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.

Continue Reading

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.
Continue Reading

Mini Vanilla Bean Cake… and some other things

Mini Vanilla Cake | The Blonde Buckeye

Over the past few months, I’ve done my best to keep up with new recipes for you guys, but sometimes they were a little sparse… This was a combination of being just plain busy, but also INSANELY tired. Because… I’m pregnant! If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve probably known for a little while about our baby boy, but I thought I should just put it out there (in case I start coming up with some weird food combinations). I actually lost my sweet tooth for a few months, but it is back with a vengeance and I have some crazy good recipes coming up!Continue Reading

Triple Lemon Cupcakes

Triple Lemon Cupcakes | The Blonde Buckeye

One of my most popular AND favorite recipes ever was my Triple Lemon Macarons. Oh man, they were sooo good! I wanted to make another version of this treat, since the elements just went together so well… But this time, in cupcake form, with my Triple Lemon Cupcakes. I have a new love of lemon curd, especially when it comes to desserts. Lemon curd and buttercream are a match made in heaven.Continue Reading

Cinnamon Rolls with Vanilla Bean-Cream Cheese Icing

Cinnamon Rolls | The Blonde Buckeye

Do you know what you’re having for breakfast on Christmas morning? Now you do (whether you celebrate Christmas or not…). I have never actually made Cinnamon Rolls from scratch. I know, it’s kind of crazy. I guess there are several reasons that I haven’t… Like the fact that there’s only 2 of us, there’s not a huge need for a giant batch of cinnamon rolls. As much as I’d like to eat them everyday, it’s just not a good idea. Second, this may come as a shock, but my husband isn’t that into sweets. He likes a good chocolate chip cookie or some ice cream every now and then, but items like ‘pastries’ are definitely not at the top of his list. For some reason though I just wanted some, so I made a half batch. It was the perfect amount; it made about 10 smallish rolls (or you could make 4-5 large ones too). If you’re making them for more people, just double the recipe and use a larger pan.Continue Reading

Brown Butter Vanilla Bean Chocolate Chip Blondies

Brown Butter Vanilla Bean Chocolate Chip Blondies | The Blonde Buckeye

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?).

Continue Reading

Double Vanilla Bean Cupcakes

Vanilla Bean Cupcakes | The Blonde Buckeye

There are times that you just want a ‘classic’.  You just want to wear your favorite jeans & tshirt, instead of messing around with all the other stuff.  But it’s like, a really really nice & soft tee that fits just magically.  That’s what these cupcakes are.  They sound basic, but they’re perfect.  I just tweaked my basic vanilla cupcake & vanilla buttercream recipes by adding the seeds from vanilla beans.  First of all, I just adore the way they look with those little black vanilla beans coming through.  They just look fancy.  Also, the vanilla flavor is just sooo good, something I don’t think you can replicate quite the same with vanilla extract.

Continue Reading