Gingerbread Loaf with a Spiced Icing Glaze

Nothing says Merry Christmas than the smell of freshly baked gingerbread, am I right?? What if you could have a moist, flavorful loaf filled with all that gingerbread-y goodness and drizzled with a spiced icing that is irresistible? Then do I have the recipe for you! This gingerbread loaf with a spiced icing glaze is not only festive and delicious, it’s also incredibly easy. Mix, pour, bake, enjoy. Not too challenging, right? Christmas can already be stressful enough, why bake something overly complicated. I want easy and tasty out of my holiday desserts and this one takes the cake…I mean loaf.

Christmas time is here and you know that means?? Holiday baking! Oh yeah! This time of year is arguably my favorite. Final exams are almost over, the holiday is just around the corner, and it’s a time of year when I can get back in the kitchen baking with Momma Crawford. One of my favorite holiday traditions is spending time at home, cooking and baking with my mom. Christmas music can be heard on the radio as we dance and groove around the kitchen, mixing batters and fixing up casseroles. It’s something fun I always enjoy around the holidays!

Since this recipe is so easy, it’s a great one to get your kids or grandkids involved with! Make it an afternoon they won’t soon forget. Gingerbread loaf, hot cocoa, and Christmas specials: now that sounds like a great time to me!

Gingerbread Loaf with a Spiced Icing Glaze Recipe

Ingredients

For the loaf

½ cup white sugar

½ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature

1 egg

1 c. molasses

½ c. apple sauce, unsweetened

2 ½ c. all-purpose flour

1 ½ tsp. Clabber Girl Baking Soda

2 tsp. ground cinnamon

2 tsp. ground ginger

1 tsp. ground cloves

1 tsp. salt

¼ tsp. nutmeg

¼ tsp. allspice

1 c. hot water

            For the icing

1 c. confectioners’ sugar

2 Tbsp. heavy cream

1 Tbsp. eggnog

½ tsp. vanilla extract

½ tsp. ground cinnamon

1/8 tsp. ground allspice

1/8 tsp. ground cloves

1/8 tsp. ground ginger

 

Directions

For the loaf. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Grease and flour two 9×5 inch loaf pans.

In a large mixing bowl with a hand mixer or in a stand mixer with a paddle attachment, cream together the butter and sugar until light, fluffy, and pale in color. Add the egg and beat until well incorporated. Add in the molasses and apple sauce and beat until well combined.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, salt, allspice, cloves, and nutmeg until combined. Blend the flour mixture into the creamed mixture until combined. Stir in the hot water (carefully!) until incorporated. Pour into the prepared pans.

Bake for 1 hour until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow to cool in the pan before serving.

For the glaze. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the confectioners’ sugar, heavy cream, and vanilla until well combined. Stir in the cinnamon, allspice, cloves, and ginger until incorporated. Drizzle over the loaf before serving. Store in an airtight container in the fridge when not using.

White Cheddar & Chive Scones

Holiday baking, isn’t it the best? With Thanksgiving just around the corner, my head is flooded with sweet recipe ideas, from fruit galettes to pumpkin coffeecake. But if you’re looking for a bread recipe that’s both cheesy and savory, then I have the recipe for you: savory scones. You might be thinking to yourself: “Savory scones Nate, really?” And to that I say “Yes!!” Just like sweet scones, savory ones are equally as versatile. I made mine with chives and white cheddar, but you can feel free to substitute and experiment with other cheeses and herbs.

Versatility: one of the many reasons why I love cooking.

Try some of these combinations of pairings for inspiration!

  • Feta & Basil
  • Gouda & Sage
  • Or, Mozzarella & Rosemary, just to name a few!

These scones have a perfectly golden, crusty exterior with a warm, buttery, and cheesy interior which is perfect dipping in a bowl of beef stew or in a pool of mashed potatoes and gravy. Savory bread is definitely the way to go this Thanksgiving!

White Cheddar & Chive Scones

Ingredients

2 c. all-purpose flour
1 tsp. salt
1 Tbsp. Clabber Girl Baking Powder
2 tsp. granulated sugar
4 Tbsp. cold butter, cubed
1 c. white cheddar cheese, grated
1/3 c. chives, finely diced
1 c. heavy cream + 1 Tbsp.

Directions

Preheat the oven to 425° F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, baking powder, and sugar. Cut the butter into the flour until the mixture resembles a slightly crumbly meal, making sure a few larger pieces remain. Mix in the cheese and chives until combined.

Add the cream, stirring to combine until the dough begins to come together.

Mixing Scone Dough

Transfer to the dough to a well-floured work surface.

Scone Dough on Cutting Board 2

Roll the dough out into a 7” disk about 3/4” thick.

Scone Dough on Cutting Board 1

Use a knife to cut the disk into 8 wedges.

Raw Scone Dough Close Up

Transfer each wedge to the prepared baking sheet.

Raw Scone Dough

Brush scones with the 1 tablespoon of cream and bake for 16-18 minutes or until they are golden brown and your kitchen starts smelling amazing. Cool on the pan and serve warm or at room temperature.

White Cheddar Chive Scone Hero

Chocolate Crust Pumpkin Pie – TermiNatetor Kitchen


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It’s almost Halloween! That means three things: costumes, pumpkins, and chocolate, and this chocolate crusted pumpkin pie tart hits two of those three marks. Truth be told, I’m not the biggest fan of dressing up for Halloween. I’m not against the idea of dressing up. My favorite costume growing up was the phantom from the Phantom of the Opera, hand sewn by my mom and everything. It was kind of amazing. As I’ve gotten older, I find dressing up in costumes uncomfortable. It’s hard to explain why I feel this way. Many of my friends still dress up for Halloween house parties and such. Perhaps I’m just an old soul and rather watch as others parade around in vampire, werewolf, and sexy nurse’s outfits. Perhaps as I grow older I’ll grow more comfortable with the idea. But what’s more important around this time of year is pumpkins and chocolate!

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I’m a huge supporter of the tart. There is something so quaint and simple about a tart. It’s neither too fussy nor complicated. 2016 has the year of pie crusts for me. I’ve been working with a bunch of different crust recipes, actively searching for the ideal one (“The one recipe to rule them all.” Any Lord of the Rings fans here?) For this recipe, I knew I wanted to test a chocolate crust. I think the combination of rich, buttery chocolate crust with the dense, custardy pumpkin filling was going to be scary good, and I was right! The contrast of flavors and textures was superb, then with a dollop of sweetened whipped cream just make this dish sing (or scream, if we’re keeping in theme). This tart reminded me of my Grandma Cooley’s pie, which gave me sense of home and comfort. Makes me even more excited for Thanksgiving!

Ingredients

For the crust

2 cups of all-purpose flour

3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

3 tablespoons granulated sugar

6 ounces unsalted butter, chilled and cubed

½ cup brewed coffee, cold (I used cold brew coffee)

For the pumpkin filling

¾ cup white sugar

3 tablespoons butter, softened

2 eggs, beaten

15oz pumpkin puree

1 (12oz) can evaporated milk

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

½ cup + 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

¾ teaspoon baking powder

1/8 salt

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon ground allspice

½ teaspoon ground ginger

 

Whipped cream, as topping

Directions
For the crust. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, and sugar until incorporated. Add the butter and cut into the flour until it resembles a coarse meal. Slowly add the cold coffee in thirds, stirring with a wooden spoon after each addition. Continue stirring until a soft dough has formed. Knead slightly, then mold into a circular disk. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate for a least 45 minutes (or up to 2 days).
Remove the dough from the refrigerator and allow to rest for 5 minutes. Roll out dough on a lightly floured surface (I used a mixture of flour and cocoa powder). Roll it out an inch larger than the tart pan you’re using. Transfer dough to the tart pan and trim off the excess the dough with a sharp knife. Return to refrigerator for 20 minutes before filling/baking.
For the filling. Preheat the oven to 350° F / 175° C. In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, allspice, ginger, and nutmeg. In a large mixing bowl, beat together the sugar, butter, and eggs. Mix in the pumpkin evaporated milk, and vanilla. Add the sifted ingredients and beat until smooth. This mixture is going to be a tad soupy, but don’t worry! It will thicken up as it bakes. Pour the mixture into the prepared 10-inch tart pan.
Bake for 40 to 45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove from the oven and allow cool completely before covering and allowing to chill completely before serving. Serve with whipped cream.

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6 Granny Smiths Never had it so Good: Cinnamon Apple Squares

Green Apples 1 Autumn squares were a seasonal treat growing up as a kid. I can remember the wafting aromas of slowly baking apples dredged in cinnamon and sugar coming from the kitchen. The smell of freshly baked crust escaping the oven and into my nose. A tall glass of milk in my hand and you have yourself the perfect after school snack. Apple squares are a Crawford family tradition around the autumn/holiday season. This recipe is inspired by my Grandma Cooley’s recipe, which was passed down to my mother which was, in turn, passed down to me. Traditionally, you would make a second layer of dough and roll it on top to emulate an apple pie, then a simple icing is drizzled over top. When brainstorming with my mother about ways to improve upon the recipe, she suggested taking off the top layer of crust and making an apple streusel to sprinkle on top, to which I thought “that’s a good idea!”

The smell that will come out of your oven will be indescribable. Warm scents of cinnamon and vanilla filling your kitchen. It reminds me of those chilly fall nights, a bonfire burning bright and everyone is drinking apple cider and talking and laughing. It’s food like this that brings people together. That warm, comfort food that sparks a memory and an emotion. That’s what I love about food, it runs deep in all of us. Baking family recipes like these makes me miss home at times. Being away at college can be tough, but when I take a bite into one of these apple squares, it reminds me of the people I love and the places I truly miss.

Cinnamon Apple Squares Recipe

Ingredients

Crust:

2 c. all-purpose flour

2 Tbsp. granulated sugar

¾ tsp. salt

¾ c. vegetable shortening

2/3 c. whole milk

Apple filling:

4 Granny Smith Apples, peeled or unpeeled and sliced

1/3 c. granulated sugar

1/8 c. Clabber Girl Corn Starch

1 Tbsp. lemon juice

½ tsp. vanilla extract

¾ tsp. ground cinnamon

¼ tsp. ground cloves

Streusel topping:

¾ c. granulated sugar

¾ c. all-purpose flour

1 ½ tsp. ground cinnamon

¼ c. unsalted butter, chilled and cubed

1 Tbsp. water

Icing glaze:

2 c. powdered sugar, sifted

1/3 c. heavy cream

4 Tbsp. unsalted butter, melted

Cinnamon Apple Squares 5Directions

For the crust. Chill the shortening in the fridge 15 minutes before beginning. In a large mixing bowl, stir together the flour, sugar, and salt. Cut the chilled shortening into the flour mixture until a coarse meal begins to form. Slowly add the milk and stir until the dough begins to form and come together. Transfer to a lightly floured surface and shape into a 1 inch round disc. Cover with plastic wrap and have set in the fridge for 1 hour or up to overnight.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

For the streusel. In a medium-size mixing, stir together the sugar, flour, and cinnamon. Cut the chilled butter into the flour mixture until pea-sized chunks of butter are seen. Stir in the water until combined. Cover and place in the fridge until needed.

For the filling. In a medium-size mixing bowl, toss together the apple slices, sugar, cornstarch, lemon juice, vanilla, cinnamon, and cloves until well incorporated. Set aside.

Grease a 9×13-inch baking sheet. Roll the dough out into a rectangular shape, allowing the dough to stretch past the edges of the sheet. Roll dough onto the sheet, pressing the dough out evenly. Cut off excess dough and fold edges under the dough. Crimp the edges around the sheet pan. Fill the prepared crust with the apples and accumulated juices, spreading them out in an even layer. Sprinkle the streusel evenly over the pie. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until golden brown and your kitchen is smelling of apple spiced heaven.

For the icing. In a medium-size mixing bowl, stir together the sifted powdered sugar, heavy cream, and melted butter until combined. Drizzle over top of the apple squares while they are still warm and cooling. Serve immediately.

Making Blackberry Galette

Blackberry GaletteHello, friends.

Let’s talk about blackberry galettes, shall we? Way back in the beginning stages of the blog, I was terrified to make a pie. I would dream of one day making a beautiful lattice pie with perfectly cooked apples or berries inside. People would gasp and I would be proud. Unfortunately, my luck with pie crust hasn’t always been great. There has always been something about pies that terrify me. Don’t ask me why. It wasn’t until a year later that I would stumble across this recipe for a thing called a “galette” that I would begin my journey to pie making nirvana.

A galette or a “crostata” if you want to be super fancy, is essentially an open faced pie. The best part about a galette is that the edges can look terrible, even horrid, and once it bakes it will look absolutely stunning. Seriously! The galette works the rustic look quite well. Just like a pie, you can use a plethora of different fruits. I’ve used cherries, grapes, and strawberries in the past. I hope to adapt recipes with peaches and one with apples. Hopefully sooner than later!

Taking that first bite into the galette is a far different experience. You have this perfect combination of warm fruit filling to buttery crust ratio. A galette is definitely my preferred way of making a pastry. In my opinion the presentation is equally as impressive and it doesn’t have to look perfect. If I have no idea what to do with fruit in my fridge, I 9 times out of 10 make a galette. It’s the perfect party good. Easy to serve and even easier to enjoy. Add a scoop of ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream on top and you just can’t beat it.

Blackberry Galette

Ingredients:
For the dough:
1 1/3 c. all-purpose flour
1 Tbsp. sugar
½ tsp. fine sea salt
1 large egg
Heavy cream, as needed
8 Tbsp. unsalted butter, chilled and cubed
Juice & zest of one Meyer lemon
For the filling:
3 cups blackberries
½ cup sugar
Pinch of salt
Juice & zest of one Meyer lemon
3 to 4 tablespoons cornstarch
For the whipped cream:
2 to 3 Tbsp. sugar
1 c. heavy cream

Directions:

Step 1. For the dough: In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, and salt. Set aside. In a liquid measuring cup add the egg and lightly beat with a fork. Add enough heavy cream until the mixture reaches 1/3 cup. Whisk together to combine. Set aside.

Mixing Galette Crust

Step 2. Add the chilled cubes of butter to the flour mixture and begin cutting the butter into the dough using a pastry cutter or just your hands (if you’re feeling really rustic). You are looking for pea-sized morals of butter and the for the mixture to look like moist sand. Add in the lemon juice and zest. Slowly drizzle in the egg/cream mixture (up to ¼ cup) and mix to the dough begins to come into shape. Transfer dough to a lightly floured work surface. Flatten into a disc and cover with plastic wrap. Allow the dough to rest in the refrigerator for 1 hour. (Note: dough will last in the fridge up to 3 days.)

Galette Dough Crumbs

Step 3. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper. For the filling. In a medium mixing bowl combine the berries, sugar, salt, lemon zest, lemon juice, and cornstarch. Stir to combine. Set aside.

Blackberry Galette Filling

Step 4. Once the dough has rested take it out of the fridge and allow to soften up a bit so it is easier to work with. Roll the dough out until it reaches 12-inches in diameter. Take the filling and place it in the center of the dough. Spread it out, leaving roughly a 1-inch perimeter around the doughs edge. Begin folding the edges of the dough over the berries. Brush pastry generously with leftover egg and cream mixture. Sprinkle remaining sugar on the crust. Bake for 35 – 45 minutes or until the crust of golden brown and the fruit is bubbly. Allow to cool before serving.

For the whipped cream. Place a metal mixing bowl and metal whisk into the freezer for 10 to 15 minutes. Doing this will allow the cream to stay cold and create stiff peaks quicker. Place the sugar into a mixing bowl and add the heavy cream. With a hand mixer or metal whisk, whisk just until the cream reaches stiff peaks, about 7 to 9 minutes. Add the vanilla extract in one tablespoon increments until desired taste is reached. Store in an airtight container for up to 10 hours. When ready to use, whisk for 10 to 15 seconds to reincorporate the air back into the cream.

Strawberry Pound Cake Parfaits

Pound cake is confectionery perfection. A slight exaggeration? I think not! What isn’t beautiful about a dense, moist, buttery cake? The amount of butter and eggs might frighten the weak, but you’re strong. I know when you take that first bit you’re going to forget all about the numbers and just be transcended into pound cake nirvana.



Grandma's Pound Cake

The pound cake recipe actually comes from my Grandma Crawford. Back in the day, my Grandma Crawford was known around her church and neighborhood for her baked goods, especially her pound cakes. My father tells as a kid growing up of friends and family coming to door with ingredients in hand, asking Grandma Crawford to make one of her pound cakes. And of course in true Crawford fashion, she did. For this particular recipe, I adapted her Butternut Pound Cake, which happens to be my mother’s favorite cake. I’ve made another one of my Grandma’s beloved pound cakes before, her Cinnamon-Apple Pound Cake, which happens to be my favorite cake. Both are indescribably good for their own reasons.

The original recipe is found in an old spiral notebook, handwritten by my mother. The pages are worn and the writing is slowly beginning to fade, but I knew I wanted to use Grandma Crawford’s recipe. This cake bakes beautifully, forming a perfectly golden crust on the outside and a soft yellow inside. With summer upon us, I wanted to take apart in this season’s strawberry harvest. The tartness of the strawberries complimented the sweetened cream and the rich pound cake beautifully. I decided to serve these parfaits in mini trifle bowls that belonged to my Grandma Crawford (to keep in theme!) Grandma Crawford unfortunately passed away when I was fairly little, but if she was here today, I know we would talk sweets and bake delicious pound cakes together! Maybe even a parfait or two.

Strawberry Pound Cake ParfaitsStrawberry Pound Cake Parfaits

Ingredients
For the Pound Cake:
½ pound unsalted butter, room temperature
½ cup shortening
3 cups sugar
5 eggs, room temperature
1 cup evaporated milk
2 tablespoons butternut flavoring or vanilla extract
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 ½ teaspoons Clabber Girl Baking Powder
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon Clabber Girl Baking Soda

For the whipped cream:
3 tablespoons sugar
1 cup heavy cream
1 teaspoons vanilla extract (optional)

3 cups of sliced strawberries

Directions
Step 1. For the pound cake. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F, Grease and flour a 15-cup bunt pan. In a medium mixing bowl, beat the butter and shortening until combined. Gradually add the sugar and beat until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time.

Note: For room temperature eggs quickly, add them to a 4 cup liquid measuring cup and fill with lukewarm water. Allow to sit for 10-15 minutes.

Step 2. In a 1 cup liquid measuring cup, combine the evaporated milk and butternut flavoring or vanilla extract. Set aside. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda. In thirds, alternate adding the flour mixture and evaporated milk mixture to the butter and egg mixture, making sure to end with the flour. Transfer batter to the greased and flour pan and bake for 1 hour or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool for 30 minutes in pan, then remove from pan and let cool completely.

Step 3. For the whipped cream. Place a metal mixing bowl and metal whisk into the freezer for 10 to 15 minutes. Doing this will allow the cream to stay cold and create stiff peaks quicker. Place the sugar into a mixing bowl and add the heavy cream. With a hand mixer or metal whisk, whisk just until the cream reaches stiff peaks, about 7 to 9 minutes. Add the vanilla extract in one tablespoon increments until desired taste is reached. Store in an airtight container for up to 10 hours. When ready to use, whisk for 10 to 15 seconds to reincorporate the air back into the cream.

Step 4. For assembly. Slice the pound cake into cubes, about the size of a nickel. In a parfait glass or trifle bowl, start with the cubed pound cake and layer it with strawberries and whipped cream, repeat this process until you reach the top of your glass. Serve immediately.

Strawberry Pound Cake Parfait Close Up

Classic Macaroni & Cheese

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A friend recently told me that in an article she read a statics showed that the top consumer of macaroni & cheese in the Unites States was a tie between toddlers ages 3-6 and college students. These two groups also tied in the most amount of time devoted to taking naps (fun fact!). Since I’ve been away at college, I can one hundred percent attest to these stats. The amount of naps I’ve taken and the countless pounds of noodles and cheese sauce I have consumed is too high to count! And I regret none of it.

Macaroni & cheese is a classic in my family. My mother and I have been playing around and trying new recipes for years. In recent years, she discovered a baked mac and cheese recipe that has an insane amount of cheese and cubes of butter melted into it. It is heavenly! Maybe I’ll do a blog post about it one day? But you might be saying “Nate, wait a minute. I don’t even know the first steps to making homemade mac & cheese!” Fear no longer my friend, because you are about to see that mac and cheese is super easy to make and way better than store bought.

Macaroni & cheese is essentially noodles and a Mornay sauce (which is essentially a fancy term for a basic white sauce with cheese). A Mornay sauce is this equation = roux + cream + cheese.

The beauty of this recipe is that it is completely adaptable! Experiment with different types of cheeses, seasonings, and even infused creams to add a deeper depth of flavor. Below I have included a list of some ideas you (and I) could try and experiment with.

Herb infused cream can add a beautiful depth of flavor to any savory or sweet dish. In a small sauce pan, heat up 1 cup of cream (either milk, heavy cream, or half and half) until it begins to steam.

Take the sauce pan off the heat and in 1 to 1 ½ tablespoons of any fresh herb or spice (ie. Rosemary, mint, basil, sage, lavender, chamomile, etc.). Cover and let sit for 25 minutes. Strain out the herbs and store in an airtight container.

  • Herb infused butter: Mix together softened butter with any minced herb. Cover and use when needed!
  • Try different cheeses such as Havarti, mozzarella, feta, and maybe even goat cheese!
  • Season your mac and cheese
    • For heat: use red pepper flakes, smoked paprika, and/or cayenne pepper
    • Use fresh or dried herbs! My mother typically uses garlic powder, onion powder, and Italian seasons.
    • For a curry inspired dish: add a touch of turmeric for a beautiful orange/yellow color
  • Bake it in the oven!
    • Transfer to an oven safe casserole dish and top the mac and cheese with cheese, bread crumbs, bacon crumbles, fresh herbs, or even crunched up Cheetos or Fritos.
  • Chill it, bread it, and fry it! Great as an appetizer.
  • Have a “Build your own” mac and cheese party! Cook up a big pot of sauce with multiple types of pastas and toppings and let your guests build their own mac and cheese.

Macaroni & Cheese Beauty

Macaroni & Cheese Ingredients

12 oz. box elbow macaroni pasta
4 Tbsp. butter
1 Tbsp. Clabber Girl Corn Starch
1 c. milk
1 c. heavy cream
1 c. Gouda cheese
1 c. cheddar cheese
½ c. Parmesan cheese
Salt and pepper, to taste

Directions for Macaroni & Cheese

Fill a large Dutch oven halfway with lukewarm water. Add a pinch of salt and heat over medium heat until the water begins to boil. Once the water begins boiling, add the pasta and cook via the instructions on the book. Strain pasta through a colander and return to the Dutch oven.

Elbow Macaroni

In a medium sauce melt the butter. Once the butter is melted, whisk in the corn starch. This mixture of corn starch and fat is called a roux. Allow the roux to cook for a few moments. Then slowly pour in the cream and whisk to combine.

Note. In order to have the sauce thicken up more quickly, heat the cream in the microwave for 30-45 seconds, just to warm it up. Having the cream roughly the same temperature as the roux will help it thicken up faster.

Whisk the cream occasionally until the sauce begins to thicken, about 5 minutes. Once the cream begins to thicken, lower the heat slightly and add the cheeses, whisking to combine. If the sauce seems too thick, add more cream. Stir continuously until the cheeses have melted into the sauce. Season with salt and pepper. Remove from heat. Add the cheese sauce to the cooked pasta and toss to combine. Serve immediately.

Combining Macaroni & Cheese

Optional step: If you want to bake the mac and cheese, make sure to under cook the pasta slightly. Heat the oven to 350 degrees F. Transfer the mac and cheese mixture to a greased baking dish. Top with bread crumbs, a drizzle of olive oil, and a light sprinkle of cheese if desired. Bake for 20 minutes or until the cheese is bubbling.

Chocolate Chip Cookie No-Churn Ice Cream Sandwiches

I love chocolate chip cookies. I haven’t met a person who doesn’t love the buttery crumbs of a freshly made cookie. This chocolate chip cookie recipe comes from my mother’s index of recipes. This recipe is one of the few foods that will always bring me happiness, time and time again. Nowadays, when I’m feeling stressed or anxious, I whip up a batch of these cookies and my worries, much like the plate of cookies, quickly begin to vanish. There is something so comforting about biting into a warm chocolate chip cookie. It’s a memory thing.

Growing up, my mother would make my brother and I these cookies as an after school treat. Right off the bus, we could smell the wafting sends of melted butter and gooey chocolate. Running into the kitchen, these buttery beauties were cooling slowly on the counter. My mother would put a few cookies on a plate, hand my brother and I each a glass of milk, and the two of us would begin eating as many cookies we could possibly stand until our stomachs ached. Its memories like these that come from these cookies that will always leave a lasting impression on me.

No-churn ice cream is a popular trending in the blogging/home cooking scene. Like myself, who doesn’t have enough cabinet space to hold all my plates let alone an ice cream machine, this no-churn recipe is the way to go. Just three simple ingredients and six hours of waiting and you have a creamy and sweetly decadent dessert that can be great on its own, topped with hot fudge, or sandwiched between two chocolate chip cookies. Hey! Now that’s a good idea.

Chocolate Chip Cookie No-Churn Ice Cream Sandwiches

Ingredients
1 c. brown sugar
1 c. granulated sugar
2/3 c. butter, soften
2/3 c. shortening
2 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla extract
3 c. flour
1 tsp. Clabber Girl baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1 (12-oz. bag) semi-sweet chocolate chips

2 c. Heavy Cream
1 (14 oz.) can Sweetened Condense Milk
2 Tbsp. Vanilla Exact

Directions

For the ice-cream: Place a metal mixing bowl and metal whisk into the freezer for 10 to 15 minutes.

Take the bowl and whisks out of the freezer and add the heavy cream. Begin to mix on medium-high speed until stiff peaks form, about 7-8 minutes.
Add the sweetened condensed milk and mix with a large wooden spoon or baking spatula until fully combined. Stir in the vanilla extract. Transfer to a 9×13 baking pan. Place in the freezer until set, about 6 hours.

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For the cookies: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. In a stand mixer fitted with a hook attachment, beat together the brown sugar, granulated sugar, butter, and shortening until the mixture is incorporated and light in color. Add in the eggs and vanilla extract and mix until combined.

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Slowly add in the dry ingredients: flour, baking soda, and salt. Allow to mix on low at first, then gradually increase speed as the mixture begins to come together. Stir in the semi-sweet chocolate chips.

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Using a tablespoon, form the dough into little spherical drops (about 1 ½ tablespoons). Spread the dropped dough 2 inches apart. On a 9 x 13 cookie sheet, 12 drop doughs fit perfectly.


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Bake for 8-10 minutes or until the bottoms is a light golden brown color. Let cool completely.

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For the sandwiches: Add one scoop of set ice cream onto one the bottom of one cookie. Sandwich another cookie on top and serve immediately.

Chocolate Chip Cookie No-Churn Ice Cream Sandwiches

Recipe yields: 24-30 cookies or 12-15 sandwiches.