New Year, New Blog!

Well, I’m a few days late, but that’s okay. For the past month I have worked hours and hours and hours on changing over to my new blog, www.katessweets.com. I have a whole new layout and logo, I have my own little favicon on the web browser (it’s the little pink cupcake, so cute!). I also have so many more options for customization and post layout. It’s going to be much better overall.

I decided to get rid of all my posts with photography that didn’t use natural lighting. My thought process is this: I’m only 18 years old and I don’t see myself stopping this endeavor anytime soon, therefore I have so much time ahead of me to repost those recipes 10x better than when I first posted them. It is important to me that I am proud of the content I am putting up, and after changing to my new and better photography I would cringe looking back at those photos.

Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies

I know, more chocolate chip cookies. I am kind of obsessed. But hey, I love to make cookies, and I absolutely love chocolate, so they are perfect. But this time it is different, because I made my own recipe. I started out with the original Nestlé Toll House recipe and changed up the ingredients according to information I looked up on what makes a chewier, cakier cookie, since that is what I like my cookies to be like. I think I hit it pretty dead on, just make sure that you don’t leave them in the oven too long, because some of my cookies I did that for and they were crunchier. When I made the cookies, I used half butter and half shortening because it apparently is supposed to make for a cakier cookie, but I found that it didn’t make much of a difference and I liked the butter taste better, so I changed it for you guys to all butter instead. I hope you enjoy my very own recipe for chocolate chip cookies!

Buttery Hazelnut Linzer Tarts

Tis’ the most wonderful time of year again, the holiday season! I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! I spent my day baking pies, eating, watching the parade, eating, playing with my dog, and more eating. We had a nice breakfast, then pretty much no lunch (slash I had pie crust for lunch, whoops), then appetizers (which include pigs in a blanket!), then the Thanksgiving feast, and then dessert. It’s a lot of food, but it’s so awesome.

I also watched Star Wars for the first time. Gasp, I know. We watched the fifth and sixth episodes, which are apparently the second and third movies because it feels like being super confusing like that. Let’s just say it is not all that it’s worked up to be… sorry Vader fans.

Buttery Chocolate Kiss Pie Crust Cookies

Happy Thanksgiving! I am happily spending time with my family in New Jersey. This is one of my favorite times of year because I get to spend it with some of the people who are most important to me and I am so grateful for that. Not to get all cheesy, but to get cheesy on you, I am definitely most thankful for my loving and supporting family. Not everyone has that and I cherish it every day.

For Thanksgiving every year, we wake up, the adults all drink Bloody Mary’s, we watch the Thanksgiving Day parade, then we watch the dog show, then they put on the football game and next thing you know it’s time to eat! My cousin and I are always on charge of dessert and my aunt does most of the cooking for dinner. We also have some great appetizers, like pigs in a blanket and shrimp cocktail! I hope you all have a great Thanksgiving, too!

Peanut Butter Blossoms

It’s around that time of year again. Time to break out the mixer and make cookies, and lots of them. Christmas cookies are by far my favorite cookies. I love decorating sugar cookies for Santa Claus and making cookies for our Christmas dinner. My favorite Christmas cookie are these snowballs, which are shortbread balls with ground up pecans rolled in powdered sugar. Soooo good.

Classic Yellow Cupcakes with Chocolate Frosting

Everyone at college always asks me, “How do you have all that time to bake?”. Now, I know what they mean when they ask me that, I do bake a lot, but I find this a really frustrating question. To me, this question insinuates that because they are so busy studying and playing sports and whatnot, they don’t have enough free time for things like that.

But, this is false. I study; I study a lot. Ask anyone in my family and they will probably say I study too much. I also figure skate, which takes up 6+ hours of my week.

So this is my answer. Some people love to read. Some people love to do yoga. Some people love to run. I love to bake. No matter how busy we are, we always find time to do whatever it is that we love, and therefore finding time to bake is not a problem for me. 

Now to be fair, I know when people ask me this question they mean no harm; in fact it is merely a question, and a fair one too. But to me it is obvious. Baking is my passion, and therefore I will always, always find time for it. And I hope all of you love the fact that I do! 

Pumpkin Spice Snickerdoodles

More pumpkin spice, I know. But these are really good. And don’t run away from this when you see the word pumpkin. Trust me, I don’t want pumpkin in my snickerdoodles either. These have no pumpkin in them, they simply have pumpkin spice. There is a major difference there. These of course use cream of tartar to make them snickerdoodles, plus they have pumpkin pie spice in the batter and are rolled in a mixture of brown sugar and pumpkin pie spice. They are really quite delicious!

Chocolate Frosted Brownies

Yesterday was National Chocolate Day. That is a big deal, and it calls for some celebration. I felt like baking, so my first thought was that I would make pumpkin bread since I’ve been meaning to for a while (no worries, it will get made and posted eventually), but then once I remembered that there is NO chocolate in that, I just had to switch to a recipe with chocolate. In come Chocolate Frosted Brownies.

One of my favorite things to do is take regular, simple recipes and jazz them up. So then I thought, what’s better than brownies? Brownies with a rich chocolate frosting that literally melts in your mouth. So good, and yet so simple! 

Brookies (Brownie + Chocolate Chip Cookie)

I saw these cookies on Pinterest, and right away they went on my list of things to bake. They are really easy, and best of all, you probably already have all the ingredients on hand. Because, let’s be real, the worst is reading a recipe that is perfect for your current mood and easy to make, but you get to the last ingredients and it says “white chocolate chips” or “heath crunch” or “heavy cream”. Great. That’s just the worst. BUT, that shouldn’t happen with this recipe, yay!

Maple Glazed Apple Blondies

I’ve been trying to stick to the fall theme lately. Things like pumpkin spice and apples pretty much sums it up. These are soft and chewy blondies sandwiched with an apple filling in the middle and a maple glaze on top. The maple glaze is just to die for; it really makes the blondie. The apple filling is also really good because you cook the apples with sugar and cinnamon and butter before cooking them with the blondies. I always think this makes a huge difference. The apples turn out softer and more flavorful.