Chewy and fudgy chocolate hazelnut cookies for all Nutella and chocolate lovers.
Ever since elementary school when I started eating Nutella sandwiches I was obsessed. I remember coming home from school with my grandma, and as part of my after-school snack, she would give me a big spoonful of Nutella and tell me to not tell my mom. I loved it, it made me so happy. To this day, Nutella is my favorite spread. I love to use it as a cake fillings, pretzel dip, eat it plain, or in a Kinder Egg. I had yet to make Nutella cookies until coming across this recipe from Ambitious Kitchen.
These cookies are so easy, chewy, fudgy and only 5 ingredients! I was skeptical of this recipe because there was no butter, minimal sugar, and no leavener. I was so wrong! These cookies are so yummy AND they are the easiest cookies I have ever made. They are chewy and full of Nutella galore, and they are even more addictive than just plain Nutella.
This recipe only requires one bowl. Mix all the ingredients together in the bowl of a stand mixer. Then, using a 1-inch cookie scoop, roll the dough into a smooth ball. Place the dough balls on a tray and freeze for 10 minutes before baking. If you want to add even more chocolate to these cookies, you can press a few chocolate chips into the dough ball before baking. Then, bake for 8-10 minutes, or until the top of the cookie does not feel raw.
The Nutella lover in me loves this cookie recipe! I like the chew these cookies have along with the fudginess of the Nutella. Also, this cookie is so good with a nice glass of milk (or almond milk). I hope you give this recipe a try!
I would love to see your recreation of these Nutella cookies from Ambitious Kitchen! Tag me on Instagram @beyondbakingwithamandajane! Enjoy!
Soft and airy peanut butter cookie with a warm, gooey Hershey’s Kiss on top.
15 more days until Christmas! This week I am sharing a more recent recipe that I have added to my cookie recipe binder. These are my Perfect Peanut Butter Blossoms from Hershey Chocolate! Every week until Christmas, I will be posting a Christmas Cookie recipe, so follow along on my blog and on my social media so you don’t miss a recipe! Last week I shared a family classic, Greek Sesame Twist Cookies, if you missed it, don’t forget to check it out!
These Perfect Peanut Butter Blossoms take me straight back to junior year, high school varsity gymnastics. The captain’s mom would make these cookies for all of our psych parties, hang outs, and county and sectional meets. It was a staple for our team. These cookies might as well have been our team mascot. When the captain graduated, the recipe got passed down to me to make for all of the team events, and when I graduated, I passed down the recipe to the future captains.
Once I got the recipe, I not only made them almost every week for my team, but I also started to make them as part of my Christmas cookie spread. This was the first time my family had tried these cookies and they were gone before dinner was even served! They are the perfect cookie because it satisfies the candy lovers and the cookie lovers with the Hershey’s kiss on top of the cookie.
These cookies are very airy. Even when you make the dough, you will realize that the dough seems almost whipped which is surprising because peanut butter is pretty dense. This is my favorite quality of the cookie, the lightness prevents the peanut butter from overpowering the chocolate kiss on top. I also like to roll the dough balls in granulated sugar before they get baked so there is a little bit of extra sweetness and texture. As with most baked goods, the best time to eat these are when they are still warm from the oven because the chocolate kiss will still be gooey, but they are also delicious when they are all completely cooled.
When making the cookies, it is just like your typical cookie dough. Cream the butter, peanut butter, and sugars together until it is fluffy and pale in color. Add the eggs, milk, and vanilla. Then, add the dry ingredients. I used a one inch cookie scoop to make evenly sized cookies. I then rolled the dough in granulated sugar until it was generously covered.
Then, bake the cookies for 8 minutes for softer cookies or 10 minutes for crunchier cookies. While the cookies are baking unwrap the same number of Hershey’s Kisses as number of cookies you have. You should have about 40.
Once the cookies come out of the oven quickly and gently push one kiss into the center of the cookie. The edges will crinkle a little bit, but be sure to not push the kiss down all the way or the cookie may break. You can also spice up your cookie with different variations of Hershey’s kisses! Wait 5 minutes for the chocolate kiss to get gooey and warm, and enjoy!
Crunchy on the outside, soft on the inside, these vanilla buttery cookies are perfect to have with a hot winter (or just on its own) drink by the Christmas tree.
Happy December and happy international cookie day! The Christmas season is my favorite time of year, and it is finally here! My favorite Christmas tradition is staying up late and baking hundreds of cookies with my mom to share with friends and family. Every week until Christmas, I will be posting some of my favorite Christmas cookie recipes, so follow me on my blog and social media so you don’t miss a recipe!
Today, I am sharing my favorite, Greek Sesame Twist Cookies (minus the sesame). These cookies are a staple in my house for the holidays. My mom and aunt got this recipe from a Good Housekeeping magazine when they were pre-teens, starting their traditon of making Christmas cookies. Because I am not the biggest fan of sesame seeds, I just omit them. I guess I make more of a Greek Twist Cookie. Every year at Christmas Eve, my aunt will make her version with the seeds and my mom and I will make ours. And every year, both versions are gone before the end of the night.
These cookies are extremely simple to make. It’s a one bowl recipe, the dough is very easy to work with, and you don’t even need to chill the dough! Begin by beating sugar and butter in the bowl of a stand mixer. Then, add eggs and vanilla. It may look chunky and not very well mixed, but this is normal. On a low speed, beat in the dry ingredients until just combined. Divide the dough in half and cover the other half with a tea towel or plastic wrap to prevent it from drying out. It is important to make sure the dough doesn’t dry out or your cookie dough will crack more easily. Take about a Tablespoon of dough and roll it into a smooth ball between your hands. Then, roll the dough into a 6-inch long rope. Gently, fold the ends together and twist 2-3 times. Be sure to not over twist, or the dough will crack. These cookies do not spread much, so placing them an inch apart on a lined cookie sheet will be okay. Before baking, brush the top with an egg wash and, if you want sesame seeds, sprinkle them on now. Bake until the top and bottom of the cookies are slightly golden.
In the spirit of Christmas, I wanted to try something new with the twist and make candy cane shaped cookies. I began by dying half of the dough bright red, keeping in mind this color will fade a bit in the oven. I then took a Tablespoon of each color and rolled them into 6-inch long ropes, intertwined them, and shaped them into a candy cane shape. They were super cute and were full of holiday spirit, I will definitely be doing this again in future years!
I’d love to see your Greek Sesame Twists! Tag and follow me on Instagram @beyondbakingwithamandajane and use the #beyondbakingwithamandajane! I hope you enjoy this recipe!
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line 2 cookie trays.
In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the sugar and eggs until creamy.
Beat in the eggs and vanilla. (The mixture may look chunky)
On low speed, pour in the flour, baking powder, and salt until just combined.
Divide the dough in half. Wrap one half with plastic wrap or a tea towel.
With slightly floured hands, roll a tablespoon of dough into a 6-inch rope. Gently fold the rope in half and twist 2-3 times, repeat with the remaining dough. *Note: you can shape your cookie however you would like after twisting the dough.
Place an inch apart on the cookie sheet.
Brush the cookies with egg wash, sprinkle the sesame seeds on top (optional).
Bake for 12-18 minutes, or until the bottom is lightly golden.
Flakey and buttery crust with a sweet, gooey, and nutty pecan filling.
It’s the holiday season! Thanksgiving is right around the corner! That means it is time to get baking! Today, I want to share these mini pecan pie tarts! This recipe comes from my mom’s coworker’s mom. Every year around Thanksgiving, my mom’s coworker would bring them into the office to share, and my mom would bring some home for me in a little paper coffee cup. After many years of looking forward to these mini tarts around Thanksgiving, we finally got the recipe!
The tarts have a cream cheese, flakey and buttery crust that perfectly complements the gooey pecan center. Before this recipe, I would not have thought to use cream cheese for a pie crust. It sounded a bit weird to me, but the cream cheese actually adds a nice mild tang to the flakey crust. This sets the perfect base for the nutty filling and a perfect bite of pie for this year’s Thanksgiving!
These mini pecan pies are so cute and simple to make! Begin by cutting 48 strips of parchment paper about 6×0.25-inch to place in each mini-cupcake tin before pressing the pie crust in. This will make your life so much easier when you are ready to remove each pie after baking. Then, make the dough and roll about 3/4 Tablespoon of dough into a ball and place in each cupcake slot. Next, using your fingers, press the dough around the edges of the cupcake tin. Place about 2 teaspoons chopped pecans in each cup and set aside. Adding the pecans now, before the syrup mixture, will prevent drips and spillage when filling the pies with the syrup mixture. Next, fill each pie with the syrup until about 3/4 full. Bake and enjoy!
I would love to see these mini pecan pies on your dessert tables this Thanksgiving (or year-round)! Use #beyondbakingwithamandajane and tag me @beyondbakingwithamandajane on Instagram, so I can see your incredible pies! Have a safe and relaxing Thanksgiving!
Creamy, smooth, and delicious New York Style Cheesecake with a sweet, buttery graham cracker crust.
When I was younger, I had always thought cheesecake was only an adult dessert. So, it was never my “Go-To” dessert when the dessert menu came around at restaurants. However, whenever my mom made this cheesecake, I would have seconds and thirds. This is the best cheesecake I have ever had! Like my Dad’s Apple Pecan Crumb Bread recipe, this is another recipe that my Dad had given my mom when they were dating. This recipe was given to my Dad and his family a long time ago from their old Italian neighbor when they were growing up in New York’s Little Italy.
Since I was young, this cheesecake has been a huge hit at every party we brought it to. There are normally little to no left overs because people keep going back for more! This cheesecake is so creamy and smooth with the perfect amount of sweetness. It is very light and rich with flavor. Not only is the filling absolutely delicious, but the graham cracker crust perfectly ties the cake together with its texture and sweet and buttery flavor.
Making this cheesecake is very straight forward. Begin by crushing the graham crackers into small crumbs. When I was younger, my mom liked to put the graham crackers into a heavy duty zip lock bag and let me pound on the bag to crush up the crackers. This was always so fun to me and I felt like I was being a big help! Now that I am older, it is easier and faster for me to just put the crackers in a food processor to make crumbs. Then, mix in the brown sugar and cinnamon. Once mixed in, add the butter and combine all the ingredients together for the crust and pour it out into a 9-inch spring form pan. Use the bottom of a glass to compress the crust evenly throughout the bottom of the pan. Don’t forget to reserve a tablespoon or two of crust so you can do a little taste test ;)! Next, make the batter. Begin by whipping the cream cheese. It is very important to whip the cream cheese to make the batter lighter. Then, add the sugar, and then eggs one at a time. Make sure to beat well after the addition of each egg. Next, add everything else and beat well. Pour all the batter on top of the crust and put the cheesecake in the refrigerator while the oven is pre-heating.
Baking the cake is a little different. It is very important to set up a water bath for the cake to bake in to prevent the cheesecake from cracking. The water should be about a 1/4-inch high. Bake for 60 minutes. The cheesecake will not change much in color, but 60 minutes will be long enough for the cake to bake. After the hour, do not open the oven door! Turn off the oven and let the cake sit in the oven for another hour. This is when the top of the cheesecake will become a nice golden brown.
I like to refrigerate the cake and serve it cold, but it can also be served at room temperature. This cheesecake is perfect to eat as is or with fresh berries! Enjoy!
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Sweet and delicious jack-o-lantern sugar cookies with a cute chocolate chip smile!
It is almost Halloween! Halloween is less than a week away, and I want to share my favorite Halloween dessert! My mom has been making these cookies with my siblings and me since before I was born. She got this recipe from her 1001 Cookie Recipes Cookbook, and over the years, we have figured out how to make this recipe as delicious and easy as possible!
These pumpkin sugar cookies are a fun and perfect Halloween dessert. They are light and soft with a perfect amount of sweetness. We add a chocolate chip jack-o-lantern face for spooky spirits. These cookies are so cute for the Halloween season!
This recipe is very simple. Begin with mixing the ingredients to form the dough. Take 1/8 of the dough, and dye this small amount of dough green for the stem of the pumpkin. I like to keep the remaining dough in the bowl of the stand mixer to mix in the orange dye. When dying the dough, keep in mind that after baking, the color of the cookie lightens up a little bit.
The dough definitely needs to be chilled before cutting and baking because the dough is very soft. After years of making these cookies, I have found that it is easiest to roll out the dough prior to chilling so it is easier to transfer onto a baking sheet. The dough should be rolled about 1/4-inch thick. Once I cut 3-inch circles out of the dough, I re-roll it between the parchment paper and put that sheet of dough back in the refrigerator. I then begin cutting the next chilled sheet of dough. Then, take a small amount of chilled green dough and shape it into a small rectangle for the stem. Gently press it into the top of the circle to make the pumpkin. Lastly, use chocolate chips to make a cute smile on each cookie! You can also use raisins for this.
Bake for 7-10 minutes at 350 degrees F. The cookies will not brown too much. Let them cool on wire racks and enjoy!
I would love to see your jack-o-lantern sugar cookies on social media! I can’t wait to see your creations! You can tag me on Instagram @beyondbakingwithamamdajane and use the hashtag #beyondbakingwithamandajane! Happy baking!
In a medium sized bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt.
In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter and sugar.
Beat in the egg yolks. Beat in the milk.
Gradually add in the dry ingredients until dough is formed.
Remove about 1/8 of the dough, and dye green for the stems. Dye the rest of the dough orange.
Divide the orange dough into 3 pieces. Roll each piece between two sheets of parchment paper until 1/4 inch thick. Place all 3 sheets of dough on a tray and chill for 3-4 hours. Press the green dough into a disc and wrap in plastic wrap to chill.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Once chilled, cut 3-inch circles in the orange dough and place on a parchment lined baking tray. Take a small piece of green dough and shape into a rectangle and press one end on top of the pumpkin. Decorate with chocolate chips.
Simple, filling, and healthy vegan chia peanut butter balls for quick energy
I am in week seven of being back on campus for my sophomore year, and I am getting tired of the pre-made food that is in the dining hall. Although I don’t have the space and equipment to do my normal baking, I have the dining hall to get basic ingredients for quick and easy recipes! I am sharing one of my favorite things to make while I am at school with only ingredients that I can get from the dining hall.
These vegan peanut butter energy balls are very simple to make, and they are perfect for on-the-go, quick energy. I love to bring these to the library with me when I know it’s going to be a long night of studying, and it helps keep me awake. These energy balls are also a refreshing post-workout snack especially if you eat them straight from the refrigerator or freezer! This is an easy, 3 ingredient recipe that is perfect for a quick energy boost.
I do not have a car on campus, so I am relying on getting all ingredients for this recipe at my dining hall on my meal plan. I am able to get the oats from the pre-packaged, microwaveable instant oatmeal cups, and I can get the chia seeds from the salad bar area. Getting the peanut butter is more complicated this year because, with all the Covid precautions my school is taking, we no longer have a “spreads station” where I would normally scoop as much peanut butter as I need into a takeout container. Instead, they have a basket of small Smucker’s 3/4 oz packets of peanut butter for us to take. So, after every meal, I grab a few from the basket and keep them in my room. I have been stocking up on these mini peanut butter packets just so I could make these snacks!
Making these energy balls is simple. Seeing as how I don’t have measuring cups here at school, I eyeball everything and alter it based on the consistency of the batter. I mix about one part peanut butter to two-part oats with a big scoop of chia seeds. I used about seven of the 3/4oz peanut butter packets, about a cup of oats, and a couple of spoons of chia seeds to make ten energy balls. The “dough” shouldn’t be too wet where the peanut butter is excessively sticking to your hands and it shouldn’t be too dry where the ball won’t stay together. Roll the dough into balls and put in the refrigerator or freezer in an air-tight container! You can make these energy bites as big or as small as you want. I like to make mine bite-size, about a Tablespoon to Tablespoon and a half big.
Keep in mind that this is a very basic recipe. Feel free to spice it up and add in your own ingredients! You can add in nuts, raisins, chocolate chips, m&m’s, different types of seeds, the possibilities are endless! For peanut allergies, you can also use another type of nut or seed butter, and you can even make these energy balls gluten-free by just use gluten-free oats! Find your favorite combination and let me know what you like best!
For those of you making this recipe with the luxury of measuring utensils, the recipe is below! Give these energy balls a try, and tag me with your creations @beyondbakingbyamandajane on Instagram! Enjoy!
3 Ingredient, Easy and Energizing Peanut Butter Oat Bites
A fall favorite. Flavorfully moist apple bread with a nutty buttery crunch crumb topping
It is really starting to feel like fall here in North Carolina! In honor of fall, I want to share my dad’s apple bread recipe. This recipe is a family recipe from my dad, and he made this bread for my mom when they were dating. My mom liked it so much, she even added it to her recipe book!
Although we haven’t baked this bread in a while, it used to be a staple in my house when I was younger. We would always make this bread after we went apple picking. What else would we do with 15 pounds of apples? By the end of fall, we would have eaten 10 loaves of apple bread!
Originally, there was no crumb topping on this bread (that’s my addition!). However, I think the crumbs provide an extra crunch and texture to the bread that makes it taste even better and makes it more interesting! The crumbs also add a little bit of sweetness to the crust which brings everything together perfectly.
When making this bread, you don’t even have to peel the apples! I personally think that having the skin on the apple adds to the texture of the inside of the bread, and let’s be honest, it is just easier to not peel the apples. If you do not want the skin, you can feel free to peel them, it will be just as yummy! Do what you like best! The rest of the recipe is pretty straight forward.
When you are adding the crumbs on top, I like to press together a few really big crumbs and push them into the batter slightly, then cover it up with smaller crumbs. Doing this will create pockets of buttery and nutty deliciousness within the moist bread!
I would love to see you guys making this recipe! Tag me in your creations on Instagram @beyondbakingwithamandajane
Flavor packed, moist, and zesty lemony pound cake.
Lemon pound cake is a perfect summer dessert, and it is definitely a family favorite. My mom has been making this cake for a while now, and over the past few years, I have been trying to master the recipe. We have shared this recipe with the rest of our family and extended family and friends, and it has been such a hit! Whenever we make this cake, it’s gone within minutes. People are coming back for seconds before some people even get their first serving!
This cake does not use any artificial flavoring, like lemon extract, to get the powerful lemon flavor. It is naturally flavored with real lemon juice and lemon zest. It is crucial to use real lemons to make this cake taste like lemony perfection. The lemon zest adds a whole new level of flavor and liveliness to the batter as opposed to using just lemon juice, but the real secret ingredient is the full-fat Greek yogurt. And if you can find it in vanilla flavor, it’s even better! The full-fat yogurt makes the cake unbelievably moist with a tight crumb, silky texture. The vanilla flavoring adds a little something extra, but the cake is still fabulous with the plain yogurt. Without the yogurt, the cake would be less flavorful and dry. Lastly, I love to top this cake off with a tangy glaze to elevate the flavors of this cake.
When it comes to making this cake, it is pretty straight forward. I like to zest and squeeze the lemons first because it is the messiest and stickiest part of the recipe. After that, the rest of the recipe is a piece of (lemon pound) cake!
When baking, you have to watch the cake carefully to make sure the top doesn’t get too brown. After about 30-45 minutes, I like to loosely cover the top of the cake with foil to prevent it from browning too much. When you do this, make sure the foil covers the whole top. The cake will be done when a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Once completely cooled, drizzle the glaze on top until you have your design the way you like it!
This cake is definitely a hit, and I hope you try this summery cake before summer comes to an end! Tag me on Instagram with your creations @beyondbakingwithamandajane
One night, my dad was watching The Food Network, and they were making Hawaiian sweet rolls. This sparked his request for me to make some for him. The first time we had ever tried these rolls was in Hawaii, on the Big Island, when we visited the Panulu’u Bake Shop. They are very famous for their hawaiian sweet rolls, and they were delicious, so light and fluffy with the perfect amount of sweetness. When my dad requested it, I decided to give them a shot!
What makes Hawaiian Sweet Bread different?
Hawaiian Sweet Bread is sweetened with pineapple juice rather that white sugar or honey, and it contains potato starch. Potato starch is the key ingredient to the best Hawaiian sweet bread! Potato starch and potato flour are very different. Potato starch is less flavorful and more like corn starch compared to potato flour which is made with whole potatoes. Without the potato starch, the bread is not smooth, moist, or flavorful. Just a small amount makes a huge difference in the final product. The starch helps absorb more water and creates more air pockets, so the bread ends up being more silky, moist, and airy.
This recipe is very standard and simple, you can do it! Treat this like any other yeast bread. Begin by activating the yeast in the warm water and pineapple juice mixture. You need to make sure the liquid is not too hot and not too cold for activation. I use a meat thermometer to ensure the liquid is 110-113 degrees F. Then, when you add the yeast, make sure you let this mixture sit and get foamy before adding it to the rest of your ingredients. If this mixture doesn’t get foamy, you know your yeast is no longer good.
While your yeast mixture is sitting, combine the dry ingredients and set aside. Then, in the bowl of the stand mixer with a paddle attachment, mix the butter, brown sugar, eggs, egg yolk, and vanilla. Add the frothy yeast mixture. Slowly add all of the dry ingredients into the bowl and whip with the paddle attachment for 3 to 4 minutes. Next, switch to a dough hook and knead until the dough passes the window pane test, about 5 minutes.
Once the dough passes this test, let the dough rise until doubled in size in a greased bowl, about 3 hours. Once doubled, punch down the dough and cut into 15 even pieces and shape into tight dough balls. Place them in a greased 9 x 13 pan and let rise until doubled again. Brush the top of the rolls with the egg wash and bake at 350 degrees until the center is 195-200 degrees F or until golden brown on top.
My dad and I sat on our deck on a nice, sunny day, eating the warm Hawaiian Sweet Rolls, pretending we were back in Hawaii. I hope you enjoy this summery recipe as much as we did! I would love to see your creations! Tag me on Instagram @beyondbakingwithamandajane with your Hawaiian Sweet Rolls!
In a medium-size saucepan, warm the water and pineapple juice until 110 degrees F. Remove from heat and sprinkle the yeast over top and give it a little stir. Let sit until frothy.
In a medium-size bowl, combine the flour, starch, and salt. Mix well and set aside.
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, add the butter, brown sugar, eggs, egg yolk (remember to save the egg), and vanilla. Add the frothy yeast mixture and mix well.
While the mixer is on low, slowly add the dry ingredients. Once you pour in all the dry ingredients, beat on medium-high for 3 minutes.
Switch to the dough hook and knead until the dough passes the windowpane test, about 5 minutes.
Place dough in a greased bowl and let rise, covered, until double in size. This will take about 3 hours depending on how warm your kitchen is.
Grease a 9 x 13 pan. When the dough is doubled in size, punch it down and turn out onto a lightly floured surface. Divide the dough into 15 even pieces.
Using your hands, make each piece of dough into a tight ball. Cup the dough ball with your hands and pull one hand down, rotating the dough ball. This will create a tight ball and tension on the surface of the dough. Then, place in the greased pan. Repeat this step for all 15 of the rolls.
Cover the rolls and let rise until doubled in size.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Mix a tablespoon of water with the reserved egg white and brush this egg wash over the risen rolls.
Bake for 20 minutes, or until the internal temperature of the bread is 200 degrees F. The tops should be a nice golden brown.