Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches to Beat the Heat

It’s been a scorcher this weekend in the city; the humidity and heat has made me retreat and say inside in the air conditioning. So in order to help myself stay cool, I’ve decided to make some good ole fashion vanilla bean ice cream, sandwiched in between two soft baked chocolate chip cookies! Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups half-and-half 1 cup heavy whipping cream 1 vanilla bean 2 eggs + 1 egg yolk 1 cup cane sugar Split the vanilla bean in half, length-wise, and scrap out the seeds. In a…

Who Says Great Things Don’t Come in Small Sizes – Mini Donuts!!!

It’s been a while since I’ve baked anything new in my kitchen. I think partly it’s cause I don’t have the patience lately to wait for something to cool before devouring it, and I’ve kind of hit a wall with what to bake. However, there’s this vendor at the Falls Church Farmer’s Market that serves the most appetizing mini donuts, I can literally smell the butter and sugar as I approach their booth. And it got me thinking, even though my husband adamantly vetoes my decision to buy a donut…

Did Someone Say Chocolate Cupcakes with Nutella Frosting?

It’s been a while since I’ve baked cupcakes and what’s easier and more delicious than chocolate cupcakes? I happen to stumble on a recipe that used Nutella frosting; normally I use my go-to butter cream frosting, but couldn’t pass up a chance to try something new! It seems like Nutella has been quite a trend lately, who doesn’t want that delicious rich hazelnut flavor, especially over chocolate! I think that’s a win win combination! Yields: dozen cupcakes Cook Time: 17 minutes Cupcake Ingredients: 3/4 cup all-purpose flour 3/4 cup cane sugar 1/4…

Fresh From the Oven Banana Bread

Inspired by all the baking and cooking happening on Twitter, I really wanted to make something new and decided I’d give banana bread a try. I’ve been on a banana kick lately anyway, so I just so happen to have some ripe bananas in the house. Cook Time: 1 hour Ingredients: 4 ripe bananas 1/3 cup unsalted butter, melted 1 cup cane sugar 1 egg, lightly beaten 1 tsp vanilla extract 1 tsp baking soda pinch of salt 1 1/2 cup all purpose flour Preheat oven to 350. Cut the…

S’more Bites for Dessert

Sometimes I’m just in the mood for a quick dessert and really don’t want to pull out my KitchenAid mixer to whip something together. I came across a recipe for s’more cupcakes and tweaked it a little to make one-bite cupcake treats! It seemed easy enough to make and I could already picture myself devouring these bite-size goodies! Yield: 24 pieces Cook Time: 7 minutes Ingredients: 7 whole graham crackers 1/4 cup powdered sugar 6 tbsp unsalted butter, melted 2 bars milk chocolate candy, broken into large chunks 12 large marshmallows, cut in half…

Butterscotch and Chocolate Chip Cookies for Dessert

After dinner, I really was craving something sweet, but didn’t have much to choose from in my pantry. I did however find a bag of butterscotch chips and chocolate chips, so I thought it’d be a great idea to do some baking. Cookies are so quick and easy to make, so I knew I had to only wait a few short minutes to get my hand on some fresh out of the oven goodness! Yields: 3 dozen Bake Time: 12 minutes Ingredients: 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon baking soda…

Getting a Serving of Veggies with Zucchini Muffins

I was really in the mood for pumpkin muffins, especially after seeing all the gorgeous pumpkins at the farmer’s market. But my husband isn’t a big fan of pumpkins and I just couldn’t bake a dozen muffins and eat them all myself; I still wanted that hearty and spiced full  muffin to satiate my craving, so I decided to compromise and make zucchini muffins instead! I love zucchini bread, so why not make it in a muffin tin. Serving Size: 1 dozen Cook Time: 35 minutes Ingredients: 3 cups finely…

Chocolate-Mascarpone Cookie Sandwiches!

It’s been a while since I’ve tried baking something new in the kitchen, so after my husband ordered a whoopie pie for dessert one night, I wanted to make something similar at home. I found a variety of recipes for simple cookies and filling, but nothing that really wowed me. So I decided, why not mix two of the things I truly love, chocolate and the mascarpone frosting for my tiramisu cupcakes! Serving Size: 9 cookie sandwiches Cook Time: 10 minutes Ingredients: For the Cookies 10 tablespoons unsalted butter, room…

My Very First Apple Pie

It’s late September and the orchards are brimming with apples. Nothing says welcome to Autumn like strolling through the farmer’s market and seeing buckets of apples in a variety of colors. So I decided to pick up some apples and make my very first pie! Serving Size: 8 Cook  Time: 55 minutes Ingredients: Crust 2 cups all purpose flour 1/2 cup almond flour 2 sticks of cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2″ cubes 1 tsp sea salt 1 tsp light brown sugar 4 tbsp ice cold water Filling 2/3 cups…

Chocolate Chip Cupcakes with Buttercream Frosting

There are days when I just get random cravings and this happens to be one of them. I was really craving a chocolate chip cookie, but wanted to try something a little different. So why not try making a chocolate chip cupcake? Yields: 2 dozen Cook Time: 25 minutes Ingredients: 3 1/4 cups sifted non-self rising cake flour 1 1/2 tablespoons baking powder 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 3/4 sticks unsalted butter, softened 1 3/4 cups sugar 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons milk 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract 5 large egg…