Mini Chocolate Tarts with Chocolate Chip Cookie Crust

Mini Chocolate Tarts with Chocolate Chip Cookie Crust | The Blonde Buckeye

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

Chocolate-Peanut Butter Macarons

Chocolate Macarons with Peanut Butter Buttercream | The Blonde Buckeye

I know, I know – another ‘buckeye’ recipe. Don’t worry, not every recipe will be chocolate & peanut butter, but I just had to share these.

Over the last month when I was switching over from the old blog, I became slightly obsessed with mastering the French Macaron. Something about this challenging cookie lit a fire under my baking butt.  I thought, no problem, I got this.  Well, as a lot of people say, it wasn’t quite as easy as I thought.  Don’t get me wrong, even the batches that I fumbled still tasted insanely good, but they didn’t have the little macaron specifics that they were supposed to.  My first batch literally didn’t have ‘feet’ at all, they were like hard-shelled whoopie pies.  Then my second & third batches were hollow on the inside.  But by my fourth batch, I figured out what worked. I think I made all of the mistakes that people commonly make with those four batches.  But also, I think those mistakes helped me learn what works for me & my kitchen (& what doesn’t work).Continue Reading

Welcome! (with Buckeye Brownies)

Buckeye Brownie | The Blonde Buckeye

Oh hey there guys, welcome to my new blog, The Blonde Buckeye.  Many of you will be coming from my previous blog, The Brass Halo, so I wanted to give you a little introduction & explanation as to why I made this switch.

When I started The Brass Halo 2 years ago, I wanted to do everything.  Every kind of post I could think of.  Over those 2 years, I found out that the recipes were my first love.  With that being said, I decided to re-focus a bit & start a new blog that was entirely based around food & recipes.  I took the liberty of carrying over my top 20-or-so recipes to start things off (i just couldn’t bare to leave those guys behind).

One more thing, just as a little disclaimer.  I didn’t use a web designer to build this site, so things might be a little wonky for a bit while I figure out all the kinks.  So I apologize in advance for any broken links or any other random mishaps.  Any comments & questions are always welcome, but just know that I will be trying my best to iron everything out.

I hope you enjoy this change as much as I do, because I’m pretty excited about it. Now onto the sweet stuff… Buckeye Brownies (Mmmmmm). These are sure to rock your world. A layer of gooey brownies, topped with a peanut butter-buttercream, THEN topped with a peanut butter-chocolate glaze. I’m not messing around for my first newbie. But you are gonna love them!Continue Reading