I just threw two loaves of (my pretty darn impressive) banana bread into the oven and my goodness does it smell amazing… I’ve always contended that a home that smells like food, especially baking bread or pastries, is particularly inviting. If only I had the time to always have something in the oven!
Baking really is a favorite pastime of mine — especially desserts. What’s funny is that I don’t really even like to eat desserts all that often, so I often only bake when I have an exchange coming up or an event where I can spread the caloric wealth. Unless I’m baking banana bread because, duh, you always want that around. Ha.
Anyway, while I’m waiting for this bread to finish, I thought it’d be fun to pull together some of my favorite things I’ve baked in the recent past. I’ve included recipe links where applicable.
Red Velvet Oreo Stuffed Crinkle Cookies
I made these the day before a party and they were a hit… Almost too luxurious, if you ask me! Recipe link.
These are just your everyday, run-of-the-mill cinnamon rolls. But my goodness were they delicious, and they’re notable because they were my first ever attempt. I made these and then shared some with my grandparents who were in town for the winter.
Strawberry Milk Whoopie Pies
Yes that is a cat nose. I made these for a holiday cookie exchange and they took FOREVER. Whew. Tip: use the best butter you can find for the buttercream filling. The more expensive, the better. It’s worth it. Recipe here.
Breaking Bad Chocolate Cupcakes With Chili P
What do you bake when you’re headed to a Breaking Bad finale party? Cupcakes with Jesse’s secret ingredient, of course! What a fun night (and great ending). I winged it with these. If you recreate, just make some chocolate cupcakes and add a dash of chili p to your frosting for good measure.
Blueberry Lemon Dessert Bread
This is one of those breads that’s super easy to make and always gets eaten up. You could always create a lemon sugar drizzle, poke some holes into the bread, and pour it on top for even more moist goodness. Beware of sugar coma, though. Recipe here.
Blueberry Thyme Sugar Cookies
I was in a super creative, adventurous mood when I made these pretty cookies. I just took a regular sugar cookie recipe and then rolled in some fresh thyme from the garden. Then I created a blueberry glaze with more fresh thyme and called it a day. I believe I ended up bringing these to a symphony performance for rehearsal room snacking.
And the bread just got done. How’s that for good timing?