Microwave Chocolate Chip Cookies

It started with regular chocolate chip cookies. I wanted cookies. I like cookies. But my oven is broken. So, I thought I’d make cookies on the stovetop! Back in my wild youth, we used to buy chocolate chip cookie pies- giant chocolate chip cookies covered in chocolate sauce and chocolate chunks. 8 year old me…

Peanut Brittle- Haiti

So, it’s still winter. Is it just me, or does anyone else feel like it’s been winter forever? I’m freezing, my skin is dry, and I want to wear a sundress, dammit! If you also feel like this winter has been dragging on for four thousand years, make this. Warm, spicy peanut brittle makes everything…

No-Bake Cheesecake

Let me tell you a little story. There was cream cheese about to go bad. And I wanted cheesecake. So, I decided to make cheesecake. Y’all with me so far? Good. So, I arrange all my ingredients. I’ve decided to make a classic cheesecake with berries on top. I’ve taken my ingredient shot, when I…

Blueberry-Vanilla Oatmeal Bars

I’ve been making oatmeal cookies from a recipe on the back of a Trader Joe’s bag for years. My family loves them, they’re healthy, and they have chocolate. Those three don’t usually happen together. They’re delicious, but have a ton of butter and sugar. I realize that might make the health part seem redundant, but…

Cranberry Walnut Scones

You can’t have high tea without scones! To be specific, these cranberry walnut scones. I’m a bit of a traditionalist when it comes to scones- I don’t like matcha, chocolate, or carrots. I’ve seen them all. To me, scones should have some fashion of dried red berries, a few nuts, and should be slathered with…

Shortbread

I went through a shortbread phase when I was 12. Not baking it, but eating it. I was obsessed. I think I got sick of it after a while- and I haven’t thought about shortbread until I was planning the menu. I always feel nostalgic around Christmas, and I thought I’d return to my shortbread…

Truffle Hot Chocolate

Oh, this was good. This was really good. Really, really good. You get my drift. I thought that little cups of hot chocolate would be the perfect way to end Christmas tea- I wanted shot glasses, originally, but none of our shot glasses can have hot liquid in them. Wimps. It still looked cute in…

Austrian Vanillekipferl

These are crumbly, buttery, and dusted with powdered sugar. They melt in your mouth and cover your fingers with powdered sugar. They are essentially the same thing as the 48 count box of Christmas cookies you can get at any supermarket. But, these are Austrian, and have a name you have to read once or…

Fudge

We all like fudge round here. I mean, it’s sticky, it’s chewy, it’s rich, it’s, well, fudgy. The ingredients of classic fudge are pretty straightforward- chocolate and condensed milk. I like to add some vanilla and cocoa powder. Some fine folks add cinnamon. Some monsters add dried fruit. But there’s a secret ingredient to fudge…

Polvorones

The first polvorones I had were from Madrid. Picture this: it was September 30, 2016. I had my first standardized test, SAT US History, tomorrow at 8 AM. Spoiler alert: I was unprepared. I cried and listened to Evanescence and ate an entire box of polvorones. I would live to regret all of this, as…