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Carrot Cake Breakfast Cookies #BrunchWeek

Welcome to the second annual brunch week hosted by Terri of Love and Confections and Susan of The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen!  Join us May 5th through 10th while we celebrate the deliciousness of brunch and to prepare for Mother’s Day and summer brunching season.  We have 32 bloggers bringing you their best brunch game, from cocktails to eggs benedict to donuts, there is something for everyone this week.  Our amazing sponsors have donated some great prizes for a gigantic giveaway, please visit them all for more information.

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Cookies for breakfast are even more acceptable when it’s cookies for brunch! These cookies were inspired by the “vegetable dessert” lovingly known as carrot cake. At first, it took a lot of restraint to not top these off with cream cheese icing, just like it’s dessert-cousin. In an effort to keep these breakfast cookies more breakfasty and less desserty, I topped half of them with shredded coconut (half without for the coconut haters). This small addition made all the difference, adding just the right amount of sweetness without being overbearing. And now you can start your day with cookies (without the guilt and/or judging eyes).

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Today may be my final #BrunchWeek recipe post, but there are still two more days until the finale. There are a lot of great prizes which you should not miss out on, so be sure to enter using the Rafflecopter widget at the end of this or any of my posts this week. Learn more about the specific items up for grabs HERE.

One year ago: Mini Greek-Style Meatloaves

Two years ago: Homemade Imo’s Pizza

Three years ago: Avocado Fries
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Apricot Honey Scones

Homemade scones are far superior to any I have ever purchased. These apricot honey scones are soft and ready to be gobbled up plain or spread with your favorite jam. 

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This month for the Secret Recipe Club I cooked from The Wimpy Vegetarian. On her blog, Susan shares her struggles of cooking for both her vegetarian diet and her husband’s omnivorous one (therefore cooking two separate meals) and how she overcome this dilemma by using her culinary school training to create just one meal with minor adjustments for the meat-loving audience at her table. In other words, on Susan’s blog you’ll find recipes everyone can enjoy regardless of which side of the table you sit.

For example, her recipe for a BBQ (Chicken) Pizza with Poblano Peppers can be made with or without chicken and she states what to change in the directions if you chose to do so. Or there are ways to trick your-meat lovers into eating a vegetarian dish with things such as Spaghetti with Chickpeas and Spicy Roasted Tomato Sauce.

Another recipe that I was interested in making was the Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp with Cardamom but alas I had not gone strawberry picking yet. I did however spy a couple of delicious looking scones and since I recently discovered that I enjoy homemade scones, decided it was a great time to try one. I chose an apricot one because apricots, especially dried apricots which are used in these scones, always remind me of my elementary school lunches. Other kids were grossed out by my dried apricots. It didn’t bother me though, they didn’t know what they were missing! At least I knew I didn’t have to worry about anyone stealing my food back then, but I might have to be more protective of these scones.

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Two years ago: Slow Cooker Honey Sesame Chicken

Three years ago: Fried Mac and Cheese
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Whole Wheat Scone for One

When the craving for a scone hits but you don’t want to bake an entire batch, why not just make one? This single serving scone recipe can be any flavor you desire and only takes 15 minutes.

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Other than the joys of trying new recipes and meeting like-minded-food-obsessed people, I’ve really enjoyed how food blogging has conquered more than one enemy. By enemy I am referring to food that I dislike, or disliked in this scenario. The newest victory? Scones.

I’ve always considered scones to be dry, dense, crumbly versions of a biscuit or muffin because that’s what my experiences have reflected. Since I do not like coffee, their appeal was lessened further by the inability to soften them by soaking in coffee. No thanks, I’ll take the muffin please. But all the while I have seen several scones recipes that have sounded absolutely amazing, if only they were of a different consistency from what I assumed all scones to be.

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One day I stumbled upon a single serving scone recipe and knew it was time to finally make one for myself. If it proved to be as disappointing as always, at least only one would go to waste. But as you can already guess that did not happen. It should not have been surprising to me that I enjoyed this homemade scone immensely despite previous lack luster experiences with purchased scones. Not only do most things taste better homemade (such as homemade pita), the same experience had already occurred with meringue and macarons. Why not scones? This single serving scone was crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside, just like a fresh biscuit but with more flavor. I have seen the light.

What is your favorite scone flavor/recipe? I have some catching up to do!

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Two years ago: Banana Bread French Toast

Three years ago: Sweet Potato Fries
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90-Minute Whole Wheat King Cake Cinnamon Rolls

Happy Mardi Gras! Start the celebration with these whole wheat cinnamon rolls, cinnamon pecan filling and cream cheese icing. Decorated like a king cake with green, purple, and yellow sprinkles and a hidden plastic baby.

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With the coming of yet another snow storm, I figured many of you were in need of a sweet comforting breakfast option today. Even in east TN  the temperature dropped 40 degrees in less than 24 hours and there were even snowflake sightings. I think Florida is yet again the only state to be spared the wrath of the polar vortex.

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One year ago: Banana Bread Cinnamon Rolls

Three years ago: Chicken Parmeatballs
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Mini Razzle Dazzle Peanut Butter Cinnamon Rolls

There may be a whole lot of Thanksgiving recipes floating around these days, but it’s still Peanut Butter Lover’s Month and I’m taking a break from the pumpkin to celebrate with peanut butter cinnamon rolls. Taking another spin on mini cinnamon rolls, these have PB Crave’s Razzle Dazzle peanut butter all up in their business making them taste like PB+J rolls. With peanut butter in the dough and peanut butter in the filling, I almost did a peanut butter glaze but decided to bring out the flavor of white chocolate instead (which is also included in this raspberry-peanut butter). These shrunken mini cinnamon rolls would also be a great treat to prep the day before Thanksgiving and bake in the morning for breakfast. You know, in case you need another thing to bake and prepare ;-).

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One year ago: Pumpkin Bagels with Cinnamon-Walnut Cranberry Cream Cheese Spread

Two years ago: Pumpkin Swirl Cheesecake
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Baked Choco-Peanut Butter Doughnuts

I forgot to mention something very important yesterday – November is National Peanut Butter Lovers Month! You all know that I definitely fall into that category so when Alyssa of PB Crave asked if I wanted to try out their flavored peanut butter there wasn’t a moment of hesitation.

PB Crave offers four natural peanut butter blends with new twists using ingredients such as white chocolate, raspberries and wild honey. The fun flavors include Cookie Nookie, Razzle Dazzle, Coco Bananas and Choco Choco. Also there are no hydrogenated oils, no artificial flavors, no syrups, no high-fructose corn syrup, gluten and cholesterol free, UD Kosher certified, no refrigeration required, made in small batches, and use USDA-approved manufacturing. In short their peanut butter is fun, delicious and nutritious.

Another great thing about PB Crave is that they are committed to making a difference in the world by donating 2 percent of the profits of every PB Crave jar to Project Peanut Butter, a non-profit organization that aims to treat 2 million malnourished children by 2015. What an even better way to celebrate a holiday!

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Using their four flavors I am going to celebrate this wonderful month by incorporating their peanut butter into my November PB+Choc Saturday recipes. The first jar to be opened was Choco Choco which has wild honey, semisweet and dark chocolate blended in – perfect for PB+Choc Saturday! Since the Ohio State game is at 11am (central) I figured it was a good time to make something breakfasty, and doughnuts came to mind because it had been a long time since the last batch.

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I present to you baked choco-peanut butter doughnuts, glazed with more choco-peanut butter and topped with peanuts, sprinkles or whatever else you desire to complement your choco-peanut buttery-ness. I was torn and did half with peanuts half chocolate sprinkles. I nicknamed them Buckeye doughnuts in honor of my beloved football team and a delicious doughnut shop on the border of campus called Buckeye Donuts (who has their own spectacular Buckeye doughnut). Mmmm, doughnuts.

Stay turned for more awesome PB Crave flavors the next three Saturdays this month! What do you think I should make with Cookie Nookie, Razzle Dazzle, and Coco Bananas?

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One year ago: Fresh Strawberry Cupcakes with Chocolate Cheesecake Frosting

Two years ago: Pumpkin Spice Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
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Review: Fleischmann’s Pretzel Creations & Apple Cinnamon Pretzels

Like many people, I cannot get enough of the pretzel trend. I enjoy many different versions of the soft-baked pretzel, whenever possible. In fact, my meal selection is easily swayed by a pretzel bun. Oh that sandwich comes on a pretzel bun? Sold. But of course, my favorite is making my own pretzel buns at home.

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Now Fleischmann’s Yeast is making it even easier to make your own pretzel creations at home. Fleischmann’s Simply Homemade Baking Mixes is introducing Pretzel Creations, which makes fresh-baked pretzels in less than an hour. The package contains pretzel mix, yeast, baking soda and pretzel salt – all you need is water and oil.

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In a large bowl, I combined the pretzel mix, yeast, water, and oil. According to the directions all that was left was to mix it together and then let it rise, covered, for only 25 minutes! But I decided to knead my dough a little bit to get a smooth dough which I am more accustomed to.

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After the dough was done rising, I decided to divide the dough in half and make two different things. With one half I made regular pretzels and they came out perfect. I served them with a bacon cheddar ranch dipping sauce.

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With the other half, I decided to stuff the dough with apples tossed in cinnamon-sugar. After boiling, I sprinkled them with more cinnamon-sugar. Don’t they look like little apple pies?

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They even tasted like apple pie, but with a pretzel crust. Originally I had contemplated stuffing them with apple pie filling, but worried that would be messy and more difficult to seal. Using fresh apple slices and cinnamon-sugar sounded good enough to me and they turned out to be delicious. Eat alone or serve with a cinnamon-sugar cream cheese dip.

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Two years ago: Basil Butter
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Guest Post: Cinnamon Roll Breadsticks by The Cooking Actress

After 6.5 years of grad school, I wrote a 172 page document full of figures and tables, and prepared a 55 slide presentation. It’s now the Friday before I defend my dissertation, which means I will be spending the entire weekend practicing and preparing for this presentation. And probably adding crazy animations and then removing them because they are distracting but gave me something to do other than rehearse. Then baking something to feed my admiring audience/keep them awake with sugar.

Meanwhile, Kayle of The Cooking Actress is here to keep you awake with her own special dose of sugar and spunk. Even though she is not a fan of football season, she and I can definitely agree upon the glory that is peanut butter and chocolate. Especially in edible buckeye form. Besides, with treats like these pretzel chocolate chip peanut butter cookies how could you not love her? Then she took cookie dough truffles to the next level with these salted brown butter chocolate chip cookie dough truffles. She definitely rocks the sweets but don’t miss out on her savory recipes too like her bacon wrapped water chestnuts and roasted garlic, chicken, and herb white pizza.

One year ago: Chicken, Broccoli and White Cheddar Pita Pizzas

Two years ago: Falafel Pizza

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Hey there everybody! I’m Kayle, and I have a lil blog called “The Cooking Actress“. Basically I’m an actress…and I cook (and bake). A lot. I had the wonderful joy of being able to meet the lovely Erin a few months ago when we, and some other awesome food bloggers, met up for brunch in NYC (where I’m based and where she was visiting). Obviously, she’s so charming and cool and smart and awesome, right? Plus her blog’s name is the Spiffy Cookie. And um…I’m obsessed with all things cookies. And, thanks to Erin spending some of her life living in Ohio where I am from, she embraces the beauty of all things chocolate and peanut butter (a la’ the Buckeye). So anyway, soulmates. So, when Erin asked if I would guest post for her while she works on being all smart and P.H.D-y and such, I was like “OF COURSE!”

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We all remember cinnamon sticks, right? Whether it’s from a pizza place or an actual cinnamon roll chain-they’re fun and friggin’ delicious. Umm…as you can see…my cinnamon breadsticks aren’t exactly winning any beauty pageants. I apologize, my photos are usually better than this but well…I am not the best at making food look pretty sometimes and these guys paid the price. Now, don’t make my mistakes: make sure to not cut the breadsticks too big and um…I don’t really know how to make the cinnamon sugar mixture look pretty…I tried my best, guys!

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Anyway, don’t worry about the appearance, worry about how they TASTE. And they taste phenomenal! They’re wonderfully crisp on the outside from the caramelized cinnamon sugar and just perfectly fluffy on the inside. And of course just the comforting, warm flavors of cinnamon and sugar and the glaze are just…mmmmm.

These are perfect if you have a big family or a ton of people over, a total crowd pleaser!

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Pass the Cook Book Club: Smitten Kitchen’s Cheddar Swirl Breakfast Buns

Have too many cookbooks that you never cook from? Time to join Pass the Cook Book Club! Every month a cookbook is chosen and three recipes are picked out for us to choose from to make. This month’s cookbook was the Smitten Kitchen Cookbook! Deb’s blog was one of the first food blogs I started reading, so I was really excited to get into these recipes. I chose the Cheddar Swirl Breakfast Buns because I have made many cinnamon swirl buns, but never a savory breakfast bun!

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When I started to make these for breakfast Sunday morning this past weekend, I was a little upset to see rise times of 2 hours, twice. However, it ended up only taking about an hour each time in my warmer than usual apartment. I’m telling you, the only benefit to hot days are shorter rise times with yeast. Evidently I should always make yeast doughs when it’s hot out. But I digress…

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Regardless of the rise time, these rolls are worth the wait. I ate them with some fruit since I ended up eating some cereal while I waited, but I think they would be great with eggs and bacon. In fact, I went ahead and made an egg breakfast sandwich with a leftover bun to prove it (shared on Twitter).

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One year ago: Zucchini Ribbon Pasta with Creamy Lemon-Basil Sauce
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Cake Batter Cinnamon Rolls

When my friend Stephanie asked me to make cinnamon rolls for her Easter brunch on Sunday, it came as no surprise that I wanted to make some sort of crazy flavored cinnamon rolls. Had she asked anyone else she would’ve gotten traditional cinnamon rolls, but it’s me and any excuse to make a fun new recipe is pounced upon!

I first was torn between making raspberry or cake batter rolls, so I tweeted my dilemma only to realize how dumb of a question it was when I immediately got two votes for cake batter. Sure raspberry rolls sound delicious, but who can pass up anything involving cake batter? These cinnamon rolls not only are stuffed with cake batter flavor, but the dry mix is also in the dough itself and in the frosting! It’s cake batter mayhem.

By the way NYC ladies (particularly Tara), does this plate look familiar?

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One year ago: Dark Chocolate Nonpareil Peanut Butter Cookies
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