Batter Licker

March 21, 2012

cherry-studded banana bran whole grain muffins

I recently started setting up a sort of brown banana renewal system. I’ll buy a few super green ones and a few yellow ones each week, and then find myself with a consistent supply of brown, spotted mushiness that is sufficient for my peanut butter shake and green smoothie purposes.

It was all working out swimmingly until I got tempted by the very cheap, very large bunch of jet-sized bananas at Costco. Suddenly, I had a serious overflow problem.

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The first resolution that came to mind was banana bread, which would also conveniently free up some precious space in my overstuffed pantry. Okay, maybe it was actually equal parts resolution and excuse to fill my apartment with the fragrant aroma of freshly baked banana bread.

Either way, I wanted to make a more portable, healthful, whole grain, breakfast-appropriate version. (more…)

October 3, 2011

project wedding dessert bar: part 4 (soft ginger molasses cookies)

After the fudge-making session, it’s time to get baking again! And now, it’s ginger molasses cookie time. Even though it’s been quite a few years since I first made these cookies, I’m still obsessed and can polish off a dozen in one sitting without a second thought.

But what I’m dying to know this time around is why is there sugar already spilled all over my counter when I haven’t started baking yet?!?!?

Let’s just say that next time I’ve finished a few hours’ worth of baking and think I hear the sound of sugar spilling, instead of quickly glancing over and, not seeing any spills, dismissing it as sugar shifting inside a bag I had recently moved, I’ll be sure to look a little closer and investigate a little further.

Anyway, like any baking project worth sharing, this one starts with an iconic Leaning Tower of Butter. (more…)

January 29, 2010

soft ginger molasses cookies

Filed under: cookies,dessert — Tags: , , — Kristen @ 8:58 pm


Very rarely do I come across a cookie that I truly fall in love with – the measure of love being that I could devour an entire 2-dozen batch without tiring of the flavor. This could be somewhat of a tragedy, considering how versatile cookies can be. But it’s not because, for several years now, I’ve been having a love affair with a certain ginger and molasses softie.

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This little bite of my personal cookie heaven is spicy (but not too spicy) sweet (but not teeth-numbingly so), chewy on the outer edges yet soft in the middle – the perfect texture for this cookie, really (yes, that’s a jab at YOU Mr. Hard-and-crunchy Overly-snappy Gingersnap!).


Lucky for you, I am not a selfish lover and am willing to share the details of this affair so that you might enjoy one of your own. (N.B. The magically disappearing 2-dozen cookies act is a phenomenon that family and friends have been known to fall victim to when it comes to this particular mouthful of joy.) Also, if you come across this recipe at least a day in advance of when you want to make it, I would highly recommend chopping up some candied ginger and adding it to the cookie dough.

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