I finally got a bundt cake pan… I know, it’s crazy that I didn’t before. So now that I do, I had to try it out as soon as possible. I wanted something with both fruit and chocolate, so in the spirit of chocolate covered strawberries, chocolate chips with strawberries sounded like a delicious pairing. And it was! A dense moist cake with tart strawberries and decadent chocolate flecked throughout. Then I glazed mine with a sweet vanilla icing, and topped it with fresh blueberries and raspberries with a sprinkle of powdered sugar. The best of all things both sweet and fresh.
I usually like a little afternoon snack. It’s like the 3 o’clock-slump-snack. Often times, a granola bar with some fruit, usually an apple, really hits the spot. Once I cut dairy I found some new granola bars, but of course they didn’t have chocolate chips 🙁 And then when I cut the rest of the allergens, my new ones were no good too. Unfortunately the box says “may contain wheat” and they definitely contain nuts. I found out shorty after, they all do! So you guessed it, I made my own. And you know what?! So much better! Continue Reading
I love a monster cookie. They’re like little cookie bombs, just filled up with lots of stuff. Sometimes they can be pretty hard & dense with all the oats, which in my opinion, isn’t the ideal cookie texture. I like a softer, light & chewy interior, even gooey sometimes. I made monster cookies a few years ago, so I dug up the recipe & re-vampled it a bit.
It has been KILLING me, waiting to share this one with you guys! I made these about a month ago, and then I made them again 2 weeks ago (oops). Now that I’m looking at the pictures, I might need to make them again. The name is super long, but they are the stars of this blondie show. My husband said they taste like ‘Mrs. Fields on crack’ (can that man can give a compliment or what?).
I had an internal struggle deciding if these were cookies or tarts. What category should they be in!? Ultimately, I think either one would work, but I ended up on tart. These are tarts for a chocolate chip cookie lovers. It’s a chocolate chip cookie tart shell, filled with a silky chocolate ganache. Kinda dreamy right? I think these were inspired by A.) my love of hybrid foods. And B.) we just went to the Orange County Fair. It got my creative juices flowing. I mean, when someone thinks to deep fry Kool-Aid, I felt like I needed to step up my game & think outside the box a little.Continue Reading
I don’t like raisins in my oatmeal cookies. There, I said it. I know it’s a classic combo, but I just don’t like it. Never have. Chocolate chips on the other hand, that I like. That’s why I made these. Oatmeal cookies are a nice departure from traditional chocolate chip cookies. They have a little more texture, but they are still sweet, chewy, soft, & in this case, chocolatey on the inside. This was a little bit of an experiment, since I didn’t have enough old-fashioned oats. But it was a happy mistake because as it turns out, using part quick oats & part old-fashioned oats, makes for a pretty awesome texture. Not too grainy, but still with the texture you know & love in a classic oatmeal cookie.
What can you do to elevate your chocolate chip cookies? Well, there are several things that I’ve figured out recently to make the PERFECT chocolate chip cookies: One, is topping them with sea salt before baking. The salt really brings out the chocolate. Next, adding cornstarch. This makes the inside super chewy with a slight crisp on the edges. Another big one, is chilling the dough before they bake (so they don’t spread too thin). One more? Using 2 different kinds of chocolate. My picks were semi-sweet & dark. I know, cray-zay.
I made these for one of our close friends, who might have a slight obsession with chocolate chip cookies. He said they were the best he’s ever had, which trust me, is everything. Sometimes the most common & traditional foods, like chocolate chip cookies, are the hardest to perfect. These are absolute perfection.