All posts filed under: Lookie at my Cookies by Whitney

POM Wonderful Brownies

A few weeks ago the people at POM Wonderful asked if they could send us some bottles of POM juice to experiment with in recipes. Who are we to turn down free stuff? It’s a recession y’all! Rest assured we would never spend the time blogging about something that  we didn’t feel the need to share with our readers, but the POM recipe was, well, wonderful! First up, Double Chocolate Pom Brownies. I’ve been wanting to make brownies for while now and due to a time crunch yesterday I needed to make something quick and easy. Bars and brownies are the perfect quick baking fix because they don’t require shaping dough or frosting (normally). You just whip up the batter and pour it in a pan–for this reason, I am bar obsessed. I also love bars because I feel like you can throw as much chocolate, sugar, and candy in them and they’ll always turn out scrumdiddly-yum-cious. I am for sure on my way to getting diabetes. Regardless, the POM brownies were a perfect solution. …

Lookie at my Cookies: Chocolate Chip Cookies

While catching up on my Google Reader last week I found these cookies and knew I had to make them. They just looked too delicious to pass up and I’m always a softy for good cookies. They turned out pretty good, definitely not as good as Cooking on the Side’s look but decent. I still rank Jacques Torres’ cookies over these but for an every day choc chip cookie they’re fine. Crispy edges and a soft chewy inside with chocolate chunks galore. Perfect for dessert with a glass of milk! Now for a random rant: I saw this post on Eater today and to be frank, it really pissed me off. Seriously? Blogs were created so that anyone and everyone can instantly publish themselves, that’s just how it is. So of course there’s an overload of food blogs, there’s an overload of blogs in GENERAL! But who cares? If you don’t like someone’s blog then don’t read it, seems simple enough to me. I guess it’s not that simple for everyone. In the article they …

Lookie at my Cookies: Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

First thing’s first: Ariel and I found out about Study Abroad for next semester! What? Yes! We’re leaving the lovely USofA to go immerse ourselves in other cultures through food, drink, and fun. Oh, and school I guess. So where will we be traveling? Ariel will be spending her spring in Tel Aviv in Israel and I will be spending mine in Florence! We are more than excited to travel around the world, we just wish that we could do it together. Though our distance and different locales will only provide more interesting things for us to share with you all here! Nosh & Tell will be up and chugging along as we travel through Europe and the Middle East respectively. Who knows how often we’ll get to blog, or what the heck we will blog about since we won’t have access to all of our lovely kitchenware that will be staying in NYC, but we will blog! And we will eat! Oh we will eat. Pasta. Wine. Yum. Anyway, that’s not happening till Spring, …

Lookie at my Cookies: Cookie Brownies

Here’s another pre-blog era baked good: Cookie Brownies. I’ve been meaning to post these for like months now, 6 months to be exact since we started this thing on March 27 of this year! The only thing that’d be better than these is if I had an intern…seriously. Anyone interested? These are one of my favorite things that I make and usually my taste testers favorite as well. I have been known to eat a sickening amount of these, even more so than other treats which is saying something. I have also been known to say “there is something in these! Something addicting! Opium! I don’t know what it is but something”. This is most likely my excuse for eating a pan full of these, but I stand by my claim. They’re the most addicting thing I bake. So dangerous. Guess what else? They’re incredibly EASY! That also makes them doubly dangerous because you can whip them up in an instant and have a cookie brownie FEAST. Just buy a roll of cookie dough, buy …

Lookie at my Cookies: Monster Cookies

A short and sweet post since it’s currently after 1 a.m. and I really need to catch some Z’s before tomorrow. Short and sweet kind of like Monster Cookies! These were some of the first cookies I ever made and to this day if you ask me what my favorite flavor cookie is I will quickly respond, “Monster Cookies, aughhh yummmm”. Really the only question left to ask is why the heck haven’t I blogged these yet? I like to classify a few of my treats as “pre-blog era” and for some reason these get left out of the shuffle for some reason. I think it’s because I’ve made these baked goods so many times that they are so familiar to me I don’t think of them as “blog worthy”. In fact they’re probably the most worthy of blogging because the fact that I make these recipes over and over again is just a tribute to their greatness! Monster Cookies are no exception. Leave it to Paula Deen to throw everything but the kitchen sink …

Lookie at my Cookies: Reese’s Cake

HELLO! Sorry all, we had to take a hiatus from the blog for a bit due to our extremely hectic schedules over the past week. No worries, we are back and here to stay–we missed y’all! It’s too bad school has to come first sometimes, ah well, such is life.Since we were MIA, here’s a quick recap of our past week:1. We started our second kitchen fire–I say we, but really it was just me…as I was cooking for my sorority rush I decided to jump in the shower to make myself presentable. Got out and of course I see smoke billowing from the oven. I open the oven and my pigs in a blanket are ON FIRE–despair. The piggies got pretty soggy when I had to throw water on them to put out the fire but I managed to salvage some from a previous batch. Oh well.2. We ate a lot (duh) but more so than normal since our kitchen was churning out food for hundreds of people each night of rush. Yes, you …

Lookie at my Cookies: Pink Lemonade Cupcakes

  So Welcome Week is officially over and school has started. Meaning we are now trying to piece together our schedules and figure out where to fit in time for friends as well. So far it’s going pretty well, except for the whole class thing. I think this is the least prepared I have been for school–normally I spend hours in Staples picking out school supplies like an excited middle schooler. This year…not so much. I had to call friends for an SOS to look at my schedule for me and figure out what room/time I had class. Oops! Oh well, it’s kind of liberating actually.   So far classes are looking pretty good. I’m taking a few Food Studies classes that I’m really excited about and then a few others that I’m…eh…less excited about. Gotta take the bad with the good I guess. Anyway, in an effort to start off my year the right way I’m getting ahead and writing this blog post early! (Okay so it’s really only the night before I would’ve …

Lookie at my Cookies: Chocolate Chip Pie

I went to an all girls high school, and I loved every minute of it. With no boys around we wore absolutely no make up, rolled out of bed, threw on our uniforms, and went to school each day. We played ridiculous pranks on each other, had so much fun, laughed a lot, and ate a ton! I think I gained the “Freshman 15” my Freshman year of high school–no joke. I didn’t really think about it at the time but a lot of our events at school were centered around food. We had weekly advisory meetings where a group of us who shared an advisor would get together, talk, and feast. Advisory happens to be where I picked up my habit of dipping butter cookies into a tub of icing–yum! It was actually gross how much food we would consume in a half an hour…but it was so good. And of course there’s the whole school lunch cuisine. We were lucky enough to have a great dining hall at school–almost too great. By senior …

August Daring Baker’s Challenge: Dobos Torte

Oh Dobos, dobos, I’m going to put this nicely: I strongly dislike you. Talk about a dobos disaster. The August 2009 Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Angela of A Spoonful of Sugar and Lorraine of Not Quite Nigella. They chose the spectacular Dobos Torte based on a recipe from Rick Rodgers’ cookbook Kaffeehaus:  Exquisite Desserts from the Classic Caffés of Vienna, Budapest, and Prague.  Sure the cake tastes great, but this thing was a BIG hassle. Okay, so it tasted like a slice of heaven but the Dobos is a don’t–unless you like being extremely stressed out while baking. This was hell and only slightly worth it. The FIRST time I tried making the Dobos Torte, it wasn’t so great. I needed a success to help me sleep well that night, I needed to be able to pat myself on the back about something. Well, I went to bed irritated and covered in flour. If someone had been filming me while I was baking, it would have been one long “beeeeeeeep” covering up all …

Lookie at my Cookies: Mint-Filled Brownie Cupcakes

Okay a quick post because I’m tired and gotta watch Mad Men from last night. As I said in my last post I did a bit of cookbook shopping last week! After some Amazoning I made out like a bandit with Martha Stewart’s Cupcakes and The Gourmet Cookbook. I held off buying Martha’s book because I was resisting more of the cupcake rage…but I finally gave in. Oh, am I glad I did! This book is filled with beautiful, irresistible pictures of delicious looking cupcakes. I want to try them all they’re SO pretty! I think half the reason I love this book is because the food styling and photography is incredible. Plus it’s by Martha so 9/10 you’re gonna get a winning recipe. The Gourmet cookbook I raved about in my post from the Rice’s cocktail party, I haven’t had time to make anything from it yet but everything from the cocktail party was amazing and I have like 100 post it notes stuck in it already.  So what about these Mint-Filled Brownie Cupcakes? …