Chocolate Banana Bread

B-A-N-A-N-A-S! I always seem to have a few brown bananas sitting in my kitchen. Most of the time they end up in the trash bin, but not today. I combined ripe bananas with cocoa powder for a delectable quick bread. With a moist crumb and chocolate chip topping you can’t go wrong. Over the years…

Zucchini-Oat Chocolate Chip Cookies

“Got that summertime, summertime sadness.”  ~Lana Del Rey The final humid days of August have arrived. September brings with it back to school (although, my son had his first day a couple weeks ago) and my favorite season Fall. On Thursday I head back to the classroom for the 2018-2019 school year. Summer break is…

Muddy Buddies

Growing up my mom would make this snack mix, but it was called “Puppy Chow”, based on it resembling dog kibble. Fast forward to the new millennium and Chex cereal dubbed it Muddy Buddies. Chocolate, peanut butter and powdered sugar come together for a crunchy sweet mix. Put out a bowl for Santa, instead of…

Peppermint Bark

Every year at Christmas, I bake and make food gifts. One of my favorite treats to package up and give is peppermint bark. It screams holiday candy. The smooth mixture of dark and white chocolate compliments the crushed candy canes. This project is super simple and can be made during your kids nap time or…

Peanut Butter Blossoms

This cookie is synonymous with the holiday season. You will find it on just about any cookie platter this time of year. When I think of peanut butter blossoms, I’m instantly reminded of my Great Aunt Shirley. Every year, when I was growing up, she would send a tin or box of these little delights….

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies 

Pumpkin flavors are everywhere and nope I’m not tired of it yet! I mentioned to my co-workers that I would make cookies as a “Fun Friday” treat. I paired the seasonal pumpkin spice flavor with classic chocolate chip. It truly is a winning combination.  These cookies require no eggs and since they contain pumpkin purée,…

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Bars 

I always end up with bananas past their prime and banana bread is a terrific way to use them up. This recipe is very similar, except you cook the batter on a rimmed cookie sheet and slice into bars. These are great for a quick breakfast on the run.  These bars are bursting with banana…

Chocolate Bundt Cake 

I like chocolate, but I will usually choose vanilla if given the option. (Probably in the minority on that one.) Unless this cake is involved and then I’m grabbing a slice to devour. This chocolate cake is moist and not overly rich; it’s perfect. I suppose that’s how it earned it’s name from Hershey’s.  This…

Chocolate Snickerdoodles 

Chocolate and cinnamon come together in this decadent cookie. I’ve always thought the traditional snickerdoodle was a great cookie, but when I saw this chocolate variety, it intrigued me. It adds a new spin to the snickerdoodle and if you are a big chocolate fan, these are for you.  My son gave these two thumbs…

S’mores Pieces Cookies

When you think of summer, S’mores always find their way into the equation. Whether around the campfire or fire pit, they are a wonderful summer treat. I have many memories of making them in Girl Scouts as a young child and now with my own family. I was grocery shopping last week and my daughter…