Whether or not you get the magazine, chances are you recognize Better Homes and Gardens as a reputable source when it comes to all things home, food and outdoors.  Leave it to one of the leading experts to come up with a new version of their baking book that will give you a recipe idea for any occasion from a picnic with friends to a fancy dessert for a special dinner party.

Better Homes and Gardens Baking:  More than 350 Recipes Plus Tips and Techniques is the book that I adapted these Toffee Chocolate Chip Cookies from

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as well as these Bourbon Pecan Brownies.

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I would love to bake my way through this entire book that is filled recipes for cookies, tarts, breads, cupcakes, you name it, this book has it.  There is a whole introductory chapter that is a great education for any baker about things like what each ingredient’s purpose is in a recipe, proper mixing techniques, and different types of bakeware and equipment.  This chapter is filled with photos just like the rest of the book, so it is very helpful for learning techniques.

Each and every recipe has an accompanying photo and one of my favorite features of this book is that for recipes such as oatmeal cookies and blondies there is a “Make-It-Mine” recipe page for all kinds of ways to make the recipe original.

Whether it be various mix-ins you want to add or you want to use a different type of fat or flour than the original recipe calls for, Better Homes and Gardens Baking walks you through  how to totally customize the recipe, so the combinations are endless!

The Better Homes and Gardens Baking Book would be such a great book for someone who is just learning to bake or someone who is looking for new twists on classic recipes.

 *Better Homes and Gardens provided me with a review copy of this book but all opinions are, as always, my own.

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When it comes to chocolate preference I am a milk chocolate girl.  In my opinion, you either appreciate bitter flavors such as dry red wine, strong coffee and extra dark chocolate or you don’t.  I don’t.  With one exception.  If dark chocolate is balanced with nutty caramel and a sprinkle of sea salt to balance the bitter notes, I start to sing a different tune.  Most desserts in general need the right amount of salt to balance their sweetness and there is no better example of that balance of flavors than dark chocolate and salt.  When I saw these Salted Caramel Dark Chocolate Cookies in Sally’s Baking Addiction cookbook, I ran to the store to buy a bag of Rolos and got baking immediately.

Salted Caramel Dark Chocolate Cookies

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You usually have to choose whether you want chewy, gooey brownies or the crispy corner pieces of the batch, but with these Salted Caramel Dark Chocolate Cookies, you don’t have to choose, you get both.  Imagine a richly dark chocolate brownie-like consistency cookie bursting with semisweet chocolate chips and oozing with soft caramel when you bite into it and that is what you get with these cookies.  If you aren’t salivating yet, you might want to consult someone about that.

Salted Caramel Dark Chocolate Cookies

Salted Caramel Dark Chocolate Cookies

A light sprinkle of sea salt to balance out the chocolatey richness, and these Salted Caramel Dark Chocolate Cookies go down in the record book as one of my all-time favorite decadent treats.  These mouthwateringly delicious cookies are just one of the 75 irresistible recipes that you will find in Sally McKenney’s book Sally’s Baking Addiction:  Irresistible Cookies, Cupcakes & Desserts for your Sweet Tooth Fix.

Sally began her blog, Sally’s Baking Addiction, not long ago, in 2011.  I have continued to be impressed by the rapid growth and success that she has had.  And let me tell you, she is as sweet as her desserts!  I feel like I have gotten to know Sally just through correspondence we have shared between blog comments and emails and I am so happy when good things happens to good people.  Sally’s beautifully photographed cookbook has chapters covering Breads & Muffins, Breakfast, Brownies & Bars, Cakes, Pies & Crisps, Candy & Sweet Snacks, Cookies, Cupcakes and Healthier Choices.  Each recipe is accompanied by a full page color photo so you know exactly what you are going to be enjoying when you begin making one of Sally’s recipes.  This Brown Sugar Glazed Apple Bread is high on my list of what to make next.

Sally works hard testing her recipes to get them just right and so many of her recipes offer helpful tips that she has discovered that will help you to have success when recreating one of her treats.  For example, she has discovered that rolling cookie dough taller than it is wide results in cookies that have some substance and stay more puffy rather than becoming totally flat when they are baking.  Who doesn’t love a thicker cookie?

Sally’s book has a dessert for any occasion you may be celebrating and one of the nicest aspects of her book is that there are no fancy, special ingredients that are difficult to find.  The book is filled with approachable treats that will bring a smile to any face you present them to.

Salted Caramel Dark Chocolate Cookies

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 13 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours, 50 minutes

Yield: 18 cookies

Salted Caramel Dark Chocolate Cookies: The perfect blend of rich chocolate, sweet caramel and a sprinkle of sea salt that will keep you reaching for one more

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • pinch salt
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup light or dark brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbsp milk
  • 1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 18 chocolate-coated caramel candies, such as Rolos
  • coarse sea salt

Instructions

  1. Whisk the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt together in a large bowl. Set aside.
  2. Using a handheld or stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar together in a large bowl on medium speed until creamed, about 2-3 minutes. Beat in egg and vanilla extract. Scrape down sides of the bowl as needed.
  3. Slowly add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, and use a mixer on low speed until combined. Add the milk. With a large spoon or rubber spatula, fold the chocolate chips into the dough. The dough will be heavy and sticky. Cover and chill for at least 1-2 hours.
  4. Take the dough out of the refrigerator and allow to soften slightly at room temperature for 10 minutes.
  5. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line two large cookie sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
  6. Take 2 tablespoons of chilled dough, split it in half and roll each piece into a ball with your hands. Stick a caramel into 1 ball of dough. Top the caramel with the other ball of dough and seal the sides so that the caramel is securely stuffed inside. Repeat with the rest of the dough and caramel candies. Place balls 3 inches apart onto each cookie sheet. Sprinkle each with sea salt before putting into the oven.
  7. Bake each batch for 12-13 minutes. The cookies will appear undone and very soft. Allow to cool on the cookie sheet for at least 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. The cookies will stay fresh in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 7 days.
  8. Recipe source: Sally's Baking Addiction cookbook

*Race Point Publishing provided me with a review copy of Sally’s Baking Addiction:  Irresistible Cookies, Cupcakes & Desserts for Your Sweet Tooth Fix but all opinions are, as always, my own.

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I promised you a review for the fun and festive book that was the recipe inspiration for The Best Strawberry Cupcakes that I shared with you earlier this week.

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Trophy Cupcakes & Parties is literally a party in a book.  Jennifer Shea is the mastermind behind Trophy Cupcakes & Parties which began as a cupcake and party shop that she and her husband opened in Seattle in 2007.  By 2008, Jennifer and her cupcakes and hit it big by landing on Martha Stewart who sang her praises.  Success has continued to come her way and Jennifer lives to “make every day a party”.

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Jennifer’s baking basics are using wholesome, high quality ingredients such as local hormone-free dairy products, French chocolate and Madagascar Bourbon vanilla.  She knows that the best ingredients result in the best, most delicious products.  Not only does Trophy Cupcakes & Parties offer cupcake recipes and decorating ideas, but it provides numerous ideas and inspiration for parties to celebrate many occasions.

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Trophy Cupcakes & Parties

The book is broken up into chapters with different party theme ideas and then followed by recipes for each of the cupcake and frosting flavors.

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Just like the 1st birthday party that I shared with you last week, I love when parties have a theme that carries through from invitation to food and decorations to guest parting gifts.  And this book will have you set with ideas and recipes for any soiree you are planning to throw.  Don’t worry, for those of you who feel overwhelmed by the very idea of beginning to organize all of the festivities that go into hosting a memorable event, Jennifer’s book even gives you a worksheet to help brainstorm all of your wonderful ideas.

Trophy Cupcakes & Parties

So whether it’s a baby shower or engagement party you are looking for inspiration for, having Trophy Cupcakes & Parties as part of your book collection will give you the head start that you need to make your party dreams a reality.

Trophy Cupcakes & Parties

*Sasquatch Books provided me with a review copy of Trophy Cupcakes & Parties but all opinions are, as always, my own.

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I have told you many times that a couple of my favorite past times are watching cooking shows on the weekends and looking through cookbooks.  So when The Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond came out with a new cookbook all about holiday entertaining and cooking, I would hardly wait to get my hands on a copy!

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For most people, the holidays are a time to gather with family and friends and that usually means cooking and baking a little more than your normal routine.  The Pioneer Woman Cooks:  A Year of Holidays offers recipe ideas for 12 holidays that are sure to keep your guests happy.

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Ree (aka The Pioneer Woman) is so humble and seems like the kind of person that I would like to be very good friends with.  For those of you who don’t utter her name daily, Ree is a food blogger turned Food Network show host who lives on a gorgeous ranch in Oklahoma with her cowboy husband and four likable and seemingly very well-rounded children.  Ree’s Food Network show features her either making enough food to feed over 100 hungry kids at her son’s football camp or making her father-in-law his favorite foods for his birthday dinner just to name a few examples.  I love Ree because she is down to earth, can make fun of herself on national television and just seems to have such an insightful handle on what home cooks want to make for weeknight meals or festive holiday occasions.

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The Pioneer Woman Cooks:  A Year of Holidays book is organized by holidays beginning with New Year’s Day, progressing through the year with everything from Super Bowl treats to Cinco de Mayo fiesta ideas.  Ree has a lot of experience feeding a crowd so she has you covered with menu plans for your 4th of July barbecue celebration or your Easter Sunday gathering.  All of the ingredients for the recipes in this book are easy to find and Ree is the queen of step-by-step photos with her recipes.  I love step-by-step photos along the way in a recipe because it encourages me that I am doing everything right and then I am confident that my recipe will turn out the way it is supposed to.

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And the best part is, my friend at William Morrow Publishing has so kindly offered to give a copy of The Pioneer Woman Cooks:  A Year of Holidays to a lucky one of you!

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*William Morrow Publishing provided me with a copy of this book, but all opinions are, as always, my own.

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I returned from a week in London yesterday, and I had the most incredible time filled with good food, laughs and making memories with my family.

I wanted to ring in the New Year by giving thanks to all of you for reading and supporting the creative outlet that is Satisfy My Sweet Tooth.  What better way to do that than by sharing some of my favorite things?

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