If you’ve followed my BabyCakes quest at all, you’ll recall I have a love-hate relationship with the chocolate chip cookie sandwiches. I adore them (and they are in high demand by those lucky enough to have sampled them), but virtually every batch turns out differently. Thus, they make for an unpredictable and sometimes frustrating baking experience. Lately I’m three for four in successful attempts. Given how delicious they are, I suppose I’ll take those odds.
Two of those perfectly successful attempts at the infamous treats were completed during girls’ night at my place. Not only do Brooke and Kim apparently serve as good luck charms… but baking with friends makes it even more fun. Plus, I feel slightly less gluttonous keeping only a third of the booty.
Also… frosting making recently became MUCH easier thanks to my new VITAMIX! I love it and we are having fun making lots of new blended treats. And, of course, perfecting the classics like my beloved frosting! After a couple of attempts at frosting with the new gadget, I am slightly sad to report it doesn’t always work miracles (at least one soupy post-Vitamix attempt logged to date), but I have discovered that a half batch in the Vitamix seems to perform consistently well.
|YAY for the Vitamix!|
A couple other items I’ve repeated lately but neglected to blog about:
- Chocolate Chip Cookies (several times)… lately with walnuts thanks to an addition by Brooke that the hubby decided he really liked.
- Banana Bread with Walnuts… overcooked it this time! Sigh. I cannot win. But the 24 mini muffins I made from the extra batter turned out great. A small consolation.
- Brownies… warm with ice cream – will never get old!
- Blondies… still a few tucked away in my freezer!
- Apple Crisp… okay, this is actually kind of new and I suppose I should have photographed it. My apologies! I didn’t have the stuff for apple pie crust and the store had neither blackberries nor peaches, so I combined the apple pie filling with the blackberry & peach cobbler topping. Topped with ice cream and it turned out almost caramel-like. Very good.