My Favorite Summer Sweets

Hey guys! This week, I decided to change things up by sharing some of my favorite summer sweets. I don’t know about you, but summer cannot come soon enough. Hopefully these sweet treats will make it seem just a bit closer :).

French Grandmother’s Lemon Yogurt Cake, The Cafe Sucre Farine

I am in love with this cake. It’s full of lemon flavor, moist, and completely covered in a lemon glaze and powdered sugar- yet it’s not overly sweet. Not only is it absolutely delicious on it’s own, but a scoop of frozen vanilla yogurt makes it oh so refreshing on a hot summer day. This cake is so easy to make and has always been a favorite amongst my family, we just can’t get enough!

French Grandmother's Lemon Yogurt Cake - a fabulous cake with a really fun history. It's  moist and super delicious and it can be thrown together in minutes!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches 

Cookies+Ice cream+Hot summer day= 🙂 Seriously, it can’t get any better than this. These sweet treats are a must have on hot summer days. Not only are they a summer must have, but they are incredibly delicious!

In order t0 make these, you have to make a batch of soft baked chocolate chip cookies (provided by yours truly :P.) After you let the cookies cool off, smear on some soft vanilla ice cream in between two, wrap them in plastic wrap, and stick them in the freezer to harden up!

Homemade Popsicles

Step away from the boxed popsicles! In general, homemade popsicles are healthier. You can regulate what goes in and what doesn’t. The means that you can leave out all the bad stuff! All you need is a blender, small paper cups, wooden sticks, and the ingredients of your choice. Not only are popsicles a great way to cool off, but they are the best way to sneak in veggies! My go to ingredients are spinach, kale, peaches, strawberries, and orange juice! Don’t know what to put in yours? Check out this link!

http://www.womansday.com/food-recipes/food-drinks/g1597/popsicle-recipes/

See you soon!-C 🙂 

 

 

 

 

 

Blueberry Cookies with Lemon Frosting

Goodbye winter, hello spring! While I love winter, the thoughts of warmer temperatures and flowers overrode my love for winter. On one hand, we get the warm weather. On the other, we get rain. Today, it’s been raining non stop, making it the most perfect day to stay dry and bake some delicious cookies!

With spring in our midst, I knew it was the perfect opportunity to create cookies with some of my warm weather favorites. These cookies are light, lemony sweet, and filled with succulent blueberries- a perfect way to escape the rainy weather! This recipe definitely goes on my top five list for sure. I baked these up with my twin sister. Surprisingly, it was a ton of fun. I highly suggest baking these, or any cookie, with a friend or family member!

Makes: About 30 cookies Bake Time: 12 minutes

What You’ll Need

1 cup of unsalted butter, softened at room temp

1 cup of white sugar

2 large eggs

1/2 cup of milk

2 teaspoons of vanilla extract 

2 1/2 cups of all purpose flour

1 teaspoon of salt

1 teaspoon of baking powder

1/2 teaspoon of baking soda

2/3 of a cup of blueberries (fresh or frozen)

For the frosting

1 lemon (juiced)

6 ounces of cream cheese

5 tablespoons of  butter

3 1/2 cups of powdered sugar

Directions

  1. Preheat oven t0 350°F and line pan with parchment paper.
  2. Cream together butter and sugar at a medium speed.
  3. Add in the eggs, milk, and vanilla at a low speed.

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  4. Slowly add in your dry mixture (flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt.)

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  5. Fold in the bluberries. (It’s okay if some of the blueberries get smushed, it’ll just add color!)20160331_205736

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  6. Lick the spatula!
  7. Using your trusty 1-inch scoop, place the cookies onto the tray.
  8. Bake at  350°F for 12 minutes. (Look to see if the edges are light brown!)
  9. Cream together butter, cream cheese, powdered sugar, and lemon juice.

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  10. Enjoy!

I hope you enjoyed making this recipe as much as I did! 

-C:)

 

 

Chewy Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

Hey guys!I really am a sucker for all things cheesy and romantic, you should see my recently watched section on Netflix. That’s why I’m so excited for Valentine’s day! Nothing screams Valentine’s day more than chocolate, so I just had to make a cookie fully loaded with all things chocolate. These double chocolate chip cookies are so rich and decadent that they will surely satisfy any sweet tooth! My recipe includes a chewy outside and a soft and gooey inside, perfect to eat with a nice cold glass of milk! So, bake up a tray  this Valentine’s day and share them with the people you love 🙂

Prep time: 20 minutes Bake time: 11 minutes Makes: 24 cookies

What You’ll Need

1 cup of butter, softened at room temperature 

1 cup of white granulated sugar

1 cup of packed light brown sugar

2 large eggs

2 teaspoons of vanilla extract (pure or imitation)

2 cups of flour

3/4 of a cup of unsweetened cocoa powder

3 teaspoons of baking powder

1/2 of a teaspoon of salt

1 1/2 cups of semisweet chocolate chips

Optional: Substitute semisweet chocolate chips for any other flavor! 

Directions

  1. Prepare all of your ingredients. (This will save you so much time!)
  2. Cream together butter, white sugar, and light brown sugar using an electric mixture.
  3. Add in eggs and vanilla.
  4. Slowly add in your dry mixture. (Emphasis on slowly because if not, you will have flour and cocoa powder flying everywhere!)

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  5. Fold in the chocolate chips.(You can use your desired amount, just not more than two cups or else it will be way too gooey!) (The batter is going to be sticky. If it is too hard to handle, chill it in the fridge for a little bit!)

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  6. Eat some of your decadent batter! (Favorite step right here :P)
  7. Using your trusty 1-inch ice cream scoop, scoop the batter onto a pan lined with parchment paper. (Ice cream scoops, what can’t they do?)

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  8. Bake at 350°F for 11 minutes.
  9. Place on a cooling rack and let them cool for around 5 minutes.
  10. Enjoy!                                                    

My family and friends really loved these cookies and I hope yours enjoy them as much as mine. Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone! 

-C :)♥