Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookie Bars

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How have I never made cookie bars before? That is really a great question, because these were SO easy and SO good.  I was sitting on the couch the other night, craving something sweet (by the other night I mean every night…) and decided I wanted to whip up something quickly.  No chilling of the dough or softening of the butter or getting out the heavy stand mixer (I love my mixer, but it is so darn heavy, and there is no room for it on our counter top!).  And then I stumbled on this recipe from Averie Cooks and had to make them immediately. It is seriously so easy! Just mix together the ingredients, spread it into a baking pan, and bake for about 20 minutes. Voila! Chocolate peanut butter heaven.  Continue reading

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Overnight Oats

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Today I have a healthier recipe for you. Because as much as I wish every breakfast could be coffee cake and pancakes, most mornings it is an english muffin and berries or some oatmeal. I love steel cut oats in the winter, but in the summer it is just too hot for that! That’s why this recipe is perfect for summer – oatmeal that you don’t need to cook, and that you eat cold! It sounds strange, but it is so good. There are so many variations on this dish and you can customize it for your preferences. Continue reading

Whole Wheat Sandwich Bread

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I love no-knead bread and quick easy bread, but when I have time on a weekend, I really enjoy making good old fashioned bread.  The kind that requires kneading, takes up lots of time, and causes a mess.  But that’s what weekends are for, right?  It had been awhile since I had baked bread, so last weekend I decided to make Whole Wheat Sandwich Bread.  I have made this recipe before, so I knew it would be a winner, and that TheBetterHalf would like it, even though it has whole wheat in there (he is a white bread kind of guy).  Continue reading

Easy Cinnamon Bread

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When I made this cinnamon bread for breakfast last Saturday morning, TheBetterHalf said, “Can you make this every weekend?”  That’s how I know I have a good recipe!  And as a bonus, it could not be easier to make.  It is a hybrid between a yeast bread and a baking powder bread, but there is absolutely no kneading required!  Just mix up the ingredients, let it sit for an hour, and then bake it!  It is so simple, and so delicious.  We are both cinnamon lovers, and this bread is full of warm, sweet cinnamon flavor!  It reminds me of coffee cake.  The aroma when it is baking is unreal!  The bread is great plain, and even better toasted.  Don’t let the top part of the bread fall in your toaster though – I may or may not have started a mini fire in our toaster oven…  I used cinnamon chips from King Arthur Flour, and have also used Hershey’s cinnamon chips.  They can be tricky to find, so I like to order them online.  I have made this recipe several times, and will definitely be making it again!   Continue reading

Oreo Inspired Cookies: Chewy Chocolate-White Chocolate Chip Cookies

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When I came across this recipe, I was so intrigued.  A regular cookie that tastes like an Oreo?  A cookie dough that has no eggs in it? I knew I had to try it!  And I am so glad that I did, because these are delicious!!  The flavor does in fact remind me of an Oreo, although a much better one!!  The cookies are rich in chocolate flavor, and the white chocolate chips are the perfect complement to the fudgy cookie.  I have never baked cookies without eggs, but somehow it worked!  And because there is no egg in the dough I can eat it without TheBetterHalf telling me that I’m going to get salmonella! (TheBetterHalf: CateyLou is going to get salmonella. It’s inevitable. Don’t say I didn’t tell you so.)  I ordered some of this cocoa powder from King Arthur Flour, and I think it is the best cocoa powder I have tried.  It is so rich in flavor!   Continue reading

Pumpkin Yogurt Bread

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I have gotten into the (bad) habit of going to Starbucks before work almost every morning.  And almost every morning while I wait in line, I stare into that pastry case.  It is so hard to resist their delicious baked goods.  The fact that NYC posts the calories next to each food item does aid in my self control a little bit (how does a raspberry scone have 480 calories?!), but sometimes I just can’t help myself.  When I give in to the temptation, I almost always pick the pumpkin loaf.  I am obsessed with pumpkin, and the Starbucks loaf is so moist and full of flavor.  However at 390 calories a slice, I am pretty sure there is a lot of oil contributing to that texture!  So I decided to make my own pumpkin bread, using yogurt to keep it moist and lower in calories and fat.  (I love baking with yogurt, like here and here) The results were amazing!  It had great pumpkin flavor, highlighted by the cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice. The yogurt gave the bread a great texture, and underbaking the bread just slightly also helped to keep it very moist.  This pumpkin bread  was just as good as Starbucks, and I didn’t feel guilty about eating more than one slice!   Continue reading

Funfetti Sugar Cookies

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I’m headed to San Francisco for a long weekend, so today is my Friday!   I figured why not celebrate with some sprinkles.  What’s more fun and festive than sprinkles?  I really can’t think of anything. These cookies are so fun and colorful!  They were really easy to make, and the results were amazing!  They are so soft – underbaking them is the key to keeping them very fluffy and tender.  And the flavor is great – sweet and buttery, without being greasy.  These are a perfect simple sugar cookie, and the colorful sprinkles in the dough (with some extra added on top!) make the cookie look as good as it tastes.  I will definitely be making these again around Christmas, with red and green sprinkles!  Hope you all have a great weekend! Continue reading

Blueberry Lemon Yogurt Loaf

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I just discovered the new-ish Whole Foods on the Upper East Side. It opened in August, and I can’t believe it took me this long to go – I think I subconsciously knew that it would mean trouble for me. I spent an hour in there the other day just filling my cart with things that we really don’t need but can’t live without (like these all-natural candy bars, which are really just a Snickers bar pretending to be healthy).  Everyone always complains about how overpriced Whole Foods is, so I was surprised when a pint of blueberries was on sale for $1.99!  I have a skewed view of grocery prices due to living in NYC, but I’m pretty sure that is a great price for berries anywhere you live!  So clearly I had to bake something using blueberries.  Since summer is here and I was trying to lighten things up a bit, I decided to make a blueberry lemon bread, using yogurt and applesauce to replace some of the fat.  I also snuck some whole wheat flour in there for some added nutrition.  The results were fantastic!  The bread was so moist with the perfect amount of sweetness, and I loved the combo of the lemon and blueberry flavors – it tastes like summer!   Continue reading