Fresh From The Oven

November 29th, 2006

The quintessential chocolate chip cookie recipe, right out of the oven. Note the particularly large baking sheets, important for high throughput:

Chocolate chip cookies fresh from the oven

Cranberry Orange Pecan Bread

November 20th, 2006

This is one of the first bread recipes I ever tried and it remains one of my favorite:

Cranberry orange pecan bread

Here is the precise recipe followed (though doubled): Cranberry Orange Loaf.

Pumpkin Apple Walnut Bread

November 20th, 2006

I believe that this is the true identity of this mystery bread, but with fuller walnuts and sliced open. Good for the Thanksgiving time of year when the Libby’s packed pumpkin is free-flowing.

pumpkin apple walnut bread

Here is the original recipe, straight from the Libby’s site: Spiced Pumpkin Nut Bread.

Mint Brownies

November 19th, 2006

Whenever the local hospital staff visited my workplace for the bi-monthly blood harvest, they brought these mint brownies for the blood donors. Eventually, I noticed that the same recipe was in a Hershey’s cookbook on my shelf. Not so hard:

Mint brownies

A somewhat cakey brownie recipe with a mint frosting and chocolate topping. To be fair, I can’t imagine that this recipe is the exact same as the blood bank uses since the mint filling uses creme de menthe. I tend to think it would be frowned upon to use alcohol, in however small doses, in a hospital recipe.

As stated before, I have the worst time coming up with novel and tasty holiday-themed recipes. Well, this is my stock St. Patrick’s Day recipe.

Cranberry-Filled Pumpkin Muffins

November 17th, 2006

Drawing inspiration from both my recent success with filled muffins and the impending Thanksgiving holiday, I created these cranberry-filled pumpkin muffins. The filling is that obnoxious jellied cranberry sauce that’s all over your grocer’s shelf this time a year. Thankfully, this recipe is a worthy use for it.

cranberry-filled pumpkin muffins

Strawnana Bread

November 15th, 2006

I had completely forgotten what this photograph depicted until I realized that I had already submitted the picture to AllRecipes– Strawnana Bread.

Strawnana bread

It’s interesting to note that, at the time of this writing, the primary picture they use on that strawnana bread page is starkly different from mine. In fact, I really don’t understand how you could produce something that looks like this given the ingredient list:

Strawnana bread

S’mores Bars

November 14th, 2006

Here’s another guaranteed crowd pleaser– S’mores bars. This is the stock recipe that comes from the side of the Golden Grahams box. Unfortunately, they were already neatly wrapped and ready for transport by the time I remembered to take a picture:

s'mores bars with Golden Grahams cereal

Sometimes I use the Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal instead.

s'mores bars with Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal

Swirl Pizzelles

November 13th, 2006

This is what you get when you mix anise pizzelles and chocolate pizzelles:

swirl pizzelles

Fruity Krispies Treats

November 12th, 2006

Here are sliced fruity Rice Krispies treats (although, to be fair, I don’t think there are any official fruit-flavored Rice Krispies; there are the Flintstones Fruity Pebbles, but this recipe uses giant bags of generic, fruit-flavored, crisp rice cereal):

fruity krispies

This is the whole 13×9″ pan, waiting to be sliced; so festive!

fruity krispies in the pan

Blueberry Cookies

November 11th, 2006

These blueberry cookies suffered the same fate as a batch of strawberry cookies (made with strawberry puree) baked not long before– while they are phenomenal when fresh out of the oven, they are just plain mushy after they cool for a few hours. It’s difficult to make good cookies from fresh fruit.

blueberry cookies

Here’s the original AllRecipes link: Blueberry Drop Cookies.