January 30, 2013 by Bake Up, Little Suzy
I’ve been sitting on these cookies. I mean, I’ve been sitting on the recipe for these cookies.
I first made these delightful treats nearly two years ago for a bake sale. My singer/actor friends (Mickey and Judy) and I needed to raise money to produce a musical. The show was in August, and it didn’t seem right to post about cinnamon-kissed cookies perfect for Christmastime in the sweltering summer heat.
So I tucked the recipe away, and made a mental to note to share the recipe closer to the holidays. Then I forgot about them entirely until somewhere around St. Patrick’s Day 2012. Well, shoot, I thought (except I probably thought a stronger word than ‘shoot’). Now I’ll have to wait another eight months before I can post this recipe! How will I sleep at night, knowing all my imaginary internet friends will be again deprived of my snickerdoodles with cinnamon chips?
As it turns out, I slept just fine. Christmas 2012 came and went, and I forgot, once more, to share the recipe. I’m pretty sure that if I file this recipe away again, by the time you get it, you’ll be able to bake the cookies in the glove compartment of your flying car.
I suppose you could serve them for Valentine’s Day, with some line about your sweet-hot cinnamon love. But that’s your business.
Continue reading for the Snickerdoodles with Cinnamon Chips recipe.
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December 30, 2012 by Bake Up, Little Suzy
Happy Holidays, imaginary internet friends! And congratulations on surviving the end of the world. Now I’m off to Barnes and Noble to demand a refund for my Mayan wall calendar. Wish me luck!
In the meantime, I hope you’ll take another look at the 10 most popular recipes I shared this year.
S’mores Fried Ice Cream with Chipotle Chocolate Sauce
Asparagus Lasagna with Pancetta, Goat Cheese, and Lemon
Baked Churros with Cinnamon Ice Cream and Dulce de Leche
Loaded Baked Potato Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Cinnamon Roll Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Homemade Oatmeal Cream Pies
Toffee Cashew Cookies
Chicken Pot Pie Soup with Pie Crust Crackers
Jalapeno Popper Grilled Cheese Sandwich
And the most popular recipe of 2012:
Pepperoni Stuffed Chicken Breasts
Here’s to a delicious (and gooey) new year!
Category Asparagus, Bread, Breakfast, Cake, Caramel, Carrots, Celery, Chicken, Chocolate, Cookies, Corn, Dessert, Family and Friends, Fruit, Garlic, Green Beans, Grilled Cheese, Handsome Greg, Ice Cream, Jalapeno, Lemon, My Mom Rules, No Cheese Left Behind, Nuts, One-Dish Meals, Onion, Pasta, Peas, Pork, Potato, Professor Meowington, Recessipes, Sandwich, Sauce, Soup, Spread, Tomato, Turkey, Vegetable, Vegetarian | Tags: asparagus,bread,breakfast,cake,caramel,carrots,celery,chicken,chocolate,cookies,corn,dessert,fruit,garlic,green beans,handsome greg,ice cream,jalapeno,lemon,my mom rules,no cheese left behind,nuts,one-dish meals,onion,pasta,peas,pork,potato,professor meowington,recessipes,sandwich,sauce,soup,spread,tomato,turkey,vegetable,vegetarian | 2 Comments
December 13, 2012 by Bake Up, Little Suzy
Dear Martha Stewart,
When I read your recipe for Aunt Maggie’s Jam Thumbprint Cookies, I had the highest of hopes. See, I had this jar of fig jam in the fridge, and I wanted to use it for something special. I’d spent countless hours perusing Pinterest boards when I came across your simple recipe for what seemed to be the perfect vehicle for my sweet, figgy spread.
The cookie that came to be in my galley kitchen, however, was nothing like the cookie you (and your commentariat) described.
And yes, I’ll admit that I didn’t exactly follow your recipe to the letter. It’s true—I browned the butter then cooled it in the fridge before creaming it with the sugar.
But still! Should that have affected the recipe to such a dramatic degree that instead of a perfectly round, soft, chewy confection, I ended up with a charmingly misshapen, tender, delicate shortbread? Really, if it weren’t for the sweet-sticky figs and $8 worth of pine nuts, this cookie would be nothing but an over-sized, nutty bite of heaven that melts in your mouth.
It’s lucky for you that this cookie turned out as beautifully as it did. Your reputation was really on the line.
Bake Up, Little Suzy
Category Cookies, Dessert, Fig, Fruit, Fruit Desserts, Nuts, Vegetarian | Tags: cookies,dessert,fig,fruit,fruit desserts,nuts,vegetarian | 1 Comment
March 4, 2012 by Bake Up, Little Suzy
Every year for as long as I can remember, Mom and I make a trip out to Shakopee to get our nerd on at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival. No, we don’t dress up in corsets and snoods, but we thoroughly enjoy the brave souls who do.
As soon as we arrive, we make a careful plan for the day. We see all our favorite acts – the Elizabethan Syngers (yes, with a Y), the Fandazzi Fire-Eaters, and the dulcimer player Mom has a crush on – and in between performances we admire the lovingly-crafted artisan wares. Then we eat tempura veggies and sip cheap red wine from ye olde plastic cups.
At the end of the day, when we’re full and tired and covered in dust, we make a final stop to buy a treat for the road at my very favorite booth, The King’s Nuts (ba-dum ching). As much as I enjoy Pearson’s classic salted nut roll, the pre-made treat languishing in a vending machine for who-knows-how-long simply can’t compete with the King’s fresh, handmade confection – tender nougat dipped in soft caramel and rolled in salty-sweet cashews.
One recent snowy afternoon, I was dreaming of sunny days at Ren Fest, when I was overwhelmed by a craving for the King’s sweet, tender, salty nuts. Why are you snickering?
I was considering a run to the gas station for a candy bar, when I remembered the toffee chips and cashews in the pantry. An hour later, I was pulling crispy-chewy cookies from the oven. I folded a warm cookie in half in my hands, and it broke along the curvy salted borders of the cashews. The sticky toffee bits fought to keep the two halves together.
Craving satisfied; crisis averted.
Continue reading for the Toffee Cashew Cookies recipe
Category Caramel, Cookies, Dessert, Family and Friends, My Mom Rules, Nuts, Vegetarian | Tags: caramel,cookies,dessert,my mom rules,nuts,vegetarian | 31 Comments
January 29, 2012 by Bake Up, Little Suzy
As I may have mentioned once or twice before, I spent last summer singing in a musical revue of TV theme songs at the Minnesota Fringe Fest. Every evening leading up to the festival, the company gathered to learn the intricate harmonies of our favorite old television theme songs – Laverne and Shirley, The Great Space Coaster, Charles in Charge, Joanie Loves Chachi, and dozens more.
I left rehearsal each night awash in sweet nostalgia, remembering all the lost treasures of my youth. Sweet Valley High books, Love’s Baby Soft, Donkey Kong, feather earrings. And in honor of our opening night performance, my own personal retro-fest extended to the kitchen, where I prepared one of my favorite childhood meals: an open-face Spaghetti-O’s sandwich on spongy, white Wonder bread, liberally buttered, and for dessert a Little Debbie Oatmeal Cream Pie.
I sat down to dine on happy memories in the sparkly glow of unicorn stickers, and I was sorely disappointed. The Spaghetti-O’s were nothing but pasta mush and mysterious gristle-balls in metallic-tasting goo. Uh-oh, Spaghetti-O’s, indeed. And the Oatmeal Cream Pie was oddly textured, and so sugary sweet, a single bite made my teeth ache.
Sadly, my beloved childhood meal held up over time about as well as Elizabeth Wakefield’s tuxedo shirt.
I suppose it wasn’t all that difficult to let go of my fondness for Spaghetti-O’s sandwiches – the things I loved about them are easily duplicated in a big-girl plate of pasta and a sliced baguette. But how could I expect fresh-faced Little Debbie to mature along with my palette? It soon became clear that the only solution was to make oatmeal cream pies from scratch.
The recipe is adapted (just barely) from Natalie’s Killer Cuisine, where Little Debbie grew up and graduated with a master’s degree in tasty treats for the kid inside. The cookie-cakes are quietly spiced with nutmeg and cinnamon, then filled with creamy marshmallow frosting. The soft, puffy cookies combined with a fairly stiff filling made for a relatively tidy dessert with few squissues.
Continue reading for the Homemade Oatmeal Cream Pies recipe
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April 8, 2011 by Bake Up, Little Suzy
Blue Umbrella Productions is hosting an ongoing bake sale to help raise money for our summer musical, Those Were the Days: A Tribute to Television Themes. I’ll be taking and fulfilling orders Girl-Scout style, plus filling any special requests (like scones for Mother’s Day!) until rehearsals begin in June.
I’ve got a menu of both sweet and savory treats to choose from posted below. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to place an order for pick up or delivery. (Twin Cities only. $10 minimum on orders outside of the Banks Building.)
Popcorn with Truffle Salt
Fresh, fluffy popcorn is tossed with aromatic, savory truffle salt for a luxurious movie-night upgrade.
3 cups: $1.75
6 cups: $3
These bite-size, buttery lemon shortbread cookies will melt in your mouth.
Half dozen for $2.75
Dozen for $5
Crispy on the outside, chewy on the inside, light as a cloud, with coconutty goodness all the way through.
Half dozen for $4.25
Dozen for $8
Snickerdoodles with Cinnamon Chips
Classic snickerdoodles (sugar cookies rolled in cinnamon sugar) get an extra boost of flavor with creamy cinnamon chips.
Half dozen for $5.50
Dozen for $10
They’re bigger, they’re better, and they’re baked fresh with no mystery ingredients.
Half dozen for $8
Dozen for $15
Oatmeal Cream Pies
A grown-up version of the classic treat – the cookies are rich and spiced, and the creamy filling is not overly sweet.
Half dozen for $8
Dozen for $15
Mini Strawberry Hand Pies
Light, flaky butter crust filled with sweet strawberry jam.
Half dozen for $8
Dozen for $15
Sweet and Spicy Candied Nuts
Crunchy almonds and pecans baked in a party-perfect blend of cinnamon, sugar, and a pinch of cayenne.
4 oz. for $4
8 oz. for $7.50
12 oz. for $11
1 lb. for $14.50
Category Bars, Breakfast, Chocolate, Coconut, Cookies, Dessert, Family and Friends, Fruit, Fruit Desserts, Lemon, Nuts, Pie, Scones | Tags: bars,breakfast,chocolate,coconut,cookies,dessert,fruit,fruit desserts,lemon,nuts,pie,scones | No Comments
February 28, 2011 by Bake Up, Little Suzy
I think I love parchment paper more than other people do.
I first tried baking with parchment paper a couple years ago after an unfortunate scone episode, and I’ve been a devotee ever since.
If I’m eyeball-deep in baking fresh cookies, and I realize that the only missing ingredient is parchment paper, I will sooner bring production to a halt and drive to the store for a box of parchment paper, than consider browning my beautiful batter on a greased cookie sheet.
I only recently discovered 50 kindred spirits who feel as strongly about parchment paper as I do, when I joined the I Love Parchment Paper Facebook group.
Parchment paper is an absolute MUST in baking these tart and sweet, buttery lemon cookies. They’re baked to a delicate, crispy perfection. Then you slide them off the paper with gentle fingers into a softly melting pillow of powdered sugar.
At that point, what you do with them is your business.
Recipe below the fold
Category Cookies, Dessert, Family and Friends, Fruit, Fruit Desserts, Lemon, Professor Meowington, Vegetarian | Tags: cookies,dessert,fruit,fruit desserts,lemon,professor meowington,vegetarian | 4 Comments
February 8, 2011 by Bake Up, Little Suzy
Back in December, I made candies with Cap’n Crunch for the company holiday potluck, because I thought it would be hilarious.
Less hilarious? Trying to use up a nearly-full $4 box of intensely sweet cereal.
I really hate to be wasteful, but between the Cap’n Crunch buckeyes and today’s chocolate chip (and Cap’n Crunch!) cookies, I’ve barely made a dent in the mountain of expensive cereal.
These cookies are actually pretty tasty. A standard chocolate chip cookie, but with chewy-crunchy little nuggets throughout. Not a favorite, but definitely not a fail.
Next up, I’m considering Cap’n Crunch French Toast, or Cap’n Crunch-crusted Chicken. Or I suppose I could use it as packing peanuts.
Recipe below the fold
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January 26, 2011 by Bake Up, Little Suzy
I’m not gonna lie: these cookies are a pain in the ass to make.
Putting together the filling was no big deal, but I think I actually lost my will to live a couple times while tempering the chocolate and dipping the centers. Or at least, I think I may have contracted restless leg syndrome or something. Seriously. Tempering chocolate sucks.
I wish I could say, then, that these treats were not worth the trouble. The truth is, they were like the best damned Reese’s peanut butter cup EVAR. They were worth all the restless leg syndrome in the world.
And they have ground up Cap’n Crunch in them. So, y’know.
I’d never heard of Buckeyes – it’s a regional thing, I guess, that we don’t have in Minnesota. I was irritated enough by the whole chocolate tempering thing to not bother with the special dipping technique to make them look like creepy-ass eyeballs. I guess we can call them Cap’n Crunch Balls, then. But I don’t think I want to do that, either.
Recipe below the fold
Category Chocolate, Cookies, Dessert, No Cheese Left Behind, Vegetarian | Tags: chocolate,cookies,dessert,no cheese left behind,vegetarian | 11 Comments
January 19, 2011 by Bake Up, Little Suzy
These cookies bring out the selfish jerkface in me.
I want to keep them all to myself. And I can – neither Mom nor Handsome Greg like coconut. So whenever I make ice cream, and I end up with four egg whites in the fridge that I just have to use up, and ohmygosh I totally forgot that you guys don’t like coconut, then I have a batch of warm, chewy macaroons, just for me.
I feel that I should find something to criticize about these cookies, that if I just gush and gush, I’ll be like the girl who cried cookies, and eventually, no one will believe me.
But I just can’t help myself. I love these cookies. They’re perfect. Crispy on the outside, chewy on the inside, light as a cloud, with coconutty goodness all the way through.
Oh, and they’re pretty heart-healthy. There’s no oil in them, and no yolks, just the egg whites. The most saturated fat you’ll find in these cookies will be in the coconut, and there’s no cutting the coconut.
Recipe below the fold
Category Coconut, Cookies, Dessert, Family and Friends, Fruit, Fruit Desserts, Handsome Greg, My Mom Rules, Vegetarian | Tags: coconut,cookies,dessert,fruit,fruit desserts,handsome greg,my mom rules,vegetarian | 3 Comments