Monday, November 29, 2010

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

I had some leftover pumpkin after I made pumpkin rolls for Thanksgiving, and my mind instantly went to this recipe. I went to my blog to find it and couldn't believe I didn't have it on here yet. Jadi made these for me a couple of years ago and I've been in love with them ever since. These cookies are moist, soft, and cake-like, and the combination of pumpkin, cinnamon, and chocolate is so good. I'm just glad there's more leftover pumpkin in the fridge.

1 cup canned pumpkin
1 cup white sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil (I always use butter in my baking, so this would be 1 stick of butter)
1 tbsp vanilla extract
1 egg
2 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp milk
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

Combine pumpkin, sugar, vegetable oil (or butter), vanilla and egg. In a separate bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, ground cinnamon, and salt. Dissolve the baking soda with the milk and stir in. Add flour mixture to the pumpkin mixture and mix well. Stir in chocolate chips.
Drop by spoonful on greased cookie sheet and bake at 350 for approximately 10 minutes or until golden brown and firm. (I only baked these for a little over 8 minutes.)

Seriously, these are fabulous. Thanks for yet another wonderful recipe, Jadi!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

I don't make banana bread that often, but I always love it when I do. I found this recipe on and it looks like it was published submitted by the company Reynolds. The only thing I didn't like about it was that the bottom was overdone. I didn't line the pan with parchment paper like the recipe suggests, and maybe that would have made a difference. I guess I'll have to make more and find out!

Reynolds parchment paper
2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon each ground nutmeg and salt
2 medium (1 cup) ripe bananas, mashed
2 eggs
1/3 cup oil (I used melted butter)
1/4 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup chopped nuts (I omitted these)
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9x5-inch loaf pan with Reynolds parchment paper, extending paper up sides of pan; set aside. (Again, I just greased the pan.)

Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt on a sheet of parchment paper (I just used a bowl); set aside. In a large bowl combine bananas, eggs, oil, milk, and vanilla extract. Add dry ingredients to banana mixture; stir just until moistened. Stir in nuts and chocolate chips; pour into pan.

Bake 50 to 60 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes in pan. Use edges or parchment to lift bread from pan onto a wire rack. Pull back edges of parchment. Cool completely (or eat warm like I do!).

I bet these would make yummy muffins, and maybe that would also solve the burnt bottom issue.

These made delicious muffins, and they had no burnt bottoms. I baked them for somewhere between 10 and 20 minutes, and the recipe made about 16 or so muffins.

Monday, October 4, 2010

White Chocolate Blondies

I got this recipe from my friend Brad and they are seriously delicious. I like this recipe a lot better than my other blondie recipe. I made these on Sunday for dessert and the whole family loved them. They're chewy and buttery and the white chocolate is awesome. The original recipe calls for nuts and suggests lining the 9x13 pan with foil and then cooking spray, but I omitted the nuts and just buttered the 9x13 and they turned out beautifully.

1 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour (I just used my regular bleached flour)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 sticks (12 tablespoons) melted butter
1 1/2 cups packed light brown sugar
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
4 teaspoons vanilla extract
6 ounces white chocolate chips (1 cup) or chopped bar, or 3 ounces each white chocolate and seminsweet chocolate chips. (I used a whole chopped white chocolate bar plus 1/2 cup semisweet chips)
(1 cup pecans or walnuts--optional)*

1. Adjust oven rack to middle position; heat oven to 350 degrees. Butter 9x13 pan.
2. Whisk flour, baking powder, and salt together in medium bowl; set aside.
3. Whisk melted butter and brown sugar together in medium bowl until combined. Add eggs and vanilla and mix well. Using rubber spatula, fold dry ingredients into egg mixture until just combined; do not overmix. Fold in chocolate (and nuts) and turn batter into prepared pan, smoothing top with rubber spatula.
4. Bake until top is shiny, cracked, and light golden brown, 22 to 25 minutes; do not overbake. Cool on wire rack to room temperature. (Or eat hot like I always do. So yummy.) Cut into squares and serve.

If you want to add the nuts, here's the first step of the recipe:
Spread nuts on large rimmed baking sheet and bake until deep golden brown, 10 to 15 minutes. Transfer nuts to cutting board to cool; chop coarsely and set aside.

If you want to foil-line your pan:
Cut 18-inch length foil and fold lengthise to 8-inch width. Fit foil into length of 9x13 baking pan, pushing it into corners and up sides of pan; allow excess to overhang pan edges. Cut 14-inch lenth foil and fit into width of baking pan in same manner, perpendicular to first sheet. (If using extra-wide foil, fold second sheet lengthwise to 12-inch width.) Spray foil-lined pan with nonstick cooking spray.

(See why I just rubbed butter all over the pan???)

Monday, June 28, 2010

Reese's Chewy Chocolate Cookies

I got this recipe from Jadi's blog and have made these several times. (It might also be on the back of the Reese's peanut butter chips bag, I can't remember.) These are yummy and a fun variation if you're tired of plain old chocolate chip (though that rarely happens for me). As far as favorite peanut butter and chocolate cookies go, I also LOVE Peanut Butter Cup Cookies and Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip.

2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup Hershey's cocoa
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1-1/4 cups (2-1/2 sticks) butter, softened
2 cups sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1-2/3 cups (10-oz. pkg.) Reese's peanut butter chips

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Stir together flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt; set aside. Beat butter and sugar in large bowl with mixer until fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla; beat well. Gradually add flour mixture, beating well. Stir in peanut butter chips. Drop by rounded teaspoons onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 8 to 9 minutes. Do not overbake--cookies will be soft. They will puff while baking and flatten while cooling. Cool slightly; remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool completely.

Thanks, Jadi!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

This is yet another fabulous recipe from Jadi's blog. If you like peanut butter with chocolate, you'll love these. The candy gets all melty and gooey, so they're totally delicious hot out of the oven, but are equally as yummy once they've cooled. You can either bake these in a mini-muffin tin or on a cookie sheet. I don't have a mini-muffin tin, so I just used a cookie sheet and loved how they turned out. Click here for the original recipe on Jadi's blog and you can see what they look like if you use the tin.

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 egg, beaten
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp milk
30-40 miniature Reese's peanut butter cups, frozen and unwrapped

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Sift together flour, salt and baking soda; set aside.

Cream together the butter, sugar, brown sugar, and peanut butter until fluffy. Beat in the egg, vanilla and milk. Add the flour mixture; mix well.

Shape into 30-40 balls and place each ball into a mini-muffin pan or onto a cookie sheet.

Bake at 375 for approximately 8 minutes (I think I did 7 or 7 1/2 minutes). Be careful not to over bake. They should be a very light golden color. Remove from oven and immediately press a mini peanut butter cup into each ball. Cool and then carefully remove from pan.

Wonderful with a cold glass of milk! Enjoy!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Pumpkin Roll

This is one of my absolute favorite desserts. I only make it around this time of year, and I look so forward to it. I made it today for our preschool Thanksgiving lunch, and used the last of the fresh pumpkin I had frozen after our trip to the pumpkin patch. I have never used canned pumpkin, but I'm sure it would be just as delicious. This version of the recipe is from Seriously, try it--it's SOOOO good!

Pumpkin Jelly Rolls

3 eggs, beaten 5 minutes
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2/3 cup pumpkin, canned
1 cup chopped pecans

1 cup powdered sugar
8 ounces cream cheese
5 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Add remaining ingredients to beaten eggs. Pour into well greased cookie sheet. (You need to use a jelly roll-style pan, or a cookie sheet with edges.) Sprinkle with 1 cup chopped pecans. Bake 15-20 minutes (I bake it for 15) at 375 degrees. Turn out onto a clean tea towel. Sprinkle with powdered sugar. Roll into a roll. Let cool.

Filling: Mix powdered sugar, cream cheese, butter, and vanilla.

When cake is completely cool, unroll cake and spread on filling. Remove towel, roll back into a roll. Keep refrigerated.

(If you make this the night before and wrap it in plastic wrap/foil, it is very easy to slice into sections the next morning because the filling has had a chance to set. )

Fluffy Apple Dip

I love this time of year--the beautiful leaves, the holidays, and all the delicious recipes. I posted this recipe last year around this time, but thought I would re-post it because I love it so much and have made it for a couple of events recently. I found this apple dip recipe last year in the September/October issue of "Simple and Delicious" magazine. This is my absolute favorite dip, and it gets a great response whenever I make it. And the best part--it's SO easy.

1 package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
1 tbsp peanut butter
1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice (*I never have this, so I always just use cinnamon, and I love how it turns out)
1 jar (7 oz) marshmallow creme
Assorted apple wedges

In a small mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese, peanut butter and pie spice (or cinnamon) until blended; fold in marshmallow creme. Serve with apple wedges. Makes 2 cups.