April 21, 2011 § Leave a comment



Makes three dozen 3 to 4-inch cookies. Your mileage will vary by the size scoop you use.

2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
16 tablespoons (2 stick or 8 ounces) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 3/4 cups sugar, plus more if needed
2 tablespoons ground cinnamon, plus more if needed
2 large eggs

Preheat the oven to 400°, with one rack in top third and one rack in bottom third of oven. Line baking sheets with silicone baking mats or parchment paper; set aside.

Sift together flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, and salt; set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, combine butter and 1 1/2 cups sugar. Beat on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Scrape down sides of bowl. Add eggs, and beat to combine. Add dry ingredients, and beat to combine.

In a small bowl, combine remaining 1/4 cup sugar and the ground cinnamon. Use a small ice-cream scoop* to form balls of the dough, and roll in cinnamon sugar. Place about two inches apart on the prepared baking sheets. Bake until the cookies are set in center and begin to crack (they will not brown), about 10 minutes, rotating the baking sheets after five minutes. Transfer the sheets to a wire rack to cool about five minutes before transferring the cookies to the rack. In theory, they can be stored in an airtight container up to one week, but I say good luck wtih that.

* Martha recommends a size 30 (1 1/4 ounce) ice cream scoop but I used a size 40 (3/4 ounce) and they came out 3 to 4 inches across, or plenty huge.

From smittenkitchen!

So I have no idea what happened but this was a GIANT FAIL. They didn’t get puffy. Still yummy though….I really miss posting on here. I can’t wait till all this craziness is over!


Oreo Cookies and April Fools!

April 2, 2011 § 2 Comments

Chocolate Chip Oreo Cookies

  (excuse the awful picture)

  • 1 stick softened butter
  • 6 Tablespoons sugar
  • 6 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 ¼ cup flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 11 broken pieces Oreo Cookies
  • 1 cup chocolate chips

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Cream butter, and sugars until well combined. Add egg and vanilla until mixed well.

2. Place flour, baking soda and salt into a large bowl, stir to combine. Slowly add dry ingredients to wet ingredients then stir in oreos and chocolate chips until just combined.

3. With a medium cookie scoop, scoop onto baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes or until cooked, but still soft. Let cool on baking sheet for 3 minutes before transferring to cooling rack.

This was a huge hit at school! The Oreo bits were enormously liked.

So I said I would update some things that have happened when I went M.I.A. And here they are…

I sprained my ankle


I went to Junior Prom…


I trapped a stink bug…

and lastly I post it noted my sister’s room:)


March 31, 2011 § 4 Comments

Banana Bread Recipe

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  • Prep time: 5 minutes
  • Cook time: 1 hour


  • 3 or 4 ripe bananas, smashed
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 1 cup sugar (can easily reduce to 3/4 cup) Use brown sugar
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla  almond extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour


No need for a mixer for this recipe. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C). With a wooden spoon, mix butter into the mashed bananas in a large mixing bowl. Mix in the sugar, egg, and vanilla. Sprinkle the baking soda and salt over the mixture and mix in. Add the flour last, mix. Pour mixture into a buttered 4×8 inch loaf pan. Bake for 1 hour. Cool on a rack. Remove from pan and slice to serve.

This banana bread is soo tasty! Such a good morning treat!… Well I’ve been gone quite awhile and I think it’s about time to come back. This year is a hard year for me being a junior and with school work, college searching and volleyball recruiting it’s hard to fit in time for this blog. Along with that I recently got a boyfriend. He’s really smart and nice but he means less baking time! As you can see the trend is I haven’t been having a lot of free time.  Even though it’s hard to fit in I really would like to keep fitting in some recipes and I will try to post at least once a week. Coming up soon will be a post with all the things that have happened recently!

Ultimate Cocoa Brownies

February 6, 2011 § 3 Comments

Ultimate Cocoa Brownies

From The Essential Baker


2 sticks of butter

¾ cup all purpose flour

1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

¼ teaspoon salt

1 cup granulated sugar

2/3 packed light brown sugar

1 tablespoon instant espresso powder

1 tablespoon water

2 extra large eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 cup walnuts- chopped

Preheat oven to 325

Melt the butter in a small saucepan over low heat

Sift together the flour and cocoa powder into a large bowl. Add the salt and toss to mix.

Add the granulated sugar and brown sugar and stir to mix well

And the melted butter and stir until very well combined

In a small bowl, stir together the espresso powder and water until the mixture is thoroughly blended and forms a thick paste

Using a fork lightly beat the eggs together in a small bowl and the vanilla and espresso paste and whisk together well. Add this mixture to the butter mixture and stir together until shiny and well blended

Add walnuts

Spread the batter into a lined baking pan

Bake for 27 minutes

I bought cinnamon chips at wegmans yesterday to try them out and let me tell you I thought they were disgusting.  I even tried the recipe on the back and it did not work at all. Ick I don’t suggest trying them. They don’t even have cinnamon in the ingredients!

 So this is entirely random but do any of you have 2 blogs? I love baking but I can only do it on weekend while I live a very healthy life style every day and I could blog about that every day. I know I would enjoy that all. So what do you think, would having 2 blog be too hard to manage?

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