Snickerdoodles

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One of the great things about being a mom is that your kids have friends, and then you get bonus kids in your life. If you’re really lucky, those kids have moms you like and you get your own amazing friends out of the deal. I’ve pretty much hit the jackpot in that area. Anyway, one of those bonus kids loves these snickerdoodles. My girls actually roll their eyes when I make them and say, “You’re just making them for Ava.” Yes, that’s true, I usually am. She is, however, not the original bonus kid I made them for. Years before Ella and Hailey were born (about seven and a half to be exact), my best friend’s son, Cooper, came along. He has called me Auntie since he could talk, and he loves snickerdoodles, so, naturally, I had to add them to my repertoire.

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chocolate bread people

Double Chocolate Holiday Cakes

I had a hard time coming up with a name for these. They really fall somewhere between the categories of cake and cookie. Sturdy like a cookie but soft and thick like cake. Semantics aside, they are really delicious, especially dipped halfway in semisweet chocolate. Kind of like a superior version of a snack cake you might find at the convenience store. A high-end Ho-Ho if you will.

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Double Chocolate Cupcakes

Double Chocolate Cupcakes

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Ella and Hailey turned thirteen last weekend, so I took the opportunity to improve my double chocolate cupcake game. In the past, they’ve been good but not great, and they needed some thought and effort beyond just using my standard chocolate layer cake recipe. I’m happy to report, the slight tweaking of ingredients and the addition of the mini chocolate chips did the trick. Super chocolatey and moist (sorry, I know moist is a cringy word for some, but there is no better synonym – I looked), they passed the Ella test with ease. 


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cocoa buttercream frosting

Cocoa Buttercream Frosting

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This recipe isn’t new, it’s in the post for Mom’s Chocolate Cake, but I think it deserves a page of its own. After reviewing several years of posts, I’ve decided to do some updating and refreshing. In the early years, I produced a lot of my favorite recipes, but the pictures are abysmal, and, in many instances, the ingredients lists need to be simplified. Also, as is the case here, there are frostings, sauces, dressings, etc. that I doubled up with other recipes that need to stand alone. 

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