Do you participate in a holiday cookie swap? I loooove trading holiday baking. It’s the best way to sample all the treats of the season! I especially love sampling all the different shortbread recipes – last year I tasted a rosemary shortbread that was really amazing. Chocolate cookies are always a hit at a cookie swap. Make them double chocolate and add a hint of espresso – and you might just be crowned the favourite baker of the year.
Apple pie bites! What is more cute than that?! Apple pie is one of my favorite desserts. Especially for a holiday celebration like Thanksgiving. Forget the pumpkin pie, I’m all about the apple pie! And mini apple pies?! Even better!
My mom was the one who pointed me to the idea of apple pie roll-ups (hi Mom!) I’m still so proud of her whenever she finds recipes on the internet, so when she linked me through to the Blonde Chef’s recipe for Apple Pie Bites, and then baked them the next day, I knew I had to create my own variation.
Podcasts are having their heyday right now – it seems like everyone and their dog is starting a podcast and I love it! I listen to podcasts in the car, instead of turning on the radio, while I’m getting ready in the morning, at the gym, and at work (when I’m not doing something that requires me to be super focused). It’s such a great way to be exposed to new ideas and learn a lot! There are so many podcasts targeted to food bloggers (and for bloggers and food lovers separately!) These are my favourites.
Oatmeal Raisin Cookies are a classic. They were a cookie that often graced the shelves of my childhood home. They make me think of riding my bike with training wheels, water balloon fights with the other kids on our street, our woodshed where I would play “pioneers”, and our old swing set. They also make me think of the other foods I loved as a child: Cheese Whiz and Pizza Pops. (EWWW!)
This recipe is for Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies that are perfectly spiced with cinnamon and will fill your house with warm aromas. Curl-a-blanket-around-yourself aromas. Too soon? I know, I know, it’s not Fall yet! But we’ve had some cool nights lately, and I can’t help but think about all the amazing smells and tastes of Fall.
It’s blueberry season! Blueberries are so fresh and delicious right now – and cheap! I bought two pints for $5 in my grocery store the other day. I’ve been sprinkling tons on my daily yogurt and granola breakfast and still haven’t made a dent in the supply!
Blueberries are high in antioxidants can lower cholesterol, prevent heart disease, improve your memory, and are good sources of vitamin C, vitamin B6, and vitamin K – all good reasons to eat your blueberries!
I learned to bake when I was very young – I can remember spending countless hours with a little apron tied around my pudgy belly standing on a chair propped against the kitchen counter stirring cookie dough. Cookies were the first thing I learned to make, and my favourite, of course, was Chocolate Chip.
My repertoire soon expanded beyond Chocolate Chip, and I graduated to following a cookie recipe on my own, even if I still needed help with baking them in the oven. I started experimenting by adding oatmeal or coconut or white chocolate chips. But still, my favourite cookie as a child was plain old Chocolate Chip.
While I don’t often bake Chocolate Chip now as an adult, I do love the nostalgia of the smell and taste of a classic Chocolate Chip cookie. I’ve upped my game in this recipe by chopping up a good quality dark chocolate bar instead of using any old chocolate chips – and using good quality chocolate makes all the difference. Bake these Chocolate Chunk Cookies until the edges just begin to brown and the middles are still soft – that way the cookies will be perfectly chewy in the middle and slightly crunchy on the edges.