Baked Sunday Mornings: Peanut Butter Blossoms

We’re winding down Baked Occasions by Matt Lewis in Baked Sunday Mornings, and this week’s recipe was another holiday cookie- the classic peanut butter blossom. I was expecting to like these since we make a family recipe of a very similar cookie every Christmas season in mass quantities. I somehow managed to pick up a…

Summer Vacation Cookies!

Let’s just say this up front- these were SO much fun to make and I got great reactions from family and friends! I used this flamingo cutter- albeit- I may have bent his neck a bit to widen it so they stopped breaking at the same single point. The watermelon cutter is from the ever…

TWD: Anzac Biscuits

In honor of ANZAC Day on April 25th, we made classic ANZAC Biscuits. ANZAC is an acronym for the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. These cookies are an interesting combination of oats, coconut, butter, flour, sugar and Golden Syrup (cane sugar syrup). I only keep unsweetened coconut in the house, so I used that,…

Baked: Tri Color Cake

This week’s Baked Sunday Mornings was a rather intimidating 8 inch three layer almond cake covered in dark chocolate ganache. I scaled the cake down to a 6 inch three layer cake, and honestly, I could have scaled it down even more. This cake was still huge. We really enjoyed this cake, and shared slices…

TWD: Salted Chocolate Caramel Bars

These were spectacularly good, but also incredibly messy and sticky! I slightly overbaked my shortbread, even though it was according to Dorie’s instructions (on the low end) and with an oven thermometer in the oven since I found out via a frozen pizza that the electric oven in our new house is a whopping 25-30…

Mini Dark Chocolate Eclairs

Ready for this one? This was my first time making pate choux since leaving pastry school. I knew that I still knew how to make it… I just had to trust myself. Big deep breaths… and mini eclairs! The recipe I used from King Arthur advised making small slices in the tops after baking to…

BSM: Nutella Chip Cookies

I found the Baked Sunday Mornings page a few weeks ago while exploring another Tuesday’s with Dorie baker’s blog page, and decided to jump in for the remainder of Baked Occasions. These Nutella Chip Cookies presented somewhat of a problem for me- I tried three different stores for hazelnuts in my area and had no…

Gingersnap Vanilla Buttercream Sandwich Cookies

These were a cheat that I’m not even truly that ashamed of. They were quick, simple and very good. I whipped up a batch of vanilla bean buttercream and piped a thin layer in between part of a package of our Nyakers Gingersnaps from Sweden via Try the World. After trying one box, we found…

Peppermint Meringues

This is from no book, just pastry school knowledge shoved to the back of my brain until I was confronted with extra egg whites from making Panettone tomorrow. I mentioned it to my guy and he had no idea of what they were. After that, it was a done deal. Here I am with a…

Strawberry Shortcakes

Ok, I have to admit that when I find a recipe in this book that is pre-1950 or so, I get absurdly excited. It was a snowy snowy morning, day and night- we got about 8 inches of snow yesterday and I wanted to make this. However, I didn’t have any baking powder. So my…