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cherry chocolate chip cookie recipe!

Posted on: Monday, February 22, 2016

Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookies

Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookies

Happy Monday! I’ve been trying to experiment more in the kitchen, but usually end up cooking dinner or breakfast, rather than bake. This weekend, I decided to try to bake something from scratch and made cherry chocolate chip cookies! Major yum. I followed this recipe and given I hardly *ever* bake, I was pleasantly surprised that I already had all the ingredients on hand, minus chocolate chips & cherries.

We’ll be snacking on these all week! Here’s how to make them yourself and a few pics of the finished cookies {before E and I each ate like…4 of them).

INGREDIENTS:
¾ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
¾ cup brown sugar
¼ cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2¼ cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cornstarch
¼ teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
1½ cups semi-sweet chocolate chips {i used chocolate chunks from whole foods}
¾ cup maraschino cherries, diced into small pieces

Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookies

INSTRUCTIONS:

In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugars with a hand or stand mixer until light and fluffy, about 3-4 minutes. Mix in the eggs and vanilla, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.

In a separate bowl, add the flour, baking soda, cornstarch, baking powder, and salt and whisk to combine. With the mixer on low speed, slowly add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients and mix until just combined. Stir in the chocolate chips and cherries by hand and cover the bowl.

Chill the dough in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours and up to 24 hours. I made the dough Saturday afternoon, left my cookies in the fridge overnight and baked on Sunday afternoon!

Preheat the oven to 350ºF and line baking sheets with parchment paper or a greased pan. Measure out ¼ cup balls of dough {I used an ice cream scoop} and place them on the baking sheets. Bake the cookies for 11-13 minutes until the edges are just starting the brown and the top still looks slightly undercooked. Allow to cool for 2-3 minutes.

ENJOY!

Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookies

Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookies

This post and recipe was shared in collaboration with Wayfair.

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yum! cast iron apple pie recipe

Posted on: Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Wayfair Battle of the Pies

E’s absolute favorite food is pie!! i would much prefer a fruit pie over cake or most other desserts too and we even opted for pies as our wedding dessert instead of a cake. my grandma made 25+ completely homemade pies – it was AMAZING!

when wayfair asked me if I wanted to join their #WayfairPieBakeOff campaign, i absolutely jumped on the opportunity. i never have made a pie on my own so thought it would be a fun {and delicious} challenge. they simply asked me to make a pie and document the recipe with a few pics, so here it goes!

we don’t actually have a pie pan, so i decided to up the challenge even more and get creative with our beloved cast iron skillet. while i have a lot of respect for those people with the patience to make a pie crust from scratch {or homemade pizza dough…or homemade pasta…}, i opted for the store-bought version. plus, we don’t have a ton of countertop space in our apartment, so it was much easier and effective to just buy the crusts. here’s the original recipe I used for inspiration; but my slightly tweaked version of the recipe is below!

Ingredients:
3 Granny Smith apples
2 Braeburn apples
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup sugar (original recipe said 3/4 cup)
1/2 cup butter
1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar (moving forward, I would recommend 1/2-3/4 cup instead)
2 pie crusts
1 egg white
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
Vanilla ice cream

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350º. Cut apples into 1/2-inch-thick wedges — I started to peel all of them, but realized our peeler was terrible so ended up going for a more “rustic” look and some apples still had their peel on them. Toss apples with cinnamon and 1/2 cup granulated sugar.

2. Melt butter in a 10-inch cast-iron skillet over medium heat; add brown sugar, and cook, stirring constantly, 1 to 2 minutes or until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat, and place 1 piecrust in skillet over brown sugar mixture. Spoon apple mixture over piecrust, and top with remaining piecrust. Whisk egg white until foamy. Brush top of piecrust with egg white; sprinkle with 2 Tbsp. granulated sugar. Cut 4 or 5 slits in top for steam to escape.

3. Bake at 350º for 1 hour to 1 hour and 10 minutes or until golden brown and bubbly, shielding with aluminum foil during last 10 minutes to prevent excessive browning, if necessary. Let cool for 15-20 minutes and top with vanilla ice cream. YUM!

Here’s how the pie turned out! Both E & I were super happy with the final result – it was really tasty! I ended up making this pie in the evening {because I just couldn’t justify spending a sunny Sunday afternoon cooped in the kitchen baking a pie!} so the lighting wasn’t the absolute best. These first two photos below don’t do the pie justice, which is why I snapped a photo the next day of the half-eaten pie. I have no doubt the pie will be completely finished in the very near future.

Have you ever made a pie? What’s your favorite type of pie? I’d love to know! xo

Wayfair Pie Bakeoff

Wayfair Pie Bakeoff

Wayfair Pie Bakeoff

Battle of the Pies

*please note, in return for this post, i was compensated a wayfair gift card. 

homemade juice + granola

Posted on: Wednesday, January 29, 2014

YOU GUYS! i had last monday off for mlk day and used it as a perfect ‘catch up on life’ day. that included doing some stereotypical san francisco things like making homemade juice AND granola. i juice pretty frequently and on monday, i made two different types of juice. my roommate has been on a homemade granola kick that’s insanely addicting so i decided to try it out myself. what i love about the granola is that it seriously tasted better than anything i’ve bought in the store, plus has WAY less sugar. one reason i love juicing so much is because i can drink healthy without spending $8/juice. buying veggies and fruits from the farmer’s market makes it super easy.

in case you’re looking for some healthy and tasty drinks and eats, here’s a few quick and easy recipes!

green juice:
-1 bunch kale
-1 bunch swiss chard
-4 stalks celery
-1 apple
-directions: wash, throw everything into juicer slowly, enjoy.

orange juice:
-1 orange
-5 carrots
-4 stalks celery
-directions: peel orange, throw everything into juicer slowly, enjoy.

granola: inspired by this recipe on a beautiful mess {doubled}
-4 cups oats (old fashioned, not quick cooking)
-2 cups pumpkin seeds
-1 cup chopped walnuts
-1/2 cup dried blueberries and cherries
-2/3 cup olive oil
-2 teaspoon salt
-1 teaspoon cinnamon
-1/2 teaspoon ginger
-2/3 cup honey
-1 teaspoon vanilla extract
-directions: in a bowl combine the oats and nuts/seeds. pour in oil and honey and stir to combine. add in all seasoning and vanilla and mix well. spread out on a baking sheet covered in parchment paper and bake at 350 F for 30 minutes, stirring every 10ish minutes. add in dried fruit during the last 10 minutes of baking. i wanted my granola to have some bigger chunks in it rather than small individual pieces, so i tried to not mix/stir TOO much during the baking process.

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