Posts Tagged ‘chocolate chip cookies’

Summer Fest: The 5 Best Picnic Sweets

You’ve lunched on sandwiches, nibbled on potato salad and slaws, then washed it all down with a refreshing iced tea. What’s next? Dessert, of course. But with the summer sun pounding up above, it’s best to avoid delicate layered cakes or quick-to-melt ice cream. Before you head out, fill up your baskets with these champion travelers and we guarantee dessert will be a grand finale.

1. S’mores Bars (pictured above)
Kelsey layers chocolate chips and marshmallow fluff between graham-flavored blondies to make bars that possess all the campfire flavor of s’mores, minus the gooey mess.

2. Apple and Blueberry Hand Pies
No need to fumble for forks and plates. These flaky, grab-and-go pies — stuffed with cinnamon-dusted apples and blueberries — are as easy to devour as they are to transport.

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Beat the Wheat: Chocolate Chip Cookies

AKA Cookies That Make Me Forget I Have Celiac Disease

For as long as I can remember, whenever there’s a crisis, my mom makes chocolate chip cookies. Death in the family, sprained ankles, stressful high-school shenanigans, washing machine on the fritz — you name the event, and there will be sweet treats baked to work through it.

I must have inherited that coping mechanism, because I like to bake chocolate chip cookies when times get tough — a divorce and a few bad breakups, job troubles, friends in crisis, cars breaking down. Chocolate chip cookies have been in the oven through them all.

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Sifted: Cookie Cakes and Boozy Super Bowl Food

Half Baked’s Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake
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  1. Although it’s hard to believe, some people don’t like cake (crazy, we know). So for all those cake-haters, Half Baked brings you the chocolate chip cookie layer cake.
  2. For a chocolate chip cookie disguised as a cupcake, try The Baker Chick’s recipe.  Topped with peanut butter frosting, they’re devilishly good.
  3. If you’re looking for some serious Super Bowl grub, make Culinary Cool’s beer-cheese potato bites. Filled with mashed potatoes, bacon and green onions, and deep-fried in a crust of Ritz crackers, even the Harbaugh brothers would agree this one’s a winner.
  4. Feeling bold in the kitchen this week? Try How Sweet Eats’ beer biscuits with sriracha meyer lemon butter.
  5. Have you heard of Jeni’s Influenza Sorbet? According to the Huffington Post, the $12 pint of bourbon infused treat is a hot item this cold season.

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Pick Your Mix-In: 5 Takes on Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies

A chilly day is the perfect excuse to stay indoors and bake. Before you mix up your go-to chocolate chip cookie recipe, check out our favorite twists on the classic cookies that may tempt you to bake a batch of something new.

1. Mix-In: Bacon (pictured above)

Lee Ann Wong’s Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies feature diced bacon that is cooked until the bacon pieces are golden and crisp. Stir them into your cookie batter for a salty (and meaty) twist on the normally vegetarian-friendly chocolate chip cookies.

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