Meyer Lemon Buttermilk Pound Cake
After bringing homes bags and bags of produce from the Southeast Produce Conference last weekend I knew I wanted to make a pound cake with the bag of Meyer Lemons I received from Duda Farm Fresh Foods.

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I was never one to love lemon cakes, but over the past few years I’ve learned to love them. My inlaws have a lemon tree and always load us up with lemons. Granted they are not Meyer Lemons but they are pretty darn close. So what do you do when you have a plethora of lemons? You make a lemon pound cake. That is what my mother in-law does year after year as well as homemade lemonade that is to die-for. I’ve made  pound cakes in the past, and I recently realized that I’ve just never blogged about them. I’ve used Ina’s recipe for the past few years and love it. I don’t do the lemon juice soaking method that she suggest. I skip that step and just add it all in the batter. But the glaze is an absolute MUST! I also grate all my lemons I have on hand. I love using my KitchenIQ Better Zester. It captures all the lemon zest with out it going all over the place. If you have extra zest feel free to freeze it for another day. It freezes beautifully!

Meyer Lemon Buttermilk Pound Cake

I made this recipe for meyer lemon buttermilk pound cakes last Sunday.  I use my KitchenAid Stand Mixer on an almost daily basis, and on the weekends you’ll find me using it multiple times throughout the day. Constantly washing and re-washing my paddle attachment and bowl. I love that I can throw in my butter and sugar, set it and let it do the work while I work on prepping the rest of the recipe (or cleaning dishes). I brought one pound cake into my office on Monday (which by the way the pound cake was devoured in .5 seconds), and kept one at the house for us. I didn’t think my husband would like it. Once again, he has surprised me, he likes it and has been taking a slice every day this week with his lunch. And well… I may or may not have a few slices each day. Shhh don’t tell anyone.

Meyer Lemon Buttermilk Pound Cake And in case you’ve never used/bought Meyer Lemons. I have a great storing tip for you. Store lemons away from foods with strong odors. If you refrigerate them they will last for up to 20 days! This works for all lemons but you definitely want to keep your Meyer Lemons away from the stinky foods. They are super fragrant and you don’t want to alter their fragrance.

So, if you can get your hands on some Meyer Lemons (or any lemons) and craving pound cake… I definitely challenge you to make this Meyer Lemon Buttermilk Pound Cake. You won’t be disappointed.

Adapted from Ina Garten

Meyer Lemon Buttermilk Pound Cake

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Yield: 2 8-inch Loaves

Meyer Lemon Buttermilk Pound Cake

Ingredients

    For the Cake:
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 extra-large eggs, at room temperature
  • 5 Meyer Lemons, zested
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 3/4 cup Meyer Lemon juice
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk, at room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • For the Glaze:
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted
  • 3 1/2 tbsp Meyer Lemon juice

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray cooking spray on two loaf pans.
  2. Cream the butter and 2-1/2 cups granulated sugar using an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix for about 5 minutes until light and fluffy. With the mixer on medium speed, add the eggs, 1 at a time, and the lemon zest.
  3. Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a separate bowl. In another bowl, combine 3/4 cup meyer lemon juice, buttermilk, and vanilla extract. Add the flour and buttermilk mixtures alternately to the batter, beginning and ending with the flour. Mix until just combined. Divide the batter evenly between the two loaf pans, smooth the tops, and bake for 55 minutes. Test that the cake is done by inserting a skewer or toothpick in the middle--it should come out clean with no crumbs attached. Let the cakes cool on a wire rack for at least 30 minutes.
  4. For the glaze:
  5. Combine the confectioners' sugar and the lemon juice in a bowl, mix with a wire whisk until smooth. Pour over the buttermilk pound cakes.

Notes

I used 8 1/2 by 4 1/4 by 2 1/2-inch loaf pans.

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These Candy Bar Cookies have the base of a traditional chocolate chip cookie, and incorporates any leftover candy bars you might have laying around! The sky is the limit–chop up your favorite candy bars and add them in these sweet cookies.

Great way to use up leftover Halloween candy -->> Candy Bar Cookies from KatiesCucina.com

Happy Halloween! I can’t believe I’ve held out all month sharing a sweet treat. Yesterday, after leaving my doctors appointment I was craving cookies. I’ve been very good (and so has my husband) and neither of us have tapped into the Halloween candy bars. Although, I will admit my neighbor did bring over a bag of half-opened candy to get it out of her house and we have had a few kit kats here and there. But other than that–we haven’t tapped into our own stash. Do you eat the Halloween candy that you bought for trick or treaters or save it for the kids like we do?

Candy Bar Cookies from KatiesCucina.com

Back to these Candy Bar Cookies… I tapped into some of the candy I had on hand. Miniature Kit Kat bars (from our neighbor), some miniature Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, and a bag of m&m’s I picked up at the store! I chopped up the soft chocolates (Kit Kat Bars and Reese’s) and mixed those into the butter mixture, pour the dry flour mixture in and during the last few seconds I mixed in the bag of M&M’s. If you want these to be Fully Loaded Candy Bar Cookies you could easily add even more candy bars to the mix. Just make sure you chop the candy bars small enough. I also used my favorite OXO cookie scoop. Using the medium scoop made it no-mess and gave me 36 beautiful soft candy bar cookies!

Oh and if your wondering what the gender of the baby is… head on over to my DIY blog Sew Woodsy where I share a very unique Halloween inspired gender reveal!

Katie Original Recipe

Candy Bar Cookies

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 36

Candy Bar Cookies

Ingredients

  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 individual Kit Kat Bars, chopped small
  • 1/2 cup mini Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, chopped small
  • 2-1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 package (3.14oz) M&M

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. In a KitchenAid stand mixer, begin to cream butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar on medium speed for 1 minute. Then add the vanilla extract and eggs (one at a time). Mix until incorporated about 1 minute. Then add in chopped Kit Kat Bars and Reese's Peanut Butter Cups. Mix for 10 seconds until incorporated.
  3. In a separate bowl add 2-1/4 cup all-purpose flour, baking soda, and salt. Add to the stand mixer, and mix for 30 seconds or until well incorporated. Add the package of M&M to the bowl and mix until just incorporated. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and mix one last time (for about 5-10 seconds.
  4. Using a medium cookie scoop, begin scooping dough and placing on an un-greased cookie sheet. Bake for 10 minutes, then remove from the oven and let sit on the hot cookie sheet for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool. Repeat until all the cookie dough has been made.

Notes

*You can add any type of candy bars you'd like. You can also add more candy, but not less than what is in the directions above. You could supplement chocolate chips for M&M's if need be. If you don't feel like using all the dough in one sitting, seal well and store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or freeze.

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Apple Cinnamon Scones

Apple Cinnamon Scones

Fall is in the air. Ok, well maybe not the weather here in Florida but the scent of apples baking in the oven are in the air in my home. I love apples and love this time of year with all recipes, apple! Today, I’m sharing my recipe for Apple Cinnamon Scones over at Baked by Rachel!

Apple Cinnamon Scones

I love scones and love apples so its a win-win. They aren’t the prettiest scones I’ve ever made, but they are sure are easy and best of all you only need one apple to get the job done! Can I tell you just how amazing my home smelled after baking these beauties? Best of all, if your ambitious you can make an extra batch and freeze the dough for a rainy day! Genius, right? Just make sure you label them well and write on how long to cook and at what temperature.

An apple a day party at bakedbyrachel.com

Baked by Rachel is hosting her An Apple a Day event again this year. One month full of all recipes that have to do with apples! How cool is that? So if your an apple lover like me, you better go check out my recipe and all the others participants this year (and of course don’t miss last years recipes, too).

Make sure you visit Baked by Rachel to get the full recipe for my Apple Cinnamon Scones


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Cherry Almond Pound Cake via KatiesCucina.com

Pound Cake. A dense flavorful cake that can be served for breakfast, brunch, or dessert! That is not the official definition but the definition that I go by! This Cherry Almond Pound Cake is a fancy version of its sibling…. the traditional pound cake. I’m a sucker for almond extract and if your like me and love the stuff then you’ll love the pound cake. Pound cakes are dense. Partly thanks to the 5 eggs and two sticks of butter. They really do weight over a pound once you bake it in the oven for a good hour or so. I never understood the name until I baked a pound cake and then wrapped it in aluminum foil. I lifted it and realized “wow this really is a pound cake”. I know… those little ah-ha moments in life. You have to love them.

Cherry Almond Pound Cake via KatiesCucina.com

My mom loves pound cakes. It’s typically what she request for dessert if she happens to be eating over at my home. Of course that and homemade whipped cream with some fresh berries on top. But I’m happy to say that with this Cherry Almond Pound Cake  you don’t need any additional toppings to bring it to life. The dried cherries paired with the almond extract is all you need! Whether you are eating this for breakfast or serving this up as filling dessert, your family and friends will love this pound cake!

Adapted from Martha Stewart

Cherry Almond Pound Cake

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Yield: 8

Cherry Almond Pound Cake

Ingredients

  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for pan
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled), sifted, plus more for pan
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 5 large eggs, room temperature, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1 cup dried cherries

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. While the oven is preheating soak cherries in water for 15 minutes.
  3. Lightly butter and flour a 4 1/2-by-8 1/2-inch loaf pan and set to the side. In a stand mixer beat butter and sugar on medium-high until very light and fluffy (about 7 minutes). Scrape down bowl and beat for 1 additional minute more. Add almond extract, and add eggs one at a time (beating well and scraping down bowl as needed). With the mixer on low add the salt and gradually add flour, beating well to combine and scraping down bowl as needed. Lastly, drain the cherries and add them to the mixture, mix for 30 seconds until incorporated.
  4. Transfer the pound cake batter to pan and bake for 65 minutes (insert tooth pick in the center to ensure cake is cooked). Let cool in pan on a wire rack, 1 hour then remove cake from pan and let cool completely on rack before slicing.
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 Blueberry Scones with Lemon Glaze from KatiesCucina.com

Scones are one of those delectable brunch items that are super fancy sounding and people think they are so hard to make. Let’s get this straight… they are so easy to make. I’ll be the first one to admit that over the past few years I’ve been intimidated to make scones. The first time I ever tried making scones was from a box mix. On the back of the mix there was a recipe for ramping up the recipe from muffins and making them into scones. I was up for the challenge… with a few additional steps I had made scones.

Blueberry Scones with Lemon Glaze from KatiesCucina.com

It wasn’t until last year that I tried tackling scones from scratch. Seriously, what was I waiting for? I made these orange-poppy scones for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee tea party we had at work. We shopped at the only British store in town and purchased a wide-variety of teas, biscuits (which are really cookies), clotted cream, and store-bought scones. Of course I decided to bring some homemade scones to the celebration. Of course not only were my co-workers impressed but they are were so thankful for the homemade variety. Scones are so incredibly easy to make!

Blueberry Scones with Lemon Glaze from KatiesCucina.com

Now, back to these blueberry scones with lemon glaze. The other weekend I didn’t have any eggs on hand for breakfast. I also knew that we would not go out to eat that morning. Breakfast in our house is one that typically is done leisurely on the weekend with eggs, potatoes, a breakfast meat, and on occasion will start with a bowl of chopped fruit or a pastry! Weekend breakfast is truly an experience that we look forward to. So what was I to do with no eggs… well make scones (of course after . Luckily, I had a pint of local blueberries in the refrigerator, so at that point I knew I was destined to make blueberry scones. The lemon glaze was a no brainer since I typically like a sweeter scone and I knew that the powdered sugar from the glaze would sweeten these babies right up. Dense like a typical scone yet moist in the center. Nothing worst to me than eating a rock-hard scone.

Make these scones for mom (or someone who is close to you) this mother’s day!

Recipe Adapted from Food Network

Blueberry Scones with Lemon Glaze

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 8

Blueberry Scones with Lemon Glaze

Ingredients

    Blueberry Scones:
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, cold, cut in chunks
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1 cup heavy cream, plus more for brushing the scones
  • Lemon Glaze:
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar, sifted
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 lemon, zest finely grated

Directions

    For the Blueberry Scones:
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. In a large bowl sift together the dry ingredients; flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar. Using a pastry blender, cut in the butter and coat the pieces with the flour mixture (the mixture should look like coarse crumbs). Fold the blueberries into the batter (make sure not to mash the blueberries because the coloring will bleed into the dough). Make a well in the center of the blueberry dough mixture and pour in the heavy cream. Fold everything together just to incorporate; do not overwork the dough.
  3. On a lightly floured surface lay the dough out into a rectangle about 12 by 3 by 1 1/4 inches. Cut the rectangle in 1/2 then cut the pieces in 1/2 again, giving you 4 (3-inch) squares. Cut the squares in 1/2 on a diagonal to give you the classic triangle shape. Place the scones on an ungreased cookie sheet and brush the tops with a little heavy cream. Bake for 20 minutes until golden brown. Let the scones cool a bit before you apply the glaze.
  4. For the Glaze:
  5. In a microwave safe bowl melt the butter and lemon zest for 30 seconds. Mix the lemon juice with the confectioners' sugar until dissolved and whisk in the butter and lemon zest. Whisk the glaze to smooth out any lumps, then drizzle the lemon glaze over the top of the scones. Let the scones set a minute before serving.
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Don’t forget to check out the other amazing Brunch Week recipes:

Brunch Beverage Recipes

Irish Cream Coffee by Sweet Remedy
{Grown-Up} Lemonade by {i love} my disorganized live

Brunch Egg Recipes

An Easy Italian Egg Recipe by Cook the Story
Asparagus Tomato Frittata by Big Bear’s Wife
Sausage and Egg Muffins by Small Wallet Big Appetite
Mennonite Gold Hash & Eggs by The Vintage Cook
Brie and Herb Omelette by Noshing With The Nolands
Hangover Breakfast Burrito by Cooking In Stilettos

Brunch Recipes for Breads, Grains, Cereals and Pancake-Type Yums

Almond Croissants by Love and Confections
Granola Pancakes by Jane’s Adventures in Dinner
Strawberry Scones by Real Housemoms

Brunch Dessert Recipes

Marcona Almond and Duck Fat Brittle by Vanilla Lemonade
Kiwi and Rose Cream Trifle by Culinary Adventures with Camilla
Banana “Ice Cream” by Amanda’s Apron
Grilled Strawberry, Brie, Chocolate and Walnut Sandwich by Confessions of an Overworked Mom
Chocolate Coated Mini Donuts by Kokocooks


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Cinnamon Raisin Bread via KatiesCucina.com #BrunchWeek #Bread #RecipeLet’s talk about bread today. To be exact, homemade Cinnamon Raisin Bread. Ever since I took the plunge in working with yeast earlier this year I’ve been expanding my bread making horizons. We love to eat Cinnamon Raisin Bread in our home and I knew that two homemade loaves were really going to hit the spot. Growing up as a kid I loved to eat Cinnamon Raisin Bread toasted smeared with butter and sprinkled with additional sugar and a pinch of cinnamon. If we didn’t have Cinnamon Raisin Bread on hand my mom would just toast white bread for me. Seriously, when I wasn’t eating soup for breakfast (yes, that’s a true story) I was eating cinnamon sugar toast or for a real delicacy Cinnamon Raisin Bread with butter and cinnamon-sugar.

Cinnamon Raisin Bread via KatiesCucina.com #BrunchWeek #Bread #Recipe

I was shocked at how easy this recipe was. This was my first full loaf bread baked in 8×8 bread loaf pans. I was a bit nervous as I always am when baking bread. After a few hours of rising and then baking I knew that my bread was a success! After it cooled I sliced a thick piece of the Cinnamon Raisin Bread to give it a taste test. It was amazing. More than I could have ever dreamed of. Full of cinnamon and plump raisins. Although, the next time I think I’ll make it a little sweeter. But other than that… its amazing!
Cinnamon Raisin Bread via KatiesCucina.com #BrunchWeek #Bread #Recipe

So whether you are baking Cinnamon Raisin Bread for an every day breakfast or plan on hosting a brunch this Mother’s day. You may just want to include baking some fresh homemade Cinnamon Raisin bread and adding this to the spread!

For the full recipe go visit King Arthur for the Cinnamon Raisin Bread recipe.

 

Don’t forget to check out all the other amazing brunch week recipes today!

Beverages

Watermelon Rosemary Champagne Cocktail by Vanilla Lemonade

Pear Hibiscus Brunch Cocktail by Rachel Cooks

Strawberry Rose Sangria by The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen

Mocha Frappuccino by Around My Family Table

Pineapple-Basil Tea by The Kitchen Prep

Eggs

Tomato and Mozzarella Quiche by Love and Confection

Cherry Tomato and Chorizo Omelette by Katie’s Cucina

Asparagus and Bacon Quicheby Confessions of an Overworked Mom

Meat, Poultry and Fish

Bacon Canapés with Oranges and Maple Yogurt by Cook the Story

Chicken Bacon Ranch Panini by Sweet Remedy

Pancetta Wrapped Chicken by Jane’s Adventures in Dinner

Breads, Grains, Cereals and Pancake-type Yums

Spinach and Goat Cheese Muffins by Culinary Flavors

Overnight Blintz Bake by White Lights on Wednesday

Bananas Foster French Toast by by Cravings of a Lunatic

Desserts

Mrs. Lund’s Fresh Plum Cake by The Vintage Cook

Chocolate Chip Banana Bundt Cake by Take A Bite Out Of Boca

Strawberry Scones by Kokocooks

Strawberry Mascarpone Tart by Kelly Bakes

Fruits and Veggies

Honey-Watermelon Soup by Culinary Adventures with Camilla


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Blueberry Oatmeal Marshmallow Cookies from KatiesCucina.com

Ok, who is ready for an epic cookie recipe? I had been dreaming up the idea of Blueberry Oatmeal Marshmallow Cookies for a while now. And then I finally acted on my dreams and made them come true. I told my husband about them and he wasn’t too enthused. But I assured him that he had to have at least one bite. He’s not a fan of oatmeal cookies (nor sweets which I think I’ve mentioned that over and over again on the blog).

Blueberry Oatmeal Marshmallow Cookies from KatiesCucina.com

After my husband took just one bite… he was hooked. I couldn’t stop him from consuming these cookies. I was happy for that, but not gonna lie I was tired of fighting him for the Blueberry Oatmeal Marshmallow Cookies. Little by little the cookies in our cookie jar started to disappear. At one point he referenced these cookies to a drug and a baby (you can figure out where I’m going). He proclaimed these were the second best cookies I’ve ever made (first of course, is the classic Chocolate Chip Cookie). Then, I snuck a few Blueberry Oatmeal Marshmallow Cookies into work… l wanted a few of my friends to try them. I even persuaded the ones who don’t care for Oatmeal Cookies to give them a try… they all were head over heals for them as well. So, the moral to this story is if you aren’t a fan of oatmeal cookies you need to give this recipe for Blueberry Oatmeal Marshmallow Cookies a try. I’m pretty sure you’ll be swooning over these cookies as well!

Blueberry Oatmeal Marshmallow Cookies from KatiesCucina.com

Oatmeal Cookie Recipe Adapted from AllRecipes.com

Blueberry Oatmeal Marshmallow Cookies

Prep Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 25 minutes

Yield: 36

Blueberry Oatmeal Marshmallow Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1-1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 cups quick cooking oats
  • 1 cup dried blueberries
  • 1 cup mini marshmallows, plus extra for topping cookies

Directions

  1. Using a stand mixer, cream butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar together for one minute. Then add eggs into the mixture one at a time, mixing on low. Add vanilla to the bowl and then begin adding flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Mix well, then add oats, dried blueberries, and mini marshmallows. Mix until just incorporated and chill for one hour in the refrigerator
  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease the baking sheet. Then, using a medium cookie scoop (holds about 1.5 tbsp of dough) begin scooping the cookie dough and placing it on the baking sheet (keeping them about 2-inches spaced apart). Once all the cookies are placed on the baking sheet begin to add 2-3 mini marshmallows per cookie--flattening them into the cookie. Place the remaining dough in the refrigerator while the first batch of cookies bake.
  3. Bake the cookies for 10 minutes or until just golden brown. Then remove from the oven, let them sit for an additional 5-10 minutes on the baking sheet (they will continue to cook on the sheet even after leaving the oven). Lastly, place them on a cookie cooling rack. Repeat the step above, until all of your cookie dough has been made.
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Rocky Road Cookies

Last year, during the first-ever Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap I received a lovely box of Rocky Road Cookies from Think Tran. Between my husband and I we gobbled these babies up and they never made it into my office to be shared! Those cookies have been in my thoughts lately, so I knew when I was baking for coworkers that I needed to finally make the recipe Tran made!

Rocky Road Cookies

My husband is the worlds biggest chocolate chip cookie fan, so I wasn’t sure how he was going to react to these cookies (even though he ate them with no problem last year). He LOVED these cookies, of course he asked where the marshmallow was, and I had to explain that in the baking process the marshmallow melts into the cookie. The amount of slivered almonds is just right in this cookie.

Adapted from Think Tran who adapted from Ad Hoc At Home Cookbook by Thomas Keller

Rocky Road Cookies

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 14 minutes

Total Time: 29 minutes

Yield: 36

Ingredients

  • 2 1/3 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 sticks salted butter, softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups chocolate chips
  • 1 heaping cup mini marshmallows
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds, lightly toasted

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine flour, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl and set aside.
  3. Using a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter on medium speed until fairly smooth. Add both brown and white sugars, and beat until well combined (about 2 minutes until smooth and creamy). *Periodically, scrape down the sides of the bowl.
  4. Add the vanilla extract then the eggs one at a time, continue to scrape the bowl as necessary.
  5. Add the dry ingredients and mix on low speed to combine. Then, mix in the chocolate, almonds, followed by the marshmallows. Mix just enough to incorporate – do not over mix!
  6. Remove the bowl from the mixer and fold the dough with a spatula to be sure that the ingredients are evenly incorporated. Using a medium cookie scoop begin to scoop cookie dough on to baking trays (keeping them at least 2 inches a part). *I used my Silpat mat and parchment paper (no need to grease the pans either).
  7. *Make sure your oven racks are in the lower and upper thirds of the oven.
  8. Bake for 13.5 minutes. Let cool slightly on the cookie sheet (to firm up) about 5-10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Seal in airtight containers for up to 5 days.
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Monster Cookies

I’ve seen these cookies all over blog land for the past month. I had no idea what all the rage was about, so I felt the need to bake up a batch a few days ago! Typically, by the two weeks before Christmas mark I’ve baked up a storm; however, not this year. I’ve been too busy to bake. So after work the other day I whipped up two different batches of cookies to be handed out to co-workers. Note, I still need to whip up a few more treats for all my lucky neighbors.

Monster Cookies

I checked out a dozen or so recipes for Monster Cookies, but found that I liked Ree Drummond’s recipe the best. Since I didn’t alter one thing I figure you can head over to her site for the full recipe. Just so you know–these monster cookies should really be called everything in the kitchen pantry cookies. I had every single item for these cookies minus the festive holiday M&M’s! My husband who “isn’t a fan of sweets” loved these cookies. Then I told him everything that was in them and he was shocked. Yah, rice krispies, oats, peanut butter chips, and the list goes on. So, if you’ve yet to try these amazingly famous cookies… I highly suggest you get trying! They are delicious and a big crowd pleaser!

Visit the Pioneer Woman to get the recipe!


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 Chewy Chocolate-Cherry Cookies by KatiesCucina.com #fbcookieswap #cookies #chocolate #recipe

Today is the big cookie-swap reveal day for the second annual Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap organized by the amazing Julie of The Little Kitchen and Lindsay from Love & Olive Oil! These ladies worked their butts off to ensure that food bloggers all over the world could exchange cookies. A big thank you to them for all the hard work on this much appreciated event! This year, the ladies added an extra step to the cookie swap. Everyone who participated donated $4 to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer. According to Julie’s (personal) Facebook page over $2200 was raised this year and my friends at OXO matched it so that means over $4400 in total was raised by the Great Food Blogger Cookie swap!!!

Chewy Chocolate-Cherry Cookies

I made these Chewy Chocolate-Cherry Cookies back in August, and then made them again in September, and then when I signed up for the Cookie Swap, I remembered that I had yet to blog about these cookies I instantly knew that these would be the cookies I would send out to my three lucky recipients! Plus these cookies are only 80 calories a cookie–a plus in my book (although you would never know because they are super moist and decadent)!

Who were my lucky recipients for the 2012 Food Blogger Cookie Swap?

Go and visit their blogs and show them some love!!!

Chewy Chocolate-Cherry Cookies Recipe Card from KatiesCucina.com

I also made a cute recipe card for my three recipients. I found a photoshop file from Plucky Momo and I adapted the file to fit my needs. Download the PDF version of my recipe card here: Chewy Chocolate-Cherry Cookies Template

Adapted from Cooking Light, December 2005

Chewy Chocolate-Cherry Cookies

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 12 minutes

Total Time: 22 minutes

Yield: 30 cookies

These chewy chocolate cookies are sure to please anyone who craves chocolate. Best of all, they are just 80 calories a cookie!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 2/3 cup dried cherries
  • 1/4 cup semisweet mini chocolate chips
  • cooking spray

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Sift flour, then lightly fill measuring cup and level off. Combine flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt (stir).
  3. In a large bowl, place sugar and butter in bowl and beat using a mixer on high until well combined. Then add vanilla and egg and beat. Place the mixer on a low speed and slowly add the flour mixture to the bowl; beat just until well combined. Then, fold in dried cherries and mini chocolate chips.
  4. Spray a cookie tray with cooking spray. Then drop a tablespoon-ful of batter on to the cookie
  5. sheet. Bake for 12 minutes at 350 degrees (or just until set). Remove the cookies from the oven and allow to cool on the cookie sheet for 5 minutes. Then remove the cookies from the pan and allow to cool on a wire rack.

Notes

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