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Olive Oil Cake Cookies with Blackberry Frosting

CAKIES! I learned this term from Izy’s book. I’m not sure if she invented it or if it was around before then. It’s hard to pin-point the origin of very sophisticated terms like that…but if you’re unfamiliar, it’s when a cake meets a cookie.

These are delicious spongey-cake-like cookies that are super floral thanks to olive oil. I used average-ly fancy olive oil. It’s hard for me to buy a bottle of $30 of olive oil AND THEN USE IT, you know?

When I bake with olive oil I still use stuff that’s not THAT expensive. Josh tries to talk me into using nicer stuff but it’s so so hard. I leave the fancy stuff for drizzling on salads or veggies.

Olive Oil Cake Cookies with Blackberry Frosting

Olive Oil Cake Cookies with Blackberry Frosting

I’m currently (trying) to stock pile recipes for fall. I have a feeling the season is going to swallow me whole so this was one of the last summer-ish recipes that I wanted to make.

I’m obsessed with adding fruit to glazes and frostings. You may think that some sort of artificial coloring was added to this frosting but think again, my friends.

ALL BLACKBERRIES.

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Homemade Birthday Oreos

I think I’ve been using too many sprinkles lately. I’m sorta insecure about it because I used to not be THAT much of a sprinkle-whore but lately it’s all I reach for.

I think part of it is all the cool looking sprinkles I bought and brought back from Denmark. The colors are so pretty and interesting over there.

Homemade Birthday Oreos

A very long time ago, when blogs first started I remember Joy the Baker posting a recipe for minty oreos. I never made them at the time (not sure why, what other non-important things was I doing?) but they have always lived deep in my brain on my to-make-soon list. Well, years later, here we are…except I made them birthday-driven, even though I didn’t know anyone who was having a birthday.

We made these, tested these, shot these AND then I remembered my friend Michael’s birthday was the very next day so I packed them up in the fridge and brought them to the birthday picnic where a 3 year old liked them a whole lot. WIN-WIN!

Homemade Birthday Oreos

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Homemade Pocky

One of the greatest things about living in LA is my v v close proximity to Little Tokyo. Josh and I go to dinner there all the time and our favorite after-dinner-activity is heading to the Japanese grocery stores so we can raid them for all their candy.

We often times get new-to-us-candy but we always make sure we get all the pocky in all the crazy flavors. I thought about making simple homemade pocky but that’d be boring! Unless you live in a major city (and near a Japanese neighborhood), I’m guessing it’s kinda hard to find all of the crazy pocky flavors. They’re the best ones.

Pocky

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Mint Chocolate Chip Macarons

Have you ever had the stressful but delicious pleasure of making macarons?

Not to be confused with their American, less diva-like cousin, the macaroon.

A few weeks ago I was naively was like, I want to make a macaron that tastes like mint chocolate chip ice cream. I didn’t think they’d be that stressful. OMG was I wrong.

I knew they were gonna be fickle, I just didn’t know how fickle they’d actually be.

Mint Chocolate Chip Macarons

Mint Chocolate Chip Macarons

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Strawberry Chocolate Checkered Cookies

Today I’m headed to Santa Ynez (right by Santa Barbara) for a super short trip for the grocery store ALDI (more on dat soon!). I have a few days of eating and drinking and taking lots and lots of photos—-I’m excited.

It’s super cliche but right now I’m really inspired by trips to the farmer’s market. I don’t always go the farmer’s market, which surprises most people since I live in California but my defense is that I bake a lot and many times when I’m recipe testing for the blog, I already have an idea of what I want to cook and many times the farmer’s market is too fickle. sometimes they have stuff and sometimes they don’t, so I usually just buy my ingredients from the grocery store. but recently, walking through the aisles of the markets has been so inspiring.

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Black Sesame Thumbprint Cookies with Meyer Lemon Curd

This legit is maybe the strangest looking cookie I’ve ever made. I hesitated about sharing this one because I was like, “Are they gonna think I’m weird?!” but then I was like, they already know I’m weird so it’s ok.

We’re friends like that!

These cookies are sort of halloween looking. When I finished them I gave them a little side-eye not gonna lie, but then I tried them and they are so good! SO GOOD.

Black Sesame Thumbprint Cookies with Meyer Lemon Curd

I had black sesame paste in my pantry (not an obvious pantry staple, I know) and was in the mood to incorporate it into a cookie. I googled “tahini thumbprint cookie” to see if it had been done before and the first thing to pop up was my recipe! DUH MOMENT! I made tahini thumbprint cookies with concord jam a few years ago. Forgot about ‘em.

I tweaked this recipe and paired it with lemon curd after I saw these beautiful cookies from Hummingbird High (her blog is so pretty!).

It was the best combination evrrr. Thanks, Michelle for da inspo!

Black Sesame Thumbprint Cookies with Meyer Lemon Curd

Black Sesame Thumbprint Cookies with Meyer Lemon Curd

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Homemade Animal Cookies

“Hey Daniel, you wanna see me eat a giraffe’s head?!”

“You can’t reach a giraffe’s head.”

I’d pull out an giraffe animal cracker and bite its head off like a predator.

My brother would laugh so hard O.J. would come out of his nose. (The juice not the criminal.)

I loved animal crackers as a kid. I loved them so much because they were part toy, part snack.

I’d give the giraffe an old man’s voice and his wife, the bear, an old lady voice. Together their baby was the lion.

They were a family like The Lion King that miraculously got along in the box in my backpack.

Homemade Animal Crackers

Homemade Animal Crackers

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Heartbreak Cookies

For the broken hearted! Or the people who have had a rough few months on The Tinder.

These cookies are dedicated to my former single self who sort of hated Valentine’s day and would vom a little bit when she’d see cute couples at Whole Foods buying groceries to cook dinner with each other. So much side-eye but only because I was really lonely and isolated. Looking back I should’ve learned to enjoy that time so much more.

Heartbreak Cookies

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Miso White Chocolate Chip Cookies

There’s a good chance that you’re giving me stroooong side-eye right now.

“Miso…in coookies?”

Yes, girl. In cookies. I didn’t exactly invent this idea but I have been seeing white and red miso being used in “hip, cool” bakeries so I figured I’d give it a go.

They add a lot of rich nuttiness to cookies, think peanut butter or almond butter. This cookie almost tastes like it has a mild nut butter in it rather than miso but not really. It’s hard to describe, but I will say it’s very savory. It goes SO well with white chocolate. And the salt just takes it over the edge.

Miso White Chocolate Chip Cookies

Yesterday I showed a lil’ sneak peek on the Instagram and a lot of ppl were like WHITE MACADAMIA! And I was like well…sorta.

And they sort of remind me of them but more interesting. Remember when you’d go to the mall, eat a Mrs. Field cookie and look at lingerie in Victoria’s Secret and go to The Gap. I miss those dayz!

I actually always dreamed of getting those cookie cakes with my name written on them but then when the time came, I could never make the sacrifice because I LOVE CAKE.

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Izy's Swedish Chocolate Cake | www.acozykitchen.com

I’m currently watching Little Women over and over with a million blankets over me. It’s legit cold in LA, like, maybe colder than New York and other parts of the east coast. WEIRD! But I’m not complaining, I love it, please continue this, LA.

Not sure if you noticed but it’s December and the world has been taken over by gingerbread houses and buche de noels and hot toddies. I’ve been out of town for the past few weekends so the next few days are my first time heading into to holiday soirees.

If you, too, are looking to make something chill and delicious, here are some options:

Strawberry Pistachio Nougat: It’s fruity and crunchy and looks oh so pretty.

Strawberry Pistachio Nougat

If a brownie and a cookie had an illegitimate love-child, this would be it: The Brookie

Brookies (Brownies + Cookies) | www.acozykitchen.com

Izy’s recipe for Swedish Cake is one of my favorite super quick and easy baking recipes. Super legit.

Izy's Swedish Chocolate Cake | www.acozykitchen.com

Matcha Swirl Cheesecake. It’s fancy and green. V V festive.

Matcha Cheesecake

The only thing better than normal cookies is a GIGANTIC Cookie: Dark Chocolate Skillet Cookie (with walnuts of course!)

Dark Chocolate Chunk and Walnut Skillet Cookie | www.acozykitchen.com

I’m no cookie decorator. Good gracious no, but I do love these little Rye Cloud Sugar Cookies.

Rye Sugar Cookies

More matcha because always more matcha: Matcha Chocolate Cake

Triple-Layer Chocolate Matcha Cake | www.acozykitchen.com

The flavor of brown butter and orange works so lovely together. Imagine warm madelines on Christmas morning. YAS!

Brown Butter Orange Madeleines

Mini Pound Cakes with Roasted Grapes and Labneh. Everything is better in mini form. You know dis.

Mini Pound Cakes with Lebneh Frosting and Roasted Grapes

Showing up to a party with a Big-Ass Doughnut might be a million times better than dozen cookies.

Big Ass Doughnut (w/ Big Sprinkles, Too)

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