Deep Dish Chocolate Chip Cookies

From the name I thought it was going to be cooked in a skillet, but weekend plans change and this worked out better. Cookies made in tins in a toaster oven!

Recipe taken from here.


  • 1/2 cup butter, room temp
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla/rum
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup of chocolate chips


1) Heat the oven to 375F/170C or toaster oven to 140C.

2) Stir the butter in a large bowl to make it creamy.

3) Add the sugars and mix until combined.

4) Add the vanilla and egg and mix until combined.

5) Add half the flour and mix until combined.

6) Add the rest of the flour, salt and baking soda and mix until combined.

7) Add the chocolate chips and mix.

8) Press into baking tins and bake for 15 minutes, until the top is starting to brown.

9) Serve with vanilla ice cream.

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Standard Granola Bars Take 2

I tried this recipe before, but here was a second take. When I tried before, I said I would try making them more non-toaster-oven-friendly. Well, I did it! All you have to do is add olive oil to the pan, add the oats and nuts and toss occasionally until they are toasted.

I also used maple syrup instead of honey and it came out fine.

I also used less chocolate (about 1/4 cup instead of 1 cup) and they were still great and held together fine.

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Apple-Raspberry Crumble

After this I can’t bake with raspberries anymore. I’ve got about a cup left and I’ll just eat them now. Plus, I guess it’s peach time in Korea since that’s all I see in the market now. Recipe taken from here.


  • Filling
  1. 4 apples, peeled, sliced into chunks  of about 3/4 inches
  2. 1 cup of raspberries
  3. 1.5 TBSP sugar
  4. 1 TBSP flour
  5. 1 tsp vanilla or rum
  6. 1 tsp cinnamon
  7. pinch of salt
  • Topping
  1. 4 TBSP butter
  2. 1/4 cup oats
  3. 1/4 cup + 2 TBSP flour
  4. 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  5. 1/4 cup + 2 TBSP walnuts


1)Heat the oven to 370F/190C or toaster oven to 170C.

2) Mix the apples though salt together.

3) Add the mixture to baking tins

4) Mix the oats though walnuts together.

5) Add the butter using your hands.

6) Add the oat mixture to the top of the apple mixture.

7) Bake for 30 minutes.

8) Let sit for 10 minutes.

9) Serve with vanilla ice cream.

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Granola Bars

I’m into hiking (i.e.: all my hikes here) This past weekend I went on my longest hike (30 kilometers) and climbed the third highest mountain in Korea (Daechongbong Peak, 1,708 meters tall–some sites I’ve looked on say other mountains, but in the park it said it was the 3rd highest) and the highest mountain I’ve ever hiked.

I knew I needed to make some good sharing food–because that’s what hiking is all about in Korea: sharing your food–that was also energy food and brought PBJ, oranges, boiled eggs and these homemade granola bars. I kinda followed this recipe as an outline, but, even as they say, you can put anything you want into a granola bar!

I’m sure you can make these by toasting the oats in a pan, which is what I will try next time to make it more non-oven-house friendly!

The honey can be replaced with maple syrup to make them vegan as well.


  • 2 1/2 cups oats
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts: I used walnuts, almonds and cashews
  • olive oil
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp Bacardi 151 (I’m out of vanilla, and you can replace it with dark rum, or other dark liquors and Bacardi 151 was the easiest to get and I love the flavor it adds)
  • dash of salt
  • 1/2 cup dried fruit: I used raisins, cranberries (chopped) and apricots (chopped)
  • 3/4 cup-1 cup chocolate chips


1) Preheat the oven to 350F/170C or toaster oven to 130C.

2) Mix the oats and nuts.

3) Place foil on the baking tray and rub olive oil on it (or spray if you can).

4) Add the oats and nuts and bake until starting to brown (I had to do this in two batches). Should take about 10 minutes and you should stir halfway though.

5) Pour into a bowl and allow to cool.

6) Add the honey, butter, light brown sugar, rum/vanilla and salt to a pot and cook on medium heat until the sugar and salt has dissolved. I brought mine to a boil to get a bit of the alcohol out.

7) Add the honey mixture to the oats and mix.

8) Allow to cool for about 5 minutes.

9) Add the dried fruit and chocolate chips and mix.

10) Press into baking tins and place int he refrigerator for 2-8 hours. I wrapped them in tin foil before heading out into the heat.Ratatouille Egg Sandwich AND Chocolate Granola 012



Lemon Apple Bars

Recipe taken from here, but halved and with extra lemon! It’s almost like a granola bar. I found the bottom a bit dry on it’s own, but when mixed with the rest it’s great.


  • 1 1/8 cups flour
  • 1/6 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup + a bit of butter
  • 1 TBSP cold water
  • 2 apples, peeled and diced
  • 2 TBSP sugar
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/6 cup raisins
  • 1/6 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/3 cup oats
  • 1/3 cups walnuts, chopped


1) Preheat the oven to 380F/180C or the toaster oven to 135C.

2) Mix the flour, brown sugar, butter, cinnamon and butter.

3) Slowly add the water until the mixture forms a dough that sticks together.

4) Press half into the bottom of a tin or baking tins and bake for 20 minutes. Place the rest of the dough in a plastic bag or cling wrap and freeze. After this I turned off the toaster oven not to waste electricity because the apples had to cool as well.

5) Add the apples, sugar, lemon zest and lemon juice into a pan over low heat until the sugar dissolves.

6) Increase the heat to medium and place a lid on the pot and cook for 10 minutes, keeping an eye on them because they could burn.

7) Allow to cool before mixing in the raisins and cranberries.

8) Add the raisins and cranberries. This was when I turned the toaster oven back on.

9) Place on top of the dough.

10) Grate the frozen dough and mix with the walnuts and oats.

11) Sprinkle on top of the apple mixture.

12) Bake for 30 minutes or until the top is golden.

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PB and Nutella Cookies

I looked at bunch of different recipes because I wanted to make peanut butter cookies, but something with chocolate chips, and something with oats because I have too much…nutella would be nice too. Until I realized I didn’t have much peanut butter or nutella…These were for pot luck.


  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla/rum
  • 1/3 cup peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup nutella
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1 cup chocolate chips


1) Preheat the oven to 350F/170C or toaster oven to 140C.

2) Mix the sugars and butter.

3) Add the egg and vanilla.

4) Add the peanut butter and nutella.

5) Add the flour, baking soda, salt and oats.

6) Add the chocolate chips.

7) Make into balls about 1 TBSP big and place on tin foil.

8) Bake for 10-15 minutes or until you can see that the bottoms are browning a bit.

9) Allow to cool slightly before removing from the tin foil.

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PBJ Blondies

My Korean coworker got married 2 weekends ago and went straight to Hawaii. I wanted to make something American to welcome her back and what’s more American than brownies? or peanut butter and jelly? Oh wait…

Recipe taken from here.


  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter + more for the top
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp vanilla/rum
  • 1 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • jelly (without many chunks) to top


1) Heat the oven to 350F/170C or toaster oven to 140C.

2) Melt the butter in a pan.

3) Add the peanut butter and melt and mix.

4) Pour the butter mixture into a large bowl with the light brown sugar and mix.

5) Add the egg and vanilla and mix.

6) Add the flour and salt and mix.

7) Pour into your baking tin(s).

8) Top with peanut butter and jelly and swirl.

9) Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean (the top might still mark it though, so watch out).

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