Recent Posts on Picky Palate
Jun 19, 2013 | Cookies, Desserts | Tags: brown butter, butterscotch, oatmeal, toffee chip
I had to make some cookies for the cub scouts last week and while rummaging through my baking cupboard, I decided to make these Brown Butter, Oatmeal and Butterscotch Toffee Chip Cookies. Do you think I could make the title any longer? Haha.
If you haven’t browned butter before, what are you waiting for? It truly makes one decadent cookie. It takes about 5 minutes of melting and swirling your saucpan of butter and before you know it, it turns a gorgeous deep golden brown color and smells incredibly nutty and fabulous.
Jump on in the kitchen and bake some of these babies today.
Jun 10, 2013 | Cakes and Cupcakes, Desserts | Tags: chocolate
Chocolate cake anyone?! I’d like to introduce you to my Homemade Double Chocolate Butterfinger Cake. It is made by baking the batter in two 2 cup ramekins. I love this size because it’s about 6 inches wide and about 12 inches tall. Perfect for a birthday cake for that special someone
I created this cake for my friend Amanda of I am Baker and her Food Styling Challenge. I was so excited when I got the email to participate. The challenge is that you have $25 to spend on your props that you find at a second hand shop. I grew up going to garage sales and thrift store shopping so I was ready for the challenge. I went up to a little second hand shop down the street and found a cute ivory plate and a glass candle stick that I glued together to make my own cake stand. I found an antique knife to go with it and spent under $20! Can you tell I had a good time?
Jun 6, 2013 | Cookies, Desserts | Tags: brown butter
Oh for the love of brown butter cookies. I’ve been teasing with these cookies on Instagram for a good week or so. I am happy to be sharing my recipe with you today. All of my favorite things in this cookies. A little sweet, a little salty and lots of chocolate. Hop on over to the kitchen and try these for yourself!
Let the cereal macaron baking continue! If you haven’t braved making macarons yet, might I tempt you with my newest macaron called Cinnamon Toast Crunch Macarons!
These are cinnamon sugary delicious with bits of Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cereal througout the shell. Start to finish, about 45 minutes. No joke. See my Cookies and Cream Macaron post for more details and full step by step photos.
May 30, 2013 | Cookies, Desserts | Tags: butter, cinnamon, cinnamon chips, snickerdoodles, sugar, white chocolate chips
I could not for the life of me think of a clever name for these cookies. They have a very “snickerdoodl-y” like taste, but I don’t use cream of tarter or roll them in cinnamon sugar like traditional snikerdoodles, so I was stumped! After some back and forth, “Snickerdoodle-like Cinnamon and White Chip Cookies” were born, lol!
They have a lovely texture and knock your tastebuds out cinnamon white chocolate flavor. My husband said they are one of his very favorites.
Hope you enjoy, have a great rest of your week!
May 28, 2013 | Chicken, Dinner | Tags: cream cheese, pasta, quick and easy, quick fix meal
So many of your kids are already out of school for the summer and if you are like me, making dinner is not the high point of the day. In fact I’m lucky if I make dinner in the summer. Oops.
I developed a quick and simple chicken pasta full of colors and flavor that the whole family will love. I call it my Creamy Chicken Fajita Pasta.
30 minutes is what it takes to get this meal to the table. Not too bad right? Save yourself some time by picking up a pre-chopped bag of fajita vegetables at your grocery store and use a rotisserie chicken.
May 22, 2013 | Cookies | Tags: buttercream, Frosted Flakes, honey, macaron shortcuts, macarons
You are probably thinking I have got a weird obsession with Frosted Flakes. Well, I had to do one more recipe with them before moving on to another cereal, lol! As you can see I did a Frosted Flakes Macaron!
I am so happy how these turned out. I used the same shortcut methods as my Cookies and Cream Macarons. See that post for full details of the shortcuts. I’d say from start to finish these took about 45 minutes. No joke.
Invest in a food scale (no more than $30), some piping bags, tips and you are ready to get started. I want to take the fear out of making macarons because I am telling you, I am no trained professional. Just a home cook like you experimenting Give it a try!
Good luck and have fun!
May 15, 2013 | Cookies, Desserts | Tags: butter, Frosted Flakes, sugar, white chocolate
Kind of random right? I know, I know but hear me out.
I have been enjoying one of the best ice cream flavors I’ve ever had at a local candy shop down the street from me called B Candy. They are located in Corona Del Mar and have a bakery and homemade ice creams. I would have never even been tempted to try “Frosted Flakes” ice cream, but got a sample just for the heck of it. It was sweet and a tad bit salty and sent my tastebuds over the moon. Can’t seem to get enough of it. With Frosted Flakes on my brain lately the above cookies have been born.
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May 13, 2013 | Cookies, Desserts | Tags: cookies and cream, macaron shortcuts, macarons
Let me get a few things off of my chest….number one, I am not a professionial macaron maker, nor will I ever claim to be. Number two, I do not follow the typical macaron rules. I am too impatient. Phew, I feel much better. Ok, now we can start.
I adore macarons. Wait, I should say, I adore eating macarons. There is a lovely little macaron shop down the street from my house that I pick a few up on a regular basis and savor every bite. There’s just something about them that makes me so happy. Also, The Bouchon Bakery macarons make my heart sing. If you haven’t had one, be sure to order one in this lifetime. They are amazing.