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Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies

Mini chocolate chips cookies are a crowd pleaser!  These are perfect for taking to a backyard BBQ or picnic. We took these to a Girl Scouts picnic and they disappeared fast!  I mean who doesn’t love cookies!  And isn’t everything cuter when it’s small?

Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies #recipe #baking #cookies

These aren’t big cookies on a big plate.  They’re small cookies on a small plate.  Soft, delicious, chocolately cookies!

Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies #recipe #baking #cookies

Using mini chocolate chips adds to the mini fun of these cookies!  Make a big batch of these for your next party and watch them disappear!

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Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies
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Ingredients
  1. 2 1/4 cup flour
  2. 1 tsp salt
  3. 1 tsp baking soda
  4. 3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  5. 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  6. 1 cup butter, softened
  7. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  8. 2 eggs
  9. 12 oz mini chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Combine flour, salt and baking soda in a medium bowl and set aside.
  3. In a large mixer bowl combine sugars, butter and vanilla and mix until creamy.
  4. Add eggs and mix.
  5. Add the dry ingredients and mix well.
  6. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  7. Line your baking sheets with a Silpat or parchment paper. Drop spoonfuls (tablespoon for medium size cookies, teaspoon for tiny cookies) of the dough onto the cookie sheet and bake for 7-9 minutes.
  8. Allow to cool on the baking sheet for 2 minutes before moving to a cooling rack.
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Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

This decadent carrot cake with cream cheese frosting is the perfect springtime dessert.  Moist, flavorful cake with a creamy, sweet frosting will have you licking the plate clean!

Happy day after Easter!!   Did you have a good one?  Ours was very low-key.  It was just the four of us, so the girls got up and checked out their Easter baskets, hunted for eggs and feasted on pumpkin pancakes.  Then the girls played with their new toys.  A LEGO set for Cupcake.  And My Little Pony set for Pumpkin.  We watched a movie together and we had ham and cheese sandwiches for dinner. Because the 4 of us don’t need a whole ham.  And for dessert we had carrot cake with cream cheese frosting.

Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting #baking #dessert #recipe #carrotcakeMaybe you think I’m a day late with this recipe.  If so, I’m sorry.  Maybe you’re wondering why you didn’t have carrot cake yesterday.  In that case, you’re welcome.  Now you can make a carrot cake with this fantastic recipe.

Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting #baking #dessert #recipe #carrotcakeDespite containing a vegetable, this cake is in no way good for you.  But it tastes so good and that is what dessert is all about. 

We may not have had family in town to celebrate the holiday, but I have a family cookbook and that is where this recipe comes from.  My mother-in-law made it some time ago and I thought it was amazing.  I was very happy when she told me the recipe was in the family cookbook!  I love a good carrot cake!  Especially with cream cheese frosting.  That’s the only way to serve it!  Cute carrot decorations optional.

Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
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Ingredients
  1. 2 C flour, sifted
  2. 1 tsp baking powder
  3. 1 tsp baking soda
  4. 1 tsp cinnamon
  5. 1/4 tsp salt
  6. 1 1/2 C vegetable oil
  7. 2 C sugar
  8. 4 eggs
  9. 2 C carrots, finely grated
  10. 1/2 C butter, room temperature
  11. 8 oz cream cheese, room temperature
  12. 2 lbs powdered sugar
  13. 1 tsp vanilla
  14. 1 C walnuts, chopped (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Set aside. In a large mixing bowl combine the oil and sugar and mix well. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each. Gradually add the dry ingredients, mixing well. All the carrots, mixing well.
  3. Divide batter evenly among two greased and floured 9" cake pans. Bake for 35-40 minutes. Remove to a cooling rack. Remove from pans and cool completely before frosting.
  4. For the frosting: Combine butter and cream cheese. Beat until light. Add the vanilla. Gradually add the sugar while continuing to beat. Add in nuts if using. If the frosting is too thick add water 1 tsp at a time until you reach desired consistency.
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Peppermint Melt Cookies

Fall rolls around and people get all pumpkin crazy.  Now, I love the pumpkin things, too, but it’s when the pumpkin goes away the peppermint appears and that’s when I get crazy.  I’m peppermint crazy!  That’s why on a Sunday afternoon, despite having done a lot of prep work in the kitchen all day I decided to whip up a batch of Peppermint Melt Cookies.  Even if it required a second grocery store trip to pick up some candy canes and powdered sugar.

Peppermint Melt Cookies #dessert #baking #cookiesThese little Peppermint Melt Cookies are a sweet little treat.  They melt in your mouth, hence the name.  They are crumbly little bits of peppermint deliciousness.  These are the kind of cookies Santa would love to have!

Peppermint Melt Cookies
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For the cookies
  1. 1 cup butter, softened
  2. 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  3. 1/2 tsp peppermint extract
  4. 1 1/4 cup flour
  5. 1/2 cup cornstarch
For the icing
  1. 2 tbsp unsalted butter, softened
  2. 2 tbsp milk
  3. 1/4 tsp peppermint extract
  4. 2-3 drops red food coloring
  5. 1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  6. crushed candy canes
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350. In a mixing bowl cream together the butter and sugar until fluffy. Add in the extract. In a separate bowl combine the flour and cornstarch. Add the flour and cornstarch mixture to the creamed mixture while beating a little at a time. Once combined cover the dough and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  2. Roll dough into 1 inch balls. Place them on a lined cookie sheet 2 inches apart. Bake for 10 minutes, until the bottoms are lightly browned. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
  3. In a mixing bowl cream the butter. Add the milk, peppermint extract and food coloring and mix until combined. Gradually add the powdered sugar until combined, scraping the sides of the bowl if necessary. Spoon the icing on the cooled cookies and sprinkle the crushed candy canes on top.
  4. Store in an airtight container.
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Buttercream Frosting

Having a good buttercream frosting recipe in your arsenal is a necessity!  Frosting makes your cake shine!  And a good frosting that can be used to frost and decorate is a bonus!  This buttercream frosting tastes delicious and it crusts well so you can use to to both frost and decorate. 

Buttercream frosting for icing and decorating #baking #cake #buttercream #frostingWhen I was pregnant with Cupcake I took the Wilton cake decorating class at my local Hobby Lobby.  We did not use the frosting recipe included in the class materials. The instructor gave us this recipe instead.  And I have used it ever since!  Like here, here, and here.

The recipe makes about 3 cups of frosting, which is enough to frost a cake, but if you want to decorate, too, you’ll need to make a double batch.  That will leave you with enough, even if you take a few test tastes.

Buttercream Frosting
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup shortening
  2. 1 tsp almond extract
  3. 2 tbsp water
  4. 1 lb pure cane confectioner's sugar (powdered sugar)
  5. 1 tbsp Meringue powder
Instructions
  1. Cream shortening, extract and water.
  2. Add dry ingredients and mix on medium speed until all ingredients have been thoroughly mixed, scraping sides and bottom of the bowl as needed.
  3. Blend an additional minute or so, until creamy.
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This will give you a stiff frosting. To take it to medium frosting you’ll need to add 1 teaspoon of water per cup of icing. To go from medium to thin add another teaspoon of water per cup of icing.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

There are a few classic recipes you should have in your arsenal and I think Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars are one of them.  And I thought everyone had a Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars recipe until I was asked for mine.  Twice.  I knew this recipe had to be shared.  Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars #recipe #dessertI’m all for traditional chocolate chip cookies, but sometimes I want something just a little different.  I don’t want to seem so boring.  And sometimes going from round cookies to square cookies is just enough to be exciting!  And well, when you make cookies in bar form they tend to be a little thicker.  And chewier.  And seem chocolateyier.  And they make you make up new words like chocolateyier. 

I shared these with a room full of moms yesterday and they were a hit!  And then I shared the leftovers with a few guys and the loved them, too.  And then I brought the rest home and hubby had to have a few with a big glass of milk.  Who can resist? 

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars #recipe #dessert

So, if you need to bring a dessert and you don’t want to be boring with round cookies you should definitely try these out!  Bonus!  You probably have all the ingredients already in your pantry!  And if you’re keeping track, yes, I’ve shared a bar cookie recipe before, but that one calls for an ingredient you may not have on hand.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
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Ingredients
  1. 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  2. 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  3. 1 cup butter
  4. 1 tsp vanilla
  5. 1 large egg
  6. 2 1/4 cups flour
  7. 1 tsp baking soda
  8. 1/2 tsp salt
  9. 12 oz (2 cups) chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. In the bowl of your mixer combine sugars, butter, vanilla egg on medium speed. Stir in flour, baking soda and salt. (dough will be stiff).
  3. Stir in chocolate chips.
  4. Press the dough in an ungreased rectangular pan (13" x 9" x 2").
  5. Bake 15 minutes until golden brown.
  6. Cool in the pan on a wire rack.
  7. When cool cut into small squares. (makes about 30 bars)
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