• Chocolate Chip Cookies
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    Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

    These are probably my favorite cookies, they are great all year round but when it comes time to make cookies for the holidays these always end up on my must bake list.  Who doesn’t love chocolate chip cookies, right?  I also like to combine that with the oatmeal for that extra something.  Chocolate chips and oatmeal just go so well together, I mean think about all of the various granola and chocolate chip combos out there. I prefer my chocolate chip cookies to have a slight crunch when cool.  While I love a gooey warm cookie but I really like a good crispy one, which the oatmeal really helps.  To…

  • Spritz Cookies
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    Orange Spritz Cookies

    This week has been big for us and baking!!  Today, I had a day off and wanted to make a classic.  To me, Christmastime means one thing: SPRITZ COOKIES!!!  They are simple and small but they are easily the most recognizable of seasonal cookies.  My husband’s family made them, my family made them, and my guess is a lot of your families made them too. This year I decided I wanted to mix the spritz cookies up and used orange zest instead of vanilla to flavor them.  It added a unique flavor and it gives the cookies a slight pop of color too.  I decided to go relatively simple with…

  • Chocolate Ginger Crinkle Cookies
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    Chocolate-Ginger Crinkle Cookies

    Needless to say we have gotten past our fear of baking!  My husband saw a lot of crinkle cookies on social media and decided we should make some.  Rob has a huge sweet tooth, so all the cookies caught his eye.  Since he had a day off, we decided to make some. I can definitively say that Rob really likes ginger cookies and chocolate.  So he took the initiative and decided to combine the two into his own creation with this one.  These crinkle cookies came out perfectly soft and chewy, with a slightly sweet flavor and a hint of that ginger spice!  While Rob normally doesn’t like to cook,…

  • Vanilla Bean Cheesecake
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    Vanilla Bean Cheesecake

    As I have previously said, baking is not my primary focus area, but this holiday season I have chosen to really expand my horizons and fill out my skill set.  Thus enters a first for me:  Cheesecake!!  My husband was so excited for this as a good classic cheesecake is one of his favorite desserts.  I decided to change it up a bit by using a chocolate cookie (Oreos) for the crust as opposed to the standard graham cracker.   I will also admit that this exact recipe was a bit of an accident.  While in the process of making the filling, I added the vanilla bean because we ran…

  • Apple Crumb Cake
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    Apple Crumb Cake w/ Bourbon Vanilla Glaze

    This Apple Crumb Cake is the perfect fall baked good that can serve as breakfast or dessert, because who doesn’t love cake, apples, and warm spices in the fall.  It has the warmth of a breakfast cake with the sweetness of a dessert, you can eat it any time of day!!   If you can’t tell from my blog, I tend to focus more on cooking than baking.  Generally, I find that baking requires a lot more precision and makes experimenting a bit more difficult.  That is where this recipe comes in, I can really adjust the spice mix and place around with the apple preparation to give it a…

  • Drop Biscuits
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    Simple Drop Biscuits

    Biscuits are one of my favorite foods but I have no patience to roll out dough, so drop biscuits are basically heaven for me.  They have all the taste of standard biscuits but none of the hard work.  They are super easy to whip together even for a last minute brunch especially because the food processor does most of the work.