Cooking and baking are two things that have really made me happy as of late. During quarantine, while I didn’t bake banana bread like multiple social media posts say many people have done, I did bake a delicious apple pie. Some of my favorite things to make are cookies, brownies, and banana nut bread. Here are twenty-five recipes I am looking forward to making and trying.
#1: Japanese Cheesecake. I’ve seen it multiple times on the Buzzfeed Tasty Facebook page. It looks like a delicious, fluffy, cream-cheese flavored jiggly cake. Honestly, I feel like it would pair well with some vanilla bean ice cream, whipped cream, and chocolate sauce. Dream dessert.
#2: Chicken Parmesan-Stuffed Garlic Bread. Another yummy recipe courtesy of the Buzzfeed Tasty Facebook page. I like chicken, and I like garlic bread. It’s the best of both worlds! The second I saw it on Facebook, I knew I wanted to try it. I also think it’s a delicious way to satisfy my hormone disorder cravings, since the disorder makes me figuratively crave every unhealthy food under the sun.
#3: Cloud Eggs. A very cute egg recipe from—you guessed it!—the Buzzfeed Tasty Facebook page. From what I remember, it consists of whipping up egg whites, then topping the whipped whites with the yolks and baking them in the oven. They sound so cute and yummy!
#4: Cheesecake Brownies. There’s a semi-local cookie shop near my home that sells cookies, brownies, edible cookie dough, and other tasty treats. One of the treats they sell is cream cheese brownies. Trust me, they are yummy. In general, their treats are delicious, and I am happy to be a frequent customer. I would love to make some from scratch. I love brownies and I love cheesecake, so this is a dreamy dessert combo.
#5: Cheesecake Cupcakes. Cupcakes are my absolute favorite dessert on planet Earth. Cheesecake is on my top eleven favorite desserts. The idea of cheesecake cupcakes makes me a very happy member of society. It’s another super heavenly dessert idea. I want to learn to make homemade cheesecake in general, so why not combine the best of both worlds and make two of my favorite desserts into one delicious recipe?
#6: Chocolate Chip Banana Nut Bread. I’ve helped my mother bake some banana nut bread in the past. I’ve been considering mixing in some miniature milk chocolate chips, miniature semisweet chocolate chips, and/or miniature bittersweet chocolate chips into the banana nut bread mixture for a sweet twist. I’m not sure if there is such a thing as miniature bittersweet chocolate chips, but I will happily use regularly sized if necessary. My mother and I used bittersweet chocolate chips when we bake oatmeal chocolate chips from scratch, so I am very inclined to bake with bittersweet chocolate. It’s a yummy kind of chocolate, if I say so myself.
#7: Ice Cream Brownie Sandwiches. It’s a tasty recipe I saw from the Mrs. Fields I Love Chocolate! Cookbook. I’ve been figuratively dying to make them for as long as I can remember. I like to consider brownies my second-favorite dessert and ice cream my third-favorite dessert. Consequentially, this is a wonderful dessert to make. It would be wonderful to serve at a party or enjoy over a Zoom/Skype/FaceTime party. Plus, it would be a tasty treat to help satisfy my hormone disorder cravngs.
#8: Chicken Meatballs. I would say turkey meatballs, however, my grandmother and I made homemade turkey meatballs in the past. They were delicious, and that experience is the reason why I got inspired to try to make chicken meatballs. There’s just something about making homemade meatballs that makes my heart happy.
#9: Mini Strawberry Cheesecakes. When I was younger, I got a Strawberry Shortcake Holiday Treats Cookbook. I still have it to this day. One recipe that looks really tasty is the Mini Strawberry Cheesecake recipe. Over the years, I learned I like the taste of strawberry sauce. Something I love about the recipe is that it has a built-in strawberry sauce recipe. It looks so delicious, and I can’t wait to make this recipe one day.
#10: Chocolate-Raspberry Rugelach. Rugelach are croissant-like cookies filled with tasty flavors. This is another recipe that I found in the Holiday Treats Cookbook. I don’t think I’ve ever had rugelach cookies before, so this seems like a delicious treat to bake and enjoy.
#11: Candy Cane Cookies. You’ve heard of candy canes, now get ready for cookies that look and taste just like candy canes! These tasty treats look as much fun to bake as they are to enjoy. The Holiday Treats Cookbook recipe even recommends sprinkling a mixture of peppermint crumbles and white sugar on top of fresh-from-the-oven cookies. Can you say, holiday cookie heaven?
#12: Snowball Cookies. These sweet cookies are absolutely cute, because they look like real snowballs. I like the idea of enjoying them after a day of snowboarding (an activity I really hope to do). I would love to add red and blue miniature M&Ms to them to represent my favorite hockey team, the Colorado Avalanche. I also would like to add chocolate chips, chocolate sprinkles, or rainbow sprinkles to the cookies as well.
#13: Blueberry Pound Cake. In 2019, I realized something: I realized I like the taste of baked goods with blueberries. Blueberry pound cake sounds so incredibly yummy! It would absolutely complement yummy vanilla bean ice cream. There are few things better than warm cake or cookies topped with a big scoop of ice cream, let me tell you!
#14: Black Bean Soup. I mentioned in a previous post that black beans are my favorite bean in the world. I would love to try black bean soup. It sounds tasty and healthy. In fact, I would love to have a bowl of black bean soup topped with sour cream, cheese, and tortilla strips. It sounds like a treat.
#15: Brownie Nuggets. Brownie nuggets are another Mrs. Fields recipe that I have been figuratively dying to bake. When I look at the recipe for the oatmeal chocolate chip cookies my mother makes, I like to eye that recipe and hopefully sometime soon, I will get to make them. They look so tasty, and seem like so much fun to make!
#16: Decadent White Chocolate Ice Cream. I like the idea of making ice cream at home. I actually remember a Johnny Test episode where two of the characters try making homemade ice cream. It was hilarious. White chocolate is really yummy, and I would love to try this recipe I found in the Mrs. Fields chocolate-themed cookbook.
#17: Turkey Rigatoni Casserole. I actually thought up this recipe in my head, but I will absolutely triple check to see if there is a recipe for this. Rigatoni is one of my favorite pasta shapes, and I love eating turkey with my pasta. I thought that maybe mixing rigatoni, turkey, tomato sauce, cheese, and breadcrumbs sounded like a tasty idea. It also sounds protein-rich. I’ll check to see if there is a protein-rich rigatoni product on the market, too.
#18: Mozzarella Stuffed Turkey Meatballs. Mozzarella cheese is so good! I thought, why not make turkey meatballs stuffed with it? I also love cheesy pasta, so this sounds like heaven. Doubly cheesy pasta thanks to cheesy meatballs? Count me in!
#19: Homemade Spaghetti Sauce. My mother has been making homemade tomato sauce for years. I hope to create a tomato sauce recipe consisting of carrots, onions, garlic, celery, mushrooms, basil leaves, orange bell peppers, tangy tomatoes, olive oil, and seasonings. Then I want to make things extra excellent by putting in ground turkey, ground chicken, and some of my favorite cheeses. Thinking about slicing up some poultry based sausage and adding it in, too.
#20: Creamy Tomato Soup. I actually had some delicious creamy tomato soup from Panera Bread. In fact, tomato soup in general is tasty. I love to dip baguette pieces, grilled cheese sandwiches, and even potato chips in tomato soup. It’s so good! I would love nothing more than to find a Panera tomato soup copycat recipe.
#21: Jam Dot Cookies. Another cookie recipe from the Holiday Treats Cookbook. They are tasty sugar cookies with delicious strawberry jam in the middle. They can be plain circles or they can be cut into fun shapes like flower shapes or manta ray shapes. Since I discovered I like strawberry sauce, I’m looking forward to trying these tasty treats.
#22: Meringue Kisses. One more treat from the Holiday Treats Cookbook. Two suggested servings include folding chocolate chips into the meringue mixture and serving them topped with strawberry sauce. I’ve been interested in trying out this recipe for a while.
#23: Angel Food Cake. I have to wonder if there is such a thing as chocolate angel food cake? Either way, making an angel food cake from scratch sounds like a fun and tasty activity. It sounds and looks so yummy and so fluffy. Honestly, a piece of angel food cake topped with rocky road ice cream, whipped cream, chocolate sauce, strawberry sauce, and sprinkles sounds like a heavenly treat!
#24: Chicken Parmesan. I remember my mother made some tasty chicken parmesan from scratch. I would love to try it out for myself. I love pasta dishes, so this sounds like a really yummy recipe to try out. It sounds perfect to pair with some salad greens, garlic bread, and sparkling apple cider. I would totally make a meal out of chicken parmesan with those three items to turn it into an “Italian restaurant but in my home kitchen” experience. Yum!
#25: Triple Dipped Fried Chicken. I was born in the south, and fried chicken is a southern person’s best friend. I was looking up chicken recipes on Allrecipes, and I came across this recipe. I can’t wait to try the tasty recipe!
Which recipes do you want to try? Let me know in the comments below.