Posts Tagged ‘pecans’

Eggnog Cheesecake Bars with Cranberry Swirl

Before Thanksgiving, hearing Christmas music turned me into a Grinch. Even seeing a billboard for a radio station playing 24/7 Christmas music annoyed me. But guess what radio station I tuned into yesterday while on my usual daily commute? I caved, but don’t really enjoy the newer Christmas songs. I tend to prefer the classics or covers of the classics. What is your favorite kind of Christmas music?

However since Thanksgiving recently past, here’s another recipe that will help you use up any leftover cranberry sauce while transitioning into the wintry holidays with the flavor of eggnog – eggnog cheesecake with a cranberry swirl! Awfully pretty arn’t they? I was a little sad that the swirls cracked away from the cheesecake a little, so next time I would mix the cranberry puree with a little bit of the cheesecake filling first. This would result in a paler color but hopefully keep the swirls intact with the rest.

Eggnog Cheesecake Bars with Cranberry Swirl

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One year ago: Hot Cocoa Blossoms

Three years ago: Latkas
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Caramel Frosted Pumpkin Mini Cakes

One of my favorite bands, Paramore, is playing in Nashville tonight. Originally when I had planned on going out of town for Thanksgiving, I was going to stop and see that show on my way out. Unfortunately that is no longer my plan as I decided to stay put and save money. I did see them with No Doubt a couple years back and with Jimmy Eat World before that so it’s not too heart breaking – except that they are the headliners this time. You better believe I will be cooking dinner tonight while dancing around to their music, pretending I’m there. Not that that’s different from a normal day in my kitchen…

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In other news, today is National Cake Day! With Thanksgiving nearly upon us I am throwing as much pumpkin at you as I possibly can, including these mini cakes. These individual cakes are made by cutting rounds from a thin sheet cake. The rounds are layered and frosted with a caramel cream cheese frosting and then topping with caramel sauce and candied pecans, resulting in eyegasms. Who wouldn’t want their own personal mini cake?

You can use the leftover cake scraps to make cake balls or if you’d prefer to avoid scraps, make these into cupcakes instead.

Caramel Frosted Pumpkin Mini Cakes 2

One year ago: Arugula Pesto Pasta

Three years ago: Caramel Apple Pie
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DOVE® Christmas Chocolate Drops

When it comes to holiday baking you typically need two things: butter and chocolate. So when Dove® Promises invited me to bake with Dove® Dark Chocolate I could not resist. Unlike other dark chocolates out there, DOVE® Dark chocolate is not bitter. Instead, it’s creamy and deliciously rich, making it difficult to bake with instead of devouring straight out of the wrapper (which by the way I love the little sayings inside each wrapper). I suggest buying an extra bag just in case you cannot control yourself.

In case a DOVE® Dark chocolate cookie with DOVE® Dark chocolate chunks isn’t enough to get you excited, how about some nuts? In my world, you can never go wrong with nuts especially when it involves chocolate so I was particularly excited about these cookies.

These cookies reminded me of brownie cookies, with their flaky tops and chewy interior stuffed with nuts – just the way I like my brownies!

For more inspiring holiday ideas, be sure to check out the Mars® recipe page http://www.brightideas.com. I am tempted to make the Brownie Ice Cream Sandwich Cake!

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Mars®. The opinions and text are all mine.

Graham Cracker Bars

Wow, it is October people! I have so much left that I need to do before the end of the year when I “officially” graduate that this whole time flying by thing is even less fun. More importantly is nailing down a job so that I don’t go without an income come the end of the year. Oh the joys of no longer being a student – boo real life!

When I was a writing/studying maniac and wasn’t baking as much, Sarah brought these delicious treats into the lab (not the actual lab of course, just our office). I immediately pulled out my camera and took pictures of them while asking for the recipe. I finally acquired said recipe, so today’s recipe was not made by me, but still felt the need to share it with the world. Just as the name indicates, they are graham cracker bars with a sweet cream filling with pecans and coconut. Yea, they’re pretty stinking amazing. They also don’t require turning on the oven which is always a plus.

Graham Cracker Bars

One year ago: Peanut Butter Biscoff Blondies
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Guest Post: Pumpkin Pie Streusel Bars by Chip Chip Hooray!

I never thought that by joining the food blogging world that I would (virtually) meet so many awesome people, let alone meet them in person. Back in March I actually had the surreal pleasure of meeting Joanne, Kayle, Jennifer, Lauren and Tara. Even though I had never personally met Tara beforehand, she offered up her apartment as a place to rest my head (apparently I don’t come off as a complete psycho). Upon my arrival into NYC, I new we were going to be friends after having Thai from one of her favorite restaurants for dinner and a visit to a very expansive bakery for dessert (and subsequent leftovers for breakfast the next morning). We’ve already discussed an encore visit (which hopefully Tracey can join us for without any hiccups this time).

I am very happy to have Tara, of Chip Chip Hooray!, guest posting for me today. In addition to being an awesome person, she makes awesome food such as mini cookie dough donuts with chocolate glaze and biscoff white chocolate pancakes. She’s even made a typewriter cake – holy impressive! Stay turned to see what she has to share with you. P.S. She just got engaged!!

One year ago: Speculoos S’mores Cheesecake Bars

Two years ago: Baked Falafels

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Hi friends! I’m Tara from Chip Chip Hooray!, and I’m super excited to be guest posting on The Spiffy Cookie today. I’m fairly sure Erin was one of the first bloggers I ever followed, and one of the handful I’ve been lucky enough to meet in person. I’m totally in awe of the way she juggles a full-time job as a researcher and Ph.D. student with her daily blogging life. Plus she’s just endlessly creative – she is constantly coming up with awesome uses for peanut butter, cake batter, and chocolate. Love it!

I’m here to lend a blogging hand to Erin while she finishes up all her awesome Ph.D. dissertating madness. You rock, Erin! I know how hard she’s been working on this (when she isn’t making Petri dish cookies), and how much of a relief and an accomplishment it’ll be when she’s finished. A virtual cupcake toast to her!!

So in the spirit of fall – which just happens to be my favorite season – I brought some pumpkin-y, streusel-y goodness to The Spiffy Cookie today. Read on, y’all.

Pumpkin Pie Streusel 2

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Honey Pecan Milkshakes #IceCreamWeek

Welcome to #IceCreamWeek! Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic and Jen of Juanita’s Cocina have teamed up with more than 20 of their blog friends to bring you a week full of ice cream treats, including a special ice cream giveaway! Prepare to have your taste buds tempted with some of the best ice cream treats around! Make sure you enter the giveaway for a Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker and two fabulous ice cream cookbooks so that you can join in on the ice cream fun!

I received my third Stitch Fix yesterday after being inspired to try it again by reading everyone’s great reviews recently. Especially since many people said their third fix was their favorite. I on the other hand liked this fix no more than the others. The idea of Stitch Fix is really fun and I want enjoy my experiences, but so far it’s just been okay. The first two fixes I kept just one item each that I really enjoyed, but would’ve kept more if the other items were in my price range. This time the prices are better but not the items. I did end up keeping one top this time to justify the $20 styling fee I had already paid upfront. It wasn’t a top I would’ve normally picked up, but I will wear it.

I will try it again but am going to wait a little while. In the meantime, I made myself this milkshake to lift my spirits. I appreciate nuts in my ice cream, but this is the first time I’ve had them mixed into a milkshake and it was just as wonderful. The drizzle of honey around the inside of the rim makes for a creative presentation.

As a side note, it’s an interesting thing that the same blender I use to make green monster smoothies nearly every morning was used to make this oh-so-not-healthy beverage. Apparently my blender needs some fat in it every now and then, just like my belly!

Honey Pecan Milkshake

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One year ago: Blueberry Walnut Oatmeal Pancakes with Vanilla Maple Glaze
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Bananas Foster Mini Cheesecakes

Happy National Cheesecake Day! After recently making mini cheesecakes, I decided to dig out that pan again for another variation. I actually made these for Kathy, in honor of last lab-lunch-outing before moving to Chicago. She will be missed dearly by all members of the lab, and we’re not entirely sure how we will function without her around.

Since she loves bananas foster I made little banana cheesecakes topped with that very thing! Sadly, two of them jumped to their deaths off the platter and onto the floor, but the remaining 10 each found a happy home in someone’s belly. These are best served when the cheesecakes are cold and the topping is still warm, so prepare the cheesecakes ahead of time if possible.

Bananas Foster Mini Cheesecakes

One year ago: Spaghetti Squash with White Cheddar Cheese Sauce
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Coconut Pecan Cookies

I’m a little behind when it comes to cable TV shows since I don’t have cable or internet at home, but I am slowly making my way through Big Bang Theory, How I Met Your Mother, and New Girl. The most recent episodes (#23 and 24) of New Girl that I have watched, solidified my obsession with the character Nick Miller. It went from an enjoyment of the character to full blown wanting to jump through the screen. Apparently I am not alone in this phenomenon – back off ladies! I’m just kidding, but seriously I don’t think I’ve ever been obsessed with a fictional character before.

But let’s move on to things that esist in the real world, such as delicious cookies. These were a huge hit with everyone at my cousin’s beach bachelorette party last weekend. Two girls even claimed to not be cookie people but continued to eat them every single day and I caught many being eaten first thing in the morning. With how chewy these cookies are I cannot say it was a surprise. There was the perfect amount of coconut in them and it was well paired with the toasted pecans. Dig in and make that fantasy I know you’re having about these cookies a reality.

Coconut Pecan Cookies

One year ago: Spicy Avocado Chicken Enchiladas
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Baked Banana-Pecan Oatmeal

While at the self-check out line at Kroger over the weekend, the attendant came up to me and asked in a fascinated voice, “How did you get your hair that color?” I get this question quite often (although not so many with such amazed looks on their faces), so I proceeded to say how I have to bleach my dark brown hair first in order for the purple to show up in my bangs. Apparently this answer was insufficient to her, because she still looked very confused upon asking, “But what did you dye your hair with?” My response – “Purple hair dye”. Disbelieving me she said “They make that color?”, and I secretly rolled my eyes while thinking “obviously” but instead politely said, “Yes, you can get hair dye in any color you can think of”. This shocked her, which I found amusing but it was sufficient to fulfill her curiosity as she asked no more questions. On that note, I’m going to be really bummed when I finally dye my bangs back to brown. Over the years, I have received compliments from a wide variety of ages, ethnicities, and gender about how much they like my hair. But my favorite is when little girls point and say to their moms, “Her hair is pretty!”

Just like the bangs on top of my head, this oatmeal has a sassy top. A caramelized top, not purple. And as far as baked oatmeal goes, this one retains the most moisture compared to others I have tried. Although, it is likely due to the fact that it’s mostly prepared on the stovetop and then just broiled in the oven. But who is complaining with a bowl of creamy oatmeal and caramelization?

Baked Banana-Pecan Oatmeal

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Nutella Pecan Pie Bars

World Nutella Day is probably my second favorite food holiday next to Peanut Butter Day. If there was a holiday celebrating their union together I would be there rejoicing. That being said, you would think I was setting up the intro to a peanut butter and Nutella recipe but no, today is all about Nutella. Well, pecans and Nutella.

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These bars taste just like pecan pie but have a bit of Nutella smeared in them for some extra flavorful fun. Topped with some vanilla ice cream and I’m ready to dig in! How will you be celebrating World Nutella Day?

Sara from Ms. Adventures in Italy and Michelle from Bleeding Espresso solemnly declare February 5th “World Nutella Day 2013″ – a day to celebrate, to get creative with, and most importantly, to EAT Nutella.

Other Nutella recipes you might enjoy:

Nutella Pecan Pie Bars

One year ago: Nutella Chunk Cookies

Two years ago: Nutella Rice Krispies Treats
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