FALL HARVEST OATMEAL COOKIES

FALL HARVEST OATMEAL COOKIES

  The recent weather in NYC has made me question if the first day of fall really did just happen. I’m ready for some sweater weather- 8 AM sweat stains on the way to work is really just not that cute. Either way with the fall spirit comes these cookies. I am always trying to find small ways to make baked good a touch healthier, even though all that browned butter always makes everything better. 

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VEGAN APPLE THUMBPRINT COOKIES

VEGAN APPLE THUMBPRINT COOKIES

I feel like with apples there are two associations. One, the famous maxim, "an apple a day, keeps the doctor away." Secondly, apples somehow equate to back-to-school. Although I've graduated university, this week I completed my first week of graduate school. Woo-hoo! It's kinda crazy to think I am balancing a job, graduate school, homework, cooking, and everything else I do. But I'm doing it. 

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VEGAN CHOCOLATE CHUNK AND "BACON" COOKIES

VEGAN CHOCOLATE CHUNK AND "BACON" COOKIES

Almost a year ago I found a recipe for vegan bacon or to be correct- Coconut bacon. I knew I had to use this to make some creative vegan recipe, but only time would tell. Fast-forward to this summer and the point where my blog is blooming and I am working to really grow an audience. With a new job, and new taste testers, I thought creating vegan bacon and chocolate chips cookies would be a fun treat to bring to the office. 

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BELGIUM CHOCOLATE CHUNK COOKIES

BELGIUM CHOCOLATE CHUNK COOKIES

I’m finally back from my adventure in Europe with loads of recipe inspirations. My Europe trip, as I feel all proper ones should, started with a mess of confusion. I thought after our first stop in Amsterdam, I messed up with the train and hostel booking, leaving my friend and I stranded for one night in Belgium.

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PISTACHIO, WHITE CHOCOLATE, AND CRANBERRY COOKIES

PISTACHIO, WHITE CHOCOLATE, AND CRANBERRY COOKIES

I can’t say I am happier that this week is over. It was one of those weeks were it seemed everything went wrong. My dog kept eating my one plant that I have managed to keep alive for more than a month (uch), I watched parking authority give me a ticket as I was one minute over the meter (double uch), and I scrambled to finally finish my thesis (triple uch). Let’s just say many happy hours were attended this week. But on a brighter note, I am officially moving to NYC and I submitted my thesis. Yay’s all around!

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CHOCOLATE DIPPED CANDY CANE COATED SUGAR COOKIES

CHOCOLATE DIPPED CANDY CANE COATED SUGAR COOKIES

Cookies and the holidays seem to be synonymous. But regardless of cookie swap traditions, stress and baking go hand in hand for me. During finals weeks I seem to be constantly baking or binge watching TV--all things besides actually studying for my exams.

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KRIPSY CINNAMON CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

KRIPSY CINNAMON CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

It has been all too long since I have baked- mainly due to the fact that it was Passover and wheat was just a no-no. But then came taking my GREs which made me only naturally profusely sweat, get yelled at for taking my sweater off, and debate using gross headphones to block out other testers hacking away at their computers. Although I am all too used to that sound from dating a computer guy whose newest hobby is playing roller coaster tycoon- but I use food always as my leverage.

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CHOCOLATE, PECAN, AND BLUEBERRY OATMEAL COOKIES

CHOCOLATE, PECAN, AND BLUEBERRY OATMEAL COOKIES

I decided to bake up some cookies for a friend’s birthday, but since she is a quirky cool girl, the cookies had to be as well. Once described as “so not mainstream,” I thought my baking should reflect the same. After having party-goers as my taste testers, the inebriated responses were unanimous of THESE ARE AMAZING.

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TURTLE CANDY INSPIRED HAMENTASHEN

TURTLE CANDY INSPIRED HAMENTASHEN

This weekend I went home to visit and my mom and siblings. Before leaving school I received an urgent text from my mother: "please get lactaid the blue kind- I'm out!"Being a wonderful daughter I trekked (on by that I mean the store that is on route to my house) to the grocery store to be her lactose free milk for her dairy hating stomach. As I was handing the casher my single dollar bills (don't get any ideas there...), I noticed one of the bills had "juicy titties" written on it. I could not contain my giggles, although the dewed-eyed cashier girl only gave me a blank stare as if I was insane. I would like to not think where my dollar has been but hope it only continues to make others laugh

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CINNAMON ROLL CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

CINNAMON ROLL CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

In honor of Valentines day I wanted to make heart shaped cookies. I attempted to mold the cookie dough, but honestly they ended up looking like little penis cookies, which I guess could be entertaining and follow some theme on the "love holiday." In the end I just decided on normal round cookies, but theses cookies are far from normal. In lieu of my beau's love of cinnamon and cookies, I wanted to make these cinnamon roll chocolate chip cookies in hope of winning his heart again and again through his stomach. 

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PISTACHIO DARK CHOCOLATE COOKIE STICKS

PISTACHIO DARK CHOCOLATE COOKIE STICKS

After arriving home from vacation, I soon found myself preparing for a blizzard. Naturally it only made sense to bake an absurd amount in order to occupy my time. I decided to make cookie sticks (in addition to cookies and mini cakes), but as in my new year's resolution, I wanted to make it without butter. According to my multiple taste testers, they came out great. Although having to shell my own pistachios, since no pre-shelled (for the lazy cook) could be found in stores, was not all too fun. Regardless, enjoy this sweet and a bit healthier treat to help stick to those resolutions.

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MEXICAN INSPIRED CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

MEXICAN INSPIRED CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

Sometimes you just want something sweet with a little kick- you want a little feisty to spice up your life. This might just be your small and feisty indulgence- although do remember it is a cookie and not an exotic stripper as this description is starting to read like. (I did once have a teacher with a twitter account with that name- that along with the tweets were semi-questionable, but that is quite a far-fetched story from this cookie recipe.) 

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HEARTTHROB COOKIES

HEARTTHROB COOKIES

Sometimes you just need a good cookie. Whether after heartbreak, joy, stress, or just a sweet-tooth craving, a chocolate chip cookie is just the thing to satisfy. In one of my late night baking sessions, this recipe to concoct my "heartthrob" cookies popped into my head. From the start of smelling the fragrant toasted pecans, I slightly gave myself a little brush on the shoulder for baking up some great cookies (although my little brush usually follows my personal rendition of the harlem shake).

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CRYSTALLIZED GINGER AND HONEY SUGAR COOKIES

CRYSTALLIZED GINGER AND HONEY SUGAR COOKIES

As the last two weeks of my internship are approaching, a bitter-sweet feeling comes about. I am happy to be able to enjoy an actual summer for what is left of it, but I am sad to leave a great environment as well as the wonderful people I have met. As this bitter-sweet feeling is in the air, I thought a bitter-sweet, or more so a ginger-sweet cookies would be ever so appropriate. Although the ingredients sounds a bit reminiscent of what you would ingest while feeling under the weather, these cookies are on the opposing sickly spectrum and will make your tummy and taste buds feel ever so happy.

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PEANUT BUTTER FLUFF COOKIES SANDWICHES

PEANUT BUTTER FLUFF COOKIES SANDWICHES

Ah, July 4th- America's Birthday. The most obvious of foods come to mind such as a variety of pies and barbecued food. But, if you ponder a bit longer, peanuts are a classic as well. Yes, there are references in Shakespearian times to tell the "peanut gallery" to be quiet or see their reaction to the newest play. Although at America's favorite pastime (duh, baseball) eating some dry roasted peanuts can be on the same scale as grabbing a hotdog.

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ISLAND INSPIRED OATMEAL COOKIES

ISLAND INSPIRED OATMEAL COOKIES

As the weather becomes warmer and the sun shines brighter, my want to sit on the beach all day rather than at a computer screen significantly increases. Being a jersey girl, the jersey shore is an easy option, but with that comes embracing the typical "meat-heads," girls with big hair and poofs (not that I don't have big curly and frizzy hair as well), and pre-tanned orange people spread out amongst their towels soaking up the sun and blasting the radio's top hits. But, some of the most stunning beaches I have been to were on my family vacations to the various islands of Hawaii. 

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S'MORE COOKIES

S'MORE COOKIES

Once again I've had to adapt the classic Cook's Illustrated Perfect Chocolate Chip cookie to make a crazy cookie concoction. Cook's Illustrated just creates the perfect cookie base- it is like a blank canvas that ingredients can be added to in order to make a decadent culinary conception.(Cook's Illustrated Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie) I have to say these s'more cookies are addictive

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CHOCOLATE CHIP NUTELLA STUFFED COOKIES

CHOCOLATE CHIP NUTELLA STUFFED COOKIES

When stressed, I tend to bake- and by bake I mean I make loads of cookies. I keep seeing Nutella cookies and I happen to love one certain chocolate chip recipe, so I thought why not combine it? Cook's Illustrated produces perfect products, which I often refer to for a multitude of recipes as well as refer to for various cooking techniques

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