Most cookies fall into one of three categories: chewy, thin (crisp & flat), or puffy (cakey). This is from the bible of Alton Brown, who has a recipe to satisfy each preference. If forced to choose, I am chewy ALL THE WAY! I usually avoid cakey cookies like the plague (well, I mean, unless there are no other cookies around, in which case I’ll partake without hesitation, because just about any cookie is always better than no cookie). But I do LOVE my pumpkin treats in the fall — pumpkin pie, pumpkin whoopie pies, harvest squares (my favorite) and even the the oh-so-puffy, the unavoidably cakey, pumpkin cookie. However, when I recently learned that by using pudding mix and browned butter I could combine pumpkin and cookie into something that transcended both the fluffy and the chewy, a texture that melts in your mouth, and a flavor that screams autumn for days, well, I knew the holidays would never be the same. MAKE THESE!
Archive for the ‘cookies’ Category
Never, ever, ever, let me buy my trick-or-treating candy ahead of time again. Because it’s half-way gone. And it’s only been three days. I can see the way the scales are turning this week. So, I’ve surrendered to the inevitable. It’s better just to finish the bag off quickly, right? The faster you eat, the fewer the calories?
Well, as long as we’re stuck inside waiting for this big storm to come and go, I thought I’d get rid of some of the candy by baking and sharing these monster cookies. They are really just a fabulously rich and chewy recipe for brown butter chocolate chip cookies, one of my new favorites! (Brown butter should be added to the ranks of chocolate and bacon, it can make almost anything better.) So, throw in some Kraft caramels and some orange m&ms and you’ve got a real, bona fide Halloween treat! (more…)
Ashley and I both made these bars independently. When I asked her how she liked them, she said it perfectly, “This is what a cookie bar should be!” We’ve both noticed that all too often the cookie bars at bakeries, delis, etc, just don’t match the expectation we have in our heads. Could be a hidden and unwelcome fruitiness, maybe not enough chocolate, just plain dry, or outright bland. Well these chocolate caramel bars will NOT disappoint. They have plenty of caramel, chocolate, butter and gooey goodness, along with just the right amount of crunch. See? Everything a cookie bar should be. (more…)
Have you ever noticed how how polarizing nuts can be!? Seriously, I feel as though everyone I ask either LOVES the nuts in baked goods, or HATES the nuts. A personal example – my 8-year-old Sam is the LEAST picky eater I’ve ever met. Seriously, when he was home last week with pneumonia I wanted to baby him and asked what he’d like to eat – ice cream, chicken soup, anything his heart desired. What does he request? Brussel sprouts! Honestly, when we lived in Japan he’d try every strange smelling/looking food that the rest of us backed away from. We’d all watch in awe while he sampled raw octopus, fermented soybean, and pickled plums, just to name a few. The one thing Sam absolutely refuses to eat? Baked goods with nuts! Is there anyone who is feels lukewarm on this issue? (more…)
Who doesn’t love a fun new twist on the s’more? I’ve got so many bookmarked, it’s hard to decide which one to try. This version includes a good amount of graham cracker crumb in the dough, along with Jet Puffed Mallow Bits, which remind me a lot of the Lucky Charms marshmallows. The Mallow Bits are absolutely genius in this case, because they don’t disintegrate when they’re baked, like the real marshmallows tend to do. Complete the s’more trifecta with mini Hershey Kisses, chunks of a giant Hershey’s bar, or, my favorite, Ghiradelli’s large milk chocolate chips. WOW! Portable s’mores, campfire not necessary. (more…)
OK, Ashley and I have noticed a trend in our post write-ups: easy and delicious. Although we do love a challenge when we have some extra time (and I swear it’s not due to an uncreative or unimaginative vocabulary!), easy and delicious just seem to be our style. So here’s another amazingly easy and delicious recipe that we highly recommend. Seriously, even if you’re not a big coconut or lime fan, you could really enjoy these treats. And by the way, we tried a few other disappointing coconut and lime recipes (love you Martha, but this pie was deceptively beautiful) before striking gold with this one. So when we say delicious, we MEAN delicious! Promise.
OK, it’s time to go green! I think the Irish are onto something when they say, “A good laugh and a long sleep are the two best cures.” But personally, I’ve found that cupcakes and brownies can be a pretty good (if not better!) cure too. So, if you love treats like I do, and you’re looking for a St. Patrick’s day recipe, look no further! Here are our top picks for the holiday: (more…)
First things first: We just have to share how extremely excited we are about Two Tiny Kitchens’ brand and site makeover, designed by Linsey Laidlaw, freelance art director and graphic designer. (Visit Linsey’s blog and website to see more of her work and the things that inspire her!) She’s got mad skills (abnormally adorable babies as well), and we’re just so happy that she decided to share them with us. We love, love, LOVE it! (more…)
These here bars are some of our absolute favorite treats of all time! We know we love them, and we know they are delicious, but when we actually make them they manage to far exceed expectations, EVERY TIME!! Raspberry and almond are truly a match made in heaven. (more…)
These may not sound all that exciting, but I always fall for the dessert surprise in disguise. I was shocked to discover that both the cupcake and the frosting taste EXACTLY (IMHO) like chocolate chip cookie dough. They are supposed to be stuffed with cookie dough balls, but if that’s too much for you, they are equally delicious without. Really, they were much, much tastier than I had anticipated. Highly recommend to any chocolate chip cookie dough fans! (more…)