Another book update + giveaway!

I have been getting a lot of messages asking about the availability of both my cookbooks – they are showing up OUT OF STOCK almost everywhere. Many of you have purchased my books this past month and once again I am shouting from the rooftops THAN…

Pan-banging Chocolate Chip Cookies

I have been getting a lot of messages asking about the availability of both my cookbooks – they are showing up OUT OF STOCK almost everywhere. Many of you have purchased my books this past month and once again I am shouting from the rooftops THANK YOU!! Thank you so much for your support of my blog, books, and recipes the last 10 years. I am overwhelmed with gratitude. So, GOOD NEWS: re-printing is happening! 100 Cookies has been reprinted again and there are more copies coming in the next couple weeks. The Vanilla Bean Baking Book will be reprinted, and I will have more information on dates in the near future. SAD NEWS: Printing and shipping have both been slowed down across the country (and the world) due to COVID-19 and the fires; we will all have to practice patience and plan ahead as our goods will take longer to get to use over the next few months. To hold you over, I am doing another giveaway!! There will be two winners – one picked here on my website, and one picked here on Instagram. Each winner will receive a signed copy of both 100 Cookies and The Vanilla […]

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Tart

Edd Kimber’s latest cookbook, One Tin Bakes, is a wonderful book that reduces the required bakeware to just one tin; each and every recipe in the book is baked in a 9 x13 inch baking pan. I am really enjoying this book, and have so many things in…

Peanut Butter Chocolate Tart

Edd Kimber’s latest cookbook, One Tin Bakes, is a wonderful book that reduces the required bakeware to just one tin; each and every recipe in the book is baked in a 9 x13 inch baking pan. I am really enjoying this book, and have so many things in it on my baking wish list: Raspberry and Rose Cheesecake Buns, Whisky and Rye Peach Pie, Brown Butter Apricot Crumble Bars, and Raspberry Cheesecake Streusel Squares (which you can find on Zoebakes), just to name a few. Edd’s preferred tin is this Nordic Ware pan, which I have and love, and use constantly. And, on a side note, I got to meet Edd a few years ago at the Nordic Ware warehouse, so this post brings everything full circle. (Also, another side note, Nordic Ware is currently running a special with this pan, two spatulas, and my cookbook 100 Cookies.) Peanut Butter Chocolate Tart From One Tin Bakes by Edd Kimber From Edd While I love pastry, sometimes I don’t have the patience or time to make it, so in those times, I turn to cookie crusts – tart cases made with a mixture of cookie crumbs and butter. They’re incredibly quick […]

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Chocolate Orange Sablés

This month I have 6 new cookie recipes in the Holiday Cookies issue from Bake From Scratch! My favorite contribution is Chocolate Orange Sablés (recipe below), but I also have Cheesecake Bars with Chocolate and Caramel, Cranberry Streusel Bars, Ginger …

Chocolate Orange Sables

This month I have 6 new cookie recipes in the Holiday Cookies issue from Bake From Scratch! My favorite contribution is Chocolate Orange Sablés (recipe below), but I also have Cheesecake Bars with Chocolate and Caramel, Cranberry Streusel Bars, Ginger Sugar Cookies, Pumpkin Blondies, and Chocolate-Peppermint Pan-Banging Cookies. Meringues with Cacao Nibs and Carmel Swirl (a recipe from 100 Cookies), is also included. I highly recommend picking up this issue! Chocolate Orange Sablés Sablés are rich and buttery on their own, and are easily adapted to any flavor whim one may have. Chocolate and orange pair beautifully here; candied orange peel is delicious and elegant, and mini chocolate chips add just enough chocolate without overwhelming the flavor of the orange. Note Candied Orange Peels are called for here, but can be omitted. Orange Jammy Bits from King Arthur Flour also work well. PRINT RECIPE 1 cup [227 g] unsalted butter, at room temperature 1 cup [200 g] granulated sugar 1 tablespoon [3 g] orange zest 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 large egg yolk, at room temperature 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 2 cups [284 g] all-purpose flour 1/4 cup [32 g] finely chopped candied orange peel 1/4 cup [43 g] semisweet […]

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Neapolitan Cookies #70

This cookie was inspired by pastry chef Matthew Rice’s Neapolitan cookie, which I stumbled upon while searching Pinterest for the color pink. This cookie popped up, and I was intrigued by the pretty colors all rolled together. I headed straight t…

Neapolitan Cookies

This cookie was inspired by pastry chef Matthew Rice’s Neapolitan cookie, which I stumbled upon while searching Pinterest for the color pink. This cookie popped up, and I was intrigued by the pretty colors all rolled together. I headed straight to the kitchen. I used my sugar cookie (#6) as a base and came up with the version here. My children beg for this cookie, and it’s worth the extra steps needed to create it. From 100 Cookies Notes Use black cocoa powder for a darker color. The powdered strawberries on their own won’t give a bright pink hue, so I like to add a little food coloring. I also like to roll each individual color of dough into the same color of sprinkles, but you can mix and match however your heart desires. I buy freeze-dried strawberries at Target. PRINT RECIPE 2 1/2 cups plus 1 tablespoon [364 g] all-purpose flour 3/4 teaspoon baking soda 3/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup [8 g] freeze-dried strawberries 1 cup [2 sticks | 227 g] unsalted butter, room temperature 1 3/4 cup [350 g] granulated sugar 1 large egg plus 1 large yolk 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract 2 or 3 drops red […]

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Marshmallow Peanut Butter Brownies #26

Marshmallow Fluff + Peanut Butter + Brownies = Yes, please. From 100 Cookies Notes This recipe also needs the recipe for My Favorite Brownies (instructions below). I actually prefer these brownies on the second day; the marshmallow fluff softens and th…

Marshmallow Peanut Butter Brownies

Marshmallow Fluff + Peanut Butter + Brownies = Yes, please. From 100 Cookies Notes This recipe also needs the recipe for My Favorite Brownies (instructions below). I actually prefer these brownies on the second day; the marshmallow fluff softens and the chocolate flavor intensifies. PRINT RECIPE 1/2 cup [107 g] creamy peanut butter 1/4 cup [30 g] confectioners’ sugar 2 tablespoons [29 g] unsalted butter, at room temperature 3/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract Pinch salt 1 recipe My Favorite Brownies 1/2 cup [70 g] store-bought marshmallow fluff Adjust an oven rack to the middle of the oven. Preheat the oven to 350F [180C]. Grease a 9 x 13 in [23 by 33 cm] baking pan and line with a parchment sling. In a medium bowl, mix together the peanut butter, sugar, butter, vanilla, and salt until combined and completely smooth. Make the brownie batter as directed (but do not bake it!). Pour the brownie batter into the prepared pan. Dollop the peanut butter filling and the marshmallow cream over the top, alternating the two. Drag the tip of a butter knife through the batter, creating swirls. Bake until the sides of the brownies have set, the top is starting to […]

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100 Cookies Update and Giveaway!

I’ve had a lot of people reaching out to me that my book, 100 Cookies, is currently out of stock online. My book has been reprinted and there are more copies coming! Book shipments are slowed somewhat because of COVID, but there are books on the …

100 Cookies Giveaway

I’ve had a lot of people reaching out to me that my book, 100 Cookies, is currently out of stock online. My book has been reprinted and there are more copies coming! Book shipments are slowed somewhat because of COVID, but there are books on the way. If you ordered from Barnes and Noble, please check if your book order was cancelled – because the book was out of stock some of the orders were cancelled, but the book can be re-ordered. Here are some links to booksellers you can order from. Thank you so much to everyone who has purchased the book!  I am giving away TWO signed copies of 100 Cookies in the meantime! I will pick one winner here on my website, and one winner over on Instagram. All you need to do is leave a comment below, and make sure your email is included. I’d also love to know what baking books you are looking forward to this fall. To enter on Instagram, check out my post there for details. Giveaway closes September 19th – US residents only.

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Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Brownie Skillet + 100 Cookies is here!

100 Cookies is out in the world today! I want to thank you so much for all your support – both in baking from the website and purchasing my books! I am sharing this Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Brownie Skillet to celebrate – it is a m…

Brownie Butter Chocolate Cookie Brownie Skillet

100 Cookies is out in the world today! I want to thank you so much for all your support – both in baking from the website and purchasing my books! I am sharing this Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Brownie Skillet to celebrate – it is a mash-up of two recipes from the new book, and although it’s rather decadent, it is also delicious.  A few book related things: *There is a giveaway going on over at Goodreads until tomorrow (August 26th)- you can win a copy of 100 Cookies on Kindle. You can enter here.  *Rick Nelson over at the Star Tribune interviewed me last week about the book – you can read that here.  *My Strawberry-Creme Fraiche Bars are up over on ChowHound.  *Heated Magazine has a few recipes from my new book up on their site, including Neapolitan cookies and Toasted Sesame Pan-Banging Cookies.  *Kate from Wood + Spoon made my Sugar Cookie Raspberry Ripple Ice Cream Sandwiches!  *Michelle from Hummingbird High made my Neapolitan Cookies.  Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Brownie Skillet This dessert could also be titled “Is this really necessary?” but after trying a bite I think you will agree that yes, it is. […]

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chocolate cake with basil buttercream

I had my first taste of basil and chocolate almost two decades ago, out with friends at Lucia’s restaurant in Minneapolis. Our server recommended the chocolate cake paired with the basil ice cream, and the combination sounded so intriguing we dec…

Basil Buttercream

I had my first taste of basil and chocolate almost two decades ago, out with friends at Lucia’s restaurant in Minneapolis. Our server recommended the chocolate cake paired with the basil ice cream, and the combination sounded so intriguing we decided to trust him. The bright blue of my shirt, the buzz of voices at tables surrounding us, the candles speckling the dimly lit room, and chocolate and basil devoured alternately bite by bite is forever etched on my mind. Over the years I’ve re-created those flavors in many applications, but this cake and buttercream pairing is by far my favorite.  Chocolate Cake with Basil Buttercream This recipe is from a blog post way back in 2012; I’ve updated the photos and made the directions a little more user friendly. You can find Chocolate Ganache Cupcakes with Basil Buttercream in my Vanilla Bean Baking Book, and Chocolate Basil Brownies in my 100 Cookies cookbook.  The first day this frosting is made the basil flavor is present but delicate, and it develops the longer it sits. I loved it on days two and three, but my family thought it was too strong. Also, if basil isn’t your thing, this buttercream also […]

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Pan-banging Sugar Cookies + A Giveaway!

Pan-banging sugar cookies! This is a recipe from my new cookbook, 100 Cookies, which comes out August 25th. Along with the recipe, I am excited to announce that I am partnering with Nordic Ware for a giveaway over on Instagram in celebration of the boo…

pan-banging sugar cookies

Pan-banging sugar cookies! This is a recipe from my new cookbook, 100 Cookies, which comes out August 25th. Along with the recipe, I am excited to announce that I am partnering with Nordic Ware for a giveaway over on Instagram in celebration of the book. I am a huge Nordic Ware fan and love and use all their pans in my kitchen.  The giveaway package includes one of each: a copy of the 100 Cookies print book, Nordic Ware Half Sheet Pan, a Nordic Ware 9 x 13 Pan (with Lid for easy travel), and Spatulas! Five winners will be chosen.  Head to my Instagram page (sarah_kieffer) for specific details on entering. Contest runs August 2 – August 8th.  Pan-banging Sugar Cookies From my cookbook, 100 Cookies PRINT RECIPE 2 cups [284 g] all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 3/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar 1 cup [2 sticks or 227 g] unsalted butter, at room temperature 1 3/4 cup [350 g] granulated sugar, divided 1 large egg 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract Adjust an oven rack to the middle of the oven. Preheat the oven to 350F [180C]. Line three sheet pans with aluminum foil, dull-side up. […]

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Raspberry Caramel Bubble Bread with Cream Cheese Icing

I officially turned in my manuscript and all my photographs for my third cookbook (a holiday baking book, out Fall 2021) and have found myself rather lost, wandering into the kitchen wanting to bake but also wanting to take a break. I did sneak in last…

raspberry bubble bread

I officially turned in my manuscript and all my photographs for my third cookbook (a holiday baking book, out Fall 2021) and have found myself rather lost, wandering into the kitchen wanting to bake but also wanting to take a break. I did sneak in last week and make this Raspberry Caramel Bubble Bread, which turned out to be very delicious and a perfect summer treat, especially with our raspberry bushes currently exploding with fresh berries.  Also, my new cookbook, 100 Cookies, is available for pre-order! If you order now (or have already ordered) you can receive an ebook with 10 extra bonus recipes. Simply head to this webpage, click ‘let’s go’, fill out the form, and the ebook will be sent to your email immediately.  Raspberry Caramel Bubble Bread with Cream Cheese Icing Inspired by the Chocolate Bubble Loaf from Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook, by Cheryl Day & Griffith Day.  Notes: This is made with a slightly reduced version of my sweet dough. If you are using active yeast instead of instant, you can let it dissolve in the warm milk instead of adding it to the flour mixture. If you are confused about the folding dough […]

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