31 December 2013

Cinnamon Brownie Cookies

I made cookies yesterday. Christmas cookies to go with some gumbo that the mud guy made. It was really good, and the 5 dozen cookies were gone in about 3 hours, maybe 4.


12 oz. Semisweet Chocolate Chips
4 T Butter
4 Eggs
1 1/2 c Sugar
1 t Vanilla
1/4 t Salt
1 t Cinnamon
1 c All-Purpose Flour
1/2 t Baking Powder


*Preheat the oven to 350*F. Prepare cookie pans with parchment paper, or spread with butter and shake flour over the pan to cover the entire surface.

Combine the chocolate chips and butter. Melt in a microwave safe bowl, cooking for 30 seconds at a time, stirring well and adding time as necessary, until the mixture is smooth. This can also be done in a double boiler. Set aside

Beat the eggs and sugar together, until they begin to turn pale. Add the vanilla and salt.

Mix in the chocolate mixture.  

Add the flour and baking powder and cinnamon and mix until combined. The mix will be quite runny, about like brownie batter.

Drop by rounded teaspoon onto prepared cookie pans. Bake for 10 minutes, or until the cookies are set around the edge and soft in the middle.  

Let sit on the pans for 2 minutes before removing to a cooling rack.

17 December 2013


I have been making a lot of goodies this week, and wrapping them up to give away as holiday gifts.  I made my gramma’s Caramel Corn, I found a recipe for Muddy Buddies, sometimes known as Puppy Chow. And I made some Cocoa Mix and Marshmallows to go with it. 

Leaning tower of spongy sugar.

I am very excited about the Marshmallows, I have been wanting to make those for a long time.  I knew that they were supposed to be pretty easy, but I was still hesitant.  I don’t know if I was scared of making a mess, or a mistake, or ending up with something that is inedible.  

I did end up making a huge mess, but it wasn’t all Marshmallows, and I did make a mistake and have to double the batch right from the beginning.  But the inedible part didn’t happen.

These Marshmallows are really good.  They taste like store-bought marshmallows, but so much better.  So much better.

I used the recipe from Annie’s Eats - Vanilla Bean Marshmallows.  It is a very good place to start.  She explains steps clearly and talks about her experience with them.  I go to Annie’s Eats for a lot of inspiration.

So, so many left.

29 July 2013

Vegan Chocolate Sandwich Cookies

I found a recipe for chocolate sugar cookies, or brownie cookies, or chocolate wafer cookies, whatever you want to call them. The recipe comes from the Smitten Kitchen Cookbook. They looked amazing. Turns out they ARE pretty amazing.

My original plan was to use the cookies to make a pie shell for a chocolate cream pie. 

Naturally plans changed and I never got around to it. So when my sister asked me to go for a bike ride and have dinner with her vegan roommates, I took advantage of my lack of eggs, random can of coconut cream and powdered sugar.

I sandwiched those cookies like crazy.

24 July 2013

Chocolate Cherry Cupcakes, Two Ways

I am a bit addicted to all things chocolate and cherry right now. As long as the cherry part is not actual cherries. I don’t like the mushyness of maraschino cherries or the way pie filling has whole cherries. I spend most of my time with cherry pie eating the goo around the cherries. 

But I love chocolate and cherry shakes, and malts and Blizzards. 


I’m adding cupcakes to the list, also.

I used the recipe and instructions from Annie’s Eats for the first set of cupcakes, pie filling.

 I cheated for the frosting. I used store bought because I don’t have a hand mixer at the rig. 

The second batch I swirled some blended pie filling into the cupcake before baking. 

Then I mixed some into the frosting, too.

27 May 2013

Soft Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies

I am getting better at making up recipes. They are closer and closer to what I want them to be on the first try. Which is good because then I forget what I used in them and have to start all over.

However, occasionally I remember to take my notebook into the kitchen and write things down as I add them. Sometimes I even measure as I add ingredients. 

Soft Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies


1 c Flour
1 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
1/2 tsp Salt
1/4 c Cocoa Powder
1 sticks Salted Butter, softened
1 c Sugar
1 Eggs
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
1/4 c Milk
1/2 c Peanut Butter
1 1/2 c Old Fashioned Oats


Preheat the oven to 350*F. Prepare cookie pan with cooking spray or parchment paper.

Combine the flour, baking powder, cocoa and salt. Set aside.

Cream the butter and sugar. Add the egg and mix well. Add vanilla and milk. 

Slowly add flour mixture to butter mixture.

Add the peanut butter and mix well.
Add oats and combine.

Drop by large tablespoon onto the prepared cookie pans. Bake for 12-14 minutes, until the edges are starting to turn golden. Remove from oven and let cool for 1 minute on the pan before transferring to a rack to cool completely.

These are quite crumbly, but delicious. 

20 May 2013

Strawberry Lemonade Ice Cubes

More strawberry uses. 

I was in the trailer the other day, listening to some show that was left on the TV, and heard this suggestion. Instead of drinking flavored drinks like vitamin water, tea or other sugary drinks, add some fruit to water and let it sit overnight. The water takes the flavor from the fruit and tastes pretty amazing. I was using strawberries with a dash of lemon juice, but this can be done with any fruit: oranges, limes, raspberries, peaches, even cucumbers. 

That made me think of ice cubes, who knows why. But I decided that I needed some strawberry ice cubes for water and lemonade and tea. So I filled a couple trays with strawberries, and when that didn’t seem quite enough, I added a bit of lemonade to fill the spaces. They are pretty delicious and won’t water down your drinks. They make it taste better.

13 May 2013

Chocolate Banana Peanutbutter Smoothie

Cupcake has been making smoothies lately, with some oat and chia powder that she stole from me. The little thief. She also stole my jars that fit my blender. 

I finally made some more powder, it is time consuming as I make it in my coffee grinder and can only do about a quarter cup at a time. And since I wanted enough for a few weeks it took a while. 

When I finished grinding I made a few smoothies for practice. I found some inspiration from Monica at The Yummy Life. I made an apple pie smoothie, a couple strawberry ones and a chocolate banana peanutbutter one.

They are all pretty amazing and taste slightly of oats, but if the oat and chia powder is put through a sieve it doesn’t have any awkward lumps. 

Chocolate Banana Peanutbutter Smoothie

1 Banana
1/2 c Greek Yogurt
1/4 c Milk
1 1/2 T Agave Nectar or 2 T Honey
2 T Cocoa Powder
2 T P2B or Peanutbutter
1/4 c Oat and Chia Powder

Break the banana into chunks and put it into a blender (I put mine into a 2 cup narrow mouth jar, they fit my blender blade). Add the yogurt, milk agave, cocoa, peanutbutter and oat and chia powder.  Blend until smooth.

Pour into a sealable container, or leave in the jar, seal with the lid and put in the fridge for 4 hours, or overnight. The chia seeds will soak up much of the moisture, as will the oats, thickening the smoothie. 

Enjoy on the patio, while reading a good book, on the way to work or while doing homework. 

07 May 2013

Strawberry Vanilla Bean Cupcakes

I spent several days coming up with anything I could to use my flat of strawberries before they went bad.  

I did two versions of the Strawberry Preserves in hopes that the second batch wouldn’t be soupy, and had to leave before I found out.  

However I also made some ice cubes, drank a lot of strawberry and lemon water, made some cupcakes and a smoothie or two.

The cupcakes turned out quite well, almost muffin-like. They were not overly sweet like many cakes and cupcakes. 

The recipe is based on the Vanilla Bean Cupcake recipe in The Sweet Little Book of Cupcakes. I just added about half a cup of mashed strawberries. They turned the batter a pretty pink color with little bits of red. Although, it definitely could have taken more. 

I will update this with a recipe the next time I get a chance. 


22 April 2013

Strawberry Preserves

I got a flat of strawberries grown locally yesterday. I have so many ideas for them, cake, cookies, ice cream, lemonade... 

But the first thing I had to do, after eating as many as I could hold, was make preserves.  I have wanted to make peach preserves for as long as I can remember, and this is a close second.  

I found a basic recipe for preserves on a Southern Food site, and canning directions at Pioneer Woman.

Then I jumped in to hulling and slicing. I have a huller from my adopted aunt and a slicer from my sister than made a 3 hour job last about 30 minutes. And the results are strawberry syrup, so far.  I am hoping that they will thicken, but if not there’s always next time. 

18 March 2013

Ranchero Eggs

You’ll never believe it, but I’m actually posting some of the things I cook again! Well, one anyway. 

I took some pictures of some eggs that I made. 

I know, right? 

I cooked eggs.

Without making sure that they were masked by flour, sugar and, most likely, chocolate.

So without further ado and nonsense. Here are the pictures.

I found this recipe at Annie’s Eats, and it is also in the Smitten Kitchen cookbook. Please make it and enjoy, it’s really not bad, even if you don’t like eggs.


Also, I might be trying this again, to get a balance between the beans and tomatoes that is more appealing to me. I will post my recipe when, and if, I do that.