Soft M&M Cookies

We all know that I love baking. I’m a huge fan of Cupcakes, but I also love me some cookies. But here’s the thing – they need to be soft. And chewy. I don’t like hard cookies. So I really only like Chocolate Chip Cookies that are straight out of the oven. Warm and still gooey. When I make cookie dough, I only bake what will be eaten right then and there. You’ll never find me baking a whole batch of cookie dough unless I’m taking it somewhere for a party.

The key to a really good cookie is to let the dough sit in the fridge and rest.  I never bake cookies right away after making the dough. Yes, it’s hard not to do that, but I just eat a little cookie dough while I wait! Haha.

I’m on the mission for the perfect Soft M&M Cookie recipe. Candy + Cookie = Perfection. Am I right? These cookies have both chocolate chips AND M&M’s in the dough. Say whaaaat?! Yup. So it’s like a double whammy. Let’s take a peek…

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Lemon Cookie Cake

Soooooooo. Lemon. We all know I love it. It’s been a lemony summer for me. I just love the refreshing taste of lemons and it just screams summer. When I originally saw the picture of this Lemon Cookie Cake, I knew that I HAD to make it. It looks amazing, and I have to admit that Live, Love and Sugar’s pictures came out much better than mine. But this was my first try! :)

I’m normally not really into white chocolate at all, but I wanted to try them anyway. And I was happy to see that the white chocolate chips weren’t too strong. I ended up adding about 1/4 teaspoon of lemon extract to the cookie dough to give it a little more punch, and I was happy with how it turned out. I let the lemon juice and the lemon zest ride in the buttercream frosting though. And that was just the thing to do.

I added a little more frosting to my cookie cake…meaning I used every last drop of the frosting that I made. At first I only put one row around the cookie cake, but then I decide that wasn’t enough and added some more. Because you can never have too much frosting!

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Homemade Lemon Oreo Cookie Ice Cream

Lemon Oreo Cookie Ice Cream from One Curly Fry

Since I have a bigger kitchen and a lot more storage space, I’ve been able to play with more of small appliances. The first thing I put to use after we moved was my Cuisinart Ice Cream maker. It’s been years since I’ve made ice cream and it just  made me realize how much I’ve missed it!

As you can probably tell from some of my previous recipes (Lemon FluffLemon Pound Cake with Vanilla IcingBlueberry Lemon Scones, etc.), I’m a huge fan of lemon flavored things. So when I was grocery shopping (online), I came across Lemon Oreo Cookies. I was so excited when I saw them, that I had to buy them. And I knew right then and there what I was going to do with them. Lemon Oreo Cookie Ice Cream. It was a no-brainer. [Read more...]

Hello, remember me?

Hi! Let me introduce myself – my name is Jen. This is my blog. And I’ve been M.I.A. Life has been really busy and super crazy. We moved, and I swear to you I’m still stuck under about a million boxes. The boxes are never ending. I know it’s no excuse though. I shouldn’t have left for this long. Back in April I had the opportunity to judge the Cupcake Smash and it was awesome! There are so many talented bakers (both professional and amateur) and I was STUFFED by the time the Cupcake Smash was over. But we all paced ourselves so that we weren’t sick.

We love our new house. It’s in a quieter neighborhood and that makes us much happier. We were right in the middle of the hustle and bustle in our last place and it was always so loud. Constant sirens, car honking, doors slamming, fire trucks, people yelling outside, etc.

We will miss this view:

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But we really can’t complain since we have this BEAUTIFUL window in our living room:

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And we also have a balcony! This is what we get to enjoy when we’re outside:

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So there really aren’t any complaints from me! And my kitchen is much bigger at our new house too! I’ve been pretty busy in the kitchen making homemade ice cream and a few other treats. Here’s a sneak peak at what I’ve been busy with…

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Stay tuned for some of my favorite homemade ice cream recipes! I found one that is out of this world!

Support Philabundance! Cupcake Smash ~ April 26, 2014

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I’m SO excited for Cupcake Smash this year! It’s going to be an amazing event, as always. It’s the 4th year that Cupcake Smash is being held, and it’s for such a wonderful cause. I’m a huge supporter of Philabundance. They do such wonderful things for the community. I’ve gone to their location to volunteer with my coworkers, and it was such a rewarding experience. So if I can support them AND eat cupcakes at the same time that is definitely a win/win!

What?

Philabundance’s Cupcake Smash challenges both professional and amateur bakers to create wild, ambitious and flavorful cupcakes.

When?

Saturday April 26th, 2014  ~  2pm – 5pm

Where?

The Piazza at Schmidts
1050 N. Hancock St.
Philadelphia, PA 19123
*Rain or shine!*

Cost?

Click here to purchase tickets.
Your ticket includes entry into the event, mini cupcake samples created by our professional and amateur bakers, complimentary cocktails* and more.

And you will see me there! I’m a Judge, and I couldn’t be more excited about it! I can’t wait to see all of the talented people competing this year! The weather should be gorgeous, so buy a ticket and come on out for some cupcakes!