I bought this huge jar of tahini the other day to make salad dressing the other day, only to realize that I only ever really eat salads when I’m feeling extra extra extra healthy…which is like never. I’ve seen tahini-based desserts on my Pinterest feed for a really long time, and I’ve always been a little skeptical. But with all of this extra tahini I’ve got to use up, I thought I’d give tahini cookies a try. And GUYS it is soooooooooooooo good! ^_^
These tahini cookies taste like a milder version of a peanut butter cookie, with a slight hint of sesame. I was not expecting to love these cookies so much! The second time I made them, I threw in peanut butter chips in addition to the chocolate chips, and it definitely adds a much appreciated nutty sweetness. They’re probably my top 3 cookies I’ve ever made, and you can bet I’ll be making them again next week.
Speaking of being healthy, I just recently did a juice cleanse–the one by Pressed. And let me just say, I will not be doing it again anytime soon! The two days of a juice-only diet were pure torture: I don’t think I’ve ever been as hungry in my life. Though it did put me in a healthy sort of mindset that I’ve been maintaining pretty well since then, I don’t think I’d adamantly recommend anyone do it on a regular basis. Most of the juices were disgusting to the point where I had to plug my nose to force it down. Totally unrelated to the cookies, but I thought I’d share. Lol
Happy Chinese New Year / Lunar New Year! One of the most festive times for our family is among us, and, though it’s scaled down by a lot this year, I’m still determined to get in the spirit. These mung bean cakes give me a lot of nostalgia, and they’re such a staple dessert in Chinese cuisine. I’ve been planning out our menu for our new year’s dinner–we’re having a little Zoom call dinner sort of thing with my relatives in China–and we’ll finish out the night with these cute little cakes!
The red bean filling comes from dried adzuki red bean, which I got from Hmart, and all you really do is boil them, blend them in a food processor, and add sugar. Same goes for the mung bean exterior! Then, you use a special little mooncake mold press to make the shapes (I’ve provided the amazon link a couple of my favorites–the one I bought is sold out!)
I made almost everything from scratch; honestly, the process was sort of messy and time consuming, but it’s wayyy easier than making mooncakes and much more straightforward. It’s all worth it in the end! It’s just a lot of waiting, and I get impatient, haha.
It’s 2021, it’s 70 degrees in February, and I’m seriously just ready for it to be summer already. I’m ready for so many things to end already… school (I graduate in around 100 days!), the cold weather, and especially daylight saving’s–it makes it so hard to take photos when the sun goes down so early in the day.
My dad bought a huge box of 25+ oranges from Costco, and we’re struggling to finish them off before they go bad! I love oranges, but I’m seriously doubting if our family of three can successfully eat the whole box. Anyways, with summer on my mind and oranges for almost every meal of the day, I thought it would be only fitting to make an easy dessert recipe for the blog! These orange sandwich cookies are feature an orange shortbread dough with a bit of orange zest and an orange buttercream frosting. They’re not so overpowering, with just the right amount of citrus to be refreshingly sweet and satisfying. They’d be perfect alongside a nice cup of tea!
And how fun is it that you can see the flecks of orange in the cookies??🤗
Summer is right around the corner, and now that I’ve finished all of my AP exams, I’m completely stress-free and ready to relax! Actually, I guess I have to admit that there wasn’t much stress in the first place; especially since everything is online (and my work ethic has been at an all time low lol) and my school district has made passing classes so easy, this last part of the semester has flown by so quickly and easily. But now that my schoolwork is officially over, it’s time to get in the summer mindset: for me, that includes reading a book while lounging by the poolside, eating watermelon almost every day, and honestly just having the nice feeling of doing nothing.
These lemon cookies are the perfect way to kick off summer 2020… everything about them screams warm weather and relaxation! They’re so bright and colorful and adorable, but they’re also the perfect balance of sweet and tangy lemon flavor. I piped a lemon pattern on some of them, just for fun, which further enhances their summery appearance! They’re also slice-and-bake cookies, which are honestly some of my favorite to make – you roll the dough into a log, and slice them into cookies, and they all turn out roughly the same size without the hassle of a cookie scooper.
Give me alllllll the holiday cookiesssss! Clearly, I’m still in the holiday spirit in terms of baking (have you made my gingerbread muffins yet?)
I’m so excited to be sharing this snowball cookie recipe with y’all today. Lately, I’ve been doing a ton of baking, but this cookie is probably one of my favorites so far. It’s easily the simplest dough I’ve ever had to make, only requires a few ingredients, and is nonetheless delicious. If you’re ever feeling lazy, yet still crave the satisfaction of a sweet, warm cookie, these sugar cookies are the ones for you!
Hey guys! Happy 2 days ’till Christmas! It’s so crazy how fast this holiday season has gone by.
This year, I haven’t been in much of the holiday spirit at all, mostly because of this year’s crazy exam season (I’m a sophomore in high school). Even though we’ve decorated our house and put up our inflatable snowman outside, the stressing about studying for finals and trying to keep my grades up has honestly made me forget how soon Christmas is (and how soon it will be over!)
I was just reading through some of my most recent blog posts (although they aren’t exactly “recent” per se), and a LOT of them start off with me complaining about how busy I am, how sorry I am for not posting, and I will definitely post more consistently. If I counted how many times I’ve rolled my eyes at the incessant ramblings of my younger self, well… I’d definitely be much better at math.
This loooong break has really taught me some interesting things. Mainly, how much I’ve missed baking in my spare time. Especially since it’s the holiday season, it’s kind of sad that I’m not running out of butter and sugar because I’ve baked so many cookies, or that my house isn’t smelling like cinnamon and molasses from baking gingerbread treats from scratch. Also, I’ve missed the enjoyment and satisfaction of taking photos that are pleasing to the eye and fun to drool over. It’s always fun to challenge myself with how minimalistically I can edit my photos while making them look both natural and appetizing.
I’ve made a couple cookie recipes on my blog before. I’ve got my good ol’ nutella chocolate chip cookies (which I’m currently in the process of re-shooting/updating), peppermint sugar cookies, 5 ingredient chocolate peanut butter cookies, and even my homemade gingerbread cookies (that recipe is soooo old!!)
There are so many different cookie recipes out there, and honestly? Trying to pick just one to make is one of the most challenging aspects to baking, in my opinion. But I was flipping through Sally McKinney’s latest cookbook (her cookie addiction one), and I was delighted to stumble upon a whole section dedicated purely to oatmeal cookies!! Just looking at all the beautiful pictures was enough to make my stomach rumble. I’d forgotten how much I used to love a basic chewy oatmeal cookie.
I have a little folder I keep filled with various recipes I’ve accumulated through the years. Some of them are printed off from the internet, and others just consist of a couple ingredients I’ve jotted down when trying to come up with my own. Flipping through the stack, I actually found an old oatmeal cookie recipe I’d recieved from a baking class I took in elementary school! I played around with it a bit, because it was pretty outdated; I added less raisins and more chocolate, increased the amount of brown sugar, and added cinnamon.
They’re big, fat, and chewy—everything you could ever want in any type of cookie. They’re loaded with tons raisins and chocolate chips, but you could easily substitute nuts or any other candy. Most importantly, they’re seriously sweet.
You really can’t go wrong with an oatmeal cookie.
Thank you to Nielsen-Massey for sponsoring today’s post! I recieved a product from Nielsen-Massey’s Vanillas to help develop this recipe. Remember, I only support brands I truly believe in!
My ideal day: wake up at 6AM, make myself some of Lindsay’s peppermint mocha, eat a nice hot plate of eggs and toast with peanut butter, get ready for the day in about 20 minutes, and watch some vlogmas and Christmas movies with about 30 minutes to spare before I have to head out the door. Then, when I come home from school in the afternoon, I spend a good hour taking pictures for my blog, about another hour doing homework, go on a run, eat dinner, and get ready to go to bed at 9:30.
Reality: wake up at 7:30, spend 95% of my morning making and eating breakfast, and the other 5% doing everything else. No time for YouTube… laziness strikes again! I come home from school, rush to get those food photos taken before the sun sets at like 4:00PM, then spend the rest of the evening drowning in homework. Oh yeah, we can’t forget about editing pictures until 10:00 PM and then taking a nice, long shower (aka one of the only stress-free parts of my day). Bedtime’s at about 11:00.
Oh, hey there👋🏻Don’t mind me… just writing these last minute #Choctoberfest blog posts at about 1 AM, in addition to the sea of homework I’m currently drowning in. Productivity? Yes. Procrastinating? Absolutely. But a full 8 hours of sleep? Nahhhh.
But today, I’m sharing this crazy amazing, grain-free, refined sugar free GIANT chocolate skillet cookie, so isall good💆🏿♂️ (<— also that was supposed to be an “ok” emoji but I’m just gonna leave that there because, honestly, who cares? a guy getting a head massage is way more interesting)
(You can tell when I’m on coffee overdrive and wayyyy past my bedtime when I start doing things that I normally would never put on this blog. Like for real. You’re seeing a really different side of me today.)
However, I’m going to try and smile through the exhaustion, because I’m kind of addicted to this humongous skillet cookie and I’m really excited to share this recipe with y’all. Hope y’all will give it a try!