Batter Licker

November 15, 2011

project wedding dessert bar: part 12 (s’mores brownies)

The night before the night before my wedding, my not-so-reliable pal Sleep totally ditched me. After several hours of anxious waiting, ceiling-staring and clock-cursing, I finally gave up.

So at 3 a.m., I rolled out of bed to start crushing graham crackers for the 12 dozen s’mores brownies I intended to bake in the three different sizes of cupcake liners I had accumulated but not used over the past couple years.

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I broke up the graham crackers by hand, and didn’t stop until the entire box of ’em was crushed.

After all the smashing, I felt more relaxed, and my renewed attempt at sleep proved successful. Thank goodness. Two days before your own wedding and the thousands of photos that will be snapped of you is not the ideal time to not be sleeping.

The next morning, Jay and I jaunted over to Hayes Valley for our Blue Bottle coffee fix, and wandered into Moishe’s Pippic in search of breakfast. I sought something hearty, anticipating that I would be standing on my feet all day while baking, and went with the corned beef sandwich.

Yes, sandwich. Full of meat. With a pickle! For breakfast.

I’m a corned beef nut to begin with, but Moishe’s corned beef was so incredibly tender, moist and flavorful. And not too salty. I remember thinking at the time that this corned beef sandwich was so entirely worth having to pull out the Spanx to fit into my wedding dress. (By some miracle, Spanx weren’t necessary. But I was willing to go there for this particular sandwich.) (more…)

March 20, 2010

chocolate brownie cookies

Filed under: cookies,dessert — Tags: , — Kristen @ 2:22 am

I’m going to go ahead and stick my neck out here: Best Chocolate-on-Chocolate Cookie Ever. Can’t decide between making brownies or cookies? These little mounds of crackled-outside, fudgy-inside heaven are the answer to your indecisive sweet tooth’s prayers. Or, at least, they fulfill mine.

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I’ve had at least a small obsession with most baked goods since childhood when my mom first introduced me to the magical and tasty chemistry lab that is baking. From the time I was barely able to reach the kitchen countertop, we were making cookies for parties, brownies for weekend treats, cheesecakes to top with strawberries freshly picked from a patch near my Grandma’s house, and toffee and fudge for the holiday season. She taught me the importance of paying attention and measuring with precision in baking – and especially in candy making – from her I learned that sharing your truly scrumptious baked goods could light up others’ faces with immeasurable joy. And while valuable and memorable, those were not the most useful baked goods-related lessons I learned from her.

The most important thing she probably never knew she taught me is related to the baking maxim: if you leave them out, they will be eaten. (more…)

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