Cake and Cookies

Cookie Dough CakeWhat happens when you take two of your favorite things ever and put them together? I decided to test this out with cookie dough and cake. What did I end up with? Complete magic. I took this amazing eggless cookie dough, and through it in the middle of a vanilla cake with buttercream frosting. The result was better than I could have imagined… I can’t wait to mix and match more of my favorite foods. Cookie Dough CakeCookie Dough CakeCookie Dough CakeCookie Dough CakeCookie Dough Cake

Cookie Dough Cupcakes

CDCCookie dough and cupcakes are two things that I absolutely love eating. When I found this recipe, I knew it was going to be my next baking project. These cupcakes are awesome, but they aren’t what I would call a quick fix, they take a little time. Luckily you will have some cookie dough to hold you over while you are waiting for cupcakes to be completed. Throw in a movie and make these on the side and you won’t regret it… they were worth the effort. cookiescupcakescupcakescupcakesCupcakecookiecupcakes

Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie

Cookie PieIn case you didn’t already know, I love chocolate. I need to eat chocolate every day. I was frantically searching my apartment for something chocolatey to eat, but all I could find was chocolate chips. There is nothing better than a warm, homemade chocolate chip cookie – and I had all the ingredients for the classic snack already in my pantry. But then I started fantasizing about one of my favorite restaurants and the best dessert on their menu, a deep dish, hot and melty, chocolate chip pie, a la mode, and I immediately starting searching for a recipe. I found this recipe that was prefect and so easy to make. They recommend letting it cool completely, but I obviously stared at it for 10 minutes, and then couldn’t wait any longer. I cut in even though it was still burning hot and melting everywhere. So yummy!CDPCDPCDPCDPPieCDP

New York Cheesecake

I love cheesecake – but for me it’s one of those delicious treats that I don’t eat very often. Cheesecake is so decadent, rich and creamy and I always associate it with holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas. Since we were having a very low-key Thanksgiving this year, I decided to be daring and try to make the cheesecake on my own (since there wouldn’t be too many people around if it came out bad).  I wanted to make a classic New York cheesecake, Juniors/Cheesecake Factory style. I used the crust recipe from here and the cheesecake recipe from here.  A perfect graham cracker crust with a thick and creamy center, and I topped mine off with a very thin layer of sour cream. Since this was my first time, there are a few things I just learned along the way that weren’t noted in the recipe. Here are two extra tips for cheesecake-making-virgins: I made this the day before we were eating it – but two days later the cheesecake was much better and more seasoned. Also, take out of the fridge about an hour before serving for a creamier cheesecake.