Posts Tagged ‘baking’

Baked goods for breakfast are OK, right, because they have eggs in them? 🙂

This recipe is from the Barefoot Contessa “Foolproof” cookbook and can be found here.


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We had our first snow today and that called for baked goods in the form of cinnamon baked doughnuts. 🙂


This recipe is from the Barefoot Contessa Foolproof cookbook – they’re actually quite light, not too sweet and amazing with coffee. 🙂

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Who doesn’t like a chewy chocolatey cookie? 🙂

I celebrated reaching recipe #200 by choosing something decadent.

This recipe is from the Barefoot Contessa Parties cookbook and can be found here.

The recipe is supposed to make about 40 cookies but I like mine large and got about half that. The cookies are chewy, which I love, and the cocoa in the batter really make these rich and delicious. I think walnuts could be a good addition too.

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I made bread today.

It was a bit of a cheat since it was Irish soda bread (which doesn’t require yeast or all that kneading) but it’s still considered bread so it counts! It was from the Barefoot Contessa at Home cookbook. The orange zest and dried currants add a little sweetness and fun. It turned out really good and we enjoyed it for a light supper slathered with butter alongside grapes and aged cheddar. Our shared plates are pictured below:

I had made cake-type breads before: banana bread, zucchini bread, etc. but never anything like this. Recipe can be found here.

Very yummy!

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This was also from the Barefoot Contessa Cookbook and the recipe can be found here. Something about the holidays makes me want to bake.


All. the. time.

And who doesn’t like shortbread??  The pecans gave it a nice touch and added some crunch to an otherwsie buttery, perfect-with-tea cookie.

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I was craving chocolate.

So I made cake.

A “double-layered chocolatey-with-gooey-chocolate-icing” cake.

Sometimes a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do.

This is from the Barefoot Contessa At Home cookbook. Recipe is here.

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I haven’t been feeling very well for the past couple of days but I woke up this morning in the holiday spirit. And we all know what that means…COOKIES!!!

I found a recipe for oatmeal cranberry cookies online and I’m happy to say they turned out great. They’re chewy (the way I like my cookies) and have cinnamon, nutmeg and cardamom – the house smells awesome right now.

Here’s the recipe:

Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies

Makes about 5 dozen


  • 1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks)
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar (I used dark brown)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 3 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup dried cranberries


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream butter and sugars until fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla. Combine dry ingredients. Add to butter mixture and stir until well blended. Add dried cranberries. Drop by teaspoonful onto parchment covered baking sheets. Bake about 10 to 12 minutes, or until lightly golden. Cool.

The "Before" picture

The "After" picture

A whole lotta holiday cheer 🙂

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