Posted at 8:23 am , on May 30, 2014
These cookies were inspired by my craving for ice cream sandwiches. I’ve been on an ice cream binge lately and the thought of dark chocolate and caramel wrapped around a scoop of vanilla ice cream seemed very appealing. I started with a basic chocolate cookie dough, chopped up a bar of dark baking chocolate then added some caramel bits to the mix with just a sprinkling of sea salt over the top. For those who love this combination, it’s like eating a decadent candy bar filled with gooey caramel. The ice cream sandwiches turned out better than I had imagined, I could indulge in these all summer long!
Posted at 9:05 am , on May 6, 2014
If your family is like mine it goes through a lot of granola bars. Granola bars are great to pack sack lunches, quell the late afternoon hunger pains and to take along a favorite hiking trail. In the last few years our vacations have taken us on hiking and backpacking adventures where the need for lightweight food staples are a must. Granola bars that contain fruit, nuts and peanut butter are almost always sought after for the energy they provide. By making granola bars at home you can create flavors from fruits, nuts and grains that reflect your own personal tastes. I went to Sprouts where you can find a bounty of bins and barrels full of different types of grains, dried fruits and nuts to choose. I plan on trying some different combinations this summer but in the meantime, here’s a simple “no bake” granola bar that brings out a little bit of salty and sweetness with some peanut butter to bind them together.