Category: what’s cookin?

oreo-stuffed goodness

I have always loved the recipes featured on Picky Palate, and when I recently discovered her recipe for oreo-stuffed chocolate chip cookies, I knew we had a winner! I whipped it up last weekend and it was a hit!

I started by getting all of the ingredients out and ready:

Next it was time to combine all the wet ingredients in the mixer:

Then I mixed all of the dry ingredients separately before slowly adding them to the wet ingredients:

The dough was very thick, but it made it easier to work with when forming it around the double-stuffed oreos!

To assemble the cookies, I first scooped balls of the cookie dough and then flattened the bottom to create a base to place the oreo on:

Next, I placed the oreo cookie on top of the chocolate chip cookie dough:

Then I covered the oreos with the remaining cookie dough:

These cookies were big and I was only able to fit about 10 per cookie sheet. I also covered the cookie sheets with parchment paper to make them easy to remove after they baked.

You can see how big they got in the oven as they baked:

After the cookies were done, I placed them on a cooling rack so they could cool:

Once they had cooled, I brought one down to my official taste tester:

Nick loved them, but they are definitely a decadent treat. You will need a full glass of milk and they are big enough to share! I brought the leftovers into the office because they were too dangerous to leave in the house!

Have you ever made a dessert combining two of your favorite treats?

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colorful cupcakes

I have been looking for inspiration for my next baking project and I think the time has come to try to improve my decorating skills. Here are some of the cupcakes that caught my eye while searching:

Here are where you can find the recipes and details on all the sweet cupcakes above:

1.  Chalk & Talk

2.  We Heart It

3.  Oh, Hello Friend

4.  Cake Journal

5.  Mum’s the Word

Have you tried any similar cupcake decorations before? Do these looks intimidate you like they do me? 😉

 

lovely lemon

Over the weekend I was looking for something different to bake and came across a recipe that sounded perfect.

These lemon brownies were definitely a hit, Nick loved them! Here is how I made them:

One thing that was nice, is that I had all the necessary ingredients already in the kitchen.

I cut one stick of unsalted butter into small slices to help bring it to room temperature quickly. Then I added it to the sugar, flour, and salt and begin to mix.

I whisked the lemon juice and eggs together and then added them to the mixer. I mixed for about two minutes until everything was combined nicely.

In the mean time, I worked on the icing which was just a mix of powdered sugar and lemon juice. I opted to use bottled lemon juice since I did not have fresh lemons on hand.

Now back to the brownie mix… Once it was combined I spread it evenly into a non-stick baking pan (The recipe called for a square pan but I went for an 8×8 circle since I didn’t have the other size.).

I then baked the brownies and let them cool. After I placed them on the other side of the pan to make it easier to ice and added the icing. Then it was into the fridge to cool and set the lemon icing.

Once the brownies had completely cooled, I cut them into small bite-sized squares. They turned out great and will definitely be added to our recipe book!

Did you bake something new recently? What was it?

piña colada cupcakes

Today is my family’s annual luau party and I knew I wanted to bake fun cupcakes. I came across this recipe for piña colada cupcakes on Pinterest and was excited to try them out. I did make some modifications though…

Here are the ingredients I needed to make both the cupcakes and the pineapple frosting. I did take a shortcut and use a vanilla cake mix for the cupcakes to save some time (and mess!) in the kitchen:

Then I began baking the cupcakes:

1. I lined my cupcakes pans so they were ready to go when the batter was mixed.

2. I mixed everything up following the instructions on the box.

3. Filled all the liners and waiting for them to bake (about 23 minutes).

4. Let them cool and began working on the frosting.

The frosting isn’t the healthiest (made with two packages of cream cheese and three sticks of butter!) and needed about 4 minutes of mixing to combine the ingredients before I added the powdered sugar and pineapple.

Then I began to frost the cupcakes:

After I frosted the cupcakes, I added shredded sweetened coconut to the tops of each one:

Next I cut up some pineapple rings that would become garnish on top of each along with a cherry:

Lastly, I topped all of the cupcakes with my fruit topping and used toothpicks to hold it all together:

And that is how the piña colada cupcakes turned out! I made Nick do a taste test for me (not that he minded) and he loved them. I am sure they will be a hit on this hot summer day at the luau party.

Have you ever tried a fun spin on traditional cupcakes? What did you make?