Pumpkin Cookies with a Brown Sugar Glaze…What Up, Fall.

Recipe: A simple pumpkin and cinnamon cookie with a brown sugar glaze.

Tonight the low in DC is 53. And I’m officially calling it fall. As such, it’s time for jeans, sweaters, jackets, and any and all varieties of squash. Delicious, delicious squash. Today, in fact, has been a two squash day for me. Dinner was spaghetti squash – my first time having it – and it was awwwwesome. Then I decided I needed to continue my evening of squash and move right on to pumpkins. And what better way to celebrate the pumpkin than to make it into a cookie? And then slather it in a brown sugar icing.  (Oh and then using the remaining pumpkin puree for pumpkin soup tomorrow for dinner. Yeah fallllll.)

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September 24, 2012. Cookie, Pumpkin. 1 comment.

Snickerdoodle and Nutella Ice Cream Sandwiches {LOVE}

Recipe: Homemade Nutella ice cream smushed between two snickerdoodle cookies.

Snickerdoodles are by far my favorite cookie. By FAR. Chocolate chip cookies don’t hold a torch to snickerdoodles as far as I’m concerned. Blasphemous, I know. But I could literally walk by a million chocolate chip cookies without being at all tempted to eat one. Put a snickerdoodle in front of me though… Anyway, the point is I love the snickerdoodle. So I decided a few weeks ago to peruse the internet and see what glorious things I could do with said cookie and I found that people were putting Nutella in between two snickerdoodle cookies. And my world was officially rocked.

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August 7, 2011. Chocolate, Cookie, ice cream. 2 comments.

Oreo-Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies (Don’t be fooled – they’re more eye candy than anything else…)

Recipe: Oreo-stuffed chocolate chip cookies.

I’m going camping tomorrow with some friends and a few weeks ago we started signing up for food items we would bring. I saw cookies on the list and I immediately tagged them as mine because I will take any opportunity to bake that I can. I should say though-and I believe I’ve said before-I am not a cookie person, generally speaking.(Exceptions include lemon cookies, gingerbread cookies during the holidays, and butterscotch oatmeal cookies.) Otherwise, I’m out. They just don’t do it for me and, frankly, they’re not usually that interesting to make either. But like I said, I’ll take a baking opportunity when I see one and I’m extremely glad I did, because it gave me the chance to try out this crazy recipe I saw on facebook this week – oreo-stuffed chocolate chip cookies… I know! It’s ridiculous, isn’t it??!?

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June 24, 2011. Chocolate, Cookie. 3 comments.

Lemon Cookies (!!)

Recipe: A lemon cookie. Plain and simple.

In October, my friend Beth got married in a beautiful beach-side ceremony. As part of the reception, she and AJ had the most amazing cookie table ever – they had to’ve had around 15 different types of cookies and they all looked fantastic. One of the varieties in particular caught my eye though and basically I just gorged myself on that one cookie all night. And then some the next day. And it was awesome…. Anyway, they were a simple little lemon cookie and I decided today that they needed to be recreated. Because lemon = yum.

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November 14, 2010. Cookie, Lemon. Leave a comment.

Bourbon Pumpkin Cheesecake and Pumpkin Chocolate Chip & Dried Cherries Cookes: It’s a Pumpkin-Baking Extravaganza!

Recipe: (1) A bourbon-pumpkin cheesecake with a bourbon-sour-cream topping on a graham cracker and pecan crust (picture to come tomorrow). (2) Pumpkin chocolate chip cookies with dried cherries.

It’s been a long weekend. And I needed something fun and relaxing to do. If you know me, and I assume you do if you’re reading this blog, you know that for me, this was the perfect opportunity to bake. But not just one baked good, oh no, tonight was a double header, my friends. A delicious delicious PUMPKIN double header. The first round tonight included a bourbon pumpkin cheesecake, complete with a bourbon-infused sour cream topping. (I’d like to make a shout out here to my friend, Ravi, for adding Jack Daniels to my surprisingly large collection of alcohol [it’s all for baking, Mom. I swear!] and allowing me to make said wonderful treat). The second round tonight consisted of a pumpkin chocolate chip cookie with (surprise!) dried cherries. But more on the surprise later.

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October 24, 2010. Cheesecake, Cherries, Chocolate, Cookie, Pumpkin. 3 comments.

I may be generally anti-cookie, but butterscotch oatmeal cookies, you’ll always have a special place in my heart <3

I could have posted a picture of my butterscotch oatmeal cookie crumbs, but frankly, this bag of Butterscotch morsels is prettier...

Recipe: An oatmeal cookie with delicious, delicious butterscotch morsels.

Recently someone asked me how I got into baking. I thought for a moment to myself – was it the summer when I was 10ish and my younger sister Jill, my friend Alicia, and I very randomly decided to make a cake from scratch and what was supposed to be a double-layer cake come out of the oven a whopping inch high? Was it before that when the same group of us tried to make a cupcake using Alicia’s mini bake oven and patiently waited by the oven for over an hour as the tiny light bulb tried to bake a cupcake that had accidentally been made with the mix and a tablespoon of water instead of a teaspoon of water? No, thankfully. No, my love of baking began in January of 2005.

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July 6, 2010. Cookie. Leave a comment.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies, or How I Learned to Fall in Love with Peanut Butter All Over Again

Recipe: A chocolate-peanut butter cookie with peanut butter in the middle.

For the last few years, I’ve been on a sort of peanut-butterless diet. It was just one of those things that happened I suppose. I lived overseas in a country that doesn’t sell peanut butter (as far as I can remember…) and when I got back, I got swept up in cooking new and interesting foods. And, poor peanut butter, it got left behind.

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June 21, 2010. Chocolate, Cookie, Peanut Butter. 1 comment.

Chocolate-chocolate chip cookie and strawberry gelato sandwich – the adult version of a childhood summer favorite

Recipe: A chocolate-chocolate chip cookie and homemade strawberry gelato sandwich.

As a kid, when the ice cream man was rolling around the neighborhood during the summers in his then-not-sketchy truck (I have to say then-not-sketchy truck because, whoa, what happened to the ice cream truck in the past ten years?? Sketch city! Yikes.), I would always get one of two things: the pink panther head on the stick (the yellow gumball eye was totally the best part!); or an ice cream sandwich. I have to admit, the ice cream sandwich has fallen a little by the wayside as I’ve gotten older, but not because they aren’t completely fantastic. I think as adults, we just have fewer obvious opportunities to choose them as a summer treat. Which is kind of a shame, actually. (Although let’s be honest, at this particular moment if I could choose the pink panther head on a stick or an ice cream sandwich, I’d choose the pink panther head on the stick. But alas, that’s for a different blog when I find a random recipe online for this long-lost dessert.)

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June 15, 2010. Chocolate, Cookie, Gelato, Strawberry. Leave a comment.