Eclectic Recipes has tempted us with the very cookie that’s mere image has been making us break into a sweat since Pinterests great debut.

With chips so chocolatey and a bakery-store appearance that looks like nothing that has ever come out of our ovens; could this be true?  Can we make cookies like this?

 

We think that we’d better give this NY Times Chocolate Chip Cookie an official test… you know, as a service for the people.

 

Please click here to visit Eclectic Recipes and see the instructions that we followed!

 

 

Alicia - TCCReviewer #1 – Alicia

Mission: Chocolate Chip Cookies are the best!! In all their gooey, chocolaty goodness, there is nothing better. It is hard to deviate from the original Tollhouse recipe but this recipe certainly intrigued me. I am a huge fan of soft, chewy cookies. Anything that is crunchy – I am out!

Details:

Please read this recipe a few times before beginning to tackle it.

  • I would certainly consider myself a decent baker but cake and bread flour, really??!! I am not certain my grocery store carried these items. After our crafty friend Sheri did a little research on cake flour, this can be made by sifting regular flour and cornstarch. Cornstarch will give it that chewiness and help them rise a little. If you do not have cornstarch in your pantry, I strongly recommend having some on hand. This stuff is a must when cooking and baking.
  • I did not use semi-sweet chocolate disks or feves (what the?) because I am lazy and did not feel like going on to buy some when I already had chocolate chips on hand.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

To create a cake flour, I used a small strainer to sift my flour, cornstarch and other dry ingredients. This will remove any lumps and mix everything evenly.

I did not refrigerate the dough for 24 hours but did freeze it for about 1 hour.

Keep an eye on the baking times. 18-20 minutes seemed long and mine cooked in about 15.

We Tried It - NY Times Chocolate Chip Cookie!  YUM!

Pros:

Holy smack down, melt in your mouth good.

Cons:

The ingredients and steps can be a bit tedious.

We Tried It - NY Times Chocolate Chip Cookie!  YUM!

Conclusion:

This  recipe was so worth it! I am seriously refraining from swearing as these cookies are so good.   I ate about 10 in a row.

When I usually make chocolate chip cookies, they usually flatten and look a bit sad. Not these bad boys. My cookies came out of the oven and looked glorious.  I mean, bakery quality glorious! Heavenly music played when I opened the oven door – for real.

 

 

Reviewer #2 – Amanda

Mission: Bake a batch of chocolate chip cookies like I never had before – with cake and bread flour. WHAT?!

 

Details:

I followed Angie’s version of the recipe to a “T”.

  • I opted for the semi-sweet chocolate chips that I had on hand vs. making a trip out into the polar vortex.
  • I felt a little nervous about the ingredients and the specific mixing steps. I have never had to refrigerate dough overnight and was not prepared for that time frame so I did the quick chill in our deep freeze for 2 hours.
  • I happened to have all ingredients on hand which is rare. Cake flour and Bread Flour are not in most typical pantries but I admit to being a tad bit addicted to baking bread. Really paid off to have such a tasty addiction!
  • Busted out my mixer to make quick work of putting these together.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

Read through the recipe a few times so you have all the steps down pat.

Also, make sure you have enough of each ingredient before getting started. I initially intended to make these for my kids sooner but didn’t have unsalted butter.

Three and a half ounces seemed like a really large cookie so I opted to use a small melon baller to scoop mine which worked perfectly.

I ended up baking about half and freezing the other half so we could have fresh baked cookies whenever we wanted. YUM.

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Pros:

This cookie has the smoothest texture and a nice crisp to it while remaining chewy on the inside (that is if you don’t over bake them).

The sea salt really comes out and balances the richness.

It was a definite win with my family too. My kiddos gave me many hugs and declared me “best cookie baker ever”. That alone will prompt me to bake these again!

Cons:

I simply had no self control and ate more than I should have.

My advice: sharing is caring. Bring a plate to your neighbors and freeze the rest of the dough so you are not tempted.

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Conclusion:

Hands down the best chocolate chip cookie I have ever tasted!

Winner-winner chicken dinner folks.

 

 

Reviewer #3 – Kristy

Mission: I am a chocoholic that is always up for trying a sweet treat!

 

Details:

Well, I made a huge mess, as my original attempt was a fail!  Forgetting an extremely important ingredient… 2 cups of cake flour.  (I blame my printer!) As a result, I had a melted toffee type cake in the oven.

Luckily I only baked 6 cookies from the huge batch so I took another try with the remaining cookie dough!

  • On the 2nd attempt, I simply added slightly less than 2 cups of cake floor little by little to ensure an even mix.  It was pretty tough to mix in but worth it if I could salvage the cookies.

Great results with the 2nd attempt, definitely turned out a little different from the Eclectic Recipes blog’s version based on the photo.  As long as it tastes good, that is really what matters!

  • Other than forgetting the cake flour first time around, I followed every detail of the instructions.  I get nervous when baking not to!
  • Bake at 350 for about 17 minutes.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

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Wow, this recipe makes a ton of cookies!  Perfect for freezing, I simply froze the majority of my cookies in golf ball shapes and easily bake anytime I am needing a treat.Most important, follow the instructions and double check all ingredients prior to proceeding with recipe.  Baking is much more precise and this tip will save you tons of frustration!

Pros:

Easy as long as you remember the ingredients! Easy to whip up frozen cookies anytime! And quick to bake!

Cons:

Not super sweet.  A bit more cake like than cookie…this was my fault!

We Tried It - NY Times Chocolate Chip Cookie!  YUM!

Conclusion:

Overall, my testers liked them but didn’t rave about them!  My sister-n-law, Lisa, stated that it was a slightly different texture that expected but grew to like it with every bite! Ha!

My sister-n-law, Jess said they were good but when she wasn’t grabbing for another…I just knew my oops at the beginning, overall affected the outcome of my cookie!

Once I bake all of the remaining frozen cookies, I will try this recipe again!

 

 

Reviewer #4 – Sarah

Mission: To find out if these really are the BEST chocolate chip cookies ever! I am a cookie dough fan, so who’s kidding, that’s really what I care about most with this one!

 

Details:

I rarely make chocolate chip cookies as they aren’t my favorite, and in all honesty, the only chocolate chip cookie recipe I’ve ever followed is the one on the back of the Nestle Tollhouse Chocolate Chip bag. Ha!

  • It took me awhile to find the cake flour – I didn’t find it at my typical Super Target stop but eventually found it at my local grocery store.
  • The bread flour and the other ingredients were easy to find and I opted to use the Nestle Tollhouse Dark Chocolate Morsels for these.

I went the simplified route and sifted my flours and dry ingredients with my mesh colander; it seemed to work just fine! I have a paddle attachment for my KitchenAid Mixer, so I set to work mixing the butter and sugars and prepared the dough. It went together easily and was ready in no time – off to the freezer it went.

After a few hours of cooling in the freezer, I took it out and let it thaw for a few minutes before prepping the round balls. I placed the prepared dough balls on a parchment lined cookie sheet and then sprinkled with coarse sea salt. The kids and I couldn’t wait to dive in right after they were done. YUM!!

These cookies have the perfect mix of a crunchy outer cookie and a soft gooey center. The addition of salt on the top was a must for me – I love the mix of sea salt and chocolate! My husband, the non-desert guy, LOVED these as well.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

I softened the sticks of butter for 10 seconds in the microwave and then cut it into squares before mixing with the butter and sugars together. It seemed to help it mix quickly.

Freeze the dough for a few hours to prep it and to get baking fast! I love an instant outcome, especially when it comes to desert!

Don’t forget to add the salt into the recipe. I made this dough twice and forgot it the second time. It doesn’t change the taste completely, but I definitely noticed it was missing.

We Tried It - NY Times Chocolate Chip Cookie!  YUM!

Pros:

SUPER tasty! I vote these as the best chocolate chip cookies I’ve ever tasted, and they were so easy to make! They have the perfect mix of a crunchy outside and a soft gooey inside with the salty addition to the sweet. Yum!

Cons:

I had a hard time finding the cake flour, but I think it was just not at my normal shopping location.

We Tried It - NY Times Chocolate Chip Cookie!  YUM!

Conclusion:

These are amazing chocolate chip cookies – seriously, I’d actually pay someone for these! Love them and will for sure make them again, and AGAIN!

 

 

Reviewer #5 – Sheri

Mission: When I saw this pin for NY Times Best Chocolate Cookie I immediately said “game on.” You see, I already make the best chocolate chip cookie…well, according to my in-law family. My twist on the classic Nestle recipe is coveted throughout the family. I just had to throw on my apron and give this recipe a try.

Details:

First thought, “What is cake flour and bread flour?” You see I was raised with all-purpose flour. I wasn’t about to go purchase two different kinds of flour just to try out this recipe so I headed over to ehow.com.

  • For every cup of “cake flour” needed you use one cup of all-purpose flour. You then remove 2 tablespoons of the flour and replace those 2 tablespoons with 2 tablespoons of corn starch. Simply sift it all together and you have yourself some cake flour. Do this. Don’t skimp out and just use all-purpose flour. The “cake flour” is what gives these cookies their fluffiness.

I first combined all of the dry ingredients as instructed: the flours, salt, baking powder, & baking soda. I then set it aside and started with the wet ingredients.

I creamed the butter and sugars for a good 5 minutes to make sure they were well blended and fluffy. I added the eggs and vanilla and then slowly added the flour mixture. The dough came together and I thought it to be a bit dry, but it all turned out well.

Allot time for chilling your dough. The recipe recommends 24 hours in the refrigerator or 2 hours in the freezer. I was really excited to try these cookies so I went the freezer route.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

Make sure your butter is room temperature so it creams well with the sugar, otherwise your dough is lumpy. Use your hands to round your perfect cookie.

We Tried It - NY Times Chocolate Chip Cookie!  YUM!

Pros:

Delectable crowd pleaser.

Cons:

A little fussy for some basic chocolate chip cookies.

We Tried It - NY Times Chocolate Chip Cookie!  YUM!

Conclusion:

Okay, they were fabulous. I admit it. They had this beautiful golden crunch on the outside and soft fluffy/chewy texture on the inside. I was going to give some to the in-laws to try but I was afraid they might like them better, and I’ve mastered my recipe (quicker & easier).

 

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After making us giggle by uncovering the secret behind “yoga pants”, Bridget from Bake at 350 shared her recipe for Chocolate Peppermint Blossoms that made our hearts skip a beat!

 

‘Tis the season to eat some cookies, so we couldn’t wait to give them a try!

 

Please click here to visit Bake at 350 and see the instructions that we followed!

 

Reviewer #1 – Sheri

Mission: It’s the holiday season and that means fun cookie swaps with my girlfriends. I’m looking for something a little different from your typical chocolate chip cookies and peanut butter blossoms. These touch-of-mint treats look like they would get the ladies raving.

 

Details:

The Bakeat350  blog post recipe was laid out quite nicely and very easy to follow.

  • The only thing I did differently was use butter that was softened to room temperature rather than cubing the butter. I find it makes it have a creamier consistency.

Like most cookie recipes, you put together your wet ingredients and then gradually add the dry ingredient mixture.

  • I’m so glad I used my KitchenAid Mixer with the cookie paddle. This dough is pretty thick.

Definitely make sure you chill the dough as stated in the original post, it makes it much easier to handle.

Here’s where I was surprised. I was expecting to be cursing while trying to scoop and roll the dough in the powdered sugar. I was thrilled that the powdered sugar seemed to act like flour and prevented a sticky finger mess.

As soon as they come out of the oven, get your Kisses in. Maybe even opt for Hershey’s Peppermint Kisses!

Tips & Tricks Learned:

Soften the butter. I use the defrost setting for 20 seconds. You don’t want to melt the butter.

My boys picked out Hershey’s Mini Kisses…a great thing about these babies, there’s no unwrapping!

We Tried Them!  Chocolate Peppermint Blossom Cookies!

Pros:

Easy cookie and I had all the ingredients on hand.

Cons:

My only problem is that in my house, only my son and I eat peppermint.

We Tried Them!  Chocolate Peppermint Blossom Cookies!

Conclusion:

These cookies came out awesome! I’ve brought some to the office and gave some to friends and they all loved them!

Such a great recipe which you can certainly alter a bit with different extracts or toppings. Don’t forget the hot cocoa to dunk them with!

 

 

Reviewer #2 – Kristy

Mission: To find a tasty treat for the holidays…anything chocolate! Yum!

 

Details:

I followed the instructions very closely; I get too nervous not to, when baking!

Tips & Tricks Learned:

Need to softener your butter, cut in chunks then microwave for 25 seconds.

Be certain you cut your parchment paper to fit snug in the pan, I learned quickly that it has a tendency to melt/burn when the sides hang over the edge!

Plan ahead since you need to refrigerate the dough for 30 minutes to an hour.

Drop the ball into the powdered sugar before rolling, helps with the stickiness!

We Tried Them!  Chocolate Peppermint Blossom Cookies!

Pros:

Easy and quick to bake! Only 12 minute cook time!

Cons:

None!

We Tried Them!  Chocolate Peppermint Blossom Cookies!

Conclusion:

Yum, Yum, Yum!   These were fun to make and were a hit with my co-workers!  Everyone was raving about them, so I had to share the recipe!

Perfect treat to make for the holidays!  Mint and chocolate, yum!

 

 

Alicia - TCCReviewer #3 – Alicia

Mission: Christmas cookies are the best but I am always making the same ones year after year. I couldn’t wait to try this new recipe!

 

Details:

We Tried Them!  Chocolate Peppermint Blossom Cookies!This recipe is pretty straight forward and easy to follow.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

This dough is very sticky once all the ingredients are combined, so I do recommend chilling the dough in the fridge for at least an hour before shaping into balls.

The fun part is getting your hands dirty!  I highly recommend using a Cookie Scoop – saves a ton of time and mess.

We Tried Them!  Chocolate Peppermint Blossom Cookies!

Pros:

Super easy to follow and make

Cons:

None!

We Tried Them!  Chocolate Peppermint Blossom Cookies!

Conclusion:

I am not a huge chocolate and mint fan. I know, I will probably get a lot of hate mail for saying that. These cookies were actually very delicious and super soft!

Did I mention how much I hate crunchy, hard cookies?! Blah! Not these beauties; they were perfect!

 

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Sunny Side Up‘s Pull-Apart Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Bread looks like a combination of monkey bread and a pumpkin spice latte that needs to get in our bellies!

 

What more do we need to say?  This one was going down the hatch one way or another!

 

Please click here to visit Sunny Side Up and see the instructions that we followed!

 

 

Reviewer #1 – Amanda

Mission:  I am a sucker for all that is fall and anything pumpkin. Trying this bread was a no brainer for me!

 

Details:

  • I ended up using some left over canned pumpkin puree that I had from making pumpkin pie a few days prior when we celebrated Canadian Thanksgiving. Yes…we are lucky enough to get not one but TWO Thanksgiving celebrations in one year. I LOVE it. Hands down my favorite holiday BTW. The only thing you are expected to do is eat, enjoy and nap. Who can argue with that? Okay back to the bread now.
  • I busted out my handy KitchenAid Mixer to do the muscle work in this recipe. Six minutes of kneading by hand is a little more than I am willing to do for a sweet treat.
  • I did decide to use the Spiced Rum for the glaze but since I was on the fence I did half rum and half vanilla extract.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

You really do have to stick with the 6 minute rule when kneading bread like this. I have learned to turn my mixer on and let it go while the timer keeps track for me. I typically set it to med speed if the recipe doesn’t specify.

I found that I didn’t need nearly as much of the sugar mixture inside nor the glaze as what was called for. I would say about half is all you need. I did end up putting a bit of the sugar mixture on top before baking it because I couldn’t stand to waste so much!

Pull-Apart Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Bread - We tried it!

Pros:

Crazy good. Bakery good.

My kids ate every crumb and what they didn’t eat I snuck when they weren’t looking.

I will definitely be making this again.

Cons:

The recipe felt a little hard to follow but I know now that I have made it once before I wouldn’t feel like such a novice the next time around.

It is a little fussy too with the rolling out and layering.

I think you could easily do this in a Bundt Pan and simply cut the dough into chunks then layer it in the pan.

Pull-Apart Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Bread - We tried it!

Conclusion:

This bread is definitely part of my personal cook book now and I intend to make it again and again…maybe for our second Thanksgiving!

 

 

Reviewer #2 – Maren

Mission: I see this recipe constantly on the Pinterest, so I was excited to give it a try.  I’m glad I made it when I did, because it was just the next day that my husband informed me that he can’t handle anymore pumpkin recipes.

Details:

Since I haven’t made anything like this before, I stuck to the recipe to a T.

  • I used my KitchenAid Mixer to do all the mixing.  Ain’t nobody got time for that.  Thank God I have one of those suckers.  When the recipe called for 6 minutes, I ran the mixer on low and set my timer.
  • I did add 1 extra Tbsp of flour to the dough as Jessica recommended, since it was a little on the sticky side.
  • I went with good ol’ Bacardi for my rum and was happy when I could taste a bit in the glaze.  I love boozy desserts.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

The dough hook – who knew?  That thing was great!  I have never used it before and it worked like a champ.  I especially love how it didn’t blow up a huge puff of flour when I first started the mixer up.  I’m using that thing for everything now!

Clearly I have no experience making bread dough.  I had no idea what I was doing.  What’s an oiled bowl?  I didn’t know and I had too much sh*t on my hands to Google, so I added 1 Tbsp of Vegetable Oil to a big bowl and rolled it around to cover the interior of the vessel.  Then, I dumped out the excess.

I also don’t think that my dough ever got as big as it was supposed to.  I think that “warm place” is more like what I think of as a “hot place”.  I had mine sitting under a very warm light and not much happened.

Pull-Apart Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Bread - We tried it!To stack the strips of dough, I moved the sugar that fell off to the front of the bottom strip, then used that to help the spatula slide under the next strip.  Does that make sense?  In other words, I sort of used the sugar like you would use flour to lift cut out cookies off the counter.  This little trick worked really well.

After cutting the dough into strips and layering into the pan, I scooped up the excess cinnamon sugar mixture and sprinkled it on top of the dough.  I wouldn’t recommend doing this.  Said cinnamon sugar mixture wasn’t totally absorbed into the dough/melted and was a little sickeningly sweet to eat.

I suggest cooking for just a bit longer than you think you should.  Mine didn’t seem 100% done in the very center.

Even after looking at all the notes, I still didn’t really know what I was supposed to be doing for the glaze.  So, I just heated it all up as directed and poured it over the bread.  Side note:  apparently you are also supposed to dump the bread out onto a plate first.  That would be made it easier to pull-apart.  Duh, Maren.

Pull-Apart Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Bread - We tried it!

Pros:

I was very impressed with the results!

Now that I [sort of] know what I’m doing and what to expect, I think that making similar recipes in the future will be less daunting.  This was a good first lesson.

Cons:

This recipe took a total of 4 hours from start to finish.

I am more of an instant gratification baker… let’s mix it up, bake for a few and eat it!

Pull-Apart Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Bread - We tried it!

Conclusion:

I now have a whole new appreciation for pastries, especially caramel and cinnamon rolls.  Even though this recipe was very good, it was a little more labor intensive than I like.  I do have friends who happen to love recipes that take such care to make and this one is definitely for them!

 

 

Reviewer #3 – Sheri

Mission:  Well if you have ever read my reviewer profile, you know I pretty much steer clear of any recipes that involve yeast. It’s all so much like chemistry to me. In chemistry I just sat back and let my cute lab partner do all the work while I recorded the results. However, at the first sight of this incredible looking pumpkin bread I just had to throw my apron on and confront my fears.

Details:

I won’t lie to you, this was a process and it took up a good portion of my afternoon. I read the directions multiple times before starting. There’s a lot of melting butter.

  • Pull-Apart Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Bread - We tried it!I followed the directions to a T… so I thought. I didn’t notice the asterisk notes at the end. I should have added the milk after it was room temperature rather than cold because it would clump. The look of it got a little nervous. It sort looked brain-like, but it worked.
  • After getting the dough together it needed to rise for 60-90 minutes. I waited and waited. I went and picked the kids up from school and came back. It wasn’t rising. “There you have it!” I thought, “Yeast and I don’t mix.” I felt like a failure. Then I realized the temperature in my house was rather chilly. I put on a fire and put the dough near it. There we go, it began to rise. I was slowly feeling a bit more confident.
  • After the dough was nearly ready I began making the super yummy cinnamon and sugar mixture. So easy!
  • I punched the dough down, which was super fun by the way, and then rolled it out. I took that yummy cinnamon/sugar mixture and pressed it into the dough. I then cut it into pieces and layered the pieces into the bread pan (the wrong direction). Oops.

When the bread was done I took it out and put it on a plate. While it cooled a bit I made the sugary glaze. I turned for a moment and then half the bread was gone and my children were eating it all.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

Read the directions multiple times to get a good feel of the process.

Pull-Apart Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Bread - We tried it!

Pros:

OMG so, so good.

Cons:

Cleaning up the cinnamon sugar goodness I got all over the counter. I was contemplating licking it. Horrible that it went to waste.

Pull-Apart Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Bread - We tried it!

Conclusion:

This bread was amazing!! My oldest asked if it came from heaven. My other son said he wants to eat it “everyday!” My husband’s first word was “WOW.” The entire loaf was gone in a day and they’re already asking me to make it again. Pure deliciousness. Yeast, no problem.

 

 

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Urban Nester tells us that she has unlocked the secret of creating that amazing autumn beverage we all love at home with her Crockpot Pumpkin Spice Latte recipe!

 

There’s no way we could turn a treat like this down, especially when there is enough to share.

 

Join us for a test-run that could take the crockpot to a whole new level of awesome!

 

Please click here to visit Urban Nester and see the instructions that we followed!

 

 

Reviewer #1 – Sarah

Mission: To find an easy way to recreate the coveted Starbucks Pumpkin Spice latte – with a crockpot no less!

 

Details:

cooking - SarahI’m currently living a Paleo lifestyle, so I wanted to adjust this recipe to work for me.

  • I substituted dairy milk with almond milk.
  • I also decided to substitute homemade maple syrup for the confectioners sugar.

Once I got everything ready, I followed the directions closely. Since I was substituting the sugar with maple syrup…

  • I cut the amount to 6T since it was a liquid sweetener vs. sugar.

As soon as I poured in the vanilla extract, I decided that 8T was probably too much – I instantly smelled the alcohol and wasn’t too keen on it. I instantly wished I would have cut the amount down a bit.

  • In addition, based on comments on the recipe post, I decided to up the ante on the strength of my coffee and did about 1.5 teaspoons of the instant coffee I used per cup vs. just 1 teaspoon.

As it cooked in the crockpot, my kitchen began to smell of fall, which was awesome! I loved the scent it left around my home – so festive. This is my favorite time of year, so anything making it feel even more festive is so fun!

Once the latte had cooked for two hours, I gave it a whirl! It was much better than straight black coffee, but it just didn’t turn out as awesome as I had hoped. I have no doubt if I tried it as specified that I would have really liked the end result. I did forget to pick up some cinnamon sticks, so I lacked the extra sizzle those would have added.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

Be open to trying all recipes – in my opinion you can adapt most of them to work for your own eating habits. Adapting this recipe to meet my Paleo lifestyle worked just fine!

Pros:

Super easy to prep and a fantastic idea for a group gathering.

Cons:

Didn’t love the end result as much as hoped.

It was a bit slimy from the pumpkin puree and it had a strong aftertaste, which wasn’t super pleasant. I’m not sure if the aftertaste was due to the vanilla extract, the additional coffee I added or the lack of sugar.

We Tried It - Crockpot Pumpkin Spice Lattes!

Conclusion:

Unfortunately, I probably won’t try this again as much as I’d like to say I would.

It is a fabulous idea and some may love it!

 

 

Reviewer #2 – Maren

Mission: A great way to combine some of my favorite things: pumpkin, coffee and time with friends!  The lovely Alicia joined me to whip up this fall delight.

 

Details:

We measured everything out and followed the recipe to a “T”, including the massive amount of vanilla called for.  Good thing I had homemade vanilla on hand by the boatload from last year’s Christmas gifts!

Tips & Tricks Learned:

My Crock-Pot cooks at warp-speed, so I knew that this drink would be done in half the time.  After an hour, we checked and it was indeed done!  I wouldn’t cook it any longer.

I would think about adding more (if not doubling) the amount of pumpkin and spices in the future, as well as adding more of the strong coffee and less milk to get that “Pumpkin Spice” flavor that we all know and love.

I’d skip the cinnamon sticks, too.  While they’re a super cute garnish, I felt like adding more cinnamon spice may have been better.

Tap a little Pumpkin Pie Spice over your whipped cream for a little coffee shop flare.

Pros:

Pretty darn tasty after an hour, and very easy to throw together!

Cons:

This needs to be enjoyed as soon as it’s done.  By the time we had gone back for seconds, the milk tasted like it was a little funky.

Then, after Alicia left, I tried adding a little more pumpkin puree and it got even funkier.  Bummer.

We Tried It - Crockpot Pumpkin Spice Lattes!

Conclusion:

Sweet and a little spicy.  A nice change from the regular weekend coffee routine, although I would cut the recipe in half to make sure that you can enjoy it all before it gets weird.

 

 

Reviewer #3 – Kristy

Mission: Nothing better than the smell of pumpkin spice to bring you into the fall season! This is by far my favorite drink this time of year!

 

Details:

Cooking - Kristy

Tips & Tricks Learned:

Refrigerate the left overs!  I read a lot of questions on the original post regarding this and I must say, it was just as good the next day!

I would use a tad bit less vanilla, as I think it took away from the spice.  I will try Pumpkin Pie Spice next time as I like a richer taste of the pumpkin spice!

Pros:

Cheaper than Starbucks and can made in large patches to share!

Cons:

Travelling with this is scary in that crock pot!  Get a large thermos!

We Tried It - Crockpot Pumpkin Spice Lattes!

Conclusion:

Mike and I both enjoyed it!  We aren’t coffee drinkers so it was a nice treat to have in the morning!  A couple of tweaks and I believe this will rank higher on my list than Starbucks!

 

 

Reviewer #4 – Amanda

Mission: Kick fall off with a crock of pumpkin goodness.

 

 

Details:

I mostly followed the original recipe minus the whipping cream.

  • I used skim milk and pure Vanilla Extract.
  • For the coffee I used 6 shots of espresso (we like it strong in our house). Since this meant less liquid I did substitute in an additional cup of milk.

I set the timer on my crockpot for an hour to be certain I stirred it often enough. I find that cooking with dairy products in the crockpot can be touchy. After an hour the milk had already started to get a little border line curdled so I decided to give it a good stir and taste it. The flavors had already combined so I turned the crock off and poured a glass.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

Definitely cook on low and really watch your time since crocks can vary in temperature.

Pros:

Very easy to throw together and made the house smell like fall.

Cons:

Dairy in the crock is still risky in my mind and after an hour it was heading into bad places which proved my theory right.

We Tried It - Crockpot Pumpkin Spice Lattes!

Conclusion:

If I made this recipe again I would change a few of things. I would reduce the amount of vanilla. The flavor was far too intense. I would say half would be enough. I would also reduce the cook time and strain the liquid before serving. The pumpkin seemed to just settle at the bottom which was kind of gross.

 

 

Alicia - TCCReviewer #5 – Alicia

Mission: To create a yummy beverage for fall/cooler weather at Maren’s house. Who doesn’t love spice lattes and going to Maren’s?!

 

Details:

Cookin' MH + AWWe stuck to the ingredients just as they were recommend by Urban Nester, even the ½ cup of vanilla extract – really?!

Tips & Tricks Learned:

This recipe is as easy as it sounds. Add everything to the crockpot and heat on high for about 2 hours.

Maren and I thought 8Tbsp or ½ cup seemed like a lot of vanilla extract, but oh so good.

We also thought that the pumpkin flavor was not as noticeable and adding a bit more was definitely needed.

Pros:

This was deliriously delicious and it makes a huge batch.

Cons:

Large crockpot needed or cut the recipe in half.

We Tried It - Crockpot Pumpkin Spice Lattes!

Conclusion:

I am not a coffee drinker. If I do indulge in a cup, it is severely flavored with cream and sugar with a splash of coffee. Maren was so kind to invite me over and try this recipe. It was delicious and tastes even better when chatting with a friend. We laughed and giggled our way through this recipe and it was a success! I will definitely make this again.

 

 We Tried It - Crockpot Pumpkin Spice Lattes!


The lovely
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Your Homebased Mom has dangled a pretty carrot in front of us dressed as a truly perfect for the season, Strawberry Cream Pie
 
Fresh fruit with a sweet and creamy kicker!?  How could we resist?

 

There’s always room for dessert…

 

Please click here to visit Your Homebased Mom and see the instructions that we followed!

 

Reviewer #1 – Sheri

Mission:  Find a fresh new dessert that everyone will love. After seeing this pin I knew I wanted to try it. I love all desserts with strawberries.

 

Details:

There was the post, then the ingredients for all three parts, and then the instructions for all three parts.  I had to read this one through a few times to put it all together, but once I broke it down, it was a breeze.

  • There were instructions for two types of crust. I chose the graham cracker crust (just a personal preference). I started with the crust, which is quite simple; it’s your basic crushed grahams with melted butter. You could even use a store-bought crust.
  • I then went onto the filling. Oh, the filling. I could just eat the filling! Cream cheese, sugar, vanilla, and some freshly whipped cream. To die for! Needless to say, I was selfish and didn’t call the kids to come in and lick the bowl. I stuck it in the refrigerator while I worked on the next part…the glaze.
  • The recipe called for “crushing” the strawberries. I wasn’t quite sure how to go about that so I grabbed my mini-food processor and gave it a few pulses. Worked like a charm. I combined the sugar, cornstarch, water, and strawberries and let it cool just a bit while I assembled the pie together and layered the fresh strawberries.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

Definitely let the pie chill a few hours before serving as advised in the original post.

I recommend making it for a crowd so there are no leftovers. No need to find yourself, spoon in hand, and head in the refrigerator at 3am (hanging head in shame).

Sheri - Pie 1

Pros:

Crazy delicious.

Cons:

The effect it will have the hips.

Sheri - Pie 2

Conclusion:

This dessert was beyond delicious. My son called it “deeeee-licious” and “the best new dessert ever.”

I will most likely make it again, possibly for Labor Day weekend. I might eliminate the glaze this time around. I found it a little over the top for my liking.  I think the best part of the pie was the filling combined with the fresh strawberries. I feel the glaze took away from it a bit.

Either way, you’ll be licking the bowl, the spatula, the spoon, and possibly your plate.

 

 

Reviewer #2 – Maren

Mission: I love baking, but I’m still new to the pie thing.  This recipe looked like the kind of things dreams are made of, so I had to give it a try!

 

Details:

  • I love me a graham cracker crust, so there was no question which one I’d pick!  I used the chopper attachment for my beloved Cuisinart Smart Stick Hand Blender to chop up the graham crackers and it worked like a charm!
  • I used three 16oz packages of strawberries – the ugly ones went into the glaze, the pretty berries made it to the top of the pie!
  • I used my pastry cutter to mash up the strawberries for the glaze.  Worked like a charm!

Tips & Tricks Learned:

I really liked how the official recipe was broken up into three parts, because that’s just how I made it!  I made the crust the night before, then the filling followed by the glaze!  Easy Peasy!

I didn’t realize that the filling would firm up as much as it did, so next time, I’ll blend on high-speed sooner to make sure that I kick out any lumps (even though you couldn’t tell that they were even there in the end).

Just like Leigh Anne says, stir stir stir that glaze!  I was worried when it had an opaque appearance then BAM! it was perfect – then get that glaze off the heat, because it really firms up fast.  I think that next time, I would use a flat bottom whisk to make sure it’s super smooth.

Maren - Strawberry Pie 1

Pros:

Holy hell, this was amazing.  We’re talking, eat-until-you-feel-like-a-contestant-in-a-pie-eating-contest amazing.  Um, that’s just what I heard.

Cons:

If one did eat this every day for a week, per se, I wonder if her pants would fit the following week?

Maren - Strawberry Pie 2

Conclusion:

This pie is the most perfect combination of sweet and fresh that is perfect for any summertime gathering.  I cannot wait to make this again.

The cream filling is actually so lightly sweet and perfect, that I think that I may either cut the glaze in half next time, or omit it all together.  The filling, graham cracker crust and fresh strawberries are simply perfect.  The glaze is the kick in the pants!

 
 

Reviewer #3 – Kristy

Mission: This just looked absolutely scrumptious! Always looking for a sweet treat and I don’t make many desserts especially pies, so it looked like it was worth trying!

 

Details:

  • Ok, I will admit, I cheated…I bought a store-bought graham cracker crust!  Well worth it to me, I bought an extra-large 9inch crust.
  • I bought two crates of fresh strawberries! Yum!
  • I got to break out my handy KitchenAid Stand Mixer for the filling!  I wish I used it more!

Tips & Tricks Learned:

This was my first time making a glaze, I was a little intimidated!  When it becomes a red clear mixture it’s done and be sure to stir, as I had my heat on too high and I definitely had a sticking issue.

Follow the 3 hours of chilling process, as I didn’t chill this long and you can tell when you slice into the pie.

Kristy - Strawberry Pie 1

Pros:

This is one top ranking pies!

I served it to Mike’s family, they were actually fighting over the last pieces of pie!

Easy and delicious!

Cons:

None!

Kristy - Strawberry Pie 2

Conclusion:

Definitely worth making!! This could even be made as an individual serving in a mini muffin tin for parties!

 

 

Reviewer #4 – Janet

Mission: Make a dessert fit for a summer family gathering.

 

 

Details:

  • I made a homemade pie crust and purchased the rest of the ingredients from the grocery store.
  • Strawberries were on sale that week, thankfully, because I bought about 4 pints. I only used two pints for this recipe, though I did go through all of them to pick out the smallest and most ripe ones for the filling.

For once I didn’t stray from the ingredients list!

Tips & Tricks Learned:

I always wondered if pie weights are actually useful, and after baking a bottom crust without filling in it, I figured out why. My crust bubbled up on the bottom, but it didn’t affect my pie too much. Make sure to prick the bottom and sides with a fork to prevent this from happening or invest in some pie weights.

Make your crust and glaze first and let those both cool down to room temperature before putting in the cream filling. Once you get the filling in, let it set in the fridge for about 10 minutes before putting in the berries.

Don’t be afraid of homemade whipped cream…trust me when I say it is SO EASY! Put a medium-sized bowl in the fridge overnight to cool, then take your cup of heavy whipping cream and whip away! Mine seemed to take a while to thicken, so I put ice and some cold water in a bigger bowl, placed my medium bowl over the ice, and it thickened in a snap!

Janet - Strawberry Pie 1

Pros:

DELICIOUS!!

I brought it to a family get-together and it was gone in no time. We thoroughly enjoyed it, and I was especially happy I didn’t have to take tempting leftovers home!

Cons:

No bad review for this recipe!

Janet - Strawberry Pie 2

Conclusion:

A great summer dessert recipe! I received wonderful reviews from my future family-in-laws, one aunt even said it reminded her of a strawberry pie she had when she was younger.

I thank Your Homebased Mom for helping me impress my future-in-laws with this recipe!

 

 

Reviewer #5 – Amanda

Mission: Bake a sweet treat for my in-laws.

 

 

Details:

  • Sadly our local strawberry patch did not have berries at the time I was ready to make this. Mother Nature really put a damper on things like berries this year! I went with good ole’ grocery store berries. They were just fine (although not nearly as aromatic).
  • I decided to make the graham cracker crust instead of the traditional pastry crust. Let’s face it; graham cracker crust is a WHOLE lotta easy compared to a pastry crust. Next time I think I would pulse a few pretzels into my graham mixture to add a salty-sweet twist and may reduce the amount of sugar used in the crust. I found it to be a little sweeter than I would like with all the other sweetness happening in the pie. This could be due to the graham crackers I used (I only had the Honey Maid Lil Squares on hand).

Tips & Tricks Learned:

I didn’t have enough berries. Buy at least 3 packages (to be safe 4) so you have a berry-licous pie.

When whipping your cream be careful not to over whip! I let my stand mixer do the work but didn’t realize how quickly it would be ready and ended up with lumpy whipped cream. I decided to pitch that batch and start over. Lesson learned.

Also, follow the instructions on the crushed strawberry layer. I should have put the corn starch in the water instead of just mixing it all together. I had to work out a few lumps.

Amanda - Strawberry Pie 1

Pros:

Beautiful, crowd-pleasing and finger licking GOOD!

I love this recipe because you can do it in stages. I started with the crushed strawberry layer then let that chill overnight. Then I made the crust and whipped topping and threw the whole thing together. We didn’t actually eat it until the next day and it was good to the last bite (or lick of pie plate in my case).

Cons:

I found the layout of how the recipe was written in the print out to be a little confusing. I am used to reading it the way you make it and it seemed like there was something missing because it was segmented out the way it was.

Amanda - Strawberry Pie 2

Conclusion:

I will definitely be making this again, especially after working out a couple of kinks. My in-laws LOVED it and so did I. I highly suggest making this when you have company. It will prevent you from eating it for every meal.

 

 

Alicia - TCCReviewer #6 – Alicia

Mission: I hate making pies – just not my thing. Making a crust that never turns out really upsets me! I saw this recipe for easy Strawberry Cream Pie with 2 crust options – Let’s give it a whirl.

 

Details:

  • My Mother-In-Law has beautiful Strawberry bushes and has been sending us quarts and quarts of them. Perfect for jam and pie!
  • I choose to make a graham cracker crust versus the pastry crust
  • While the crust was baking, I whipped up the cream filling and popped that in the fridge to chill and then moved onto the glaze section of the recipe.
  • Your layering technique does not have to be perfect, unless you are entering it in a pie contest.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

Be sure that the glaze is completely cool before spooning it over your pie. I got very impatient waiting. Once the first spoonful of delicious glaze hit the creamy goodness, it started to melt and ooze over the pan. I put that bad boy back in the fridge to set and it helped a lot. Note to self, have more patience!

Alicia - Pie 1

Pros:

Each layer tastes heavenly.

Cons:

None!!!

Alicia - Pie 2b

Conclusion:

Holy Shabingo!!! This is the best thing I have every tasted – seriously! The graham cracker crust, creamy filling and glaze – YUM! My husband said “Oh my. This is the best dessert you have ever made”.

Seriously – MAKE THIS PIE! Also – my pictures do not do this any justice. Please ignore that and try it!!!

 

 Strawberry Cream Pie Conclusion


The tantalizing
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Our Best Bites is tempting us with their Chocolate Nutella Cookies; that creamy, dreamy spread that makes anything better!

 

Nutella, chocolate, we’re not sure that they even needed anything else to convince us to try them out!

 

Please click here to visit Our Best Bites and see the instructions that we followed!

 

Reviewer #1 – Maren

Mission: Hop on the Nutella train and give these sweet treats a try!  And, I’ve never turned down a cookie.

 

Details:

I was careful to follow the directions carefully, since I can get a little carried away when I’m baking.  I’m a huge fan of the heaping measurements and the fine craft of winging it!

  • I looked everywhere for Hazelnut Extract and couldn’t find it.  Everywhere!  I found every kind of extract you could imagine, except for Hazelnut.  Then I remembered my stash of coffee boozeFrangelico is hazelnut!  I substituted the liquor for the 1/2 tsp of Hazelnut/Vanilla Extract.
  • They got “crackly” right at 12 minutes, but my cookies weren’t quite as puffy as Our Best Bites‘.
  • This recipe made 45 cookies!

Tips & Tricks Learned:

Maren - Cookies 1These cookies are pretty darn easy to make!  The dough was super sticky though, even after refrigerating them.  In order to squish them before putting them in the oven, I dipped the bottom of my glass in flour.

I watched closely and “little cracks” did begin to form, but it wasn’t as dramatic as I was expecting (like with a chocolate Crinkle Cookie).

I’m still getting used to our new oven, and apparently the bottom rack is pretty hot.  I scorched the bottoms of the my first round of cookies and they were really bad.  I was scared.  Then, I tried a good one and was hooked!

I will also say that I thought that they were even better the next day!  Spending the night in a Ziploc Bag
made the cookies softer.

Maren - Cookies 2

Pros:

Holy crap.  I love Nutella.

Don’t forget your glass of milk!

Cons:

That round that got burned was like, really bad.

Maren - Cookies 3..

Conclusion:

These cookies were great!  They cookies had a hint of that salty/sweet thing going on.  I am a major sweets fan, but I really liked that little bit of salty.  They were like “grown-up” cookies.

 

 

Reviewer #2 – Amanda

Mission: Bake up a batch of Nutella goodness. That entire sentence makes me drool.

 

 

Details:Nutella Cookie Sandwich

  • I followed the recipe exactly.
  • I baked them about 12 minutes and didn’t smoosh them down with a cup until about halfway through the bake time instead of before putting them in smooshed (I know that is not a word but I am using it anyway – these are Nutella cookies after all who cares about grammar).

Tips & Tricks Learned:

I highly recommend turning these cookies into ice cream sandwiches. Brilliant idea on my children’s part!

Amanda - Cookies 1

Pros:

Um silly easy and insanely rich, chocolate goodness!

Cons:

You will eat the entire batch. Period.

Amanda - Cookies 2

Conclusion:

This is now a recipe in my personal cookbook and I fully intend to make it over and over and over again.

 

 

Alicia - TCCReviewer #3 – Alicia

Mission: Nutella +Cookie = YES PLEASE

 

Details:

This recipe came from Our Best Bites and I am a huge fan of their recipes.  Many of the items within the recipe should be in your pantry or on hand.  I was a little shocked that this recipe did not include eggs, but was willing to try it.  Anything for Nutella people!!!!

  • The recipe called for Hazelnut Extract and Vanilla Extract. I highly recommend using Hazelnut Extract. I made 2 batches and used both. I have to say that the cookies with the Hazelnut Extract tasted that much sweeter.
  • I skipped the step to use a small glass to slightly flatten the cookie before baking. My cookies turned out just fine!

Tips & Tricks Learned:

I used a small ice cream scoop/melon baller to form the dough into balls.  This worked out great and was just the right measurement, too!

Alicia - Cookies 1

Pros:

This is a super easy recipe to follow.

Cons:

Hazelnut Extract might be a bit hard to find, but worth it! I found it at Cub Foods, our local grocery store.

Alicia - Cookies 2

Conclusion:

These cookies are AMAZ-ING!! One bite and I died and went straight to heaven! They taste like mini-brownies. Very soft and chewy.

I sent a batch of these cookies over to my parents house and my brother, who hates anything sweet, said that these were the best cookies he has ever tasted. Seriously, you need to make these cookies!!!!

 

 

Reviewer #4 – Sarah

Mission: My kids and I are Nutella lovers…we buy the double pack at Costco almost every time we shop there. So, needless to say, this was a must try!

 

Details:

I tried my darndest to find Hazelnut Extract… well, I searched high and low at my local Super Target anyway. Go figure that they had every type of extract BUT Hazelnut Extract. So, I opted for the Vanilla Extract-only version of this recipe. I was a bit bummed, but with the three kids in tow, I just didn’t have it in me to go on a more in-depth shopping excursion to find it.

Outside of this hurdle, this was such an easy recipe to follow. It had a minimal number of ingredients, which is always a plus in my mind and went together quickly. I whipped up the dough in the morning before we headed out for the days events and then baked the cookies when I got home that afternoon.

I hosted a clothes swap that evening at my house with some girlfriends and put these out with the other munchies and they were a hit! All the gals enjoyed them – as did my kiddos. These cookies are a delicious rich chocolate treat for all ages.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

Thanks to my mom, I have two bowls for my KitchenAid Mixer, which makes this so very easy to do. I mixed my dry ingredients in one and then the wet ingredients in the other. This made for a smooth transition mixing the dough together.

When I pressed the cookies with the bottom of a glass, I also used granulated sugar to give a little punch to the cookies. It gave them an added glisten on the cookie platter for presentation.

Sarah - Cookies 1

Pros:

Using parchment paper keeps the mess to a minimum when it comes to the baking portion of this recipe. So great!

Adding the granulated sugar when I pressed the cookies was a fun way to dress up the cookies.

Cons:

Don’t cook too long or they get crunchy – still tasty of course, but not soft and chewy.

Sarah - Cookies 2

Conclusion:

Two thumbs up! Easy recipe to follow and super easy to bake and of course eat.

 

 Nutella Conclusion


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Your Homebased Mom has cracked the code on Micky D’s ode to the Irish, the Shamrock Shake!  It looks just like the real thing and uses only a handful of ingredients that may already be in your fridge!

 

We needed to see if this milkshake brought the boys to the yard…

 

Please click here to visit Your Homebased Mom and see the instructions that  we followed!

 

 

Reviewer #1 – Maren

Mission: Shamrock Shakes?  Love those things!  Although after being “displaced” for 7 months I am on a sabbatical from fast food joints, so if I want some Shamrock Shake action, I’m going to have to make it myself!

Details:

  • I popped for the Monin Green Mint Syrup after the customer reviews convinced me that I would be noshing on fancy desserts and sipping pinky-up French beverages if I did.  I’ll let you know how that goes.
  • I halved the recipe only because I accidentally saw the Nutritional Information on the side of my container as I was shoveling it into the pitcher.
  • Whipped this sucker up in less than a minute with my beloved, Cuisinart Smart Stick Hand Blender. If you don’t have one, you need one.
  • I was too lazy to get the sprinkles out.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

I just love my Cuisinart Smart Stick.  It is the best kitchen gadget ever.  I have a little pitcher from IKEA that is always the perfect size for blending smoothies and now milkshakes!  Just dump everything in and blend with hardly any cleanup!

Pros:

Tastes just like the real thing but with an even better texture – like from a malt shop!

Cons:

I halved the recipe.  I wanted more.

Maren - Shake

Conclusion:

I loved this thing, it was even better than the real deal!

 

 

Alicia - TCCReviewer #2 – Alicia

Mission: Recreate the infamous McDonald’s Shamrock Shake.

 

Details:

  • Taste TesterI had all the ingredients on hand and had some eager taste-testers.
  • Although I did not have mint syrup, I used mint extract and Crème De Menthe.  Close enough, right?

Tips & Tricks Learned:

This recipe is pretty straightforward. Add ingredients to blender and blend away.  I used a bit more milk than the recipes calls for.

Pros:

Very easy to make and most kitchens will have the items on hand.

Cons:

Not a huge mint fan, but the kids loved it!

Alicia - Shake

Conclusion:

I have never had or tasted a Shamrock Shake before, as I am not a huge fan of mint. I was pleasantly surprise how good this tasted. This will be a great project to make for St. Patrick’s Day!

 

 

Reviewer #3 – Janet

Mission: I’ve never tried the original McDonald’s Shamrock Shake, but have always wanted to. I was excited to try a homemade version!

 

Details:

  • I picked up the vanilla ice cream and mint extract from the grocery store. I had the food coloring & milk on hand.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

I had put a little too much mint extract in my first version, it was slightly overwhelming. Other than that, this was delicious!

Pros:

So easy and tasty, a perfect dessert after a long day!

Cons:

None!  I loved it!

Janet - Shake

Conclusion:

This would be fun to make for kiddos (or yourself) to celebrate St. Patty’s day! Trust me, you should try it!

 

 

Reviewer #4 – Sheri

Mission: I love mint. Mint chocolate chip is my absolute favorite ice cream. However, I have never before had a McDonald’s Shamrock Shake. I figured this would be a great time to give it a try.mint shake4

 

Details:

  • The great thing about a milk-shake…it’s very simple to make, add ice cream and milk.
  • I had to go to three stores in search of mint extract or mint syrup. Peppermint was easy to find, but the recipe requires “mint.” I finally found mint extract and stopped at my local McDonald’s on my way home for my Shamrock Shake comparison.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

Don’t forget to put the top on the blender! I learned that lesson when I was 8 years old.

Pros:

A quick and easy treat, and definitely festive for St. Patrick’s Day!

Cons:

Finding mint extract. (Oh and a small Shamrock Shake has 530 calories)

Sheri - Shake

Conclusion:

I have to be honest; I wasn’t really crazy about it. However, the recipe holds true and is well comparable to the McDonald’s shake. I ended up making green vanilla shakes for my crew and they were thrilled! So if you are a fan of the McDonald’s Shamrock Shake then try this recipe, it won’t disappoint!

 

 Shake Conclusion

 

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Rose Bakes found the perfect cocoa accoutrement with her Peppermint Marshmallow Dips for Hot Chocolate.  Thankfully, she has shared this treat with us all!

 

With kids home on Christmas break, and snow falling from the sky, we couldn’t wait to test-run these treats!

 

Please click here to visit Rose Bakes and see the instructions that we followed!

 

Reviewer #1 – Amanda

Mission: Keep my tots busy while making a sweet treat to gift during the holidays.

 

 

Details:

  • Happy TasterI used Chocolate Mint Candy Canes because we have a chocolate addiction in this house. Not necessary, but a major perk as it added to the chocolate flavor of our cocoa.
  • We also used some round sprinkles that were multi-colored just for something different. They were a bit messy but the look was pretty.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

I did this little project with my kiddos so I made sure we had everything lined up and ready roll before melting the chocolate. They stuck the straws into the marshmallows and even dipped them all on their own. That just shows you how easy this is and it really did make for a great project on a cold winters day.

Amanda - Marshmallows 1

Pros:

Easy and most things were on hand. I happen to keep those little straws in my party supply drawer so we were stocked and ready!

Cons:

None unless you have an aversion to chocolate and messes. There were a lot of both since it was an “assisted” project.

Amanda - Marshmallows 2

Conclusion:

I think this would be fun for Valentine’s Day too and even Easter. It doesn’t warm up in my neck of the woods until very late spring so we indulge in cocoa through a lot of holidays!

 

 

Reviewer #2 – Katie

Mission: Give your hot chocolate, in the words of Elle Woods “a little something extra.”

 

 

Details:

  • Grab a bag of marshmallows, coffee stirrers, chocolate chips, lay a sheet of wax paper over a platter, melt your chocolate chips and get to dippin!

Tips & Tricks Learned:

I always seem to burn chocolate if I try to melt it in the microwave so I decided to use a mini crockpot: my Little Dipper was perfect for this task!

Katie - Marshmallows 1

Pros:

Quick, simple and oh so festive.

Cons:

None…it involves chocolate, how could there be a con??

Katie - Marshmallows 2

Conclusion:

A quick, simple and oh so festive treat!

 

 

Reviewer #3 – Sarah

Mission: I LOVE me some marshmallows…seriously, I have a fixation with Peeps! So, let’s just say I had no problem trying these out!

 

Details:

  • Finding the candy canes was the hardest part for me – it wasn’t quite the holiday season yet, so they weren’t in many places. I ended up snagging them at Target, along with all the other ingredients.
  • I opted for dark chocolate chips – which I LOVE and I felt it made this a bit more “grown-up”.
  • After finishing these up, my kiddos and I also made homemade hot chocolate – such a great winter treat! These two things together were so nummy, they gave me warm fuzzies.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

If candy canes are no where to be found – you can always use the peppermint hard candies as a replacement!

Use a Ziploc baggy and a rolling pin to crush your candy canes – was kind of messy, but easy to do.

Sarah - Marshmallows 1

Pros:

Quick, easy, cheap and delicious in hot chocolate or on their own. My kids absolutely loved them!

And, if you have time to package them up cute, an awesome present!

Cons:

Just a bit messy, but anything in the kitchen is.

You may get a bit of candy cane stuck in your teeth!

Sarah - Marshmallows 2

Conclusion:

Awesome!

 

 

Marshmallow Conclusion


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Sticky Bun Breakfast Ring

The Jones Way has caught our attention with her easy way to make Sticky Buns at home!  The Sticky Bun Breakfast Ring sounds almost too good to be true, so of course we had to find out to be sure!

 

Please click here to visit The Jones Way and see the recipe that we followed!

 

 

Reviewer #1 – Kristy

Mission: Oh, yum! My childhood memories consist of sticky buns for breakfast! My Aunt Faye makes the best sticky buns so I decided to test these to see if this new twist with syrup and cinnamon could beat her recipe!

Details:

  • I used dark brown sugar instead of light! I hope the only difference is the color and not taste.
  • I used walnuts, good brain food and I have them on hand!
  • Ugh…I am not a baker! I always mess up with baking anything…even as simple as this recipe! I forgot to add the cinnamon so I sprinkled it across the top of the biscuits.
  • Being that I am too cheap to get a Bundt Pan which I don’t think I would ever use again; I instead opted for a 9in baking dish.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

I don’t know about you, but I always hate buying brown sugar because I rarely use it and when I do it for that rare recipe…it is hard as a rock! I decided to find a way to prevent this and found a bear. This little bear is supposed to help but again if you are like me and too cheap to do so… simply toss a piece of bread in with your hard brown sugar and viola…2 days later the sugar will be moist again!

Pros:

Quick and easy! Very tasty treat!

Cons:

Sticky…ha, hence the name! There are no “cons” here!

Conclusion:

YUMMY! Yes, Paleo friends…I ate them and enjoyed every bite! I had to eat them for the sake of the blog! Mike’s comments, “Un-Real” and “Phenomenal”! I did bring what was left of the dish to my coworkers who all devoured them!

This would be a great recipe for a shower or holiday brunch!

 

 

Reviewer #2 – Sarah

Mission: Being pregnant has made my sweet tooth crave even more than normal! This breakfast treat looked too yummy to pass up!

 

Details:

I haven’t bought biscuits in forever – and in all honestly, I have a fear of opening those darn biscuit tubes…my husband always gives me a hard time about this!

This recipe looked amazing and sounded pretty easy to whip up, so we gave it a whirl!

  • I was super excited to use my grandmother’s Bundt Pan for this, as this was the first time I had put it to use and it is so darling.
  • Outside of the pain of opening the biscuits, this recipe was so easy and went together super quickly! We just zapped the butter in the microwave, added the agave syrup and then followed the steps noted. My kids helped by nibbling on brown sugar crumbs

Tips & Tricks Learned:

I substituted the pancake syrup with organic blue agave sweetner as that is what I had on-hand and prefer. This worked amazing and helped me feel a bit less guilty about all the sugary sweetness!

Pros:

Super easy to prep and make, delicious and both of my kiddos enjoyed it! That’s a plus!

Cons:

Left me begging for more!

Conclusion:

Two thumbs up! An awesome sweet breakfast treat and we loved it so much, we made it again a week later!

 

 

Reviewer #3 – Amanda

Mission: Create sticky, gooey, delish sweet bread for the family to devour.

 

 

Details:

  • I used two small tubes of Pillsbury Buttermilk Biscuits and Aunt Jemima Syrup (this is the ONLY brand we buy in our house). The other ingredients are mostly generic.
  • I couldn’t find my Bundt Pan so I opted to layer it in a bread pan and it worked just as well! It would probably be prettier in a Bundt pan but why fuss if you don’t have to. Plus my kids really could care less about the shape. They just wanted the gooey goodness inside the pan.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

It is definitely key to coat the pan well with nonstick baking spray. It would be oh so disappointing if it stuck.

Pros:

It really does taste homemade even though there are some obvious shortcuts. Win-win if you ask me!

Cons:

It is TOO good. Couldn’t. Stop. Eating. It.

Conclusion:

This sweet breakfast treat is the perfect thing to whip up on a special morning to impress company with. They will definitely be fooled into thinking you were up early slaving in the kitchen!

 

 

Reviewer #4 – Sheri

Mission: I really wanted to find an easy and delicious, crowd-pleasing breakfast treat. This recipe seemed to fit just right. Who can resist sticky buns?

 

Details:

I could not get over how incredibly easy this recipe was. A wet mixture (butter and syrup) and a dry mixture (brown sugar and cinnamon). I literally had this put together and in the oven in less than 5 minutes.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

I used butter to grease the pan instead of cooking spray…it added a little more flavor.

Pros:

Super easy, quick, and totally yummy.

Cons:

They don’t call it “sticky” breakfast bun for nothing.

Conclusion:

I was surprised how easily this sticky concoction just dropped right out of the pan and onto the plate. It was beyond delicious! Pleasing to both the eyes and the taste buds. I will definitely be making this often. It was just so easy. Who doesn’t love some cinnamon and brown sugar yumminess in the morning with their coffee?

 

 

Reviewer #5 – Maren

Mission: I grew up looking forward to sticky buns at my aunt and uncle’s house on Sunday mornings.  I knew that making them was a special tradition that wasn’t something that they just threw together.  Learning about this so-called quick and easy way to make a brunch favorite sounded almost too good to be true!!

Details:

  • In typical Maren fashion, I used rounded measurements and went a little heavy on… everything.
  • I am not a huge nut person, so I omitted them altogether.
  • I used my beloved Butter Flavored Pam.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

I actually cooked this, covered it in foil, and then rode 45 minutes in the car to my mom’s house and put it back in the oven to warm it up.  I felt that the biscuits were a tad doughy in the middles, but no one else thought so, nor did they care as they all grabbed seconds and nearly licked their plates!

Pros:

I could hardly get a photo of this thing!  As soon as I turned to pick up my camera, my family dove in head first!

Everyone loved it.  Everyone.

Cons:

You can’t really tell when it’s done… just go with it!

Conclusion:

This super easy recipe is heading straight into my recipe book!  I can’t wait to impress our friends by making it at our next brunch!

 

 

 


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Sticky Bun Breakfast Ring and it’s photo by The Jones Way


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WHAT?!  You heard us!  Pumpkin Scones, a la StarbucksWe Heart Food has shared with us the stuff that legends are made of.

Be prepared to be in high demand for every brunch, shower, birthday party, conference, book club… you will hold the key!

 

Please click here to visit We Heart Food and see the instructions that we followed!

 

 

Reviewer #1 – Amanda

Mission: To bake something that I won’t consume the entire pan of upon completion. Major fail for me here which means these really were WTFOMG good!

 

Details:

  • I did not have half and half so I used ½ heavy cream and ½ whole milk, thanks to my kiddos.
  • Instead of using a fork to mix the butter into the dry ingredients I used a Pastry Cutter. So easy to get it all mixed in this way with a lot less effort.
  • To mix the dry ingredients with the wet, I started off using a wooden spoon but quickly realized I should have just used my KitchenAid. So I dumped it into the metal bowl and within a few seconds it was mixed perfectly. Sometimes I am pretty wise.
  • Also, I included testers of the 5 and under age group. HUGE success with that target market (not too shabby with the 30+ age group either).

Tips & Tricks Learned:

Use a mixer if you have one instead of your own brawn. Totally worth the end result with no sweat involved.

I decided that I would cut my scones even smaller since I knew kids would be consuming them. I didn’t get a chance to count them (that is how quickly they were eaten) but I dare say you can get nearly 2 dozen out of this recipe.

Pros:

UM seriously tasty and so appropriate for fall. Scones initially made me a little intimidated but these really were pretty simple and so worth making.

Cons:

I ATE TOO MANY. That is all.

Conclusion:

I will definitely be making these again. It would be fun for a Thanksgiving brunch or even around Christmas time.

 

 

Reviewer #2 – Sheri

Mission:  I have never in my life made scones. They’re a treat I recently discovered that I absolutely love; I’m just hoping I can do it. At least it’s not a dough that requires yeast, that would increase my chances of failure. My husband is not a huge pumpkin fan and if I can impress him with these I will consider this a success.

Details:

The instructions from We Heart Food seemed quite easy.

I finally got to use that little contraption my kids are always asking about, the Pastry Cutter. I don’t bake much so I’ve never used it before. It worked like a charm.

I also got to use the dough hook that came with my KitchenAid mixer. I’ve always been more of a cook than a baker.

The combination of the cinnamon, clove, ginger, and nutmeg was phenomenal.

My dough was rather sticky but I was able to get it rolled out into a 1-inch thick slab by just using my hands. As far as cutting the dough, the directions didn’t seem right or I read them wrong so I created my own way which worked great.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

The frosting: follow the instructions perfectly. You don’t want it too runny because it will slide right off the scones. The second glaze needs to be a little thicker than the first for a reason…it blends all together if it’s not.

Pros:

Really easy and beyond delicious!!

Cons:

Me and confection sugar glaze have had a battle with each other since my elementary school days, but I FINALLY got it right this time!

Conclusion:

These are definitely a winner! My husband came downstairs asking what smelled so awesome. When I told him they were “pumpkin” scones he looked a little bit disappointed. That was until he ate one. He too exclaimed, “Oh My God!” followed by an obscene word and an “awesome!”

The kids had them for breakfast this morning and couldn’t believe I really made them. I’m taking the compliments as a success. Now I need to go see if they left me any.

 

 

Reviewer #3 – Maren

Mission: After laughing hysterically reading the post by Chris and Lisa of We Heart Food, I was pumped to make these scones! I have a scone recipe that is my old standby, but am always looking for tasty new flavors like pumpkin!  Mmmm!

Details:

I super stuck with the program on this recipe. I even leveled off my cups and spoons with the back of a knife!

I used a really handy trick for the drizzled icing.  Pour your icing into a baggie and snip off a teensy bit of the corner!  Instant pastry bag!

Tips & Tricks Learned:

The next time I make these, I think that I’ll try using my Pastry Cutter and Hamilton Beach Hand Mixer which I LOVE! I would just like to see the difference in texture.

I floured the crap out of this dough, as it was a little sticky to roll out while still being able to pick them up to place on the baking sheet.  The texture wasn’t negatively affected, and the scones were a perfect, delicate baked consistency when done!  A little lighter and fluffier than your average heavy, dense scone, which I liked!

Careful that you don’t go overboard though.  There were a couple of scones that had excess flour on them and the first layer of icing didn’t want to adhere to those areas.

Cutting the scones… um, I somehow failed this part of the scone baking process. I just ate the stupid looking ones first.  Problem solved!

Pros:

Holy S#!T these ARE amazing!  I feel so proud of myself!

I feel like freaking Julia Child, minus the Julia Child voice {said with the Julia Child voice}

The drizzled icing has a strong presence of clove that really emphasizes the pumpkin flavor!  It is PERFECT!

Cons:

Apparently cutting 1 rectangle into 12 triangles is too complicated for me.

Conclusion:

I LOVE WTFOMG SCONES!!!  I cannot wait for my next chance to make these incredible treats to share! I want to show off this incredible recipe that practically turns me into Martha’s protégé!  I also want to eat mass quantities of this treat so I will have to always make double batches… note to self!  I just want to shout it to the world!

 

 


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Pumpkin Scones and their photo by We Heart Food


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We started drooling as soon as we saw this Lemonade Layer Cake from MyRecipes.com!

With temps at record highs, we were ready to test this perfect-for-summer tart treat!

 

Please click here to visit MyRecipes.com and see the recipe that we followed!

 

Reviewer #1 – Sarah

Mission:  I love to bake – so finding a new cake recipe is a fantastic thing in my book! This one sounded delicious from the start!

 

Details:

My family and I were back home at my parent’s farm in Iowa for the weekend so I was able to bake with my mom on this project, which is always a fun occasion!

  • With this recipe, we decided to forgo the frosting as we wanted to make this a little less high in calories and I wanted it to be easier to transport back to Minnesota at the end of our stay.
  • The end result was fantastic and we dressed it up with a dusting of powdered sugar and fresh strawberries – yummy!

Tips & Tricks Learned:

My mom gave me a great tip for greasing the pans with Crisco and then flouring them to help the cakes come out of the pans with ease after baking. This worked great!!

In addition we forgot to grab a lemon at the store, so we proceeded with dried lemon peel for the cake batter. We used 1 teaspoon of the dried vs. 1 tablespoon of fresh, as it called for.

We used two 8” round cake pans vs. two 9” round cake pans as that is what we had on-hand. Because of this, we baked the cakes for 2 minutes longer than called for.

Pros:

Easy to prepare and bake and oh so delicious! A perfect summer treat – it is tart, fresh and refreshing!

Cons:

Because I didn’t go forward with the frosting, I wasn’t able to taste the final end result – need to try it someday.

Conclusion:

A delicious summer treat! I would definitely make this again – and even think making it as cupcakes would be fun for a birthday party or shower.

 

 

Reviewer #2 – Maren

Mission: To make my family a treat in yummy lemon – perfect for Summer!

 

Details:

  • I used my very handy trick to making “Fat-Free Buttermilk” (which I have never actually seen in my grocery store).  Simply pour 1 Tbsp Vinegar (or lemon juice) into 1 cup of Fat Free Milk and let it sit for about 10 minutes.
  • We are living with my in-laws at the mo’ so the only cake pan that I could find was a 13 x 9 (see “Tips and Tricks” below for baking time).  Because of my pan size – my cake was just a 1 layer, potluck-style number.
  • I completely forgot to keep the wet ingredients separate from the dry ingredients.  This is a common trend for me, but usually doesn’t make a difference.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

Baking Time with a 13 x 9 pan = 30 minutes @ 350.  After 20 minutes, the batter was totally liquid, 10 more and it was perfect!

The batter kind of “sizzles” in the oven at the surface.  This was weird, but apparently totally okay, since it turned out fine!

The frosting was super runny, so I put the cake back into the fridge after icing to firm it up again before serving.  I cannot imagine how a frosting this loose would work for a layer cake – I feel like the top layer would slide off!  In order to thicken it up, I would imagine you would have to add at least a cup or two more of the powdered sugar, which would probably end up being sickeningly sweet.

Pros:

Fairly easy.  Crowd pleaser!  My mother-in-law loved it!

My husband’s take, “Delicious. Wouldn’t order it.”  Translation: “Delicious. Apple crisp and carrot cake are my favorite desserts.”

Cons:

Rich!  I had a second piece… then I wanted to hurl.

Super tartness from the lemonade.  This was enduring to me at first, but then too much.  Generally when there are baked goods in the house, I will eat them for days until gone.  I had my two pieces of this one and never wanted to touch it again.

Not really a “Pro” or a “Con”:

The cake itself is really dense.  My father-in-law thought that the consistency married well with the type of frosting.  My mother-in-law said that cakes like this are her very favorite.  I felt like it added a creamy element to the flavor that was a [nice] contrast from the super tartness of the lemonade.

Conclusion:

This was a great summer cake!  Although not my personal favorite, my 3 taste-testers all liked it – so I will keep it around for any future summer gatherings needing a lemony treat!

 

 

 

Reviewer #3 – Kristy

Mission: Attempt to bake a cake from scratch. I am a from-the-box type of baker.

 

Details:

  • I knew I wanted to make cupcakes instead as I was having a party so I added paper cupcake holders
  • For cupcakes I had to cook for 20 minutes and fill cups ¾ full with batter
  • Used Nielsen-Massey Vanilla Extract– my girlfriend insists that this is a must for the best vanilla flavor!  I would have to agree!
  • My KitchenAid Mixer absolutely rocked on this recipe for both cake and icing!

Tips & Tricks Learned:

Get lemons with a rough skin. I had two with a smooth surface and it was more difficult to grate.

Be careful with the egg shells…don’t crack on the bowl or while the mixer is running.

The delicious frosting kept well in the fridge over night.  Tip…next day whip the icing but let it set in the fridge for an hour so it is not as runny.

Pros:

Surprisingly, it was pretty darn easy!

Cons:

The long ingredients list!  Having to be so careful to keep the wet and dry ingredients separate! I forgot to hit the bubbles out of the pan!

Conclusion:

Huge Hit!  Everyone that tasted them loved the lemon flavor of the cupcakes. The lemon zest in the icing is beautiful!

This is by far the best cupcakes I have made BUT I would say they are pretty dense. I must admit my baking powder and soda was pretty old so I wonder if this played into this.

I can’t wait to make it again but my booty doesn’t need these cupcakes on a regular basis.

 

The lovely Lemonade Layer Cake photo by MyRecipes.com


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One More Moore has shared her favorite recipe for Fruit Salsa with Cinnamon Chips.  Originally discovered at Allrecipes.com, this keeper has been in One More Moore‘s recipe book since!

Eager to munch on the seasons best fruit, we couldn’t test this recipe out fast enough!

Please click here to visit One More Moore and see the recipe that we followed!

 

 

Reviewer #1 – Mandy

Mission:  Get back into healthy eating with a yummy “treat” I can’t resist.
 

 

Details:

  • I followed the recipe as written minus the preserves as I forgot to pick that up at the grocery store.
  • Also, I didn’t get exact with the types of fruits they called for. Not a huge fan of kiwi so I substituted with others.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

It was super easy and delicious so I didn’t really have much to change or learn. Maybe use it as a way to use the fruit in your kitchen that is getting over ripe. It all does blend together and maybe gets a little mushy so it’s perfect for using up fruit!

Pros:

Easy. Tasty. Crowd Pleasing.

Even my dad who doesn’t really like anything said “it’s OK.” (That’s GOOD in his book!)

Cons:

I don’t really have any.

It was a tad sweet so you may not need to use the sugars to sweeten it even more… although I’m sure they help with the juice that develops.

Conclusion:

Make it! Now!

 

 

Reviewer #2 – Sheri

Mission: This twist on salsa looked sweet and refreshing. Something my kids would actually enjoy! I referred to the Annie’s Fruit Salsa recipe on Morgan Moore’s blog, One More Moore. Seven quick and easy ingredients and some dicing…I love dicing.
 

Details:

The ingredients:

  • 2 kiwi’s, peeled and diced
  • 2 apples, peeled, cored and diced
  • 8 oz. raspberries
  • 1 lb strawberries, diced
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 3 Tbsp preserves

A no-brainer recipe – dice and combine.

The cinnamon chips were also quite simple. Just cut up flour tortillas, sprinkle them with cinnamon and sugar, and bake them at 350° for about 10 minutes. Viola.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

I can’t stand the look of browning apples. Just one of those things that will turn me off from consuming this delicious treat, so I used a lemon to help preserve them.

Pros:

Easy and delicious, and you can vary it with the fruits you have on hand.

Cons:

None!

 

Conclusion:

This recipe was super easy…that’s because I like dicing. If you don’t like chopping, then it’s not for you.

A great little tid-bit; if you don’t have the time to make your own cinnamon chips (although I do recommend you do) store-bought cinnamon pitas work just great with this salsa. It was devoured quickly and made the perfect dish to bring to the summer BBQ.

 

 

Reviewer #3 – Amanda

Mission: To whip up a yummy and mostly healthy snack with fruit I already have (that was my mission anyway).
 
 

Details:

I will admit that as usual I am trying to be all sorts of lazy thrifty here and I wanted to use fruit I already had at home instead of going out to hunt down what was used in the original recipe.

My fruit list looked a little like this:

  • Kiwi
  • Raspberries
  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries
  • Orange Marmalade (this I did buy)
  • I also halved the recipe because I know my kids are a bit picky and I didn’t want to end up having to eat the entire bowl myself! I was smart because of course they didn’t LOVE it. They tried it and ate a little but I mostly had to finish it. I tried to save it for the next day but the flavors got a little too intense.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

I think pinapple would have been a great addition and I would stick with a strawberry or raspberry marmalade because the orange had a slightly bitter taste which I am pretty sure turned my kids off. Apples (which I didn’t use) would have added a nice crunch.

Pros:

It was fairly easy and definitely pretty.

Cons:

Because I tried to deviate a little it wasn’t as good and some got wasted.

Conclusion:

I would definitely try this again though and change up some of the ingredients. Maybe also change my tasters to adults instead of finicky little ones.

 

The gorgeous shot of Fruit Salsa with Cinnamon Chips  captured by One More Moore


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No. 2 Pencil tells us that we can make a delicious Chocolate Chip Cookie in a Cup in a matter of minutes!

The gals of The Crafty Collaborative have never turned down a chocolate chip cookie; let’s see how it goes!

 

Please click here to visit No. 2 Pencil and see the instructions that we followed!

 

Reviewer #1 – Sarah

Mission: To enjoy a homemade cookie without all the mess of making a batch.

We enjoyed the process of making this chocolate chip cookie – it was quick, easy, low-mess and in the end, tasted pretty darn good! It was definitely decadent and more of a desert than I needed, but both my kiddo and I enjoyed the end result. I added sea salt to the top of mine before cooking to add some savory taste to it.

Details:

  • Ingredients
  • Coffee Mug
  • Spoon
  • Kids

Tips & Tricks Learned:

Anyone can do this!

 

Pros:

A quick and easy desert option that everyone can enjoy.

Cons:

A little bit much in regards to taste and in my opinion, not as good as a “real” homemade batch of chocolate chip cookies. More on the “doughy” texture for those of you that like crunchy/crispy cookies.

Conclusion:

We really enjoyed making these – so quick and easy. And, we enjoyed eating them just as much!  They finished our evening off wonderfully.

 

 

 

Reviewer #2 – Maren

Mission: The goal here, a fresh baked, delicious cookie in a matter of minutes.

 

Details:

Used my beloved WS Mini Spatulas.  Friggin’ love those things!

Tips & Tricks Learned:

I felt very proud of myself on this recipe, as for once, I didn’t screw anything up!

Pros:

Super easy and quick!

Cons:

REALLY filling…even for me!

Conclusion:

My husband’s quote, “Real cookies are better, but… it’s pretty good.”

My thoughts, “Really rich and decadent.  More of a cakey, chewy, texture.”

Perhaps it is the full egg yolk in each cookie, but this recipe is extremely filling, almost to the point of sickening if consumed entirely.  It’s a lot like a dessert that you would get at a restaurant; which is why I also feel that it is best enjoyed with a scoop of ice cream…and chocolate syrup.

Go big or go home, right?!

 

 

Reviewer #3 – Mandy

Mission:  As a single lady living alone, find an easy and yummy single-serving treat. (I just hate having to eat an entire batch of cookies myself… Ok, I love it!! But anyway.)

 

Details:

  • Followed the instructions as written. With recipes, I usually alter them a little bit, but I wanted to see if these were for real.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

Don’t use whole wheat flour. I tried it the next night just to see if I could go a little healthier and it was gritty and not so fantastic. Also, be careful with the coffee cup after it’s done cooking! That cup gets mighty hot!

Pros:

Easy, quick, and tasty! Immediate gratification is the best. And it filled my sweet craving for the night.

It’s also so great for one or two people in the home. Or, perfect for someone without a ton of time.

Cons:

Ok, so it’s not as good as the real thing. But still did the trick. And maybe not the healthiest treat.

Conclusion:

I probably won’t make them on a super regular basis but I definitely see myself making it on a cozy evening when I need a little comfort-style dessert for one!

 

The lovely Cookie in a Cup photo taken by No. 2 Pencil


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