Homemade Pokey Sticks

Homemade Pokey Sticks

Throughout college, I longed for the buy one get one free days at Gumby’s.  The pokey sticks are like garlic cheesey bread, but in pizza form.  Absolutely a comfort food in college, great as a snack or late night food.  I’ve also been one to eat these for breakfast!

When I saw this recipe on Lauren’s Latest, I was very excited because it was quite close to the original Pokey Sticks.  This is a savory snack, great appetizer, so served with a salad could be dinner on it’s own.  I hope you enjoy!

Head over to Lauren’s Latest for the recipe.

I do not have a Kitchen Aid mixer so I did the dough by hand.  You can do it!



Chocolate Chip Cookie Bottomed Cupcakes

Chocolate chip cookie bottomed cupcake 5I figure this post is good timing given the Seahawks win today in the playoffs!  These sprinkles were a gift from my roommate.  I love the colors of these!  These are a really rich and decadent dessert.  I am in love with warm chocolate chip cookies and with the amazing buttercream frosting, these cupcakes were a hit!

Chocolate chip cookie bottomed cupcake 7If you are ready to take your cupcakes to the next level, try these out!  Head over to How Sweet Eats for the recipe.

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Chocolate Mint Crinkles: Food Blogger Cookie Swap 2014

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It is finally that time of year again, time for the annual food blogger cookie swap!  This is my third year participating.  It’s always a little challenging to think of a durable cookie recipe.   I am a huge fan of mint chocolate, so when I saw this recipe come up I got excited!  I find that mixing in melted chocolate to the base of the cookie makes for really wonderful, rich flavors in the cookie dough.

In other news, I was called in last night to delivery a baby.  It was my first time delivering a patient that I have known since her first prenatal visit.  It was such a rewarding and amazing experience!

A huge thanks to Krista at Destination Delish for her Chocolate Dipped Orange Spitz Cookies with Candied Orange Peel Sprinkles, Tanaya’s Table  for her Bourbon Pecan Pie Cookies and Elana from Stir and Strain for her Rum Balls.

Chocolate Mint Crinkles

recipe from Bakers Royale


  • 1 3/4 cup plus 2 Tbsp spooned and leveled bleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsps baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 8 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, finely chopped (I used Trader Joe’s chocolate chunks)
  • 2 3/4 cups sugar, divided
  • 1/4 cup of canola oil
  • 3 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted and warm, not hot
  • 2 Tbsp light corn syrup
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ tsp of peppermint extract
  • 1 cup powdered sugar


  1. In a medium bowl, beat together well the flour, baking powder, and salt and set aside. Melt the chocolate in the microwave on 50 percent power for 1 minute, stir, and microwave for 15 seconds more and stir; set aside.  You can continue to microwave in 15 second intervals until all the chips are melted if needed.
  2. In a bowl using a hand mixer, beat together 2 1/2 cups of the sugar, the oil, butter and corn syrup to blend. Beat in the eggs, egg yolk, vanilla and peppermint extract. Then on low, beat in the melted chocolate. Add the flour mixture and beat in on low speed. Wrap the dough in plastic and refrigerate for several hours or overnight.
  3. Heat oven to 325 degrees F. Line baking sheet with parchment. Take out about one-quarter of the dough at a time to shape. Roll the dough into 1 inch balls. Pour the remaining 1/4 cup granulated sugar into one bowl and the confectioners’ sugar in another bowl. Roll each cookie dough ball lightly in granulated sugar first, then very heavily in confectioners’ sugar.
  4. Arrange cookies 2 inches apart on the foil. For crisp cookies, bake 11 to 12 minutes. For a chewier cookie, bake 8 to 10 minutes. Bake one sheet at a time. Allow cookies to cool for 1-2 minutes, the press flat with a spatula.

Pumpkin Cheesecake with Gingerbread Crust

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If you are looking for an epic cheesecake recipe you have come to the correct place.  I made this for Thanksgiving last year and it was an absolute hit. This is a very light and fluffy cheesecake.  It has great pumpkin pie flavors that mesh well with the gingerbread crust.  The fresh whipped cream and candied pumpkin seeds are nice for an extra special touch but this would be delicious without them.

The key to making a cheesecake that does not crack on the top is to let it cool to room temperature in the warm oven. This allows the cheesecake to gradually pull away from the edges and the top to stay together.

Pumpkin Cheesecake Recipe

adapted very slightly from Brown Eyed Baker

Crust Ingredients
2 cups gingersnap cookie crumbs (about a 14-oz package of cookies, I used the Trader Joe’s Triple Ginger Snaps)
2 Tbps light brown sugar
Pinch of salt
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

Cheesecake Ingredients
32 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
¾ cup granulated sugar
½ cup light brown sugar
2 cups (about a 15-oz can) canned pumpkin
4 eggs, at room temperature
2½ Tbps heavy cream
1 Tbps vanilla extract
1½ tsp ground cinnamon
½ tsp ground ginger
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp ground nutmeg
¼ tsp ground cloves
¼ tsp ground allspice


1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Double-wrap the bottom and outside of a 9-inch springform pan with heavy duty foil. Mix together the crust ingredients and press into the bottom of the springform pan. Bake for 6 to 8 minutes, or until lightly browned. Remove from oven and cool completely. Reduce oven temperature to 325 degrees F.

Pumpkin Cheesecake with Gingerbread Crust 12. Bring a pot of water to a boil for a water bath.

3. Beat together the cream cheese and the sugars on medium speed until smooth and creamy, scraping the sides of the bowl as needed, about 3 minutes. Add the pumpkin and mix on low until completely incorporated. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well until fully incorporated and scraping down the sides of the bowl between each addition. Add the heavy cream and vanilla and beat until well combined. Add the cinnamon, ginger, salt, nutmeg, cloves and allspice and mix on low to incorporate.

4. Pour the batter into the prepared crust. Tap the pan on the counter to release any air bubbles. Place the pan into a larger pan and pour the boiling water into the larger pan until it is about halfway up the springform pan.

5. Bake for 55 to 65 minutes, or until the edges are set, but the middle still jiggles a little. Keeping the oven door closed, turn off the oven and let the cheesecake rest in the oven for 1-3 hours. After 1 hour (wait at least one hour to prevent the top from cracking), remove the cheesecake from the oven, carefully remove it from the water bath, remove the foil and place the cheesecake on a wire rack to cool completely, about an additional 2 hours. Once completely cool, refrigerate for at least 6 hours (preferably overnight).

6. Cover any leftover cheesecake with plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Wrapped, the cheesecake can be frozen for up to 2 months.

Sugared Pumpkin Seeds

Recipe from Sprinkle Bakes

1/2 cup raw pumpkin seeds
1 egg white
pinch of salt
2 Tbsp granulated sugar
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1. Line a cookie sheet with a piece of parchment paper
2.  Whisk egg white until frothy.  Place pumpkin seeds in another bowl, and pour in just enough egg white to coat the seeds (do not add the whole egg if you don’t need it).  You will most likely not use the entire egg white.  Add salt, sugar and cinnamon.  Toss well to coat.
3. Spread seeds on baking pan.  Bake for 15-20 minutes until they begin to dry and color.  Cool completely on a wire rack.  
4. Break the sugared seeds into large pieces and keep them separate from the cheesecake until just before serving.
5. Immediately prior to serving, pipe on fresh whipped cream to the edges of the cheesecake.  Then add pieces of sugared pumpkin seeds to decorate. This is a cheesecake that will impress everyone who sees and eats it!

Arugula Almond Pesto

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Halfway through the CSA season late summer I was getting greened out!  I had a lovely bunch o arugula and I was looking for alternative ways to use it besides in salads.  I came across this recipe that I had saved and I’m a total sucker for pesto.  This was absolutely delightful and a great way to use arugula.  Enjoy!
Arugula Almond Pesto
adapted slightly from Cookie and Kate
  • 16 ounces of pasta of your choice
  • 3 cups of packed fresh arugula and/or basil, tough stems removed
  • ¾ cup sliced almonds
  • ½ to ¾ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3 garlic cloves, peeled and roughly chopped
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste


1.Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup pasta water, and set aside.

2. To make pesto, combine all ingredients from arugula to pepper in a food processor and pulse until a paste is formed.  Season with more salt and pepper taste.

3. Combine with drained pasta noodles.  Sprinkle with fresh cheese if desired.

Cinnamon Chocolate Chip Cookies

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I love chocolate chip cookies fresh from the oven.  In fact, I love them warm so much that I usually gently microwave all my cookies prior to eating them to recreate the melty chocolate goodness :)  I love trying out new recipes and these cookies had great texture and I loved the rich flavor added by the browned butter and cinnamon.  I also added some sprinkles for fun!

Cinnamon Chocolate Chip Cookies

recipe from une gamine dans la cuisine


  • 16 Tbsp unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup tightly packed light brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 Tbsp strong, brewed coffee cooled to room temperature
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 12 oz bag of semisweet chocolate chips


1 Place the butter into a medium-size saucepan. Melt the butter over medium heat.  Continue to stir the butter to prevent the bottom from burning.  The butter will become frothy and will begin to turn a golden brown.  Remove the saucepan from the heat and allow the butter to cool to room temperature.

2. In a separate, large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, baking soda, and cinnamon and set aside.

3. Beat together the browned butter and both sugars on medium-high speed using a hand mixer until creamy and smooth (about 7 minutes).

4. Add the egg, egg yolk, vanilla, and coffee and beat on medium speed to combine.

5, On low speed beat in the dry ingredients until they’re incorporated into the wet.

6. Fold in the chocolate chips.

7. Cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap, and refrigerate the dough for at least 12 hours.

8. Remove the dough from the fridge and allow it to come to room temperature.

9. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

10. Measure out about 1/4-cup of dough per cookie, and place them on the prepared cookie sheets, leaving about 2-inches of space between each mound of dough.

11. Bake for 12-16 minutes, or until the edges of the cookies are just starting to turn golden brown.  Remove the sheet from the oven and allow the cookies to rest for a few minutes before transferring them to a cooling rack.

* the center may appear under-baked but it will firm up as it cools

Crack Pie

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Crack Pie.  The name simply gives it away.  Warm, buttery, gooey deliciousness topped with powdered sugar.  This is my second recipe that was inspired from a Momofuku Milk Bar creation.  Check out the birthday cake I made (to die for!).  They make such rich, decadent desserts.  I really want to go try one at the bakery, but unfortunately it is all the way in New York City.  Luckily, you can make your own creation at home!

Crack Pie Recipe

adapted slightly from Bon Appetit


Oatmeal Cookie Crust

  • Nonstick vegetable oil spray
  • 10 Tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 5 1/2 tablespoons (packed) golden brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons old-fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/8 tsp baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Buttery Filling

  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup (packed) golden brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp nonfat dry milk powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, melted, cooled slightly
  • 6 1/2 Tbsp heavy whipping cream
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Powdered sugar


1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 13×9 baking sheet with parchment paper and coat with nonstick spray.

2. Combine 6 tablespoons butter, 4 tablespoons brown sugar, and 2 tablespoons sugar in medium bowl. Using electric mixer, beat mixture until light and fluffy. Add the egg and beat until pale and fluffy. Add oats, flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt and beat until well blended, about 1 minute.

3. Turn oat mixture out onto prepared baking pan; press out evenly to edges of pan. Bake until light golden on top, 17 to 18 minutes. Transfer baking pan to rack and cool cookie completely.

4. Using your hands, crumble the oatmeal cookie into large bowl.  Add 4 tablespoons butter and 1 1/2 tablespoons brown sugar. Rub in with fingertips until mixture is moist enough to stick together. Transfer cookie crust mixture to 9-inch-diameter glass pie dish. Using your fingers, press mixture evenly onto bottom and up sides of pie dish. Place pie dish with crust on rimmed baking sheet.

5. Whisk both sugars, milk powder, and salt in medium bowl to blend. Add melted butter and whisk until blended. Add cream, then egg yolks and vanilla and whisk until well blended. Pour filling into crust.

6. Bake pie 30 minutes (filling may begin to bubble). Reduce oven temperature to 325°F. Continue to bake pie until filling is brown in spots and set around edges but center still moves slightly when pie dish is gently shaken, about 20 minutes longer.

7. Cool pie 2 hours in pie dish on rack. Chill uncovered overnight.  Top with powdered sugar prior to serving.



Kale Salad with Tahini Maple Dressing

Kale Brussel Sprouts Salad 3This is a simple dressing to make that pairs well with kale.  The brussel sprouts add an extra crunch!  Happy Summer Salading!

Kale Salad with Tahini Maple Dressing Recipe

adapted slightly from Cookie and Kate

  • 1 bunch of green kale, stems removed and chopped
  • 12 brussels sprouts, shredded
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 3 tablespoons sliced almonds
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • dash of sea salt
Tahini Maple dressing
  • ¼ cup tahini
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons white miso paste
  • 2 teaspoons maple syrup
  • pinch of red pepper flakes
  • ¼ cup water
  1. Place the kale and brussel sprouts in a serving bowl.  Sprinkle the chopped carrots, almonds and cheese over the leaves.
  2. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the tahini, vinegar, miso, maple syrup and red pepper flakes. Whisk in the water until the mixture is smooth and creamy. Pour the dressing over the kale and sprouts and mix well.
  3. Serve immediately.  If making individual salads, pour the dressing on immediately before serving.

Bourbon Apple Pie

Apple Bourbon Pie 4Oh pie!  This is a little spin on traditional apple pie.  I personally love crumble toppings a lot and so when I saw this pie had a crumble top I had to go for it!  The bourbon and apple cider add a nice punch of flavor.  This will definitely be my new go to apple pie recipe.

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I ended up having a little extra pie and filling and made two mini pies using ramikins.  The pie crust recipe is really quite amazing, AND it makes enough for three pie crusts which keep well in the freezer.

Visit How Sweet  It Is for the recipe here!