Cinnamon White Chocolate Chip Cookies

a4ba0f23-6c4a-4261-8cfe-35c1e343b65a

What?! Two cookie recipes back to back? Yes!! Another rainy day calls for more cookies which calls for more baking. We loved the bourbon cookies so much that my son and I decided to make something similar with no booze. He loves white chocolate so much more than milk or semi sweet chocolate so these were the best booze-free cookie we thought of! They taste like a graham cracker dipped in vanilla frosting. So yummy πŸ™‚ And of course, if you are willing fall like everyone else I know, or want to have the perfect after school cookie snack for your kids, then look no further! This cookie has it all.

Go turn on your ovens and let’s bake some cinnamony goodness!

What you will need:

Cookie sheet lined with parchment paper

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons corn starch
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 cup unsalted butter at room temp
1 cup light brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
12 oz. white chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit. In a bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, corn starch, baking soda and cinnamon. Set aside. In another large bowl, beat together the butter and sugar. Add eggs and vanilla and beat until combined. Slowly beat in flour mixture until just combined. Stir in chocolate chips.

Drop on cookie sheet by tablespoonfulls and bake for 8-9 minutes. Allow to cool 2 minutes on the cookie sheet before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

Enjoy! Store covered at room temp.

Advertisements

Brown Butter Bourbon Cookies

I know, I know! That bottle of bourbon is almost empty! I should have just taken that last shot before taking the photo… But here we are… Super delicious, ooey gooey brown butter BOURBON cookies! These were a lot of fun to make because there are different steps you need to do and the cookie dough itself was fun to work with. I’m definitely going to be making these for Thanksgiving and Christmas because they have that perfect fall/winter vibe going on. Spices, brown butter and of course bourbon.

So, on to the recipe. Go ahead and start your ovens, get your aprons on and let’s bake!

Tip:Β Feel free to play around with different spices. All I had on hand when I made these was pumpkin pie spice so that’s what I used but if you have nutmeg and allspice or even cloves, feel free to use that!

What you will need:

Cookie sheet lined with parchment paper

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup granulate sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) of unsalted butter browned and cooled. See Note.
1 large egg
1 egg yolk
3 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 tablespoons bourbon

Note:Β To brown butter, cut into pieces and put into a small saucepan over medium heat. Allow to melt and then whisk constantly until browned. This will take almost 10 minutes so be patient. As soon as the butter turns brown, remove from heat and continue to whisk until cooled slightly.

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. In a bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, spices and salt. Set aside. In another large bowl, beat both sugars and cooled brown butter. Add in eggs, vanilla and bourbon and beat until combined. Slowly beat in flour mixture until combined.

Scoop the dough onto prepared cookie sheet and bake for 9-12 minutes (depending on how big your cookies are) or until the sides are just beginning to brown. Cool on cookie sheet for 2-3 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

Store covered at room temp. Enjoy!

 

The Best Zucchini Bread

3a72f0a8-4351-47eb-88ff-7cda214d9220

Once again, the year is flying by! I can’t believe it’s almost August and summer is coming to an end! So we need to live up the next few weeks. The weather in Chicago has been amazing lately so plants, flowers and gardens are looking great. A friend of mine gave me some zucchini from her garden so of course I made a zucchini bread πŸ™‚ This recipe is so easy and delicious, one that will please everyone.

So let’s go start those oven and bake!

Note:Β Grate the zucchini on the large side of a box grater.

What you will need:

Loaf pan, greased

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 1/2 cups grated zucchini (do not drain liquid!)
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/3 cup vegetable oil
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. Set aside. In another large bowl, whisk together the zucchini, both sugars, applesauce, oil, eggs and vanilla. Slowly stir in the dry ingredients until just combined.

Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 40-50 minutes. Allow to cool for 10 minutes before inverting to a wire rack to cool completely.

Store covered in the refrigerator. This bread is best served chilled. Enjoy!

Soft White Chocolate Chip Cookies

I know I have a couple other recipes for white chocolate chip cookies and squares, but this one is a bit different. Liam loves white chocolate and prefers vanilla over chocolate. Crazy, right?! He is completely satisfied with plain old vanilla when we go get ice cream, too. So we decided to make these cookies today since it’s threatening to storm. I’m glad we did because they are delicious! Yucky weather calls for yummy cookies! So go ahead and get your aprons on and let’s bake….

What you will need:

Cookie sheet lined with parchment paper

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup unsalted butter at room temp
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 (12 oz) bag of white chocolate chips

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Set aside. In another large bowl, beat together butter and both sugars until smooth and creamy. Beat in eggs and vanilla until combined. Slowly beat in flour mixture until just combined. Stir in chocolate chips.

Cover the dough with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or up to overnight.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place about 2 tablespoons of dough onto the prepared cookie sheet, spacing about 3 inches apart. Bake for 11-12 minutes. Allow to cool a bit on the cookie sheet before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

Enjoy!

Store covered at room temp.

Small Batch Brownies!

Yum! Who doesn’t love a delicious, warm, gooey brownie?! These are super good and easy to make and guaranteed not to have any leftovers! So if you need a dessert for 2-5 people, here you go! Small batch brownies are perfect for a quick little gathering or dessert for movie night with the kids (or a date!). Serve warm with some vanilla ice cream on top and you are good to go… Oh and the best part, one bowl and one spoon is all you need for easy clean up! Let’s get to baking…

What you will need:

Small loaf pan (I used a 8.5 x 4.5 inch loaf pan) greased and lined with parchment paper hanging over the sides.

2/3 cup all-purpose flour
2/3 cup sugar
6 tablespoons cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons butter, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons water
1 large egg

Note:Β Feel free to add chopped nuts or chocolate chips!

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder and salt. Add in melted butter, vanilla, water and egg and stir until fully combined. Pour into prepared pan and smooth out the top evenly.

Back for 18-22 minute. Allow to cool a bit before pulling out by the parchment paper and cooling completely on a wire rack.

Serve right away, warm! Store in an airtight container. Enjoy!

Blueberry Banana Muffins

751cabdf-2734-468c-a88b-7977d3a50147-1

I love being able to just whip up a batch of muffins for my family πŸ™‚ I had blueberries and 2 very ripe bananas so voila! Perfect snack for after school, work or for breakfast. Super easy, not many ingredients, here we go…

What you will need:

Muffin tin greased or lined with paper cups

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
2-3 ripe bananas
1/2 cup sugar
1 large egg
1/3 cup butter at room temp
1 cup fresh blueberries

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a bowl, whisk together flour, salt, baking soda and powder. Set aside. In a large bowl, mash bananas with a fork. Beat in sugar, egg and butter until combined. Slowly add in flour mixture. Fold in blueberries.

Fill muffin pan 2/3 way full and bake 17-19 minutes. Allow to cool a bit before removing to a wire rack.

Store covered at room temp. Enjoy!

Almond Bars

6db9c1fa-1a5d-4d77-a65d-a2936b1cdf1a

I can’t believe I didn’t have a jelly roll pan! You need one to make these so off I went and finally bought myself one. These bars are so tasty and very easy to make so if you need a dessert that feeds quite a few people, this is it! Cut them big or small, decorate with fruit or however you like and you have a crowd pleaser. So, here we go… let’s go make some almond bars!

Note:Β Even though these bars do not take long to make, always read through the instructions first! There are some new steps that I typically do not do in my recipes. Also, I did this entire recipe using a hand mixer.

What you will need:

Jelly roll pan, lightly greased (I used a 16 x 12 in.)

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/3 cups sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup sour cream (or plain Greek yogurt)
2 large eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons almond extract
1 cup water
1 cup butter

For the glaze:

6 tablespoons milk
1/2 cup butter
3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon almond extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking soda and salt. Set aside. In another large bowl, combine sour cream, eggs and extract. Pour the flour mixture into the egg mixture and beat until just combined. Set aside.

In a medium saucepan over medium heat, bring to a boil the water and butter. As soon as it boils, remove from heat and pour into the mixture that is set aside. Beat until smooth. Pour batter into prepared pan and smooth out with a spatula.

Bake for 17-20 minutes.

When the bars have about 5 minutes left to bake, start making the glaze. Melt the butter and milk in a saucepan over medium heat. Pour into a bowl and whisk in powdered sugar and extract until smooth and combined. Pour the warm glaze over the warm bars. Allow to cool completely before cutting and serving.

Enjoy!

Store covered in the fridge.

You can decorate however you like! They are so pretty πŸ™‚