The Cupcake Series: Biscoff Cupcakes

Guys… if you like cinnamon coffee cake, then I have the cupcake for you. You know those Biscoff cookies? They are the cookies that WestJet hands out during their in-flight service, and apparently these cookies are very popular in Europe. The cookies (or “biscuits”, if we’re being European) taste like cinnamon and burnt sugar – in the best possible way! These thin cookies basically melt in your mouth and taste fantastic with tea or coffee.

IMG_3539 copy

The company also makes a cookie butter (or “biscuit spread”) and, let me just say, this cookie butter is so very tasty and really tastes just like the cookies. Anyways, I decided to make a biscoff cupcake. The cupcake is a pretty standard vanilla cupcake made with brown sugar and a pinch of cinnamon. The frosting is buttercream with a generous spoonful of biscoff spread added in. I topped the cupcakes with an extra cookie for good measure. And guys… These cupcakes are insane.

IMG_3522_copy

Advertisements

Triple Chocolate Cookies

I was having a bad day… So even though it was 10pm on a Tuesday I decided to do some baking because baking usually helps me relax. There is something about creating something with my hands and making my apartment smell wonderful that is pretty therapeutic for me. And then there’s the bonus of having a still-warm-from-the-oven treat afterwards! Eating cookies can solve all kinds of problems, right?

I dug up a simple small-batch chocolate cookie recipe and then doubled it and added three types of chocolate chips because, well, I was having a bad day! Good thing I have a well-stocked pantry with approximately 8 different kinds of chocolate chips (not kidding).

Triple choc cookies - Edit - 1

Morning Glory Muffins

Some hearty (vegan) muffins to start the morning off right…!

IMG_3412 copy

These muffins are packed with good-for-you ingredients: whole wheat flour, coconut oil, apple sauce, shredded carrots, diced apples, golden raisins, and chopped walnuts. Morning Glory muffins are aptly named! I don’t generally go looking for vegan baking recipes, but this one was a good find.

Recipe from Baker By Nature.

Brown Sugar Oatmeal Muffins

And now… A quick break from oatmeal cookie posts. We now turn our attention to brown sugar oatmeal muffins!

Oatmeal muffins - Edit - 1 These little guys are surprisingly filling, which makes them a perfect snack. There is also some maple syrup and a bit of cinnamon in them, but the flavour is quite subtle. Despite the brown sugar and maple syrup, they aren’t very sweet. The oatmeal makes them taste like a muffin (not a cupcake) but I think next time I would add something else to give it a bit more oomph – maybe a mashed banana, or a handful of raisins, or some extra spices (ginger and nutmeg perhaps? Or maybe some chopped candied ginger?)

No-Knead Bread

A friend recently shared this magical recipe no-knead bread from Pinch of Yum with me. It uses only four ingredients, it doesn’t require any kneading, and it has only one (long) rise time. I was skeptical at first (as the recipe said I would be) but it worked like a charm! I have since made the recipe a couple of times, and I must say – there is nothing quite like fresh-from-the-oven homemade bread.

fullsizeoutput_b6d

I’m excited to try some variations on the simple recipe. I think cinnamon raisin will be my next attempt, or maybe cranberry and walnut. If you’ve never tried a recipe like this, do your self a favour and try it!

Coconut Oatmeal Cookies (Take 2)

For the past little while I have become somewhat obsessed with oatmeal cookies, and I have been trying to find the perfect oatmeal cookie recipe. So far, I haven’t found it, though I’ve had some valiant attempts! (See oatmeal cookies made with chocolate chips, and coconut oatmeal cookies made with honey).

The ones in this post are the closest yet: Great Grandma Olive’s coconut oatmeal cookies.

Karins cookies - Edit - 1

This is my partner’s Great Grandma’s recipe. I’ve had the cookies before and they are amazing, but my first attempt didn’t quite recreate the perfectly chewy/crispy texture that I was looking for. It will take a little tweaking to make it exactly right, but I think I’m at least on the right track. Back to the test kitchen!

Coconut Oatmeal Cookies

Not too long ago, I showed you some chocolate chip oatmeal cookies. Chocolate chip oatmeal cookies are great, but after having one or two of them, I thought to myself “You know what would be even better?? Coconut oatmeal cookies” (the grass is always greener on the other side, right?). So of course, I had to make some.

Coconut oatmeal cookies 2 - Edit - 1 (2)

The secret to keeping cookies chewy? A tablespoon (or two) of honey, and a short bake time. I was wanting more of a crispy outside/chewy inside kind of cookie, but these guys are soft all the way through. I guess I’ll try with more butter next time? Or maybe I’ll switch to a different kind of oatmeal cookie…!