Maple Bacon Cookies

Maple Bacon Cookies

I get that it’s an odd combination but let’s be honest, everything is better with bacon.

These are surprisingly amazing and have that whole sweet and salty thing going on. They taste like breakfast in cookie form. DELISH.

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 1/2 sticks of butter (1 1/4 cups) at room temperature
  • 1 1/4 cups light brown sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cup of bacon, broken into small pieces (save the 1/4 cup for garnish)
  • Maple Syrup (for icing)
  • 1 1/2 cups confectioners sugar (for icing)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon (for icing)

Directions:

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Sift flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt together in a bowl.
  3. In a mixer, cream together butter, sugars, eggs and vanilla.
  4. Slowly mix in flour mixture into the mixer.
  5. Mix until fully incorporated.
  6. Fold in a cup of the bacon pieces.
  7. Spoon dough out on baking sheets (I did about 2 tablespoons for each cookie)
  8. Bake for 7 minutes
  9. Let cook completely
  10. For icing: Mix together powered sugar, maple syrup and cinnamon until you get a consistency that you can drizzle on top of cookies
  11. Put about a teaspoon on each cookie and then garnish with remaining bacon bits
  12. Let the icing set for about 10 minutes
  13. DEVOUR.
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Pumpkin Pancakes

I may be jumping the gun here since it’s not quite Fall yet but I have a mild obsession with pumpkin.

I totally cheated by using boxed pancake mix but umm…I don’t care. They were delicious.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup pancake mix (I used Aunt Jemima)
  • 3/4 cup almond milk (You can use regular milk if you’re into that sort of thing ūüėČ )
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin pur√©e
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • Butter (for cooking the pancakes)

Directions:

  1. Whisk together all ingredients (besides the butter)
  2. Put half a tablespoon of butter on a frying pan on medium heat
  3. Pour 1/4 cup batter on pan.  Cook for about 3 minutes on each side. Makes about 8 pancakes.

Top with maple syrup and enjoy!

 

Baked Oatmeal (…with Strawberries, Bananas & Chocolate Chips)

How often are things THIS pretty, THIS delicious and THIS healthy?!?

Say hello to my new favorite breakfast.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnut pieces (optional)
  • 1 cup sliced strawberries
  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips
  • 2 cups almond milk (you can use regular milk as well if you’d like)
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 banana, cut into 1/2 inch slices

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375F
  2. Spray a 10-1/2 by 7 inch baking dish with non-stick spray
  3. In a bowl, mix together the oats, brown sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, walnuts, half the strawberries and half the chocolate
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk the milk, egg, butter and vanilla
  5. Put the oat mixture in the baking dish
  6. Arrange the remaining strawberries, chocolate chips and the sliced banana on top
  7. Pour the milk mixture over.  Using a fork, gently poke at the oats to make sure the milk mixture is fully incorporated into the oats
  8. Bake for 35 minutes
  9. Dig in! Oh..and it’s super yummy if you eat it while it’s still warm ūüôā

Baked Egg in Ham Cups

Aren’t these just precious!

These are perfect for brunch because they’re adorable, delicious and so easy to make.

I kept it pretty basic by just adding some¬†mozzarella¬†cheese but you could really spice these up with whatever you’d like…salsa? spinach?, tomato?…go crazy.

Ingredients:

  • 6 slices of ham (get a thicker cut)
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Salt & Pepper (to taste)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375F
  2. Spray muffin tin with non-stick spray
  3. Line each muffin tin with a slice of ham (make sure there are no gaps)
  4. Put mozzarella cheese in each tin
  5. Crack egg into each tin
  6. Put a dash of salt and pepper over each
  7. Bake for 22-25 minutes

Irish Soda Bread

By now you should know that I’m a suburban soccer mom stuck in the body of a 23-year-old city girl.

My friend was throwing a St. Patrick’s day themed party and, naturally, I had to find an appropriate baked good to bring with me. ¬†This is a traditional Irish bread so it was kind of uh…perfect. ¬†The bread is awesome and for any actual moms out there reading (or other losers like me)..it would be AWESOMEEEE to serve it with green eggs and ham (NOT Jameson like in the picture below) on the morning of St. Patrick’s day.

Enjoy and HAPPY ST. PATRICK’S DAY!

St. Patty's Party with my Taste Tester

I used a great recipe from Epicurious which you can find here or written out below

Ingredients:

  • Non-stick spray
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 5 tablespoons sugar, divided
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 tablespoons butter, chilled and cut into cubes
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 3/4 cup raisins (I’d recommend soaking them in water (or rum?) for about 10 minutes before putting them in the batter. ¬†The original recipe didn’t call for this and I didn’t do it with this loaf but I think it would keep their moisture better and I’ll definitely do that next time I make this)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375F
  2. Spray 8 inch diameter cake pan with non-stick spray
  3. Whisk flour, 4 tablespoons sugar, baking powder, salt, and baking soda in large bowl to blend
  4. Add butter. Using fingertips, rub in until coarse meal forms
  5. Make well in center of flour mixture. Add buttermilk. Gradually stir dry ingredients into milk to blend. Mix in raisins.
  6. shape dough into ball. Transfer to prepared pan and flatten slightly (dough will not come to edges of pan). Sprinkle dough with remaining 1 tablespoon sugar.
  7. Bake for about 40 minutes, or until the top is nice and browned
  8. Let cool for 10 minutes. It’s best eaten within 24 hours so slap some butter on it and eat up! ūüôā

Banana Oatmeal Coconut Muffins!

I love these. I really, really do.

These babies were a product of boredom + me having a lot of random ingredients lying around + a craving for muffins.

They’re pretty dense so the best way to describe them would be a hybrid of a muffin and oatmeal bar. Oh, and the best part of it all….they’re semi/kinda/a little bit healthy. Woo hoo.

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup mashed ripe bananas (about 2)
  • 1 cup old-fashioned oatmeal
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup sweetened coconut flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F
  2. Combine everything and mix well
  3. Spray muffin tins with non-stick spray
  4. Bake for 18-20 minutes

Apple Breakfast Cake

Cake for breakfast? Yes, please.

So, my mom is awesome and bakes cakes for breakfast. ¬†This is, obviously, how I developed my sweet tooth and love for baking. Yesterday, Mama Bretschneider told me she was making a Breakfast Apple Cake so I forced her to take lots of pictures so I could share this recipe with you andddd here it is! ¬†This cake isn’t overly sweet and has a good amount of fruit in it so it’s actually healthier than a lot of other breakfast foods. ¬†Thanks, Mama B.

Mama Bretschneider

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups Gravenstein Apples or Braeburn, peeled and diced (about 4 apples)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 cups chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup raisins (optional)
Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2. Mix together diced apples, eggs, sugar and oil
3. Slowly mix in the remaining dry ingredients
4. Pour into an 8 1/2 by 11 inch pan that’s been sprayed with non-stick cooking spray
5. Bake for 50 minutes (or until a toothpick comes out cleanly from the center of the cake)
6. Allow cake to cool completely before cutting.  PATIENCE IS A VIRTUE.
The finished product: Apple Breakfast Cake!