Chocolate Chip Cinnamon Muffins


Happy Sunday! It is bright and sunny here in NYC, a nice change from yesterday when it snowed literally the entire day. But I didn‚Äôt mind – it gave me an excuse to bake the day away. Not that I need an excuse to do that ūüôā Plus when you‚Äôre all warm and cozy inside, the snow is so pretty. It made the city look so calm and peaceful. It wasn‚Äôt quite as pretty and peaceful when I left to go out to dinner. The streets were not plowed, so let‚Äôs just say our cab did not have the easiest time driving! Ah the joys of city living. Continue reading

Cake Batter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Cake Batter Chocolate Chip Cookies | Chez CateyLou

What is it about sprinkles that make them so celebratory? They are just so cute and colorful, and always remind me of a party! So today is the perfect day to write about these amazing cake batter chocolate chip cookies (chock full of sprinkles!).  It is our second wedding anniversary!  Continue reading

Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

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Some nights you just need a cookie.  I mean right now.  Immediately.  And that is why I am so happy that I recently discovered cookie bars.  Because on those nights that you just need a cookie right away, you didn’t think ahead to soften butter to room temperature, nor do you have time to let dough chill.  Enter the amazing cookie bar.  Specifically a chocolate chip cookie bar with salted caramel sauce swirled inside and sprinkled with sea salt.  Sounds complicated, right? It is not at all!!  Especially if you have some caramel sauce leftover from making these brownies.  Just melt some butter (no waiting for butter to soften in this recipe!) and mix it with sugar, eggs, and vanilla.  Add in the dry ingredients and chocolate chips, and you are ready to go!  There is no chilling this dough, just plop it right into the pan. Well there is one little extra step, but I promise it is worth the time because it involves caramel!  Press half the dough into the pan and then pour caramel sauce all over it.  Then you dollop the cookie dough in little scoops over the top (it looks so cute!) and lightly press it down.  Sprinkle everything with some fleur de sel, and that’s it!  In about 30 minutes, warm gooey cookie bars are ready for almost immediate consumption! Now I will say that the texture changes a lot as these sit.  The bars firm up and become like actual cookies. But there is absolutely nothing wrong with sneaking a square (or two) of the warm bars when they are still doughy and gooey!  Continue reading

Chocolate Chip Cookies – made using cornstarch


This is not the first chocolate chip cookie recipe that I have posted on ChezCateyLou, and it certainly won’t be the last. There are just so many recipes out there for this classic cookie, and I love trying different versions! It also helps that TheBetterHalf loves chocolate chip cookies Рhave to keep him happy! I have made the Jacques Torres recipe and a recipe using browned butter, and I really love them both. But when I saw this recipe on Sally’s Baking Addiction, I wanted to try them because one of the ingredients intrigued me Рcornstarch!  I have never used cornstarch in my baking.  The cornstarch makes the cookies light and fluffy, always a good thing in my book!    And wow, these cookies were so soft and fluffy!  The recipe uses dark brown sugar, which I love for chocolate chip cookies because it gives the cookie a caramel-y flavor that works so well with the chocolate chips.   I can’t wait to try cornstarch in other cookies recipes!  Continue reading

Oreo Inspired Cookies: Chewy Chocolate-White Chocolate Chip Cookies


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

Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Today is TheBetterHalf’s birthday! His golden birthday to be exact, turning 28 on May 28! I had good intentions to bake him a cake yesterday, but the weather in NYC was absolutely perfect so we spent the day at Central Park with friends. When it is 70 and sunny, being outside trumps baking! (one of the very few things that trump baking) TheBetterHalf loves chocolate peanut butter anything, but I think his second favorite dessert is classic chocolate chip cookies. So instead of a cake, I have “Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies” in honor of his birthday. ¬† Continue reading

Jacques Torres Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Let’s talk about chocolate chip cookies – life’s perfect cookie. ¬†I think everyone likes chocolate chip cookies and it seems that everyone has their own favorite recipe. ¬†I don’t discriminate, I like all different types of chocolate chip cookies – crispy, chewy, soft, I’ll eat them all.

But if you made me choose my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe, ¬†it has to be Jacques Torres’.¬†¬†The large size means that the edges are slightly crispy, while the inside is soft and gooey.¬† The caramel flavor of the brown sugar really shines through.¬† The sprinkling of sea¬†salt at the end is the perfect compliment to the rich, dark chocolate.¬†¬†¬†¬†I’m still open to other recipe suggestions, but I have tried quite a few different recipes and I keep coming back to this one. ¬† Continue reading

Andes Mint Chocolate Chunk Cookies


Confession: I have absolutely no self-control when it comes to cookies. ¬†I probably eat at least 5 from every batch I make. ¬†It is a problem. ¬†Another confession: I don’t really like chocolate and¬†mint¬†together. ¬†I mean, I’ll eat it, because it has chocolate in it, but it is not my first choice. ¬†However I know others love it, so I decided to make some chocolate¬†mint¬†chip cookies this past weekend for a friend’s St. Patrick’s Day party. ¬†Any recipe that will go over well with my friends but won’t force me to end up¬†looking like this¬†is a win-win if you ask me!¬† Continue reading