Strawberry Banana Pancakes #OXOCookware

So, who went to IHOP yesterday and got themselves some free pancakes?!

Not me.

I wanted to go and I have went every year since I've heard about said glorious day, but this year, I had to sit it out due to previous obligations. No worries though, because instead of going to IHOP, I brought IHOP to me.

And no, I'm not talking about delivery. Because that amazing service doesn't exist yet. But you know what does exist? OXO's brand new 11-inch square griddle that makes amazing pancakes.

Oh boy, was I excited to get my hands on this pan! My pancake making experiences have been subpar due to my sorry excuse for a non-stick skillet. And as many times as I make pancakes, I don't need any sorry excuses. I need the perfection that is this griddle.

I promise, I'm not being paid to say any of this. I am just truly obsessed with this pan. And let me tell you why. First of all, there was not a single speck of pancake left on the pan when I was done cooking. Not one. So to clean the pan, all I had to do was just wipe it off with a moist towel!

Secondly, do you see the gorgeous even browning on my pancakes? Yes, that's compliments of the heavy gauge anodized aluminum this pan is made of.


Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip Cookies

Wherever you are, whatever you are doing, stop right now and MAKE.THESE.COOKIES. You might not think that you're craving chocolate and peanut butter or that you're even in the mood for cookies but trust me, you're in the mood for these cookies.

They are thick, rich, fudgy, soft, chewy, peanut-buttery, and will basically be one of the most amazing cookies, if not the most amazing cookie, to grace your mouth. I'm so happy that the Mystery Dish ingredient list this month pushed me to use the peanut butter chips I've had in my pantry for forever now.

They make these cookies taste exactly like a Reese's peanut butter cup! I know it sounds like I'm saying that with excitement but deep down I'm crying because my thighs are totally in trouble.


Samoa Macarons

Evidently, it's Girl Scout cookie season. Which means it's also time for us food bloggers to recreate Girl Scout cookie flavors in a variety of desserts. I called dibs on macarons.

Now, I've never actually had a Girl Scout cookie before. But I imagine if I did, Samoas/Caramel deLites would probably be my favorite. Chocolate, toasted coconut, and caramel sounds like a stellar combination. Actually, it is a stellar combination. I know, because I ate the filling for these macarons with a spoon. And then there was the chocolate.

I added cocoa powder to the macaron shells, and also drizzled chocolate on top in true Samoa style. I think these are my prettiest macarons yet!


Mini Red Velvet Cheesecakes

My brand new mini cheesecake pan came just in the nick of time for me to make these romantic red velvet cheesecakes for you guys before tomorrow! Don't you love when things work out like that?

And don't you love when people invent things like a mini cheesecake pan? How nifty is it that I am able to just push the cheesecakes up out of the pan? I love the smooth sides! And the fact that they're literally the perfect portion. I mean, this is the pan to own.

Not to mention the fact that these take 1/4 of the time it takes to bake a regular cheesecake. So not only are they adorable, but they're quick and easy to make. Oh, and they're abso-freakin-lutely delicious. Perfectly silky in texture and just to.die.for.

Then again, when was the last time a miniature dessert wasn't amazing?


Chocolate Covered Strawberry Eclairs For Two

Ladies and gents, say hello to the inside out version of my chocolate-filled cream puffs with strawberry sauce. The version that's got me, the chocolate lover, saying that I enjoyed a higher strawberry-chocolate ratio. Shocking, I know. But these little nuggets are phenomenal.

Like, win-your-partner-over-this-Valentine's-Day phenomenal. And by the way, that old saying about the stomach being the best way to a man's heart most definitely applies to women too. I will literally devote myself to you if you feed me. Especially if you feed me dessert. So men, take notes. Bookmark this page. Make this for your ladies! It's outrageously easy. Basic ingredients, minimal prep, and easy-peasy assembly.