A Baking Fiend!

Happy Halloween! This past week has been filled with parties, festivals and parades – and we haven’t even gone Trick-or-Treating yet! We plan to take Lady M (who will be dressed as a strawberry) around our complex later today, just to walk around and say hello. No candy please  😉

In honor of Halloween (and also “just because”) I’ve been making some treats myself. I’ve been experimenting a lot more with baking recently. I can’t say I love the act of baking, but I like to try new recipes and I also prefer homemade things instead of box mixes, as I figure anything that’s out there, I can just make almost as easily myself.

Last week I tried two new cookie recipes. The first is called Tea’s Cookies and you can find the recipe here. They came out really well and since I made so many, I froze half and found they also freeze well. Basically, you can add whatever you like. If you’re not a fan of dried apricots, try dried cranberries or golden raisins. Don’t love white chocolate chips? Use butterscotch or peanut butter chips. Since I didn’t have almonds, I used candied walnuts from Trader Joe’s that I had on hand.

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Getting ready to go in the oven

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The finished product!

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We went to a Halloween party last week so I decided to try this recipe for Hot Cocoa Cookies. They were fairly easy to make. Instead of crushed candy canes, I added brown and orange Reece’s Pieces to the tops to make them festive. Again, play with the toppings and use what you like best.

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The balls will naturally flatten during baking

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Making them look pretty

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All ready for the party!

I’m gearing up to make cakes for Lady M’s birthday in a little over a month. Wish me luck!  😉  And since today’s the day, we’re all ready for our Trick or Treaters!

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