recipe: blueberry chocolate chunk oatmeal pepitas cookies

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I know what you’re thinking …  another oatmeal cookie recipe?!  Yes, the big green mixing bowl has been used to make another delicious oatmeal cookie that I want to share with all of you.  It’s crisp on the outer edges but chewy in the center, and the dried blueberries add a nice texture to it.  Better yet?  You can make this in one bowl and mixing by hand.

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sunflower granola bars with chocolate (a recipe)

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My friend Maryea, the writer behind the Happy Healthy Mama blog, posted a recipe the other day for a 4-ingredient peanut butter granola bar with chocolate that was also vegan and gluten-free.  I was intrigued.  I’ve been looking for some sort of recipe for a relatively healthy snack that I could eat using oatmeal and this seemed perfect: quick to make, few ingredients, and I could possibly substitute the peanut butter with one of my new favorites – sunflower butter!

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oatmeal coconut sunflower seed cookies (a recipe)

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I think I heard my husband describe life with a baby/toddler the best the other night when he told our friends: “With a kid, you just gotta have a routine.”  And before she was born, neither of us really had a real routine.  One benefit I’ve discovered from having routines in place is the predictability of pockets of time when I could be doing ____ while she does _____.  Our morning routine generally includes a small block of time where she watches an episode of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood.  And on this particular Sunday morning, that was enough time for me to whip up the batter for these cookies.   Continue reading

chocolate coconut cookies (a recipe)

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Sometimes having cabinets that are deep can be a bad thing.  If you’re like me, it’s easy to forget what’s in them when things get pushed to the way back.  I put together this recipe one night as an effort to use up some stuff in my baking cabinet, and I have to say that it was a delicious experiment in the end!  Enjoy!

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peanut butter chocolate cookies (photos)

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I’m a fan of the Smitten Kitchen blog (who isn’t, right?) so I was excited when I unwrapped a Christmas gift and saw that it was her cookbook.  After flipping through every single glossy page and bookmarking things I want to try to make, I decided to make a batch of the peanut butter chocolate sandwich cookies on page 203 as a birthday present for the friend who gave me the cookbook.  Since it isn’t my recipe to share, I’ll post the photos from making these delicious (and adorable!) little cookies instead.

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chocolate peanut butter chocolate chip cookies (a recipe)

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If you’re a person that likes to bake like I do, there are times when you think: “I would like to bake some ______ right now.”  And if you’re occasionally unlucky like me, then you shuffle over to the cabinet or pantry only to be faced with the fact that you’re either very low on or completely out of a specific ingredient (or ingredients) in order to make _____ right now.  And it’s also too late to go to the store and/or you’re already dressed down into too-casual-for-public-viewing comfort clothes to leave the house.  That was the case the other night when I decided I wanted to make some chocolaty chocolate chip cookies for my husband: I only had about a cup of flour, remnants of chocolate chips, and very little chocolate baking squares on hand.

Luckily, I remembered this crazy peanut butter cookie recipe that a friend told me about in high school that — to this day I can attest — miraculously works despite the fact that it has the fewest ingredients ever for a cookie recipe.  All it is is one cup of peanut butter, one egg, and one cup of sugar.  Seriously.  Bake at 375 for about 12-15 minutes and voila!  You have yourself some really delicious peanut butter cookies.  So with this in mind I decided to elaborate a little bit and put together my own cookie recipe.  They turned out really yummy and even our 14-month-old daughter approves of them!  Enjoy!

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chocolate chip coconut shortbread cookies (a recipe)

I was inspired to make these cookies after seeing some in a pastry shop: I was bummed that I couldn’t buy/try one because their version contained pecans (which by the way – believe me – sounds like an absolutely delicious combination … damn food allergies!).  By the time I got back home, I was craving something sweet so I rummaged through the cabinet and found an open bag of chocolate chips and a container of dried coconut (unsweetened!) flakes – bingo!  I’ll make my own cookies instead and alas, this recipe was born.  Be forewarned that this is *not* a chewy regular chocolate chip cookie recipe.  There are no eggs in this batter so it comes out with a nice and crisper texture much like, well you know, shortbread.

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homemade oreos

Yes, you CAN still bake when you have a baby asleep in a room next to the kitchen.  You just have to be very, very quiet.  Especially after it took an hour and a half for her to fall asleep.  Seriously.

So tonight I whipped out my Flour Bakery cookbook and made a batch of Joanne Chang‘s deliciously easy-to-make oreo cookies.  Quietly.  And man oh man, these are always so yummy.  Especially fresh out of the oven, or so my official taste tester (ahem, husband) declares.

That’s one nice stack of love.  🙂

peanut butter chocolate chunk cookies (a recipe)

Apologies for the gap in blog posts lately but I guess you can say I’ve been a little busy lately with the arrival of a new family member.  🙂

I needed to make some shortbread cookies to soothe my craving for something sweet (yes, I am still having occasional cravings post-delivery I suppose), so I decided to make something that my husband would enjoy too (he was, after all, holding baby to help free up my baking hands).  I started with an old-time favorite easy-peasy recipe I’ve used time and time again: a three ingredient peanut butter cookie that seriously only takes one egg, one cup of sugar, and one cup of peanut butter to make.  I had a box of unsweetened chocolate in the cupboard so I rough chopped 4 of the one ounce squares and added it to the batter, along with 1/2 a cup of flour and 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder.

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lord hobo (cambridge)


After running around doing a bunch of errands on Saturday with my husband, we were famished and shared a craving for beef (particularly a good burger).  It was fun being able to actually “go out” with him after being cooped up at home for about a week, so we wanted to try some place we’ve never been to before.  I remembered hearing that Lord Hobo had good food, but I also remembered the one time we tried to go there a night a few months ago and not being able to get a seat because it was so crowded.  So since it was only about 5 pm we headed over (and after I found their menu on the Blackberry and started drooling over the choices) and luckily managed to find a parking spot nearby (that was another reason we never really were able to go there before this day – it’s mostly residential parking and the metered spots are like gold).

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