Happy end-of-holidays, everyone!  Who has baked up a storm in the past month?  I certainly have.  I wanted to share the treats I’ve made lately and particularly these melting snowmen cookies.  They take time, but if you break up the cookie baking and cookie decorating into different days, they’re relaxing and fun to make.  And heart-warmingly cute!  I meant to post the recipe earlier since clearly these are Christmas/holiday cookies, but since they’re snowmen I suppose you could make them anytime it’s snowy.  🙂

Homemade Oreo Cookies with Peppermint Frosting

 

Tomorrow is St. Patrick’s Day!  These homemade “Oreos” with peppermint frosting are the perfect treat to bring to work, school or a party to celebrate.  (They’re also the perfect treat any time!)  The cookies are like a dark chocolate version of Oreos.  You can make them crunchy like real Oreos or leave them a bit softer; it’s up to you.  The peppermint frosting is creamy, sweet and refreshing and brings that festive greenness. 🙂

 

Peppermint Chocolate Chip Cupcakes with Dark Chocolate Peppermint Glaze

 

Matt and I have officially moved!  I am so excited that I now live in a HOUSE (first time in a long time), with Matt (best part), and it’s beautiful.  We have an avocado tree in the backyard, we have a backyard!, and there’s a trail behind the lot we’re on that is so nice to walk on after work.  Oh, and the kitchen is a dream!  It has a nice stove/oven that heats things evenly and reliably.  It’s awesome.

 

It’s also inspiring.  Last week was our first real week here and I baked up a storm.  Every oven is a little different so I figured I should dive in and figure mine out!  Starting with these soft, rich peppermint chocolate chip cupcakes covered in a smooth dark chocolate peppermint glaze.

 

Blueberry Lemon Crisp with Cinnamon Oat Streusel | SunlitKitchen.com

 

Warm, sweet blueberries with tart lemon, fresh from the oven with golden crisped cinnamony streusel on top… You can get this dessert for two* in the oven in less than 5 minutes.  In 25 minutes, you’ll have a home that smells like blueberry pie and this juicy blueberry-lemon crisp with cinnamon oat streusel ready to eat.  It’s like blueberry pie except quicker, easier and healthier!

*Can be scaled to make more.

Sugar Cookies

 

Over the holiday break, I had a hankering for some traditional sugar cookies.  However, I didn’t want to fuss with rolling out the dough for cookie cutters or icing them (though that can be fun!)  These sugar cookies are quick to make and won’t test your artistic skills with colored icing — but most importantly their flavor is incredible. A hint of almond extract give these easy and delicious sugar cookies a shortbread-like flavor.  They are soft in the center and crisp on the outside, and a sprinkling of pecans makes them look cute and festive.

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I don’t know if it’s because I’ve been craving something with almond flavor lately, but these soft and chewy almond coconut cookies are absurdly good.  They have a light coconut flavor, more than a subtle hint of almond but not too much, and the texture is out-of-this-world soft and chewy.

Ultra Moist Chocolate Zucchini Cake

 

This chocolate cake has just the right balance between moistness and light fluffiness.  It is chocolate-y  and dense enough to be rich and satisfying, but it cuts easily and doesn’t sink. Also, other than brown sugar the ingredients in this cake are quite healthy!  In addition to the zucchini it uses whole wheat pastry flour and peanut butter and coconut oil instead of butter.  So use up that summer squash and satisfy your chocolate craving with this ultimate moist chocolate zucchini cake!