#51 Pumpkin Cookies with Brown Butter Frosting

Happy Thanksgiving!

I just wanted to post this recipe real quick for anyone who wants to make some delicious pumpkin-y treaties for tomorrow. These cookies are more along the lines of little hand cakes rather than a cookie. They’re super moist and topped with this AMAZING brown butter frosting. I was going to put just a simple cream cheese frosting on top, but trust me, the brown butter ads a great nutty flavor to it.

My only issue with this delicious cookie-cakes is that with the heat on in the house, the frosting started to melt and slide off the cookie when I went to check them in the morning! Even though they look a little sad the day after, the taste is still there.

So! If you decide to make these, I suggest making them in the morning and then enjoying them the same day. If you have left overs, put them in the fridge.

I hope you guys enjoy your Thanksgiving with your friends, family, or whomever. Love the people that you are around. I know the holidays can be stressful with lots of family around, but just remember that they love you no matter how much stress isĀ induced… and that they’ll leave in a few days šŸ™‚

I made these pre-thanksgiving for a dessert to have around the house. Tonight, I made a Chocolate Cream Pie and a Caramel-Pecan Apple Pie, and tomorrow morning I’ll finish off with a Bourbon Pumpkin Tart. I’m sorry I can’t post this ahead of time, but if you’d like the recipe, you can always send me an email and I’ll send it on over to you. Otherwise, expect a post Friday! šŸ™‚



#50 Snickerdoodles

Ideal MeĀ is sitting at her desk, listening to some calm yet productively upbeat music while working on those soul sucking college essays for transfer apps.

Actual MeĀ isĀ sitting on the couch watching Top Chef: Texas while looking at pictures of food that I made, but sadly do not have any more. Why don’t I have this food, because it gets eaten so damn fast now! I make a batch of cookies and POOF!

Even my brother, who has a diet that consists of mostly pasta and anything easy (he’s a law student), makes these cookies! Clearly, they’re good cookies if even he is making them. I love you…:)

The name of this cookie is just so silly I cant get over it. Who even thought of that? Why aren’t they called Cinnamon Sugar Cookies? It’s just out of control.

Aside from the ridiculous name, the cookies are amazing. I’m such a chocolate lover, and it is so obvious, but snickerdoodles hold a place in my sweet little heart. I can never just have one snickerdoodle, but then again I can never really just have one of any cookie..can you?

The Snickerdoodle recipe that my mother always used was the Betty Crocker one, and it was the one I always used too. I decided to look online and see what other people were using and found this recipe that got over 3,000 reviews averaging with 4 1/2 stars. Crazy, I know. The funny thing is that the only difference between the two recipes is that this one has vanilla extract, where as Betty’s doesn’t. Next time I think I might do half vanilla and half almond extract. Hmmmm, the possibilities




I’ve got to start figuring out what to make for Thanksgiving! Eek!



#49 Caramel Pecan Brownies

A friend asked me the other day what my favorite dessert is and instantly I float into this fake little dessert world. In this world, there is a big plate with a slightly undercooked brownie in the center of it, dripping with salted caramel, topped with toasted pecans, with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream. Im melting into my chair as I think about that….give me a second…

Alright I’m back.

But really, how delicious does that sound?

So you know what, I made it! Well, a slightly less decadent version…but the taste has not been sacrificed, I assure you that.

Since we (sadly) don’t all have that time to sit down with that giant plate of dripping caramel, this brownie has a layer of caramel and chopped pecans on top. This way, you can chop it into a square and grab it as you go sink into the couch, under a warm blanket.

My favorite part of brownies - the wooden spoon!

Bubbling sugar

Let it get to an amber color (a little past this point)

Video ofĀ Bubbling Sugar. I just had to include this.

After you’ve made that caramel topping, you’re going to look at that pan and think “Oh man this is going to be a pain in the butt to clean”. Fear not, I have a great tip!

TIP TIME: Fill sugar encrusted pot, and any utensils covered in sugar, with water and heat to a boil. This will boil away the hardened sugar and make it easy to clean off.




PS: I apologize in advance for the future delay in posts. It’s college essay time! Bear with me šŸ™‚





#48 Chocolate & Peanut Butter Cupcakes

Happy One Year Anniversary to Thursday Night Baking Blog!!Ā 

I can’t believe it was a year ago today that I decided to start on this crazy adventure! The positive feed back I haveĀ receivedĀ from all of you has been beyond humbling. I love this blog, I love you guys. In the past year I’ve gone from a spare timeĀ WordpressĀ blog to having my own domain name and making it on to FoodGawker and TasteSpotting. I smile so big just thinking about it. Thanks for being so awesome! Cheers to going strong! ::clink::

In honor of this fabulous day (although it’s raining here in So.Cal) I thought I would share with you these absolutely delicious cupcakes! Chocolate and Peanut Butter is the ultimate combination for me. I could bake just Chocolate and Peanut ButterĀ goodies for the rest of my time and be quite happy. But imagine Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, orĀ TagalongsĀ if you’re a Girl Scout Cookie eater (so good…). This is a moist chocolate cupcake with a silky smooth Peanut Butter Frosting. It’s heaven in your mouth, I kid you not. I’m considering making this frosting and keeping it on hand to put on oreo’s when I am too tired to bake – it’s that good.