Brown Sugar Orange Triangles & Peanut Butter Cookies

It’s so hard to believe that it’s already April–and Spring! I don’t know about you, but I was getting tired of snow…and snow…and more snow. Don’t get me wrong, it gave me the perfect excuse to stay in and bake, but sometimes it’s nice to have a bit of sunshine and not need to ear snow boots everywhere you go.

April also means that I’ve had this blog for just over two months–can you believe it? In case you missed anything from last month, this post is perfect for you!


In Case You Missed It

Brown Sugar Orange Triangles
12 triangles | 2 hours
Dense. Sweet. Delightful.

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These make the perfect breakfast treat. The icing is made with cream cheese, and there’s orange juice woven throughout the entire recipe. Serve them with some coffee or tea!

Peanut Butter Cookies
Approximately 24 cookies |45 minutes
Classic. Simple. Rich.

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Fair warning: these are only for the biggest peanut butter lovers. They so rich and flavorful, that you just have to have a glass of milk with them. Plus, it’s pretty much impossible to eat only one. Trust me; I tried.

Hungry for More?

The next recipe doesn’t come out for almost two weeks, but if you still want more, check out my Instagram, daniellesmixingbowl. Hope to see you there!

Until next time,

Danielle

Peanut Butter Cookies

Who knew peanut butter cookies were so easy to make?

I admit, this wasn’t the original recipe I’d planned on for this week, but, after a snow day/ work from home day a few days ago and a strong desire to bake something that wouldn’t take up a lot of time, these were so easy to put together that I couldn’t resist. Plus, there was no way I was going to brave the storm just to buy a bunch of ingredients.

A quick note: you can mix all of this by hand–no stand or hand mixer required. You’re certainly welcome to use a mixer, but, because there is very little flour and because you can throw these together in less than 10 minutes, it’s definitely not a requirement. Completely up to you!

What You Need

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  • ½ cup lightly packed brown sugar
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 egg
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 4-5 teaspoons flour*
  • Hershey’s Kisses
  • ½ cup white sugar to roll cookies in

*Want to make these gluten free? Scroll all the way down to the bottom to learn how!

How You Do It

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Combine brown and white sugar. Because the brown sugar was lightly packed, it might clump together. Make sure the sugars are evenly mixed.Use Brown and White Sugar
  3. Add in the peanut butter.Use Peanut Butter AddedUse peanut butter mixed
  4. Mix in the vanilla and egg.Use with egg
  5. Add in the flour. By this point, the dough should be able to hold shape. It’s going to be slightly greasy due to the peanut butter, but if it’s too wet, add in some more flour.use-fully-combined.jpg
  6. Roll the peanut butter into tablespoon-sized balls. Roll into sugar and then place on an ungreased cookie sheet. Do not press down or flatten out.use-covered-in-sugar.jpg
  7. Bake for 10 minutes. While cookies are in the oven, unwrap the Hershey’s Kisses to get them ready.
  8. As soon as the cookies come out of the oven, lightly press the chocolate into the center of each cookie. Note: don’t wait to do this step. If you do, the cookies might crack too much. Let set on the cookie sheet for 1 minute then move to a cooling rack.

And that’s it! Who knew creating something so delicious could be so easy?

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I hope you have a glass of milk or tea or coffee ready because these suckers are rich.use-above-shot.jpg

So when you’re bored, want to bake, and don’t want to spend all day doing it, give these a try. Until next time,

♥Danielle

Mix it up: Want to make yours gluten free? If you’re using a gluten free peanut butter, simply omit the flour. Because there is so little in the original recipe, it won’t drastically alter the texture.

Snickerdoodles & Red Velvet

I can’t believe it’s already March! Though this blog is still nee, with my third recipe already out, I thought it’s be fun to look back at how we got here. P.S.: best not look at this on an empty stomach–the photos ahead might make you a bit hungry!

In Case You Missed It

Snickerdoodle Cookies

Approximately 30 cookies | 1 hour

Cinnamon. Sugar. Scrumptious.

Chewy throughout and with a slightly chewy edge, these beauties are great with a class of milk or a cup of tea. Betcha can’t eat just one!

Red Velvet Cupcakes

Approximately 24 cupcakes | 1 1/2 hours

Rich. Chocolately. Dense.

You’re looking for love in all the right places with these cupcakes. Topped generously with easy-to-pipe cream cheese frosting, their deliciousness might just make you rethink the phrase “falling in love.”

Outtakes: from the Kitchen Floor

Anyone else always make a mess when baking? It’s almost as if I need flour to go everywhere–literally everywhere–for the recipe to be a success.

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See what I mean?

What’s Next

I won’t give away what the next recipe will be, but I’ll leave you with this hint: it involves cream cheese. Any guesses as to what it is?

Still Hungry for More?

The next recipe doesn’t come out for almost two weeks, but if you still want more, check out my Instagram, daniellesmixingbowl. Hope to see you there!

Until next time,

Danielle

Snickerdoodle Cookies

Snickerdoodle Cookies

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When I first moved to New England, there wasn’t much for me to do. Not knowing anyone in the area and too much of a homebody to venture much beyond the local grocery story, whipping up a batch of these quickly became my go-to hobby. Always a crowd-pleaser, they didn’t take much time or effort but gave me something to do so I didn’t feel so bored.

So what exactly is a snickerdoodle? It’s a cinnamony-sugary chewy cookie that it’s impossible to eat just one. My boyfriend likes to say that eating 5 is a good number, but I’ll let you be the judge. Plus, they’re small enough to enjoy one (or that 5) without feeling too guilty. So let’s get those ingredients, pull out those mixing bowls, and let’s get baking!

What You’ll Need

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Cookies

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) salted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1 and 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 and 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Sugar Topping

  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon

How You Do It

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Cream together butter and sugar until smooth (if using a stand mixer, this’ll take about 1 minute). Add in the egg and vanilla until just combined.Snickerdoodle
  3. In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda, cream of tartar, and salt. In 3 equal batches, add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients.Snickerdoodle
  4. Make the cinnamon sugar topping. For easy cleanup and to ensure full coverage, use a Tuperware bowl with lid.
  5. Roll dough into 1-tablespoon sized balls. Add a few at a time to the bowl, put on the lid, and shake.Snickerdoodles
  6. Bake 8 to 10 minutes on an ungreased cookie sheet.
  7. When the cookies are done, gently press a spoon in the center of each cookie while it’s still warm. This will leave a nice indent, create gorgeous cracks, and deflate them slightly.Snickerdoodles
  8. While you’re baking one batch, put the remaining dough in the fridge until ready to use. Add more cinnamon to the topping mixture as needed.

Look at these!

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Honestly, it’s good that one batch makes about 30. I could eat half of them in one sitting.

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Enjoy! Give these a try and let me know how it goes! Until next time,

♥Danielle

Mix It Up: Want to add a bit of chocolate? Instead of pressing the cookies down with a spoon, wait until they cool and drizzle with melted chocolate. You can dress them up with any design you’d like!