Happy first post of 2014! WOW! Can you believe I’ve been blogging since 2011? I really can’t… It doesn’t feel like that long at all. Looking back though, since I started this blog I’ve been baking in SIX different kitchens! My parents’ house, two college apartments, two places I just lived in for a summer, and my new apartment here in New York. Wow, I need to stop moving!
These cookies are thick and chewy – just the way chocolate chip cookies should be. Yum! If you’re not a big fan of pecans or cranberries, feel free to throw in some of your favorites: walnuts, M&Ms, peanut butter chips, MORE chocolate chips… anything you want!
Chocolate Chip Cranberry Pecan Cookies
Makes about 2 dozen.
1 1/4 C flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 stick butter, room temperature
1/2 C sugar
3/4 C brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 C semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 C dried cranberries
1/2 C chopped pecans
1. Preheat oven to 350F.
2. In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
3. In a larger bowl, cream butter and sugars. Beat in egg, then vanilla.
4. Gradually add flour to the butter mixture until the dough is formed.
5. Mix in chocolate, cranberries, and pecans.
6. Drop spoonfuls onto a cookie sheet at least 2 inches apart. Bake for 16-18 minutes, rotating halfway through.
7. Let cool on a wire rack and enjoy!
This is the time in the year where I’m moving out and frantically try to use up all my ingredients. I have tons of leftover flour and sugar, so I dig through my cabinet to find flavors. This was what I came up with the other day… chocolate, banana, and coconut!
Chocolate, Coconut, Banana Swirl Cakes
Makes 1 dozen.
1 1/2 C flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 C sugar
1/3 C oil
1 tsp vanilla
2 small very ripe bananas
1/4 C cocoa powder
1/2 C milk
1/3 C shredded coconut (optional)
1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line a cupcake pan with paper liners.
2. In a large bowl, mix flour, powder, soda, and salt.
3. In a smaller bowl, mix sugar, oil, egg, and vanilla. Add wet to dry and combine. Mixture will be crumbly.
4. Mash bananas in another bowl, and pour in half the batter mixture. Mix well.
5. Add cocoa powder, milk, and coconut (if desired) to remaining batter.
6. Pour a spoonful of each batter into each cupcake liner. Swirl with a knife or toothpick. Sprinkle with extra coconut.
7. Bake 20 min until a knife comes out clean. Let cool before serving.
I’m done with final exams! Hooray! Only a few days left until graduation, and I’m getting very excited.
During finals week, there are always free muffins before the early morning finals. A couple of my friends were sad there weren’t any GF muffins, so since I had leftover flour after making cookies, I decided to make them some GF finals exam muffins!
Black Cherry Almond Chocolate Chip Muffins
Gluten free. Makes one dozen.
1 1/2 C gf all-purpose flour
1/2 C almond flour
1 Tbsp baking powder
1/2 C sugar
1/4 C oil
3/4 tsp almond extract
1 C black cherry Greek yogurt
1/4 C milk
1/3 C chocolate chips
1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line a muffin pan with paper liners.
2. In a large bowl, sift together flours, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
3. In a smaller bowl, mix sugar and egg. Add oil, extract, yogurt, and milk.
4. Add wet to dry and mix until combined. Fold in chocolate chips.
5. Bake 20-25 min until browned.