Happy first day of Spring! I know, it’s spring already? Wait, what? Starting a new job has been a major adjustment for me. Days seem to fly by with not enough time to get it all done. I love what I’m doing, but I’m also trying to keep my head above water. I know I’ll get the hang of it eventually.
So here’s a little recipe to help you get through to the end of the week. (Because I sure need it.) Between running around and working this weekend, I whipped up these cookies in record time. They’re perfect for that. Easy, fool-proof, quick, classic, taste great. I sprinkled a little sea salt on top just to make them a little more special. (Gosh, you could even make box cookies and add sea salt before baking and you’d look really good!)
Sometimes you need to just stop for a moment (surround yourself in happy pinks and teals) and smell the chocolate chip cookies. Ok, taste them too. They’re really good.
Crisp Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies
Makes 3 dozen. Adapted from Martha Stewart
- 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 1/4 cups (2 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
- 1 1/4 cups sugar
- 3/4 cups light brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs
- 1/4 cup water
- 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
- flaky sea salt for sprinkling on top
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Whisk flour and baking soda together in a small bowl.
- Beat butter and sugars in the bowl of an electric mixer on medium speed until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Reduce speed to low, and add salt, vanilla, eggs, and water. Mix until combined. Add flour mixture and mix until combine. Stir in chocolate chips.
- Drop heaping tablespoon-size balls of dough about 2 inches apart on baking sheets lined with parchment paper or baking mats. Sprinkle a pinch of flaky sea salt on top of each cookie dough ball. Bake cookies, rotating sheets halfway though, until golden brown, 18-20 minutes. Cool on wire racks.
The first time I made these tiramisu cupcakes I didn’t get to eat them. I made them for an ex for Valentine’s Day but that night I came down with the flu and the next day he broke up with me. Clearly I wasn’t eating anything that week. I was upset about a lot of important things for a while, but I also kept thinking about these cupcakes that I sadly ended up just throwing away. I just wanted to try one and not feel sick. Ok, let’s not dwell.
So it’s been over two years and it was time to make the tiramisu cupcakes again. When you can’t stop thinking about a recipe (or a pair of shoes), go on, just make it (buy them!). I decided to bake these for an Oscars party with a bunch of girlfriends. Choosing the silver liners instead of dreaming up an actual silver-lined dessert was a bit of a cop-out, I know. But I didn’t care. Because I’ve been wanting to eat these cupcakes for two years now. And who else would I want to share them with than some of my best girlfriends, who I’m confident won’t dump me the next day and who are my silver lining.
I won’t get all sappy here. Let’s just get the good stuff. Fluffy, sweet mascarpone frosting. Cake soaked in a rich marsala-coffee syrup. So light and wonderful that you won’t realize you just ate three of them. Award-night-worthy.
The tiramisu cupcake recipe is from Martha Stewart and honestly I wouldn’t change a thing about them. I’m definitely going to experiment to see what else I can make with this mascarpone frosting – seriously, it took all my willpower to not just eat it out of the bowl with a spoon. Have any suggestions?
Good morning! Wake up! You have your coffee and probably some super healthy bland breakfast in front of you and you’ll looking at these photos and drooling, right? Ok let’s change that.
You know I support cake for breakfast every so often, and I think I recently discovered the perfect one. I made a simple light vanilla cake (you could even do a box mix), but the best part was the strong coffee flavored frosting that I quickly whipped up and slathered all over it.
This sponge-like cake pairs so well with the sweet creamy cream cheese frosting and delicious coffee flavor. I’d also love this frosting on chocolate cupcakes or a hazelnut pound cake. So someone should try those and get back to me!
Of course it wasn’t beyond me to to pair it with even more coffee and curl up on my couch on a weekend morning with the two in hand. JCrew Saturday pants + a stack of magazines + this cake + big mug of coffee + a cozy throw + West Wing + hilarious group texts about the night before. Sounds perfect.
Coffee Cream Cheese Frosting
Ok, let’s see if I can remember how I made this frosting. Something like this…
In a bowl of an electric mixer, beat 1/2 cup (1 stick) softened butter and 8 oz (1 block) cream cheese. In a separate small bowl, dissolve some instant coffee or espresso in a little bit of water. I would say I used about a tablespoon and a half of water and about two teaspoon of instant French roast. It all depends on how strong you want your coffee flavor. Beat in the coffee mix and a teaspoon of vanilla extract. Finally, incorporate about 2 cups of confectioner’s sugar to complete your frosting. Spread on a cooled cake and enjoy with more coffee.
These cookies are about knowing what’s right. Knowing that peanut butter and oatmeal and Nutella go so well together. It’s a no brainer. Knowing that I can create my own recipe and it will work because I’ve baked cookies dozens of times now and I understand the ingredients. Knowing when it’s the right time to get in the kitchen and get flour on the floor and on my face because it will just make me feel better. Knowing that it’s ok to make a whole batch of cookies solely as a vehicle for the big scoop of Nutella I want to eat with a spoon. Not knowing what’s the deal with the people I’m sharing them with, but knowing that sharing cookies with them will bring us together. And that’s worth making cookies for.
The point is, I’m starting to know. Recognizing that gut feeling. Figuring it out. Doing something with it. Even if that gut feeling is just about Nutella. That feels like growth to me. And what better way to grow than with awesome cookies in your pocket.
Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookie Sandwiches with Nutella
- 1/2 cup butter (1 stick), softened
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 large egg
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1 1/4 cup flour
- 3/4 cup rolled oats
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- Preheat oven to 350°. Line cookie sheets with silpat mats or parchment paper.
- In a small bowl, sift together flour, oats baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Set aside.
- In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat butter and peanut butter with the sugars. Add egg and vanilla, mixing well until combined. Slowly incorporate dry ingredients until dough comes together.
- Form small balls of dough all about the same size and roll them into balls. Place them about two inches apart on the baking sheets and press down on them a little to flatten.
- Bake for 7-8 minutes until lightly golden around the edges. Let cool completely on a wire rack. Once cool, sandwich two cookies together with Nutella. and repeat.
Happy Valentine’s Day, friends. I’m back, with internet, and a brand new look. What do you think? I still have a bunch of tweaks and updates to make – but really, I just felt it was time. What better day than Valentine’s to remember that life is sweet and life is colorful, right?
Also because it’s Valentine’s Day, I couldn’t not share something chocolate. I’ve been making a lot of chocolate recipes recently, and like I described in this post, I’m getting so much joy in the process of melting chocolate. It’s weird, I know. But like I said before. Better chocolate than cocaine.
Even this morning, I woke up an hour earlier to make chocolate mousse for a little VDay party I’m having tonight – the smell of the chocolate melting works just as well as a cup of coffee. Seriously, try it.
Ok, on to these brownies that I’ve been making you stare at. I made a huge batch of them a few weeks ago for a Superbowl party and were a big hit. They’re much thinner than the brownies I usually make, but they’re very dense and fudge-like. I love the crunch of the chopped pecans on top, but you could add any of your favorite toppings to them and they’d be great.
This makes a lot of brownies, so be sure to share. Wrap them up in wax paper and twine and gift them to someone special. They’ll be thinking of you the whole day after. Spread the love.
Valentine’s Fudgy Brownies
- 1 cup flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 12 oz unsweetened chocolate
- 1 cup (2 sticks) butter
- 3 cups sugar
- 5 large eggs, at room temperature
- 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
- 1 cup chopped pecans
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 12×18 jelly roll pan/deep cookie sheet.
- In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
- In a medium sized saucepan over low heat, melt the chocolate with the butter, stirring until smooth. Let cool for 5-10 minutes.
- Transfer chocolate mix to a bowl of an electric mixer, and beat in the sugar, eggs, and vanilla. Add in the dry ingredients and mix until incorporated.
- Pour batter into prepared pan. Sprinkle pecans (and whatever other toppings you’d like) evenly over the batter.
- Bake for about 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in he center of the pan comes out with moist crumbs attached. Let cool before cutting and serving.