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?
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.
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.
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.)
Blue Cheese Mashed Potatoes topped with Caramelized Onions and Mushrooms
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!
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!
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?
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!