Web Hopping Vol. 6

On Wednesday I learned it was “National Dessert Day.” I felt a tad out of touch for not knowing that, as it seems like a day designated for dessert should be squarely on my radar. But I celebrated the best I could, posting an apple cake recipe and enjoying some honey-tinged rice pudding at the end of a delectable Mediterranean meal. And of course I collected dessert-y links throughout the week so I sure hope that counts a bit, too.

And with that- on to the links!

I know, right? From Sally’s Baking Addiction.

Nutella-Swirled Pumpkin Pie: This sounds like my perfect Thanksgiving dessert: Nutella, pumpkin and a gingersnap crust. Sign me up for a slice of this!

Oreo Peppermint Crunch Cookies: Some might say that it’s a tad early for wintry peppermint cookies… but I love peppermint, so here you go!

Dessert for One: I saw an interesting trend piece this week about single-serving and smaller portion desserts. There is a trend toward eating more dessert, but often in smaller portions, on-the-go, or outside of actual meals. This article includes examples of companies trying to innovate around this trend.

Cake Batter Cookies: Another entry from Sally’s Baking Addiction! These Cake Batter Chocolate Chip Cookies from sound divine. Plus, Sally gives insight into how she tweaked one of her own recipes for the better and it’s a great look at how recipe are developed, then evolve.

Raspberry Walnut Tart: A friend sent me this link in honor of National Dessert Day. I don’t make many tarts but that’s not for any particular reason- I just forget about them. I think I’ll have to make this one very soon.

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Web-Hopping Vol. 3

I got a promotional email this week declaring it “Baking Season.” I realize people say this about the fall-winter period because of all the holidays but personally I think every season is baking season. Still, the good thing about this whole seasonal marketing schtick is that it brings lots of coupons. Halloween/Thanksgiving/Christmas yield great deals on pumpkin, baking chips, spices and things like molasses. I look at my grocery chain’s digital coupons and also sometimes check for manufacturer’s coupons to throw on top of that. It’s like a pantry-loader’s dream!

And this, dear readers, has been your PSA to get deals on your baking ingredients. I’ll write more about that another time- now on to the weekly links!

Apple Cinnamon Blondies on Bakerita

Cardamom Butter CookiesI love cardamom in my baked goods and this Cardamom cookie recipe looks super easy. It’s from the Land of Lakes website and lacks reviews but I think I’ll still give it a shot.

Apple Cinnamon BlondiesThese Apple Cinnamon Blondies from Bakerita caught my eye on Pinterest this week. I’m one of the few people who does not go crazy for pie, but I love apples and cinnamon together so I absolutely need to try these.

Getting over a fear of baking: I really liked this article from The Kitchen aimed at easing would-be bakers into honing their baking chops. I have some more simple tips for bakers on this site, too.

A shot of the Campfire Love cookie from Cookie Love’s website

Newfound cookies in San FranciscoI stumbled upon a great cookie store in San Francisco over the weekend. Cookie Love sells a dazzling array of cookies, plus ice cream. My boyfriend and I split their take on S’Mores, called the “Campfire Love.” I’ve mentioned my love of all things S’Mores, and this cookie did not disappoint. The marshmallow was toasted just right on top of a great chocolate chip cookie base. We’ll be back!

In search of kitchen organization: I moved recently, and my new kitchen is much smaller than the old one so I’ve been on a hunt for the best kitchen storage and organizational tips. I liked this website a bunch, and have filed tons of ideas away. When I’m done organizing I’ll write a post about the best tricks I found- and I’m definitely open to your ideas!

Have a fantastic week!