baking

# 7. Blueberry Scones

I love pastries. From croissants to danishes, muffins to donuts, biscuits to cinnamon rolls...I love sweet morning breads. So naturally when I saw this recipe for blueberry scones I knew I had to try it out. 

# 7. Try and blog 20 new recipes. (101 in 1001)

Here is the first recipe of the twenty, and wow. These scones will make you sing for joy. They are not overly sweet but are flaky and buttery. When you bite into them you get a hint of lemon and the yummy goodness of the fresh blueberries...it is a slice of heaven. Serve with butter or jam, and you are ready for a real live tea party. 

BLUEBERRY SCONES


(Original Recipe here)

Ingredients: 



2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon grated lemon zest
1 stick cold unsalted butter, grated
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1/2 cup cold heavy cream
1 heaping cup blueberries, fresh or frozen
extra heavy cream for brushing the tops
brown sugar for sprinkling the tops



Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Using an electric mixer combine flour, sugar, salt, baking powder and lemon zest. Add grated butter and combine until slightly crumbly. Mix heavy cream and egg together until well combined, slowly pour into flour mixture while beating on low speed. Add blueberries into dough mixture and slowly fold into the dough. Roll into a disk about 3/4 an inch thick. 


Cut the disk into fourths and then into eighths. Carefully transfer each scone to a baking sheet. 



Brush scones with cold heavy cream, and sprinkle generously with brown or raw sugar. Bake for 20-25 minutes until tops are golden and the scones are firm to the touch. 



Serve with a cup of tea, butter, and jam. 

Go outside, sit down with some friends and enjoy the fruit of your labor. These scones are to die for, and are great reheated for several days after you make them! Yummy!

I am thinking about trying cinnamon sugar next time.

Happy Monday!

xoxo,

Rachel

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites

Happy Monday friends! The sun is shining, and I have hit the ground running this morning. For some odd reason I woke up at 5:15 and have not stopped yet! I love the start of a new week, it gives me a fresh wave of motivation in taking care of our home, as well as focus in my work tasks. 

We had a very relaxing yet productive weekend. We worked on some DIY furniture projects (stay tuned here for some updates in the weeks ahead), had a picnic with some church families, and enjoyed a fun downtown breakfast date...overall it was an awesome weekend. One thing that I usually do as a treat for Ben for the weekends is to make something sweet. Let me tell you, my husband has quite the sweet-tooth. I love sweets also, but not quite like Ben. I always pick on him about it because I often do not make desserts through out the week but Ben always finds a way to satisfy his sweet-tooth. During the week that usually means he raids the bags of semi-sweet chocolate chips I have in the pantry for baking. Those bags go way faster than I ever intend for them to. 

One of Ben's favorite sweets is the classic chocolate chip cookie, but I honestly think he loves the cookie dough just as much if not more than the baked cookies. So this recipe for cookie dough balls was a must try for my cookie dough loving man. And it was quite the hit so I wanted to share the love for all you sweet fanatics out there!


Ingredients: 
2/3 cups (1 + 1/3 stick) of softened butter 
3/4 cup of granulated sugar
1/4 cup light brown sugar (packed)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup applesauce
1 3/4 cup all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
6 blocks of chocolate almond bark


Meet my shiny red Kitchenaid mixer. She is a beauty, and I love her. Best wedding gift EVER. (disclaimer: a mixer is not required for this recipe by any means. A bowl and spoon will work just fine)


Doesn't this look yummy? haha. No? just wait. First add the granulated sugar, packed brown sugar, softened butter, and applesauce to mixer. 


Mix until creamy and fluffy like a cloud.


Add in flour, baking soda, salt, and vanilla. Mix until combined.


Add chocolate chips, stir to combine.


Oh hello lover, look at all that goodness. I may have had a bite, or two, or 5 at this point. (but no raw eggs so its okay!)


If you have a snazzy cookie scoop use that (or if you are like me use a spoon) and make little balls. I would make them a little smaller than these, they are really rich. 


Yummy...so yummy.


Melt chocolate bark, and dip dough balls in chocolate (after they have set up a little in the freezer). Notice how imperfect my little balls are, that's okay. Rustic right? They will taste just as yummy as perfectly symmetrical spheres, I promise. 


Chocolate is so messy...but I just can't hold that against it, I love it to much...so I overlook the mess.


Then there you have it. Yummy cookie dough balls. Take some to your honey, he will thank you! Then send some with him to work so you wont gain 5 pounds from eating them every time you pass through the kitchen. :)

Here is a fun little recipe card that I made that you can save and print to have on hand when you make these little babies!


So, what is your weakness when it comes to dessert? I would love to hear from you!

Tomorrow is our 9 month anniversary of marriage! So crazy, I will be sharing our love story here tomorrow, so make sure and come check it out. 

P.S. For any Instagram lovers out there, come join this fun little link up over at Liz Marie's Blog and meet some fun and inspiring new people to follow!



XOXO,

Rachel

Friday Letters + Molasses Cookie Recipe


Dear Ben, you rode your bike home in record time Monday night to come to my aid after I gashed my finger open on a broken glass. (note to self- use a plastic cup next time) You took care of me and calmed me down on the way to the ER. Don't think we will ever forget that night. Thanks for taking half a day off on New Year's Eve to be at home with me. Doing nothing at all is the most fun with you always. 
Dear Christmas, your aftermath has taken over our guest bedroom and due to the size of our apartment I have no idea where to put it all. I miss your twinkling lights and cozy nights...BUT your clutter has got to find a home until next year before I go insane. Thanks for a great first holiday season as Mrs. Cox.
Dear Nikki, I blame you for the 3 dozen molasses cookies in my kitchen right now, and the recipe that follows. Thanks for introducing me to the cookie of my dreams and not making fun of me when I rave about how incredible they were when you made them. 
To my kitchen, you have given me some really great joy this week. Some awesome "keeper" recipes have been discovered this week, and that makes me one happy lady. Here's to a new year full of recipes successes and failures, experimenting, baking. 


Short and sweet this week on the letters. It is a new year, and I love the hope that a new year brings! Ben and I have been taking this week and next to really intentionally think through goals we would like to set individually and as a couple for this new year. We are also having a really special date night next weekend to ask each other some very intentional questions in hopes of fostering some open and honest communication about where our marriage is now and where we would like to see it go. How are you preparing for this new year? 

Well everyone is making resolutions to eat healthier and work out and all that jazz, and what am I doing? Oh you know...baking...super delicious, incredible, moment of silence worthy molasses cookies....




okay.

 maybe I am being slightly dramatic (my husband would certainly say so) BUT these cookies. good golly miss molly, they are delicious winter-y cookies that will make the worst of days turn around in a flash. My dear friend Nikki made these glorious cookies for a couples game night we had at our house several weeks back, and then she left the rest with us. I ate one, two,  okay, more like three or four every time I walked in the kitchen. These cookies are hands down my favorite. So without further delay, I give you... Chewy Molasses Cookies

Go right now and make them. I am taking one dozen to my husband and his co workers the minute I finish this blog post. These cookies NEED to be shared with the world. and you will love them. I promise you will. 

In other news, I have started crocheting a blanket. That is one of my big projects for this year, I am also hoping to teach myself how to do embroidery by hand. We shall see how it goes. Hopefully next post I will have some pictures of the progress on the blanket to share with you all, and maybe my goals for the year will be more organized and not so all over the place. Well, until then. Take care!!

xoxo-- 


Easy Holiday Appetizer - Mini Ham & Cheese Puffs

Happy Wednesday friends! I wanted to just take a few quick minutes before Ben gets home from work to share another holiday recipe with you...even though I am struggling with my holiday mood today since it is in the 70's outside here in Mississippi...Anyways, no more complaining. This handy recipe is so easy to throw together and does not call for very many ingredients. Win win if you ask me. This has been a go to recipe for me since high school. I always made it for Christmas parties, Sunday school get togethers and small groups. 

So enough of my babbling, here is the recipe. 

Mini Ham and Cheese Puffs



1 package (2.5 ounces) of processed ham or smoked turkey, finely chopped (I use honey ham usually)
2 tablespoons of finely chopped onion
1/2 cup of Swiss or cheddar cheese
1 egg
1 tablespoon of snipped fresh parsley (or 1 tsp of dried parsley)
1 1/2 tsp of Dijon mustard (I use honey Dijon)
1/8 tsp ground black pepper
1 package refrigerated crescent rolls

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a mini muffin pan with non stick cooking spray. Combine all ingredients but crescent rolls in a mixing bowl. 

Unroll crescent dough and press into a large rectangle. Cut the dough into 24 small squares, press each square into each muffin cup with your fingers or the bottom end of an ice cream scoop (real fancy eh?)

Fill each muffin cup with about a tsp of ham and cheese mixture. Bake 12-14 minutes or until puffs are golden brown. Remove from pan; serve warm or at room temperature. Eat and enjoy. 

This recipe only makes 24 puffs so I often double the recipe when preparing this for a crowd. Hope you enjoy this simple recipe that is sure to be a hit at holiday parties this year...also they are DELICIOUS for breakfast in the mornings if you have any left. :)

Take care!