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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!
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!
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
Thank you Deborah for the awesome brownies!
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?
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!
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
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.
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.
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.