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Frosted Chocolate Peanut Butter Reindeer Cookies

 Frosted Chocolate Peanut Butter Reindeer Cookies via The Baker Chick

I just can’t stop with the super festive recipes you guys. I’m just having way too much fun with it! Also, by some miracle, Hugo is in a self-sufficient phase, happily playing by himself for huge chunks of time. (Yesterday he chased an empty coffee can around the apartment for almost 30 mins!) This lucky phase has allowed me lots of time to bake- these fun cookies being my most recent project.

The first thing to note about these is that they are SO good. Even without the fun decor and festive reindeer ears- this is a kick-a chewy peanut butter cookie with thick & creamy chocolate frosting that makes them even better. It’s the same recipe I used for the Peanut Butter Chocolate Football Cookies and I can guarantee I’ll use it as a base recipe again and again. It is by far my favorite peanut butter cookie recipe ever. Frosted Chocolate Peanut Butter Reindeer Cookies via The Baker Chick


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Dark Chocoalte Peppermint Layer Cake

 Dark Chocoalte Peppermint Layer Cake via The Baker Chick

I think it’s high time for some chocolate peppermint action up in here don’t you? No Christmas season is really complete without the presence of a festive candy cane or two and this layer cake has a couple of those and so much more. It’s a showstopper if I ever saw one, and would be the perfect dessert for a holiday party or special dinner.

Let me break this beauty down for you: rich dark chocolate cake, dark chocolate peppermint ganache (which adds the most amazing fudgieness,) and sweet peppermint cream cheese frosting.  Each bite of this cake is equal parts decadent and refreshing, (in that after dinner mint sort of way. )

 Dark Chocoalte Peppermint Layer Cake via The Baker Chick


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Chocolate Chip Banana Bread In A Jar

 Chocolate Chip Banana Bread In A Jar via The Baker Chick

We can hopefully all agree that homemade gifts are some of the best. When you are good in the kitchen, nothing feels better than spreading the love and giving something delicious that you made- am I right? I’m giving people baked goods all year round, but this recipe is extra special. It is so compact, so perfectly portioned and packaged that handing them out made me giddy. Why have I never thought to bake something in a jar before?? It works so well and is just so darn cute. Chocolate Chip Banana Bread In A Jar via The Baker Chick


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Candy-Covered-Chocolate-Dipped Pretzels

 Candy Covered Chocolate Dipped Pretzels via The Baker Chick

This is one of those weird “revamping a recipe from 3 years ago” posts. I first shared these a few days after Andy & I got engaged actually, right after I came back from the Foodbuzz Festival in San Francisco. (I won Best New Blog there which explains some of the old comments.) I have made these many times since and thought the recipe/photos could use some updating :)

I am officially in the Christmas confection zone. I have to say October-the end of December is the most fun time to be a (mostly) dessert blogger. I am brimming with ideas to fill this space for the rest of the month so stay tuned! I decided to kick off with a super easy and super impressive holiday treat. Candy Covered Chocolate Dipped Pretzels via The Baker Chick


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Peanut Butter Banana Cream Pie

 Peanut Butter Banana Cream Pie via The Baker Chick

Are you ready for some Thanksgiving inspiration?? I am officially kicking on Thanksgiving week over here starting with the first of 3 pie recipes you’ll get between now and T-day. In store for you is a pumpkin pie, a delicious fruity one, and this chocolate, banana, peanut butter perfection.

I love a classic no nonsense Banana Cream Pie, but thought jazzing it up with some chocolate and peanut butter wouldn’t hurt anyone, (and man was I right!) Peanut Butter Banana Cream Pie via The Baker Chick


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Spooky Ghost Cupcakes

 Spooky Ghost Cupcakes via The Baker Chick

I have always loved Halloween, but it is just so much more fun with a kid. I mean don’t get me wrong, I love “adult Halloween,” but with a child there are just SO many fun activities and occasions to dress them up. With a baby, it just feels like a huge game of dress-up as they obviously have no idea what’s happening but hopefully roll with the punches.

Our kick-off to Halloween week was a fun party on Saturday with a spooky “Glow-in-the-dark” theme. I offered to make cupcakes, and since the whole party centered around black lights and that creepy “bright white” theme, I decided to contribute these cupcakes.

They are so simple really, start with your favorite cupcake recipe- (chocolate is of course best for that high contrast in color.) I made a batch of 7-minute frosting because I wanted it to be two things- bright white, and very stiff. I didn’t want any buttercream that could get smushed or slide around. I wanted swirly ghosts that would stay where I put them. (And they did!) Then I used mini and regular chocolate chips for the face! Easy as can be!

And speaking of babies on Halloween… Spooky Ghost Cupcakes via The Baker Chick


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Fudgy Pumpkin Brownies

 Fudgy Pumpkin Brownies via The Baker Chick

Thanks for sticking with me guys. Maybe I am more critical of myself and my work than you are, but I feel like what I’ve contributed to the food blogging world lately hasn’t been my best work. Perhaps it’s fine and I’m just cranky and tired, or it could be that I always feel rushed when writing and photographing, and that things just don’t feel quite the same…Either way, thanks for sticking with me.

I wish that I could promise that soon this space would be full of more well-executed photos and creative recipes, but I just can’t.¬† Lately it seems that the more I plan and try to fit into my day, the less I’m actually able to accomplish. So, when I have an hour during Hugo’s nap to bake something it is more likely than not easy- I mean really easy. Like one bowl- in and out in under an hour.  Fudgy Pumpkin Brownies via The Baker Chick


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Chocolate Peanut Butter Football Cookies

 Chocolate Peanut Butter Football Cookies via The Baker Chick

I didn’t always love football. Oh no…. In high school, I spent the games in my marching band uniform playing rally songs with the rest of the music geeks. (Oh and let’s not forgot my years in the color guard- I swapped my flute for a flag but I was still pretty dorky!) I rooted for my school’s team as much as anyone else, but I really didn’t understand what anything meant and the most I remember from when The Packers won the Superbowl in ’97 were the green & gold tortilla chips.

About 8 years ago things changed. I realized I actually had a deep loyalty to my Green Bay Packers and that I actually really loved the game! It didn’t hurt that the Pack had an amazing season that year and I discovered the fun of rooting for a good team…what can I say- I’ve been stuck on it ever since. Now I consider myself a die hard fan- I even convince Andy to spring for the cable package that includes all the games. I can’t bear to miss one! Chocolate Peanut Butter Football Cookies via The Baker Chick


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Cheesecake Swirl Brownie Bites

 Cheesecake Swirl Brownie Bites via The Baker Chick

I obviously don’t have a kid that started school this week, but I am going absolutely gaga for the adorable pictures flooding my social media of my friends’ kids in their crisp new outfits and cute backpacks. Is anyone else super nostalgic for the first day of school? Man did I used to love it. School supply shopping, a new special outfit, an exciting year of new classes and friends. I was the biggest dork and I absolutely loved school. Andy, however, wasn’t always such a fan, so who knows how little Hugo will feel about it a few years from now. (Oh my even thinking¬†of that day makes me excited all over again!)

One of the things that makes me most excited to be a Mama of a will-go-to-school-somday child, is the thought of packing his little lunches. I have been oh so inspired by my friend Annie’s beautiful and well rounded school lunch series. She’s been sharing what she packs for her son on Instagram and it’s amazing. I love how even though the majority of the meal is very healthy, there is always one little treat in there. A mini cookie, some homemade caramel corn, and there was even a homemade S’more one day. That got me thinking of other cute bite-sized lunchbox treats and the idea of these cheesecake bites came to be.

 Cheesecake Swirl Brownie Bites via The Baker Chick

 Cheesecake Swirl Brownie Bites via The Baker Chick