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In the meantime, I’ll munch on macaroons.

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A few mornings ago, I opened my eyes, accepted the sunlight coming through the window, and began my lazy morning ritual of scrolling through Facebook, double-tapping pictures of my friends’ lunches on Instagram, and pinning outfits I can’t afford on Pinterest. Suddenly, I received a text from my roommate, who I can only assume had just woken up as well.

Yes, we text each other from just a few feet away. Don’t judge.

The text went as follows:

Bri: Hey boo do you have any plans for today?
Kate: Nope, I need to work out and go to the bank but that’s it.
Bri: Just curious, I have so many things that I want to do today but the day doesn’t have enough hours, plus I love laying in bed!
Kate: What do you have to do?
Bri: Nothing I have to do, just things I want to do. 🙂 I have an eye appointment at 3:30, I’d like to get adjusted, I want to get a massage and a facial, I want to go to the street fair, I want to lay out, I want to do my laundry, I want to go see a psychic. 😉

Okay, so she’s a bit of an overachiever, but I was on board.

It was too cold for the pool or beach, the massage place was booked up until late-afternoon, and who really wants to do laundry? Answer: NO ONE.

Ultimately we decided to a.)Definitely make it to the Huntington Beach street fair. It’s every Tuesday, and I had never been, despite the fact that I’ve lived in Southern California my whole life. b.) We were totally into this psychic idea.

I’ve hit a bit of a rough patch in life, and I’m currently in search of ANY input. This is includes a psychic reading, apparently. I mean, why not, right?

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So we set out for the day. I won’t bore you with the details of how long we searched for a psychic that wasn’t going to charge each of us $100, homemade Panini for life, and the rights to our first-born children. Eventually, we ended up going to a lady located very close to our apartment.

Now I don’t know if this psychic thing is real or a bunch of applesauce, but it was pretty interesting nonetheless.

I won’t share what she said to me, but if she’s right, I have a lot of changes headed my way, in almost all aspects of life. Some sounded pretty darn exciting, others…quite scary.

Regardless, it opened my mind up to possibilities. Who knows where I’ll be a year from now, whether or not I’ll be single, what career path I’ll have chosen, or which people will still be in my life.

I can hope, though, that my roommate is one of them. If it wasn’t for her, I wouldn’t have ever thought to seek input from a complete stranger. My roomie is da bomb.

Therefore, I made her some cookies. While we were at the street fair later that day, we passed a booth that was selling cookies. Macaroons, to be exact. And she just happened to mention that she loves them.

Uhh..okay. Easiest cookie ever. Next to snickerdoodles, her other favorite. She’s easy to please.

Poor thing had a rough day, so after I cleaned out our fridge and cupboards, I whipped some up. Just for her.

For you too, of course, but shhh…don’t tell her that. 😉

While I wait to see if the psychic’s predictions are true (one thing already happened, by the way), I’ll be here, munching on these delicious macaroons.

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Easy Peasy Coconut Macaroons

14oz (1 pkg) shredded coconut
14oz sweetened condensed milk
3 tsp vanilla extract
2 egg whites
pinch of salt

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees

2. Combine coconut, vanilla, and condensed milk in a medium bowl. Set aside.

3. Beat egg whites and salt on high until medium-firm peaks form.

4. Fold egg whites into coconut mixture until thoroughly combined.

5. Place 1 3/4 inch balls onto a foil-lined cookie sheet.

6. Bake for 30 minutes. Transfer to cooling rack.

If you decide to dip them in chocolate, allow them to cool completely, melt the chocolate in the microwave for one increment of 30 seconds, stir, another increment for 45 seconds, and stir until everything is melted. Dip the macaroon in the chocolate and set on foil. Don’t touch until it’s completely set, Cookie Monster!!!

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Bon Appétit! 

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Cinnamon-sugar-coated clarity

I just bit into this cupcake.

This is my breakfast. This is happening.

You can’t stress about too much when you’re having a cupcake for breakfast. I mean, come on.

Like really, I can’t. I’m not lying!

I would never lie to you. You know this. Our relationship has become far too deep and meaningful for me to do stupid things like that.

Before I took this ginormous bite, though, I must admit, I was a bit of a stress basket. I’ve got a lot going on.

That’s how powerful this cupcake is. It de-stresses you. Boom. Magic cupcake.

After I took a deep breath after my bite, I had a moment of clarity. My life, despite some of the less than favorable events that have taken place over the past few weeks, is pretty great.

Why, you ask?

Well, my friend, let me tell you. I have an oven, which means I can make things like that magical Cinnamon-Sugar Cupcake up above. I have an iced coffee in my hand, which, duh, is awesome. I’m in good health…which I mean, obviously rocks. And last but certainly not least, I have the BEST people in the world by my side.

So as I stuff my face with this dessert-breakfast-extravaganza and take a giant sip of my coffee, I’d like to thank those awesome people.

Thank you, to the person who calls me in the midst of her insanely hectic schedule to check up on my life and “live vicariously through me.” This girl lets me vent like a madwoman, and then manages to make me laugh and remind me that even in the worst of times, there’s always Glee.

Thank you, to the friend who lives states away but still remains as close to me as a sister. She accepts me despite my biggest of flaws, and also shares my fondness of vegetarianism and blood orange vodka martinis.

Thank you, to the person who shares my love for Drake concerts, Mascato, and Laguna Beach, and can laugh with me about things no one else would understand, regardless of how often we are able to see each other.

Thank you, to my mother who emails me to get drinks after work just because we both need to laugh and relax, because we both know that if we didn’t have each other, we’d be…crazy. Which we already are. So really we’d just be…crazier? You don’t have to understand, which is why our relationship is so unique and awesome.

Thank you, to the most ridiculously charming person I’ve ever met who not only appreciates my sarcasm, but has seen me for an umpteen number of days in a row now and still hasn’t gotten sick of me, my oddball sleeping habits, or the copious amounts of sushi we eat. ❤
I could so go for a veggie factory roll right now…

And thank you, to the friend who can only be described as my sister-soul mate. We’ve stood by each other through every decision we’ve ever made, regardless if it seemed irrational or crazy to others. This girl supports me in every way. In particular, my baking and this blog!

…which leads me to a very exciting announcement for Sugar Therapy!

For the next ten weeks, Sugar Therapy will be teaming up with Event Blossom, a wholesale wedding favor company based in Southern California. They just launched their new Mod Party Kits, and they are awesome! I’ll be coming up with new cupcake recipes for each kit and posting about them weekly.

Look how cute the cupcake wrappers are for the Blue Baby Shower theme!

I’m okay with things that make my stuff look even better. 😉

This is big news, people! I’m moving up in this little baking world!

Be sure to check out Kim’s blog for Event Blossom. She’s a fabulously talented writer, fantastic cook, and one of the most fun people I know. How do I know this? She’s that sister soul mate I was talking about! (I know, you’re jealous.)

I made Cinnamon-Sugar Cupcakes this week.

Moist cinnamon cake with a creamy cinnamon-sugar buttercream, topped with a simple brown sugar cinnamon crumble? Oh no she didn’t!

Well actually yeah. Yeah, I did.

These babies were a huge hit. It’s a ST original, too. 🙂

*patting myself on the back*

So for the next few months it’s going to be cupcake central at this blog, which is totally fine with me since I haven’t dabbled in the cupcake world since the Grapefruit Cupcakes!

Yeah, I’d say this is long overdue.

Cinnamon Sugar Cupcakes

3 1/4 cups flour
1 tbsp baking powder
pinch of salt
2 tbsp cinnamon
1 cup unsalted butter
2 cups granulated sugar
4 eggs
2 tbsp vanilla extract
1 cup milk (whichever kind you prefer – I used 1%)
1/4 cup sour cream

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line muffin pan with cupcake papers.

2. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Set aside.

3. With an electric mixer on medium speed, beat butter and sugar until pale yellow and fluffy. It should look airy, like a buttery cloud.

4. Add eggs, one at a time, combining well after each addition.

5. Reduce speed to medium-low and add vanilla and beat until combined.

6. Add sour cream and beat until combined.

7. Alternate adding milk and the flour mixture, making for three separate additions of each. Beat until just combined between additions.

8. Fill muffin pan 3/4 full and bake for 20 minutes.

9. Enjoy the amazing aroma of cinnamon baking. Set cupcakes on a wire rack to completely cool before frosting.

Cinnamon Sugar Buttercream

1 1/2 cups unsalted butter (3 sticks)
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 tbsp vanilla
2 heaping tbsp of cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg

1. Beat butter on high speed until light and airy.

2. Add confectioner’s sugar and beat until fluffy.

3. Add vanilla and beat until just combined.

4. Add cinnamon and nutmeg and beat until evenly distributed.

I’m a bit of an over-froster sometimes, so I ran slightly short of frosting. If you frost cupcakes like I do, increase each ingredient 1/2 – 1 cup.

5. Frost. Decorate. Use the Party Kits and show them off to your friends and family!

I’m so excited about this project. It’s going to be so fun, and just wait until you see the cupcake accessories. They make even the snooziest of cupcakes look fun and festive!

Bon appétit!

P.S. Happy Mother’s Day to all the fantastic moms out there! I’m very thankful for mine. I know it hasn’t been a picnic raising me but I personally think I turned out pretty darn okay. 😉 Love you Mom. xoxo

I dare you not to smile!

My mom has this theory that you can’t say the word “snickerdoodle” without smiling.  It’s pretty darn true.  And if the word alone doesn’t make you smile, the cookie itself will.  Something about the combination of cinnamon and sugar really speaks to the soul.  I don’t think I’ve ever met someone who didn’t like (if not love) the mix.  If you can look me straight in the face and tell me you don’t enjoy something as simple as cinnamon-sugar toast, I’ll deem you inhuman, and you will be shunned from my kitchen. Snickerdoodles are delicious, and everyone knows it.  Even you, person who didn’t smile at the silliest of words.

We had a potluck at work last week, and I knew I was going to bake something (of course), but I was having a little bit of trouble trying to figure out something that everyone would enjoy.  It needed to be attractive, because at a potluck, if it looks weird or gross, chances are it’ll get skipped. That’s sad, and I would never subject a poor innocent baked good of rejection.  It had to be simple, too.  Not just for taste preferences but for my own sake.  Trying to go through the process of baking cupcakes, allowing them to cool, making frosting, decorating the cakes, figuring out a way to package them up and still have them look presentable after transportation all after an 8-hour work day and getting home from class at 10pm and having work the next day at 6am is just unrealistic.

Cookies it is.  Simple cookies.

Since I just made sugar cookies, I couldn’t do that again.  Besides, if I didn’t have the time to “whip up” some cupcakes, I definitely wasn’t going to go through the sugar cookie process.  Nooo thank you.  And I recently made chocolate chip too, so that was out.

But there was another fan-favorite I hadn’t made yet: snickerdoodles!  Butter, cinnamon, sugar, yum.

I got this recipe from a book I just bought, Big Fat Cookies by Elinor Klivans.  I had never heard of this book before, but I saw the title and it was an instant purchase.  I’m pretty excited to make more recipes from it, especially since these turned out so well.

The cookies were a hit at the potluck, and I was able to sneak in a few z’s before work bright and early the next morning!  I was a very happy baker.

Cinnamon Sugar Snickerdoodles

2 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 tsp cream of tartar
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 3/4 cup sugar
1 tbsp ground cinnamon
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup vegetable shortening (Crisco)
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp almond extract

I didn’t have any almond extract, so I just added more vanilla (which I probably would have done anyway).

1. Position rack in the middle of the oven.  Preheat to 350 degrees F.  Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.

2. In a small bowl, stir together 1/4 cup of sugar and the cinnamon.  Set aside.
This is to taste – sort of. I’m not saying take a heaping spoonful of this and see if it has enough cinnamon for you. Just guesstimate. If you really like cinnamon, add more. If you want it less cinnomony, don’t add as much. It’s up to you. I wanted more cinnamon flavor, so I pretty much doubled what was instructed to use. 🙂

3. Sift the flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl.  Set aside.

4. In a large bowl, beat butter, shortening, and 1 1/2 cups of the sugar with an electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy.

5. Add eggs, vanilla, and almond extract (if you have it) and beat until blended.

6. Add the flour mixture and beat on low-speed until just incorporated.

7. Using an ice cream scoop or a measuring cup with a 1/4 cup capacity, scoop out portions of dough.
This part is literally for big, fat cookies.  I was baking for over 30 people, so I needed my cookies to be a little smaller.

8. Roll each scoop between your hands, forming a smooth ball.  Then roll the ball of dough in the cinnamon-sugar mixture.  Make sure to coat it evenly, and place the coated cookies about 3 inches apart on the prepared cookie sheet.

9. Bake until the edges are golden, about 18 minutes.  If you made them smaller (or normal-sized) like I did, bake for about 10 minutes.  Cool the cookies for about 5 minutes on the pan and transfer to a wire rack.

 

These cookies the bomb-diggity when they come out of the oven.  I practically had to gate off the kitchen to keep my boyfriend from eating his rationed 2 cookies.  Poor guy, I guess it’s not fair to bake things like snickerdoodles in our kitchen and not let him have any.  I’m sure he’ll survive, though.  After all, he gets dibs on everything else that comes out of the oven.  Yeah…he’ll be fine.

Bon appétit!