Happy New Year!

No big New Year’s Bash for me this year — just a night of baking and quality time with my friends, which is pretty much better, anyway.

The cookie on the right is a “Cranberry Garcia” cookie — we used the Cherry Garcia cookie recipe from About.com, but with dried cranberries instead of dried cherries, and without the macadamia nuts. Delicious.

The monstrosity on the left is one of my new favorite treats: a very minorly adjusted version of the “Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie n’ Oreo Fudge Brownie Bar,” by Amanda of Kevin & Amanda. I follow Amanda’s directions for layering and baking, but I use my standard chocolate chip cookie recipe, the Nestle Tollhouse one (with some extra baking soda!). I’ve made these three times now, and they never fail to amaze everyone I share them with. I’ve decided to nickname them “Behind Bars,” because when I brought them to work one of my bosses told me they should be illegal. They’re just that good.

2011 was one of my best years so far, and I have high hopes for 2012. Can’t wait to see what it holds. Cheers.

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