Archive | September, 2012

Happy Friday and Dark Chocolate Rolo Cookies

28 Sep

Happy Friday ūüôā¬† Yea, I know….a little late. That’s what happens when your internet crashes…..and I have to say, it’s really not much fun when you have a blog post ready to publish!!!

It has been a busy week!

I started my very own¬†blog!¬† (which I would love for you to share, pin, or pass on….I know I have a long way to go, but hopefully it will be full of fun, easy and delicious ¬†recipes soon.)

I talked about 2 of my favorite blogs…….

The Domestic Rebel….and made these incredible Caramel Marshmallow Butterscotch Bars.

Sally’s Baking Addiction……and made her Mini Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Muffins.¬†¬†¬†They didn’t last long.¬† I think I will be making them again very soon, and maybe hiding them high on a shelf where no one would happen to see them……hmmmmm. That wouldn’t be very motherly, so¬†maybe just 2 or 3…..or 10!

Next week I will feature a few of my other favorite blogs.  I figured I should throw in a few of my personal recipes in between!

I made Butterscotch Pear Bread¬†and made good use of some not so good-looking pears.¬† There was enough to share…..that’s always a good thing!

And…..I made you these……

You are welcome!!

I used my very¬†favorite soft chocolate cookie recipe.¬†¬† You can add anything to it…..I generally stuff the dough full of peanut butter chips, but why not change it up.¬† I LOVE caramel, and Rolos¬†top the list of my favorite chocolate candies.¬† Caramel covered with chocolate….simple, easy and classic.¬† A little secret…..I had never even tasted a Milky Way¬†or¬†3 Musketeers bar¬†until last year.¬† UGH, I know…..you probably are wondering if I had been abducted by aliens and grew up in another galaxy.¬†¬† That would be the only really good excuse. ¬† For some reason, I stuck to Snickers, Reeses¬†and of course Rolos!¬† Which I still obviously¬†tend to do!

The dough is dark and thick, alot like fudge.¬† It must look pretty appetizing…..turned my back for one second and look what I found when I turned back around….

After¬† the cookie dough chilled, ¬†I pushed¬†¬†the Rolos into it….

I also cut a few into fours and pressed them into the top. They get pretty melty and  spread out as they bake.

They turned out crispy on the edges and chewy in the middle.¬† I baked a few on a stone and they spread out pretty thin…..the ones I¬†baked on a cookie sheet stayed puffy and fat….which I like much better ūüôā

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Dark Chocolate Rolo Cookies

  • 1 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2/3 cup baking cocoa ( I used Hershey’s Special Dark)
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • bag of Rolos (large for the inside, minis work great on top)

In a mixing bowl cream butter and sugars.

Add the eggs one at a time, and beat after each.

Combine the flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt.  Gradually add to the creamed mixture until combined.

Refrigerate at least 1 hour.

Roll into balls and push a Rolo into the center, push the dough around to cover the Rolo completely.

Place 2 inches apart on an ungreased baking sheet ( I recommend using parchment paper because the caramel can be pretty sticky)

Bake 9 to 11 minutes.  Cool for 10 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack

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ENJOY!!

I hope you have a wonderful weeked!!¬† Thanks for reading ūüôā

Love, Lara

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Mini Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Muffins from Sally’s Baking Addiction

27 Sep

Fall is such a great time for baking…..

If your lucky, which fortunately here in Pa. we have been; ¬†it’s cooling down.¬† And to me, cool weather means I can leave the oven on and bake even more!

There are sooo¬†many seasonal flavors that are rich and delicious and just make you feel cozy.¬† It is, by far; my favorite season and time of year.¬† Each aisle in the grocery store has endcaps¬†full of food that just makes you want to go home and pre-heat the oven.¬† It seems every brand of cookie, candy, marshmallow, etc ¬†has their own spin on autumn flavors just screaming to be baked, dipped, rolled or melted into something delicious.¬† So as you can imagine, I have tons of things planned to bake ūüôā

One very simple flavor that represents Fall to me is pumpkin.¬† I wait anxiously every year for pumpkin spice coffee and creamer¬†to make its reappearance onto shelves.¬† It’s here!¬† Yay!¬† I seek out pumpkin recipes.

So when I decided I was going to blog about recipes from my favorite blogs this week, I knew that when I talked about Sally’s Baking Addiction¬†I would have to bake something with pumpkin.¬†¬†I was ¬†originally¬†introduced to Sally’s blog by these¬†little balls of goodness.¬† I had never tried Golden Oreos but this convinced me.¬† And now her recipe for Golden Oreo Cake Batter Blondies¬†is a common occurrence in my kitchen.¬† I’ve made them over and over with a few different combinations.

There is something for everyone in this blog.  Sally will put anything tasty in a cookie, there are tons of ideas.  She also adds a healthy twist to many recipes and even posts vegan recipes.  Her tone is sweet and happy, and I always enjoy reading her posts, and the recipes keep me coming back daily.

Here is my go at her Mini Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Muffins

First you mix all of the dry ingredients

And in a separate bowl you whisk the butter and brown sugar¬† and then add the rest of the wet ingredients…..(note Sally’s mixing of the egg…it’s a bit different)

I didn’t have any dark brown sugar, so I used light.¬† The batter was thick, and a beautiful color.

They stayed that color even after they were done baking.¬† And the best part……dipping them in butter and cinnamon sugar ūüôā

They taste as good as they look.  A wonderful breakfast muffin.  Although they are small, they are a savory full muffin.  They went fabulous with my pumpkin spice coffee!  You should definitely give them a try!

Enjoy!

Love, Lara

Butterscotch Pear Bread

26 Sep

I love baking with fruit!

I find there is something very satisfying about picking the fruit that goes into the things I bake.

One of my most memorable fruit picking adventures was picking strawberries with my 3-year-old son.¬† It is¬†kind-of an¬†unspoken rule that if you are going to taste the fruit as you pick it, you do it discreetly, and only to test the ripeness of course….I mean it would be stealing if you¬†ate¬†enough to count as lunch.¬† Well apparently, that¬†was the goal of a certain little boy who shall remain anonymous!¬† He also rolled in, slid through, tripped over, and fell into¬†every inch of¬† strawberries he got near.¬† Needless to say, when I took our 10 lbs. to¬†the little stand to pay, he was red from the top of his forehead to the¬†tips of his little toes.¬† Of course I didn’t have any wet wipes on me, and I think he was actually enjoying being red….I mean Spiderman¬†IS red! The woman at the counter, bless her heart, didn’t say a word.¬† She didn’t acknowledge him either, so maybe that was her way of letting me off the hook.¬†¬†¬†I think next year I will feed him lunch BEFORE we go!

It’s pear and apple season!¬† I have lots and lots of pears, and they are not from an orchard…which pretty much just means they are not very pretty.¬† They taste the same, but they won’t be going into any decorative fruit bowls for sure!

So I decided to make pear bread. Pears have a pretty subtle taste and usually pair well with pecans, but I have a tree nut allergy in my home so that wouldn’t be such a good idea.¬† My first thought was caramel, but I wanted something with a bit more “pop” …..butterscotch chips…..YUM!¬† This¬†turned out to be¬†a moist¬†fruity bread that would be good anytime of day.

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Butterscotch Pear Bread

  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 1/2 cup veg. oil
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 1/2 cups pears (peeled and roughly chopped)
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. baking powder (pref. aluminum free)
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1 cup butterscotch chips

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees and grease 2 bread pans or 8 mini-loaf pans.

Combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg in a large bowl and set aside.

In a separate¬†bowl combine applesauce, oil, sugar and eggs…..mix well.¬† Stir in pears.

Add dry ingredients and combine, fold in butterscotch chips.

Pour batter into prepared pans and bake full loaves 45 to 50 minutes or mini-loaves 25-30 minutes.  Cool in pans for 10 minutes then move to a wire rack to cool completely.

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I like making breads because they are easy to wrap up and share.  I think this one would be good with caramel drizzled over the top and I definitely like it served warm. Enjoy!

Love, Lara

Caramel Marshmallow Butterscotch Bars from The Domestic Rebel

25 Sep

Hello my name is Lara and I am a blog stalker….I wait with anticipation for new recipes daily and click and reclick to find things I want to make.¬† I’ve passed the stage of writing down or printing recipes for another day….I have TONS of those.¬† Lately, when I see something that looks irresistible, I am at the store that day if I don’t have the ingredients, and it’s baking before bedtime….or if it is a ¬†terribly busy day, ¬†then maybe the next day, but I try to go for that instant gratification.¬†So because I am starting out¬†as a new blogger and so many people ask me where I get¬†some of my ideas from, I thought I would¬†spend this week making and sharing recipes that¬†I have tried¬†and introduce the awesome ladies behind them. ¬†One of my favorite blogs is the Domestic Rebel.¬† It’s written by a gal named Hayley and she is full of spunk and energy and an ENDLESS supply of amazingly yummy and tempting food like these, or these, and I LOVED making these.¬† If fact, my 9-year-old begged for me to send them to school with him for a “Hoot, Hoot, Horray…It’s Friday!!!” treat.¬† Yes, I got to be the cool mom. And it’s nice that he is young enough to still think that’s cool.¬† The older ones are all….. “are those for us, we aren’t giving those away are we?”¬† And I have to be all good example and say “WE SHARE!” and then they stomp off to their rooms mumbling how sharing just means¬† they don’t get any.

Anyway! Last week on the Domestic Rebel I found Caramel Marshmallow Butterscotch Bars¬†and¬†WOW!¬†¬†They were everything I thought they would be.¬† They were warm and gooey and tasted like more!!¬† And they are one of those recipes that can be tweaked for any season or favorite flavor mixes.¬† They would make awesome S’mores Bars, or Peanut Butter Chocolate , and I am thinking you could even throw crushed up pretzels in with this particular recipe and it would be ridiculously good!

This is how they look getting ally meltly, before the caramel is drizzled on.¬† I added chocolate chips, because when a three year old goes into the cabinet and hands you the canister and say “put on three”, what else could I do!?!

And the amazing end result……..

So there you have it…..one of my baking inspirations!¬† I hope you enjoy her site as much as I have!

Love, Lara

Practice makes perfect……

24 Sep

One of my favorite parts of the blogs I follow are the pictures.¬† I love seeing the step by step process of how things are made.¬† So I thought I would practice posting pictures of things I have made or baked….

   

  

  

Wow, I have to say that was pretty fun.¬† I hope to get much faster or I will only be able to post once a month……eeks!

Love, Lara!

Hello world!

22 Sep

Ok, so most people close to me know that I have terrible blogger envy.¬† I spend a large part of my mornings reading and copying the recipes of several (or more) baking blogs….and I really really want one of my own.

Enter “Mom Bakes”¬†, because let’s be honest…..that is what I spend the majority of all my days doing.¬† That, and well….driving.¬† Driving to Golf practice, driving to baseball practice, driving to pick up from football practice, games and meets, ¬†driving to girlfriends houses (entirely across the school district), and anywhere else my wonderful children need to be carted to.¬† So….anyway, I love the baking part…the driving not so much.

This is my attempt, so here goes.

Love, Lara

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