Dessert

Boston Highlight- Coolidge Corner

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One of my absolute favorite spots close to me is Coolidge Corner. You’ll find this delightful corner off the C line of the Green Line (the stop is called Coolidge Corner). This delightful place has a Trader Joe’s, approved Panera, ailment an awesome bookstore called Brookline Booksmith, and lots of other really fun shops. And as a fun side note, Yogurt Land (this great frozen place) is apparently moving in! But by far my favorite place in Coolidge Corner is Paris Creperie. This delightful cafe is tucked away and even though it’s on the main road, it’s a little hard to find because it’s really small. But oh my goodness it has the best crepes!

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I went to Paris Creperie for the first time in November or December. I walked in and saw one of my co-workers there with her family and she said these words: You just missed Emma Watson! Oh my gosh! Emma Watson dates a guy who goes to my school and they had been in Paris Creperie! It was tragic that I missed her but I sat in her chair while I was there, so basically I was her for a little while ;)

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This past week my sister came and visited me and I knew I had to take her to Paris Creperie. That’s her in the picture above drinking Nutella Raspberry Hot Chocolate. So delicious! Paris Creperie loves Nutella just as much as I do, and that’s saying something!

Celina Boston Trip-1We got two crepes to split. The first one is a Nutella Chocolate Crepe with Strawberries and the second one is a Smores Nutella Crepe. They were both amazing! I have also gotten their Nutella Canoli crepe before which is amazing, but it’s a little too rich for an actual meal :)

Celina Boston Trip-2Paris Creperie also has a wide selection of savory crepes that look awesome, as well as more sweet crepes. They have a large selection of drinks as well including more hot chocolate, coffee, lattes, and smoothies.

Price-wise Paris Creperie isn’t too bad either. My sister and I got two crepes and two hot chocolates for $24. Their crepes average from around $6-$8.

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Healthy Recipe Ideas

If you’ve spent any time at all on this blog, page you may have noticed that most of the recipes I post are of the…unhealthy variety ;) I love baking somewhat crazy and delicious desserts. But I have seen a HUGE spike of people searching the blog for my healthier recipes (I’m assuming with the new year’s resolutions coming in) so I thought I would list some of my healthier recipes in one post so it would be more convenient for you guys!

Disclaimer: I’m a fan of eating healthy, melanoma but I also believe that fad diets and restrictive diets are pointless. Eating healthy is a day-to-day challenge and some days I do well and some days I don’t. But if you try telling yourself that you’re never going to eat a dessert again, resuscitator it generally won’t work out well. I hope we can all do better at striving for balance, which means checking out these healthier recipes but also indulging a few times a week :)

*Anything labeled “Daniel Fast” is Vegetarian, Vegan, and Daniel-Fast approved* 

Also, for those of you interested in the Daniel Fast, I answered a lot of questions about it in THIS post :)

Healthy Breakfast and Snacks:

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I love smoothies! They are so easy to make and very customizable. Depending on what you put in them, they can provide you with fruit, dairy, and protein to kick-start your day! I usually try to add some sort of fruit, yogurt or milk, and peanut butter :)

Daniel Fast Smoothies

Peanut Butter, Banana, and Chocolate Smoothie

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I also love breads and muffins! Here are two recipes that I have adjusted to make them much lighter than the usual muffin/quick-bread, but you really cannot tell the difference between these and their less-healthy counterparts.

Pumpkin Banana Muffins

Healthier Banana Bread

Zucchini Bread

Healthy Lunch and Dinner:

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These recipes are all ones that I love and think taste really good. I recently made Hot Spinach Dip again and was reminded of how good it is! And the Daniel-Fast approved Potato Wedges and Veggies is one of my all-time favorite meals!

How to Make White Rice

Salad with Maple Mustard Chicken Tenders

Hot Spinach Dip

Daniel Fast Chile

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Potato Wedges and Veggies

Daniel Fast Lettuce Wraps

Daniel Fast Taco Salad <- another really great one!

Daniel Fast Vegetable Soup

Desserts:

Cookie Dough Balls

Gigantic Peanut Butter Candy Cookie <- I included this one because it makes one cookie which lets you have dessert without too many leftovers!

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Top 10 Recipes of 2012

I can’t believe it is actually 2013. I will write another post reflecting back on this past year (and share some photos from my fun New Year’s Eve), symptoms but for now, here’s a look at the top 10 most popular recipes from 2012 :) Enjoy and happy baking!

1. Mini Peanut Butter and Nutella Cheesecakes– For two years in a row these delicious mini cheesecakes have been number one! I made both a peanut butter and nutella variety, and they were both delicious. These cheesecakes are not only tasty, but they look so cute they are sure to impress anyone!

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2. Nutella Swirl Brownie Bites– My sister still talks about these and wants me to make them again. The recipe is incredibly simple and results in small, amazingly fudgy, and nutella-filled brownies.

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3. Vanilla Cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream Frosting– Usually I’m a chocolate girl, but these Vanilla cupcakes were so good! I also had a lot of fun piping on the frosting and I think they turned out so cute :)

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4. Gooey, Delicious, Incredible S’mores Bars– These might actually be number one in my book! They are so gooey, sweet, buttery, and delicious. Possibly one of the best things I have ever made :)

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5. Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cookies– These cookies intrigued me from the moment I saw them! I think the best part of making chocolate chip cookies is eating the raw dough, and these cookies let me eat cookies and dough all in one! Brilliant!

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6. Healthier Banana Bread– This Banana bread tastes just as good as my non-lightened-up favorite. A delicious, flavorful, and healthy banana bread is always wonderful to have around the house!

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7. Peanut Butter Chocolate Pretzel Truffles- This is a combination of all my favorite foods! Pretzel, peanut butter, and chocolate :)

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Honorable Mention: Felt Hairbow Tutorial– These were really #8, but since they aren’t a recipe, I won’t count them. They are a really fun craft project, though, and I often wear the bows I made :)

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8. Gooey Peanut Butter Reese’s Bars– These are at the top of my list of favorites, too, right up there with the s’mores bars. These are so gooey and so delicious!

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9. Swedish Meatballs– I’m so glad these made the top 10! Swedish meatballs are one of my favorite foods and I always love it when my mom makes them :)

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10. Mini Corn Dog Muffins– I have made these several times this year and my family absolutely loves them. They are so cute, tasty, and easy to make.

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And, because I can’t resist, here are a few of my favorites that didn’t make the list :)

Pioneer Woman Cinnamon Rolls– These will forever be one of my favorite foods. I would eat them everyday if I could :) I would wager that you will never have a better cinnamon roll than these.

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Pumpkin Deliciousness Cake– I may or may not have stood in the kitchen, eating piece by piece of this cake straight out of the pan ;)

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Gooey Nutella Bars– These, along with the s’mores and reese’s bars, are in my top 3 favorite desserts of the year. So tasty! My kitty thought they were great, too :)

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Lofthouse Sugar Cookies

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Ahhh Lofthouse cookies…how I love them. They’re those cookies that they sell in grocery stores with the holiday-themed frosting. Whenever someone brings those to parties, cialis sale I definitely eat my share! There’s a recipe going around that claims to be a copy-cat of the Lofthouse Sugar Cookies so I knew I had to try it and see if they lived up to their grocery store counterparts!

lofthouse cookies blog-3So what did I think? These cookies were definitely really tasty. I decided to add some maple flavoring to the frosting and I think it was a delicious contribution. I brought these cookies to a get together at a friends’ house and they were devoured! They’re easy to make and decorate and were definitely a hit. But do they taste like the Lofthouse cookies??? Well…I’m afraid not. I was a little disappointed because these don’t taste like the ones from the store. The flavor is a little different and they’re a little bit softer (which isn’t a bad thing).

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However, more about I definitely don’t regret making these cookies (and I don’t think my friends do either!) but I will say if you’re expecting cookies that taste exactly like Lofthouse, you might just have to go buy some from the store ;) These cookies are very delicious and easily customized for whatever holiday- you can even change up the shapes if you want.

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So, I hope you enjoy these cookies and try making them, even though they aren’t identical to the grocery store ones. They’re still very good :)

Tip: These cookies do spread out so if you’re trying to make them into different shapes, I wouldn’t try anything that has a lot of detail.

Lofthouse Sugar Cookies

Ingredients:

3 cups flour
½ tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. baking powder
¼ tsp. salt
½ cup unsalted butter
1 cup granulated sugar
1.5 large eggs
1 tsp. vanilla extract
¾ cup sour cream

Buttercream Frosting

½ cup unsalted butter
½ tsp. vanilla extract (or maple flavoring)
2 cups powdered sugar
Small pinch of salt
3 tbs. heavy cream
Sprinkles

Directions: 

  1. In a medium bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
  2. In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar together, either with a stand mixer or electric hand mixer, until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating until each is incorporated. Add the vanilla extract extract and sour cream, and beat at low speed until combined.
  3. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and beat at a low speed until just combined.
  4. Once the dough has come together, divide it into two parts. Flatten the dough into rectangles about an inch thick, then wrap it with plastic wrap. Put the wrapped dough into the refrigerator overnight, or for at least two hours.
  5. After the dough has chilled, preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Line large baking sheets with parchment paper or Silpats.
  6. Lightly flour the countertop and the top of the dough. With a rolling pin, roll the dough out to ¼-inch thickness. Using cookie cutters, cut out the cookies and place on prepared baking sheets. Bake for 7 minutes, until cookies are slightly golden around the edges. Immediately transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool. Cook cookies completely before frosting.
  7.  To make the frosting, in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment or in a large mixing bowl with an electric hand mixer, cream together the butter and vanilla extract (or maple flavoring). Slowly beat in powdered sugar and the pinch of salt. Once smooth and creamy, add in heavy cream, 1 tablespoon at a time, then beat at medium-high speed for a minute or two until light and fluffy. Add food coloring, if desired, and beat until combined.
  8. Once cookies have cooled completely, frost and add sprinkles, if desired. Allow frosting to set, then store in an air-tight container.

Recipe from Two Peas and their Pod

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Christmas Cookie Ideas

Are you guys baking for Christmas yet? I love baking cookies around Christmas-time. Cookies are fun to make and also easy to give away! This post is filled with some of my favorite cookie (and bar) recipes that you can enjoy this holiday season!

First Up- I’ve made three different bars this year that are all quite possibly the best things that I have ever made. I am so excited to make these tasty bars again!

Gooey Nutella Bars!

I brought these to a Fourth of July Party and everyone loved them! I loved them too- they were sooo gooey and delicious.

 Gooey Peanut Butter Reece’s Bars

Another Gooey Bar! Oh it’s so good. I absolutely love Recces!

 S’mores Bars

While I know I sound like a broken record, here these bars were amazing!

I honestly cannot choose my favorite between these three bars- and blogging about them now is making me excited to go home and do some baking! I’m thinking I’m going to make at least one of these bars, surgery some zucchini or pumpkin bread, and a new cookie recipe (I already have one in mind :).

Speaking of cookies…. :) Here are a few of my favorite cookie recipes:

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies

I absolutely loved these cookies! They’re big, soft, and fluffy, and I love the sweet and salty combination. Make them! :)

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

I will confess that I will always choose chocolate over oatmeal raisin, but maybe not with these cookies! I made these for a teacher who really likes oatmeal raisin cookies, and I couldn’t believe how much I loved these! They’re so soft and have a great texture. Love them!

There are so many recipes I could post on this post, but I didn’t want to overwhelm you too much! Check out my Recipe Page to see all my bars, cookies, cupcakes, cakes, and other desserts!

Do you have any desserts that you have to make every year around Christmas time?

 

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