Purple Pride Cake Batter Chocolate Chip Cookies and Blueberry Lemon Yogurt Bread

Bulls Eye!

Hey, do you all know that Target has lower prices than Kroger/Dillons on many baking ingredients?  I have known for a while that cereal and bagels are cheaper at Target, but it turns out that King Arthur flour is A LOT cheaper.  Seriously – close to a dollar per bag.  Also, chocolate chips are cheaper; Almond Breeze is cheaper; eggs are cheaper.  I could go on.  Butter, veggies, and meat are not cheaper, but apples are.  I’m not talking about sale prices, but still, I’ll be shopping Target a lot more.

What Did I Make Today?

I made Sally’s Baking Addiction’s Cake Batter Chocolate Chip Cookies and a Blueberry Lemon Yogurt Bread for which I’ve lost the pin.  Sorry!  Then I made turkey pretzels based on a picture posted by Mom Octopus.

How Did It Go?

Okay.  I’m just feeling kind of uninspired today.

I tried to get away with freezing the cookie dough for 30 minutes since I didn’t have time to refrigerate it for 2 hours.  They came out okay, but not as good as hers.  Although they actually tasted pretty good.  I died them purple.  My elementary-age kids appreciated cookies in their school color.

https://sallysbakingaddiction.com/2012/12/09/recipe-round-2-cake-batter-chocolate-chip-cookies/

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The Lemon Blueberry Yogurt Bread came out awesome.  I’ll be glazing it momentarily.

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And the turkey pretzels came out cute.  Can’t go wrong with chocolate and pretzels.

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What Is Inspiring Me Today?

I’m looking forward to doing some quilting…if I get the time.

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Apple Cider Donuts and Chocolate Candy Corn Cookies

Four Days and Counting

I love fall weather, but we have not gotten much of it yet.  It’s either been blazing hot (summer weather) or cold and rainy (spring weather).  Where’s my fall?  My husband and I have started counting how many gorgeous fall weather days we get.  We are up to four so far, but I think we could be getting a run of them.  Here’s hoping today and tomorrow are five and six before we get another blast of cold and rainy.

What Did I Make Today?

Only half of what I hoped, but at least the ones I chose were great recipes: Baked Apple Cider Donuts by Sprinkle Some Sugar and Chocolate Candy Corn Cookies by Crazy for Crust.

How Did It Go?

Pretty well even though I did not follow the donut recipe very well.  I was in a hurry so I just threw the ingredients together.  Still worked okay, though.  I baked the regular size donuts for 12 minutes and the mini ones for 9 minutes.  The mini ones were still underbaked, but I’m pretty sure it’s because I used the silicon pan rather than a metal pan.  Guess I need one of the latter.

http://www.sprinklesomesugar.com/baked-apple-cider-donuts/

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Unfortunately, this is not the Apple Cider Donut Recipe for the book.  The donuts themselves are meh.  Not sweet and not flavorful enough.

The cookies came a bit tastier although not super good either.  They are chock fun of peanuts, chocolate chips, and candy corn.  I didn’t think I could even get them to roll into balls, but I was wrong.  They came out perfect with a 9 minute bake time.

https://www.crazyforcrust.com/chocolate-candy-corn-cookies/

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Pistachio Zucchini Bread and Cinnamon Roll Zucchini Bread

What I’ve Learned About Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate chip cookies are a whole family favorite.  I’ve learned not to get too jiggy with them.  I’ve also learned a few other things.  I’ve learned not to soften the butter too much.  I’ve learned that the best bakes require either fresh-made cookie dough or cookie dough straight out of the fridge.  It is NOT a good idea to take cookie dough balls out of the fridge and let them sit out.  This causes massive spreading because the outsides are not as cold as the insides.  Why is this important to me?  Everyone loves freshly-baked cookies, right?  So I’ve learned to make up a whole batch of cookie dough balls and just bake 4 or 5 a day.  One more thing I’ve learned: each recipe has a best size.  Some recipes are best suited for the large scoop, some for the medium scoop, and some for the mini.

Here are our favorite recipes to date.

Large Scoop

https://thedomesticrebel.com/2016/05/06/the-best-ultimate-chocolate-chip-cookies/

https://www.crazyforcrust.com/doubletree-chocolate-chip-cookies-recipe/

Large or Medium

http://cantstayoutofthekitchen.com/2013/09/13/mrs-fields-chocolate-chip-cookie-copycat-recipe/

Medium

https://chefsavvy.com/coconut-oil-chocolate-chip-cookies/

Mini

http://www.thebakingchocolatess.com/omg-soft-batch-mini-mm-chocolate-chip-cookies/

What Did I Make Today?

I tried two new Eat Cake for Dinner recipes: Pistachio Zucchini Bread and Cinnamon Roll Zucchini Bread.

How Did It Go?

Kind of a mixed bag.  I love the recipe for Lemon Raspberry Zucchini Bread by Eat Cake for Dinner so I wanted to try some other breads.  I should have looked carefully at the recipe for Pistachio Zucchini Bread before I started.  It’s meant to be two loaves.  This never works for me.  The two loaves are always too small and come out overbaked.  So this time, I dumped the whole batch in one pan.  It took 20 minutes longer to bake (75 minutes total) and still fell, but at least it wasn’t hard as a rock.  I added a little cinnamon sugar to the top before baking.

http://www.eatcakefordinner.net/2017/08/pistachio-zucchini-bread.html

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I really liked the recipe for Cinnamon Roll Zucchini Bread.  It came out perfect with 50 minutes of bake time.

http://www.eatcakefordinner.net/2016/07/cinnamon-roll-zucchini-bread.html

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Actually both these breads were REALLY good.  They’re going in The Book.

Blackberry Bread, Best Strawberry Banana Bread, and Bakery-Style Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

Accuweather is Wrong – Yeah!

I thought I was going to get stuck inside today with the forecast of 30-somethings and rainy.  But the rain missed us, and it was about 5 degrees warmer than predicted.  I totally nailed the running clothes choice too.  Not quite the warmest stuff I have but pretty close.  It’s going to be a long winter…

What Did I Make Today?

I made Blackberry Bread by Melanie Cooks and Best Strawberry Banana Bread by Averie Cooks.  Then I made the dough for Bakery-Style Chocolate Chip Cookies by Crazy for Crust.

How Did It Go?

I LOVED the recipe for Blackberry Bread by Melanie Cooks.  So simple.  The only pain was mashing the blackberries.  I baked it for an extra 5 minutes which I think was a mistake.  Should have just stuck with the 60 minutes in the recipe.

http://www.melaniecooks.com/blackberry-bread/

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I’ve made the Best Strawberry Banana Bread by Averie Cooks before, but I gave it away and never heard whether it was good or not.  So today we’re going to find out.  Last time I pulled it out 5 minutes early, and it sank in the middle.  Today I did the full 55 minute bake, and it came out perfect!

https://www.averiecooks.com/2015/08/the-best-strawberry-banana-bread.html

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I had a little extra time but only just a little, so I made up the dough for Bakery Style Chocolate Chip Cookies by Crazy for Crust and threw it in the fridge.

https://www.crazyforcrust.com/bakery-style-chocolate-chip-cookies/

The Verdicts

The breads were both awesome.  (The blackberry bread actually ended up sinking in the middle a bit, so I guess it wasn’t overbaked after all.)  The cookies were AWFUL.  Complete doorstops after 10 minutes.  Yuck.

Scary Butterscotch Banana Bread, Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies, and Coconut Oil Chocolate Chip Cookies

Going Out on a High Note

Yesterday we dipped our toe into the waters of competitive swimming.  It was interesting to say the least.  We certainly learned a lot for next time!  My son has only been swimming 5 weeks so he was a bit lacking in technique.  But after struggling in several races, he really brought it on Sunday afternoon and beat several kids in his 50M Breaststroke heat.  So we skipped the 50M Freestyle and went out on a high note!

What Did I Make Today?

Well, I intended to make breads and cookies, and I did, but not the ones I planned to make.  I made an old recipe: Butterscotch Banana Bread by Six Sisters Stuff.  Then I made two new recipes: Chewy chocolate Chip Cookies from Loving Mountain Life and Coconut Oil Chocolate Chip Cookies by Chef Savvy.

How Did It Go?

Some good, some maybe not so much.  I wanted to bake mini loaves for the Butterscotch Banana Bread by Six Sisters Stuff.  I chose to use the 8 mini-loaf pan rather than the 18 mini loaf pan, and I ended up with some extra batter.  So I made 3 “scary” loaves in the skull pan.  I baked the mini loaves for 18 minutes and the skulls for 16 minutes.  I think the former are a bit underbaked and the latter are a bit overbaked.

http://www.sixsistersstuff.com/recipe/2013/10/butterscotch-banana-bread-recipe/

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People seem to love the Coconut Oil Chocolate Chip Cookies by Chef Savvy.  My dough barely held together.  I could have added a second egg, I guess.

https://chefsavvy.com/coconut-oil-chocolate-chip-cookies/

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I liked the dough better for the Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies from Loving Mountain Life, but I don’t know about the taste.  I did use a short bake time (7 minutes) which is usually pretty popular around here.

http://www.lovingmountainlife.com/worlds-best-chocolate-chip-cookies-with-free-printable/

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Funny, though, the coconut oil cookies were the best of the two!

Chica’s Cupcakes from Ridiculous Chocolate Cake and No-Bake Chocolate Pudding Cookies

Kicking Off the Halloween Season

Today is our first Halloween activity.  My daughter and I are going with her Daisy troop to one of the sororities on campus.  She is excited about it partly because she’s talked pone of her brothers and me into wearing Five Nights at Freddy’s costumes.  She is Freddy, and I am Chica.   I’m not as excited because my costume is intended for a cool Halloween night, and it’s supposed to be high 80’s today.

What Did I Make Today?

I’ve been wanting to revisit my chocolate cupcake recipes, so I selected Ridiculous Chocolate Cake by Cookies and Cups.  While I was waiting for the cupcakes to cool, I made something I’m calling No-Bake Chocolate Pudding Cookies based on a recipe from Little Dairy on the Prairie.

How Did It Go?

Mmmm, pretty well?  The cupcakes certainly turned out cute, light and fluffy, and tasty.  All good things!  The ones I baked 18 minutes were better than the ones I baked 16 minutes.  This recipe might not be the best one for cupcakes.  Both batches fell in the middle.  Fortunately, I was really good about not overfilling so they didn’t spread.  I just piled on the icing so I could decorate them.  I got 33 cupcakes, and it took almost two full batches of buttercream to decorate them.

https://cookiesandcups.com/ridiculous-chocolate-cake/

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My No-Bake Chocolate Pudding Cookies are based on the recipe for Pumpkin Spice No-Bake Cookies by Little Dairy on the Prairie.  I used chocolate pudding and chocolate chips and left out the pumpkin spice.

http://www.littledairyontheprairie.com/pumpkin-spice-no-bake-cookies/

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These were not well received.  Oh, well.

Texas Sheet Cake, Cookie Butter Oreo Birthday Cake Chocolate Chip Cookies, and Glazed Caramel Apple Cider Pound Cake

Crazy Month!

Our October is just crazy.  The schedule is jam-packed!  Seems like everyone needs something different all at the same time.  Here’s how I feel by the end of the week 🙂

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What Did I Make Today?

I needed to make an extra treat today to destress.  So I made Pioneer Woman’s Best Chocolate Sheet Cake, Cookie Butter Oreo Birthday Cake Chocolate Chip Cookies based on a recipe by Cookies and Cups, and Glazed Caramel Apple Cider Pound Cake by The Baking Chocolatess.

How Did It Go?

Perfect.  Thanks goodness!  Doesn’t the chocolate sheet cake look good?

http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/the_best_chocol/

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My batter seemed kind of lumpy for the pound cake, but it turned out beautiful.  I can’t wait to add the glaze.

http://www.thebakingchocolatess.com/glazed-caramel-apple-cider-pound-cake/

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Conclusion: this is a good recipe, but we are not pound cake people.

I just could not find Golden Oreo Birthday Cake Cookies, so I tried a new variety: Cookie Butter Oreos.  Could be good.  I was a bit doubtful about this recipe, but the cookies came out great.

https://cookiesandcups.com/birthday-cake-chocolate-chip-cookies/

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