April showers bring May flowers… but what happens if it snows? Welcome to the Midwest, folks! April is finally here which means: I’m turning 24. Maybe it will stop snowing (see note above). My friend Audrey is getting married! The MN bike season has officially begun. I need to figure out how to make an…
Oh, snap you guys. These. Bars.
These simply delicious, decadent bars will have all your friends asking for the recipe in one bite. You’ve got flakey pie crust with a soft cinnamon apple layer and then coconut oil streusel. All those things are oh so tasty on their own, but then you put them on top of each other, and then do it again. THEN, you drizzle some caramel sauce on top and you better hope you’re not on a diet.
My apologies in advance if you started the new year thinking you were going to detox from sweets, because this is a recipe that you have gotta try. I mentally prepared for my own nutrition and health challenge by making these LAST weekend because my detox starts next week (no, seriously it does). Actually, who am I kidding? I’m not sorry – these are delicious!
Phew, 2015 was quite the year! 2015 started with fireworks in Cairns, Australia and ended in Saint Paul, Minnesota. I quit my job, started a new job, bought my first car, and moved (again). I started this blog, went backpacking in Kauai, made the decision to go vegan, and competed in my first bike race (ever). I got to see the Redwoods, the Great Barrier Reef, and the St. Louis Arch all in the same year. I’m thankful for my health, my friends and family, and having a career that lets be do all these things.
I have been dreaming about these cookies all week. While I packed a lot of cookies up in holiday tins, I left a veeeeeery small amount for myself to munch on. I would say I did a pretty good job with saving my waistline, until I took them out of the container to shoot photos and starting eating them for breakfast, oops. On that note, you can totally eat cookies for breakfast during the holidays. I would have to say that although I typically do not really like chocolate all that much, these cookies were definitely my favorite from the Christmas cookie extravaganza that happened last weekend. The chocolate chunks bring an extra texture and even more chocolate to the table when you sink your teeth into these bad boys.
Chocolate + chocolate chunks + layer of powdered sugar = undeniable deliciousness.
Christmas is around the corner, and it’s raining here in Minnesota. I guess I shouldn’t be complaining that I can ride my road bike outside in December but what about this whole winter wonderland thing? I want snow, and hot chocolate, and Christmas lights with mittens. I haven’t even been wearing mittens, people!
Anyways, Christmas Cookie Extravaganza was a success! 5 cups of butter, 4 cups of powdered sugar, 2 chocolate bars, and 6 hours later, I finally had enough cookies to send to my friends. Hope it was worth it people, because the shipping cost me $160. Good thing I didn’t buy you guys REAL gifts. I hope the rest of you enjoyed my holiday cookie guide and it helped you to make a stupid amount of cookies in one afternoon, too!
Christmas is riiiiight around the corner, and while this maple peanut butter recipe has nothing to do with Christmas, I’m sharing it anyways. Why? Because everyone loves peanut butter and you still have to eat some normal things in a pool of holiday potlucks, parties, drinks, and all the sweets you could ever hope to graze on in one room. I work at a food company, so you can only imagine what our dessert table looks like. I’ll revisit the peanut butter topic later.
Anyways, I’m also sharing my holiday cookie guide. You’re probably wondering what that means. If you’re anything like me, that means you have one weekend to do all of your holiday baking. I spent most of yesterday decorating sugar cookie cut outs so that leaves me with one day to bake all my cookies, try to get a yoga class in, pick up my prescription from the pharmacy, and do laundry. Challenge accepted.
Okay, so I will confess that these are not CHRISTMAS themed cookies but they are certainly the same KIND of cookie that you’ll want to make this holiday season. The reason I don’t have any photos just yet is because I’m planning on having a little cookie decorating shin dig but wanted to make sure you guys had this recipe in time to have your own little cookie party before the holidays.
As my holiday obsession continues, I’ve moved to all things ginger and peppermint. Not much going on around here other than the sniffles and these ginger cookies. Of course, I managed to get sick right before my vacation to New Orleans. Just my luck, huh? We are going to New Orleans for Dan’s dad’s birthday this weekend and I managed to get a head cold on Monday. But enough complaining, how about these cookies!
Move over pumpkin, it’s time for peppermint. I know that was a quick transition from my last post about pumpkin pie bites but I’m just taking notes from every department store in the United States. Just be thankful I waited until after Thanksgiving to talk about anything related to gingerbread or sugar plum fairies.