• Red Velvet Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting

    Red Velvet Cookies are the perfect sweet treat for Valentines Day… I mean it is just a few days away.  By the way…what are your plans for the sweetest day of the year?  I think these Red Velvet Cookies would be a GREAT option!! Red Velvet Love! I am a big, big red velvet fan.  I just love the hint of chocolate it gives you, but honestly it really is all about the color.  I just love how pretty red velvet is … for reals the deep red just makes me so, so happy.   Speaking of the red color I personally like to use gel coloring.  I feel like…

  • White & Dark Loaded Chocolate Chip Cookies

    Valentines is just days away and these delicious White & Dark Loaded Chocolate Chip Cookies is a perfect Valentines treat… you could even call them Cupid’s Kiss Cookies if you want.  Load it Up with White & Dark Chocolate (& so much more) I love cookies that have texture and lots of flavor.  These cookies have all that and so much more!!  To make these cookies stand out a bit I used dark chocolate chunks, white chocolate chunks, M&M candies (Valentines variety), Sprinkles and a little extra sea salt.   When I say I am going to load up a cookie I mean it.  To add even more fun you…

  • Homemade Oreo Whoopie Pies…YES please

    So I am sucker for Oreo Cookies.  There is usually a package of them in my pantry at all times.  I have tried almost every variety but the classic is still my favorite.  What is your favorite? Why make them yourself? I ask, why not?  First, look how cute they are.   Two little pillowy cakes with a  creamy center…I’m in love.  Second, they are DELICIOUS!!  Third, they are SO EASY. Yes, they really are easy.  I know I was surprised too but trust me they are really are so easy. Let’s talk cake The beauty of whoopee pies is that they are a cake and cupcake that had a…

  • Red, White & Hearts for Valentines

    Valentines Day is just around the corner and that means it is time to break out all the red velvet recipes and celebrate with the one you love.    These whoopie pies will be a favorite Valentines Day treat for sure!! It’s time for a little whoopie…whoopie pie that is I’m sorry I just can’t resist.  It is just too easy.  Ok…I know enough, lets move on. I love red velvet anything.  Red Velvet cake, red velvet cupcakes and especially red velvet whoopie pies.  Whoopie pies are just about the best invention ever.  They are a perfect cross between a cupcake & a cake that can all be held in your hand.…

  • a little love in the morning

    This week is all about love, with it being Valentines Day week and all.  To show a little extra love I am going to be making a favorite, my Brioche French Toast. Making the morning special One of my favorite things to get for breakfast or brunch is french toast.  Anytime there is  Brioche French Toast on the menu I am ordering it.   There is just something so yummy about thick cut bread dipped in a delicious egg mixture and then grilled to perfection. Every time I fix this for The Hubby he always says he feels like we have gone out for brunch in our PJ’s.  Now that is a…

  • chocolate cookies for the chocolate lovers…

    There is just something so sweet about a thumbprint cookie.  Growing up my mom would buy the shortbread ones with the cutest little chocolate center, and then sometimes she would make a peanut butter cookie with a chocolate kiss in the center so for this Valentines Day I wanted to make a chocolate cookie version. Chocolate, please I am all about chocolate anything and this chocolate cookie with a chocolate kiss in the center is a perfect chocolate treat and an even more perfect treat for Valentines Day. To make these cookies decadent I used dark cocoa powder for added richness, buttermilk for a little tang and tartness (which I love in a cookie),…

  • Super Special Salmon (that comes together in no time)

    The Hubby and I LOVE salmon.  We grill it, roast it, spice rub it and anything else in between. And now we have a salmon topped with a delicious sauce that is baked on the salmon making it something truly special. Making it something The Hubby will love Now as much as The Hubby loves salmon he is NOT a fan of mustard.  In most restaurants if salmon has a sauce paired with it, it is normally a mustard sauce of some sort and The Hubby is not a happy camper. As a special treat I decided to create a restaurant style salmon that The Hubby will love….so off I went on a…

  • have I mentioned I LOVE pink velvet?

    Valentines is one of my most favorite holidays…it has lots of chocolate, pink, and hearts everywhere…what could be better?  OK, now I know Christmas has it’s beauty as well, but there is just something so special about all the pink & red hearts and celebrating love.  BTW…it is also my Mammaw’s birthday so it is a special day just for that…and it calls for these pink velvet cupcakes for sure. In my world Valentines Day is all about pink everything and these pink velvet cupcakes are AMAZING!  Not only is the cupcake itself pink but I also tinted the icing making it a darker pink than the cupcake…giving it the perfect…

  • skinny brownies full of fudgy goodness

    If you have been around Half Baked Land very much you know that brownies are a favorite for The Hubby and I both, but lets be real brownies are not the best option when you are trying to watch your waistline and what you are eating….that is until now….now we have skinny brownies. Now in my quest to find a delicious, fudgy and rich skinnier brownie I went through several versions that were not so delicious, or fudgy or rich.  I found a few that were too cakey or too bland or even worse way too dry, but finally it all came together and this pan of brownies came out…