Winter Wonderland Cake

Man oh man guys, this cake. I saw it on Pinterest and flagged it in my “recipes to make” folder, and then went back and forth to myself. My family members probably won’t eat it, it’ll be a lot of work, I’m not sure if my idea of using cookies will even work. But then I made it, and it turned out pretty darn awesome. Here’s what this cake is in a nutshell: fudgy chocolate cake with rich chocolate buttercream frosting, then decorated with snowmen made from pecan snowball cookies and dusted with powdered sugar. Bam.

Classic Gingersnaps

I love when I stumble upon a simple, classic recipe that I haven’t included on my blog yet. There are probably several, actually, but I usually bake when I am home and that means I can’t bake with egg because of my brother’s allergy, so that restricts me a little bit. Although the other day I went out on a limb and made something with lots of egg that’ll be on the blog soon. It’s okay, he didn’t mind very much. But these are simple, classic, and extremely delicious, and they work with egg replacer!

Iced Walnut Roll Cookies

These walnut roll cookies really surprised me. They’re a sweet cookie dough rolled up with a walnut mixture in the middle and glazed with a confectioners sugar icing on top. They surprised me because they’re so so good! Not that I didn’t think my own cookies would be good, but I just didn’t expect them to be this good I suppose. They’re crunchy on the outside and soft and chewy on the inside and the sweet glaze on top really just makes the cookies.

Very Vanilla Cupcakes

Do you like my name for these cupcakes? I thought the alliteration was cute. It’s true though, these cupcakes are very vanilla. A sweet and simple vanilla cupcake with flecks of vanilla bean throughout topped with a delicious vanilla buttercream frosting. It doesn’t get much better than that. What I like about vanilla cupcakes too is that you can use them for practically any event. In my case, I used them for New Years.

Fudgy Brownie Cookies

I am a huge fan of chocolate cookies. Whether chocolate chip cookies, chocolate cookies, or both, as in this case. These brownie cookies are made from brownie batter that is refrigerated for long enough so that the cookies don’t flatten completely when they’re baked, but still taste just like brownies!

Happy Holidays!

I just wanted to take a second to wish all of you a Happy Holidays this time of year. Whatever you celebrate, I hope you have a wonderful time filled with family, laughter, and some great food, of course. Below are some photos from my very merry Christmas. 

Soft and Chewy M&M Cookies

Merry Christmas Eve! Are you still looking for a good cookie recipe to leave out for Santa? Well I’ve got the perfect recipe for you. Nothing beats a simple M&M cookie. I made these M&M cookies using mostly the same recipe as my chocolate chip cookies recipe except I substituted M&M’s for chocolate chips. More specifically, I used Christmas M&M’s, because I love Christmas themed everything.

Chocolate-Dipped Shortbread Cookies

Only 4 short days til Christmas Day! Crazy how fast December flies by, or at least for me it does. Today is also the day with the least amount of daylight all year. I love December because of all the Christmas hype. I love putting up lights and decorating the tree and wrapping presents and watching the number of presents under the tree go up and up. But even more so, I love Christmas desserts. I love making Christmas cookies and decorating gingerbread men. I want to try making a Yule Log cake this year too.

Jumbo Chocolate Chip Cookies

I will never stop coming back to chocolate chip cookies. I consider them the most classic cookie out there. The delicious combination of creamy chocolate chips and sweet, chewy cookie that is so simple and yet so amazingly delicious. Know how to make them even better? That’s right, make them jumbo. These cookies are pretty jumbo, trust me.

The Way the Cookie Crumbles

Another Monday version of the way the cookie crumbles, whoops. To be fair though, this week is finals week for me. That means I have three 3-hour final exams this week and that’s it, the rest of my time is split between eating, sleeping, and studying. Well, and a little bit of Netflix here and there, shhh. Tomorrow morning I have my Macroeconomic Theory exam, then Wednesday night I have my Ecology exam, and Friday afternoon I have my Chemistry exam.