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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


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


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


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


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


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 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


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


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


Sweet and Salty Peanut Butter Mousse Torte

 Sweet and Salty Peanut Butter Mousse Torte via The Baker Chick

Oh man you guys. This dessert was too good to save to share with you guys. I had originally planned to post something else today but I was just too excited about this one to wait any longer. We devoured this yesterday at a little family cookout (I still can’t believe we get to grill out here in NYC,) and I figured you’d all want the delicious recipe too.

I’ve been eyeing this on Annie’s blog for years now, waiting for the right time to make it. What is better than a chocolate crust, creamy peanut butter filling, with crunchy bits throughout and a sprinkling of sea salt? Not much I can guarantee you and my family would agree! Sweet and Salty Peanut Butter Mousse Torte via The Baker Chick