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Carrot Cake Whoopie Pies

 Carrot Cake Whoopie Pies via The Baker Chick

Ok so I officially wish I were hosting a huge Easter gala purely for the potential dessert buffet. Monday’s Coconut Cream Cake would be front and center as well as some Mini Vanilla Bean Strawberry Layer Cakes and Chocolate Easter Nest Cupcakes. These Whoopie Pies would of course be piled high on a fancy cake stand as part of the spread. Because you know- bunnies eat carrots so carrot cake everything means Easter right?  Carrot Cake Whoopie Pies via The Baker Chick


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Lemon White Chocolate Chunk Cookies with Toasted Coconut

 Lemon White Chocolate Chunk Cookies with Toasted Coconut via The Baker Chick

This post is part 2 in my new “old-post-makeover” series. I hope you guys don’t mind, but I really think it’s worth it for me to bring back some of those oldies but goodies from my early days. Not only did I have about 10 readers back then, but my photos left much to be desired. I’m proud of how far I’ve come in that time, and some of these amazing early recipes deserve their time to really shine don’t you think?  Lemon White Chocolate Chunk Cookies with Toasted Coconut via The Baker Chick


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Dark Chocolate Caramel Espresso Cookies

 Dark Chocolate Caramel Espresso Cookies via The Baker Chick

First- thank you all so much for the well wishes about baby Hugo’s arrival. I am so glad that I had several posts prepared so I haven’t had to worry about anything that cuddling with my babe. I’m feeling really great though and getting the hang of things- so I should be back in the kitchen soon! Also- stay tuned later this week for Hugo’s birth story! (To be found in the “Baby updates” section- found on the top right button on the homepage.)

Onto the cookies: I don’t really watch cooking reality shows too often, but when I do- I have to be honest- they terrify me. Maybe its because as a baker/cook- I can imagine myself in those contestants’ shoes and having to come up with something under a time constraint and it gives me the sweats. I’m not a fan high pressure situations and I like to take my time to come up with recipes and flavor combos.

That being said…last month when my neighbor Melissa had a birthday, I asked her what her favorite flavors in a dessert were. She said- dark chocolate, salted caramel and coffee and also mentioned she liked “milk dipping cookies”- and man did I love the challenge of incorporating all of that into a special birthday treat!  Dark Chocolate Caramel Espresso Cookies via The Baker Chick


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Flourless Chocolate Cookies

 Flourless Chocolate Cookies via The Baker Chick

Anything called “flourless chocolate” always hooks me from the get go. I love a rich and dense flourless chocolate cake, or tart or cupcakes and these cookies are no exception. They seem too good to be true. No gluten? No dairy? Other than the chocolate and powdered sugar- they actually seem dare I say “healthy-ish”? I mean without butter/oil/flour it’s a step beyond regular cookies right? I think so…especially when you bite into one and discover the texture. Crispy edges, chewy, fudgy centers and loads of chocolate- what is not to love?  Flourless Chocolate Cookies via The Baker Chick


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Peanut Butter Sweetheart Cookies

 Peanut Butter Sweetheart Cookies via The Baker Chick

I’m always on the hunt for festive Valentine’s Day recipes that don’t necessarily require pink and red food coloring to be involved. I’m not opposed to it don’t get me wrong, but it’s nice to have the option of a more natural looking treat that still packs a festive punch. These cookies are not only a favorite for their winning flavor combo and perfect cookie texture, but they’re just so darn cute aren’t they?  Peanut Butter Sweetheart Cookies via The Baker Chick


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Beer Caramel Pretzel Cookie Bars

 Beer Caramel Pretzel Cookie Bars via The Baker Chick

As a baker, the things that come out of my kitchen usually fall into two different categories. 1- Recipes I’ve seen elsewhere online and desperately want to try with my own adaptations or twists, and 2- Recipes that I have an idea of in my head and kinda figure out as I go. The perfectionist side of me always feels better about the first type, but sometimes I just need to let the creative juices flow and see what happens.

Given that I’m sweet & salty obsessed, I wanted something gooey with a warm chocolate chip cookie base, chewy, malty beer-caramel and crunchy pretzels. I know it may all sound kinda weird together, but it seemed like the perfect combo to bring to the Packers playoff game a few weeks back and I was convinced I could make it work in a delicious way.

 Beer Caramel Pretzel Cookie Bars via The Baker Chick


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Chewy Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

 Chewy Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cookies via The Baker Chick

Is it too soon for cookies again? I sure hope not. I made these cookies around the holidays, but they got lost in the hustle and bustle and I didn’t get a chance to share them. They were so good, (really too good,) that of course I have to spread the love, (especially if you love chewy chocolate peanut-buttery goodness half as much as I do.)  Chewy Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cookies via The Baker Chick


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Easy Molasses Crinkle Cookies

 Easy Molasses Crinkle Cookies via The Baker Chick

I thought I was done with my cookie baking- I really did. In fact- I had big plans to not bake anything until Christmas Eve so I could give my body a bit a of a break from the sweets. (you know- so I don’t end up with an 11 lb. baby…) But then- I felt an impulse to bake some cookies to send with my sisters who left today for Wisconsin for Christmas. It’s my first year in my 30 years to not be with my family, but the rest of the NYC crew is actually taking a fun road-trip home and I wanted to give them some treats for the journey.  Easy Molasses Crinkle Cookies via The Baker Chick


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Frosted Snowflake Sugar Cookies

 Frosted Snowflake Sugar Cookies via The Baker Chick

I know that New Years resolutions aren’t meant to begin for a solid two weeks, but since I could have a baby anytime after that- I figure there is no harm in getting a head start right? I’ve been wanting to try making cut out sugar cookies decorated with royal icing for ages, but I’ve always chickened out a bit. I guess you could say I was convinced that I would end up wasting all my time on something that would inevitably end up as a failure so I didn’t bother even trying. I’m still pretty intimated by the process so for these cookies I skipped the outline/flooding step and just used the royal icing to pipe designs on the cookies.

 Frosted Snowflake Sugar Cookies via The Baker Chick