Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Chocolate Peanut Butter And Banana Cookies

Did some midnight baking and ended up with these wonderful two bite cookies. I found this quick and simple recipe from a Hershey Chipts home tested recipe book. I found the cookies something new for me to try for myself.

These tasty treats have a really unique flavor and aroma.The flavor is mixture of rich peanut butter, sweet chocolate and the mild sweet fruit of banana. The cookies mostly have the rich aroma of  banana and chocolate ;however they reminded me a lot of banana bread in taste and texture, but in a cookie form.These little cookies are delicious and will be gobbled up in no time at all.I  really enjoyed baking these treats late at night and trying out new creatives photo shots.So try this recipe out for yourself especially if your a fan of banana bread or peanut butter banana sandwiches. Enjoy!

Peanut Butter And Banana Cookies(Adapted From Chipts Cookie Book)
(Printable Recipe)

1 cup packed brown sugar
3/4 cup smooth peanut butter
1/2 cup white shortening
3/4 cup (2) Mashed, ripe banana(overripe work even better)
2 eggs
2 cup all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 pkg Milk Chocolate Chips

1 Beat together sugars,peanut butter and white shortening until well blended.
2.Peel and mash bananas with a fork.
3. Add bananas and egg, beat well.
4.Stir in flour, baking powder and salt.
5.Shape into balls ( 15ml) and place on nonstick pan or ungreased pan).
6.Bake at 350F oven for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown.
7. Cool

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

If You Like Apples And Sugar, You Will Love These

Here is another wonderful late night baking adventure using for the first time one of my new recipe books specifically for the muffin variety.These spicy muffins are the quick and simple way to release the tension of craving delicious sweets.Its wonderful crunchy sugar crumble topping is quite a treat along with its great cake like texture with sweet apples and spices.The appearance is very intriguing and the scent is intoxicating while it streams through the air to complete your craving.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Carrots Anyone?

 On Wednesday evening my cold began to let up and I felt better enough to try out some new baking.I really wanted to make some cookies so I looked into a book called company's coming-cookies and I came across these neat carrot cookies.These are a simple drop cookie with the major taste factor being the carrots and dried fruits;however they can have anything added extra such as variety of dried fruits,chocolate chips,or nuts.

These cookies have a great light golden appearance along with in tensing color of orange.There texture is chewy and crunchy with a cake like interior.They have a delicious cinnamon spice and fruit like flavor.In my opinion they are a cookie that tastes like carrot cake,which is a favorite of mine so I was pleased and so was the people around me.This recipe makes about 3 dozen or less depending on what size you like them to be.I doubled the recipe to make more because I knew cookies go quickly around here. I was very pleased with how simple and delicious these cookies were.Plus a cookie recipe doesn't have to be difficult to bake elegant delicious cookies for yourself. So enjoy and try them out.

What I Did:
  • Doubled the recipe

Carrot And Fruit Cookies (Adapted From Carrot Cookies,Company's Coming Cookies)
(Printable Recipe)

1/2 cup butter or margarine,softened
1 cup sugar
1 egg
Cooked,mashed carrots(or freshly grated carrot)
1/3 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups all purpose flour
2 cups rolled oats
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1 cup raisins
1 cup cranberry

1.Cream butter and sugar in large bowl,beat in egg.
2. Stir in carrot,milk and vanilla
3.Add flour, oats,baking powder,salt,cinnamon,raisins and cranberries(Add other dried fruit that you like)
4.Drop dough by spoonful onto nonstick pan or greased cookie sheet
5.Bake at 375F, about 12- 15 minutes until slightly browned on edges.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Requests & Thank You's

Updates will be on hold for a bit due to me recently catching a cold/flu :(. Definitely not a good idea for me to do any baking till I'm perfectly well and feeling passionate enough to bake something new.I'll be getting lots of rest and probably looking into some recipes.

In the mean time, If anyone has any ideas in what they would like me to bake once I'm better just comment below on this post. I would love to hear from all of you and take baking requests.

For anyone that wants to make a comment on here or on any other post they don't have to have a specific account listed to make a comment.Anyone can easily post anonymously or they can post by   name and e-mail address.I want to make sure that everyone gets an equal opportunity to be able to share their comments on posts.

Also, I like to give a big thank you to all of my followers and readers for their positive comments. All of you have really inspired me to push and challenge myself in baking. Also I feel that everyone has really given me a great confidence in this blog.All of you are great people and give great advice. 

Attention! Followers,Readers and Watchers:

What would you like me to bake? Comment on this post  with your requests and ideas for upcoming baking.

Thank you!


Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Brand New Banner!

As you can see I have a brand new banner for my blog and I absolutely love it.I hope all my viewers are amused by it to.

And a big special thanks goes out to a friend of mine that goes by the name Krysta . For a job well done and as well for taking her time out to use her artistic talents in making me a wonderful banner.
Thanks Krysta!,It really gives this blog an added touch of comedy and cuteness :D.You were the right one for the job!


You Want To Get Your Hands On These Babies

On  the evening of Tuesday, I began to really crave some pizza pretzels or Italian pretzels that are at bakery's.It made me remember during high school at lunch time when me and my friends would go to a small bakery nearest to my school sometimes. I would always either get a  pizza pretzel or an Nanaimo bar ,but mostly a pretzel.They were so fresh,warm, flavorful and most of  all had a wonderful intoxicating scent resonating off the pretzel.

Since then I have had a love affair for pizza pretzels and trying my best to always make the ones I bake better then the last. I have not made pizza pretzels in a long time until now and these are the best so far I have made.  I think it definitely has to do with adding more spices/garlic and waiting for the yeast to dissolve completely.That is definitely a learning experience to not  rush yeast because the product will suffer and wont be as good in texture;however with these pretzels they did not suffer and came out wonderful.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Peanut Butter Cookies With A Twist

We all should experience in life the delightful sweet warming scent of good old fashion peanut butter cookies baking in the oven so perfectly and if you have not yet experience that then I advise you to try out these simple no fail peanut butter cookies. It is a disappoint through for children and adults that are allergic to peanut related food; however theirs probably replacements for the peanut related food for something that tastes similar.That is whats so great about online recipes and the books out there that can help people out so they are not missing out on some great baking. For the people that are not allergic and love peanut butter then try out this  recipe for yourself.

This recipe I found in "Company Comings For Cookies" and it was really simple to follow and makes a large bunch for the cookie lovers out there. They are mouth watering delicious with their sweet,buttery, and chocolaty flavor combination.It's texture of moist,warm,crunchy is an important and great part of peanut butter cookies. The milk chocolate chips and dried cranberries give the cookies a wonderful sweet scent and giving it a added texture.So try out the recipe for yourself and add any special ingredient you like.

Peanut Butter, Chocolate And Cranberry Cookies ( Adapted From Peanut Butter Cookies, Company Comings For Cookies)
(Printable Recipe)

1 cup Butter,softened
1 cup  Brown sugar,packed
1 cup Granulated sugar
2 Eggs
1 cup  Smooth peanut butters
3 cups All purpose flour
2 tsp Baking soda
1/4 tsp Salt
1 cup Milk chocolate chips
1 cup Dried cranberries

1.Use deep large bowl to cream butter( cut in pieces to help) with both sugars (Electric beater)
2. Beat in eggs one at a time.
3. Mix in peanut butter ( if peanut butter is kept in the fridge, take it out to warm up so its easier to measure out)
4.Stir in flour, baking soda ,salt, milk chocolate chips and cranberries.
5.Roll into 1 inch balls and place on nonstick or ungreased cookie sheet
6.Make crisscross on cookies using a fork ( Dipping the fork in flour will help it from sticking to the batter).
7. Bake in 375F for 12- 15 minutes or until golden brown.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Your Very Own Sand Dollar

On a Friday night I ventured through my mom's recipe books and I came to find a book called "Favorite Brand Name Cookie Collection" which was so great because it had recipes for Christmas cookies,brownies, bars and every other cookie you could think of to make. The recipe that I found from the book was for buttery jam tarts;however they looked a lot like sand dollars that you find on the sandy beaches so I decided that it was a more interesting title or name to give them.

These neat looking tarts have a beautiful appearance with its delicious flavor combination of
buttery,sweet,fruity and mild.Their wonderful texture is a mixture of soft,chewy crunchy,and layered.The recipe is simple to read and follow; however its somewhat time consuming due to the rolling and cutting out shapes till the dough is all gone.That is expected when you want to make these kinds of tarts with two layers,jam in the middle and a x or star like shape cut out in the middle of the top.Anyways, in all of that time, rolling and cutting out, its a lot of fun and experience to learn. In the end, you have some beautiful looking tart like cookies that are really great to impress people at a party,family gathering or to serve the children.

These sand dollar cookie also remind me when I was little going to the beach looking at all the shells and sand dollars. I loved the sand dollars beautiful purple shades with a star like imprint in the middle;however when they were no longer living they became hard,gray with a star print.The beach always seem like a great adventure when you were little when you went out to collect shells and looked at all the little sea creatures living under the rocks. It was a lot of fun exploring the beach just as its fun to explore all these neat and interesting recipe when your a little older. Try it out yourself.


Strawberry Jam Tarts ( Adapted From Buttery Jam Tarts,"Favorite Brand Name Cookie Collection")
 (Printable Recipe)

Yields: 18 cookies (glass cup, larger then 2 1/2 inches)
Yields: 18+ ( 2 1/2 inch cookie cutter)

2 1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
2/3 cup butter,softened
1 egg
1/4 tsp baking soda
2 tbsp milk
1 tsp almond extract
3/4 cup strawberry jam
Sugar for sprinkling

1. Oven on to 350F

2.  In a large bowl ,beat flour, sugar, butter(Room temp,cut into small pieces), baking soda, salt, milk and almond extract. Till well combined
3. Lightly flour your working surface and roll out dough about half at a time.Roll to about 1/8 thickness. Use 2 1/2  round cookie cutter or a glass cup. When done cutting be sure to have a even amount of rounds. (Each cookie should have a top)

4. Place half of the cookies on a nonstick pan or ungreased cookie sheet.

5. For the remaining cookies you can either make a small X by using a butter knife to cut through the dough or use a very small cookie cutter example a star or a round.

6. Place about tbsp of strawberry jam on the whole cookies. Place the cut cookies on top of the whole cookies and press edges with a fork. ( Tip:Wetting the whole cookie edges with cold water will help to seal).

7. Sprinkle sugar lightly on  top.

(Repeat 3-7 for the other half of dough).

8.Bake for 11- 13 minutes, until edges lightly browned.Remove immediately, cool and transfer to racks.
( watch these cookies carefully).

    Thursday, April 08, 2010

    Delightful Blueberry Cheesecake

    I  have always loved cheesecake since I was little and I haven't yet tried a different flavored cheesecake that I didn't like so far. There are so many different wonderful combination out there for cheesecake such as variety of crusts, flavors being added to the cream cheese and the great ideas for toppings are endless. I chose for this cheesecake was a honey graham cracker crumb crust, plain cream cheese filling and a blueberry topping.

    Wednesday, April 07, 2010

    Oh! Henry Brownies

     Oh! Henry Brownie.

    Yesterday, I  was trying to find a recipe to make where I could use my extra Easter candy in, which were those Oh Henry Chocolate egg bars.I came upon a recipe in one of my baking books called "HERSHEY'S CHOCOLATE LOVER'S COOKBOOK" which was a recipe for brownies;however with this  kind of brownie I substituted the optional nuts in the ingredients for chopped up Oh! Henry chocolate egg bars.

    This recipe makes a rich,sweet,dark and chocolaty flavored brownie along with its chewy,moist and crunchy texture.They really taste a lot like a Oh! Henry bar,but with a brownie texture of course.

    Sunday, April 04, 2010

    Easter Day!

    Happy Easter Everyone!

    Hope everyones Easter is wonderful!

    I posted earlyier saturday about me and my families easter recipe activitys we did on friday for our early easter dinner on saturday.

    We made easter cupcakes but we also dyed easter eggs for my nephew to find in his easter egg hunt and we frost some cookies with the extra icing.

    It was really a lot of fun and we shared a lot of laughs while we made our cupcake designs.

    Enjoy! Your holidays!

    Saturday, April 03, 2010

    Easter Weekend!

    Special thanks to the other decorators:Margaret,Anna,Nate and Mathew.

    Yesterday,my two sisters, brother in law and nephew all helped to decorate these lovely cupcakes to go along with our Easter weekend dinner for today. We all gave our special touch to these designs which represented spring or Easter.Some of the decorated cupcake designs were in categories of nature,animal,and patterns.The cupcakes look so beautiful and interesting that they almost look like you shouldn't eat them, but I know they will be devoured pretty quickly and I hope they will.

    These are absolutely lovely simple to do Easter chocolate cupcakes with little equipment and clean up.The cupcakes are chewy and soft along with a sweet, chocolaty flavor. The recipe is very easy to follow in directions, which is adapted from "The Big Book Of Baking". I also have used this book a lot in this blog only because I love the recipes so much and the photographs that are so intriguing to look at.

    Friday, April 02, 2010

    Cheese Muffins

    Yesterday night, I really wanted to bake something that was quick and cheesy.Then I thought how about muffins and I pictured in my head some Cheese Muffins.These are great for breakfast,lunch,dinner and a snack.If you like something cheesy, this is the recipe for you to try out.

    Thursday, April 01, 2010

    Anyone Want A Peanut Butter Bar?

    Here's one of my late night baking adventures again in which I started looking through my Company's Coming chocolate squared book and I came across these delicious looking chocolate peanut butter bars. If  your into chocolate, peanut butter and rich tasting treats, well this is something for you. What sold me about this recipe was the beautiful appearance of these bars and how easy the directions were to make them.