mint chocolate chip cookies

 

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no fancy story here. i really like mint. and i really like chocolate. and i really like cookies. so, you know, i made something with all of those things.

ingredients

2 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter, softened
1 1/4 cups sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons green food color (i use about two teaspoons. adjust to whatever shade of green you would like)
1 teaspoon peppermint extract
1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

directions

preheat oven to 375°F. mix flour, baking soda and salt in medium bowl. in a separate bowl, beat butter and sugar in with electric mixer until light and fluffy. add eggs, food color and peppermint extract. mix well. gradually beat in flour mixture on low speed until well mixed. stir in chocolate chips.

drop by heaping tablespoons about 1 inch apart onto ungreased baking sheets.

bake 10 to 12 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. remove to wire racks. cool completely.

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blueberry orange bread

dessert breads are my new favorite thing. i actually made this a couple of weeks ago, but am just now getting around to posting about it. bad blogger – i know. anyways, this has been my best dessert bread to date. the orange juice makes the top and edges really crusty and delicious!

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ingredients

1 cup fresh blueberries
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup white sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon orange zest (outer skin of orange)
4 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces
1 large egg, well beaten
3/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice (about 3 naval oranges)
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

directions

preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

in a small bowl, combine the beaten egg with the orange juice and vanilla extract.

in a large bowl, whisk the flour with the sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and orange zest. cut the butter into small pieces and blend it into the flour mixture with a pastry blender or two knives. the mixture should look like coarse crumbs. fold the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. stir in the blueberries. pour into the prepared pan and bake for 50 – 60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. r

remove from oven and let cool on a wire rack before serving.

csa noms: strawberry bread

we got strawberries in our csa box again this week. chomp! i really wanted to find a new recipe to try and was superexcited to try out strawberry shortcake cookies. BUT after looking at the recipe more closely, it turns out that strawberry shortcake cookies are only good for 24 hours, and then they get gross. and as much as i would love to nom 24 cookies in 24 hours, i thought it might not be my best move. so i found this recipe instead.

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ingredients

1 1/2 cups fresh strawberries
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup white sugar
2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 eggs, beaten

directions

preheat oven to 350 degrees f.

slice strawberries. combine flour, sugar, cinnamon and baking soda in large bowl. mix well. blend oil and eggs into strawberries. add strawberry mixture to flour mixture, blending until dry ingredients are just moistened. pour batter into bread pan.

bake for 45 to 50 minutes, or until tester inserted comes out clean. let cool before serving.

csa noms: strawberry oatmeal bars

i got some DELICIOUS looking strawberries in my csa box this week. it took all my self control not to eat them before i even got them home. i wanted to try something new with strawberries – specifically i wanted to bake with them. it took some searching around before i found the right recipe. i ended up combining two recipes from the food network – one for strawberry oatmeal bars and one for strawberry jam. making my own jam was actually pretty easy, so expect some future blogs about jams and canning.

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ingredients
1 3/4 sticks unsalted butter, cut into pieces, plus more for greasing pan
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cup oats
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups fresh strawberries, halved and hulled
2 small lemons
1 cup white sugar

directions
preheat the oven to 350 degrees f. butter a 9-by-13-inch rectangular pan.
to make jam, combine the white sugar and lemon juice in a small saucepan. cook over very low heat for 10 minutes, until the sugar is dissolved. add the strawberries and continue to cook over very low heat for 20 minutes, until the mixture boils slowly. set aside.

mix together the butter, flour, oats, brown sugar, baking powder and salt. press half the oat mixture into the prepared pan. spread with the strawberry jam. sprinkle the other half of the oat mixture over the top and pat lightly. bake until light brown, about 30 to 40 minutes. let cool completely. then cut into squares.

csa noms: whole wheat blueberry zucchini mini muffins

something i realized earlier this year with my csa is i love zucchini bread. love it. love it. love it. so i was super bummed when my doctor put me on a low glycemic diet earlier this year because i thought i would have to give up things like zucchini bread. but alas – some simple modifications yielded this great recipe!

ingredients
1 3/4 cup whole wheat stone ground flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup sugar (or sugar substitute)
2 eggs
1/2 cup applesauce
1 tsp vanilla
2 medium zucchini, grated
1 cup blueberries

directions
preheat oven to 350F.

in a bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.

in another bowl, use an electric mixer to mix eggs and sugar. stir in applesauce and vanilla. stir in zucchini.

add dry mixture to wet mixture. stir until just combined. add blueberries.

fill mini muffin pans and bake for 10 to 15 minutes. let cool in pan.

yields 42 mini muffins.

mini banana cupcakes with honey cinnamon buttercream frosting

i bought some mini muffin pans a couple of months ago and am constantly looking for new things to make in them. today’s adventure: mini cupcakes. a trusty search of martha stewart’s web site lead me here. DELICIOUS. i ran out of frosting unfortunately. but they taste kinda like banana bread, so i’m sure i can justify the naked ones as breakfast sometime this week.

csa noms: sweet potato biscuits with honey cinnamon butter

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we got some HUGE sweet potatoes in the veggie boxes this week! personally, i’ve never been a big fan of sweet potatoes. i’ll eat them if they’re in front of me. i prefer them as fries because i like most fried carbs. but i’ve never really found a recipe for them that i really, really liked. until. now.

behold! the sweet potato biscuit!

this is ABSOLUTELY delicious! i found the recipe here. the honey cinnamon butter is divine as well. NOM!

update: sept. 26

with my low glycemic diet, i went looking for a modification for this recipe. i found one, so i kinda married the two. here is a low glycemic version.
1 cup cooked, mashed sweet potatoes
1 egg
1/3 cups milk
1 cup stone-ground whole-wheat flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons honey

mix together egg, butter, sweet potatoes and honey. add flour, baking powder and salt. bake for 10 to 20 minutes ato 375F.

red velvet brownies

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i was trolling pinterest today and somehow came across the recipe. DELICIOUS. the only note i have is i didn’t have a stand mixer with a paddle, so i used a handheld mixer with beaters. totally worked find. and i folded in the flour mixture by hand at the end.

apple pie noms

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no fancy story behind this one. we were walking through the grocery store today, and matt wanted an apple pie. instead of buying one, i decided to make one.

once again – i know, i should be making my own crust. but as previous discussed, i’m scared of dough. i have a pending dough date with a friend soon who will hopefully show me how to get over that fear. but until then, i’m sticking with publix brand.

the filling is pretty easy. because apples have so much moisture already in them, you only have to add a couple of things to make a kick ass apple pie. this is a modification of a recipe i found on the food network.

ingredients

4 granny smith apples
1 cup fine sugar
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons cinnamon
crumble topping*

directions

*crumble topping: i have a TON of this in my freezer. i made the recipe a long time ago, and it makes a lot. so i froze it, and use it as i need it.

preheat oven to 400 degrees F. peel, core and slice apples. mix apple slices with sugar, flour and cinnamon. place apple mixture in pie shell. Place second pie crust on top and form to the edges of the pie plate. cut slits in the top crust to allow for steam to release in oven. add crumble topping. bake for approximately 30 to 40 minutes, until pie is fully baked and apples are tender.