Quick Mini Pizza Appetizers with Arugula, Peppers, and Prosciutto

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Happy 2012! Well... almost. Can you believe its already been another year? I keep accidentally typing 2010 for some reason. I'm a little behind. I literally almost sent out a resume yesterday that said December 2010. And the first line under my 'skill' section says "detail oriented..." I'm excited for New Years Eve though! As a kid we'd always work it up and make NYE into a huge deal. We'd all sneak like a half of beer from our parents, buy some cheap party hats... and then realize that … [Read more...]

Nutella Swirl Poundcake

I LOVE Nutella. Nutella cookies, Nutella cake, Nutella frosting, Nutella ice-cream, Nutella on toast, Nutella anything! And to think... somehow I survived without ever experiencing this stuff until my junior year of college. That year I was lucky enough to get to study abroad in Rome, Italy. It was an absolutely amazing trip (and not a bad change of scenery from the cornfields at the University of Illinois?) Nutella was absolutely EVERYWHERE in Rome. It was like their peanut butter. Every … [Read more...]

Merry (after) Christmas!

I hope you all had a great holiday! I know I did. I just woke up from a solid 12 hours of  happy recuperation. Yesterday we had the whole family over for Christmas. My mom has been making Christmas dinner since I was a baby and it's always soooo good! We had beef tenderloin, turkey stuffed with cranberry stuffing, spinach gratin, roasted balsamic vegetables, fresh bakery rolls, salad, two kinds of mashed potatoes....and I haven't even gotten to the desert spread yet. I always bake all of the … [Read more...]

Chocolate Chip Brownie Double Deckers

This recipe just helped answer one of the world's most burning questions... And no, I don't mean how to rid world hunger or why the Kardashians have more viewers than Oprah. This is bigger. Do I take the brownie or the cookie from the dessert tray? Answer:  Both... and at the same time! Yes, America, bigger is better. These bars are two layers of  yummy fudgy brownie and chewy chocolate chip cookie. The two batters come together in a deliciously rich and tender bar. I made my … [Read more...]

How to Bake Perfect Cookies in 6 Simple Steps

Say good-bye to flat cookies! Adios to ugly ones! And hello to evenly baked! It's officially the week before Christmas! This means LOTS of cookie baking, party planning and gift wrapping. With so much going on this week the last thing you want to worry about is having to re-bake a batch of burnt or flat cookies! I've come up with six easy tips to keep the happy in 'happy holidays' without the fuss of messy cookies! 1. Check your oven temperature. If your oven isn't accurate, your baking … [Read more...]

Soft and Chewy Peanut Butter and Chocolate Sandwich Cookies

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If I were stranded on a deserted island and could only bring three things with me I would choose Ryan Gosling, sun tan lotion, and these Peanut Butter and Chocolate Sandwich cookies. Actually I might just scratch the first two and only bring my sandwich cookies. Then I wouldn't have to share. One of my favorite Christmas cookies my mom and I bake every year is this classic chewy peanut butter cookie with a hershey's kiss on top. You all know this one, right? It's on the back of the … [Read more...]

Snickerdoodle Cupcakes

So every year my family and a bunch of our other family friends have a "Santa Brunch" at one of our local restaurants. We've been going there for forever since I can remember. The restaurant is decked out in Christmas decorations and they have the absolute best Mrs. Clause ever. This lady's been doing it since I was a toddler and I swear she's the real deal. It was a really great afternoon, lots of good food and great friends. The only one missing was our puppy, Tory.... Again, she's really … [Read more...]

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Jelly Filled Meltaway Thumbprint Cookies

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There are three secret family recipes my mom told me to never to share on my blog. 1. Her meatball recipe. I don't even know her meatball recipe. 2. Crostini (Its this amazing cheesy spread with green onion and bacon you melt over toasted baguette slices YUM) 3. And....Jam Meltaway Thumbprint Cookies. oops. We've been making these for the Holidays for as long as I can remember. Our family friends do this thing every Christmas where we all swap cookie plates of our favorite … [Read more...]

Rich Butterfinger Truffles

5 Ingredients. 3 easy steps. These look super elegant and taste like a million bucks and all you need is a bowl, a spoon, and a refrigerator. Truffles are one of those hit or miss confections- you either love 'em or hate 'em. I'm on the obsessed side (and my mom's on the 'I'd rather eat a cookie' side which also means I have a lot of truffles to eat now...). But I think there is one thing we can all agree on- Butterfingers are pretty much the best candy bar ever. If there is one thing America … [Read more...]

Chunky Chewy Ooey Gooey Monster Cookies

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Meet my puppy! The love of my life... Tory. She has a nice big belly full of dry oats right now.  I was just finishing dumping the last of the oats into the batter yesterday when I accidentally knocked the whole container onto the floor! I get into this 'baking zone' when I'm in the kitchen where I pretty much pay attention to nothing besides my cookies. I see only in chocolate and flour. So that burner I accidentally left on? I'll probably put my hand on it. Or that shoe on the floor? I'll … [Read more...]

Chewy Sugar Cookies

......And let the Christmas Cookie Countdown begin! Somewhere between watching the Kardashians and Charlie Brown Christmas the other night I FINALLY started to feel like Christmas was coming! It's been kinda gross and rainy in Chicago so I haven't really been able to buy into the whole frosty the snowman and susy snowflake thing. But! Here's a couple things that always get me into the Christmas spirit: 1. Our awesome Christmas tree. My dad and I cut it down by ourselves. Actually my dad did. … [Read more...]