Cookies and Crafts for Sandy Hook #BloggersforSandyHook

Dec 18, 2012 by

As you already know, there was a horrific tragedy that took place in Newtown, Connecticut at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012. As a Mother, a parent, my heart, along with the hearts of countless others, was broken. My heart still aches. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Newtown Community as well as to the families of all those who were affected.

These are trying times, and now more than ever, we must treasure and value the time spent with our children. This Christmas will be devastating to some, who will have to spend it without their beloved child. That in itself is a terrifying thought. I cannot begin to imagine the grief being endured. Please do all you can to support the community and the affected individuals. 

I am a member of a wonderful Facebook community who wanted to organize a way for bloggers and people all over the world to show their tribute and unite in support of Newtown, Connecticut and Sandy Hook Elementary School.

It’s times like these when we feel helpless; we want to DO something but we don’t know what.

On Friday, December 21, 2012, we are going to honor the victims, families, and community of Newtown by doing a post in their honor. Cookies and Crafts for Sandy Hook will be one way we can show support in the aftermath of this unimaginable event.




On Friday, December 21, write a post sharing a cookie or a craft and a tribute to Sandy Hook Elementary School. There is no specific requirement…just do or make something to show your support. Maybe something you would make for, or with, your children.

Please spread the word about this united effort wherever you can. You can use the hashtag #BloggersforSandyHook.

Don’t have a blog? That’s okay. You can still share something for Sandy Hook. Take a picture and post it on your Facebook wall, your Twitter feed. Share on Instagram or your Google+ or wherever you can in order to unite us in our tribute.

Something people always think about in times like this is how they can help monetarily. After some searching Dorothy of  Crazy for Crust and Ashton from Something Swanky found the Newtown Youth and Family Services website. According to their website, Newtown Youth and Family Services, Inc. is a “licensed, non-profit, mental health clinic and youth services bureau dedicated to helping children and families achieve their highest potential. NYFS provides programs, services, activities, counseling, support groups and education throughout the Greater Newtown area.” All donations made to them are going to go back to those affected by the school shooting. You can go to their website here to donate.


Many bloggers have Etsy shops or businesses and have expressed a desire to donate some profits from sales on Friday, December 21 to this organization or others to help the victims, their families, and the community. If you own a shop and would like to contribute some of your profits on Friday, December 21st, please add your link to the list on Dorothy’s Blog.


We pray for all the innocent souls lost…



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Double Chocolate Cranberry Cookies for #SundaySupper

Dec 9, 2012 by

Cookies! Last year, I wondered if I could make them. I did …and they came out great! this year, I’m all in! I’m experimenting and finding tons of awesome cookie recipes. I’m not going to get to try them all but I’m building up a nice collection! That’s what makes this #SundaySupper so awesome! This weeks theme is Holiday Cookie Exchange! The titles are wonderful and I can’t wait to see everyone’s cookies!

Who doesn’t love a good cookie? We love cookies at my home, but I don’t buy them often. I feel much better making them myself, even if it’s just for the season. It also brings me comfort that they are home-made, and made with love. And a few chocolate chips. After all,  chocolate is love, right? Check out my Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookies and Ginger Molasses Cookies. Crowd pleasers!

The cookie I’m sharing with you has been tested by me twice. I guess when I say “me”, I really should be saying “us”. The first batch was good, it was finished quickly and you know that’s a good sign.I made some slight changes on the second batch. I used a bit more cocoa powder and used white chocolate chips instead of dark. That’s all. And that’s what I’m sharing with you today.


Double Chocolate Cranberry Cookies


Double Chocolate Cranberry Cookies for #SundaySupper

Recipe Type: Cookie
Author: Lyn via Best Cookies
Prep time:
Cook time:
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These cookies are sweet with a hint of tartness. A wonderful combination and very festive.
  • 1 Cup Wholewheat Pasty Flour
  • 1/2 Cup Dutch Processed Dark Cocoa Powder
  • 1/2 Cup + 2 Tbsp Butter, softened
  • 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/4 Cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1/2 Tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 Cup White Chocolate Chips
  • 3/4 Cup Dried Cranberries
  1. Preheat oven to 350F
  2. In a small bowl, sift in flour and cocoa powder. Combine with a whisk. Set aside
  3. In a large mixing bowl, beat butter, brown sugar, granulated sugar and baking powder until combined
  4. Beat in egg until combined
  5. Beat in as much as the flour with the mixer
  6. Fold in chocolate chips and cranberries with a wooden spoon or spatula
  7. Using a cookie scoop, take up rounded portions and roll into a ball. Flatten then round the edges.
  8. Place on a parchment lined cookie tray with about 2 inches apart.
  9. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to rest in the tray for about 2 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely

This recipe yielded 33 cookies
Store in an air tight container for 3 days at room temperature or freeze for up to 3 months


I’m no cookie expert. In fact, I’ve made cookies that could compete with a rock. I kid you not. I didn’t give  up though. I had to really learn about the importance of cooking time, and not necessarily how they look when they come out of the oven. Baking for too long, is just a no-no. The good thing about cookies is that once you get the hang of it, its smooth sailing after that!

Scoop, roll, flatten, shape.


Double Chocolate Cranberry Cookies – Ready for baking!


To make these cookies, I did a test run first with about 3 cookies. I learned that they do not spread much. I found that they came out  better if I hand rolled and formed them. I used a cookie scoop so the cookies were very similar in size. Who ever came up with those scoops is a genius.


Double Chocolate Cranberry Cookies – Freshly baked



Double Chocolate Cranberry Cookies


These are great for giving as gifts!


Double Chocolate Cranberry Cookies


My family really enjoyed these cookies. The inclusion of cranberries really made it festive and even more delicious.


Double Chocolate Cranberry Cookies


#SundaySupper has a special host this week, who knows all about Cookies ~  Janet Keeler, Food & Travel Editor for the Tampa Bay Times and Author of Cookielicious. Janet be joining us with tips on baking for the Ultimate Cookie Exchange and to answer any of your baking questions.  Grab a glass of milk and join us for The Ultimate Cookie Exchange during #SundaySupper this week.  We are giving away 5 signed copies of Cookielicious with 150 fabulous recipes to bake and share.


The Sunday Supper Favorite Cookie Exchange Cookies:


Do you have a favorite cookie to take to a Cookie Exchange?  Please join on us on Twitter throughout the day during #SundaySupper on December 9th.  In the evening we will meet at 7pm EST for our #SundaySupper Ultimate Cookie Exchange live chat.

All you have to do is follow the #SundaySupper hashtag or you can follow us through TweetChat.

We’d also love to feature your recipe for The Ultimate Cookie Exchange on our #SundaySupper Pinterest board to share them with all of our followers, too.


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Rum & Raisin Cinnamon Muffins for #MuffinMonday

Nov 26, 2012 by

These muffins were destined to be baked. I’ve been wanting to make Rum & Raisins muffins for a while now. The time just didn’t seem to be right, until now. I was so determined to make these muffins that I made 2 batches before I actually got to the one you see here.




Rum & Raisin Cinnamon Muffins


You see, the first batch I made was…well, lets just say I didn’t want to eat them. I realized afterwards that I had too many ingredients, or not enough moisture. Either way, it just was a disaster. I had a good laugh at myself. I don’t often throw anything away but I’m well aware that it can happen. I was a little bit annoyed though, as I don’t like to waste food/ingredients. I couldn’t save them. When I realized where I went wrong, I had renewed confidence and proceeded with a big grin.

And then as soon as I carefully placed the muffins into the oven – I saw a main ingredient on the counter. I forgot to fold in the raisins!!!!! Argh!!!!! Ok, now I was MAD! How could I have forgotten to add the raisins!!!???? I could have continued and called the muffins something else. But I really REALLY wanted raisins! So…I proceeded for the third time to make my muffins.

Has this ever happened to you? A bad baking day that turned out great?

Today’s #MuffinMonday recipe comes from King Arthur Flour – Simply Sinful Cinnamon Muffins. Of course, my own spin made it a tad bit risqué. I think I may have created a filling. Butter, sugar, cinnamon and Jamaican Appleton Rum. I’m going to call it Rum Butter. How’s that for festive?


Rum & Raisin Cinnamon Muffins for #MuffinMonday

Prep Time: 45 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 5 minutes

Yield: 15

A Cinnamon infused muffin with rum soaked raisins, and a rum butter centre Ingredients


  • Topping:
  • 1/3 Cup Turbinado Sugar
  • 1/4 Cup Rolled Oats
  • 1/4 Cup Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 3 Tbsp Unsalted Butter, softened
  • 1 Tsp Cinnamon
  • Rum Butter:
  • 3 Tbsp Unsalted Butter, melted
  • 1/4 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 2 Tsp Cinnamon
  • 2 Tbsp Dark Rum
  • Batter:
  • 6 Tbsp Sunflower Oil
  • 3/4 Cups Granulated Sugar
  • 1 Cup 2% Milk
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 2 Cups Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 Tbsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 Tsp Salt
  • 1 Tsp Allspice
  • 1 Tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 Cup Raisins
  • 1/4 Cup Dark Rum


  1. In a small bowl, soak raisins in 1/4 Cup rum for about an hour
  2. Preheat oven to 400F
  3. Line 2 muffin pans with 15 paper liners
  4. Topping: In a small bowl, combine turbinado sugar, cinnamon, oats, flour and butter until crumbly. Set aside.
  5. Rum Butter: Combine melted butter, brown sugar, cinnamon and rum in a small bowl. Refrigerate until you are ready to add to the center of the batter
  6. In a medium bowl, sift flour, baking powder, salt, allspice and cinnamon. Combine with a whisk. Set aside
  7. In a large mixing bowl, beat oil and sugar. Add eggs and beat until smooth.
  8. Add some of the milk and mix to combine. Gradually add flour and milk, mixing between each addition until fully combined.
  9. Fold in the rum soaked raisins
  10. Into each liner, add 2 tablespoons batter. Scoop 2 teaspoons of the rum butter into the centre of the batter. Cover with the remaining batter.
  11. Sprinkle the batter with the topping, gently pressing down to keep the mixture in the batter


This was from the second batch. They came out great, minus the rum soaked raisins. I guess these were Rum Butter Muffins.


Rum Butter in batter


The rum butter oozing out of the muffin. The aroma in my kitchen. Just lovely.


Fresh out of the oven


A sweet and crunchy topping, for your Monday morning delight.


Rum & Raisin Cinnamon Muffins


Moist muffins with a hint of rum.


Rum & Raisin Cinnamon Muffins


Happy Monday!


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Chocolate Banana & Truffle Muffins for #MuffinMonday

Nov 19, 2012 by

I guess every now and again, we can indulge in some chocolate goodness. Besides, there’s no better time than the upcoming holiday season. The sweet indulgences that I get flooded with on Pinterest leaves me no choice but to just dive in!

When I first saw this recipe as our selection for #MuffinMonday, the first thing I wanted to do was add chocolate chips. But then I thought… that’s too easy. And is it really festive? Of course it would taste great but, I wanted to do something else. From now until the end of the year, our #MuffinMondays will be quite sensational. I hope I can keep up! I’ll be wearing my special holiday pants on from now on. You know? The one with the stretchy waist? Yes, you know the one. We ALL have a pair!

On my trip to the grocery store, I went along my merry way, picking the items on my list. I came across my most favourite treats ever! Belgian Chocolate Truffles!!!! You guys have no idea how much restraint it takes for me not to have more than one or two at a time. That’s why I rarely buy them unless it’s around Christmas time.

While I was envisioning what I was going to do with my truffles, I had to figure out how not to eat them. Sadly, I lost about three before they could get to the batter. I wanted my muffins to have a truffle centre. Can you imagine that smooth velvety truffley centre of a muffin? Heavenly! What I love about this muffins that it’s not overly sweet but still quite a chocolatey muffin. This is the most decadent muffin I have made to date. The possibilities are endless, now that I’ve made these gorgeous muffins.


Chocolate Banana & Truffle Muffins



Chocolate Banana & Truffle Muffins

Recipe Type: Muffin
Author: Lyn via Food Network
Prep time:
Cook time:
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A chocolate treat with a sweet and decadent truffle centre
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 1 Tbsp 2% Milk
  • 2 Tsp Vanilla
  • 1 Tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 2 cups All Purpose Flour, Unbleached
  • 1/4 Cup Dutch Dark Cocoa
  • 1 Tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 Tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 Tsp Salt
  • 15 of your favourite Truffles
  1. Preheat Oven to 325F
  2. Grease a 12 hole muffin pan, or line with 12 paper cups
  3. In a medium bowl, mash bananas until smooth. Add milk, cinnamon and vanilla. Mix until combined
  4. In a large bowl, cream sugar and butter until light and fluffy
  5. Add eggs one at a time, beating after each addition
  6. Add the banana mixture to the butter mixture and stir until combined
  7. In a medium bowl, sift flour, baking soda, baking powder and cocoa powder. Combine with a whisk.
  8. Add flour mixture gradually to the banana mixture, stirring to combine after each addition
  9. Put about 2 tablespoons of batter into each paper liner
  10. Add a truffle to the centre and then cover with batter until about 3/4 full
  11. Bake for 22 minutes until a toothpick inserted comes out clean

This recipe yields 15 muffins
Adapted from


I didn’t actually decide to add the cocoa powder until when I realized that the batter was going to be plain. Yes, filled with sweet flavourful banana, but plain. I added it on a whim, and hoped that it would turn out okay. I can’t see how I could have gone wrong with adding more chocolate.


Each Truffle inserted into batter


I used two spoons to  fill each cup with the remaining batter.


Truffles covered in batter


The kitchen was filled with that comforting aroma of chocolate. I could not wait to dig in! You have no idea!


Warm Muffins


And because I simple could not wait for my muffins to cool, this is what my truffle shavings looked like after a mere few seconds of making contact. I wasn’t complaining though! It wasn’t the look I was going for but hey ~ I ate this one first!


Melted Truffle Shavings


I just couldn’t help but wonder what the inside looked like… yes, the muffins were still warm. I was on a roll :-) The centre gets firmer when the muffins are completely cooled.


Warm Truffle Centre


Sweet, messy, awesome, Truffles! Believe me when I say none of this went to waste.


Truffle Shavings


I waited for the muffins to cool completely so that I could cover them with some truffle shavings. I allowed the truffles to firm up a bit by putting them in the fridge for a few minutes before using them.  This helped me to achieve the desired results. I was very VERY happy with these muffins. My family LOVED them!


Chocolate Banana & Truffle Muffins covered in Truffle shavings


Happy Monday!


Muffin Monday is an initiative by Baker Street. A culinary journey of sharing a wickedly delicious muffin recipe every week. Drop in a quick line to join her on her journey to make the world smile and beat glum Monday mornings week after week.

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M&M and Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake by Anuradha of Baker Street

Jul 31, 2012 by

Today’s post is by none other than Anuradha from Baker Street!!! Anuradha is the brilliant baker behind Muffin Mondays. You all know how I look forward to Muffin Mondays. I always get to express my creativity with each weekly selection. I can’t wait to get back into the swing of things! Check out Anuradha’s awesome Muffin Recipes, Cake Recipes, and… okay look, just go to her blog. She has everything you ever dreamed of baking! From sweet to savory, there is something there to tickle your fancy. Her photography will leave you drooling (kind of like what I’m doing right now). You’ll thank me later!

Thank you Anuradha, for being so willing and might I say determined to see this post through! You’re such a trooper and I appreciate you! You made my day with this rich and amazingly chocolatey treat! What’s funny is – M&M’s is the treat that my kids get while they are here on vacation! A sweet coincidence! This cookie cake is absolutely perfect! Chocolate is my weakness!

Please enjoy today’s post by Anuradha: M&M And Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake


Baker Street: M&M and Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake

I’m thrilled to be guest posting for one of our very own Muffin Monday bakers, Lyn from The Lovely Pantry today. Her beautiful blog is a marriage of her two favorite hobbies – Cooking and Photography! A Jamaican Mom who improvises recipes as she goes along, her range is worth experiencing. She could whip up anything from a Chocolate Chip Granola Bar to a Spicy Thai Tuna and Fennel Salad.

Baker Street : M&M and Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake

When Lyn asked me to guest post, I agreed immediately but the deadline was strict and even though I thought I would make it, my two traumatizing weeks at the dentist’s did not allow it. Lyn, despite being continents away, was entirely understanding and let me have additional time. I can’t thank her enough for it.

In turn I decided to bake for her my favorite chocolate chip cookie cake. A cake that is perfect for just about every occasion. It’s easy, delicious and easily adaptable. My variation today is a personal favorite – M&M and Chocolate Chips.

Baker Street | M&M and Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake

M&M and Chocolate chip is quite a mouthful as it is and trust me the cake is perfect and needs no alteration but one thing I know about Lyn is she’s a chocoholic so I decided to give it a little bit of an extra chocolate glaze for her. A slice of this is just perfect to brighten any day.

Over to the recipe: Not a cookie, Not a cake. But the best of both worlds: A cookie cake sprinkled with M&Ms and chocolate chips.

M&M and Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake

M&M and Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake from

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M&M and Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake by Anuradha of BakerStreet
Recipe Type: Dessert, Treat
Author: Anuradha of Baker Street
Prep time: 20 mins
Cook time: 20 mins
Total time: 40 mins
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups flour, plus 4 tablespoons flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 11/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup M&Ms
  1. Preheat the oven to 350F
  2. In a medium bowl, mix flour, salt, baking soda, and cream of tartar. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl cream butter and both the sugars
  4. Add eggs and vanilla.
  5. Add dry ingredients to the batter and mix until well blended.
  6. Stir in chocolate chips and M&Ms.
  7. Spread the dough in a lightly greased cake tin and bake for 20 minutes.

M&M and Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake from Baker Street

Happy Baking!

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Strawberries and Cream Popsicles, Guest Post by Chung-Ah of Damn Delicious

Jul 17, 2012 by

Today’s post is by the lovely Chung-Ah from Damn Delicious. Chung-Ah’s recipe’s often remind me of my own or something that I’d eat in a heartbeat. We pretty much like the same food. I’ve said to her a few times that we could be cook-sisters. You know, those friends who you don’t mind sharing a kitchen with? Yep, that’s her. We are a part of some really cool movements like #SundaySupper and #MuffinMonday. Such a sweet brilliant soul. I was so happy when Chung-Ah agreed with such fiery spirit to guest post for me. Take a moment and visit her blog. I guarantee that you’ll love it. Her photography is beautiful too!

Check out some of Chung-Ah’s awesome recipes! A few of my favourites are Strawberry Espresso Chocolate Chip MuffinsPancetta Fried Rice and Slow Cooker Chicken Adobo (Keeping this recipe close) 

Thank you, Chung-Ah for guest posting today while I spend some quality time with my family in Jamaica. I appreciate you!!

Please enjoy today’s post by Chung-Ah: Strawberries and Cream Popsicles


Lyn is off in Jamaica and even though I wanted to sneak into her suitcase and tag along, that didn’t quite happen as I had imagined. So here I am to provide you with a refreshing dessert option, or breakfast option for some.

Now for those of you who don’t know me, I’m Chung-Ah of Damn Delicious. I’m a recent public health graduate and I love spending time in my closet-sized kitchen, whipping up quick and easy homemade meals using fresh ingredients. With my love for food, I created a food blog over a year ago which in turn led me to meet so many wonderful foodies like Lyn. I’m definitely a big fan of hers, to say the least, and I am incredibly honored to be guest posting for her. She has the most wonderful recipes, and she never ceases to amaze me with her Jamaican favorites. I mean have you seen her Jamaican Cornmeal Pudding? I could seriously gobble that up for breakfast every morning!

Anyway, before I spend the whole day talking on and on about how I adore Lyn and how I need to try every single one of her recipes, we should get down to business and talk about these popsicles.

So I bought these cute popsicle molds from Crate & Barrel a while back and even though I had like 10 popsicle recipes lined up, these molds just sat in their box, unopened, for several weeks. I don’t know why but I have this tendency to leave brand new kitchen products in their original packaging for an indefinite amount of time. I did that with my Le Creuset dutch oven and I did it again with my KitchenAid mixer. I think that sat on the couch for like a month.

It’s a sickness really. Maybe I should see someone about that.

Anyway, when I finally managed to get the molds out of their box, I inaugurated them with this awesome strawberries and cream recipe I found over at My Baking Addiction. It’s seriously one of the easiest things to make, and the only hard part is pouring the mixture into the molds without making a mess on your kitchen counter.

Yeah, like I said, super easy.


Strawberries and Cream Popsicles – Damn Delicious, Chung-Ah Rhee


Strawberries and Cream Popsicles, Guest Post by Chung-Ah of Damn Delicious
Recipe Type: Treat, Dessert
Author: Chung-Ah, adapted from My Baking Addiction
Prep time: 20 mins
Total time: 20 mins
Serves: 6
Super easy summer popsicle, using fresh strawberries and greek yogurt
  • 1 cup strawberries, pureed
  • 6 tablespoons milk
  • 1 (5.3-ounce) container Greek yogurt
  • 4 teaspoons agave
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup diced strawberries
  1. In a large bowl, combine the strawberry puree, milk, yogurt, agave and vanilla.
  2. Stir in the diced strawberries.
  3. Scoop the mixture evenly into the popsicle molds.
  4. Place into freezer and freeze until hard, at least 4 hours.
  5. Remove from freezer and run the mold under warm water to loosen popsicle, about 20 seconds.
  6. Serve immediately.

Strawberries and Cream Popsicles (adapted from My Baking Addiction)
Yields 6 popsicles


Strawberries and Cream Popsicles – Damn Delicious, Chung-Ah Rhee


Strawberries and Cream Popsicles – Damn Delicious, Chung-Ah Rhee

Strawberries and Cream Popsicles – Damn Delicious, Chung-Ah Rhee


Strawberries and Cream Popsicles – Damn Delicious, Chung-Ah Rhee


If you don’t have a popsicle mold, you should totally get one. The popsicle recipe options are endless, and you get to use up such fresh ingredients that bring natural sweetness to these babies, unlike the sugar-loaded store-bought ones. Plus, it’s a sure way to cool off on these hot summer days!




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