Cinnamon Toast Milk Ice Cream

My favorite cereal growing up was always (and will continue to be) cinnamon toast crunch. I’m a big fan of cinnamon, the spice, in general. Cinnamon doughnuts, cinnamon coffee cake, cinnamon french toast, and now cinnamon ice cream. Did I mention cinnamon doughnuts? These are some of my favorite things. Like in The Sound of Music, but so much better because I get to eat all of these things. Give them all to me now. These days, I only eat plain and boring cheerios every morning because it’s “healthier” and “good for you.” Welcome to adulthood, everyone. It isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Definitely no fun and games like I was promised. Is it too late to return it?

Whenever I go out to get frozen yogurt late at night because that’s when I want it the most, I only eat cinnamon flavored frozen yogurt topped cinnamon toast crunch. On occasion I’ll have pistachio froyo because sometimes I feel like living on the edge (watch out I’m unstoppable), but I’ll still only top it with cinnamon toast crunch because I’m not that wild. Let’s not get crazy. I never would’ve thought to make cinnamon toast crunch ice cream, if it wasn’t for all those late night trips to our local frozen yogurt shop. So in a way, it’s a good thing I listened to those late night cravings because if I hadn’t, then this whole genius situation would never have happened. You wouldn’t be able to enjoy it. Moral of the story is that if it’s late at night, like way too late to eat anything, but you still have a craving that won’t go away, you should definitely listen to those cravings. That’s the way to go. You’re living life right.

 This summer I’ve been slacking in the ice cream making department. What is wrong with me?! I’m sorry. This is only the second time I’ve dusted off that trusty ice cream machine, the first being this too-good-to-believe ice cream peanut butter cookie sandwich situation. Although I’ve dropped the ball this time around, I do plan on righting my wrong as soon as possible. I’m no stranger to ice cream though, and just in case you’re on the lookout for even more awesome ice cream goodness, check out this Breakfast Ice Cream and this No-Churn Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream. They’re both the bee’s knees. If bees had knees. Late night summer ice cream party anyone? I think it’s a must. 

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S’mores Cookie Sandwiches

You know it’s summer when everyone on the internet starts talking about S’mores. All of the s’mores treats come out of the woodwork and I couldn’t be happier. It’s the one thing to look forward to during this time of year. It almost makes the hot days, with the sun beating down on you, bearable. Almost. Hey guess what…it’s officially the start of summer this weekend and I think we all should be celebrating this grand occasion with s’mores cookie sandwiches. It’s what the founding fathers of America would’ve wanted for us. In fact, they founded this country specifically so that later generations, ie you and I, would enjoy cookie sandwiches during the unbearably hot summer days. (Nope). Legend has it that Benjamin Franklin loved s’mores. They were his guilty pleasure! (Not really). So why don’t you and I be like my good pal Ben Franklin and eat s’mores all weekend long. We’d make him super proud, and I’m all for eating cookies and marshmallows and chocolate all warm and gooey, pressed together into a sweet sweet treat. I’m also all about making Mr. Franklin proud. 

Aside from the beginning of summer, this weekend also happens to be Father’s Day. I know for a fact that fathers (and some mothers too who happen to do the job of both parents all by themselves, thank you very much) would go crazy for these cookie sandwiches. It’s like I always say, if they’re good enough for Ben Franklin, then they are certainly good enough for your dad. (I don’t really). So if you’re still in a panic, about to pull out your hair because you don’t know what to get your papa, I can help you out. Well first off, stop panicking. That’ll get you nowhere fast. Believe me I know. Get yourself in the kitchen and start making your old man these cookie sandwiches because they’re probably a hundred times better than any gadget you’ll find at the mall that your dad probably won’t ever use. Give him something he can actually enjoy. 

Along with the start of summer and Father’s day, this weekend is also Summer Solstice (which makes sense because it’s what signifies the start of the season). It also happens to be the longest day of the year. You know what that means don’t you?!?! We have even more time to stuff our faces with all of the s’mores. All of them. Every single one. If that isn’t a miracle to end all miracles, then I don’t know what is. So this weekend I’ll tell you what you do. You grab your dad (and mom), sit out back, enjoy the summer, and celebrate the longest day of the year by eating s’mores all day and all night long. It’s what Ben Franklin would’ve wanted. (Probably not). 

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Chocolate-Dipped Peanut Butter Banana Ice Cream Sandwiches

There’s nothing wrong with having a few cookies every now and then. You can quote me on that, as those are definitely words to live by. It’s free advice I’m willing to part with. Free of charge, just for you. I’m not keeping track of how many cookies I’m eating, though, let alone how many you’re eating, because that sounds like the worst possible idea ever. No one needs to know how many cookies you and I are eating in one sitting. That’s embarrassing (aka confidential) information we should be sweeping under the rug, if you know what I mean. I don’t even want to talk about how the number of cookies I devour goes up whenever there’s ice cream involved. Ice cream sandwiches are the best and the worst thing that can ever possibly happen to us. On one hand they’re pretty amazing because it’s the best of both worlds. Two cookies filled with an obscene amount of ice cream. And on the other hand they’re evil because one is never enough. We know they’re in the fridge just tempting us so we can’t get any work done until all of the ice cream sandwiches are eaten. All of them. 

So here I go being the jerk that I am, bringing you an ultimate ice cream sandwich. Two peanut butter cookies filled with homemade banana ice cream and then if that wasn’t enough I decided to entice you even more with a fountain of melted dark chocolate and chopped nut topping, just like on sundaes. It’s everything you never knew you wanted, all wrapped up into a single dessert. It’s a good thing I knew you wanted it though because if it wasn’t for me, you’d be deprived of such simple pleasures in life. 

This isn’t the time to second guess everything and waste time contemplating whether or not you should make these sandwiches. This is the time to drop everything you’re doing right this very moment, and get into that kitchen of yours and make some people happy. Even if some people only means yourself. That’s the most important person anyway. So go ahead and make everyone (yourself) some peanut butter cookies and while you’re at it, go ahead and sandwich them with homemade banana ice cream because you deserve it. YOU DESERVE IT. And because you’re not made of stone, you might as well dip them in dark chocolate and roll them around in nuts. It’s the only option you have. 

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Strawberry Pistachio Cupcakes

I don’t know if cupcakes are still a thing or not (I’m behind on a lot of food trends, try not to judge me), but I figured Mother’s Day is the perfect day to bring them on back because let’s face it, mom’s happen to really like cupcakes. That’s a fact, feel free to quote me on that. I know what you must be thinking though, cupcakes are a fad. They’re practically out the door. No one likes them. Much like kale, they’re on their way out, but you know what I say to those cupcake doubters, those cupcakes haters? “What did cupcakes ever do to you?!?!” They’re just trying to live their life. They’re nothing but adorable mini cakes trying to get everyone to like them. That’s all. Nothing else. They’re tiny cakes packed with tons of flavor allowing people to eat as many as possible without guilt because let’s face it, tiny cakes are made to be guilt free. Call me crazy, but I like to believe that they are virtually calorie free. I’m sure that’s how it works. So go ahead and eat as many as you can. Do what you like. Have a ball. Throw a cupcake party. Make sure you invite me though. 

One of my all time favorite flavors happens to be pistachio (pistachio almond ice cream is the bee’s knees by the way, but that’s a story for another time), so I think it’s a huge understatement to say that I am super obsessed with this recipe. Okay so if I’m being honest, obsessed doesn’t even begin to describe it. The idea of pistachio cake makes me all sorts of happy and just in case you didn’t already know, let me refresh your memory. These Mini Pistachio Boston Cream Pies are all that’s right in the world. Nothing screams fancy schmancy more than miniature versions of one of my favorite desserts. That was when my eyes were opened for the first time.

I know that not everyone has a mom like mine who loves BBQ, so I’m sure the latest post, Strawberry Rhubarb BBQ Wings might not be everyone’s go-to Mother’s Day recipe. But have no fear, I’ve got you covered. I thought it best to share a recipe on the other end of the spectrum as well because I consider myself a fair and balanced kind of guy. Where there’s a savory post, there has to be a dessert. So here we are cupcake recipe on hand, and not just any cupcake but a super delicious cupcake at that. Get in the kitchen and bake up something sweet for the moms in your life. They deserve all of the cupcakes. After all, they carried us for all of those months and fed us and raised us and taught us everything we know. If being the number one super women in all the world doesn’t deserve a cupcake, then I don’t know what does. My mom deserves all the cupcakes and so much more. 

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The Classics: Yellow Cake with Chocolate Buttercream

I had an undying love for boxed yellow cake mix when I was a kid. I’m sure I wasn’t the only one out there with the same love affair. If I’m being perfectly honest I still have a soft spot for it (shh, don’t tell anyone). I have been known to buy a box, make it and eat it all in one evening. What can I say? Some days are harder than others, and the only medicine is to make cake from a mix. Let’s not talk about it. It has been a while though, so I think that should allow me a bit of forgiveness. When I was younger, I actually made boxed cake all the time and sometimes, more like all the time, I’d act like I had my own cooking show. I’d go through the making of my boxed cake as if I was talking to an audience that wasn’t there, through an invisible camera. “And now we add 1 cup water, 1/3 cup oil and 3 large eggs to our mix and stir it until combined.” It was all pretty legit. Why anyone would want to watch a cooking show where someone was making cake from a box mix, was beyond me. I didn’t even think about that as a kid. I just had the most popular cooking show in my imagination, and everyone wanted to watch it. Humble brag. 

Those days are long gone, and although I sometimes crave a boxed cake mix every now and then, I do actually more often than not, just make my own version at home, from scratch without all of the guilt. Although, I still want to eat the entire thing in one sitting so I guess not much as changed in that respect. Who doesn’t like a classic recipe though? That one go-to “fill in the blank” recipe that you can count on to always come out right. I think this post is the epitome of “The Classics” series, and it’s what I had in mind when I first started it a few months ago. It’s my childhood. It has been a while since I created and posted a TCA Classics recipe so I’ll refresh your memory on the concept and the recipes that have gone before. 

We kicked things off with The Classics: Buttermilk Fried Chicken, where I introduced to you the idea of simpler posts with less images of recipes we all know and love. Plus, I shared with you our fancy hashtag (#TCAclassics) so that when you give these recipes a try, you can share and tag them so we can all have a look. We’re always searching for that one classic cookie recipe or classic apple pie recipe, so I wanted The Classics to be just that. The recipes you’re looking for. The recipes you love. Things took a savory turn when the second installment brought us, The Classics: Bacon Cheeseburger. Everyone needs a really great All-American burger recipe. Even if you think you don’t, believe me you do. The third round, The Classics: Cinnamon Rolls was where we learned a very important lesson that cinnamon rolls should always be the size of your head. If they’re not, you’re doing it all wrong. The last classics we had was the mother of all American classic recipes, The Classics: Apple Pie. Here I enticed you with large slices of pie topped with ice cream, and I regret nothing. This time around, The Classics: Yellow Cake with Chocolate Buttercream is bringing you a classic birthday or party cake to entice you and your guests. Not having party or your birthday is still a year away, this makes for the best anytime cake. I just cleaned the house, cake! I took out the trash, cake! I didn’t get a parking ticket, cake CAKE! Bottom line is that cake is the answer to everything. 

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Cherry, Dark Chocolate, Cinnamon and Pecan Rugelach

Well hello again! If you haven’t already noticed by now, I’ve been away for a while. I sincerely apologize for that. Believe me, it hasn’t been by any choice of mine. The holidays have kept me quite busy.  Thanksgiving taught me that there is no limit to how much turkey I can eat. I know that it seems like I haven’t been working on the blog, but if you really think about it,  I have been working on new recipes for the blog to share with you guys. I’ve teamed up with a few companies that I’m super excited to work with and although I can’t share the recipes or all of the details right at this moment, I do want you to know that some new and exciting recipes (that I’m most proud of, mind you) are coming to the blog very soon. And by very soon I mean a couple of weeks. I’m just itching to tell you guys all about them. To let the cat out of the bag and spill the beans but unfortunately I can’t just now. I can tell you though that these recipes I’m talking about are going to blow your socks off. Blow them clear across the country. I think that justifies my absence, right? 

The other day I was video chatting with my mother—which by the way, I had no idea she even knew how to Facetime, but I gotta tell you she’s more of a pro than you and I could ever dream of being—so she proceeds to tell me that I’ve been neglecting my blog for far too long. She hasn’t gotten any email updates from me recently, and she’s worried that I’m going to lose all of my followers if I don’t post anything soon. Thanks mom. Now, I’m no cookie pro baker but I do have to inform you that I am a professional cookie eater. Don’t believe me? It’s on my resume. (It really isn’t on my resume, but how cool would that be?) Anyhow, as I was saying, my mother was throwing shade my way so I knew that I needed to get my act together.  

After that, I wanted to get into the holiday cookie-baking spirit so I decided to think outside of the box for a bit. I didn’t want to share an easy recipe of something we’ve all seen far too many times. I wanted something that was unique and perhaps maybe even new to some of you. Rugelach sort of made all the sense in the world because you can easily fill it with whatever your heart desires. These are loaded with butter, cinnamon sugar, dark chocolate, cherries and pecans. I don’t think it gets any better than this, but luckily for me, I’m not complaining about the situation. Rugelach kind of look like croissants but the doughs are completely different from one another. This one is a little more dense than pie crust, but it’s still super delicious. If you’ve never made these before or have never tried them for yourself, I think it’s safe to say that you’ve been missing out. Don’t worry, you still have time to catch up to the rest of us. I’ll even help you eat your way through. I’m willing to take one for the team. 

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