Tag Archives: baking

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

I don’t actually contribute much to Thanksgiving Day cooking, usually just mashed potatoes. That particular dinner is my husband’s jam. BUT, this year I baked a little goodie for snacking first thing in the morning.

CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER COOKIES FOR THE WIN.

It did require all caps since they are that freaking good. Probably one of my new favorite cookie recipes. Goes great with milk. 🙂

The batter was incredibly sticky. To the point I had to dust my fork with cocoa powder in order to flatten and achieve the famous criss cross pattern.

Recipe Here.

Now off to bake some more!

Blueberry Zucchini Bread

I’ve been getting that itch lately to bake again. Plus, my coworker brought in and gave away humongous zucchinis from his garden. One of those giants made our dinner AND 2 cups of shredded zucchini for this recipe. I’ve got bananas that are going to brown soon and pumpkin/apple season is right around the corner. Let the baking madness begin!

*side note* this recipe is good even if you manage to forget to add the vanilla extract. :3

Recipe Here.

Best Recipes of 2019

2019 was not a year of baking for me with Mr. C&M being sick for almost half the year. Hopefully, 2020 will change that, especially since we received a bunch of fancy new kitchen gadgets for the holidays. Not all of these recipes involved baking, which was a fun change as well. In no particular order, here are my favorites of the past year:

Thick and Chewy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Summer Berry Cheesecake Salad

Lemon Cupcakes with Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting

Peanut Butter Fudge Cheesecake Parfaits

Mr. C&M may even get in on the baking in 2020 and you can be sure, I’ll share the results with you guys.

I hope your 2020 is full of delicious foods!

Easy Pumpkin Brownies

Ain’t no shame in my super-easy-when-you-got-no-time-to-bake-properly game!

Except, I’m first to admit, they’re never as good as anything I make from scratch.

This one is good for a quick chocolate fix with a hint of pumpkin undertones. But, it’s not something I would ever take to a party as a treat.

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix one box Duncan Hines Chewy Brownie mix and 1 can pumpkin puree.
  3. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes.

That’s it.

That’s all it takes folks.

The results are a VERY fudge like brownie. A different brownie mix might work better if you don’t want super fudge brownies.

Banana Pumpkin Muffins

The whole bunch of bananas went bad this time. Mr. C&M just triumphantly points to them and says, “Guess you have to make banana something now!”

He’s a pest really.

So off to the store I went to buy a can of pumpkin puree. I had all the other ingredients on hand. The dogs love it when there is unused pumpkin at the end of a baking endeavor. It means there will be some pumpkin goodness in their breakfast or dinner. (100% pumpkin puree only for dogs. Not the pumpkin pie in a can. Works great on upset dog bellies too.)

They’ve been great for breakfast the past week.

Recipe here.

Blueberry Banana Bread

I have baked so many breads that it’s finally getting to the point where I’m not 100% positive that I have not done this recipe before. I don’t THINK I have.

Either way, I think it’s perfectly acceptable to re-post good recipes.

The grocery stores have been loaded with blueberries and it’s hard to resist buying them every single time I go shopping. Obviously, at least once, I did not resist.

This is an easy recipe with your classic banana bread taste, peppered with pops of delicious tartness. Great for summer picnics.

Recipe here.

Fruity Pebbles Muffins

America, fuck yeah! We had a relatively quite day on the fourth. We stayed home, had a friend over, grilled some food and binge watched Stranger Things season 3. (Not finished yet.) It also gave me time to do a little baking. I agreed to make something for another fourth of July party but the boys wanted something to snack on in the mean time.

The nice thing once you get into baking is you usually have so many supplies left over from previous recipes. I only had to purchase Fruity Pebbles and a small container of greek yogurt for this one.

This recipe actually sounds better than it is. The cake itself is very dense, with light flavoring. If I were to rate it overall, it would be 3 out of 5 stars.

Easy enough to make though and it will impress your stoner friends.

Recipe here.

Cake Mix Cookie Bars

To some people the idea of baking is intimidating, thus they avoid it. They dream of the ability but they don’t take that leap. My advice, as only a decent baker definitely not a pro, is to start easy and build your confidence from there. That’s what I did. It all started with an easy quick bread recipe and every once in awhile I push myself out of my comfort zone to learn something new. (Not the case with this recipe, I wanted easy.)

This recipe is a great place to start for the beginning baker. It was a hit at the work potluck and it’s so easy. I’m going to make a second batch for home since I have enough left over ingredients besides one.

I should have gotten a picture of them all sectioned up. But, I didn’t so this is what you get.

Recipe here.