Peeps Macarons

Peeps Macarons | The Blonde Buckeye

I think you can make anything ‘Peeps’. Fill it with marshmallow and coat it with sugar, and Ithink you’ve got a Peep. That’s what I did with my Easter Macarons, or Peeps Macarons. They’re pink, they’re marshmallowy, they’re sugary, what more could you want on a day like Easter?Continue Reading

Nautical Sugar Cookies

Nautical Sugar Cookies | The Blonde Buckeye

Every once in awhile I love to make a batch of decorated sugar cookies. You know, the ones with the royal icing that are decorated so beautifully… that are way harder than they look? Over time, I have learned my lesson and tried a TON of different recipes & techniques – for the cookies and for the icing. Although there are a million ways to do these, and still have them come out looking beautiful and delicious, this is the best recipe that I’ve used. Although mine are definitely far from “perfect”, I also know that I am my own worst critic. At the end of it, you just have to remember, these are going to get eaten.

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M&M Vanilla Bean Whoopie Pies

M&M Vanilla Bean Whoopie Pies | The Blonde Buckeye

Sometimes I over-think things. Like for instance, are these technically whoopie ‘pies’? They are not your traditional whoopie pie base. Those are more like a cupcake batter, with a cupcake texture. These are actually cookies, so I guess these are more like cookie pies, or sandwiches… but at the end of the day, does it really matter? I don’t think so, let’s be honest. They are delicious, and that is a fact.

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Chocolate Lucky Charms Marshmallow Treats

Chocolate Lucky Charms Marshmallow Treats | The Blonde Buckeye

These are technically ‘Chocolate Lucky Charms Marshmallow Treats with Mint M&M’s and White Chocolate Drizzle’, but I didn’t want to get carried away with the name. It might take away from how crazy delicious these are. Also, you could make a hundred different variations of these. Any cereal, any candy, and any drizzle. The marshmallows are the glue that hold this masterpiece together though, so you probably don’t want to sub those out (and why would you want to?).

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Lemon Birthday Cake Crumble Bars

Lemon Birthday Cake Crumble Bars | The Blonde Buckeye

Lemon Bars are one of those always good, traditional dessert items. They don’t seem that exciting, but it’s something that everyone seems to love. I felt like they needed to be exciting though. What if, I had the best husband ever that randomly bought me the Momofuku Milk Bar cookbook?! Fortunately for me, that is a true statement. And because of that, you are now getting Birthday Cake Crumble on these lemon bars! See, everybody wins.

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Waffle Iron Sugar Cookies with Vanilla Bean Glaze

Waffle Iron Sugar Cookies with Vanilla Bean Glaze | The Blonde Buckeye

My husband and I have never been big on celebrating holidays like Valentine’s day. We are more of the “pizza, beer & ice cream with movie at home” kind-of-couple. And I’d much rather have a cupcake over flowers. Now, that doesn’t stop me from putting a few heart sprinkles on something and calling it a Valentine’s Day treat. That, I’m all for. I took my pretty standard, but perfect, sugar cookie recipe and made them in the waffle iron. Topped them with some vanilla-bean glaze – they’re perfectly simple.
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Cookies ‘n Cream Cereal Bars

Cookies 'n Cream Cereal Bars

I love those classic, simple recipes that you can put a MILLION twists on. One of those is Rice Krispies Treats. For a holiday version, I made these Peppermint Bark Rice Krispies awhile back, and man were they good! I think you can use pretty much any kind of cereal, plus delicious add-ins like chocolate or peanut butter, and then, you can top it with melted chocolate and candies or sprinkles (the options are endless).

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Chocolate Raspberry Donut Macarons

Chocolate Raspberry Donut Macarons | The Blonde Buckeye

It’s macaron time again! More specifically, Chocolate Raspberry Donut Macarons. Since I’m planning on making  bunch of macarons for the upcoming holidays, I made this batch of macarons for “testing purposes”, but added a little fun to them. My first test was to see if I could freeze the shells before I fill them for a few days, so I can make them on a Sunday, but they’ll be eaten on Thanksgiving. They tasted the exact same; success.

My second test was for flavored chocolate ganache. I wanted to see what chocolate worked well, and also how much extract I wanted to use to add some other flavors to the ganache. I used Trader Joe’s Pound Plus (Dark Chocolate) and a raspberry extract this time. It was rich, creamy and just tasted so divine! I also made my macarons a little smaller, so I could make more. Plus they’re just so cute and little.Continue Reading

Black Onyx Duet Cookies

Black Onyx Duet Cookies | The Blonde Buckeye

I made up a fancy name for these cookies to let you know they’re special. But really, they’re a copycat of a cookie at Panera. Like, a really, really good cookie though. Ironically, I haven’t technically had the Panera Duet cookie, but based on my ‘market research’, this is pretty darn close. Also, trust me when I say, I know a good chewy-chocolatey cookie. It’s basically a dark chocolate cookie, that contains chocolate chunks, white chocolate chips and walnut pieces. It’s a killer combination, made especially for all you chocolate lovers.Continue Reading

Buckeye Blondies

Buckeye Blondies | The Blonde Buckeye

It was only a matter of time before I made some Buckeye Blondies, let’s be honest. I mean, how perfect right? Not only are they appropriate for this blog’s name, they are DEEELICIOUS. Don’t ask questions, just make them. Seriously. Or wait a few days – I’m sure you have a surplus of candy at the moment. Or! Just add the leftover candy bars right into the blondies! Brilliant.

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