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So much baking, so little time! We've got some Thanksgiving themed bakes in here as well as some any-time-of-year treats. We'll see what kind of things I whip up for Christmas in my next baking roundup!

Soft Triple Chocolate Cookies 

I'm still trying to bake my way through Tessa of Handle the Heat's cookie handbook and made her triple chocolate cookies. The website doesn't seem to be on her website but you could try her Double Chocolate Cookies instead! They were sooo soft and delicious!


Autumnal Birthday Cake

We visited Christian's family for Thanksgiving and this was our contribution to the table.  Maple cake with a maple meringue frosting coated in pecan pieces. It was pretty good, although sometimes too maple-y for me. Christian loved it.

Apple Cider Cake

This was a fun one! Back in October I bought this adorable NordicWare Autumn Delights Cakelet Pan because it was on sale for about $20 at the King Arthur flagship store. I wasn't sure if I'd find a recipe for it, but I needed it. You know how that is, right? When we visited Christian's Mom for Thanksgiving I decided to try this Apple Cider Cake recipe and bake some of the batter in the pan. The recipe was for a bundt cake so I figured it would work here as well. So we had a pan of cute cakelets and then a larger loaf.

The Easiest Pizza You'll Ever Make (King Arthur Flour)

The day after Thanksgiving (after having leftovers for lunch) we made some pizza dough for dinner. The recipe makes 4 pizzas so we each got our own. I believe this is the first time we've made this particular recipe, but it's fairly similar to all the others out there. Christian and I did pepperoni and bacon but his Mom & her husband used the turkey & ham leftovers to make some fun pizzas! I only took a picture of mine though, haha. We baked them for about 15 minutes at 500 degrees and they were so tasty!

K.I.S.S Brownies

I had some buttermilk in the freezer (from Christian's birthday cake) that I needed to use up so I found this brownie recipe for a bit of it. I tried baking them in one of my Le Creuset baking dishes but I think the shape made them come out a little weird. I baked them 10 minutes longer than the recipe said and they were still very soft and gooey (not a problem for me, but Christian likes brownie edges and very cooked brownies, ha ha.) Probably won't make them again - mostly because I don't keep buttermilk on hand - but they were tasty!

Perfect Buttermilk Biscuits

To use more of the aforementioned buttermilk, I decided to finally try to make "real" biscuits. Normally I do quick drop biscuit recipes but this one required me to do the pat and letter fold method, it was fun, but very messy. I made a few of them look like Christmas trees but it was too annoying to use the cutter so I switched to squares after. I baked a few fresh and the rest were frozen so we could have biscuits on demand whenever we need!


This roundup is full of bakes Christian and I did for our Halloween party. He's been wanting to have one for YEARS but Covid ruined that. So happy he was finally able to do it this year. I have a few things I want to bake next, we'll see how successful they are.


King Arthur Baking School - Pizza Perfected Class

Starting off with my King Arthur Baking School bakes - Pizza Dough and Semolina Pizza Dough! I was always afraid to try hand stretched dough but this class made it so easier and now I'm sure it will be our top made pizza. Make sure to check out my recap post on the class and learn how to take one of your own! Unfortunately, the two recipes we used weren't on their website.

Depression Cake - Halloween Style

We have made a depression cake many times over the past couple years and thought it was the perfect choice for our dirt cake. We made the recipe as usual and added crushed Oreos and gummy worms to the top.


Healthy Birthday Cake Break - Halloween Style

Another Halloween spin on a treat I've previously made (for Christian's birthday.) For this we just used Halloween sprinkles instead of plain rainbow. Yummy yummy!


Halloween Sugar Cookies

Christian 3D printed some Halloween cookie cutters so we could make some spooky cookies for our party. This recipe was super easy to follow and delicious! Will definitely have to make these again for Christmas! 

King Arthur 'Our Favorite Sandwich Bread'

Another recipe I have made multiple times. The first time I made this recipe the bread didn't come out the best but this time the bread shape is much better! It also helped once I bought a slightly smaller loaf pan. Previously I only had a 5x9 but now I have a 4.5x8.5 and it does the job so much better. We love having it with honey (or a mix of honey and butter, yummmm)


Continuing on with the Disney trip recaps, let's talk about FOOOOD! One of Christian and my favorite parts of a Disney trip is trying all the new treats and snacks. We had a quicker visit this time and focused mainly on Animal Kingdom Lodge restaurants and the EPCOT Food & Wine Festival. Outside of that we did have a few snacks at Magic Kingdom, the Grand Floridian and Animal Kingdom.

Lots of fun new treats in this baking update! Some were easier than others but all were delicious. It was Christian's birthday last month so of course there were some extra special desserts for him!

English Muffins

I never thought making English Muffins could be so easy. They're such a tasty breakfast (or any time) treat but I never feel like paying the price for them unless they're on sale. This recipe from Preppy Kitchen was super simple and easy to follow! My only problem was I don't have a round cutter so I used my Mickey one instead. They came out pretty big, more like double the size of a normal English Muffin.  I'm not complaining, more tastiness! Will definitely be making them again, but I might try to get a smaller cutter so they're more reasonably sized.


Chocolate Chip Graham Cracker Cookies

This was an interesting bake because Christian wanted to test out using our induction cooktop to make cookies to see if we can do it while traveling. I made half a batch of dough and we made 4 in a dutch oven on the cooktop, 4 in a skillet on the cooktop and the remainder normally in the oven. Obviously the oven came out best, but thee other two weren't horrible. Definitely serviceable for travel cookies. They cooked in the dutch oven for about 20 minutes and on the skillet for 30. Wee probably could have cooked them longer for both methods but we were afraid to burn the bottoms. As you can see in the photo below, the non-oven ones look a lot wetter, even though they were fully cooked.

Hurry-Up Biscuits

I had some heavy cream left over from a recipe where I only used like 2 tablespoons and was originally going to make no-churn ice cream but we didn't have sweetened condensed milk - oh no! I googled recipes to use leftover heavy cream and came upon this super simple recipe. They came together in literally 5 minutes and then baked in the oven for a little over 20 (the recipe says 17-20 but I made larger biscuits). They were super delicious, will definitely be making them again next time I have leftover cream! We ate them with some wildflower honey...YUM!

Homemade Oreo Cookies

I had this recipe saved for a few weeks before I finally had time to make them. Oreos are Christian's favorite cookie so he was pretty excited when I made these large homemade ones. Maybe if we make them again I'll splurge on the black cocoa powder so they look even more real!


Chocolate Buttermilk Fudge Cake by Jim Dodge

Christian and I saw this cake while watching In Julia's Kitchen with Master Chefs and decided it should be his birthday cake this year. I'm not a big fan of making layer cakes or frosting but for a special occasion I'll toughen up. Unfortunately I had HUGE issues with the frosting. For some reason it split and the butter separated and wouldn't come back together. After some almost tears and over an hour I finally rescued it by adding in some warm milk. (At first I tired heating it u over the stove which seemed to work, but then if I let it sit to cool down it separated again.) Eventually I got it together and it tastes amazing even if the full cake looked like a hot mess (hence why I'm sharing a slice here instead of the full cake, ha ha!)

Healthy Birthday Cake Bread

I saw this bread on Instagram and immediately knew I wanted to surprise Christian with it for a birthday breakfast. I had my mom buy one of the ingredients because it's not something we usually buy and didn't want to tip him off. I also got very lucky and the day before his birthday he had to leave the house to film some stuff for work so I was able to bake it and hide it without him knowing! It was really tasty and something we'll probably make again. It's also sort of healthy (minus the sprinkles!)


We've got a nice mix of recipes in this roundup of treats I made. Cobbler, muffins, cookies, bread, brownies and cookie bars! YUM! It's been SUPER hot these past few weeks which means baking has made our already hot house even hotter (no central AC and can't really have an AC unit in the living room.) But nothing can stop me from making tasty treats!


Oreo Chocolate Cobbler

I saw this on Instagram in May and made a mental note to surprise Christian with it because he LOOOOVES Oreos.  I usually bake on the weekend but decided to make it on a random Tuesday so he would still be working while I baked. After dinner I pulled it out and he was like "WHAT'S THIS?!!!" Mission accomplished! Ha ha. It was kind of the texture of a mug cake up top and then gooey and fudgy on the bottom. We served it with some ice cream as recommended in the recipe....mmmm. I didn't use the hot coffee and opted for water instead, I definitely think the coffee would have helped bring out more chocolate flavor but we don't drink coffee so I never buy it.

Almond Flour Brownies

This recipe was a surprise hit! I wanted to use up some almond flour that had been in the freezer forever and I had all the ingredients handy. I made the non-paleo version so I used butter and sugar instead of coconut oil and coconut sugar. The inside is super gooey and delicious and the outsides are firmer, just how Christian and I like them (I eat the mushy inside he likes the edges.) I've heated up my pieces so it becomes lava-cake like but Christian ate them straight out the fridge. Will definitely be making these again.

Chocolate Pan de Cristal

This is one of the more interesting bread bakes I've done. It's Chocolate Pan de Cristal or "Glass Bread.” You start by doing what is called a “bowl fold” followed by doing a “coil fold” three times before adding in some chocolate chips with two letter folds and then doing a double rise (one rise all together and one after dividing the dough into 8 different pieces.) I started making it at 9am and finished at 3:20pm, so definitely a weekend bake. I did pretty good for my first try, but my shaping and dividing could use some work. They’re a bit uneven and odd sizes.


Brown Butter Blueberry Muffins

These were sooo good! I had some blueberries left after making pancakes for Brinner and went straight to Tessa's blog for a recipe because she never disappoints. The streusel topping on this was sooo good, I almost wish I made more.  I also left the batter in the fridge for about 8 hours before baking as suggested in the recipe to make them bake taller, pretty cool! I waited to put the blueberries in until after, so the color wouldn’t bleed, but then it was hard to get them into the batter. Next time I'll just add the blueberries anyway, I don't care if the muffins turn blue.


Ultimate Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

I decided to make these on National Chocolate Chip Cookie day but I hadn't taken butter out early enough so I tried to soften it quicker by putting it in the microwave (not turning it on, just in because it's warmer in there) and kind of warming it with my hands.  The dough is supposed to be chilled in the fridge for 24 hours but we wanted some cookies that day so I baked off 4 even though I knew the dough was too soft and they would spread....they basically filled up the whole quater sheet pan and flattened worse than pancakes, haha! After the 24 hours I baked the rest of the cookies and they were still really flat. Still tasted delicious though! I think it's how hot it was in the house because I've never had an issue with a recipe from this baker.


Birthday Cake Confetti Cookie Bars 

Another recipe from Tessa at Handle the Heat! This time it's a recipe exclusive to her book, The Ultimate Cookie Handbook. After the sort of fail I had with the cookies above I wanted to bake again over the weekend and decided cookie bars may be the smarter choice because they can't flatten! I was in the mood for something whimsical so the confetti cookie bars were the perfect choice (even if I had to buy and use cream cheese - EEW! Not a fan of the smell or taste, haha! Luckily it mostly disappears in the flavor)

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