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The Most Wonderful Time of the Year…

For the three or four (maybe I’m being too generous to myself here?) people who read this, it has been a while! I’ve had pretty much no time to post, but seeing as I am on winter break and have close to nothing to do, I figured, hey! Why not post some stuff I’m into lately on my blog?

That’s where this post comes in. I’m sure you can guess why the holiday season is one of my favorites… Yes, you nailed it: Tons of baking to be done and tons of friends and family to feed! And so I give you my three holiday experiments for 2012– I’d say they are some of my best work yet (at least that is what the friends and family will full stomachs seem to indicate):

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Hot Cocoa Cupcakes.

Drool.

Chocolate Chip York Peppermint Patty Bars.

Drooool.

Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies.

Did I say DROOL?….

I found all these lovely recipes via Pinterest and just had to play.

1. The Hot Cocoa Frosting from Cookies and Cups was to die for. I used– gasp– a boxed cake mix for the cupcakes. Hey, when you’re making three desserts for one Hanukkah party, something has got to give! I added mini marshmallows and these adorable little toothpick decorations.

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2. Next up, the lovely chocolatey, minty bars from Sally’s Baking Addiction! Definitely a quick and delicious treat worth trying.

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3. Finally, my personal (and I would venture to say everyone else’s) favorite- the mint choco cookies! I found this lovely recipe from Table for Two and just had to try. The only adjustment made was that instead of the Andes baking chips (nowhere to be found in my ShopRite) I used Nestle Mint and Dark Chocolate Chips and crushed up Ghiradelli peppermint bark.

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There you have it- my wintery treats. But these desserts are definitely not restricted to holiday festivities- bake them up any time to enjoy delicious dessert, no matter what the season.

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HealthiER Banana Granola Cookies.

The ER is capitalized because WARNING: THESE COOKIES WILL NOT MAKE YOU SKINNY. They are simply not as bad for you as normal cookies, and have some nutritional value.

Well now that we cleared that up… HI! Let me introduce you to what happens when there are about 15 ripe bananas in my house that need to be used:

 

I  got the general idea for these cookies from Cookie and Kate… she’s kind of awesome. Then, I tweaked it to make it exactly how I wanted! Here is my version:

1 cup whole wheat flour

2 1/2 cups oats (I used Old Fashioned thick oats!)

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp salt

2 tbsp unsalted butter

1/2 c. organic white sugar

1/2 c. brown sugar

1 egg

2 mashed bananas

1/2 tsp honey

1 c. chocolate chips (dark chocolate or sugar free if you want to be as healthy as possible!)

 

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line baking sheet with waxed paper.

2. Combine flour, oats, baking powder, salt and cinnamon in a medium bowl.

3. Cream together the butter and sugars in a large bowl, then adding the egg and bananas and honey.

4. Slowly add in the dry ingredients and chocolate chips.

7. Spoon onto baking sheets and bake for 10-12 minutes!!

 

Then you get this 🙂

These cookies seriously are delish. You could even add walnuts or some flax/chia seeds to make a heartier, healthier cookie!

 

They were so easy to make and delicious, and you don’t feel toooo terrible when you eat them! Success? I think so!

 

Well, what are you waiting for?! Go make these! Happy baking 🙂

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Caramel… Underrated in My Book, Until Now.

Honestly, I think I am in love with this bar. It could be the best bar I’ve ever made. Seriously.

It’s on a rare occasion that I really indulge in the things I bake… I find making them for others so much more enjoyable, and if iI ate every time I baked they’d have to roll me into the kitchen. Seriously. But, there are those few moments where I just simply cannot resist.

This was one of those moments. Cue chocolate chip toffee caramel bars.

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Oh hello there. I am not even a huge caramel fan, so I was kind of shocked when I took a bite at how much I loved these! You can find the complete recipe on Confessions of a Cookbook Queen. She’s kind of a genius. All I changed was I used about 40 instead of 32 caramels, I thought it needed a bit more to contrast the condensed milk! Step one looked a bit like this…

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The first layer of cookie, chocolate-chippy, toffee-y goodness. Yum. Then, you pour the caramel layer on:

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Yes, that is a sea of caramel you see above. Then, once you put on the top layer of dough (don’t worry about making it perfect- i had tons of gaps and it all pretty much evens out in the oven!) you’re ready to finish!

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I mean, seriously?

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You really have to make these. They’re easy AND delicious- sure to convert anyone to be a caramel lover! Let me know what you think by posting a comment below or share YOUR favorite caramel recipe! 🙂

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