Weekly Mix and a Cookbook Giveaway

Last weekend was perhaps the most beautiful couple of days I’ve ever experienced in New York. The weather was perfect, and we were actually able to get out and enjoy it. Our very full slate for the weekend included a tour of the old City Hall subway station, a show at City Center, and a game at Yankee Stadium.

This week, however, I spent most of my time inside as I had a brand new experience. Jury duty! I spent a couple of days downtown in the criminal courts building and was eventually excused without ever having my name pulled out of the bingo cage. All of that sitting around gave me plenty of time for taking leisurely strolls around the internet. Here’s a bit of what caught my eye this week.

I’ve had this recipe for Cashew Cookies with Browned Butter Frosting bookmarked for a while, and Jamie at My Baking Addiction baked them this week. Don’t they look amazing?

Audra from The Baker Chick mentioned two words that always get my attention: salted caramel. She made these Dark Chocolate Salted Caramel Cupcakes that amplified my always-present salted caramel craving. They remind me a bit of these cupcakes I made a while back.

Sticking with chocolate, Emily at Sugar Plum made a variation of one of my favorite things – monkey bread. Her German Chocolate Monkey Bread looks incredible!

I found this cake stand this week and was intrigued. The idea is that any plate can fit on top of this stand, instantly creating a cake stand. Living in New York, storage space is always at a premium, making products like this quite valuable. I’m thinking that I will need one of these soon.

I did find a little time to bake this week and finally got to use my Tovolo Easy Prep Quick Hand Mixer. It makes whipped cream in quick fashion. Very quick. I was amazed.

One last thing… If you remember, a few weeks ago, King Arthur Flour provided my lovely readers with a chance to win a fabulous giveaway. That giveaway has closed, but I find myself in possession of a spare copy of the cookbook that was a part of the giveaway package. So, I’m giving all of you a chance to win a copy of The King Arthur Flour Cookie Companion, one of my favorite cookbooks.

UPDATE: Contest is now closed. Thanks for participating and congratulations to the winner!

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  1. Stephanie May 18, 2012 Reply

    The Peanut Butter Mud Bars went over VERY well in my house and among my friends, plus they were a cinch to make. Delicious AND easy? This recipe’s a fave!

  2. Kate May 18, 2012 Reply

    My favorite recipe on Bake or Break: the raspberry pecan blondies. I love blondies.

  3. roni May 18, 2012 Reply

    My favorite is Brown Sugar Cashew Blondies :) Yum!

  4. Kate May 18, 2012 Reply

    I’m following your “From Bake or Break” board on Pinterest and I’ve repinned your yummy-looking Snickerdoodle Bars. These are on my to-do list.

  5. Kate May 18, 2012 Reply

    I subscribe to Bake or Break via Google Reader.

  6. natalie May 18, 2012 Reply

    chocolate mascarpone brownies … mmmm

  7. natalie May 18, 2012 Reply

    followed you on pinterest and repinned

  8. Kel May 18, 2012 Reply

    Chess Squares – easy and yummy!

  9. Kel May 18, 2012 Reply

    I am a RSS subscriber

  10. Nicole May 18, 2012 Reply

    Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cake

  11. Rena May 18, 2012 Reply

    Love your black and white cupcakes!

  12. Rena May 18, 2012 Reply

    Im a fan of your on facebook

  13. Stephanie May 18, 2012 Reply

    I have made the chocolate mascarpone brownies over and over to rave reviews!

  14. I’ve had your Butter Pecan Shortbread on my list of things to make for ages now! I mentioned it on my very first Whilst I’m Not Cooking post!

    Here:

    http://saltedspoon.blogspot.com/2012/02/whilst-i-am-not-cooking.html

  15. Lisa May 18, 2012 Reply

    I love King Arthur Flour recipes and I love cookies!!! This is a very enticing giveaway and I would be ecstatic to win! My favorite recipe on Break or Bake are the Brown Sugar Crinkles. Though, from the look of your “popular posts section”, I see I am not alone.

  16. Lisa May 18, 2012 Reply

    I follow you on Twitter and just tweeted about the cookie post

  17. Lisa May 18, 2012 Reply

    I follow your NYC Eats board on Pinterest and just pinned the Brown Sugar Crinkles!

  18. Lisa May 18, 2012 Reply

    I subscribe to your blog feed with google reader.

  19. sara May 18, 2012 Reply

    My favorite recipe on the site is the Chocolate Chip Muffins – I have made these and they’re really delicious! :)

  20. sara May 18, 2012 Reply

    I liked on facebook and shared my favorite recipe on my wall.

  21. sara May 18, 2012 Reply

    I followed your boards and pinned the chocolate chip muffin recipe

  22. sara May 18, 2012 Reply

    I subscribe to the RSS feed.

  23. Lindsey May 18, 2012 Reply

    My favourite is our salted fudge brownies!!! MY HUSBAND loves them even more …. ;)

  24. Kristin May 18, 2012 Reply

    My favorite is definitely the Cinnamon Cream Cheese Coffeecake. So good!

  25. Marcia May 18, 2012 Reply

    I love your cheesecake brownies-they are my Husband’s favorite too!

  26. Kristin May 18, 2012 Reply

    I am an RSS subscriber

  27. Marcia May 18, 2012 Reply

    I subscribe to RSS feed.

  28. Meghan May 18, 2012 Reply

    those snickerdoodle bars! my mom’s new favorite!

  29. Marcia May 18, 2012 Reply

    I pinned your Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake Bars on Pinterest.

  30. Suzanne May 18, 2012 Reply

    My favorite is the Peanut Butter Cup Blondies. Yum! I made them for my coworkers – they were a happy bunch!

  31. Diane May 18, 2012 Reply

    Chocolate Caramel Brownies!

  32. Diane May 18, 2012 Reply

    Follow you on FB

  33. MaryAnn D May 18, 2012 Reply

    I love the snikerdoodle bars. Anything with cinnamon!

  34. MaryAnn D May 18, 2012 Reply

    I liked bake or break on facebook.

  35. vyndi May 18, 2012 Reply

    The trail mix bars were awesome!

  36. Dianna Griffin May 18, 2012 Reply

    The Coconut Blond Brownies are wonderful. It’s one of the recipes you go to again and again.!!!!!

  37. Phyllis May 18, 2012 Reply

    The Supernatural Brownies are delicious!

  38. Michelle May 18, 2012 Reply

    I Love all your coffee cakes!!

  39. Melissa C. May 18, 2012 Reply

    Brown Sugar Cashew Brownies. Think I’ll make them this weekend!

  40. Melissa C. May 18, 2012 Reply

    I subscribed to your lovely blog via email

  41. Diane May 18, 2012 Reply

    Peanut Butter Cup Blondies….

  42. nettajean May 18, 2012 Reply

    I’m following you on Pintrest and I’ve pinned several of your recipes to my baking board.

  43. Diane May 18, 2012 Reply

    I follow your blog by email!

  44. Diane May 18, 2012 Reply

    I liked bake or break on facebook….

  45. nettajean May 18, 2012 Reply

    I’ve made several of your recipes. I think the delicious salted caramel cheesecake recipe I’ve made a couple of times came from you. I’d have to look at my recipe book to see. I also site the source when I copy a recipe into my book.

  46. Rachel May 18, 2012 Reply

    Oatmeal chocolate chip cake is outstanding!

  47. Rachel May 18, 2012 Reply

    I follow you via email

  48. Katrina May 18, 2012 Reply

    One of the first posts I remember when I started reading your blog is the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake Bars. That was the first time I’d seen them. Not long after that I started seeing them everywhere and made them once. De-lish! http://www.bakeorbreak.com/2008/04/chocolate-chip-cookie-dough-cheesecake-bars/

  49. Katrina May 18, 2012 Reply

    I liked BoB on Facebook and am already subscribed by email.
    Love this Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cake, too!
    http://www.bakeorbreak.com/2012/02/peanut-butter-chocolate-chip-cake/

  50. Cookies4kids May 18, 2012 Reply

    I love the cinnamon cream cheese coffeecake, and the marscapone brownies, but all the recipes I have saved are wonderful.

  51. Cookies4kids May 18, 2012 Reply

    I follow this blog by email and love all the posts. Thanks for the chance to win this book.

  52. Alyse May 18, 2012 Reply

    Cinnamon cream cheese coffee cake. I am a softie for that kind of cake. It reminds me of my childhood on Long Island, when there were tons of bakeries.

  53. Katrina May 18, 2012 Reply

    I just began following you on Pinterest (My pin is bakingandboys). I pinned those new dulce de leche sandwich cookies you just posted. Love everything about them!

  54. Jennie May 18, 2012 Reply

    I receive your emails and love your recipes!

  55. Sue May 18, 2012 Reply

    Okay, I signed up for your emails – this was just the impetus to get me to do it!

  56. Sue May 18, 2012 Reply

    And I think your new recipe for shortbread/pecan cookies with dulce de leche looks fabulous. That’ll be next for me.

  57. Constance May 18, 2012 Reply

    Ah, my favorite recipe of all time has to be your pecan pie cupcakes. Having made countless batches for all occasions and including them in the Christmas cookie tins I confess to turning many into addicts.

  58. Elin May 18, 2012 Reply

    Favorite recipe thus far, or one that comes to mind, is the pear and chocolate crumble. I love pear and chocolate together and I love a good crumble. It was the best of all worlds.

  59. Mishelle May 18, 2012 Reply

    The kids and I loved this recipe… Peanut Butter Candy Bar Squares

    http://www.bakeorbreak.com/2008/10/peanut-butter-candy-bar-squares/

    We make them all the time changing up what we add in them. Love ‘em.

    M

  60. Cori May 18, 2012 Reply

    I subscribe via email.

  61. Cori May 18, 2012 Reply

    We loved the lemon bars!

  62. Cori May 18, 2012 Reply

    I follow you on Twitter.

  63. Terri May 18, 2012 Reply

    My favorite is Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cake.

  64. Terri May 18, 2012 Reply

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  65. Kimberly May 18, 2012 Reply

    I subscribe to Bake or Break by RSS feed.

  66. Kimberly May 18, 2012 Reply

    My favorite recipe is the brown sugar cashew blondies.

  67. Rachael May 18, 2012 Reply

    One of my favourite recipes would have to be your Brown Sugar Cashew Blondies – so good!

  68. JEP May 18, 2012 Reply

    Blueberry Jamboree recipe brings me so many good memories of years long past.

  69. JEP May 18, 2012 Reply

    I follow you via email

  70. Meryl May 18, 2012 Reply

    DOUBLE DARK CHOCOLATE CHERRY COOKIES!

  71. Louis May 18, 2012 Reply

    The Chocolate layer cake with cream cheese frosting.

  72. Cindy B. May 18, 2012 Reply

    The Peanut Butter Candy Bar Squares were da Bomb!

  73. Deb May 18, 2012 Reply

    My favorite recipe is Cherry Oatmeal Bars, scrumptious!

  74. Deb May 18, 2012 Reply

    I am a happy subscriber of your blog!

  75. Cindy B. May 18, 2012 Reply

    I like Bake or Break on Facebook and shared my favorite Bake or Break post on Facebook.

  76. Cindy B. May 18, 2012 Reply

    I follow you on Twitter and shared my favorite Bake or Break post on Twitter.

  77. Cindy B. May 18, 2012 Reply

    I follow some of your boards on Pinterest and pin my favorite Bake or Break post on Pinterest.

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  79. Randi Lynne May 18, 2012 Reply

    I am an RSS Subscriber. :)

  80. Maureen May 18, 2012 Reply

    It is a tie between the Cherry Oatmeal Bars and the vanilla bean cheesecake bars.

  81. Maureen May 18, 2012 Reply

    I am a subscriber via Rss Reader feed.

  82. Maureen May 18, 2012 Reply

    I am a subscribe via Rss Reader feed.

  83. Jenny May 18, 2012 Reply

    i love the salted cashew crunch cookies!

  84. Jenny May 18, 2012 Reply

    i subscribe via rss!

  85. Alexa May 18, 2012 Reply

    I absolutely loooove your cinnamon sugar cookie squares. Amazing! Thanks for all the great recipes you have posted!

  86. Caley May 18, 2012 Reply

    The chocolate chip cookie dough cheesecake bars…what could possibly be better? No really, tell me! ;)

  87. Aly May 18, 2012 Reply

    I subscribed to Bake or Break’s email updates

  88. Doris May 18, 2012 Reply

    I subscribe via Google Reader.

  89. Corisa May 19, 2012 Reply

    I love your Chocolate Monkey Bread ! So different but still delicious !

  90. Joan May 19, 2012 Reply

    I just found your site so don’t have a favorite recipe yet but after skimming through a few of the recipes the Jalapeno Focaccia sounds delightful.

  91. Karen M. May 19, 2012 Reply

    Mexican chocolate cupcakes with dulce de leche frosting. I’ve tried many of your recipes and this one takes the, er, cake. :) The frosting is kind of stupid good and dead easy. Very dangerous!

  92. sona May 19, 2012 Reply

    I am an RSS subscriber

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    I am a email subscriber

  94. April Greene Siggal May 19, 2012 Reply

    I folllow you on Pinterest

  95. April Greene Siggal May 19, 2012 Reply

    I liked you on Facebook and I would like to try the cream cheese banana nut bread

  96. CJ at Food Stories May 19, 2012 Reply

    Love the salted fudge brownies :-)

  97. Amy L May 19, 2012 Reply

    The Snickerdoodle Bars make my mouth water. I’d love to try them.

  98. Andrea May 19, 2012 Reply

    I don’t have a favorite post yet because I haven’t been following you for that long :)

  99. Andrea May 19, 2012 Reply

    I followed a board on pinterest and repinned the snickerdoodle bars :)

  100. Andrea May 19, 2012 Reply

    I’m subscribed to you on RSS feed

  101. Nickie May 19, 2012 Reply

    The Raspberry Cream Cheese Buns are my favorite!!!

  102. Nickie May 19, 2012 Reply

    I followed your “from bake or break” board and pinned the raspberry cream cheese bun post!

  103. Renee Richardson May 19, 2012 Reply

    Yummy!! My favorite recipe is the Caramel Coconut Pecan Brownies. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway :)

    Renee
    fattybumpkins at yahoo dot com

  104. Alicia Hatfield May 19, 2012 Reply

    My fave is the Italian Cream Cake. Yum. Love the site.

  105. Lauren May 20, 2012 Reply

    I love the banana cake with cream cheese frosting!! My family always requests it when I come home from college. I pinned it on pinterest and I’ve gotten over 6,000 repins!

  106. Stephanie May 20, 2012 Reply

    I made the Blueberry Jamboree Bars last week and they were a hit! I have several of your cashew recipes bookmarked!

  107. Stephanie May 20, 2012 Reply

    I subscribe to Bake or Break’s feed or email updates

  108. Stephanie May 20, 2012 Reply

    I like you on FB and shared your post about Hummingbird cupcakes.

  109. Stephanie May 20, 2012 Reply

    Haha…couldn’t pick on board so I followed all on Pinterest. (Looks like I’m not getting much done today!!) Thanks for all of the chances. I once took his book out from the library and almost got my card confiscated because I was so late with the return!

  110. April May 20, 2012 Reply

    Subscribed to your news feed

  111. Tv Food and Drink May 20, 2012 Reply

    Peanut Butter Cup Blondies!

  112. Tv Food and Drink May 20, 2012 Reply

    I followed you on Pinterest too, and I already like your page on Facebook and follow you on Twitter. I hope those still count as entries. :)

  113. jennifer May 20, 2012 Reply

    I made your recent recipe for the chocolate peanut butter cup cookies and they were a huge hit with my husband. He required 2 glasses of milk with his cookies :) They were great. Thanks for all the wonderful recipes!

  114. Heather Hicks May 20, 2012 Reply

    Sweet and salty cake! It’s a perfect combination.

  115. Mbb May 21, 2012 Reply

    Butterscotch Cream Cheese Swirl Bars!

  116. Alina May 21, 2012 Reply

    y favorite recipe would def have to be the caramel coconut pecan brownies.

  117. Alina May 21, 2012 Reply

    Like Bake or Break on Facebook.

  118. Alina May 21, 2012 Reply

    Subscribed to your blog via email.

  119. Sean May 21, 2012 Reply

    Liked Bake or Break on FB.

  120. Sean May 21, 2012 Reply

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  121. Sean May 21, 2012 Reply

    Pear and chocolate crumble would have to be my fav.

  122. Jennifer May 21, 2012 Reply

    I love the Oatmeal Cream Pies! And I’d love to win the Cookie Companion!

  123. Emily May 21, 2012 Reply

    I liked you on facebook!

  124. Nee Nee May 21, 2012 Reply

    My favorite that I come back to repeatedly is your Pecan Pie Cheesecake!

  125. Nee Nee May 21, 2012 Reply

    I’m following you on Facebook

  126. Nee Nee May 21, 2012 Reply

    I’m now following you on Twitter (@monee2000)

  127. Nee Nee May 21, 2012 Reply

    I’m following you on Pinterest!

  128. Nee Nee May 21, 2012 Reply

    and… I subscribe to your RSS feed via Google Reader! (can you tell I’m a fan?) Ha ha!

  129. Valerie May 21, 2012 Reply

    I love the peanut butter and jelly bars!

  130. My favorite BoB recipe (so far) are your oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. My coworkers were huge fans as well!!

  131. I liked BoB on facebook!

  132. I started following a few of your boards on pinterest!

  133. Jen H May 21, 2012 Reply

    I LOVE the Peanut Butter Brownies!!! They are to die for!!

  134. Jen H May 21, 2012 Reply

    I’m following you on Pinterest…isn’t that site just GREAT!?!?! And I already pinned my fave receipe of yours the Peanut Butter Brownies…

  135. Jen H May 21, 2012 Reply

    Liked you on FB and posted my fave recipe link :)

  136. Melissa F May 21, 2012 Reply

    chocolate and caramel pecan bars. we have a forever kind of love affair.

  137. Janelle J May 22, 2012 Reply

    Right now it’s Caramel oatmeal bars!

  138. Janelle J May 22, 2012 Reply

    Follow you on Pinterest. It’s like an awesome little bakery. I need a box please!

  139. Melissa May 22, 2012 Reply

    Tweeted about the PB brownies. I like to make things for people so I believe those will be my next bring to the office item!

    https://twitter.com/DMelissaG/status/205100892054237184

  140. Melissa May 22, 2012 Reply

    Yummy recipes in my inbox! Subscribed! Woot!

  141. Melissa May 22, 2012 Reply

    Pinterest follower and pinned chocolate chip bundt cake. I couldn’t resist after reading someone’s comment that it’s better than chocolate chip cookies!

  142. Melissa May 22, 2012 Reply

    Shared Snickerdoodle bars on Fb. <3!!! It's hard to go wrong with cinnamon and sugar… right?

  143. Melissa May 22, 2012 Reply

    There are so many recipes here! How have I not found this place before? I think I’ll also be trying the chocolate monkey bread.

  144. Yuchen May 23, 2012 Reply

    Macadamia Shortbread! =)

  145. Lynnette May 23, 2012 Reply

    I love cinnamon so its the Snickerdoodle Bars for me any time!

  146. LB May 23, 2012 Reply

    My favorite recipe is chocolate sprinkles cookies

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  149. LB May 23, 2012 Reply

    follow on pintrest and repinned: http://pinterest.com/pin/114841859218374729/

  150. LB May 23, 2012 Reply

    e-mail subscriber

  151. Yuchen May 23, 2012 Reply

    I am subscribed to you =)

  152. Alison May 24, 2012 Reply

    My Favorite Bake or Break Recipe: Nutella Swirl Cheesecake bars! yuMmmm!!

  153. Erin May 24, 2012 Reply

    My favorite recipe of yours is the brownie peanut butter cups

  154. Erin May 24, 2012 Reply

    I like you on Facebook

  155. Erin May 24, 2012 Reply

    I follow you on Twitter and tweeted about my favorite recipe of yours

  156. Erin May 24, 2012 Reply

    I follow you on Pinterest

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  159. Margaret May 24, 2012 Reply

    I love the baby pound cakes! Any kind of miniature desserts!

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