Green Tea Kit Kat-White Chocolate Chip Cookies

White Chocolate Green Tea Kit Kat Cookies | The Blonde Buckeye

I’m not sure if you knew how many different Kit Kat flavored there are, but there are a TON! My husband loves Asian food more than anyone I know, so when I spotted Green Tea Kit Kats at our local Japanese market I had to try them. Even though I’m not huge into green tea flavored anything, these are so good.

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Chewy Oatmeal Raisinet Cookies

Chewy Oatmeal Raisinet Cookies | The Blonde Buckeye

Okay don’t get mad at me. I DID say, that I do not like raisins in my oatmeal cookies. I guess by that, I meant just raisins. I found a loop hole: Chewy Oatmeal Raisinet Cookies. Since chocolate seems to make everything better, I had a lightbulb-went-off moment when I was scouting the candy isle at the grocery store. I mean, it just made sense. I also used 100% rolled oats for this one too. And let me tell you, the texture of these cookies is out of this world. Super, super chewy. I think I converted over. My new philosophy is raisins are acceptable if chocolate is involved. Seems so obvious now…

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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

Chewy Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

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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.

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Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies

Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies with Cornstarch | The Blonde Buckeye

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.

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Chewy Peanut Butter-Nutella Swirl Cookies

Chewy Peanut Butter-Nutella Swirl Cookies | The Blonde Buckeye

When you make cookie dough one day, & bake them another, it seems like a lot less work for some reason.  Also it seems like your cookies turn out better (chewier & softer & just yummier).  Or maybe it’s just me…  Either way, these cookies were awesome.  Super soft, super chewy & delicious!  I brought them to my office & they vanished like a white rabbit in a hat.  Highly recommended!

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Birthday Cake-Oreo Pretzel Cookies

Birthday Cake-Oreo Pretzel Cookies | The Blonde Buckeye

I know that’s a mouthful, but hopefully your mouth can be full of Birthday Cake-Oreo Pretzel Cookies soon.  Last week I decided to make some sort of ‘cookies n’ cream’ cookie, & when I went to store I found out it was national pretzel day.  As I was shopping for some pretzels to add in, I saw them…  Birthday Cake Oreos (wwwhat?).  I couldn’t not buy them.  Let me tell you, they are good… dare I say, better than regular Oreos.  The end result: the cookies were kind of crispy on the edges, but very chewy & soft in the middle.  The most delicious kind of cookie, if you ask me.  You could also break up the pretzels in the cookies too, but I just like the way they look on the top.

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