Dessert

How To Make Soft & Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies — Make More Good

(Image credit: Joe Lingeman)

Of all the iconic cookies — chocolate chip, sugar, snickerdoodle — a really reliable, chewy peanut butter cookie has always eluded me. Some recipes bake up a tender, crisp cookie or a snappy cookie, and there are those recipes that call themselves chewy, but end up soft after storing.

My quest wasn't just for any peanut butter cookie, but a thick and soft peanut butter cookie that bent rather than broke when folded in two, all while delivering on the savory sweetness of the peanut butter itself. This cookie finally delivers that with an added bonus of being chock-full of peanuts and peanut butter chips, making it just the kind of cookie you want to eat with a glass of cold milk or a tumbler of Scotch.

READ MORE »

The Argument for (or Against!) Banning Cupcakes in Schools — Birthday of the Month

I'll never forget the day in second grade when my mom showed up with two giant sheet pans of homemade cinnamon rolls. It was my birthday, and this was her surprise to me — a special treat to share with the whole class. I was genuinely surprised. And also a smidge disappointed that she hadn't shown up with trays of store-bought cupcakes sporting thick swirls of frosting and plastic toppers that said, "YOU'RE RAD!" like the cool kids had brought in on their birthdays. (In addition to my reading and spelling skills in second grade, I was also proficient at ingratitude.)

Needless to say, everybody went gaga over the cinnamon rolls and, thankfully, my class showed all of the appreciation for my mother's efforts that I lacked.

READ MORE »

10 Weeknight-Friendly Summer Fruit Desserts — Recipes from The Kitchn

This is your friendly Public Service Announcement reminding you to get your fill of sweet, fruit-filled desserts before summer is over. Not only does the season's bounty of stone fruits and berries lend itself to a packed roster of sweet treats, but so many of them are also easy enough to pull together on a weeknight. That's my kind of baking. From classic fruit crisps to rustic galettes to upside-down skillet cakes, here are 10 must-bake summer fruit desserts easy enough for a weeknight.

READ MORE »

Recipe: Boozy Caramel Milkshake — Easy Dessert Recipes

(Image credit: Joe Lingeman)

At Hot Cakes Molten Chocolate Cakery, the Seattle shop famous for deceivingly small chocolate cakes baked to order, it's easy to be sidetracked by the main event. When you're waiting in line — because yes, you'll probably have to wait — the scent of chocolate hovers overhead like a heavy cloud. It's easy to imagine that at any moment, the cloud will burst and Seattle's rain will turn into hot, thick chocolate. But curb your imagination: You need to focus not just on the cakes, but also on the milkshakes, which come both straight-up and laced with (usually local) booze. Our favorite, the "Extra Dark Caramel and Rye" shake, is made with the rye caramel they make in house.

READ MORE »

Recipe: Red Fruit Salad with Lemon-Vanilla Bean Syrup — Jewels of June

(Image credit: Linda Xiao)

I suppose one could make the case that dressing a fruit salad is a bit like gilding the lily, especially when the fruit is at the height of season. To that argument I say, a little extra bling never hurt anybody!

In this fruit salad from Yossy Arefi, the bling comes in the form of sweet-tart lemon-vanilla bean syrup.

READ MORE »

Recipe: Key Lime Pie — Road Trips for Food-Lovers

(Image credit: Joe Lingeman)

In April, my dad and I embarked on a road trip through the Florida Keys. What started out as a good old-fashioned drive from Key Largo to Key West turned into a quest to find the best slice of key lime pie.

We ate a lot of key lime pie. We ate it as pie and on sticks. We tried it in jars and covered in syrup. We tried it with merengue and without. We ate it outside and inside. We even tried a gluten-free version. We ate it every which way and, while each had their own distinct flavor and texture, there was one that stole our hearts.

READ MORE »

Powered by WordPress All Content Copyright © chadjohannesen.com My Perspective, Tips, Advice, and Things I Find Interesting
Theme created with SpiderWeb Press™.