Joy the Baker Cookbook Project


So my baking twin Danielle and I were super excited about the release of the new Joy the Baker Cookbook, as evidenced by this screenshot from our Google chat last weekend. We spent about an hour going through the book and bookmarking everything we want to make. Let’s just say I ditched the post-its pretty fast, because they were ending up on every other page. Since Danielle doesn’t have a blog (she should!), this is where we’re going to keep track of everything we’ve made. I can guarantee this entire book will be baked in no time – Dani’s already made like five things. I need to catch up!

First our lists of the Top 10 things we’re excited to make – in order of excitement!

Byn’s Top 10

  1. Chocolate Cookies & Cream Pudding (Q2)
  2. Chocolate Fudge Brownies with Chocolate Buttercream Frosting (Q2)
  3. Browned Butter Peanut Butter Crispy Rice Treats
  4. Peanut Butter Birthday Cake
  5. Coffee Vanilla Ice Cream Pie (with a meringue crust!!!) (Q2)
  6. Chocolate Bundt Cake with Chocolate Sour Cream Glaze
  7. Texas Sheet Cake (I’m obsessed with Texas lately, blame Taylor Kitsch) (Q2)
  8. Peach Cobbler Muffins (Q2)
  9. Mommom’s Chocolate Bourbon Spiked Banana Bread
  10. Baked Chili Cheese Fries (one savoury recipe for good measure :)

Note: Chocolate & Salty Peanut Butter Ice Cream would have been on the list, but I outsourced it to Dani because she has the ice cream attachment for her Kitchenaid. She also got assigned anything in a cast iron skillet.

Dani’s Top 10

  1. Banana Coconut Cream Pie
  2. Chocolate Brownie Cookies with White Chocolate & Roasted Macadamia Nuts
  3. Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
  4. Toasted Coconut Dutch Baby with Banana & Pineapple (Q3)
  5. Oatmeal Raspberry Ginger Scones
  6. Chocolate & Salty Peanut Butter Ice Cream
  7. Apple Pie Crostadas
  8. Buttermilk Skillet Cake with Walnut Praline Topping (Q3)
  9. Dad’s Perfect Sweet Potato Pie with No-Roll Crust (Q3)
  10. Cheddar Chive & Jalapeno Biscuits

Of course, we are not just limiting ourselves to these lists. For example, if I get invited to a brunch, I will obviously be bringing the Brown Butter Blueberry Muffins or Giant Cinnamon Rolls with Buttermilk Glaze.

So here we go!

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1. Danielle: S’mores Brownies, March 5th

2. Danielle: Kale Spinach Banana Peanut Butter Smoothie, March 11th

3. Danielle: Single Girl Melty Cakes, March 11th

4. Danielle: “Man Bait” Apple Crisp, March 14th

5. Robyn: Browned Butter Peanut Butter Crispy Rice Treats, March 18th

6. Danielle: Chocolate Brownie Cookies with White Chocolate and Roasted Macadamia Nuts, March 20th

7. Danielle: Oatmeal Raspberry (Ginger) Scones (she left the ginger out), March 20th

8. Danielle: Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies, March 21st

9. Robyn: Whole Wheat Honey & Goat Cheese Drop Biscuits, March 21st

10. Danielle: Cheddar Chive & Jalapeno Biscuits, March 25th

11. Robyn: Baked Chili Cheese Fries, March 25th

12. Robyn: Cocoa Almond Granola, March 29th

13. Danielle: Brown Butter Blueberry Muffins, April 3rd – Dani says you only need 1 cup of blueberries and half of the crumble topping

14. & 15. Robyn: Peanut Butter Birthday Easter Cake with Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Frosting, April 7th

16. Danielle: Simple Vanilla Cupcakes, April 8th

17. Danielle: Apple Pie Crostadas, April 25th – the measurements for cinnamon and nutmeg may be wrong for the topping – should be 1/4 tsp and 1/8 tsp – not 1/4 cup and 1/8 cup

18. Robyn: Mommom’s Chocolate Bourbon Spiked Banana Bread, April 25th

19. Robyn: Chocolate Chocolate Chocolate Chip Muffins, April 25th

20. Danielle: Banana Coconut Cream Pie, May 3rd

21. Robyn: Honey Whole Wheat Pound Cake, May 3rd

22. Danielle: Chocolate & Salty Peanut Butter Ice Cream, May 5th

23. Danielle: Single Lady Pancake (no picture, she’s going to make it again! Updated with new picture, June 15th)

24. Robyn: Peanut Butter Bacon Cookies, May 15th

25. Robyn: Chocolate Bundt Cake with Chocolate Sour Cream Glaze, May 16th

Click here for our Q1 Summary!

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We’ve updated our Top 10s for the next 25 recipes, especially since it’s summer – you’ll see that reflected in our lists – there’s ice cream, fresh summer fruit and popsicles!

Byn’s Top 10 for Q2

  1. Peach Cobbler Muffins
  2. Coffee Vanilla Ice Cream Pie
  3. Chocolate Cookies & Cream Pudding
  4. Hot Fudge Sauce (Q3)
  5. Peanut Butter Ice Cream Sauce
  6. Everything Caramel Corn
  7. Chocolate Raspberry Fudge Pops
  8. Cream Cheese Pound Cake (Dani made this one!)
  9. Zucchini Pound Cake
  10. Honey Mustard Roasted Cashews (Q3)

Dani’s Top 10 for Q2

  1. Dark Chocolate Ganache Tart with Fresh Berries & Sweetened Cream
  2. Chocolate Cookies & Cream Pudding
  3. Extra Crumb Coffee Cake
  4. Coffee Cake French Toast (Q3)
  5. Banana Rum Cake with Brown Butter Frosting
  6. Dad’s Perfect Sweet Potato Pie with No Roll Pie Crust
  7. Meyer Lemon Curd
  8. Buttermilk Skillet Cake with Walnut Praline Topping
  9. Chocolate Covered Coconut Macaroon Ice Cream
  10. Toasted Coconut Dutch Baby with Banana and Pineapple (Q3)

So here we go again!

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26. Robyn: Chocolate Cookies & Cream Pudding, May 21st

27. Robyn: Peanut Butter Ice Cream Sauce, May 23rd

28. Danielle: Meyer Lemon Curd, June 8th

29. Danielle: Extra Crumb Coffee Cake, June 16th

30. Danielle: Chocolate Fudge Brownies, June 17th

31. Danielle: Chocolate Covered Coconut Macaroon Ice Cream, June 17th

32. Robyn: Cornmeal Molasses Pancakes with Blackberry Vanilla Sauce, June 24th

33. Robyn: Trail Mix Cookies, June 25th

34. Danielle: Toasted Oat Smoothie, June 27th

35. Danielle: Oatmeal Cookie Pancakes, July 5th

36. Robyn & Danielle: Coffee Vanilla Ice Cream Pie, July 11th

37. Robyn & Danielle: Texas Sheet Cake, July 13th

38. Robyn: Peach Cobbler Muffins, July 15th (This also knocked off Gastropost Mission #8!)

39. Robyn: Vanilla Bean Snickerdoodles, July 20th

40. Robyn: The Best Chocolate Buttercream, July 20th (on Chocolate Fudge Brownies)

41. Robyn: Everything Caramel Corn, August 3rd

42. Robyn: Chocolate Raspberry Fudge Pops, August 4th

43. Robyn: Blueberry, Orange & Almond Pancakes, August 7th

44. Danielle: Banana Rum Cake with Brown Butter Frosting, August 10th

45. Danielle: Carrot Cake Pancakes, August 11th

46: Danielle: Orange Cranberry Poppyseed Cookies, August 11th

47. Danielle: Dark Chocolate Ganache Tart with Fresh Berries and Sweetened Cream, August 17th

48. & 49. Robyn: Zucchini Cream Cheese Pound Cake with Brown Sugar Cream Cheese Frosting, August 20th (it looks like a big doughnut! But I didn’t want to cut it before I got to work)

50. Danielle: Cream Cheese Pound Cake, August 21st

Click here for our Q2 Summary!

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We’ve updated our Top 10s once again for Q3, and of course, every recipe with pumpkin, sweet potato, or cinnamon have shot to the top. Danielle already made the two apple recipes in the book, or they would be here too!

Byn’s Top 10 for Q3

  1. Vegan Pumpkin Pecan Bread
  2. Mini Pumpkin Black & White Cookies
  3. Kitchen Sink Carrot Cake (Q4)
  4. The Perfect Cup of Hot Chocolate
  5. Giant Mint Chocolate Chip Marshmallow Cubes
  6. Coffee Bacon
  7. Chocolate Malt Bread Pudding
  8. Chocolate Hazelnut Spread with Orange Cream Cheese Grilled Sandwiches
  9. Honey Mustard Roasted Cashews
  10. Perfect Kettle Corn

Dani’s Top 10 for Q3

  1. Dad’s Perfect Sweet Potato Pie with No Roll Pie Crust
  2. Pumpkin Bundt Cake with Cinnamon Glaze
  3. Araby Spice Cake with Lemon Glaze
  4. Baked Coffee Cake French Toast
  5. Buttermilk Skillet Cake with Walnut Praline Topping
  6. Sweet Potato Chocolate Chip Cookies
  7. Orange Gingerbread Squares with Cream Cheese Frosting (Q4)
  8. Chocolate Peanut Butter Whoopie Pies
  9. Bacon Black Pepper Waffles
  10. Giant Cinnamon Rolls with Buttermilk Glaze

Here we go again!

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51. Robyn: Zucchini & Potato Pancakes, August 22nd (I tried them in my waffle maker!)

52. Danielle: Pumpkin Bundt Cake with Cinnamon Glaze, September 8th

53. Danielle: Sweet Potato Chocolate Chip Cookies, September 9th

54. Robyn: Coffee Bacon, September 9th

55. Danielle: Giant Cinnamon Rolls with Buttermilk Glaze, September 13th

56. Danielle: Buttermilk Skillet Cake with Walnut Praline Topping, September 19th

57. Robyn: Vegan Pumpkin Pecan Loaf, September 20th

58. Robyn: Mini Pumpkin Black & White Cookies, September 20th

59. Danielle: Araby Spice Cake, September 20th

60. & 61. Danielle: Dad’s Perfect Sweet Potato Pie with No Roll Pie Crust, September 22nd

62. Robyn: Honey Mustard Cashews, September 23rd

63. Danielle: Bacon Black Pepper Waffles, October 11th

64. Danielle: Toasted Coconut Dutch Baby with Banana & Pineapple, October 12th

65. Danielle: Chocolate Peanut Butter Whoopie Pies, October 12th

66. Robyn: Giant Mint Chocolate Chip Marshmallow Cubes, October 13th (haha fireplace channel)

67. Robyn: Hot Fudge Sauce, October 13th

68. Robyn: Vanilla Bean Buttercream Frosting, October 16th (My BIRTHDAY!)

69. Danielle: Pecan Pralines, October 19th

70. Danielle: Almost Burnt Salted Caramel Sauce, October 19th

71. Robyn: Peanut Butter & Jam Milkshake, October 20th

72. Robyn: Perfect Kettle Corn, October 20th

73. Robyn: The Perfect Cup of Hot Chocolate, October 22nd

74. Robyn: Pineapple Malted Milkshake, October 24th

75. Danielle: Coffee Cake French Toast, October 25th

Click here for our Q3 Summary!

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Okay, we did a draft for the remaining recipes in the book! Here are our final lists, plus three things we just can’t bring ourselves to make:

Byn’s Q4 Recipes

  1. Kitchen Sink Carrot Cake with…
  2. …Cream Cheese Frosting
  3. Chocolate Malt Bread Pudding
  4. Chocolate Hazelnut Spread with Orange Cream Cheese Grilled Sandwiches
  5. Chocolate Peanut Butter Ball Cookies
  6. Strawberry Cookie Dough Ice Cream
  7. Easy White Chocolate Mousse
  8. Avocado Pound Cake
  9. Avocado Fries
  10. Mini Chamomile Cakes with Honey Frosting
  11. Leek and Asparagus Quiche
  12. Vegan Chocolate Avocado Cupcakes with Vegan Chocolate Buttercream
  13. Lemon-Lime and Thyme Cookies (we both support leaving out the thyme)

Dani’s Q4 Recipes

  1. Orange Gingerbread Squares
  2. Red Velvet Marble Cake…
  3. …with Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting
  4. Chocolate and Black Pepper Goat Cheese Truffles
  5. Crunchy and Cocoa Roasted Nuts
  6. Honey and Toasted Walnut Ice Cream
  7. Flaxseed and Cracked Pepper Crackers
  8. Cinnamon Sugar Rice Pudding
  9. Banana Bourbon Bread Pudding
  10. Dark Chocolate and Anise Biscotti  (we both support leaving out the anise)
  11. Lavendar Lemon Bars (we both support leaving out the lavendar)
  12. Chewy Coconut Almond Raisin Granola Bars

+ 3 things we just can’t bring ourselves to make

  1. Parmesan Seaweed Popcorn
  2. Grapefruit Souffle Pudding
  3. Espresso Granita with Sweet Lemon Cream

Let’s go! Finish line in sight…

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76. Danielle: Chewy Coconut Almond Raisin Granola Bars, November 21st

77. Robyn: Avocado Pound Cake, November 24th

Avocado Pound Cake

78. Danielle: Orange Gingerbread Squares, November 26th

Orange Gingerbread Cake

79. & 80. Danielle: Red Velvet Marble Cake with Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting, November 26th

Red Velvet Marble Cake

81. Robyn: Chocolate Peanut Butter Ball Cookies, December 1st

Chocolate Peanut Butter Ball Cookies

82. & 83. Robyn: Kitchen Sink Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting, December 2nd

Kitchen Sink Carrot Cake

84. Robyn: Leek & Asparagus Quiche, December 9th

Leek & Asparagus Quiche

85. Danielle: Dark Chocolate Biscotti, December 12th

Biscotti

86. Danielle: Flaxseed & Cracked Pepper Crackers, December 26th

Flaxseed Crackers

87. Robyn: Vegan Chocolate Avocado Cupcakes with Vegan Chocolate Buttercream, December 29th

Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes

88. Robyn: Avocado Fries, December 29th

Avocado Fries

89. Danielle: Crunchy & Cocoa Roasted Nuts, December 30th

Crunchy and Cocoa Roasted Nuts

90. Robyn: Lemon Lime and Thyme Cookies, January 2nd

Lemon Lime Cookies

91. Robyn: Strawberry Cookie Dough Ice Cream, January 2nd

Strawberry Cookie Dough Ice Cream

92. Danielle: Chocolate & Black Pepper Goat Cheese Truffles, January 5th

Goat Cheese Truffles

93. Danielle: Cinnamon Sugar Rice Pudding, January 10th

Cinnamon Sugar Rice Pudding

94. Danielle: Lavender Lemon Bars, January 11th

Lemon Bars

95. Danielle: Banana Bourbon Bread Pudding, January 12th

Banana Bourbon Bread Pudding

96. Robyn: Chocolate Hazelnut Spread with Orange Cream Cheese Grilled Sandwiches, January 12th

Nutella & Orange Grilled Cheese

97. Robyn: Chocolate Malt Bread Pudding, January 13th

Chocolate Malt Bread Pudding

98. Danielle: Honey & Toasted Walnut Ice Cream, January 13th

Honey & Toasted Walnut Ice Cream

99. Mini Chamomile Cupcakes, January 30th

Mini Chamomile Cupcakes

100. Easy White Chocolate Mousse, February 2nd

Easy White Chocolate Mousse

WE’RE DONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Click here for our Q4 Summary!

Click here for our Final Report!

This project was super fun! I feel like usually when you get a new cookbook,  you make a couple of things, and then either forget about it or you keep making your faves over and over again. It was also fun to do this with Danielle; I feel like she motivated me to get this done. We’ll see if we do this again for Joy’s second book!