Thursday, December 20, 2012

Baking frenzy

It's been a baking frenzy around my house the past couple of days. I'm sure many of you do way more baking than this, but two pies and double batches of two kinds of cookies felt like a frenzy to me, especially considering it was on two post-work, post-errand weeknights.

I love to bake, although I don't do it much since I have zero self-control with sweets! Christmas is always my busiest baking time of year, and I tend to go back to my predictable favorites. Chocolate chip and peanut butter kiss cookies have been my two favorites to make & to eat since I was a kid (mmm, dough!), so I usually bake them every year. And then I learned about Toll House Pie from one of my best friends, Jackie, when we were in college, and that's been my go-to pie ever since. It's also one of the very few pies Bryan actually likes (or in this case, loves). Here's what I made...

Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies - Peanut butter + chocolate = my favorite combination of deliciousness.

Nestle Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookies -  Real original, right? But it's a classic, and there's a reason for it. I always make mine soft & chewy. Mmmmm...

Toll House Pie - Ummm, I kind of forgot to take a pic after I baked it. This one was for Bryan's work potluck, so it's already gone. Since I only have one pie plate and obviously I needed to eat some too, I also made a weird rectangular pie for us in a mini cookie sheet - it was ugly, but it's just as tasty! If you haven't tried this before, it's basically a chocolate chip cookie in pie form. Amazing.

What are you baking for the holidays? Do you try out new recipes each year or do you tend to go back to old favorites?


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