Thursday, September 29, 2016

Cookbook Crush, September 2016: French Desserts

Ooo-la-la! Do you ever pick up a cookbook and find that your heart starts beating a little faster? Almost like you're in love? That's what happened to me when I picked up French Desserts by Hillary Davis.

Look at the cover! It's so beautiful!

The book is a big, heavy hardback that just feels like it's special.

Inside, there are recipe for cakes, cookies, crepes, mousses, tarts, truffles. Yep...ooo-la-la, for sure.

You know what I love about French desserts, and I think this book captures it so well, is that French desserts look homey. Not homeLY....homey. There's even a chapter called "Homey Cakes." Many of the cakes in the book are made in loaf pans or mini muffin tins. See what I mean? Homey. ♥

Here are a few pictures from the inside...
French Desserts cookbook by Hillary Davis

beautiful cookbook > French Desserts by Hillary Davis

French Desserts by Hillary Davis

I did make the Plenty of Pears Salted Caramel Cake, also known as an invisible cake (!), but I didn't read the instructions well and made it in the wrong size pan. Oops!

"invisible cake" from the beautiful cookbook > French Desserts by Hillary Davis
I made it again, but ran out of pears and made a combination pear-apple cake. I won't be sharing the recipe since that's not how the author intended it, but it was GOOD! I ate it for dinner last night. ;) (Don't you love being an adult?)

beautiful cookbook! > French Desserts by Hillary Davis
French Desserts by Hillary Davis.
You probably want to make a spot for it in your kitchen.


Monday, September 26, 2016

Cream Cheese Coffeecake Cookies

If you love coffeecake, if you love soft, pillowy cookies, if you love streusel...you're about to fall in love again.

Cream Cheese Coffeecake Cookies ... soft, pillowy, cream cheese cookies with a generous streusel topping
*this post is sponsored by Imperial Sugar.

Cream Cheese Coffeecake Cookies ... soft, pillowy, cream cheese cookies with a generous streusel topping
Cream Cheese Coffeecake Cookies. The cookie base is thick and soft with a little tanginess from the cream cheese. Piled on top is a buttery, brown sugar cinnamon streusel. They're dreamy.

Cream Cheese Coffeecake Cookies ... coffeecake in cookie from!
You'll make the streusel first. Place it in the fridge while you make the cookie dough to keep it cool...and to keep from eating it. (Maybe that's just me.)

Cream Cheese Coffeecake Cookies ... coffeecake in cookie from!
Two kinds of sugar, cream cheese and butter make the base of the cookie soft and delicious. A bit of the streusel gets folded into the cookie dough.

Cream Cheese Coffeecake Cookies ... coffeecake in cookie from!
Scoop the dough onto cookie sheet, then press lightly down with a floured juice glass.

Cream Cheese Coffeecake Cookies ... coffeecake in cookie from!
Next up, press a heaping spoonful of streusel onto each cookie and bake.

Cream Cheese Coffeecake Cookies ... coffeecake in cookie from!
These really are a dessert, but since they're inspired by coffeecake...I say you can absolutely eat them for breakfast.

Cream Cheese Coffeecake Cookies ... coffeecake in cookie from!
My recipe for Cream Cheese Coffeecake Cookies is up at Imperial Sugar.  You're going to love them...for dessert OR for breakfast! ;) Grab the recipe today!

Cream Cheese Coffeecake Cookies ... soft, pillowy, cream cheese cookies with a generous streusel topping

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Sweet on Trader Joe's Sunday : Petite Pumpkin Spice Cookies

We're in the throes of college applications and musical rehearsals ("we" meaning Jack), so I wasn't sure there would be a Trader Joe's review this week.

review: Trader Joe's Petite Pumpkin Spice Cookies
And then, I popped into Trader Joe's this morning for pears and milk for a recipe. (That's called a teaser. ;)) My cart ended up looking like this:

I guess we'll get that review in after all.

review: Trader Joe's Petite Pumpkin Spice Cookies #traderjoes
Trader Joe's Petite Pumpkin Spice Cookies come in a 10-ounce box and sell for $2.99. They're described as "shortbread cookies with pumpkin spice and yogurt coating." The white cookies have a yogurt coating while the rare orange cookies have a pumpkin spice coating.

review: Trader Joe's Petite Pumpkin Spice Cookies
A mom's (my) take: Although none of the mini cookies seem to reach the status of the mini dark chocolate mint star cookies at Christmastime, these are really darn good. The cookies are crispy and crunchy...and pack a lot of pumpkin spice flavor. In addition to fall spices, the cookies definitely have a yogurt pretzel quality, minus the salt. Good to have on hand when you're craving a little hit of pumpkin spice.
Overall rating 4 of 5 stars

A teenager's (Jack's) take: The pumpkin flavor is evident from the first bite, but isn't overpowering. I like how the yogurt coating (or pumpkin spice, if you're lucky enough to get one of those) is thin enough where you can still focus on the delicious shortbread underneath! This is another TJ's dessert that I could eat a whole box of.
Overall rating: 4 out of 5 stars


review: Trader Joe's Petite Pumpkin Spice Cookies
Trader Joe's Petite Pumpkin Spice Cookies: pick up a box! 

[note: We have no affiliation with Trader Joe's. I'm sure they have never read this blog and have no idea who we are. Hey, we like being incognito, although we never wear sunglasses indoors. ;)]

Read all of our reviews of Trader Joe's treats and sweets here



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