Ginger Sandwich Cookies

I did a terrible terrible thing guys.   The kind of thing that gets you kicked off the Polar Express. Or high-fived by the Grinch....   I'm home in the burbs this week for a catering gig so I've been staying at my parent's house (using my mom's 2 oven kitchen instead of my 1 oven apartment is FABULOUS) and I needed to take pics of these yummy yummy Ginger Sandwich Cookies... only problem is that my food props have been mercilessly evicted from my mom's kitchen so I was sent … [Read more...]

St. Patrick’s Day “Luck of the Irish” Homemade Oreos

  So I have a confession; I am not Irish. Not even close to being Irish. The closest I get is that I like beer and boys with Irish accents.  Soooo basically I'm American. And 25 years old.   But we all know that the whole 'not being remotely related to this holiday' thing would never stand in my way. Give me green. A couple sticks of butter. And let me get to work!   I knew I wanted something simple and easy - because when you're baking cookies for your kid's … [Read more...]

Best Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies – Gluten Free & Dairy Free

So originally I wasn't planning on posting this recipe! The other night I was just baking for fun... because secretly I am an 85 year old grandma trapped in the body of a 25 year old. I also go to bed by 10:30. And drink tea... omyGod! Sounds so much worse when I type it out....   I have been on a mission for the past year to find the absolute best Gluten Free and Dairy Free Cookie recipe! Not even for the blog, but just because I have been dying for a delicious cookie that I can eat … [Read more...]

Easy Melting Snowman Cookies and My Favorite Christmas Recipes Round-Up

Merry merry Christmas! This is my last post before Christmas Day and I want to wish you all the very best holiday! This is one of my favorite weekends of the year. Everyone I love, and everything I love to eat are all packed into the best day, wrapped in Christmas wrap, covered in pretty Christmas lights, and tied up with a shiny bow. One of my best friend's just flew in last night from NYC and the rest of the crew is following over the next couple days. My fridge is literally stocked with … [Read more...]

Cookie Almond Clusters and the Winner of my Contest and Giveaway!

Thank you so much to everyone that participated in mine and Kayle's Christmas Cookie Exchange this year! The exchange is literally bursting with irresistible cookie pics! I've gotten so many fun e-mails from you all talking about which cookies inspired you at home, so sending a big smothering grandma hug to all my lovely readers today! And the official winner of Kristina & Kayle's Christmas Cookie Exchange and a $10 Starbuck's Gift Card is.... Stephie with her "Maureen's Rice Crispy … [Read more...]

Peanut Butter Nutella Thumbprint Cookies & a Silpat Giveaway!

 So to keep the cookie love going this week I just couldn't resist baking something with my two favorite things in the whole wide world.   ...And I don't mean finding my favorite boots on sale at Jcrew this week (because I did!! Sorry credit card...) ...Not even the second season of Homeland. Obsessed. ....OR my car seat warmers...when its 10 degrees in Chicago (gasp!).. combined!   I'm talking Peanut Butter. And Nutella.   These little dreamboats are addicting! Soft … [Read more...]

Best Chewy Sugar Cookies and Enter Kristina and Kayle’s Christmas Cookie Exchange!

Yay! It's officially Christmas season!...which means its officially time to dust off those cookie cutters and start baking Christmas Cookies :) My pantry is already embarrassingly overflowing in chocolate chips, sugar, and these adorable little santa cupcake holders that were on sale at Bed Bath & Beyond. I'm a sucker for cookies, and an even bigger sucker for cute things with bright orange Sale! tags on them...   So in the spirit of Christmas and all things sweet, nice, and … [Read more...]

Peanut Butter Chocolate Crispy Cups

I am in the middle of a very bad break-up.   Like threw out all his stuff. Said some things I didn't mean... I know its just a fight but what if this is forever??   Call me? Maybe....   Gluten.   Without getting into all of the glamourous details of my GI tract - I've had a long history (like elementary school) with tummy troubles. Cutting out dairy helped a bit but its still been pretty bad. So after my last visit to the doctor she thinks that gluten … [Read more...]

Ooey Gooey Peanut Butter S’mores Bars

I"m home! I'm home! I'm home! ....And I'm ready to turn right back around :) NYC was SO much fun! I don't even know where to begin telling you about it! [divider] How about Birthday Cake Truffles at Momofuku Milk Bar?? Tomato Focaccia at Eataly? Chocolate Souffles at The Little Owl?? At least 5lbs of peanut butter M&Ms at that ENORMOUS M&M store in Times Square. Don't judge. [divider] O wait... and what's that Kristina? Who did you see? Is that... is that a blurry Nick … [Read more...]

Guest Post- Peanut Butter Pretzel Truffles by Kayle

Hi guys! So since I'm in NYC for the week visiting my culinary school I thought I'd let a real New Yorker takeover my blog for a bit while I strap on my fanny pack and wander through Times Square... I am SO excited to introduce you all to my new best foodie friend, Kayle from The Cooking Actress! Not only is her blog bursting with yummy recipes (have you seen her buckeye cake??) but she is the absolute sweetest girl you will ever meet! Friend her, follow her (on twitter people!), subscribe, … [Read more...]

Challah French Toast with Maple-Apple Compote

Hi guys! So I really over achieved on this one...I don't just have one yummy recipe for you today, I've got 2 Easter recipes for you! Count it...2. For the price of one! Sounds kind of like my all-inclusive buffet line in Mexico... Ok, so Easter is one of my favorite holidays because: #1 its all about chocolate. Chocolate bunnies... chocolate eggs...chocolate candy...chocolate hangover.... #2 You get to eat BRUNCH. I don't know about you guys but the most gourmet I get on a Saturday morning … [Read more...]

Margarita Lime Buttercream Sandwich Cookies

Hi guys! I'm home from Mexico! I hope you all had a great last week because I had an A-MAZING one! I think a beach vacation should be a mandatory yearly outing, kind of like your annual teeth-cleaning or physical exam. Only instead of avoiding the dentist like the plague or promising your doctor you really do take that multivitamin everyday with your fingers crossed behind your back...you CANNOT wait to go! I swear one look at the beach is enough to cure anything. That near panic attack on … [Read more...]