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!
al•mond brown•ies: (n) a square of nutty, chocolatey goodness, where one bite takes you to a world of crunchy, fudgey, gluten free heaven, leaving you wanting more. In other words, these are not your average brownies.
First of all, let’s get a couple things straight. I’ve raved over so so so many chocolate flavor pairings before (y’all know my unconditional love for chocolate), namely peanut butter and chocolate. Oh, and we can’t forget about the raspberry/chocolate and pistachio/chocolate combos. But almonds and chocolate? Ho-ly crud. You’d expect it to taste similar to the peanut butter and chocolate, but the natural flavor and crunch from the almonds with the smooth, chewy texture of the brownie is something entirely different. For real! I can’t explain it… they’re just sooooo good!
Treat yo’ self is a motto that I live by on a daily basis, no joke. Chances are, if my sweet tooth cravings kick in, I’m gonna tell myself, “hey, just treat yo’ self!” This girl has no self control. The thing is, since I’m always craving sweets, somehow I gotta make sure I’m not eating too much sugar, right?
That’s where these 5 ingredient (!!!) chocolate peanut butter cookies come into play.
I’ve realized that even though chocolate and peanut butter are my all-time favorite food combos, I’ve only really done one post featuring them! These choc pb cookies are healthy. Crunchy. Chocolate-and-peanut-butter-y. All they y’s. Best of all, they’re only 5 ingredients! Actually, they’re technically six ingredients, but salt doesn’t count. Peanut butter, cocoa, an egg, honey, baking powder, and salt, then bake and eat. Ready to be devoured in a couple minutes’ time. You know what that means? MORE SWEETS FOR ME.
I have a problem. And I’m willing to admit it, because heyyy girl, TREAT YO SELF!
Fireworks, cool summer nights by the lake, makeup sweating off my face… Happy happy fourth of july, friends! Today I’m making these dense, fudgey s’mores brownies. And they’re a teeeeeny bit healthier than your average brownie (just a smidge). Because is there any better way to celebrate America’s 200+ birthday, than with these oh-so-decadent s’mores brownies? If so, tell me ASAP, because your girl seriously wants to know.
Today, I’ve incorporated one of America’s favorite chocolate hazelnut spreads with everyone’s favorite childhood cookie, into what I’m calling nutella chocolate chip cookies. Guys… I don’t even know where to begin with these. Stuffed with luxurious Nutella and chocolate chips, these cookies are a fun and delicious twist on a classic chocolate chip cookie. Mmm! Growing up, I’d always have a quick shortbread or Girl-Scout cookie phase, but I’d always end up coming back to the good ol’ chocolate chip. I’ve always loved the warm, chocolatey, chewy-on-the-inside and crunchy-on-the-outside taste/texture of the cookie, and it’s been my favorite for pretty much my whole life. Can you blame me?
And now look how far they’ve come… even more chocolatey, with a hint of nuttiness. Nutella chocolate chip cookies are where it’s at, y’all!