Friday Favorites: Pumpkin Edition

Happy Friday! I’m headed up north to Cambridge, MA, to celebrate my sister’s birthday–keep an eye out next week for her cake!

Friday Favorites: Pumpkin EditionHeading up to New England in the fall has me daydreaming about–what else–pumpkin! While I am not one of those people who needs everything I eat this time of year to be bright orange and pumpkin-flavored (still baffled by the pumpkin spice almond milk at Trader Joe’s…), I do enjoy my fair share of the seasonal favorite.

I don’t have a new pumpkin recipe for you today, but I have lots in my archives. Here are some of my favorites ๐Ÿ˜Friday Favorites: Pumpkin Edition

Make Your Own Pumpkin Purรฉe

Buying canned pumpkin purรฉe is certainly the easiest way to get it into your baked goods, but every once in a while, it’s fun to make your own! This tutorial starts with helping you find the right pumpkin, and then gives you a full-photo step-by-step look into the whole process.Friday Favorites: Pumpkin Edition

Pumpkin Pie Spice

By itself, pumpkin doesn’t have a very strong flavor–Pumpkin Pie Spice is actually what we’re all so in love with ๐Ÿ˜ It’s all over store shelves this time of year, but I suggest making your own; it’s much more economical than buying those tiny jars, and you can control the flavor. My favorite blend is souped up with cardamom and black pepper. It sounds weird, but don’t knock it ’till you try it!Friday Favorites: Pumpkin Edition

Pumpkin Pie

We may be two months away from Thanksgiving, but it’s never too early to get your Pumpkin Pie fix! My recipe is lighter than most, thanks to the addition of whipped egg whites.Friday Favorites: Pumpkin Edition

Pumpkin Scones

Start your day with pumpkin spice! These soft-in-the-center, nubbly-at-the-edges Pumpkin Scones are a great weekend breakfast option.Friday Favorites: Pumpkin Edition

Pumpkin Oat Muffins

As far as weekday breakfasts go, these Pumpkin Oat Muffins can’t be beat! They’re super soft, full of flavor, and an easy grab-and-go option. Did I mention they have chocolate in them?!Friday Favorites: Pumpkin Edition

Pumpkin Oatmeal Creme Pies

I posted a recipe for classic Oatmeal Creme Pies a few weeks ago, but these pumpkin-spiced Little Debbie knock-offs were one of my first posts ever ๐Ÿ˜ฎ They’ve got the soft cookies and marshmallow filling you love, and plenty of pumpkin flavor!Friday Favorites: Pumpkin Edition

Pumpkin Bundt Cake

Have you made this cake yet? I know I only posted it last week, but I love it and can’t wait to hear what you think! It’s super flavorful, stays soft for days, and beyond that, it just looks pretty.

Are you into pumpkin? Let me know in the comments!

Have a great weekend.

Friday Favorites: No-Bake Recipes

I have not forgotten you, I promise.

My oven died an untimely death last Wednesday, so I have not baked a thing in over a week. The stove still works, but the one day I was planning to make a batch of doughnuts for this blog, we had an electrical surge and were left without power for fourteen hours. The universe just did not want me to bake this week. Ah, well.

It’s odd not being able to do something I’ve done nearly everyday for four years, but I’d be lying if I said I haven’t enjoyed having a little forced break from baking. I have gone to bed earlier, washed fewer dishes, and spent a little more time outside (but also watched most of Girls). I also bought myself a bunch of new clothes and went a little nuts and booked a trip to Maine with my little sister. I clearly need my oven back so I can do more than browse AirBNB to fill my time.

As I sit here waiting for a technician to arrive and replace the oven’s heating element, I’m ready to get back to work. He’s been here twice already, so let’s hope the third time’s the charm. In the meantime, here are a few recipes from my archives that don’t require a functioning oven!

Oreo Peanut Butter

Friday Favorites: No-Bake RecipesOreos and peanut butter are a match made in heaven! Here the chocolatey cookies and salty peanuts are blitzed together in the bowl of a food processor until nice and creamy. This stuff is excellent by itself on toast, but I highly recommend pairing it with marshmallow fluff for the best Fluffernutter sandwich of your life.

Funfetti Cookie Dough Truffles

Friday Favorites: No-Bake RecipesYou can’t bake cookies without an oven, but when you have truffles filled with sprinkle-studded cookie dough, who cares? These easy no-bake treats are made with an edible, eggless cookie dough that is formulated specifically to be eaten raw!

No-Churn Mint Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream

Friday Favorites: No-Bake RecipesWhile we’re on the subject of edible, eggless cookie dough, let me introduce you to your new favorite ice cream. As you might have guessed, it’s a combination of mint chocolate chip and chocolate chip cookie dough, and it doesn’t require an ice cream machine–the best of all worlds.

Ultimate Chocolate-Peanut Butter Snack Mix

Friday Favorites: No-Bake RecipesThis stuff gets me into trouble. There’s chocolate, peanut butter, cereal, candy, a delectable confectioner’s sugar coating…let’s just say that when I start, I can’t stop.

Brownie Mix

Friday Favorites: No-Bake RecipesJust because you can’t actually bake my Cocoa Brownies yourself doesn’t mean you shouldn’t give them to someone else! Just layer the dry ingredients in a jar, attach a card with instructions, and give it to someone you love. If you’re lucky, they’ll invite you over to share ๐Ÿ˜Š

Have you made any of these recipes? Let me know in the comments or on Instagram @e2bakesbrooklyn.

Cross your fingers for my oven!

Most Popular Recipes of 2016

Hello! I hope you’ve been enjoying this holiday week with your family and friends. I am still in Texas for another week, but I certainly haven’t been on vacation. This week, my little sister and I catered a birthday party for one of my favorite readers (hi Robyn!), and then I had a little pop-up sale for all my hometown friends. I made Peanut Butter Blossoms, Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies, Malted Whoppers Cookies, and Red Velvet Cheesecake Bars–we sold out after two hours! It was so much fun to see people from all parts of my life in Texas: high school, college, church, and summer camp. I am so humbled by and appreciative of their support.

I’ll be putting those pop-up sale recipes on here in 2017, but first, let’s take a look back on this past year. 2016 has not been my favorite year on record, but one thing is certain: I have eaten well. From what I can tell from this site’s analytics, you have too! These were the most-viewed recipes on E2 Bakes this year.

10a. Enchiladas Suizas

Most Popular Recipes of 2016If I could write a love letter to a food item, it would be these Enchiladas Suizas. Filled with chicken and Monterey Jack cheese and smothered in a tangy tomatillo-sour cream sauce, they’re nearly as good as those from my favorite Tex-Mex restaurant. The batch can be doubled or tripled easily (heck, I quintupled it for my catering gig this week), and it makes excellent leftovers.

10b. Winning Hearts & Minds Cake {Grain-Free}

Most Popular Recipes of 2016I fell in love with this recipe when I saw it on Orangette a few years ago. Molly Wizenberg is a genius when it comes to simple recipes that are also rustic, elegant, and delicious. This Winning Hearts & Minds Cake comes together in minutes. It doesn’t have any bells and whistles beyond being supremely chocolaty, and is a wonderful dessert for dinner parties and lazy nights in alike.

9. Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cream Cheese Cookies

Most Popular Recipes of 2016Who doesn’t love oatmeal chocolate chip cookies?! Chock full of oats, brown sugar, and chocolate, they’re a classic. Cream cheese is subbed for half the butter in my recipe, making these cookies extra chewy and lower in fat than others, but you wouldn’t know it from the flavor.

8. Banana Pudding Cookies

Most Popular Recipes of 2016After trying the Banana Pudding Pudgies at Evelyn’s Kitchen a few years ago, I became obsessed with figuring out how to make my own. After more than a year, these are the result. And, oh, are they good. Super soft and chewy and tasting just like banana pudding, this is one of my favorite recipes on this blog.

7. Coconut Oil Biscuits

Most Popular Recipes of 2016I grew up eating my grandmother’s Buttermilk Biscuits, and until recently, would have insisted that they were the only way to go. After trying these Coconut Oil Biscuits though, I can safely say I was wrong. I love the delicate balance of savory biscuit and coconut flavor, but my favorite thing about these biscuits is that I can make them for my vegan friends ๐Ÿ˜Š

6. Puff Pancake {Dutch Baby}

Most Popular Recipes of 2016Puff Pancakes are my absolute favorite weekend breakfast. The batter comes together in the blender before baking in the oven. The pancake puffs up and turns golden as it bakes, becoming custard-like in the center and chewy at the edges. It can be dolled up any way you please–I prefer maple syrup, confectioner’s sugar, and salt. If I’m feeling fancy though, I go for this Caramel Apple version.

5. Vanilla Layer Cake

Most Popular Recipes of 2016If you have a good vanilla cake recipe, you can use it as a base for any cake you like. I spent years developing this recipe, and I am totally in love with it. Moist, buttery, and incredibly delicious, this Vanilla Layer Cake is a staple in my repertoire.

4. Carrot Cake Blondies

Most Popular Recipes of 2016You know that feeling when you want cake, but don’t want to make a cake? This is the recipe for that moment. Carrot Cake Blondies have all the flavors of the classic cake, but are almost no trouble at all. My favorite thing about this recipe? There’s nearly as much cream cheese frosting as there is blondie ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•

3. Everyday Cassoulet

Most Popular Recipes of 2016Everyday Cassoulet is my favorite weeknight meal. It’s a super easy one-pan meal that is much more than the sum of its parts. Double the recipe–you’re going to want leftovers.

2. Marzipan Bundt Cake

Most Popular Recipes of 2016This cake came to be when I needed to use up a can of Marzipan that kept falling out of my cookie add-ins cabinet, and it’s so much more than I had anticipated! This is a simple tight-crumbed bundt cake with a huge almond flavor! Drizzled with vanilla glaze and paired with a cup of coffee, it’s a great dessert for any occasion.

1. No-Churn Banana Pudding Ice Cream

Most Popular Recipes of 2016You guys sure do love banana pudding! I am almost in shock that this is my most popular recipe of the year. No-Churn Banana Pudding Ice Cream is my most re-pinned recipe, and I get why. The creamy base, mashed banana, and crushed vanilla wafers make this ice cream absolutely delicious. I know it’s winter and all, but this ice cream would make a good dessert any day of the year.

Have you made any of these recipes? Let me know in the comments or on Instagram.

Thank you for reading this year–I can’t wait to bake more in 2017! Happy New Year ๐ŸŽ‰

Christmas Cookie Round-Up

Merry almost-Christmas, y’all! Have you been baking up a storm leading up to the 25th? I have (clearly), and I still have a few more things I’d like to make before the holidays are over, but since I’m not in my usual corner of the universe, we’ll see if it actually happens.

Family has a way of distracting me from my work, which is probably a good thing, so I don’t have a recipe for you today. Instead, I’ve picked some Christmas cookie recipes from my archives to give you a little last minute inspiration.

Eggnog Sandwich Cookies

Christmas Cookie Round-UpY’all know I love a sandwich cookie–there are tons of them in my archives. These Eggnog Sandwich Cookies are soft on the outside and held together with a cinnamon and nutmeg-scented creme filling. I can’t stand eggnog in its traditional form, but I can destroy a stack of these.

Peppermint Mocha Cookies

Christmas Cookie Round-UpThese are the perfect cookie for the coffee-lover in your life. The cookie itself is a simple no-chill chocolate roll-out that has been spiked with espresso powder. The cookies have a spectacular mocha flavor on their own, but they really sing with a white chocolate dip and a sprinkle of peppermint candy.

Chocolate Crinkles {Gluten-Free}

Christmas Cookie Round-UpChocolate Crinkles are a classic Christmas cookie, and mine just happen to be gluten-free! Three doses of chocolate and no need for unusual flours!

Oreo-Stuffed Andes Peppermint Crunch Cookies

Christmas Cookie Round-UpEveryone loves Oreos–they really cannot be improved upon…unless you wrap them in peppermint candy-studded cookie dough. I could say more, but I don’t think I need to convince you to make these.

Salted Caramel Chocolate-Covered Pecan Cookies

Christmas Cookie Round-UpLeonard Farm Chocolate-Covered Pecans are a family Christmas tradition. Crunchy and coated in milk chocolate, they’re perfect on their own. But they’re also spectacular folded into cookie dough and stuffed with salted caramel (what isn’t?!). If you are in Brooklyn and looking for chocolate-covered pecans, Sahadi’s carries a dark chocolate version. Chocolate-covered almonds would be good here, too!

Red Velvet Peppermintdoodles

Christmas Cookie Round-UpThese soft and chewy red velvet cookies are spiked with peppermint extract and then rolled in pulverized peppermint candy. The chocolate-vanilla flavor of red velvet is only improved with that glass-like coating of starlight peppermints! And of course, who wouldn’t love that festive red color?!

Gingerbread Men with Chocolate Buttons

Christmas Cookie Round-UpGingerbread Men are one of my favorite Christmas cookies ever. While many bakers prefer to ice them with royal icing, my favorite hometown bakery favors three simple chocolate buttons. I’m hoping to make it there while I’m in town, but if I don’t, I can make my own version at home.

Are you making any of these recipes or any of my other holiday treats this year? Let me know! I hope you all have a wonderful holiday โค๐ŸŽ„๐Ÿ’š

Friday Favorites

I love anniversaries. Yes, I’m one of those people. If something happened once and warrants commemorating for any reason, I’m the one planning the party.

April 22nd is a big day for me. Today is my parents’ 33rd wedding anniversary, and I have another anniversary going on, too. It’s Earth Day. Heck, it’s my dog’s half-birthday ๐Ÿ˜œ

All of that is great, but I’m writing today because this little blog began exactly six months ago!

Yes, I know six months does not technically constitute an anniversary, but for me, it means a lot. I talked about starting a food blog for six years before actually clicking “Publish.” Since October 22, 2015, I’ve posted 75 recipes. SEVENTY FIVE. Just…how?

I so appreciate all of you who have taken the time to read my posts, leave comments, follow me on social media, and make the recipes! Every time someone tells me they made something from my blog and enjoyed it, it brings me immeasurable joy. The idea that anyone would ever make and like a recipe that I created blows my mind. So, thank you.

And now that I’m done being sappy, let’s celebrate! Here are six of my favorite recipes from the archives to bring you into Spring! 

Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies are crunchy, buttery little cookies with all the flavors of a great chocolate chip cookie. They are super simple to make, and absolutely perfect with coffee or tea. I highly recommend using them for ice cream sandwiches ๐Ÿ˜Š 

Spring is here, and that means we have four months of fantastic seasonal fruit ahead of us. More importantly, it means there will be pie! Make sure to use my Cream Cheese Pie Dough–it couldn’t be easier, and it makes the flakiest crust I’ve ever had. 

My grandmother’s Buttermilk Biscuits are one of my best memories of my childhood. Her recipe went with her when she passed many years ago, but I know she’d love mine. These biscuits are the perfect easy breakfast, and they are wonderful with a bowl of soup at dinner. 

It’s the beginning of picnic season, so you’ll need food that’s easy to make, transport, and share with your friends and family. My favorite thing to bring to an outdoor get-together? My Restaurant-Style Salsa! It takes just five minutes to whip up, and it puts prepared salsas to shame. 

And what’s warm weather without ice cream? No-Churn Mint Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream doesn’t require an ice cream maker, and is the creamiest, dreamiest ice cream I’ve made so far! And those little bits of edible cookie dough are everything. 

Springtime just demands carrot cake. But taking the time to make a whole layer cake when the weather is just begging for you to go outside is torture! Save yourself some time and make these Carrot Cake Blondies! They’re every bit as good as traditional carrot cake, and half the work!

Have you made any of these recipes? Let me know in the comments section below, or on Instagram @e2bakesbrooklyn!

Enjoy your weekend ๐Ÿ˜Š