Stenciled Graduation Cap Cookies

Well, it happened. Our baby graduated from high school. I'd been dreading graduation day for four years...stockpiling Kleenex, researching waterproof mascaras, making peace with the fact that people would see me in full ugly cry mode...

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A funny thing happened. 
Graduation Day...was full of JOY!

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Sure, there were some teary-eyed moments, but no ugly cry. Mostly, and maybe I was having an out-of-body experience, I was able to sit back, put my phone and camera away, and enjoy the moment. My aunt uses an expression called "noticing glasses." You know, when you are present to notice the little...and big...things. My friend Wendy texted to remind me to put them on graduation morning. That's exactly what I did.

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These cookies were part of our celebration. (I'll show you one more graduation design later this week.)

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Filled Crescents, three ways!

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Mother's Day is Sunday. One version of these, or all three versions of these, needs to be part of your celebration.

Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Filled Crescents | bakeat350.net
I'm sharing three versions with you: Almond-Filled, Vanilla Bean-Cream Cheese, and Chocolate-Covered Strawberry. The almond-filled is reminiscent of almond croissants with a hint of orange in the filling. The vanilla-cream cheese is speckled with vanilla beans and tastes a little like cheesecake. Chocolate-covered strawberry has a cream cheese base as well, with strawberry jam, a bit of almond, and a good drizzle of chocolate on the top.

*this post is sponsored by Imperial Sugar.

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The method is the same for all three. Make the filling...

Brown Butter Caramel and Chocolate Chip Cookies

Brown Butter Caramel and Chocolate Chip Cookies | bakeat350.net
There they were. Every time I went to the grocery store, that bag of caramel chips was calling me.
"Bridget, take me home!"

Brown Butter Caramel and Chocolate Chip Cookies | bakeat350.net
Sure, I resisted for a few weeks, but they finally came home with me. I can resist new baking products for only so long. Honestly, why do I ever hesitate?

Brown Butter Caramel and Chocolate Chip Cookies | bakeat350.net
If you are a fan of caramel, you're going to be a fan of these cookies. Not only do these cookies have the caramel chips, but also BROWN BUTTER and bittersweet chocolate chips. Oh, and a bit of salt just to cap everything off perfectly.

Sweet on Trader Joe's Sunday : Birthday Cake Bar


Trader Joe's Birthday Cake Bar review : weekly #traderjoes review series from bakeat350.net

The packaging at Trader Joe's gets me every time. I spied a basketful of these little bars right by the check-out and into my cart one went!

Trader Joe's Birthday Cake Bar review : weekly #traderjoes review series from bakeat350.net

Trader Joe's Birthday Cake Bars cost $1.49 each. The description on the package reads, "white chocolate bar with cookie crumbs and sprinkles."

Peanut Butter Swirl Chocolate Chip Blondies

If I want a sure-fire dessert hit with my boys, I know exactly the combo to go-to: peanut butter and chocolate.

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Enter Averie Sunshine's book, Peanut Butter Comfort.  It arrived on my doorstep a few weeks ago and I've been salivating over the more than 100 recipes and gorgeous pictures every since.  I'm talking, you'll want to eat peanut butter for every meal for the rest of your life recipes.
Peanut Butter Swirl Chocolate Chip Blondies ::: bake at 350 blog
If you have a peanut butter lover in your life, they need this book. Or someone to make them the recipes from this book.

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I let Jack pick our first recipe to try.  (I let him choose because I truly wanted to make ALL of them.)