Happy April 1st/April Fool’s Day! No tricks in this post, only yummy treats. These pecan pie bars are my favorite thing that I’ve made in a while. They literally just taste like a bunch of candied pecans stuck together on a buttery crust. Could you ask for anything more? They are delicious. They really do taste like pecan pie, too! The crust is more like a cookie than a pie crust, but I really like it. The browned butter really adds some flavor.
I know, quick and cinnamon rolls don’t exactly go hand-in-hand, but I promise you they do in this case. I love making freshly baked cinnamon rolls for morning breakfast. It makes the house smell so good and they’re just such a delicious breakfast treat. However, they usually take at least 4 hours, or even overnight. most people probably had not thought about making cinnamon rolls for breakfast the night before, so this recipe is perfect. It takes just an hour and they taste just as good as cinnamon rolls that take hours to make!
Whoops, I’m a little late on the St. Patty’s Day fad, but that’s alright. You can make these mint chocolate cupcakes any day of the year and they’ll be equally as delicious. I did make them on St. Patty’s Day though. What can I say, I love making food related to holidays. Pi(e) day, St. Patty’s Day, Valentine’s Day, etc. I missed out on pi day this year. I was in Washington D.C., so I didn’t make a pie, sadly.
Reese’s cups are potentially my all-time favorite candy. If you follow my blog, you know that I love the combination of chocolate and peanut butter. Well, these Reese’s bars have practically only chocolate and peanut butter in them, so what’s not to love? The bottom layer is peanut butter, butter, confectioners’ sugar, and graham crackers. The top layer is melted chocolate with a touch of peanut butter.
I’m still here, I promise! I’ve been busy busy studying. Lots of studying. Mostly organic chemistry, and a real shock here, but I’m not a fan. But I’m still chugging along. I’m also taking marine biology this semester, which I love. Then I’m taking public health as well, which is not very challenging, but it is interesting, so I still like it. Finally, I’m taking photography. This is probably my favorite class. It’s so different from my other intensely academic classes, so it’s a big relief.
I love making bread; being able to work with my hands, the feeling of kneading dough, the smell of bread baking in the oven. It’s all so great! I also love how cool it is to learn about how yeast works. So, any chance I have to make a good quality bread recipe, I jump on it right away.
Happy Valentine’s Day! Still hoping to make something for your valentine? What’s better to make than a homemade, delicious cheesecake topped with red strawberry sauce. It’s got the classic red color in there and it’s gourmet and very romantic. Or you can make it for one and still have a lovely Valentine’s Day.
All this time, I had just assumed I had a classic peanut butter cookie recipe on my blog, but alas, I was wrong. I have all sorts of cookies with peanut butter, but I didn’t have a recipe for the classic peanut butter cookies with crisscrosses on top and the ultimate chewy texture. So, now I do, and they are delicious.
I remember the first time I made these cookies, with my mom, and I loved them for so many reasons. One, they’re delicious of course. Two, they’re a lot of fun to make, especially with little kids as helpers. And three, the recipe I used to make them called them “Magic in the Middles”. How could you not fall in love with a cookie that has magic in the middle? Especially when it turns out the magic is peanut butter filled chocolate cookies.
Chocolate crinkles were the first recipe I made when I was a kid that wasn’t chocolate chip cookies. I made probably a batch of chocolate chip cookies a week, no joke. Back then, it was more about the product to me than the process. I loved eating cookies, as any child does, until it caught up to me and I though “Hey, maybe I should actually lay off the cookies,” so I did. But I also branched out, and this was the first new recipe I attempted.