Sea Salted Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Sea Salted Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

I’m back!

Sea Salted Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

(Well, maybe. See the last bit of this post!)

Sea Salted Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Anyway, I finished grad school three weeks ago yesterday (!).

Sea Salted Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Then I immediately went to Boston for an intense but awesome two-week-long institute related to my job (!!).

Sea Salted Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

So writing-wise, I must admit I’m a little spent (thus the brief nature of this post)…

Sea Salted Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

But luckily, exhaustion of the mind does not have anything to do with baking! So here’s what I made today, on a whim: another favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe (can’t believe it wasn’t on the blog yet!) sprinkled with a treat I bought myself when I was in Massachussetts: Maldon sea salt, which I’ve been trying to find for a long time!

Sea Salted Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

These are delicious: chewy, chocolatey, giant, and the fancy sea salt is the perfect finishing touch to play off the brown sugar and dark chocolate.

Sea Salted Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

My birthday’s coming up, and I do have plans to bake myself a cake, so you’ll see that soon. And who knows, maybe I’ll start baking and blogging again… but for the time being, I am completely reveling in having no reading to do or papers to write, and I don’t want this blog to become a to-do list. So posts may be sporadic, but I hope you’ll enjoy them when they pop up!

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Sandwich Cookie Party

Sandwich Cookie Party

I was so lucky last week to bake once more for Anthropologie!

Sandwich Cookie Party

Since I’m on summer break from grad school, it worked out that I could squeeze in some baking time for one of Anthropologie’s summer events series.

Sandwich Cookie Party

I decided to make the baking more interactive this time around: a make-your-own sandwich cookie party!

Sandwich Cookie Party

I made two cookies–sugar cookies and brownie cookies–and two kinds of frosting–rose and chocolate malt. The idea was that you could mix and match either cookie with either of the frostings.

Sandwich Cookie Party

I was also so happy that my new Milwaukee blogger buddy Colleen from Inspired to Share came out to join us, too! (Her blog is awesome–make sure you check it out!)

Many thanks to Lyn, Shannon, and the rest of the Anthropologie team for having me back this summer! It was so much fun!

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Lemon Berry Pie

Lemon Berry Ginger Pie

I’m back for a post with my very first pie!

Lemon Berry Ginger Pie

I made this for a friend’s pie-bake-off party. I wasn’t totally pleased with the result but for a first try pie, it was pretty good. (Plus I did get some compliments, so my baker’s ego isn’t totally ruined! 😉 Especially since I handmade the pie dough!)

Lemon Berry Ginger Pie

I would make this again but next time would definitely invest in the crystallized ginger the recipe calls for, since without it the streusel is pretty lame and not zingy enough. I really liked the addition of a quick lemon curd glaze as a prettier topping, though! Also, the pie dough is rolled out rather thick–about 1/4″–but it’s a good choice since the berries have a lot of water in them and the juice will bubble over.

Lemon Berry Ginger Pie

Finally, I’m excited to say that I’m participating in another event at Anthropologie this summer! They’re holding events for local women to talk about something they’re passionate about and I’m reprising my role as baker-in-residence on August 1 at 6 PM. I hope you’ll come join me if you’re local! I’ll be bringing treats for sure.

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Cinnamon Sugar Doughnuts

You guys. I finally bought a doughnut pan.

Cinnamon Sugar Doughnuts

I couldn’t resist. They’re the only thing I’ve wanted to bake lately. And you can’t make doughnuts without a doughnut pan. (Well, I guess you could, but I’m not into deep frying.)

Cinnamon Sugar Doughnuts

I blame my friend AJ, who started this madness, and Tracy from Shutterbean, whose recipe I used– I love her blog (and you should definitely listen to her on the Joy the Baker Podcast)!

Cinnamon Sugar Doughnuts

These are delicious and are super fluffy, so you barely realize you’re eating baked doughnuts instead of fried. They’re going into work with me tomorrow because even I cannot eat six doughnuts in one night. So… two lucky people are going to be getting doughnuts tomorrow.

Cinnamon Sugar Doughnuts

I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted, but grad school certainly keeps a girl busy. Happily, I can now fuel my studies with doughnuts.

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Black & White Cookies

Black & White Cookies

In honor of the Oscars, some black & white cookies!

Black & White Cookies

I can’t believe I don’t have this recipe on the blog yet.

Black & White Cookies

It’s a good one: a little fussy, to be sure (it is a Martha Stewart recipe, after all), but worth a bit of work.

Black & White Cookies

A warning, though: without the icing, the cookies don’t taste amazing; and without the cookies, the icings taste way too sweet. So when you taste test along the way, just keep that in mind–they’re best when completely assembled.

Black & White Cookies

On a completely unrelated note, I have, in my limited amounts of spare time, been watching Alias. That spy show with Jennifer Garner from the early 2000s. Oh man. It is so good and addicting. Like Revenge‘s older sister. If you want to lose your weekend to Netflix, I highly recommend putting Alias in your Instant Queue…

Black & White Cookies

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Brownie Ginger Cookies

Well, hey there, blog! Long time no see!

Brownie Ginger Cookies

Since we last hung out, I’ve pretty much just been studying, working, and hibernating. It’s been anywhere from 20 to -20 degrees, give or take a few thanks to Lake Effect Wind Chill.

Brownie Ginger Cookies

I also got the flu. It was rough. And it took a lot of time to catch up afterwards.

Brownie Ginger Cookies

Happily, I’m now completely better, I’ve (mostly) finished my homework, and so in celebration I made us cookies.

Brownie Ginger Cookies

These are some of my favorites, and I can’t believe they weren’t on this blog yet. I discovered them in college and have made them a fair bit since then. They’re as chewy and dense and chocolate-y as brownies, but the ginger gives them an awesome, warming winter twist. And some good-quality white chocolate gives them a nice, cool finish!

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Advent 2012–Day 24

Advent 2012--Day 24

It’s the last day!!

Advent 2012--Day 24

I’m sad that my advent calendar over, but not going to lie, kind of happy to be off the hook with these blog posts. They were getting tricky to organize/write. And now that I’m home in Pittsburgh, it’s time to celebrate and enjoy some time with my family.

Advent 2012--Day 24

Have a completely wonderful Christmas and a great rest of your 2012! I hope you’ve enjoyed these little posts. Happy new year!

» Peppermint Gnome (exclusive to Advent Calendar, but similar: Sugar & Spice Gnome) | peppermint + 62% cacao dark chocolate
» Check out Day 24 of my sister’s nail polish advent calendar!
» Introduction to my Advent 2012 blog post series

Advent 2012–Day 23

Advent 2012--Day 23

When you read this, I’ll be on a plane, up since 3 in the morning! Yikes!

Advent 2012--Day 23

So, I am pre-writing and scheduling this post. Who knows what you’d get if I wrote this after having been up at 3. It would be bad, incomprehensible (though perhaps amusing).

Advent 2012--Day 23

I was a bit disappointed with these caramels–really disappointed actually. They sound amazing–dulce de leche, milk chocolate, cashews!? But I could barely bite into them. Such a bummer. Could be that my apartment is too cold, but none of the other caramels were like this. Sad face!

Advent 2012--Day 23

One more day till Christmas!!

Advent 2012--Day 23

» Crema Caramels/a> | Argentinean dulce de leche + Costa Rican cashews + milk chocolate
» Check out
Day 23 of my sister’s nail polish advent calendar!
» Introduction to my Advent 2012 blog post series

Advent 2012–Day 22

Whoo! This one was legitimately spicy!

Advent 2012--Day 22

I’m not super into the spice, but I love the texture of this one. Spicy chocolates seems like a great idea for these cold winter months, right? It’s so warming.

Advent 2012--Day 22

TWO MORE DAYS TILL CHRISTMAS EVE!

Advent 2012--Day 22

…I’m just a little bit excited.

Advent 2012--Day 22

» Red Fire Toffee | Ancho & chipotle chillies + Ceylon cinnamon + sweet butter toffee + dark chocolate + red fire pecans
» Check out Day 22 of my sister’s nail polish advent calendar!
» Introduction to my Advent 2012 blog post series

Advent 2012–Day 21

Advent 2012--Day 21

If you like curry, you will looove this chocolate.

Advent 2012--Day 21

For me, I’m not the biggest curry fan, but the milk chocolate and coconut go really well with the earthiness of the curry.

Advent 2012--Day 21

Plus, how pretty is this bar? You can’t really beat opening some chocolate to see a nice little phrase like this.

Advent 2012--Day 21

And now, with this post, I’m all caught up! Phew! AND it’s 3 days till Christmas! WHAT!? Excitement abounds! I’ll be in Pittsburgh on Sunday–can’t wait!

Advent 2012--Day 21

» Naga Chocolate Bar | sweet Indian curry + coconut + 45% deep milk chocolate
» Check out Day 21 of my sister’s nail polish advent calendar!
» Introduction to my Advent 2012 blog post series