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Dark Chocolate Buttercream

Dark Chocolate Buttercream swirling on a mixer whisk

Let’s talk chocolate! Easter is right around the corner and everything pastel and cute is trending but I’m looking for that chocolate fix this week. Are you a chocolate lover? This Dark Chocolate Buttercream is just what you need.

Dark Chocolate Buttercream being piped into a swirl

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I  often feel that chocolate baked goods need to be lighter on the sugar and heavier on the chocolate. Give me all the flavor! Unfortunately I was super busy this week and I now have a large container of Dark Chocolate Buttercream on the counter and nothing to put it on.

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Cookies/ Dessert

Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies spread around a copper pan of caramel

What do you do in the middle of winter when everyone is restless and the weather is not conducive to leaving the house? It’s the eternal struggle. I’ll admit I’ve spent several days snuggled up in a chair reading a good book and drinking tea. This week I’m working on a few things including some side projects in food photography. More on that will be popping up on Instagram. If you want a peak head over there and keep your eyes peeled! On the baking front I’ve been working on my perfect chocolate chip cookie. Or in this case the perfect Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies.

Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies on a plate next to a copper pan of caramel for drizzling

It only took four batches or about 100 cookies to get it right. I could have gotten it the first time if I had stuck with the oatmeal but I wanted to try without. Turns out that, at least for the foreseeable future, oatmeal is a key ingredient for the texture I like in my chocolate chip cookies. I wanted a soft and chewy cookie that didn’t dry out and get crumbly. I had already developed a base recipe that I loved featuring melted butter, brown sugar and baking soda for the textures they produced. Thanks to Bake From Scratch magazine’s chart on which ingredients to use to produce certain textures in your cookies, I finally have my own go-to recipes for this kind of cookie.

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Cake/ Dessert

Dark Chocolate Mini Cakes with Espresso Ganache

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. It’s the perfect time to bake something delightfully indulgent. Enter these Dark Chocolate Mini Cakes with Espresso Ganache. We’ve got all the traditional Valentine trappings in a different kind of packaging.

Pouring espresso ganache into mini chocolate cakes for valentine's day

We’ll start with mini bundt cakes. Aren’t they cute?! I got my mini bundt cake pans at Marshall’s but you can buy them on Amazon as well. This recipe makes four cakes so you can eat them twice or double date if you like. We never actually go out on Valentine’s Day. One year we did drive into the city and go on a nice date but the traffic was insane! Neither of us likes going out at the same time as everyone else so now we celebrate at home or just have a nice date sometime in February.

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Cake/ Dessert

Funfetti Celebration Cupcakes

Three colorful funfetti cupcakes with pink candles and clear sugar glitter on top

Today is my baby girl’s birthday! It’s hard to believe that it’s been 11 years since that adorable little baby changed our lives forever. She’s now a pretty pre-teen with a quick wit, a love of everything, and some impressive artistic talent. It seemed only fitting to salute that with a batch of Funfetti Celebration Cupcakes.

Three colorful cupcakes with pink candles and colored flames

These fluffy vanilla cupcakes are super easy to whip up from scratch and filled with your favorite sprinkles. Top them off with multi-colored icing and finish with a dusting of clear sprinkles for the glitter effect. We even found some super cool candles at the local craft store that have colored flames!

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Breakfast/ Dessert

Homemade Blueberry Peach Cobbler

Peach blueberry cobbler in individual ramekins

When I was young I remember going to my Grandparents house next door for dinner. I know that my Grandma was a good cook but I don’t remember most of the things that she made. It’s the fun meals that stick in my mind. When we visited them in Florida we got to have “strawberry soup” for dinner sometimes. Grandpa loved that one – bread torn up and topped with fresh strawberries, sprinkled with sugar. We’d pour milk into the bowl and it was like a weird sort of cereal. I’m guessing it started among the generation that grew up during the Great Depression. However, my favorite meal was when Grandma would make Homemade Blueberry Peach Cobbler for dinner and we got to eat as much as we wanted.

Closeup of peach blueberry cobbler in individual ramekins

Cobbler for dinner is not a huge stretch. I’m sure it’s no worse than french toast or pancakes as a meal, but as a kid it felt like an amazing winter treat. I’ve made cobbler with various fruit over the years, but blueberry peach is nostalgic as well as delicious. Juicy tart blueberries meld beautifully with the soft, sweet peaches. Stir it up into a syrupy cocktail and top it off with light sweet biscuits that are soft underneath with a little crunch on top! I’m thinking that this would be a fantastic Valentine’s Day Brunch…

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Dessert/ Drinks

Hot Chocolate with Peppermint Whipped Cream

Hot Chocolate with Peppermint Whipped Cream is just what you need for cold winter nights wrapping gifts in front of the fireplace. Ready in 10 minutes! | The Teatime Baker | #hotchocolatefromscratch #peppermintwhippedcream

Merry Christmas!! I’m super excited to start wrapping presents this week. We’re getting our tree this weekend and I have all my wrapping paper picked out. I LOVE giftwrapping. Like, seriously love it. This year I decided that Hot Chocolate with Peppermint Whipped Cream is the perfect accompaniment for nights wrapping those shiny gifts. Last year in a strange twist of fate the kids ended up at Grandma and Grandpa’s house on a weekday morning. I spent that time wrapping every present I could find, drinking hot chocolate and watching Harry Potter. It felt like a super fun date with myself to celebrate the holidays.

Hot Chocolate with Peppermint Whipped Cream is just what you need for cold winter nights wrapping gifts in front of the fireplace. Ready in 10 minutes! | The Teatime Baker | #hotchocolatefromscratch #peppermintwhippedcream

Check out this super cute wrapping paper I found at Marshalls. It’s been really nice to have a Marshalls in town. I have to make sure I don’t go too often or I’ll spend all the money! Last year I learned that they have awesome gift wrap so I made sure to stop there to pick out my stash for this year. I don’t go with a major theme for gift wrap but I like all my colors to coordinate. Last year we picked out the cutest little hipster dog paper that made Connor super happy. In case you’re wondering I’m not getting paid by Marshalls to rave about them (but if you ever read this Marshalls marketing team I’d be thrilled to!)

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Cookies/ Dessert

Peppernut Cookies

Try a traditional European Christmas cookie recipe this year. Peppernut Cookies are sweet, spicy, crunchy and surprisingly addictive! | Holiday Baking | Christmas Cookies | The Teatime Baker | #peppernutcookies #europeanchristmascookies

Holiday baking season has officially arrived! What’s on your list this year? I decided to pull out a recipe from my childhood this year – Peppernut Cookies. I started with my Aunt Marcia’s recipe and made a few tweaks of my own. According to Wikepedia Peppernuts, or Pfeffernüsse, are tiny spice cookies that are popular in Germany, the Netherlands and among ethnic Mennonites. Well, I suppose it was fate because my husband’s family is German and my Mother’s family are ethnic Mennonites! These little cookies are traditionally linked to the Sinterklaas festival celebrated on December 5th or 6th depending on the country.

Try a traditional European Christmas cookie recipe this year. Peppernut Cookies are sweet, spicy, crunchy and surprisingly addictive! | Holiday Baking | Christmas Cookies | The Teatime Baker | #peppernutcookies #europeanchristmascookies

I had already decided to make Peppernut Cookies this week before I looked up the origin, but we are right on time! These are best a little crunchy like a nut. It does take a few steps to make them but it’s a fun project with kids if you have them. These little morsels are sweet, spicy, crunchy and surprisingly addictive! This recipe makes about 8 cups so there’s plenty to go around. Perfect for a holiday party or an evening at home with hot chocolate.

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Cookies/ Dessert

Sweet & Spicy Gingerdoodle Cookies

Sweet and Spicy Gingerdoodle Cookies are the ultimate fall treat! A deliciously spiced gingersnap cookie is rolled in cinnamon sugar to create a soft spicy cookie with a sweet crunch on the outside. | Snickerdoodle Gingersnap Cookies | The Teatime Bake | Holiday Cookies | Fall Cookies | Holiday Baking #sweetandspicygingerdoodlecookies

The last day of Cookie Week is here!!! Cookie recipe number seven is my favorite fall cookie – Sweet and Spicy Gingerdoodle Cookies. The first time we made these was last spring for our 4-H canine club bake sale. Jasmine and I thought it would be a fun cookie because it sounds like a hybrid dog breed (I think it may actually be a breed). Our dog is a Cockapoo so Jasmine decided it was the perfect choice. In case you haven’t guessed it yet, this cookie is a hybrid of a Gingersnap and a Snickerdoodle.

Sweet and Spicy Gingerdoodle Cookies are the ultimate fall treat! A deliciously spiced gingersnap cookie is rolled in cinnamon sugar to create a soft spicy cookie with a sweet crunch on the outside. | Snickerdoodle Gingersnap Cookies | The Teatime Bake | Holiday Cookies | Fall Cookies | Holiday Baking #sweetandspicygingerdoodlecookies

You start with a fantastically spiced molasses gingersnap and then roll it in cinnamon sugar before baking. The result is a beautifully soft and spicy cookie with a layer of cinnamon sugar crunch on the outside. The Sweet and Spicy Gingerdoodle Cookie is easily my favorite cookie for this season. They are easy to bake, easier to eat and perfect for parties and gifts! I adapted this recipe from these Gingersnap Cookies with Eggnog Frosting on Carlsbad Cravings.

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Cookies/ Dessert

Grandma’s Sugar Cookies

Soft, sweet and buttery, Grandma's Sugar Cookies are beautiful and delicious. Great for decorating with kids or holiday cookie parties! | Cookie Decorating | The Teatime Baker | Holiday Cookies | #sugarcookierecipe

Day 6! Cookie Week is almost over friends. We’re keeping it traditional today with my Grandma’s Sugar Cookies. I have a lot of memories of making these over the years, especially during fall and Christmas season. We’d start with leaves and pumpkins in October and November and move into Christmas trees, candy canes and snowmen in December. Mom would make the dough and let us cut out our favorite shapes. Once the cookies were done baking there was the interminable wait for them to be cool enough to ice.

Soft, sweet and buttery, Grandma's Sugar Cookies are beautiful and delicious. Great for decorating with kids or holiday cookie parties! | Cookie Decorating | The Teatime Baker | Holiday Cookies | #sugarcookierecipe

Then she would make a big batch of icing and separate it into a couple small bowls and we would fight over what colors they should be. Actually it was a pretty simple choice. Orange, red, and yellow for fall and red, green, and white for Christmas. When we were young mom (and sometimes Dad) would ice the cookies. We got the fun job – sprinkles! An impressive array of colored sugars and shapes were ours for the taking. We methodically sprinkled green stems and orange pumpkins, Christmas trees with strategically placed lights and decorations, and bells in fanciful colors.

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