I haven’t lost all interest in baking and blogging over the past year (eek!), I promise I have had good reason for my hiatus!

Miss Sloane Elise Peterson entered our world on April 9th, 2016 and life has never been better or felt more complete.

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When OXO contacted me about participating in their Cookies For Kids’ Cancer campaign this year, I knew that it was the perfect opportunity to jump back in the saddle and share a fabulous recipe and cause with you all.  OXO has also teamed up with Dorie Greenspan for this project as the baking guru just launched her Dorie’s Cookies cookbook.  Anyone who knows me knows that I will choose a cookie as dessert over any other treat and since Dorie is one of my all-time favorite bakers and cookbook authors, I could hardly wait to try out one of her new cookie recipes.  The best part of the project is that OXO will donate $100 for this post to the leading pediatric cancer centers in the U.S. whose missions are to develop better treatments for children’s cancer.  In total, OXO will be donating up to $100,000 to this worthy cause just for this campaign alone.  CLICK HERE to learn about how you can contribute to Cookies For Kids’ Cancer by hosting your own event.

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Dorie’s Almond Crescent cookies are likable for many reasons.  First, the dough comes together so quickly and there is no need to chill it before baking.  Most importantly, the cookies are delicious thanks to the nutty flavor from the almond meal and crunchy texture of the crescent-shaped cookies.

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These cookies were also a joy for me to make because of the OXO Illuminating Digital Hand Mixer that literally lights your way to creating perfect baked goods.  The mixer is quiet and smoothly transitions between speeds, it sits flat on your countertop thanks to the wrap and secure cord and flat base to the mixer and best of all, it makes ensuring that your cookies are thoroughly mixed easy because a softly glowing LED light illuminates your batter as you mix.

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In addition to the mixer, I thought that I had a favorite baking sheet until that idea went out the window when I tried the OXO Non-Stick Pro Cookie Sheet!

6p8a7438 Dorie’s recipe advised using parchment paper to line your baking sheet prior to baking the Almond Crescents, but there was just no need to grease my cookie sheet or line it with anything because the OXO cookie sheet has this innovative grid-like micro-texture pattern that evenly bakes and ensures that cookies are easily removable.  Honestly, I think all of my other cookies sheets will be donated to the grill cookware pile and I will buy another OXO Non-Stick Pro Cookie Sheet and they will be the only cookie sheets that I use from now on!

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The Almond Crescents are finished with a dusting of powdered sugar and OXO’s Bakers’ Dusting Wand makes this final step fun and easy.

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Almond Crescent Cookies
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Serves: 30
 
Made with almond flour and flavored with vanilla these molded crescent cookies can be covered with a heavy layer of powdered or granulated sugar right after they come from the oven.
Ingredients
  • 2 sticks (8 ounces; 226 grams) unsalted butter, cut into chunks, at room temperature
  • ½ cup (100 grams) sugar
  • ½ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1½ teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • ¼ to ½ teaspoon pure almond extract,
  • to taste (optional)
  • 1¾ cups (238 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 1⅓ cups (133 grams) almond flour Granulated or confectioners’ sugar, for coating
Instructions
  1. Position the racks to divide the oven into thirds and preheat it to 350 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
  2. Working with a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, or in a large bowl with a hand mixer, beat the butter, sugar and salt together on medium speed until smooth, about 3 minutes. Beat in the vanilla and the almond extract, if you’re using it, then scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl. With the machine off, add the all-purpose flour all at once and then pulse the mixer to start blending. Mix on low speed until the flour is almost incorporated, then add the almond flour and mix only until it disappears into the mixture and the dough comes together.
  3. Using a medium cookie scoop, scoop out walnut-size nuggets of dough or use a tablespoon. Work each piece into a compact ball between your palms and then roll it on the counter into a rope about 4 inches long. Bend the rope into a crescent, pinch the ends lightly and place on the baking sheets, leaving about 2 inches between the crescents.
  4. Bake for 19 to 21 minutes, rotating the sheets top to bottom and front to back after 10 minutes, or until the cookies are golden at their tips, pale everywhere else and set, but too fragile to lift without breaking. Transfer the baking sheets to racks and let the cookies rest for 5 minutes before you give them the sugar treatment.
  5. Put the sugar in a small bowl and, one by one, dredge the cookies in sugar to coat and place on racks to cool. (I dusted the cookies with powdered sugar using the OXO Bakers' Dusting Wand)
  6. Storing
  7. The dough can be kept, covered, in the refrigerator for up to 2 days, or wrapped airtight and frozen for up to 2 months. If you decide to freeze the dough, I think you’ll find it more convenient to shape it first and freeze the crescents; let the crescents come to cool room temperature before baking them. If you omit the sugar coating, the baked cookies can be wrapped and frozen for up to 2 months. The baked cookies will keep for about 3 days; give them a fresh dusting of confectioners’ sugar before serving.

 

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Do you like brownies?  Do you like truffles?  Oh you do?  Great, then you will go crazy for these Chocolate Truffle Cookies!

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These cookies truly are a hybrid between a slightly crispy-on-the-outside cookie, a gooey brownie and a rich luscious, velvety truffle.  Chocolate lovers like me will go nuts for them.  They are on the smaller side as far as cookies go and that is perfect in this case because just one or two of these little fudgey wonders and even your most intense chocolate craving will be satisfied.

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A disclaimer about the dough for these Chocolate Truffle Cookies:  it is sticky and you do need to refrigerate it for a good couple of hours or you can even leave the dough in the refrigerator over night.  If you didn’t do this, the dough would just be a frustrating, sticky mess.  It really is like a pre-rolled truffle consistency and so you want the dough to be cold so that it is easier to roll.  Once the dough is formed into balls, each one gets a good toss around in a bowl of sugar.  I just love any cookies that are dipped in granulated sugar before they are baked because I love that sandy, sparkly appearance that the top of the cookies have.  The best part about these Chocolate Truffle Cookies is that the middle of the cookies stays perpetually soft and chewy which is my number one favorite cookie quality.

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Chocolate Truffle Cookies (Gluten-free)

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 3 hours, 40 minutes

Yield: ~3 dozen cookies

Rich truffle-like cookies that will satisfy even the most intense chocolate craving

Ingredients

  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 1 3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 2 Tbsp cocoa powder (I used Dutch-processed)
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, using a mixer, beat the eggs, 1/4 cup of the sugar and honey together for 3-5 minutes until the mixture is thick and glossy.
  2. Place the chocolate chips and butter into a separate small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for 1 minute increments until the chocolate is melted. Stir together until smooth. Set aside to cool slightly.
  3. In a third large bowl, mix together the almond flour, cocoa powder and salt. Using the mixer, mix in the slightly cooled chocolate. Finally, mix in the egg mixture just until everything is well blended.
  4. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for a few hours or overnight (until mixture is very firm).
  5. Place remaining 1/2 cup of sugar in to a shallow bowl.
  6. Use a small cookie scoop, melon baller or spoon to scoop tablespoon-sized balls of dough. Roll the dough in your hands to shape into perfect balls. Toss each ball to coat in the sugar and place onto a cookie sheet spaced 1-inch apart. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour before baking.
  7. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bake for 10 minutes. (If you are baking in multiple sheets, keep the unbaked dough balls in the refrigerator until it is their turn in the oven.)
  8. Recipe adapted from Let Them Eat Cake by Gesine Bullock-Prado

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If there is anything that will get you out of bed in the morning, it has got to be the thought of enjoying one of these Peanut Butter and Jelly Crumb Muffins for breakfast.

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Moist, slightly dense peanut butter muffin batter with sweet a sweet jelly center is all topped with the perfect crumb topping made with crushed honey roasted peanuts.  Your childhood favorite sandwich is reinvented with these Peanut Butter and Jelly Crumb Muffins.

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These muffins do require a couple of steps but none of them is difficult.  The first thing you will do is mix up that perfect peanut butter muffin batter.  Next you’ll scoop a small amount of that batter into muffin liners.  Top with a small dollop of your favorite flavor of jelly and more batter and then you’re ready to sprinkle on the crumb topping.

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To make the topping, you simply pulverize some honey roasted peanuts and a couple of other ingredients in a food processor, drizzle in some melted butter and then scoop a generous amount of the delightfully crunchy topping onto the unbaked muffins.

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Less than 20 minutes in the oven is all of the time you will have to wait until you are tearing a Peanut Butter and Jelly Crumb Muffin open to reveal the sweet sticky jelly filling.

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I think that kids would LOVE these muffins equally as much as the adults that I served them to.  What a fun addition to any breakfast menu.

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This recipe is one of the irresistible recipes from the Baked boys, Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito from their newest addition to the Baked cookbook collection, Baked Occasions.  I have shared reviews of Matt and Renato’s other books Baked Explorations, Baked Elements and Baked:  New Frontiers in Baking.  I guess you could say I am sort of a Baked Groupie.  These two just know how to put twists on classics and also completely invent new baked treats in a way that not many others do.

Their most recent book, Baked Occasions:  Desserts for Leisure Activities, Holidays and Informal Celebrations is chock full of sweet treat ideas for any occasion throughout the year.  The book is organized by month and recipes include things like Caramel-y Banana, Peanut Butter and Chocolate Bread Pudding in January for Elvis’ birthday,

Rainbow Icebox Cake with Homemade Chocolate Cookies for Gay Pride Day in June, Baked Ultimate Birthday Cake for any month,

and Individual Baked Alaskas for Alaska Day in June (what, you don’t celebrate Alaska Day??).

There are witty stories to accompany each recipe and even a section a fun section titles “A leisurely conversation about holidays, occasions, and childhood trauma with Matt and Renato”.  Oh what I wouldn’t do to hang out in the bakery with those two for a day!  This book is pages and pages of make-you-drool photos and desserts that you will be finding yourself all of a sudden celebrating Dolly Parton’s birthday just for an excuse to make Dolly’s Doughnut.

Peanut Butter and Jelly Crumb Muffins

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 16 minutes

Total Time: 36 minutes

Yield: 15 muffins

Your favorite childhood sandwich transformed into an irresistible muffin.

Ingredients

    For the crumb topping
  • 1/3 cup honey roasted peanuts
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • For the muffins
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter (you can use natural if you want)
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • about 1/2 cup strawberry jelly (or your favorite flavor of jelly or jam)

Instructions

    For the crumb topping
  1. Place the peanuts into a food processor and process until finely chopped (not as fine as flour). Place into a small bowl and add the flour and melted butter. Mix to combine and set aside.
  2. For the muffins
  3. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a muffin pan with paper liners.
  4. In a large bowl, combine flour, both sugars, baking powder and soda and salt.
  5. To the bowl of dry ingredients, add the milk, sour cream, peanut butter, oil, egg and vanilla and mix together until blended (do not overmix).
  6. Fill the bottom 1/3 of the paper liners in the prepared pan with batter.
  7. Top each with a heaping teaspoon of jelly, then top jelly by filling liners up to about 3/4 full with remaining batter.
  8. Top the unbaked muffins with about 1Tbsp each of the crumb mixture pressing gently so that the crumb adheres to the muffin.
  9. Bake 16 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the muffin (not into the jelly) comes out clean.
  10. Cool completely in the pan.
  11. Recipe adapted from Baked Occasions

*Stewart, Tabori & Chang Publishing sent me a review copy of Baked Occasions, but all opinions are, as always, my own.

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The sun is shining, the birds are chirping and I feel like winter was so long and tortuous, yet how is it already springtime??  It’s amazing how time flies!  This March has been crazy busy for me with lots of travel, studying and trying to keep myself balanced and it makes me so excited to think that lake weekends are not too far off.  The nicer weather and finally being able to be outside has be craving light recipes that won’t weigh me down.  These Lemon Rosemary Cookies are not only delicious, light and fluffy, but they have only 60 calories per cookie!!!!

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Thanks to the incorporation of vanilla extract along with the fresh lemon juice, these Lemon Rosemary Cookies are too tart and the rosemary adds just a hint of herby-ness which makes them extra special and unique.

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The cookies melt in your mouth because of the cornstarch that is incorporated into the dry ingredients and that also helps them stay soft for several days.  I flattened the cookie dough by using the bottom of a small glass dipped in sugar and I just love the shimmer that the sugar gives to the cookies.

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These Lemon Rosemary Cookies are the perfect addition to any bridal or baby shower, Easter brunch or barbecue that you go to this spring.

Lemon Rosemary Cookies

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 28 cookies

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60 calories

2g; carbs 11g

These slightly tart and herby cookies are light as air and as soft as clouds and the perfect cookie to celebrate springtime

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 Tbsp canola oil
  • 1/2 cup sugar (+1/4 cup for coating cookies)
  • 1 large egg white
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup cornstarch
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper (or spray lightly with nonstick cooking spray).
  2. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, cream together butter, oil and sugar until light and fluffy.
  3. Add egg white, vanilla, lemon juice and rosemary and mix.
  4. Add remaining ingredients and mix until well combined.
  5. Place remaining 1/4 cup sugar into a small, shallow bowl.
  6. Scoop heaping teaspoons of dough and form into balls. Place balls onto cookie sheet.
  7. Dip the bottom of a small glass into the cookie dough to make it sticky, then dip the glass into the sugar and flatten one of the cookies. Repeat with remaining cookies, dipping the glass into the sugar for each cookie.
  8. Bake 8-10 minutes or until centers feel set.
  9. Cool completely.
  10. Recipe adapted from Eating Well

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Well it is now safe to say that anytime I need a chocolate cake for any occasion at all, I have officially found the BEST chocolate sheet cake with the BEST fudgey frosting that I have ever ever tasted!  That is a huge statement to make because I have tasted my fair share of chocolate cakes and frostings.

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The frosting that tops the BEST chocolate sheet cake reminds me of my mom’s brownie frosting that I would lick off the sides of the pan after the brownies were gone because it is that good.  And just for a little extra pizzazz and appeal, there is peanut butter sandwiched between the BEST chocolate sheet cake and that frosting.

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Yep, while the cake was still warm, I spread a big glob of unadulterated peanut butter over the top.  The slight saltiness from the pure peanut butter paired with the sweet, thick chocolate frosting has had me literally salivating just writing about the absolutely perfect combination.

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I love having classic go-to recipes in my back pocket for occasions when you realize that you want to make something but you don’t feel like scouring cookbooks or the internet for a recipe.  The BEST chocolate sheet cake itself is so ultra moist and dense, almost like a brownie.  I would love it with walnuts mixed into the batter too because I love that crunch that nuts give a cake.

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Trust me on this one, next time you are making a cake for a special occasion, make the BEST chocolate sheet cake and you will have people asking you to make this cake again and again.

The Best Chocolate Sheet Cake

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 9X13" cake (about 24 servings)

The moistest chocolate cake topped with slightly salty peanut butter and rich, fudge frosting becomes the all-time best chocolate sheet cake

Ingredients

    For the cake
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups creamy peanut butter
  • For the frosting
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 16 ounces powdered sugar
  • sprinkles (optional)

Instructions

    For the cake
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9X13" pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Place flour, sugar and baking soda in to a large bowl and set aside.
  3. In a small saucepan, combine butter, cocoa powder, water and buttermilk and whisk over medium-low heat until the butter is melted.
  4. Crack the eggs into a separate small bowl. Use a ladle to pour a small amount (about 2/3 cup) of the heated butter mixture into the eggs while whisking constantly (this is called tempering the eggs and will gently warm them up so that they don't scramble when added to the hot mixture).
  5. Pour the egg mixture into the saucepan with the butter mixture while whisking constantly. Increase the heat to medium and whisk until the mixture boils.
  6. Pour the butter mixture into the bowl with the dry ingredients, add vanilla and use the whisk and a spatula to mix until the ingredients are well combined.
  7. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and spread evenly.
  8. Bake 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
  9. Cool cake for 10 minutes. Place peanut butter into a bowl and microwave until more easily spreadable, about 20 seconds.
  10. Pour the peanut butter onto the slightly cooled cake and gently use an offset spatula to spread it evenly. Cool completely.
  11. For the frosting
  12. Place powdered sugar into a clean, medium bowl.
  13. Place butter, cocoa powder and buttermilk into a small saucepan and heat over medium heat until the mixture comes to a boil, whisking constantly. Add vanilla then pour the mixture over the powdered sugar and stir until smooth (work quickly as the frosting sets rather fast). Immediately pour over the cooled cake and use a spatula to spread it evenly.
  14. Top immediately with sprinkles if using.
  15. Recipe adapted from Southern Living

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