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December Bakin’ Friends

Starting this month, Bakin’ Friends is now organized by Leah. And for her first round she chose cardamom as the secret ingredient this month! Want to join us next month? Shoot Leah a message leahmarie.mackenzie@gmail.com.

I was super excited when I found out that Steph of Steph’s Bite by Bite had me again this month. This time she sent me these delicious Chocolate Chai Snickerdoodles and some packets of Chocolate Chai tea to either enjoy a cup or make more cookies! I had never heard of chocolate tea before and was impressed by the idea of using it to flavor these cookies. I loved how the spices and chocolate blended together and enjoyed a few with a mug of hot chocolate!

Chocolate Chai Snickerdoodles

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November Bakin’ Friends

It’s November Bakin’ Friends time! Matches were sent out the 5th with the secret ingredient notification of NUTMEG. Pretty valid ingredient for this time of year, don’t you think? We had until November 16th to ship out the goodies to our bakin’ friend and then the last day of the month (or last Friday in this case) we share what we got!

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I was really excited to be receiving a baked treat from Alex of Yums and Loves this month, and she definitely fulfilled my excitement. She sent me snickerdoodle blondies and let me tell you, if you thought snickerdoodle cookies were good just wait until you try one of these. I scarfed down two in a row upon first arriving at my door and even had one for breakfast another day. I enjoy snickerdoodles but I wouldn’t consider them one of my favorite cookies. But in bar form they rock my world! So chewy, soft and bursting with flavor. I could eat them all day long and it took serious will-power to not do just that. And once they were gone I went through withdrawl.

November Bakin Friend

P.S. The recipe is from Brown Eyed Baker.

One year ago: Onion Ring Topped BBQ Bacon Burger

Two years ago: Red Velvet Crème Brulee Cupcakes

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October Bakin’ Friends

HAPPY HALLOWEEN! After months of not participating in Bakin’ Friends I was excited to jump back into it this month! The dissertation madness is starting to wear down so I finally had time to bake and ship off goodies this month. The secret ingredient this month was candy corn, in honor of Halloween.

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Unfortunately I am not a fan of candy corn AT ALL. So I talked it over with Steph and she told me to go ahead and bake something with candy corn for my match, and then ask the person sending me treats to refrain from using candy corn and use another Halloween candy instead. Thankfully Deborah admitted that she doesn’t like candy corn all the much either so she was more than happy to oblige me in my anti-candy corn request – with Reeses pieces and a caramel swirl!

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I am so very glad I spoke up and got something without candy corn because the brownies she sent me were insanely good. When she shipped them to me, she mentioned that she had to make two batches because they were so good. When they arrived I immediately dug into one and I have to agree with her statement. After snapping a couple photos, I had a second helping because I just could not resist! Dangerous little guys I’m telling you.

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Thank you Deborah for the awesome brownies!


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Name change

I’ve got three letters after my name, and they are…

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July Bakin’ Friends

Guess what? Bakin’ Friends is one year old! I cannot believe we have already been sharing goodies for a year. To celebrate, Steph declared this month’s secret ingredient to be sprinkles!! Because what’s a celebration without sprinkles?

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This month I had the pleasure of receiving cookies from Miranda. Unfortunately the first batch she sent was returned to her for unknown reasons, but she was nice enough to whip up a new batch and try again. The second batch arrived and I was overwhelmed by the sheer quantity of cookies!

Sprinkle Sugar Cookies

It had been far too long since I have had a sugar cookie. Back in the day, sugar cookies covered in sprinkles were my #1 favorite cookie. But somehow I only think of making them now when the holidays roll around. For shame. Especially with cookies like these which were nice and chewy. I enjoyed that she used non-traditional sprinkle colors too – lavender (or maybe silver?) and gold. Thank you Miranda for reminding me how good sugar cookies are!

One year ago: Garden Vegetable Cream Cheese, Corn, and Bacon Waffles


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June Bakin’ Friends

Welcome to June’s Bakin’ Friends! Every month we ship a goodie to a different Bakin’ Friend using the ingredient of the month. This month was caramel and I was completely spoiled by my Bakin’  Friend, Valerie of Keep Calm and Bake.

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I was so completely surprised by what I saw when I opened my box this month, it was packed full of so many things! And it was so cutely presented that it made me feel guilty for not putting more effort into the packages I send to my Bakin’ Friends (my apologies I will try harder from now on!). On top of this adorably cute spring/summer theme to my package, there were not one, not two, but FOUR baked goodies in there all made with caramel. Valerie included a note saying she made them all hoping I would like at least one of them, but they were all favorites of hers. I immediately had not doubt that I too would love it all.

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May Bakin’ Friends

The end of May already?? I’m not entirely sure I am okay with this fact. Especially since I still have a bunch of unused birthday month coupons which will expire at the end of today. Thankfully it’s Bakin’ Friends time, complete with delicious baked goods to help us get through this difficult time.

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April Bakin’ Friends

Before I get into today’s post, I have an announcement… today my gorgeously purple bangs will be transformed back to their natural brown state (even though I like to think purple is their natural state). Sad sad day, but I need to send good vibes into the universe so I can graduate soon and get a big person job. Don’t think a potential employer would appreciate the purple in an interview (despite the PhD after my name), but maybe it will be able to be revived pending their hair-color restrictions.

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It’s time for April’s edition of Bakin’ Friends hosted by Steph of Steph’s Bite by Bite. This months secret ingredient was lemon, perfect for spring! The idea behind Bakin’ Friends is after you get your match at the beginning of the month, you are required to bake something with the secret ingredient and ship it out by the 16th of the month. Then whatever you receive, post about it on the last day of the month!

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This month, my Bakin’ Friend and I were on the same wavelength. Her first batch of cookies didn’t turn out, and my first batch of the treats I made also was not satisfactory resulting in both of us not shipping out by the 16th. Then I forgot to include the recipe in the package, and sure enough she did too! But no harm done and if anything it made me feel less guilty. Even if it was a big deal, these cookies would’ve forgiven anything. They were incredibly soft and had the perfect amount of lemon flavor. Thanks Lizzie for these amazing cookies! Totally worth the wait :-).

Lemon Cookies

One year ago: Baked Banana Almond Pancakes



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February Bakin’ Friends

It’s Bakin’ Friends time! On the 6th of every month, members are given the name of the person for whom we will be baking for and also the secret ingredient required to use. Once we find out any food allergies and their shipping address, we get busy in the kitchen in order to ship out by the 16th. Then when we receive our own package from the Bakin’ Friends baking for us, they are subjected to a photo shoot before they get devoured! You should join us next month by e-mailing stephsbitebybite(at)gmail(dot)com with Bakin’ Friends in the subject by March 2nd! For more info please check out the Bakin’ Friends page.

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In honor of Valentine’s Day, this month’s Bakin’ Friends secret ingredient was dark chocolate. And I was absolutely thrilled for Stephanie herself to be my Bakin’ Friend this month. I am constantly admiring the things she bakes on her blog Steph’s Bite by Bite.

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She sent me these wonderful cookies called Dark Chocolate & Pretzel Oatmeal Cookies. As the name suggests, these are not your regular oatmeal cookies. They have crushed pretzels and dark chocolate M&Ms mixed in. Can you say, delicious?

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I like microwaving them for about 10 seconds because it made them chewier. But I also am thinking about sandwiching them around some ice cream, which means I’ll probably need to make more!

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You can also see these cookies on her blog, since I know you’ll want the recipe ;-). She wrote a lovely acrostic poem about them which I totally understand after trying them out for myself.

One year ago: Gluten-Free Chocolate Almond Cupcakes with Raspberry Almond Butter Frosting

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January Bakin’ Friends

Do you have a Bakin’ Friend? Because I do, and every month I get a new treat delivered to my doorstep! This month I had the pleasure of having baked goods sent to me from Anne, who blogs over on Have A Cookie!, and even has another blog dedicated to Bakin’ Friends.

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The key ingredient to use was applesauce and Anne made me these “Not Quite Oatmeal Scotchies”.  I love a good oatmeal cookies and enjoyed that these were also made with applesauce. My favorite way to enjoy these babies was warming them up in the microwave for 10 seconds which made them super chewy and therefore disappeared quite rapidly.

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Join in and get your very own Bakin’ Friend! Sign up by the 2nd by e-mailing stephsbitebybite(at)gmail(dot)com with Bakin’ Friends in the subject. Maybe I’ll be lucky enough to be paired up with you in February ;-).

One year ago: Nutella Smoothie

Two years ago: Buffalo Chicken Nachos



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