Brooklyn Blackout Donuts

The ultimate baked chocolate donut, these Brooklyn Blackout Donuts are based off a popular breakfast treat from NYC’s Donut Plant.

Brooklyn Blackout Donuts | ChezCateyLou.com

I’ve mentioned this before, but one of the most concerning things to happen to me in the first trimester was not the constant nausea or fatigue…it was the loss of my sweet tooth! Honestly, desserts are one of my favorite things ever, so to just have no interest in eating anything sweet was the most bizarre thing ever. I wondered if it would be like that forever. And then one day, TheBetterHalf and I were in our local market, and something sweet actually sounded appealing to me…a Brooklyn Blackout Donut from the Donut Plant!!! It was like a light at the end of the first trimester tunnel.

Then for about 5 days in a row, I had to have that donut. Which was problematic when the store was out of it and I then had to go to every local coffee shop that serves Donut Plant donuts to find one…making me late for work…but it was totally necessary. After about the fifth day I decided that I probably shouldn’t be eating fried donuts every morning, so I thought it would be really fun to create a baked version! These are just as moist and chocolatey as the real thing, but are much lighter…. 

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Heart Cakes

These Chocolate Peanut Butter Heart Cakes, made with chocolate sheet cake, are so easy, cute, and delicious – the perfect treat to make for Valentine’s Day!
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Today we are celebrating….it is Chez CateyLou’s 3rd birthday!!!! I can’t believe I have had this blog for 3 years! This is where it all started, with lots of help from TheBetterHalf!  It is so much fun to look at how much my blog has grown and changed since I began.  I have learned so much the past 3 years, met incredible people, and done amazing things – all thanks to my little corner of the internet.

We have a bit of a theme around here when it comes to celebrating blog birthdays…and it involves chocolate and peanut butter. 1st birthday. 2nd birthday. So I had to continue the tradition for the 3rd birthday, with these Chocolate Peanut Butter Heart Cakes. Since the big birthday is so close to Valentine’s Day, I thought why not make something to celebrate both of them!… 

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Chocolate Chip Sweet Potato Bread

Chocolate Chip Sweet Potato Bread is the perfect way to sneak some nutrition into your breakfast! Mashed sweet potato gives this quick bread a great moist texture.

Chocolate Chip Sweet Potato Bread | ChezCateyLou.com

I know we are well into the new year, but this is my first post of 2016 so….Happy New Year! My slow down in blogging is entirely because of this. I work full-time, and I used to spend my free time daydreaming about (and then making, photographing, and writing about) cookies and breads and cakes…now most of my free time is spent researching baby things and attempting to sleep.  Growing a baby takes a lot of energy!  I’m still around, just won’t be posting as frequently.  But when I do post, the recipes are definitely going to be some of my favorites!  Like this Chocolate Chip Sweet Potato Bread.  I have already made this three times this year!  We absolutely love it – it is quickly becoming a breakfast favorite. … 

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Peanut Butter Christmas Crack

The addition of peanut butter to chocolate saltine toffee takes this addicting treat to a new level. Peanut Butter Christmas Crack might just become your new favorite Christmas recipe!
Peanut Butter Christmas Crack | ChezCateyLou.com

It wouldn’t be Christmas around here without some kind of Christmas Crack recipe! It has become my annual tradition on Chez CateyLou! It started with the original Christmas Crack, which might I add has been my most popular recipe this month, and then last year I made a Graham Cracker Toffee version. And this year, I have really outdone myself with this Peanut Butter Christmas Crack.

In case you have never heard of this delicious treat, Christmas Crack is an easy chocolate toffee that is made with saltine crackers. It is called “crack” because it is absolutely addicting – anytime I make it, TheBetterHalf and I can’t stop eating it. Truly addicting – and that is why I only make it once a year!  My peanut butter version takes addicting to a new level – if you are a peanut butter lover, you HAVE to try this recipe!

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PBJ Thumbprint Cookies & a GIVEAWAY

All the classic flavors of peanut butter and jelly are baked into a festive thumbprint cookies. These PBJ Thumbprint Cookies are perfect for Christmas!

PBJ Thumbprint Cookies - the classic peanut butter and jelly flavor combo in a festive Christmas cookie! |ChezCateyLou.com

This is not just any Christmas thumbprint cookie recipe.  This recipes is part of The Sweetest Season Cookie Exchange!  Over 60 bloggers and I are sharing some of our favorite Christmas cookie recipes to get you in the holiday spirit.  And, in the spirit of the season, we are also bringing you The Sweetest Season’s Sweetest Cookie Giveaway! We’ve put together an incredible cookie baking prize package, worth over $600, including a KITCHEN-AID STAND MIXER!!  Scroll to the bottom of the post for more details! I would love one of you to win this awesome prize!

And now, let’s talk a little bit more about these PBJ Thumbprint Cookies!

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