Recipes

Snickerdoodle Kiss Cookies

As soon as I saw this recipe for Snickerdoodle Kiss Cookies, I knew I had to try them! The ingredient list was relatively easy and I love snickerdoodles, so it was a no-brainer.

For some reason, my cookies turned out different than the photo of the recipe. They were a little darker and slightly crunchy — but nonetheless delicious! I think I made the balls of dough too big as the cookies ended up huge. I also think I mixed up baking powder and baking soda (I wasn’t paying attention), but they turned out fine.

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Overall, I think this recipe is a good option if you are craving some snickerdoodles or want to get rid of some Hershey’s kisses from your pantry. I still want to make these peanut butter snickerdoodles again too :)

Browned Butter Salted Caramel Snickerdoodles

This recipe was a mouthful! I had some extra caramel bits, so I decided to use them up by making these cookies.

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By not using caramel squares, the shape is a little different than the original photos. I’m always nervous to do the browned butter, but luckily didn’t burn it this time. I realized that I forgot to cool it before mixing it in, but it didn’t affect anything. Also, I didn’t have greek yogurt, so I used almond milk and it turned out fine. Besides the caramels and browned butter, I found that these were just regular snickerdoodles.

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Also, the thing I don’t like about cooking with caramels is that after the cookies cool, it gets really hard. I found myself picking the bits out of my teeth later on. These cookies were definitely delicious, but I’d be curious if they were any good with caramel squares instead. Otherwise, I might just cancel out all the extra work and make regular snickerdoodles next time!

Reeses Stuffed Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

I’m honestly getting really hungry for these as I write this! These Reeses Stuffed Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies were a mouthful and so so good!

The recipe called for a few extra steps like having the eggs at room temperature, but it was all worth it! It was pretty straightforward otherwise — combine the wet ingredients, then add in with the dry ingredients. Do note that the dough requires refrigeration, so allot for that time when making them.

I was nervous that the Reeses cup would burst out of the cookie while cooking, but I didn’t have any issues luckily. These were great and I wouldn’t hesitate to make them again. I think even without the chocolate chips they would be scrumptious.

Peanut Butter Pretzel Bars

I know it’s been awhile! The holidays took hold of me and now I’m finally getting a moment to breathe. I’m excited to share a few recipes I’ve had a chance to try in the last month, including these Peanut Butter Pretzel Bars!

These were super easy to make and a great last-minute item for a work potluck. I did have trouble finding the exact Krusteaz mix like in the recipe. I went to a few stores and none had it! I ended up using a store brand peanut butter mix that worked just fine. Another thing — I had such trouble finding a small bag of pretzels! I eventually found a medium one at a convenience store. I still have half a bag sitting in my pantry.

The recipe itself was super easy to execute. Just mix together the main ingredients, then add the m&ms and pretzels. Then press into the pan and bake! Super quick and easy. It was a fun take on typical peanut butter cookies. I definitely want to keep some boxes of cookie mix on hand for occasions like this. No need to slave away in the kitchen all night!

Pumpkin Nutella Muffins

I randomly came across this recipe and knew I had to try it for the fall season. These Pumpkin Nutella Muffins were super simple to make and disappeared quickly when I brought them to the office. Definitely a winner!

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To make these, I simply mixed together the wet and dry ingredients and spooned the batter into a muffin pan. I then put a dollop of nutella in each one and swirled with a knife. I need to be more generous with the nutella next time. When eating these, I definitely wanted more!

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Overall, these were delicious and are sure to be a staple to make every fall season!

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Pumpkin and Brussels Sprout Gnocchi

So I got ambitious with all the fall festivities and decided to try this Pumpkin and Brussels Sprout Gnocchi. While this was a fun dish to try for the fall, it didn’t turn out exactly how I thought.

I really enjoyed the pumpkin flavors along with the gnocchi and seeds. I got the packaged brussels sprouts from Trader Joe’s which I cut up and simmered. I recommend getting the tray brussels sprouts which you can steam ahead of time. I felt like not all of mine were fully sauteed, but the onions ended up burning for some reason. Also, I need to remember not to add the red pepper flakes. This ended up being way too hot for me. When I reheated, it wasn’t too bad, but the first tasting was definitely spicy.

Additionally, with all the ingredients and time involved, was this truly worth it? I ended up spending around $20 to get all the ingredients, so it wasn’t a budget conscious meal (pumpkin seeds alone cost $6). I was able to get 2+ meals from it, so technically, it had some legs. Though, my apartment still smells of the onions and brussels sprouts. While this was an ambitious fall meal, it’s not something I would make on a regular basis.

Apple Spice Muffins

With fall being the season for all things apple and spice, I decided to take advantage of an easy recipe I saw on Pinterest. I mean, just spice cake mix + applesauce, you can’t go wrong!

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These muffins were super easy, I just mixed the ingredients and popped into a greased muffin pan. They were very moist and were still good a few days later. Also, I loved how it made a dozen muffins, not too many to deal with overall.

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The only downside was that it was hard to spoon the batter into the pan, so I cut a ziploc bag to pipe it in. Otherwise, these were delicious and I’d definitely make them again!

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Butterscotch Cookies

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I made the mistake of buying another bag of butterscotch chips when I already had some in the pantry. So, what could I do with all these extra chips? I quick search on Pinterest and I found an awesome recipe for butterscotch cookies! I love cooking with pudding mixes, the cookies always turn out so soft. These were no different. My whole kitchen smelled like butterscotch and these were so soft and delicious.

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Myself and my co-workers devoured these and I can’t wait to make them again. Luckily I still have more butterscotch chips and pudding to make these again soon!

Pasta with Burst Cherry Tomato Sauce

I had a large amount of cherry tomatoes left over from making goodies for my book club last week. With some pasta on-hand as well, I decided to find a meal option where I could combine the two. I came across this recipe on Epicurious: Pasta with 15-min Burst Cherry Tomato Sauce and decided to give it a whirl.

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The recipe was really simple — make the pasta as directed, then heat the tomatoes in oil until they burst. The overall result was really delicious and the sauce coated the noodles perfectly. The only critique I have is that the sauce was a little oily for me, especially when I ate this for leftovers. Also, all those bursting cherries made a mess all over my kitchen. It took awhile to clean the oil off my counters and floor. Next time, I will use a cover for my skillet!

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Creamy Greek Yogurt Mac & Cheese

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I’ve been looking for a way to use up the spare whole wheat macaroni I had in my pantry. My mom had passed it along to me since she didn’t like it. I’m definitely more of a shell or penne girl myself. Luckily, I had this Creamy Greek Yogurt Mac & Cheese recipe pinned from awhile back. This was the perfect chance to try it out!

I really enjoyed the technique of straining the pasta over the spinach, allowing it to wilt. Less dishes to wash is always better for me! With wheat noodles and Greek yogurt instead of a creamy sauce — this makes for a healthier dish! I’m sure it would work with other vegetables added as well. I recommend adding another cup of spinach, two didn’t seem like enough to distribute evenly.

The only criticism I have is that the onion and garlic powder was too much for me. I don’t think I would add it next time. This dish is also great for leftovers, it lasted 3 meals for me and tasted great 3 days later!