the baker upstairs

5.31.2016

Quick Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

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These delicious and quick chocolate peanut butter cookies are the perfect blend of chocolate and peanut butter, and so easy to make!

One of the worst things about being a nurse is having to work holidays. Sure, you get paid time and a half, so it's a good way to save up a bit of extra money, but it really stinks to be away from family and friends. As a new nurse, especially, you're at the bottom of the heap and generally have the worst possible schedule. My poor husband Geoff has definitely worked his share of holidays this year (Christmas Eve, Christmas, and Mother's Day stand out the most) and was scheduled to work last night on Memorial Day. We managed to get in a fun canyon drive in the afternoon, and made some tasty burgers and fries for dinner, but I wanted to send him off to work with something fun and delicious to share with his co-workers. I made a few quick tweaks to my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe, and these delicious and quick chocolate peanut butter cookies were born! I know I already have a delicious chocolate peanut butter cookie recipe or three on the blog, but these ones are pretty awesome too! They have the texture of a chocolate chip cookie, but the flavor is a delicious blend of chocolate and peanut butter. Super delicious and super easy!

Quick Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

8 tablespoons butter, softened
1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
3/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 egg + 1 egg yolk
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup peanut butter chips
1 cup dark chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 350. Line two baking sheets with parchment or spray with cooking spray. In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter and peanut butter. Add the brown sugar and sugar, and beat until fluffy. Add the vanilla, egg, and egg yolk, and beat until smooth. In a small bowl, whisk together the cocoa powder, flour, and baking soda, and add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients. Fold in the peanut butter chips and dark chocolate chips. Shape the dough into one inch balls and flatten slightly. Bake 11-13 minutes. Let rest on baking sheets 5 minutes before removing to cooling rack.

5.23.2016

Spicy Avocado and Salsa Breakfast Tacos

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These spicy avocado and salsa breakfast tacos are quick and easy to make and packed with flavor. A delicious way to start the day!

These spicy avocado and salsa breakfast tacos are quick and easy to make and packed with flavor. A delicious way to start the day!

Tacos? For breakfast? Yes, definitely! Tacos are one of the greatest foods ever, so why confine them to just lunch and dinner? These spicy avocado and salsa breakfast tacos are one of my all time favorite breakfasts, and they take only a few minutes to make. Perfect for a busy morning when you need a hearty breakfast to get you through the day! When I make these for the kiddos, I leave out the sriracha and use mild salsa, but my husband and I love them spicy. These tacos are so simple but so flavorful too. Yum!
Spicy Avocado and Salsa Breakfast Tacos

1 teaspoon oil
4 large eggs
1 teaspoon sriracha
salt and pepper to taste
4 corn tortillas
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 avocado, diced
1/2 cup fresh salsa or pico de gallo

Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. In a small bowl, whisk together the eggs, sriracha, and salt and pepper. Pour the eggs into the skillet and stir gently with a spatula until set. Warm the tortillas in the microwave for 30 seconds, or until softened. To assemble the tacos, divide the eggs between the tortillas, and top with cheese, avocado, and salsa. Enjoy!

These spicy avocado and salsa breakfast tacos are quick and easy to make and packed with flavor. A delicious way to start the day!

5.20.2016

19 Awesome Memorial Day Eats!

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 Delicious, summery foods perfect for the first official BBQ weekend of 2016!


19 amazing Memorial Day burgers, hot dogs, grilled chicken, salads, and summer desserts

Hey guys! I'm Cort, from a silly little blog called Little Red Hen and I am really excited to be here! Like, as excited as I get about great food, so that is definitely excited! Alicia invited me to put together a Memorial Day Roundup, and I jumped at the chance. I've just done some calculations and realized I've known Alicia for half of my life. I have to say it is has been the best half of my life. Coincidence? I think not! She's one of my favorite people, not just because we both really, really like to talk about food; not just because we've driven hours together just to get Krispy Kremes; and not even just because she shares her delicious creations with me. Nope, it comes down to the fact that she has the most contagious laugh, has the craziest stories, and is one of the best people around.

But, let's talk food, shall we?

Memorial Day Weekend is coming up and you know what that means! Dust off the grill and call up some friends because summer eating is about to begin! I've put together 19 recipes you've got to try this Memorial Day Weekend. Why 19? Well, that's enough for a delicious salad, freshly grilled meats, and a couple sweet, summery desserts for not just one day, but for Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. See how much I like you guys!

I got so hungry putting this roundup together. That's a good sign, isn't it?

May your weekend be filled with sun and the smokey smell of a successful barbecue! And as I say over at Little Red Hen...

Bake the bread. Share the slices. 


BLT Pasta Salad from Lil' Luna
19 amazing Memorial Day burgers, hot dogs, grilled chicken, salads, and summer desserts

Chicken Berry Salad from The Baker Upstairs 
19 amazing Memorial Day burgers, hot dogs, grilled chicken, salads, and summer desserts

Tortellini Apple Salad from Somewhat Simple 
19 amazing Memorial Day burgers, hot dogs, grilled chicken, salads, and summer desserts

Watermelon Fruit Salad from Yummy Healthy Easy 
19 amazing Memorial Day burgers, hot dogs, grilled chicken, salads, and summer desserts

Basic Potato Salad from The Baker Upstairs
19 amazing Memorial Day burgers, hot dogs, grilled chicken, salads, and summer desserts

19 amazing Memorial Day burgers, hot dogs, grilled chicken, salads, and summer desserts

19 amazing Memorial Day burgers, hot dogs, grilled chicken, salads, and summer desserts

Italian Coleslaw from Kleinworth & Co. 
19 amazing Memorial Day burgers, hot dogs, grilled chicken, salads, and summer desserts

Hawaiian Huli Huli Chicken from Chew Out Loud
19 amazing Memorial Day burgers, hot dogs, grilled chicken, salads, and summer desserts

Buffalo Chicken Marinade from Carlsbad Cravings
19 amazing Memorial Day burgers, hot dogs, grilled chicken, salads, and summer desserts

Spicy BBQ Bacon Corn Buger from Butter, Basil, and Breadcrumbs
19 amazing Memorial Day burgers, hot dogs, grilled chicken, salads, and summer desserts


Cilantro Stuffed Grilled Salmon from Little Red Hen
19 amazing Memorial Day burgers, hot dogs, grilled chicken, salads, and summer desserts

Grilled Italian Turkey Burgers from The Lemon Bowl
19 amazing Memorial Day burgers, hot dogs, grilled chicken, salads, and summer desserts

Sriracha Honey Hot Dogs from Will Cook for Smiles
19 amazing Memorial Day burgers, hot dogs, grilled chicken, salads, and summer desserts

Strawberry Lemonade Bars from The Baker Upstairs 
19 amazing Memorial Day burgers, hot dogs, grilled chicken, salads, and summer desserts

Cherry Sheet Cake from Lil' Luna 
19 amazing Memorial Day burgers, hot dogs, grilled chicken, salads, and summer desserts

19 amazing Memorial Day burgers, hot dogs, grilled chicken, salads, and summer desserts

Orange Creamsicle Cookies from The Baker Upstairs 
19 amazing Memorial Day burgers, hot dogs, grilled chicken, salads, and summer desserts

No Bake Lemon Cheesecake from Yellow Bliss Road
19 amazing Memorial Day burgers, hot dogs, grilled chicken, salads, and summer desserts

Thanks for checking it out!

19 amazing Memorial Day burgers, hot dogs, grilled chicken, salads, and summer desserts


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