Most people should know this infamous Girl Scout Cookie – Peanut Butter Patties. Some people come them Tagalongs for some unknown reason I can’t quite figure out. If you call them Tagalongs, then you probably also call the shortbread cookies Trefoils and the caramel coconut cookies Samoas. Why they have such weird names I don’t understand. Peanut Butter Patties, Shortbreads, and Caramel DeLites makes so much more sense to me. I will fight you on this, count on it.
I really like taking flavor combinations from other well-known foods and turning them into baked goods. For example, I made Strawberries and Cream Bars, Almond Joy Cookies, and Chocolate-Dipped Strawberry Cupcakes, just to name a few. I think it’s a cool way of using flavor combinations that are already known to work and applying them to a different form. So, these are supposed to mimic Kinder Bueno bars, which are mainly sold in Europe but a lot of people at least know about them. I think they do a great job at mimicking them.
If you know me well at all, you know that I am not going to just make brownies. Maybe for a very unspecial occasion I would whip some up, but it would take a lot of convincing and I would probably not be very happy about it. Here’s why: baking is not a chore to me. It is not a box on my list of things to do. I make it my own form of art. I love combining this with that and seeing how extravagant and delicious I can make the final product turn out to be. So, making plain chocolate brownies is not something I like doing. Instead, I combine various flavor combinations I know work or I think are worth trying and make them into a fun, unique dessert! I have a blast with it, and I hope you all like my desserts too.
I’m officially home for the whole winter/spring semester and it’s kinda weird. But also really great, I’m not going to lie. I’m an intern at a zoo and it’s lots of fun, then I have a lot of free time that I use for things like baking, cooking, taking my dog on long walks, hikes, running on the treadmill, and random other things – like writing blog posts! I’m hoping to do a lot of photography this semester just because I can. I took my dog to a boardwalk thingy and took my camera. It was really nice.
I made these vanilla and chocolate swirl cookies this past Sunday for the Patriots game and they were quite the hit. I really like baking things that are as pretty as they are delicious. These definitely fit that bill. I remember cutting into the log of cookie dough and telling everyone “come see how beautiful my spirals are!”. I was very proud of that swirl. The cookies themselves are extremely simple. They’re pretty much just shortbread cookies, but half the dough is chocolate shortbread.
Full disclosure: I’ve actually never had a turtle candy. When I was a kid I convinced myself that I hated nuts (even though I’d never tried them), so I didn’t have them growing up. Now, for some reason, I’ve still never had them. I feel like the most common time to see them in stores is around Valentine’s Day, so maybe I’ll have one this year. Nevertheless, I get the general idea, which is pecans, caramel, and chocolate. Honestly, they sound like heaven.
I haven’t written a blog post in a little while now, so I thought it was probably about time. It’s been quite cold here for quite some time. Boston actually tied the record for longest stretch of days at or below 20 degrees F. The record was set exactly a century ago, which I think is kinda cool. Now it’s warming up to above normal temperatures though and everything is melting, which I consider a good thing. You really never know with New England.
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow. It is a winter wonderland over here. We got hit by the big Nor’easter storm yesterday. Some were calling it a bomb cyclone, which seems like a bit of an exaggeration to me, but it was definitely blizzard conditions for most of the day. Really high winds, lots of snow accumulating very fast, and very cold temperatures. Unfortunately, that can be very dangerous to some who lose power, have flooding problems by the shore, or of course, the homeless. We are lucky enough to not face any of those issues and so we have a blast, but I definitely feel for those who are not so lucky.
Looking for a last-minute Christmas cookie? I’ve got you covered. These cookies are festive, absolutely delicious, and impressive for house guests or hosts. I actually made these cookies two times. The first time was last week, then they were gone before I knew it. Everyone absolutely loved them. Then, since we were running out of cookies and I had an afternoon to spare, I thought I’d make some more for Christmas Eve. I asked for input, and everyone said to make these again. That’s how good they are.
We used to buy these oversized containers of strawberry and chocolate rugelach from Costco when we were kids and absolutely devour them. They were chewy and flaky at the same time, had tons of sweet chocolate or strawberry filling, and were covered in coarse sugar. Therefore, I’ve always loved rugelach because of those rugelach. I made strawberry-walnut rugelach, so now I thought I’d try out making chocolate rugelach. It could not have gone any better. These are dangerously good.