Thursday, May 24, 2012

Homemade Cinnamon Chips

Earlier today I mentioned I was going to try out a couple of recipes for cinnamon chips so I can make the brown sugar cinnamon cookies....Well, I succeeded.

Recipe #1 didn't work out well. It turned out to be more like brittle. I was going to throw it out but I decided to keep it and use it as cupcake toppers.

Recipe #2 worked out well! Only 2 ingredients.

Melt the chocolate.. and add around 4 T of cinnamon (You can use as little or as much as you'd like).

Fill a piping bag or ziplock bag and snip the tip. Pipe small chips onto wax paper.

Let cool and harden for 30 minutes or so.

VoilĂ ! You now have cinnamon chips!
They're very tasty!

Store them in a cool, dry place.

Happy baking!!
*You don't have to use Wilton brand. You can use any kind of white chocolate bark or melting candy. This is just what I had on hand*

A Search For Cinnamon Chips

I decided to make brown sugar cinnamon cookies for the holiday weekend coming up, but I couldn't find cinnamon chips anywhere. People were giving me ideas of where to look and even a recipe to make my own. Well, I've got that batch of  "chips" in the oven, so we'll how that goes. Judging by the look of it, I'm not sure it will work. It certainly smells heavenly! If it works I will post the recipe and pictures later.
If it doesn't work, I found a different recipe on a fellow food lovers blog (click here). The recipe is only 2 ingredients! So that's a plus. Whichever one I decide works for my cookie recipe I'll post on here ASAP! 

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Oreo Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookie

Oreo Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies. (Picture from my phone)

Mom and I are always craving something sweet so I decided I'd head into the kitchen and whip something up. I needed something quick and, hopefully, easy! As I was exploring some of my favorite blogs yesterday I happened to come across this lovely treat. In case the picture isn't good enough for you tell-- It's a stuffed Oreo chocolate chip cookie. Since I didn't have a whole lot of time, I just made enough for four cookies. You might think four cookies isn't enough, but these are about the size of my head. 

I'm thinking about making them for this coming up Memorial Day weekend. I usually do cupcakes, but I don't want my family to burn out. Besides, who doesn't like cookies?!

I will post my own adaption of the recipe this weekend after I've tested it out.

In the meantime, click here for Bridget's recipe!

Happy baking!!

Monday, May 21, 2012

My introduction...

I guess my first post should be an introduction about myself..

My name is Kristina and I'm in my mid twenties and  I love to experiment in the kitchen.  But what I love to do most is bake, cupcakes specifically...
I suppose that's all you really need to know about me, but I know people like to know a lot more about the person behind the blog. So, here goes...

I come from a family that loves to cook and eat. I think we have family get togethers just so we can eat. (Not that I'm complaining. It gives me a reason to experiment with my cooking and baking.)
My mother worked in bakeries doing everything you could imagine. She even did wedding cakes on the side. (I might even post some of her work on here in the future.) I remember always following her around like a puppy when she had a cake order, because I was always so interested in how she did things. Particularly, the decorating. She no longer works in bakeries, and only does cakes for an occasional family member, but to me she's still very talented.

My grandmother, on my dad's side, also had a love of baking. So much so that she would often make pies, cakes and cookies for everyone that held an office in her small home town. She was well loved by everyone. =) Every Christmas, without fail, she would make dozens upon dozens of any kind of sweet you could imagine. That was her gift to people. In her tiny house she had a pantry devoted to baking, and I was always a little jealous of it all.
This past November my grandmother passed away. We think she's baking pies for everyone in Heaven. So, we'll no longer get to enjoy her treats but we have so many memories that the whole  family holds dear.
When she passed, I inherited most of her baking arsenal...  I had already started dabbling in baking more than your everyday cupcakes and cookies, but when I got all of her supplies I was inspired to do more.

And this is where my story begins...