’ve been on a cookie kick this weekend and decided why not start the week with S’more cookies.

This was such a good choice. These cookies satisfy not only a cookie craving but any s’more lovers’ craving.

Next time, I’ll either add a few more graham cracker crumbs or leave them a little less crushed to get a stronger flavor from the graham cracker. Also, the husband requested more marshamallows on his.

Yes, this household is going to love S’mores Week.

Ratings:

Chef E: 9.0

The Husband: 9.5

The Friend:9.0

S’more Cookies Adapted from Baked Perfection

Ingredients: (Makes 2 dozen)

  • 3/4 cup of flour
  • 1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 dash of cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup and 2 tbls sugar
  • 1/4 cup and 2 tbls brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup miniature chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup mini marshmallows
  • 1 Hershey bars, chopped

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

In medium bowl mix together flour, graham cracker crumbs, baking soda, salt, and dash of cinnamon.

In a standing mixer, beat together butter and white and brown sugar and vanilla extract until creamy. Add eggs one at a time. Then slowly add the flour mixture. Once well combined, stir in the chocolate chips. Spoon tablespoonsfuls of dough onto baking sheet.

Bake for 8 minutes, and remove from the oven. Push 3 to 4 marshmallows and a few pieces of hershey bar into each cookies. Continue cooking for another 3 or 4 minutes until cookies are fully cooked. Let them cool on wire rack before serving.

New Treats, New Eats

8 Aug

M&M has created yet another “melt in your mouth, not in your hand” treat.

This time with a mini pretzel in the middle.

If you made me choose a favorite type of M&M I’d have to say peanut butter, but I figured I should give these new sweets a fair chance. After seeing some of my favorite foodies talking about their wonderful experiences with the new M&M a new recipe had to be done.

The pretzels certainly melted in your mouth when you ate these cookies, absolutely delicious. If the pretzel M&M sticks around, so will this recipe.

Pretzel M&M Cookies adapted by Two Peas and Their Pod

(Printable Version)

Ingredients: (Makes 2 dozen)

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 1/2 cups pretzel M&M’s
  • dash of cinnamon

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Whisk together flour, salt, baking soda, and baking powder  in a bowl. Set aside.

Beat butter and sugars together in a standing mixer fitted with the paddle attachment until smooth. Add egg and vanilla and beat until smooth. Then on low speed, slowly add in the flour mixture until just combined.  Stir in chocolate chips and pretzel M&M’s.

Then cover the dough and let it cool in the fridge. I like to do this with my cookies because it makes them easier to handle when getting them on the baking sheets.

Place heaping tablespoonfuls of dough on a baking sheet 2 inches apart. Bake 10-12 minutes until cookies are slightly golden around the edges. Move cookies to wire racks to cool. Voila.

Daily Cravings

6 Aug

Photo Credit: On My Menu

Photo Credit: TwoPeas and Their Pod

It’s as if Christmas is always around the corner, or at least that’s the way I like to think about it. My family celebrates the holidays as if there won’t be another one and I will definitely continue with this tradition.

Having been married for two years now, I’m always looking for recipes my husband and his family will also enjoy.

Peppermint Bark and Chocolate Peppermint Crunch Cookies- there’s no doubt these two treats will hit the spot with the in-laws! I’ve never been much of a peppermint bark fan, but my husband and his mom love the stuff. These have been bookmarked and will be attempted for the holidays.

Cookie or no Cookie

28 Jul

Recently, I stumbled upon a recipe for Snickerdoodle Cupcakes and bookmarked the link to read later.

Later came sooner than expected when my husband told me last night he’d love Snickerdoodle Cupcakes for our anniversary this weekend. I’m not going to lie, I was pretty excited when this little link popped into my mind. All I could remember is that they looked delicious…

Photo Credit: Cate’s World Kitchen

And I remembered correctly.

Once reading the post and recipe, I checked out the origins of Cate’s World Kitchen’s cupcakes. What I found is what could just be the best thing ever, or it could be a little too much. I just can’t decide!

Photo Credit: Bakerella

My husband isn’t one to shy away from an over-the-top dessert, so this cookie could be the perfect touch. Only three days left to choose. Please, help!

Nutella Nirvana

18 Jul

This recipe really needs no explanation. Found it, followed it, loved it. Why try to change a good thing.

Nutella Pocket Cookies

(Printable Version)

Makes 4 dozen cookies

1 cup butter, softened

1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups Nutella (chocolate hazelnut spread)

1. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter, cream cheese, and sugar until smooth, light, and fluffy.  Add the vanilla extract and ground cinnamon and mix until well combined.  Gradually add the flour to the creamed mixture and mix well.  Divide the dough into four portions; cover and refrigerate until the dough is firm and easy to handle.

2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.  Remove one portion of dough from the refrigerator.  On a floured surface, roll out one portion of dough until it is about 1/4-inch thick.  Using a circle cookie cutter (or biscuit cutter) that is approximately 3 inches in diameter, cut circles out of the dough and place them on an ungreased cookie sheet.  Place approximately 1 1/2 teaspoons of Nutella on each circle, slightly off-center, then fold each circle in half so that the edges meet and lightly press the edges to seal.  Repeat this process for each portion of dough.

3.Bake the cookies for 12 – 15 minutes or until the edges are lightly browned.  Leave the cookies on the cookie sheet for 2 – 3 minutes before removing them to wire racks to cool.

All the cookie tasters agree that these cookies are trouble!

Recipe by FUJI MAMA.