Monday, December 15, 2014

Red Velvet Butter Cookies

It`s that time of year again, everybody! Today is cookie reveal day for the annual Food Blogger Cookie Swap hosted by Love & Olive Oil and The Little Kitchen. It`s basically a gigantic cookie swap between active food bloggers from around the world (mainly, the US). We bake some yummy, homemade cookies and send a dozen cookies to each of our 3 matches. In turn, we also receive a dozen cookies from 3 random food bloggers!

This is my third year participating and I always love receiving cookies in the mail. It`s a joyous surprise seeing what kind of cookie you`ll receive and from whom! This year, I received some very memorable and delicious cookies from 3 awesome bloggers. I received peanut butter snickerdoodle bites from Lisa at Blogghetti, chocolate pinwheels from Melissa at Fried Rice & Donut Holes, and brown butter shortbread cookies from Sara at Confectionary Tales of a Bakeaholic. Thank you ladies! The cookies were awesome and my stomach enjoyed them very much! :)

The last two years I sent out cookies using original recipes I created. Unfortunately, I didn`t have as much time this year to test multiple batches of cookies before sending them out. So, I turned to other food bloggers from last year for some inspiration! As I was looking through the previous years of cookie swap submissions, I was reminded of red velvet gooey butter cookies. This is an extremely popular recipe on the internet and I wanted to see why for myself!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

English Toffee

I made candy!! I actually made these ages ago since my sisters were visiting and we were all talking about our childhood love for Almond Roca. Honestly, I had no idea it was even toffee candy until a few years ago. I just knew it was candy and I was absolutely smitten with them.

English toffee recipes seemed straight-forward enough so I decided on the spot that I was going to make some English toffee that day for us to munch on.

I`ll admit, I love Almond Roca, but this toffee stuff really gets into the grits of your teeth! I also read a lot of comments on ways to reduce this from happening. But, that day I just wanted to make some toffee and wasn`t worrying so much about it. Haha!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Red Velvet Truffle Cheesecake Cookies

Oh my goodness,`s really almost over. 2014 has only a handful of weeks left! Christmas music has been playing on the radio since before Thanksgiving! I feel like Thanksgiving is almost the forgotten holiday with all the Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping craziness. Nevertheless, if you`re in the US, I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving holiday, full of food and thankfulness. I had a great time with family and I definitely had more than 1 food baby this weekend! Haha~

Whether or not you celebrate Christmas as a religion or as a festive holiday, it`s sort of the time of giving. And, it`s GREAT to give cookies. Especially homemade see where I`m getting at, don`t cha?

`Tis the season to eat cookies, fa la la la la, la la la la la~

I have a wonderfully, awesome, and appropriately red-colored cookies for you today. Red velvet cookies studded with chocolate truffles and swirls of cream cheese! I hope you hear the merrily jingles of bells in your head as you think and bake these cookies. :)

Monday, November 24, 2014

Rustic Pumpkin Crumble Tart

Thanksgiving is this week!! Ahh, I can`t believe 2014 is almost over, with a little over a month left to go. Can you believe it?! I felt like it was just New Years a few months ago.

You are probably really busy (maybe even super stressed, too?) if you`re hosting your family`s Thanksgiving dinner this year. The reins of the cooking lays in your hands and nobody wants to disappoint their family on Thanksgiving! But really, this day is about giving thanks and being thankful for all that you have. If your food gets a little cold because you were crazily running around the kitchen making another dish, it`s okay. Because, you`ll be with the people you love. Even if you`re with a large family setting, or with just one friend, or maybe no one. It`s always good to take a pause once in awhile and be thankful for everything you have in life!

I`m sure if you`re hosting a huge Thanksgiving feast, your dinner menu has been decided and you don`t need any last minute ideas. This post is mainly for those small Thanksgiving dinners. Maybe you couldn`t attend a big Thanksgiving dinner and it`s just you and a few friends. That doesn`t mean you shouldn`t be able to have pumpkin pie, right? I can`t have you miss out on some pumpkin pie action!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Double Apple Croissant Waffles

I love homemade stuff. I mean, it`s what this blog is all about. However, I still love cheats like puff pastry and refrigerated dough. Those Pillsbury canned dough are some of my favorite things to work with. Not sure why, but I love working with them to make fun stuff (aside from the dough`s intended purposes, i.e. croissants).

The internet has been in love with waffling all sorts of foods. And heck, this is a trend I want to jump all over. I absolutely love waffles! I just dislike cleaning my waffle iron after making them...

I wanted to waffle croissant dough, because we all know croissants are crispy, flaky and just full of amazingness. Of course, I knew if I waffled the dough it`s not going to be exactly the same. They`re still crispy and full of amazingness, people. Waffling food deserves to be "a thing." Also, since you iron press the dough, the edges of the waffles is sort of free-from and has that Instagram-vintage-cool look and feel. (Did I even make sense?!)