shake n bake
there's been a lot of baking going on lately in our apartment.
prior to x-mas, i made cookies for my coworkers (and todd's, too). this year, i used my new kitchenaid mixer (many thanks to mom and em!) and whipped up chocolate/peanut butter/peanut cookies (made w/chunky peanut butter for some extra crunch), lime cookies (they were like south florida all wrapped up in a cookie!), and almond cookies.
i received thumbs up all around, but the chocolate/peanut ones were the biggest hit. and really, you can't go wrong with those.
i took a well-deserved break for a few days, but with some rest and relaxation under my belt, i used my new ramekins from crate & barrel's berkeley outlet and churned out bittersweet chocolate souffle cakes for NYE (with cherries instead of caramel anglaise).
the next morning, i made fluffy maine-style pancakes for the first breakfast of the new year.
now, for these last two, i have to give a big shout out to my main helper... trader joe's soy creamer! it has a slightly thicker consistency than regular soy milk. what a great milk/lactose-free substitute for whole milk:)
happy new year!