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Inspiring sweets – January 2012

There are just too many mouth-watering ideas on Pinterest to not have a regular post to share them. I’m thinking maybe it’ll be a monthly thing? We’ll try it out! You can find my first two “Inspiring Sweets” posts here and here.

Angel Food Cupcakes with Blackberry Buttercream

Caramel Topped Shortbread Bites

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownies

Coconut Banana Cream Pie

PB Banana Bites

White Russian Cupcakes with Kahlua Buttercream

What looks the yummiest to you?

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Amazing holiday cookies

I hope everyone has been having a great holiday season! I know I’m kind of late in the game here, but I wanted to post the two cookie recipes I used as Christmas gifts because they were such a hit. And they aren’t “Christmas cookies” by any means – definitely suitable year-round!

I did a trial run of these the weekend before my surgery, and then spent the Friday before Christmas at my parents’ house making them. I may have overdone it by being on my feet all day – I was so sore that night – but the result was worth it! These babies have been getting rave reviews.

Coconut Lime Sugar Cookies

The only prep-work for these is to toast the coconut and zest the lime. To toast the coconut, just spread an even layer of coconut flakes on a plate and microwave for 20-30 seconds at a time, stirring in between, for about 2-3 minutes. DO NOT just put the coconut in the microwave for 2 minutes and walk away. It will burn. I literally stand there and watch it. It should come out a nice golden brown.

Next, zest a lime. I made sure to get every tiny little section of peel for maximum limey flavor. 🙂

Then, it’s your typical sugar cookie recipe. It yields a light, fluffy, delicious batter. I DARE you not to try the batter after the coconut and lime aromas start wafting through the air.

Then, roll the batter into tablespoon-sized balls, roll them in sugar, and bake for 8-10 minutes at 350 degrees. The edges should be golden and the tops will start to crack a little. Top with coconut flakes if desired.

My Dad literally ate about 10 of these over the span of about 30 minutes. The flavors are just perfect. Definitely a cookie I’ll be making again and again!

Get the full recipe here.

Brown Sugar Cookies with Maple Glaze

The combination of brown sugar, cinnamon, and Karo syrup make these cookies moist, chewy, and super flavorful. The first time I made these I followed the directions and used dark Karo syrup, and for the Christmas batch I used light Karo syrup. They were just as good, the color was just slightly lighter (pictures below are from the dark Karo syrup batch). So either will work fine.

Just a warning – this batter is VERY sticky. I rolled the cookies by hand and my hands were completely covered after rolling three cookies. I’m assuming it’s from the Karo syrup.

The recipe makes these cookies giant, but I made them a nice small size.

The maple glaze totally makes this cookie. It’s just powdered sugar, maple extract, a splash of milk, and Karo syrup. This is also super sticky. I recommend piping it through a bag. When I made the first small batch, I just drizzled it on with a spoon. That works too. 🙂

Get the full recipe here.

And since I just made small batches of these the first time around, I’ve got batter all ready to go in the freezer! It’s perfect since it’s just me and the boyfriend at home – I can make a small batch of 1/2 a dozen cookies or so and save the rest for later.

I also tried out Martha Stewart’s Foolproof Holiday Fudge recipe. It was really simple and came out great. Tasted like the real thing! I didn’t end up making fudge for gifts though since I feel like a lot of people do. I wanted to make something different. But if you’re looking for an easy fudge recipe this one’s great.

Did you do any baking this Christmas or receive any particularly yummy homemade gifts? 

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Chocolate chip cookie pie

The boyfriend loves anything that involves chocolate chip cookie batter, so I thought I’d try out this chocolate chip cookie pie recipe as an alternative to standard cookies.

It was also my first time trying out this baby.

After the disaster that was my $6.99 hand mixer, this one worked great. It had a nice low speed that didn’t splatter batter all over my kitchen. It was $19.99 at Target and came in lots of fun colors. I had the hot pink one in my cart and then decided that if I ever wanted a sous chef out of the boyfriend I’d better get the red instead. 🙂

First step was to cream butter and sugar together.

Then add eggs and vanilla.

After mixing in the rest of the ingredients (we omitted the nuts from the recipe), transfer to a deep dish pie shell and bake at 350 degrees for 60-70 minutes.

Voila!

Mmmmm, look at that gooey chocolatey goodness. This was SO GOOD. The texture was just like a pizookie – much lighter and fluffier than a cookie dough. And this probably goes without saying, but this pie MUST be served warm with vanilla ice cream on top. It’s just the only way to do it right.

The texture of this recipe was spot on. Honestly, the boyfriend and I both agreed that it didn’t even need a pie crust! And I am a girl that loves anything with a crust. But I think this batter can stand on it’s own.

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More inspiring sweets!

Here are some more lovely treats from around the web! (All originally found through Pinterest.)

Andes Mint Cupcakes

S’mores Cookie Bars

Caramel Stuffed Apple Cider Cookies

Cookies and Cream Cupcakes

Cinnaburst Bread

Salted Caramel Brownie Bites with Salted Caramel Buttercream

Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies

Malibu Pina Colada Cupcakes with Lime Cream Cheese Frosting

Which treat is most mouth-watering in your mind? 

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Delicious twists on Thanksgiving favorites

Halloween is over, so that means it’s time to start thinking about the holidays! Since we’re flying back to Massachusetts for Christmas, we’re spending Thanksgiving with my cousin down in Orange County, and I’m already thinking about what I want to make. Check out these amazing ideas for traditional Thanksgiving dishes with a unique twist. I’ll let you know what I decide to try out! (All photos/recipes from Closet Cooking.)

Side Dishes

Blue Cheese Mashed Potatoes topped with Caramelized Onions and Mushrooms

Onion Gratin

Maple Dijon Roasted Brussel Sprouts

Goat Cheese Mashed Potatoes with Coffee Gravy

Roasted Butternut Squash with Caramelized Onions, Gorgonzola, and Crispy Fried Sage

I must say, I’m partial to anything with goat cheese in it so those potatoes are my pick!

Main Course

Parmesan and Sage Roasted Turkey Breast

Maple and Chipotle Roasted Turkey Breast

Ham Crusted with Mustard and Gingersnap Crumbs

Roasted Lamb in Coffee Sauce

I won’t have to worry about making the main dish, but I think the maple and chipotle turkey and the ham sound the best!

Desserts 

Vanilla Apple Crisp with Caramel Sauce

Maple Pecan Pie

Dulce de Leche Apple Pie

Sweet Potato Pecan Pie

Pear and Cranberry Crumble 

I’m leaning towards the crumble – they are so easy and it’s hard to mess them up!

Have you started thinking about Thanksgiving dishes yet? Do you usually go traditional, or does your family switch things up?

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Creme brulee and blowtorch fun

The boyfriend’s favorite dessert of all time is creme brulee. I got him a creme brulee set (4 ramekins and a blowtorch) last Christmas, and it took us until last night to actually bust it out. Now I’ll admit it – this is not really homemade. We used a mix that we’ve had on hand for a while. But it’s a start! Next time I’ll make it from scratch – promise.

We heated a cup of milk, a cup of heavy whipping cream, and the mix, stirring constantly until it boiled. Then we reduced the heat to a simmer for about a minute.

Next we transferred it into ramekins and let them chill in the refrigerator for just over an hour. (And yes, I did spill one of these as I moved it from the counter to the fridge. Typical. There’s always some kind of mess involved.)

After they had chilled and set, we got to the fun part – blowtorching!

Mmmmm the top is definitely the best part. So bubbly and crispy!

A fresh berry is the perfect garnish!

This was really yummy. But next time I definitely want to try making it from scratch!

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Inspiring sweets

Pinterest really is a great place to get inspired. It’s where I came across all of the below desserts. Some are inspiring to me simply because of the way they’re photographed. Others are truly outside-the-box recipes. Enjoy!

Cake Batter Truffles

Deep Dark Chocolate Cookies

Pumpkin Ginger Custard

Strawberry Whipped Cream Frosting

Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Cookies

Inside Out Caramel Apples

Pink Lemonade Pie

Blue Velvet Cupcakes

Homemade Butterfingers

Chocolate Wasted Cake

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins

Coconut Truffles


Which of these do you want to try making, or just eating? 🙂 

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