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Peach Buttermilk Upside Down Cake

 Peach Buttermilk Upside Down Cake via The Baker Chick

Dear New York in the summer, I forgive you. 

I know in the majority  of my blog posts I have complained about your stinky, humid, too-hot-for-anything ways, but you have made it all right this year. It’s been much more pleasant than my first 8 summers and turning my oven on has not been half bad. This better mean you will be nicer this winter too as this past one was just stupid.

Thanks a bunch,

Audra  Peach Buttermilk Upside Down Cake via The Baker Chick


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Caramel Mocha Ice Cream Cupcakes

 Caramel Mocha Ice Cream Cupcakes via The Baker Chick

Do you have certain fast-food chain menu items that you were/are obsessed with? Like something that for several years you always had to have when passing by said chain? I have a couple..as a kid it was a Burger King chicken sandwich. I haven’t had one in years but my memory of them is that they were the single most delicious thing on the planet. As a 19 year old though, my obsession changed. I was in college, way too sophisticated for fast food, and very into frozen coffee drinks. Namely, a Caramel Frappuccino from Starbucks. It was my real first taste of coffee and I liked it blended, sweet and creamy- (pretty much not tasting like coffee at all right?)

Anyway, that obsession only lasted a couple years and fifty-some blended coffees later, but I’ll always remember that first sip of frozen, caramel-y, shopped cream goodness. Now I’m a no sugar-just cream in my coffee kind of girl, but I still have a thing for that oh so good flavor combo- enter these cupcakes!  Caramel Mocha Ice Cream Cupcakes via The Baker Chick


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Raspberry Brown Butter Bars

 Raspberry Brown Butter Bars via The Baker Chick

This has been the weirdest week ever. No routine, everything has been off, and bizarre (and also exciting) things are happening left and right. Ever have a week like that? Tuesday was particularly odd. Rainy day, no plans, no Andy all day, just me trying to entertain Hugo as he tries to crawl to every power cord and outlet in the apartment. (How do they know what is off limits!?) Then we find out that we booked a national commercial the two of us! (It shoots today actually.) So yesterday I went and signed my life away (it felt like,) to join the Screen Actor’s Guild! After all my years as an actor in this city it is so cool that I’ve finally joined. So anyway- lets hope Hugo behaves today- I’ll share a link of the commercial when it airs!

 Raspberry Brown Butter Bars via The Baker Chick

 Raspberry Brown Butter Bars via The Baker Chick


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Lactation Cookies (Salted Oatmeal Chocolate Chip with Butterscotch!)

 Lactation Cookies (Salted Oatmeal Chocolate Chip with Butterscotch!) via The Baker Chick

Ok- I admit this may be the weirdest cookie I’ve posted on The Baker Chick. I am aware that this recipe may only be appealing to a very specific demographic, but rather than emailing the recipe out with all my notes scribbled in, I figured this is my blog and I’ll post breastfeeding cookies if I want to!! (Last week was breasfeeding awareness month so thereyago.)

A dear friend of mine has been working to up her milk supply and so I thought I’d bake her up a special batch of delicious, chewy, oatmeal, chocolate chip & butterscotch cookies that happen to have a few ingredients that help boost supply: Oatmeal, flax meal (easy to find,) and brewers yeast (harder to find but I bought a huge jar from Amazon.)  Lactation Cookies (Salted Oatmeal Chocolate Chip with Butterscotch!) via The Baker Chick


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Fudgy Zucchini Brownies

 Fudgy Zucchini Brownies via The Baker Chick

I put green vegetables in your brownies- please don’t hate me.

I know this generally isn’t my MO, and I tend to be more of the veggies are veggies and treats are treats mindset, but what can I say- I’m all about being unpredictable over here.  Now I like a nice slice of zucchini bread as much as the next girl, but I was just has leery about my frosted fudgy treats having two whole zucchini in them as you may be, but let me tell you- these brownies are goooood. Like- not good for having a veggie in them, but so good that I highly doubt you or anyone you served these to could ever guess the secret ingredient. Like so good that I will definitely be making them the next time I need a quick brownie fix, whether I have a fridge full of zucchini or not.  Fudgy Zucchini Brownies via The Baker Chick


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Barbecue Chicken Skillet Pizza

 Barbecue Chicken Skillet Pizza via The Baker Chick

Are you a thick or thin crust pizza person? Dare I say I’m really a fan of both? I used to think I only like cracker thin crust. Who needs that extra bread when there are fillings to be had? Well, I have to say that making my own crust that gets perfectly crispy in a cast-iron skillet is my new favorite thing! Don’t be alarmed if you see several more pan pizzas in these parts over the next few months- I love it!

 Barbecue Chicken Skillet Pizza via The Baker Chick

This pizza is full of everything good: tangy BBQ sauce, caramelized onions, tender shredded chicken,  two cheeses, more BBQ sauce and of course a drizzle of ranch dressing for good measure. We devoured this pizza in no time flat, but it is easy to make early in the day and then re-heat in the oven or toaster oven to crisp it up.  Barbecue Chicken Skillet Pizza via The Baker Chick


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Milk and Cookie Pops

 Milk and Cookie Pops via The Baker Chick

I promised you guys at least one more frozen popsicle treat before summer and man is it a good one. Popsicle molds are so fun you guys. It is so exciting to brainstorm all the things you can cram in, freeze and transform into an awesome frozen treat! Chocolate chip cookies soaked in milk are one of my all-time favorite things and so you can imagine how much I loved these pops.

 Milk and Cookie Pops via The Baker Chick

Freshly baked chocolate chip cookies are broken into bits and stuffed into the molds. (I filled mine to the top, but they were loose enough that when the milk was added it filled all the nooks and crannies so perfectly!) A combo of sweetened condensed milk and regular milk gets poured over, soaking into the cookies. Now did you know that sweetened condensed milk doesn’t freeze all the way? It is actually perfect for these because it keeps the texture super soft and creamy. No rock hard icy-pops straight out the the freezer. Only creamy, chewy goodness, with an ice-cream like texture studded with cookie bits- to die for!  Milk and Cookie Pops via The Baker Chick


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The Best Banana Bread (ever.)

 The Best Banana Bread (ever.) via The Baker Chick

I wasn’t going to share this recipe. Even though I have honest to goodness baked no less than 6 loaves of this in the last 3 weeks, it just didn’t seem blog-worthy. Not because it isn’t fabulous (it truly is,) but because it just seemed a little too boring and I honestly didn’t think anyone needs another banana bread recipe.

But- each time I made it I shared slices with friends and family who all started writing me asking for the recipe. After emailing it 2 or 3 times I decided I’d just blog it anyway even if none of you want another banana bread recipe. ;)

 The Best Banana Bread (ever.) via The Baker Chick

 The Best Banana Bread (ever.) via The Baker Chick


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Salted Caramel No-Bake Cheesecake

 Salted Caramel No Bake Cheesecake via The Baker Chick

It’s Cheesecake Day you guys!!! Now I’m not sure if that is an actual holiday, or something my my food blogger friends made up so that we’d all make cheesecakes and post them the same day, but either way it’s happening.

It didn’t take much arm-pulling to convince me to bake something cheesecake-y delicious today- or in this case- well NOT bake anything at all. Yup- this is a no-bake cheesecake. So creamy, so lush, and no turning on the oven required! As much as I love me some baked goods even if my apartment gets toasty, it sure is nice to not have to mess with it once in awhile.

 Salted Caramel No Bake Cheesecake via The Baker Chick

 Salted Caramel No Bake Cheesecake via The Baker Chick