Category Archives: dessert

Heaven in Dessert Form: Girl Scout Cookie Brownies

unnamedMy weakness for Thin Mint Girl Scout Cookies is almost parallel to my weakness for cinnamon rolls. And when the season hits, there are countless co-workers pushing the sweet irresistible cookie at my office. It’s for the kids, right? So of course I end up with several more boxes than I actually need. This time around, I decided to share the wealth in the form of baking. The result may be my favorite brownie recipe yet.

1 box Dark Chocolate Ghirardelli Brownie Mix + 1 sleeve of crushed up Thin Mint Cookies = Heaven. Continue reading

Kitchen Experiments: Peanut Butter Chocolate Rice Krispie Treats

Ever since my kitchen renovation, that room has become my happy place. But I don’t cook nearly as often as I like since, well, it’s just not as fun to only cook for one or two. And then the other day, a coworker said I needed to bring in baked goods. It was for no other reason than it had been a while since I brought in treats for my team.

And an idea was born. I let my work friends send in requests, and then I get to cook and they get to enjoy! I also immediately rid my kitchen of the tempting treats.

Request number one: Peanut Butter Chocolate Rice Krispie Treats from Strudel and Streusel.

Rice Krispie Treats + a coating of melted peanut butter + chocolate = gooey tasty sugary wonderful.

Ice Cream Cake!

Summer calls for ice cream, and birthdays call for cake…so, naturally you combine them and celebrate summer birthdays with ice cream cake!

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Happy Mardi Gras!

January 6, 2011
King Cake was always a tradition in my house when I was growing up.  It was just one of many New Orleans traditions that my mom kept alive after leaving her hometown.  A few years ago she started experimenting with different King Cake recipes in hopes of recreating the New Orleans treat for friends and family in DC, and this year my sister and I decided to give it a try as well. Continue reading

Family, Food and Thanksgiving

I never liked Thanksgiving growing up.  I got bored watching football, I didn’t enjoy cooking, and I was a terribly picky eater who didn’t like much of anything on the table at dinner time.  I really just wanted macaroni and cheese.  My love for the mac & cheese hasn’t gone away but, thankfully, I have come to my senses on everything else around this holiday.  Especially as I’ve gotten more comfortable in the kitchen.

For my family, holidays have always centered around food.   Actually, almost everything centers around food for us.  I was one of those kids who was actually expected to sit at a table and eat with my family.  Every night.  And with rules that the TV could not be on and the phone would not be answered.  I hated it at the time but I love my parents now for torturing me with such love.

So at the holidays, the focus on food is always magnified 10 fold.  You stress over the menu weeks in advance and you plan evenings to test out new recipes so they are perfected in time for the holiday meal.  And when you sit down to the big dinner, there’s enough food to feed the neighborhood…or to at least stock the freezer full of leftover to last you through the winter.  Continue reading

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

Hurricane Sandy shut down DC for two days this week, so I took advantage of the extra days off to do some cooking and baking.  My favorite of the kitchen experiments was definitely the pumpkin whoopie pies, made from a recipe I found on Pinterest.  Yes, Pinterest.  I might have a little obsession.  I first started using it when I was getting ready to renovate my kitchen and bathroom and needed design ideas.  Now I have more recipes than I have time to cook!

The whoopie pie recipe is from Farm Flavor, and is pretty simple and very tasty.  To make them mini-sized, I used a mini pastry scoop — just like an ice cream scooper but much smaller.  I think the recipe made about 60 mini sandwiches, much to the benefit of my co-workers who have been gobbling them up in the office this morning.

Eamonn’s Deep Fried Cadbury Creme Eggs

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One of my favorite things about Easter is Cadbury Creme Eggs.  I know that many people think that they are weird and gross, and I really do not want to know what makes that creme filling, but I love them.  And this year, I got to experience them in a whole new day…Deep fried.

Eamonn’s A Dublin Chipper in Old Town has a whole list of “deep fried confectioneries” on its menu — Milky Ways, Snickers, Mars, bananas and classic dough — and for Easter it has added my favorite seasonal treat.  So when I happened to be in Old Town for a friend’s birthday brunch last weekend, I decided to stop in after our manicures.  Continue reading

Baking Challenge: Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes

I was recently presented with a baking challenge by a co-worker. The recipe was found on a blog and could taste amazing, or could just be too weird to actually eat.  The verdict: very tasty and a fun Thanksgiving-themed cupcake, although a bit too much work to make very often.

First, make mini pumpkin pies:

Then you make cupcakes, placing the mini pumpkin pies in the center of the cups as you fill them with batter: Continue reading

A Very Happy Birthday Cake

My niece and nephew turned two a couple of weeks ago and my sister, who is generally insistent that two-year olds do not need dessert and extra sugar, made them a birthday cake.  My sister is not the type to just make some box-mix cake*, so she made it from scratch…and went all out. The results were absolutely fabulous.

She got the idea from this post on Omnomicon, which details how to create the crazy swirly colors.  Instead of using the recipe in that post (Sprite and pudding mix in a cake?  Really?), she used the Buttermilk Birthday Cake recipe from How to Be a Domestic Goddess, and topped it with a butter cream frosting made from a recipe in the same cookbook.

*Not that there’s nothing wrong with box mix– in fact, yellow cake (made from the box) with dark chocolate frosting (canned) is my very favorite to this day.

Happy 4th of July!

image by Pink Sherbet Photography on Flickr

Are you looking to finish off your 4th of July weekend with a delicious brunch?  Many of the Saturday/Sunday options may not be open on Monday the 5th, but you’re still in luck — this city has a growing list of places that serve breakfast every morning of the week, making them great choices for a lazy holiday from work.  Here are a few options to get you started:

This list is far from complete, so just call ahead if you have a certain place in mind that I haven’t listed here.  And keep in mind that many places only serve breakfast until 10 or 11 am on weekdays, so don’t sleep in too much!