Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Red Velvet Oreo S'mores Cookies


I debated between two recipes to share with you this week and I guess the Valentine's Day theme game was just too strong. I baked some cupcakes for my sister last week, as it was her lovely birthday, and wondered if I should dedicate a post and recipe for her birthday. Ah, well, I decided I should post all my Valentine's day recipes first! Plus, I did a post for her last year and the cupcakes are fit for Spring, not the middle of Winter.

In hindsight, I should`ve added Valentine-themed sprinkles and jimmies on top of these cookies. But, the idea just didn`t occur to me until now. So, totally do that, if you make these! In my book, any red colored food (or any luscious sweets, really) is fit for Valentine's Day. Hey, what can I say, I love me some sweets. ;)

The beauty of these cookies is the fact that they`re not complicated cookies. You don`t need to make a billion different colored royal icing to outline and fill sugar cookies. These red velvet Oreo s'mores cookies are simply drop cookies with a little pizzazz.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Banana Berry Bread Pudding with Banana Bourbon Sauce


So, I`m not sure why, but I really want this new Exploding Kittens card game that was introduced to the world today. Before you freak out, it`s not really kittens, being mistreated at ALL. I`m not sure if any of you know what The Oatmeal is, but it`s been around for ages, and the creator is part of this new project (along with two other XBOX game industry people).

I saw it this morning and have been wondering ALL day whether or not to join the Kickstarter campaign. It`s been exploding (hah, so pun-ny) with success. When I saw it earlier today, it was short of $500k, but now it has reached almost $1.5 MILLION! Say, whatttttt? Okay, I think I might just join. Haha!

Okay, on a totally unrelated note, Valentine`s day is a quick 4 weeks away. I`m sure all the blogs are talking about it already or will soon. (I`m months behind on my blog feed.) If you have a special somebody, you might be brainstorming or preparing for what you`ll do...

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Banana Crumb Cake


If you love bananas, I`m sure you`re not new to baking with them. I love eating them and I love baking with them, so I have many banana recipes. Luckily for me, my "little" cousin also LOVES bananas. Their family loves banana bread, so I`m constantly sharing new banana bread recipes with them to taste test.

It was my cousin`s birthday and he requested banana cake. At first, it was a brownie he wanted. Then, the day before his birthday party, he called me and decided he wanted a banana cake instead. I had to giggle inside my head. Kids! I love their thought process. Thinking to myself, I knew he was most likely referring to banana bread, not banana cake. Yet, I didn`t inquire any further. I mean, if he says cake, I`ll bake him a cake! Plus, I felt a cake was more birthday-worthy compared to a banana bread loaf.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Apple Crumble Cinnamon Rolls


Happy New Year! Can you really believe it`s already the year 2015?!! This is my first post of the year, so I decided to post something incredibly amazing to start off another year of learning (and tasting) the art of baking. :)

I went to bed at 11pm on New Year's Eve (yeah, no countdown!) because my family and I woke up at 3am to drive over to Arizona to visit family for the new year. I posted a picture of these rolls on my Instagram that day. I wanted to share the recipe, but did not get the chance to write a post. Haha~

It`s so hard to concentrate and create posts whenever both my sisters are home. They were on vacation and chilling the entire two weeks they were here. It made me super jealous when they slept in while I had to go to work! I baked a lot and we all ate a lot.

You know what`s so great about cinnamon rolls? They`re the ultimate comfort dessert food. Unfortunately, they`re not figure friendly. If only, right? It`s the new year, so maybe you have resolutions to maintain a healthy lifestyle or get fitter/stronger...well, if you count calories, these might not be for you. However, if you do believe a little treat a once or twice a week will do, take on the challenge to make cinnamon rolls! When I make cinnamon rolls, I tend to eat half for breakfast and another half as a treat later on in the day. Not, so bad this way, right?

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Brown Butter Toffee Shortbread Cookies


Merry Christmas!! Happy Holidays everyone! :)

This week`s post is coming to you late since it`s been so crazy with my sisters back. Plus, the holidays and all. :) But, they`re all good things. It`s tradition for my family to celebrate on Christmas Eve. I had a delicious dinner with my family last night. My sister and I each made a pie to bring for dessert and they were completely devoured! You bet I made this puff pastry apple pie!

I made these cookies TWICE in the span of a week because they were so amazing. Like, these cookies are seriously delicious. I can eat them like I eat chips. And, I eat a LOT of chips. I was so surprised by how much I loved them.

When I received shortbread cookies from the cookie swap from Sara, I was amazed at how addicting shortbread cookies were. I usually need to eat cookies (and most desserts) with milk. But, I could actually eat a TON of these without any milk. The toffee bits are a great addition to the batter. The Health toffee bits become oozing bits of chocolate and toffee scattered throughout each cookie, which I love.