15 Minutes Waffle Cookies with Strawberry Raspberry Whipped Cream

Waffle cookies are either the most genius idea ever or the absolute worst idea ever. In a total of about 15 minutes - start to finish- you can have freshly baked warm waffle cookies. Which means that in about 20 minutes you can also consume about 25 waffle cookies. See? Best idea - cookies in seconds... Worst idea - cookies in  mouth in seconds... I'm going with best idea. Definitely best idea. I mean, how cool is it that you can make cookies in a waffle iron?? Besides the fact that these … [Read more...]

Chocolate Chip Coffee Morning Muffins

Monday morning, 7:30 am: Pull into Coffee Shop parking lot. Groggy, rub eyes. Smear mascara. Quickly wipe on lipstick to distract from raccoon eyes. Open door to coffee shop. Me: "Um.... so I'd like a....." Coffee Shop Boy interrupts. Coffee Shop Boy (interruption allowed, kind of cute) : "Small decaf soy latte, extra hot." Hands me drink, already made without me ordering. Me: "... I love you..." but actually comes out as caveman grunt. Don't know how to speak before coffee. Hand cute … [Read more...]

Gooey Rocky Road Bars

Ok....so these brownies are ugly. Like really ugly. But I don't judge you when you're having a bad hair day? Or when you only have two finger nails still painted pink because you were too lazy to scrub off the rest.. Or when you wore that awful sparkly headband last weekend. Ok okkkkkk so maybe that was me last week. But whatever, stop staring.... ! We all have those days. Some more than others.... So these are not the Heidi Klum of brownies, but what they lack in looks they make up for in … [Read more...]

Jelly Filled Doughnut Muffins for Fat Tuesday!

Happy Pączki Day! My grandpa would be so proud of me.... I'm half Polish which means that every year on Fat Tuesday we get to eat jelly doughnuts (I mean technically they're called pączek, but we're kind of pseudo-American-Polish (and Italian! Sorry Mom...) so we get these delicious American (oops) doughnuts from our downtown shop. Pączek are just like jelly doughnuts- they're yummy fried sweet dough filled with preserves or cream and usually sprinkled in powdered sugar. Sound familiar? It's … [Read more...]

Molto Bene! A Lesson in Homemade Pasta

Hi all! I hope everyone had an amazing weekend! I"m sorry but I'm going to be a little self indulgent with today's post.... no recipe today.... but I promise to walk you through every delicious morsel of my weekend in Chicago. Call it even? I've got cookies in the oven for later.... This Saturday my mom and I finally got around to doing something we've been wanting to do for years now. Seriously years. The dust on our pasta maker in the pantry is all the evidence you need. We decided to take a … [Read more...]

Strawberry Thumbprint Cornbread Muffins

Omygoodness. If you love to bake you need to grab a copy of The Sono Baking Company Cookbook. I've blogged a few posts already on their recipes and I swear every time I bake something new it becomes my new obsession. ....Melt-in-your mouth double chocolate cookies, rich fudgy chocolate chunk brownies, smooth chocolate cream pie, decadent caramel bread pudding....yum yum and more yum. I hope you renewed last years gym membership because you're going to need it.... I've made these strawberry … [Read more...]

Caramel Swirl Fudge Nut Brownies

Rich. Smooth. Chocolate chip fudge brownie. Layered with crunchy walnuts and swirled in creamy homemade caramel.... O ya, and then topped in another solid layer of gooey delicious caramel... These are serious brownies. For not so serious bakers (these are super simple!). Don't let the homemade caramel scare you off. I've always shied away from making homemade caramel. It's such a touchy little candy. You have to break out the candy thermometer (I found mine all dusty and shoved in the  back … [Read more...]

Strawberry Cheesecake Cupcakes

  So I know this post is really about these awesome strawberry cheesecake cupcakes  (seriously! Mmm..), but first, have you seen this youtube clip?? Its of these two little British girls on the Ellen Show....rapping. In pink tutus. And tiaras. Click on the link at the top! And they're only  like 6 or 7 (actually I really have no idea, I made that up) and they rap with Nicki Minaj and it is hilarious... and they're good! Seriously good! They're at the age when kids are usually still in … [Read more...]

Chocolate Chip Banana Whoopie Pies with Fudgy Frosting

I am obsessed with Pinterst. Its horrible. Between Facebook, Pinterest, and blogging my butt has been glued to my desk chair for way longer than Michelle Obama's new Healthy Living Campaign would approve of. But I eat my vegetables....? I love daydreaming about my next recipe by scrolling through the hundreds and hundreds of delicious looking goodies people have pinned. You can gain at least 5 lbs just by looking at some of the yummy desserts people have created. First I found the most … [Read more...]

Individual Chocolate Cream Pies and My First Blog Award!

Valentine's Day might be for sharing love, but no one said anything about sharing dessert. These little individual pies are perfect portions of creamy chocolate and fluffy whipped cream on top of a chocolate chip graham cracker crust. Mmmmm....! I love baking individual sized deserts for small get togethers or holidays because I think something about everyone getting their own personal portion says "I made this specially for you". I think its shows some extra love. Plus, it makes you feel … [Read more...]

Chicago Style Deep Dish Pizza

Ooey. Gooey. Melty. Mozzarella Cheese Juicy sausage. Slowly roasted green peppers. Piles of sliced mushrooms and caramelized onions. And did I mention cheese?  Melty, irresistible, smothering cheese.  New York's got nothing on Chicago. Today I'm going to teach you how to make the best Chicago style deep dish pizza. You might want to grab a napkin because you're going to be drooling in a few minutes..... There's nothing like homemade pizza. Yes, it's more time consuming than calling up … [Read more...]

Sour Cream Pound Cake with Whipped Cream and Berries

[typography font="Delius" size="22" size_format="px"]Secret Ingredient of the Month: Egg Beaters[/typography] So I'm excited to announce a new monthly feature I'm starting, called,  "Secret Ingredient of the Month". These posts will be devoted to sharing sneaky substitutions to lighten up your baking and pack some extra nutrition into your cooking. I'm going to pick one healthy ingredient every month to highlight and show you various recipes you can use it in to create truly delicious (and … [Read more...]