These Thick and Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies are slightly crisp on the outside, tender and soft on the inside, plus you just scoop and bake them! No rolling in sugar and pressing with a fork required!
I can’t believe I have been blogging for 3 1/2 years and I have not shared a classic chocolate chip cookie recipe with you! This recipe has a special ingredient in it, and I am going share with you my tricks to get gorgeous, thick, soft cookies!
First things, first. Use quality ingredients! I ALWAYS use Guittard Chocolate Chips. The milk chocolate variety are bigger than the average chocolate chip and are MELT IN YOUR MOUTH DELICIOUS! Semi-sweet are great too!
The reason why I love Guittard is because they don’t put wax fillers in their chocolate. It’s high-quality, legit chocolate, and you can taste the difference! I actually keep a bag of Guittard Milk Chocolate Chips in my pantry to snack on during those chocolate cravings.
Besides chocolate, let’s talk about butter. I had price matched some butter at Walmart a while back and used some of the Great Value brand in the first batch I made for this post. Well, they turned out quite yellow and they spread out more than I had hoped.
I made them again with Land O Lakes Butter and 1/4 cup more flour to help the spreading and I got these gorgeous, light cookies. It definitely pays off to pay a little more for a high quality butter! Check out my instagram post to see the difference! And while we are on the subject of butter…
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
½ cup brown sugar
½ cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp pure vanilla
2½ to 2¾ cup all-purpose flour (start with less, do 1 test cookie, and add more if needed)
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 Tbsp cornstarch
1 (11-12oz) bag Guittard Milk Chocolate Chips
Cream the butter and sugars together in a stand mixer with the paddle attachment.
Add the eggs and vanilla. Mix well, then scrape the bowl.
Combine the flour, baking soda, salt, and cornstarch in a bowl.
Add dry ingredients all at once into the butter mixture, and mix just until incorporated.
TEST COOKIE DOUGH: Scoop 1 test cookie onto a silicone lined baking sheet.
Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 9 to 11 minutes, until just set in the center.
If the cookie spreads, add ¼ cup more flour to the remaining dough and do another test cookie.
Honey Mustard Baked Salmon – moist, juicy and best baked salmon ever with honey mustard. Takes 10 mins active time and dinner is ready!
Little G has become a big salmon lover. He gave me three thumbs way up last week when I made him salmon teriyaki. He asked me to make more salmon recipes so I made this amazing, absolutely delicious honey mustard baked salmon for him.
Recently, I have been playing with east-meets-west cooking techniques, marrying Asian ingredients with western recipes and the end result is always so much more delicious than the original recipe. For this classic honey mustard style of cooking, I decided to give it a slight twist, with Japanese flavors
First I marinated the salmon with garlic, honey and mustard, but added Japanese cooking sake to the salmon. Sake is Japanese rice wine and I love a bit of alcohol in my food. The sake rids the salmon of fishy smell and taste, and gives depth to the overall taste structure. To spice up this honey mustard baked salmon, I also added a good pinch of cayenne pepper, which is my secret ingredient to jazz things up.
12 oz salmon, cut into two pieces Marinade:
2 cloves garlic
3 tablespoons honey
3 teaspoons Dijon mustard
2 tablespoon Japanese cooking sake, optional
Scant 1/8 teaspoon salt
3 dashes ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Chopped parsley leaves, for garnishing
Preheat oven to 400F.
Combine all the ingredients for the Marinade together, whisk to combine well.
Marinade the salmon for 30 minutes or best 2 hours.
Arrange the salmon on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
Add the Marinade to the salmon, and bake for 12 minutes.
Remove from heat, scoop the juice from the Marinade and drizzle on top of the salmon.
Garnish with the parsley and serve immediately.
You can find complete recipes of this Honey Mustard Baked Salmon in rasamalaysia.com
This Chocolate and Peanut Butter Drip Cake is completely sinful. With smooth peanut butter buttercream and a moist, rich chocolate cake topped with MORE chocolate AND peanut butter cups, it’s hard to say no to a slice of this!
One of life’s simplest pleasures is a good ol’ chocolate cake. Towering rounds of decadent chocolate fudge layered with smooth sweet cocoa buttercream… I can’t think if anything else I’d rather have as a birthday cake. Oh wait. Yes I can. Add peanut butter to it! And chocolate ganache! And then take it five miles over the top with chocolate and peanut butter candy because that’s how I roll. Culminating in the blissful result that is this Chocolate and Peanut Butter Drip Cake.
Clearly I’ve been drooling over too many Katherine Sabbath drip cakes and they’ve taken over my brain. That lady is FOR REAL. I’ve lost hours of my life to watching How to Cake It videos on Youtube (but not wasted! Yolanda Gampp is brilliant!). It was time to put everything I’ve learned into practice with my sister’s birthday cake!
Betty Crocker’s Cocoa Fudge Cake can’t be beat (even though my mother’s handwriting is all over our recipe – that’s what cookbooks are for! Like me she tends to fiddle with recipes until they’re just how she likes them!), dark and rich and perfectly moist, it’s a chocolate cake classic.
If you don’t have buttercream, start with cup on the side to mix milk and vinegar, and let sit for a couple minutes until it gets nice and chunky (EW – or just go buy buttermilk). Mix all of your dry ingredients in a bowl. Cocoa is so darn pretty – that colour is just soooo rich.
Then add the milk and the rest of your wet ingredients. Beat them all together, scraping down the sides of your bowl every once in a while so everything gets mixed together. Then turn that sucker up and beat the mixture on high for about 3 minutes.
Set those to bake in the oven. You’ll want your cake to be completely cold (like sitting in the pan for 45 mins to an hour) before you attempt to level and frost it, to keep the structural integrity!
Now for the frosting! This buttercream recipe from Sweet Savory Life is hands down, THE most delicious frosting of all time. It tends to have air bubbles, but that flavour cannot be beat! It’s rich but not too sweet, very adaptable, and easy to make harder or softer as necessary.
I wanted the inside of the cake to be like a peanut butter cup, so I made some extra cocoa frosting to alternate layers. Mix all those ingredients in a bowl, you really can’t go wrong here. It needs to be easily spreadable, so if you need to add a little more cream, go ahead. One layer at a time, carefully assemble your cake. Again, make sure that cake is COLD, for stability.
Crumb coat! This I didn’t know was a thing until I started taking decorating classes, but just put a thin layer of icing over the cake, enough to trap all the crumbs, and pop in the fridge or freezer for at least 30 minutes to really solidify that barrier before you frost the rest of the cake.
Cocoa Fudge Cake (The recipe below will make two 81/2 inch pans, so I doubled it for a four-tier cake)
Salmon is one of my favorite dinners to make so I should be sharing it a lot more often. It’s generally very easy to prepare, it’s incredibly healthy (it even makes the superfood list) and it’s something I feel great about eating that will fill me up thanks to those healthy fats.
This salmon recipe is definitely going to be added to my rotation! It is deliciously flavorful and it’s a breeze to make. Not to mention, even my kids loved it! I love the tang of the dijon mustard paired with the sweetness of the honey along with a faint zip from the lemon zest.
Then of course I love that crunch from the herbed and oiled Panko mixture. All of the aforementioned ingredients are perfect compliments to salmon, when you try it you’ll see what I mean. Now I just need to go buy more salmon so I can make it again this coming week. Enjoy!
4 (6 oz) salmon fillets
1 1/2 Tbsp dijon mustard
1 1/2 Tbsp honey
1 clove garlic minced
3/4 cup Panko bread crumbs
2 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley
1 tsp lemon zest
2 Tbsp olive oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray a 13 by 9-inch baking dish with non-stick cooking spray, set aside.
In a small bowl, whisk together mustard, honey and garlic.
In a shallow dish toss together Panko bread crumbs, parsley and lemon zest.
Drizzle olive oil over mixture then toss to evenly coat.
Working with one piece of salmon at a time, brush top with honey mustard mixture season with salt and pepper (don’t overdue it, you’ll be seasoning both sides),
then rotate and transfer to bread crumb mixture (the honey mustard should be facing down to get the bread crumb mixture to stick to salmon),
then brush top of salmon with honey mustard mixture and season lightly with salt and pepper and rotate to coat with crumb mixture.
Transfer to baking dish and repeat with remaining salmon fillets.
Bake in preheated oven 13 – 15 minutes until salmon has cooked through.
Serve warm with lemon wedges (from zested lemon) if desired.
You can find complete recipes of this Panko Crusted Honey Mustard Salmon in cookingclassy.com
Deep Dish Oatmeal Fudge Bars , Calling all fudge lovers and oatmeal cookie fanatics…this bar is for you! I love making bars because they are fast and so very easy. You don’t have to deal with timers and batches, so they work great when you’re in a hurry!
I was looking on Pinterest for a quick and easy bar to take to a party and this was it! I found this recipe from Megan and Claudy. It was great because I had all the ingredients in the pantry and I bet you do too! These are delectable and the fudge layer melts in your mouth.
The fudge layer, along with the oatmeal cookie, is the perfect combo. Everyone at the party LOVED them and the entire pan was quickly gone! I wouldn’t change a thing, these bars are perfect!
1 cup butter
2 cups brown sugar
1/3 cup milk
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
3 cups oatmeal
In a saucepan over medium heat, melt together
1 can eagle’s brand sweetened condensed milk
1/3 cup butter
1 tsp. vanilla
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
Mix the butter, eggs and brown sugar.
Add vanilla and milk. Slowly incorporate the rest of the dry ingredients.
Mix well. I prefer using a stand mixer since it’s quite thick.
Spread 3/4 of the cookie mixture on the bottom of a greased 13×9 pan, pour chocolate mixture,
then spread rest of cookie mixture on tops in spoonfuls (won’t cover completely-but will leave cool designs).
The top can tend to get done before it’s completely cooked, so you can put aluminum foil over it for the last five or so if it looks like it’s browning too much.
Bake for 25 minutes at 350 degrees.
Let cool, otherwise it won’t set up and will just run when you cut into it.
These Peanut Butter Cookies are peanut butter cookie cups stuffed with a mini Reese’s peanut butter cup. This is a fail proof recipe great for any occasion. Living in my house is like living in a casino. You never have any idea what time it actually is and we want to keep you here as long as we can.
We have approximately 6 clocks hanging on the walls in our house and every single one is set to a different time. I know that the one in the kitchen is 15 minutes fast, the one in the kids room is about 5 minutes fast, and the one in the bathroom is never working. I blame it on the humidity because new batteries only last a few weeks in any clock we put in there.
A couple of weeks ago I was on my way to a church function and as I got in my car I noticed that I was running 15 minutes later than I thought according to my car’s clock (which is 2 minutes fast). I had just checked and we were supposed to be right on time – according to my adjustment for the 15 minute ahead kitchen clock. We’re all kinds of disfunctional over here.
Come to find out someone had set all of the clocks to the correct time. The nerve!!! I mean it’s just way to easy to know the actual time. How else am I supposed to keep up my math skills since my babies ate my brain cells?
1¾ cups all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ cup butter, softened
½ cup white sugar
½ cup peanut butter
½ cup packed brown sugar
1 egg, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons milk
about 30-40 miniature Reese’s butter cups, unwrapped
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Whisk together the flour, salt and baking soda in a medium bowl; set aside.
Cream together the butter, sugar, peanut butter and brown sugar until fluffy.
Beat in the egg, vanilla and milk.
Add the flour mixture; mix well.
Shape into 1 inch balls and place each into an ungreased mini muffin pan (I sprayed mine because I was paranoid).
Bake at 375 degrees for about 8 minutes.
Remove from oven and immediately press a mini peanut butter cup into each ball.
With all of the heavier comfort food eating during the winter spring is a time for lighter and healthier fare and up next for me is this super quick, easy and tasty chipotle and lime salmon! The smokey chipotle lime flavour combo is another one of my favourites and it goes so well on melt in your mouth buttery salmon.
This salmon could not be easier, you simply mix the chipotle chilies in adobo with lime juice, garlic, cumin, salt and pepper and bake and broil or grill the salmon until just cooked. This chipotle lime salmon makes for a perfect main course with some sides and it’s also great as a filling for tacos, burritos, quesadillas, salads, etc.
This time I chose to serve it topped with cool and creamy avocado salsa to balance the spicy heat of the chipotle chilies. No matter how you serve it this chipotle lime salmon makes for an amazing light spring or summer meal!
2 tablespoons oil
1 lime, juice and zest
1 chipotle chili in adobo (or to taste)
2 teaspoons adobo sauce
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1 clove garlic, grated
salt and pepper to taste
2 pound salmon fillet
Puree the oil, lime juice and zest, chipotle chilies, adobo sauce, cumin and garlic in a blender or food
processor until smooth, place the salmon on foil on a baking sheet, pat dry, season with salt and pepper,
spread on the chipotle mixture and bake in a preheated 400F/200C oven (or barbecue) until just cooked, about 10-15 minutes.
Option: For One-Pan: Make this a one-pan meal by roasting some vegetables like asparagus or green beans along with the salmon!
Chocolate Chip Caramel Butter Bars – easy sugar cookie bars filled with chocolate chips and caramel! These gooey bars are the perfect dessert recipe! So…question: is football over yet? I’m asking for a friend. No? Okay then, fine.
In all honesty…I think I’m kind of over football season (before it’s even gotten started) because I haven’t been invited to a party yet. A friend of mine mentioned one but it didn’t happen…so now I’m thinking I need to organize something. Because watching football is way more fun when the husbands watch it in the family room and the wives gossip over wine in the kitchen.
And did I mention football food? I feel like I’ve been training all my life for football party eating. Chips, nachos, dip, cookies and bars: I’ve emptied out one of my legs especially for the occasion. Before you get baking for next weekends games (because I know you all tailgate, right?) you need to print this recipe. These ooey gooey Chocolate Chip Caramel Butter Bars are the dessert that your next party will be talking about for days.
This recipe is a brainchild of so many other recipes. I started thinking about all my favorite gooey bars, especially the chocolate chip ones. But then I thought I’ve been there, done that…so I decided to make my favorite sugar cookie recipe and add chocolate chips. But, still, I wanted to fallifize (remember that word I made up?) the recipe…so I decided to use caramel in the center, like I did with my Caramel Peanut Butter Cookie Bars.
All in all I ruminated about this recipe for DAYS before I finally made it. Seriously, I went back and forth akin to my husband picking his fantasy team for the week.
The result of all my brainstorming resulted in these Chocolate Chip Caramel Butter Bars. They’re a sugar cookie crust, made with my favorite Challenge Butter, stuffed with gooey chocolate chips and layered with caramel sauce. Once they bake they’re gooey to the MAX. As you can tell, I probably cut these a little too soon.
I wanted the gooey to come across in my photos…and they ended up being plate-and-fork bars. But after a few hours of chilling in the refrigerator they were much more manageable finger food.
1 1/2 cups unsalted Challenge butter
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
2 large eggs
2 tablespoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 teaspoon salt
4 cups + 1/4 cup all purpose flour, divided
2 cups chocolate chips
1 (11-12 ounce) jar caramel or salted caramel ice cream topping
Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 9×13” pan with foil and spray with nonstick cooking spray.
Cream butter and sugar with a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or you may use a hand mixer).
Once the mixture is creamed and fluffy, mix in the eggs and vanilla extract until smooth, then mix in the baking soda, cream of tartar, and salt.
Slowly mix in 4 cups flour until the mixture is just combined, then stir in the chocolate chips.
Press about 2/3 of this mixture in the bottom and about 1/2” up the sides of the prepared pan.
Stir the caramel sauce and remaining 1/4 cup flour in a small bowl.
Pour over the top of the dough.
Drop spoonfuls of the remaining dough evenly over the top of the caramel.
You can find complete recipes of this CHOCOLATE CHIP CARAMEL BUTTER BARS in crazyforcrust.com
Honey Garlic Salmon – garlicky, sweet and sticky salmon with simple ingredients. Takes 20 mins, so good and great for tonight’s dinner.
Little G started school today and my life is back to normal. You know, the regular stay-at-home-mom normal. Waking up, preparing breakfast, getting the kid ready for school, send him to school and then wonder what should I be making for tonight’s dinner.
Today is one of those days, and will be the same for many more days for the rest of the school year. I went to the market and there are some amazing and fresh wild salmon available. Perhaps some garlic noodles with salmon tonight, with his favorite Parmesan roasted cauliflower. I have to say that our dinner has changed a lot with the growing little G.
While he likes Asian food such as rice and noodles, on any given days, his favorite food are still American-style dishes. Well, he is not like me, born and raised in Malaysia. He is an American! Good for him, but also good for me as I learn to make a variety of dishes now.
This honey garlic salmon is very simple, so easy to execute with very little ingredients; honey, garlic, and lemon are pretty much what you need, with the good old salt and black pepper. Start it on the skillet and finish it off with broiling in the oven (I love this extra step to char the surface of the food). A little extra two minutes make the dish so much more better. For busy moms, this honey garlic salmon recipe can be done on the skillet and equally tantalizing!
12 oz salmon, cut into 2-3 strips
Pinch of cayenne pepper
2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon warm water
1 1/2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar or lemon juice
1 tablespoon olive oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 lemon, sliced into wedges
Season the surface of the salmon with salt, black pepper and cayenne pepper. Set aside.
Mix the honey, water, apple cider vinegar, lemon juice and a pinch of salt together. Stir to combine well.
Heat up a skillet with the olive oil. Pan-fry the salmon until half done.
Add the garlic into the pan until slightly browned.
Add the honey mixture and lemon wedges into the skillet, reduce the sauce until it’s sticky.
Finish it off by broiling the salmon in the oven for 1 minute or until the surface becomes slightly charred (optional step).
This is the fall recipe you’ve all been waiting for- Pumpkin Coffee Cake! A big slice of spiced pumpkin cake with cream cheese filling in the center and crunchy brown sugar-cinnamon crumbs on top drizzled with sweet glaze, paired with a cup of coffee is perfect way to start a fall day. And that’s what I love the most about every coffee cake. You can devour a big fat slice of cake in the morning without filling any guilt. I’m totally obsessed with coffee cakes.
Perhaps you’ve noticed, two of the three recipes have cream cheese filling. Well, I know, I know… Coffee cake should be simple, single layered cake with streusel topping and possibly with a simple glaze drizzled on top, but who cares?! A little cream cheese filling won’t hurt anyone!!!
Cream cheese filling makes this moist and flavorful, spiced pumpkin cake really special. You could eat it for a breakfast or a snack, but it look fancy enough to show off at a Halloween party or to be served as a dessert after Thanksgiving dinner.
No matter when or where you eat it, you’re going to love this Pumpkin Coffee Cake. The cake itself is not too sweet, but it’s very moist and flavorful. Crunchy brown sugar-cinnamon streusel topping and powdered sugar glaze sweeten the cake. When you grab a fork and dig in, you’ll have the perfect combo in every single bite.
If you want to make all from scratch and make your own pumpkin puree, instead using stuff from the can, you can find the recipe here. If you love the combination of pumpkin and cream cheese, I recommend you to try my Pumpkin Cheesecake with Oreo Crust or my Pumpkin Lasagna recipe.
Here are more pumpkin desserts to enjoy in cozy fall days:
Mummy Pumpkin Cookies
Snickerdoodle Pumpkin Cookies
Wthie Chocolate Pumpkin Cups
For Crumb Topping:
¾ cup flor
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
4 Tablespoons sugar
4 Tablespoons light or dark brown sugar
6 Tbsp. unsalted butter- cold and cut into small cubes
For Cream Cheese Filling:
8 oz. cream cheese-softened
4 Tbsp. sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 egg white
For Pumpkin Cake:
1 ¾ cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 egg yolk
2/3 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup sugar
1 cup pumpkin puree
½ cup oil
½ cup plain Greek yogurt
1 ½ teaspoon vanilla
For the Glaze:
3/4 cup powdered sugar
1-2 Tablespoons cream or milk (I used cream)
First make the crumbs:
in a bowl stir together flour, sugar, brown sugar and cinnamon.
Add chilled cubed butter and using a fork or pastry blender press to combine evenly and create large crumbs. Set in the fridge until ready to use.
Preheat the oven to 350 F. Grease 9 inch springform pan, line the bottom with parchment paper and set aside
( I baked this cake in 8 inch springform pan and it almost overflow the pan while baking so you better use 9 inch pan, but your cake won’t be as tall as the cake on the photo).
To make cream cheese filling in a medium bowl beat together softened cream cheese and sugar until creamy.
Mix in egg white and vanilla just to combine. Set aside.
To make the cake toss together flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice, set aside.
In a large bowl mix together egg, egg yolk, sugar and brown sugar, pumpkin puree, oil, Greek yogurt and vanilla to combine evenly.
Add dry ingredients and mix to combine.
Pour half of the pumpkin cake batter in the pan, spoon cream cheese filling on top.
Gently pour remaining pumpkin cake batter, smooth the top, sprinkle with crumb topping and bake 45-55 minutes
(until the toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, a few moist crumb is OK)
Start checking after 45 minutes because if you bake it too long the cake will be dry.