Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Two Amazing Recipes

I mentioned before that I have been baking a lot these last few weeks. Lots of events and gatherings mean I have a chance to bake yummy treats! Most of the baking I've done is not low in fat or calories. But if you are going to indulge, these goodies are worth it!

Whenever I get the urge to bake, I look into my recipe binder for inspiration. My recipe binder is nothing more than a plastic 3-ring binder filled with magazine pages, printed out recipes, and scraps of paper with recipes scribbled out. Basically, I find a recipe that looks good and put it into the binder. Lately, I've had the urge to bake every morning so I've been needing to find new recipes to add to my recipe binder. Baking Bites and Cookie Madness are two of my favorite sites to look for yummy treats. A few weeks ago I came across Strawberry Pecan Shortbread Crumble Bars from Baking Bites. I have been dying to try these babies out and I finally got my chance!

I made these bars on Monday morning and by yesterday afternoon they were completely gone. We had family in town- but not that many! We are just a sweet-toothed family ;) These bars are so so so good, they melt in your mouth. They are buttery, yet light. I was a little bit nervous at first because I've never made shortbread. I've never been a fan of the whole cutting the butter into the flour- it takes too long and I don't have the patience. However, the recipe is so simple and comes together pretty quickly. The most time consuming part is finely chopping the pecans. Other than that, the bars take no time at all.

I am already planning on making more for my mom's friends this week. I might experiment with a different flavor of preserves, so I'll let you guys know how they turn out.

Another yummy treat I made this weekend was inspired by July's issue of Cooking Light. My aunt was flipping through the magazine and begged me to make Chocolate Sandwich Cookies with Marshmallow Cream Filling. I was slightly disappointed that she picked these out. They looked great, but I wanted to make something else. Well, I am so glad I listened to her request because these sandwich cookies turned out better than expected. I changed the recipe a little. Also, I didn't feel like making the marshmallow filling, I'm not a huge fan of marshmallows, so I made a cream cheese center. The adapted recipe for my sandwich cookies can be found here.

I tried a bite of one sandwich cookie and ended up eating the whole thing. It was too hard to put it down. The good news is that I packed up the cookies and sent them off with my aunt and cousins. I am glad I don't have those temptations around anymore!

Some of the other treats I made this weekend:

Food Network's Smore Brownies

Chewy Blondie Bites

Stay tuned for more recipe reviews!

Side note: The aunt that was visiting us with her family is a huge foodie. I actually think I inherited my love of baking from her. We have a lot in common because we are both the first-born. We both love cooking, baking, and anything food-related. She is a fantastic cook. When she lived in Mexico City, she had a catering business and specialized in cakes. In fact, she made cakes for most of her siblings weddings. I remember going to visit her when I was little and she would give us leftover icing to decorate parchment paper while she decorated the cakes. I'm close with all of my aunts, but I definitely have a special bond with Carmina.


VeggieGirl said...

Oh my goodness, TOO MANY DELICIOUS TREATS IN ONE POST, GIRL!!! They all look to-die-for.

So fun that you share your love of baking with your aunt!!

I just posted about blondies as well :0)

Jenn said...

Talk about an abundance of sweet treats - I wish you could taste food through the computer screen!!

Those chocolate sandwich cookies and s'more brownies are calling my name!

Melissa said...

Those treats look amazing!!!! I would need to get those out of my house ASAP or they'd all be in my tummy :)

Sara said...

Wow! They all look so delicious! I've made the s'mores brownies before and they are amazing.

Anonymous said...

Aw, glad to see your back Monica! All of your baking looks incredible!! And how cool is it that you aunt is a foodie! She sounds awesome!

Anonymous said...

Ohh they both sound delicious! I don't have visiting family around often enough to bake for. Although I think we are supposed to have some family visiting in a few weeks, so maybe I'll have to whip out the baking supplies and make them some goodies. I love the sounds of that shortbread crumble!

ashley said...

Aww, Monica! I love the things you said about your aunt. The pictures you posted look SO GOOD! Now I'm thinking of how I can get some... :)

Anonymous said...

Wow! Those blondies sound divine. Do have fun with your aunt!

Becca said...

All your baked goods look and sound so good! I was looking at that recipe in Cooking Light so I'm glad you liked it.

Happy Herbivore! said...

fruity, sugary heaven

linds said...

Cookie Madness is such an awesome blog for recipes and pictures... Many a creaving has been spurred by those sweets lol. Speaking of craving I am in love with your s'more brownies there, they look incredible! Glad you had a good time with your family and awesome foodie aunt :)