I think Fall is doing its best to get rid of summer (it’s been quite a fight, believe me). Granted, it looks like we’ll still have temperatures in the low to mid 80’s for the next week or so but the trees are firmly convinced that it is, indeed, Autumn.
It must be something in the air, or maybe it’s that I’m seeing pumpkins, apples, and apple cider in the stores but I’ve felt the need to bake. I love to bake but as a homeschooling mom, I don’t always have the energy. (I see some of you nodding your heads!) This means that I can’t always satisfy my perfectionist foodie nature by making everything from scratch, however I refuse to let that keep me from good sweets!
I started by making this recipe from Betty Crocker for “Slow-Cooker Apple-Cinnamon Cobbler.” Result? Delicious!! Especially with vanilla ice cream! This was a huge breakthrough for me as I am a stickler for making Apple Crisp (yes, from scratch) every year. Let me tell you, though, it’s tedious! I use double the apples in that recipe than I used in the slow cooker recipe. Ever tried peeling 12 apples? Then you know what I mean.
My latest experiment was this evening (I should have taken a picture–gotta get used to this blog thing) because the kids were begging to make cookies. That’s one area where I draw the line. Cookies have to be made from scratch! (I don’t look down on anyone else for using a mix, though.) This means I have to put the butter out to soften which takes an hour or two. Two bowls, minimum. All the counter space in my kitchen (which isn’t much, believe me). Plus all the space on my kitchen table for the cookie racks after the cookies come out of the oven. Oh, I forgot. Two or three cookie sheets as well.
Needless to say, I wasn’t in the mood for “all that.” Enter my cookie salvation: the single-serve “Microwave Chocolate Chip Cookie In A Mug.” Thanks to Jamieanne over at the Sweetest Kitchen for this AWESOME recipe! After zipping up to Wal Mart for a new set of measuring spoons (as my favorite chef set was missing all but three spoons) I set about putting together 3 cookie mugs. Somehow I managed to crack one of the eggs wrong and ended up with egg white all over the counter. After that, though, it was easy-peasy. Each cookie took about 1 minute, 10 seconds in my pathetic microwave and after sitting for about a minute or two, the cookies were done! I topped them all with a scoop of coffee ice cream and we all dug in to warm, moist, ooey-gooey chocolate chip goodness. Yum!
If you try out this recipe let me know in the comments, ok? Enjoy your own yummy goodness!