Yep, it’s been one of those weeks. As in: Awesome.
It started off with a fantastic weekend when we surprised Smudge and her 7 y.o. bestie with a trip to Vegas for the Tour Concert Debut of her fave Nickelodeon band Big Time Rush. I think I liked the concert as much as she did—hello boy crush? It was hilarious when she put two and two together and figured out—and was SHOCKED—to learn that her “teen idols” were all of 23 years old. Oh, show bizness.
Our visit to the Neon Boneyard was beyond our expectations and a weekend stay at the incredible Loews Lake Las Vegas was followed by an amazing food buffet—and I mean GOOOD as in crab legs, shrimp and champagne galore—at M Las Vegas—a Best-Of suggestion from one of my L.V. resident besties. Thanks Chan!
And then it was straight hone to the big project that’s been filling my weekends and night-times with even more love, more food—definitely not the diet kind—and more laughter.
I’m so excited to announce that I’ve partnered with Maria and Josh of Two Peas and Their Pod to photograph, design and co-publish their first e-Cookbook, Cookie Cravings.
Maria, who the Pioneer Woman herself affectionately calls “The Cookie Queen”, and I met over three years ago and we’ve done several fun projects together, including Maria’s contributing editor duties for Foodie Crush magazine. And I can verify first-hand that the girl can bake cookies.
Maria and Josh have been asked to do cookbooks before but for some reason or another it just didn’t work out. But now they’re sharing their very favorite cookie recipes as well as some delicious, never before published cookie creations.
And lucky me! Maria curated her favorite cookie recipes, and then created some amazing, brand new recipes, and I got to take pics of all of them, design the e-Cookbook and lend my years of publishing expertise to get the project rolling.
We’re so excited to share Cookie Cravings with you. And of course, Maria’s first cookbook is all about cookies, SHE IS THE COOKIE QUEEN, RIGHT?
Yes there will be an e-Cookbook, but we’re not stopping there. We’ll also be offering downloadable, printable gift tags, recipe cards, Maria’s top cookie baking tips, behind the scenes photos, easy how-tos and a few more special goodies.
And one of the the things I’m most excited about? We’ve created a bonus e-Cookbook featuring some of Maria’s fave food blogger baking buddies’ cookie recipes in an additional, e-Cookbook all of their own showcasing Maria’s favorite cookie recipes from Picky Palate, Brown Eyed Baker, Kevin and Amanda, Eat, Live, Run, Confessions of a Cookbook Queen, How Sweet It Is, and Recipe Girl.
Cookie Cravings will go on sale this March. To stay up to date on all of the cookbook details, just sign up for our cookbook e-mail list so you don’t miss the discount information we’ll be sharing with you, plus all of the extras we’ve planned. It’s seriously jam-packed.
As a thank you for signing up we want to give you a brand new recipe Maria created for the cookbook. It’s waiting for you to download, for free, along with a printable recipe card. Once you sign up, a link will be sent to you to download the recipe and you’ll be baking in no time.
So sign up, download, and start baking!
No Bake Cookies are some of my favorites, and you’ll find me scraping the bowl for every oatmeal and nutty morsel like a squirrel harboring the final eats of fall. And yes, I’m a dough eater, unlike Maria who doesn’t like cookie dough but loves the cookies intstead. Wha wha? Look at what you learn in these projects!
I dreamed of a tasty upgrade to the basic standard No-Bake recipe and meandered right on over to the love that is mine—hazelnutty-ness of Nutella. Since these cookies always remind me of my grade-school, lunch-time ‘haystack’ cookies, I threw in some coconut for good measure. Omit if you’re not a coconut fan, not sure why you wouldn’t be…
- 1 stick (8 tablespoons) butter
- 1½ cup sugar
- ½ cup milk
- 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
- ¾ cup Nutella
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- ⅛ teaspoon kosher salt or 2 good pinches
- 3 cups old-fashioned oats
- ½ cup hazelnuts, chopped plus 2 tablespoons reserved
- ¼ cup flaked coconut
- In a medium saucepan, bring butter, sugar, cocoa and milk to a boil and cook for one minute.
- Add Nutella, vanilla and salt and stir to combine. Remove from heat.
- Combine oatmeal, hazelnuts and coconut into a medium-sized bowl. Add chocolate Nutella mixture and mix to combine.
- Spoon 1 -inch balls onto Silpat or parchment paper and top with sprinkle with reserved hazelnuts. Cool for 20 minutes.
Thanks for making this week an already bestest, possibly beating out last week’s Vegas shenanigans.
Thanks for letting us share our e-Cookbook, Cookie Cravings, with you! Sign up, tell your friends and thanks for being part of our Cookie Cravings.