Tag Archives: Baking

Hot Chocolate Cookie Cups with Marshmallow Creme

Delicious hot chocolate cookies are baked into cute little cups & filled with marshmallow creme for a fun, easy dessert recipe, perfect for the holidays!

Hot chocolate cookies made into cups and filled with marshmallow creme on black wire rack with mini marshmallows on the side sitting on red and white striped towel

Cookie cups have kind of become my thing y’all!

I mean, why make a boring ol’ flat cookie, when you can make a cute little cookie cup and fill it with something totally delicious?

That was my thought when I first made Chocolate Chip Cookie Cups filled with Nutella, then Red Velvet Cookie Cups filled with Cream Cheese Frosting, then again when I made Pumpkin Cookie Cups filled with Salted Caramel!

These bite sized treats are perfect for gifting to friends, serving at parties or for a sweet snack to keep around the house!

With the holiday season in full swing, I decided to turn my favorite winter drink into a cookie cup.

Hot Chocolate Cookie Cups are made by taking chocolate cookies, indenting them in the middle when they’re hot out of the oven and filling them with marshmallow creme. They’re fun to make and even more fun to eat!

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Pumpkin Cookie Cups with Salted Caramel Filling

Delicious little pumpkin cookies are baked into mini cookie cups and filled with an easy homemade salted caramel sauce for a melt-in-your-mouth fall dessert recipe!

Pumpkin cookie cups filled with salted caramel on black wire baking rack with orange striped towel

I’m so excited to share these little bites of salted caramel pumpkin heaven!

Inspired by my Nutella Chocolate Chip Cookie Cups and Red Velvet Cream Cheese Cookie Cups, I made these Pumpkin Cookie Cups with Salted Caramel to celebrate the arrival of fall!

After Kurt took his first bite, his response was “you could open a bakery that just sells these!” They’re seriously that good, they can stand on their own up against any other fall dessert.

They’re the perfect little snack to serve at Halloween parties or to bring to a Friendsgiving celebration. I can definitely tell you that this will not be the only time I make these pumpkin cookies this fall!

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Cups with Nutella

A simple chocolate chip cookie recipe is transformed into delicious chocolate chip cookie cups with Nutella®  Hazelnut Spread!

A simple chocolate chip cookie recipe is transformed into delicious chocolate chip cookie cups filled with Nutella Hazelnut Spread!

Today’s post is sponsored by my friends at Nutella®, but all opinions are my own.

There’s nothing better than a classic chocolate chip cookie, that is, until you make it into a cookie cup with Nutella® hazelnut spread! This chocolate chip cookie twist will have your friends and family raving over the fun presentation and delicious flavor combination of chocolate chip cookies and Nutella®.

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Sweet Potato Double Chocolate Cookies

Mashed sweet potatoes add a delicious creaminess to this recipe for Double Chocolate Cookies, the perfect dessert for chocolate lovers!

Sweet Potato Double Chocolate Cookies Recipe

Last night, I was invited to make a guest appearance on Tonight In San Diego, a fantastic variety show featuring local San Diego talent.

During my appearance I talked about holiday entertaining and showed them a few of my favorite holiday recipes including Mini Buffalo Chicken Tostadas for an appetizer, Grapefruit Ginger Spiced Rum Punch for a cocktail and these “Secret Ingredient” Double Chocolate Cookies for dessert.

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Mason Jar Gingerbread Cupcakes with Caramel Cream Cheese Frosting

Gingerbread cupcakes are baked in half pint mason jars and topped with caramel cream cheese frosting in this delicious holiday dessert recipe!

Mason Jar Gingerbread Cupcake Recipe

While I pride myself on holding off of Christmas music, baking and decorating until after Thanksgiving, I have no problem starting the Christmas party the day after Thanksgiving, which is exactly what I’m doing on the blog today!

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5 Great Ways to Incorporate Almond Milk Into Your Life

Last week I challenged a group of friends to try Silk Vanilla Almond Milk for the first time.

I’ve loved it for years and have found a variety of ways to incorporate the creamy, flavorful, dairy-free milk into my life!

I shared my top 5 favorite ways for incorporating almond milk into my life with my friends, and today I’m here to share them with you!

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Gluten Free Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

These gluten free oatmeal raisin cookies are just as soft, chewy and delicious as the classic cookie, without the gluten!

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

One of my good friends Jes, who happens to be gluten free, asked me to cater her graduation party yesterday!

Gluten Free Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Of course I was so proud of her for graduating from grad school, I couldn’t say no, so I took on the job!

The menu consisted of some of my favorite gluten free recipes, including Buffalo Chicken Dip, Sweet Potato TotsBuffalo Pickle Chips, Gluten Free Chocolate Cake, and these delicious cookies!

Gluten Free Gluten Free Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Everything was a hit and Jes’ step dad even said these were the best Oatmeal Raisin Cookies he’d ever had!

Gluten Free Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Ingredients

Gluten Free Oatmeal Raisin Cookies Ingredients

  • 2 cups Premium Gold Gluten Free Flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup butter (softened)
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups gluten free rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup raisins

Gluten Free Oatmeal Raisin Cookies Instructions

Combine the flour, baking soda and cinnamon in a small bowl.

Gluten Free Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Cream together the butter and brown sugar in a separate large bowl.

Gluten Free Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Dough

Add the eggs and vanilla and combine well, then add the flour mixture.

Gluten Free Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Dough

Mix the flour into the dough, then hand mix in the oats and raisins.

Gluten Free Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Dough

Mix all of the ingredients together then form the dough into small balls and place on a baking stone.

Gluten Free Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Dough

Bake at 325°F for 20-25 minutes.

Gluten Free Oatmeal Cookies

This recipe is perfect for those with a gluten-intolerance, all of the deliciousness of the classic cookie with none of the gluten!

Gluten Free Gluten Free Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
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Gluten Free Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

These gluten free oatmeal raisin cookies are just as soft, chewy and delicious as the classic cookie, without the gluten!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 36 cookies
Calories 89 kcal
Author Whitney Bond

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Premium Gold Gluten Free Flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups gluten free rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup raisins

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325°F.

  2. Combine the flour, baking soda and cinnamon in a small bowl.

  3. Cream together the butter and brown sugar.

  4. Add the eggs and vanilla and combine well, then add the flour mixture.
  5. Mix the flour into the dough, then hand mix in the oats and raisins.
  6. Mix all of the ingredients together then form the dough into small balls and place on a baking stone.
  7. Place in the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes.

Rustic Potato Bread

Creamy mashed potatoes are added to delicious homemade bread dough in this rustic potato bread recipe, perfect for making sandwiches or dipped in soup!

Homemade Potato Bread

For my fabulous Super Bowl Party I made the most delicious hors d’oeuvres ever, Sausage Stuffing Balls!

The two main ingredients for the dish are: sausage and potato bread.

The first time around I bought a loaf of potato bread at the store, but because my Rosemary Focaccia Bread came out so amazingly I have been on a serious homemade bread kick!  Thus, I made my own potato bread for the sausage stuffing balls!

Potato Bread Ingredients

Ingredients (makes 2 loaves)

  • 1 lb baking potatoes
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 2 1/4 oz packages active yeast
  • 6 cups flour (divided)
  • 3 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 2 tbsp shortening

Start by peeling and chopping the potatoes into cubes.

Bring 1 1/2 cups milk and 1 1/2 cups water to boil in a medium saucepan.

Add the cubed potatoes.

Boil uncovered for 13-15 minutes or until potatoes are fork tender.

After potatoes are cooked, remove pan from the heat but do NOT drain the potatoes.  After they have cooled down to a warm, but no longer boiling temperature, measure out 1/2 cup of the liquid.

Place the 1/2 cup of liquid in a large mixing bowl and pour the yeast on top.

Next, mash the remaining liquid into the potatoes.

Add the mashed potatoes to the yeast mixture.

Next, add 2 cups of flour.

Then add the sugar, salt and shortening.

Beat with an electric mixer on high for 2 minutes.

Stir in the remaining 4 cups of flour by hand.

Place the dough on a lightly floured surface and knead for 10 minutes.

Next, place the dough in a large oiled bowl and turn to oil each side.

Cover the bowl with a lid or plastic wrap.

Let rise for one hour or until the dough has doubled in size.

Remove the dough from the bowl, punch down and separate into two equal loaves.  Place each loaf in a loaf pan or shape into a loaf and place on a baking stone (I did one of each just to see how they would turn out, both worked great!)

Cover again and allow to rise for an additional 30 minutes.  Meanwhile, pre-heat the oven to 375°F.

For the final step, remove the cover and place the bread in the oven for 40 minutes.

Homemade Potato Bread Recipe

This rustic potato bread recipe is thick and hearty, while still remaining light and fluffy inside!

Potato Bread Recipe

It is delicious dipped into Taco Soup or Pumpkin Chili or turn it into yummy Loaded Baked Potato Bread!

Homemade Potato Bread
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Rustic Potato Bread

Creamy mashed potatoes are added to delicious homemade bread dough in this rustic potato bread recipe, perfect for making sandwiches or dipped in soup!

Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Rising Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 50 minutes
Servings 2 loaves
Calories 1861 kcal
Author Whitney Bond

Ingredients

  • 1 lb baking potatoes
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 oz active yeast
  • 6 cups flour divided
  • 3 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 2 tbsp shortening

Instructions

  1. Peel and chop the potatoes into cubes.
  2. Bring the milk and water to boil in a medium saucepan.
  3. Add the cubed potatoes.
  4. Boil uncovered 13-15 minutes or until potatoes are fork tender.
  5. Remove the pan from the heat but do NOT drain the potatoes.
  6. After the potatoes have cooled, pour 1/2 cup of the liquid from the pan into a large bowl and sprinkle the yeast on top.
  7. Mash the remaining liquid into the potatoes.
  8. Add the mashed potatoes to the yeast mixture.
  9. Add 2 cups of flour, 3 tbsp sugar, 1 tbsp salt and 2 tbsp shortening.
  10. Beat with an electric mixer on high for 2 minutes.
  11. Stir in the remaining 4 cups of flour by hand.
  12. Place the dough on a lightly floured surface and knead for 10 minutes.
  13. Pace the kneaded dough into a large oiled bowl and turn to oil each side.
  14. Cover the bowl with a lid or plastic wrap.
  15. Let rise for one hour or until dough has doubled in size.
  16. Remove dough from the bowl, punch down and separate into two equal loaves. Place each loaf in a loaf pan or shape into a loaf and place on a baking stone.
  17. Cover again for 30 minutes.
  18. Preheat the oven to 375°F.

  19. Remove cover and place bread in the oven for 40 minutes.

The Little Leopard Photo Shoot

Today I wanted to share with you all my favorite images from a recent photo shoot I did with photographer Kenneth M Ruggiano.

I wanted the shoot to encompass who I was as a foodie, blogger and person! Kenneth did just that! He is an amazingly talented photographer and just so happens to be from my home state of Oklahoma!!  I hope you all enjoy and look for a new recipe tomorrow on the blog 🙂

Thank you to my amazing friend Shannon for letting me turn your beautiful downtown loft into a studio for the day!

I like to call this one “Casual Cookie Making”

I feel very “Real Housewives of OC” in this shot!

Veggie time!

Most people chop their veggies while sitting on the floor, right??

Who wants cookies???

It’s a cookie cutting party y’all!

And now for a fun little behind-the-scenes video!

Heading into the kitchen now to whip up a new creation for tomorrow’s post!