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Trader Joe’s It’s Sedimentary My Dear Cookie! Mix, reviewed

Trader Joe's Sedimentary Cookie Mix, reviewed

Trader Joe’s is always filled with lots of fun treats and the holiday season is when the store really ups its game with items that are not only fun/tasty to try yourself, but that are quite giftable, as well. I spotted the It’s Sedimentary My Dear Cookie! mix in Trader Joe’s the other day when I was picking up a few staples. The cookie mix ... Read More »

Kahlua Chili Chocolate, reviewed

Kahlua Chili Chocolate, reviewed

Kahlua is a delicious, rum-based coffee liqueur that is excellent for both making cocktails and for baking. The company has launched quite a few seasonal or limited edition options over the years and, since coffee is such a versatile flavor, many of them have been lovely. Their most recent product was Kahlua Chili Chocolate, which infuses their classic coffee base with both spicy chilis and ... Read More »

Whole Grain Cherry Walnut Cookies

Whole Grain Cherry Walnut Cookies

In the fall and winter, I want cookies that seem to fit in with the season. Sometimes this means gingerbread and eggnog cookies, but other times it simply means I want something hearty with a little bit of spice to it. To me, a “hearty” cookie is one that delivers a lot of flavor and mix-ins in a small, single-cookie package. Many oatmeal cookies fall ... Read More »

Trader Joe’s Ugly Sweater Cookie Kit, reviewed

Trader Joe's Ugly Sweater Cookie Kit, reviewed

Ugly sweaters have become a huge holiday tradition for many and people now seek out particularly “good” examples of the style to wear to holiday parties all season long. The perfect accompaniment to an ugly sweater party is a batch of ugly sweater cookies and one option is to pick up the Ugly Sweater Cookie Kit from Trader Joe’s. The cookie kit contains 10 cookies ... Read More »

Baking Bites for Craftsy: Easy Gingerbread Bundt

Baking Bites for Craftsy: Easy Gingerbread Bundt

Spicy, sweet gingerbread is a classic holiday cake for good reason. You can make layer cake in any format, from a cupcake to a towering layer cake. The easiest way to go is to bake a bundt cake, which looks pretty enough for entertaining, but only requires the use of a single pan. I’m sharing my recipe for this Easy Gingerbread Bundt Cake over on ... Read More »

Fudgy Fernet Branca Brownies

Chocolate Mint Brownies with Frenet Branca

Fernet Branca is a type of amaro – a bitter Italian herbal liqueur – that was invented in 1845. The liqueur is complex, with 27 secret ingredients that go into it to give it its unique flavor. It is hard to describe what it tastes like because it is so complex, but I can say that it is reminiscent of cough syrup, with a very ... Read More »

Vanilla Brown Sugar Shortbread Buttons

Vanilla Brown Sugar Shortbread Cookies

While you can never go wrong with a batch of chocolate chip cookies, shortbread cookies always have a place in my kitchen. They’re easy to make and satisfying to eat, whether you’re snacking on them with tea or serving them up alongside ice cream for dessert. These Vanilla Brown Sugar Shortbread Buttons should be an instant hit with anyone who enjoys shortbread. They’re buttery, with ... Read More »

Baking Bites for Craftsy: How to Make Pizza Pot Pie

Baking Bites for Craftsy: How to Make a Pizza Pot Pie

A couple of weeks ago, I saw a video from The Best Thing I Ever Ate that was making the rounds on Facebook where Marc Murphy talked about an unusual pizza pot pie he had. The pot pie included all the usual pizza toppings, but was assembled upside down in a bowl, with the dough laid on top of the dish before baking. After a ... Read More »

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