Dessert

Christmas Frosted Sugar Cookies

I love my photography class in school. I get to use different equipment (that’s how I get to borrow that macro lens I love so much) and learn about different techniques. One thing I do NOT like, buy however, rx is using strobe lights. I just find them so annoying and restrictive! Not to mention that the ones we have in class randomly decide to not fire when you’re trying to take pictures. Talk about annoying. We are doing a project now on food photography (perfect for me!) and we had to bring in food and props to shoot and use the strobe lighting and diffusers to take the photos. Besides the irritation of the lights not cooperating, I had fun taking my Christmas-themed pictures and they turned out much better than I expected.

I have a confession to make…these are cookies made out of a mix. I know, I’m really ashamed of myself. I’ve never made cookies from a mix before but I had a 7 page essay due the next day and didn’t have time to make cookies from scratch (one of my goals is to make copy-cat Lofthouse cookies..those things are so incredible). These weren’t anything crazy spectacular but they tasted good and looked festive. I gave them to the people in Film Club with me after I shot them in Photography and they seemed to like them :)

I used the cute little snowman mug I got at Goodwill and I think he really stole the show…the cookies really couldn’t compete with him! And the newspaper background is rather random but I think it looked neat. Maybe that’s just me :)

I’m sharing this for the 12 Weeks of Christmas Cookie Exchange! While this post doesn’t really require a recipe, you can make these cookies with your kids/siblings/whoeveryouwant and just have fun decorating them. It might be a nice break from labor-intensive baking recipes.

Haha sorry for all the picture, I just thought they were fun!

For these cookies I used this:

Except I didn’t make them into the cookie pop thingies…just plain cookies :) They came out pretty tasty for a kit…if you want something easier that’s fun to decorate, I’d definitely recommend this! I bought my own sprinkles and colored frosting, but they give you colored sprinkles and white frosting in the kit. Happy baking!

And check out all the other bloggers on the cookie exchange. I can’t believe it’s week 8 already!

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Friday fun with Cake in a Mug

My weekdays at school are always so busy. I talked to my English teacher Friday afternoon, global burden of disease asking if I could come in Monday afternoon for some help on my essay (due Tuesday). I told him that I was sorry it was last minute but I had been busy or sick everyday after school. He said that was fine and to just rest this weekend.

I tried to hold back my chuckle.

I don’t think I was successful.

Weekends restful? I don’t remember last time my weekends were restful. That’s not to say that they’re bad, phimosis they’re just really busy.

So I thought I’d share my weekend with you :) I know you were all extremely curious. I’ll start with telling you about Friday!
My mom, sister, and I left right after I got home from school and headed to my piano lesson and my middle sister Celina’s acting class. My piano lesson was good, I really love my teacher. The only issue is that I never have any time to practice, causing me to not improve much every week on my songs. I don’t want to let my teacher down and I really love piano. I’m going to try to do better, but I’m also trying not to put too much pressure on myself either!

After our lessons, we made a pit-stop at Chick-fil-a. Ahh…the one fast food place I actually like. I hardly ever eat it but I always love it when I do. I had chicken nuggets with the waffle fries and their special Chick-fil-a sauce. Celina and I enjoyed out dinner at my grandparents house, where we were spending the night. My mom went back home and Celina and I hung out, just the two of us, as our grandparents weren’t going to be home for a couple of hours. We watched lots of Gilmore Girls episodes (love!). After a little while, we decided we needed something delicious to eat and attempted to make cake in a mug.

Cake in a mug is cake cooked in the microwave in a mug (cool huh?) I understand being skeptical that chocolate cake that has been microwaved would taste good and, after trying 3 different recipes for mug cake and having 2 failed attempts, trust me when I say I totally get it. But I made it the other night at home and it was so tasty! But the recipe I had used before used nutella and my grandparents didn’t have that. In fact, my grandparents don’t bake at all and didn’t have ingredients that I consider basic (like cocoa powder, milk, butter, granulated sugar) but they do have plenty of wheat germ, cheese slices, and crackers (note to self- don’t ever have this healthy of a pantry). So Celina and I looked up nutella-free versions of mug cake and improvised!

We tried out 2 different recipes and neither turned out good. I don’t know if it was the recipe’s fault, or the fact that we used hot cocoa powder for cocoa powder and fat free half and half for milk ;)

This was #1. The texture was a little eh, but the taste was fine. We weren’t satisfied with that one so we decided to try out another recipe.

This is what attempt #2 looked like when it was cooking. It kept rising up and down in a column. Haha it was pretty hilarious.

Attempt #2 had the texture of spongy rubber. It was one big cement rubber column. Bleh.

So we returned to number one, doused it with chocolate chips and whipped cream, and ate it!

Celina and I had a lot of fun making these, even though neither turned out great, but I wanted to make the good mug cake I made earlier this week again so she could see what they should taste like (and I could eat it again!).

So we made the nutella mug cake tonight and it turned out great again! The first time I made it, it overflowed out of the cup and even with all the cake I lost, I still couldn’t finish it! So we made one batch and split it into two cups. Now I’m not one who has trouble finishing off chocolate anything, but even this halved version was really rich! So if you want a TON of chocolaty goodness, use a huge mug and eat all this yourself :) Medium amount, split it into 2 mugs. Small amount? 3 mugs!


This is seriously good chocolate cake. It’s gooey and rich and delicious. I topped it with tons of whipped cream, but ice cream would be great too with this.

Don’t be scared of the microwave, just make this! It’s so easy and wonderful and tasty!

Nutella Mug Cake

Recipe from Live Love Pasta :)

Ingredients:
4 tablespoons self-rising flour**
4 tablespoons sugar
1 egg
3 tablespoons cocoa powder
3 tablespoons Nutella
3 tablespoons milk
3 tablespoons vegetable oil

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a medium mixing bowl. Whisk super well with a fork until really smooth. Pour into one, two, or three chocolate mugs (depending on how big your servings are going to be). Just remember that one serving needs a really huge mug.
  2. If making one serving, microwave for 1 1/2 minutes (time will vary for every microwave). If making two servings, microwave for a minute and 10 seconds. I haven’t made it with 3 servings but I’m guessing that it’d be about 55 seconds-1 minute.
  3. Top with chocolate chips, vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, or all 3 ;)

Makes 1 large serving, 2 medium ones, 3 small ones

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Gigantic Peanut Butter Candy Cookie…for one

When I was little, apoplectic there were some things grown-ups did that I just did not understand. One thing I remember being so confused about it why they always fought over the check. “No, prescription I’ll pay for it!” “No, really, my treat.” I just didn’t get why they wanted to pay! If someone wanted to pay for me, I wasn’t going to argue. I get it now, but deep down I still don’t like paying for things and if you want to pay for me, go for it! (This doesn’t make me a bad person…right???)

Another thing I just did not understand was why adults would never want to bring dessert home from a party or something like that. They would always say things like “Oh no, we don’t need that around the house.” And I was always like “uhh yes we do! It’s so tasty!” Again, I get it now. But I still like having dessert around the house..because I like dessert.

All those crazy grown-ups out there should appreciate this recipe. It makes just one cookie. That’s it. Don’t worry about all those crazy leftovers!

I am posting this recipe for week 7 of the 12 Weeks of Christmas Cookie Exchange. Week 7??? Christmas is getting so close! I’m so ready to start planning and decorating and celebrating :) I found this recipe on Picky Palate the other day. It’s a recipe that makes one (large) cookie. I’ve been experimenting with some “single-serving” recipes lately. I made cake in a mug the other night! It was really good. I didn’t post about it because the cake exploded out of the cup and looked not-so-pretty and I didn’t want to take a picture of the mess haha. But I will post about it eventually. I like the idea of making desserts that only have one (or a few) servings so I don’t have it around the house for the next week (uh oh. I’m starting to sound like one of those crazy grown-ups).

This cookie turned out great! Chances are you have everything you need to make it at home right now! And it’s a great way to use up some of that Halloween candy. I mixed in Reeses Pieces and pieces of Snickers. Mmm :) Now this cookie is really massive…I probably could have eaten the whole thing myself but I shared with my family. It has a great texture, the outside is crisp and the inside stays gooey. The only issue I had with it was that it turned out really salty. I don’t think it’s a fault in the recipe, though. I was probably being spacey and added too much salt. If I make it again, I’ll let you know if the results were as salty!

I would absolutely recommend that you make this. Make it for yourself and curl up with a warm cookie, some milk, and watch a good movie. That sounds so nice right now :)

Does that huge grease spot freak you out? Oh good. Me either.

Gigantic Peanut Butter Candy Cookie for One

Recipe from Picky Palate <— love all her recipes!

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened

2 tablespoons granulated sugar

2 tablespoons packed light brown sugar

2 tablespoons beaten egg

1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter

1/2 cup all purpose flour

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

1/4 cup Reeses Pieces

3 mini snickers, chopped in 6 pieces each

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, mix together the butter and sugars until well blended.
  3. Crack egg in separate bowl and beat it. Measure out 2 tbs. of the egg and add it to the butter/sugars. Add the vanilla as well and mix well until combined.
  4. Stir in peanut butter and then add flour, soda, and salt. Mix until just blended.
  5. Stir in Reeses pieces and snickers chunks (or whatever other candy makes you happy!)
  6. Scoop all the dough onto the baking sheet in one big giant blob and bake for about 18 minutes (it will look totally raw but will keep cooking a bit after you take it out). Let it cool on baking sheet for 10 minutes.
  7. Enjoy all by yourself when you’re home alone…or share with others :)

Makes 1 super huge cookie

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Cookie Dough Balls…Sorta

This week has been not-so-fun. I’m glad most of it is over. I’m helping out at a middle school writing workshop tomorrow so I won’t be at school which will be amazing…I’ve had so much testing this week and it’s been miserable. And then there’s been some other stuff going on that has been kinda awful. But I’m hoping things will start getting easier :)

I’m sharing these for week 6 of the 12 Weeks of Christmas Cookie Exchange. I can’t believe there’s only 6 weeks left! I got this recipe from Chocolate Covered Katie and V.K. Rees Photography. I’d seen Katie’s recipe for cookie dough dip a while ago and thought it sounded very…interesting! I saw this cookie ball version on V.K. Rees Photography and the photos were so beautiful they convinced me to make them today! (All her photography is incredible. I’m definitely inspired).

The interesting part of this recipe is that instead of flour, more about the dough is made out of Chickpeas. Umm yeah. But so many reviews said it was really good that I decided to take the chance and make it. If I’m being completely honest, I didn’t really like them…but that’s just me! I thought I’d still share the recipe because so many other people have had success with it. It’s really easy to make so you might as well give it a shot! If you like it, you’ll have a great, healthy dessert :)

Happy baking!

Healthy Cookie Dough Balls

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups chickpeas (1 can, drained)
1/4 tsp salt
tiny bit over 1/8 tsp baking soda
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
3 Tbs peanut butter (or another nut butter)
3 Tbs Agave Nectar (you can also use honey, brown sugar, or other sweetener. Adjust it to how sweet you want it to be)
4 Tbs mini chocolate chips
3 Tbs oats (optional)
8 oz. semi-sweet chocolate

Directions:

  1. Put all ingredients, except for chocolate and oats, in a blender or food processor and blend until very smooth.
  2. Put mixture in a bowl and mix in oats and chocolate chips.
  3. Put the dough in the fridge/refrigerator until firm enough to form balls. When firm, use a small cookie scoop to make small balls of dough. Put them back in the freezer until firm.
  4. Melt the chocolate in the microwave in 20-25 second increments. Dip the balls in the melting chocolate until covered. Put them in the fridge so the chocolate shell can harden.
  5. Store these in the fridge!

Enjoy! (I hope ;)

I shared this on Fusion Friday :)

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Carrot Cake and Thankfulness

It is November! This year has gone by so fast. November will be over in no time and then CHRISTMAS! Oh so excited :D November does have one holiday that’s, sales you know, kinda noteworthy (even if it’s not as amazing as Christmas). I do enjoy Thanksgiving. The food is good (not as good as Christmas!) but still tasty. And this year we get a whole week off for Thanksgiving break (I’ll get like 3 for Christmas!) which is very exciting. I love that Thanksgiving is a time that we are reminded to reflect on all the things we have to be thankful about. For November, I’m going to be highlighting some of the things I am especially thankful for.

First of all, I am really thankful for my family. I am surrounded with amazing people who love me, support me, and are super fun to be around (most of the time ;) This past weekend, we celebrated my dad’s birthday! We all went to my grandparents and had dinner and cake. My mom always makes carrot cake for his birthday and it is soooo good. I am totally a chocolate kind of girl, but this carrot cake with the cream cheese frosting…mmm :) There are some foods I love but that I won’t order in restaurants because I know that they won’t be as good as my mom’s…and carrot cake is one of them.

It was fun taking action shots while my mom was making the cream cheese frosting!

I love this picture! I just snapped it as my mom was walking by with the cake and I think it looks so cool.

Birthday Boy!

Ok so I don’t have a recipe to go along with this. Mostly because I don’t have good pictures of the cake. And also because I so don’t have the energy to write it all up. But someday I will definitely be nice to all of you and share it…because it really is the best!

I should be posting some more soon…after I get some sleep :)

Have a great day :)

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