College Finals (Favorite) Gingerbread Cookies

 Cookies for College Finals: our favorite gingerbread cookies + Notre Dame | bakeat350.net

Jack has his first college finals this week...all while the campus is covered in a blanket of snow. I'm picturing the students bundled up in scarves and drinking hot cocoa while they study, happily gazing out the windows at the magic now and then. What do I know, though? I'm not the one taking chemistry and calculus 2. I'm at home making cookies. It's possible I may be romanticizing things. (Ya think?)

Cookies for College Finals: our favorite gingerbread cookies + Notre Dame | bakeat350.net

I put together a little care package for Jack for finals week...a box of some of our favorite Trader Joe's cookies, a bag of Jack's beloved cheddar Goldfish, a "prayer bouquet" of specific prayers I'd offer for him on each test day, AND a bunch of Notre Dame gingerbread cookies.

The Pioneer Woman Food & Friends Latest Post: Chocolate Babka

Chocolate Babka recipe : a sweet, buttery dough swirled with chocolate. It's the dreamiest bread you'll ever make. | bakeat350.net for The Pioneer Woman Food & Friends

I never, ever want birthday cake again. I WANT CHOCOLATE BABKA. I'm not even kidding.
(Pssst....Mr. E, you have 10 months to prepare.)

Chocolate Babka recipe : a sweet, buttery dough swirled with chocolate. It's the dreamiest bread you'll ever make. | bakeat350.net for The Pioneer Woman Food & Friends

Chocolate babka might just be the dreamiest thing I've ever baked. It's a combination of two of my favorite food groups: bread and chocolate.

Christmas Tree Cookie Pops

How to make Christmas Tree Cookie Pops | bakeat350.net

Blame it on that twilight period when you're not asleep, but still not entirely awake. That's when the vision of the chocolate and pink "snow" covered trees entered my brain. I knew that the idea would either make super cute cookies or be really, really weird. I was willing to take the chance.

How to make Christmas Tree Cookie Pops | bakeat350.net

You'll start by making cookies on popsicle sticks. The trick here is to insert the stick AFTER they're baked. I know it sounds wrong, but it works. Just like with these ice cream pop cookies, as soon as the cookies come out of the oven, insert the popsicle sticks from the bottom. Leave the cookies on the cookie sheet for about 10 minutes before removing to a cooling rack to cool completely.

Why does this work? As the cookies cool, the dough adheres to the popsicle stick. On the other hand, if you bake the stick, the dough forms around the stick in the oven, but as the cookie cools, it can loosen. Note: be sure to buy food-grade sticks, not those for crafting which can be treated and have splinters.

Sweet on Trader Joe's Saturday : Winter Tea Cookie Duo

Weekly review of Trader Joe's sweets and desserts. This week: Trader Joe's  Winter Tea Cookie Duo.

Friends, if you haven't been to Trader Joe's recently, get your heinies over there! The store is chockful of holiday treats and goodies. It occurred to me yesterday as I was filling my cart that I think Trader Joe's has become my new Target. Somehow I wind up at checkout with a cart full of impulse purchases and have forgotten what I walked in to buy in the first place.

Today, we're reviewing Trader Joe's Winter Tea Cookie Duo. It's a one-pound of cookies in a decorative box. Two varieties of cookies are inside: gingerbread and hot cocoa. The box costs $5.99.


The Pioneer Woman Food & Friends Latest Post : 7-Layer Cookies


7-Layer Cookies

If you've been a regular reader of Bake at 350, you may have noticed our love for the 7-Layer Cookie. I've made dipped them in chocolate and put them on a stick, I've made them into drop cookies, I've even made 7-layer cookie ice cream (ohmygoodness).

how to make 7-layer cookies | bakeat350.net for The Pioneer Woman Food & Friends

Over on The Pioneer Woman today, I start with the traditional. if you've never made them before....you need to. 

caramel toffee and chocolate peanut butter 7-layer cookies | bakeat350.net for The Pioneer Woman Food & Friends

I also cooked up a couple of variations: Caramel Toffee and Chocolate Peanut Butter. 

So, yeah. You need to get over to The Pioneer Woman Food & Friends for all of the details. It IS baking season, you know!