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Homemade Frappula Frappuccino

Homemade Frappula Frappuccino

Last year, Starbucks added a spooky drink option to their regular menu for only a couple of days before Halloween: the Frappula Frappuccino. The ice blended drink sported a vampire bite that looked very much like the bites I’ve added to my vampire-inspired Halloween cupcakes and whoopie pies. This year the popular coffee chain added the Frappula back to the menu for a few days, ... Read More »

Trader Joe’s Sweet Potato Pie, reviewed

Trader Joe's Sweet Potato Pie with Maple and Bourbon, reviewed

The freezer case at Trader Joe’s is full of interesting goodies, particularly when it comes to desserts. You’ll always find ice creams, macarons and cakes in seasonal flavors, just waiting to be served up at a holiday gathering. One new addition to the case is their Sweet Potato Pie with a touch of Maple Bourbon flavor. That pie name is quite a mouthful and one ... Read More »

Candy Corn Scones

Candy Corn Scones

Whether you love ‘em or hate ‘em, candy corn is a fixture of the candy aisle during the Halloween season. I happen to fall on the “pro candy corn” side of the issue and enjoy both snacking on them and including them in seasonal treats. If you’re a candy corn fan, too, this recipe for Candy Corn Scones offers up an unusual way to get ... Read More »

Bites from other Blogs

Bites from other Blogs

If you are getting a little tired of pumpkin pie, there are plenty of other pumpkin desserts to choose from for the fall baking season. I never really get tired of pumpkin pie myself, but I do love to have some options and this week’s roundup will give you plenty of inspiration. Baked by An Introvert‘s Pumpkin Oatmeal Cream Pies offer up a handy way ... Read More »

Cook’s Illustrated Taste Tests Ground Cinnamon

Cook's Illustrated Taste Tests Ground Cinnamon

Cinnamon is an integral spice in the kitchen, especially during the fall and holiday baking seasons, and I know that I’m not the only one who goes through a lot of it! Cinnamon should be both sweet and spicy, and you can both smell and taste the flavorful oils from the bark when you open a new container of cinnamon. Like other spices, cinnamon should ... Read More »

Molasses Bourbon Sandwich Cookies

Molasses Bourbon Sandwich Cookies

This year, I was again honored to serve as a judge at the Los Angeles County Fair for some of their baking competitions. The bakers who come to the fair are always incredibly creative and picking out the best recipe is not an easy task. Fortunately, I don’t mind a tough job! One of the contests that I judged this year was the Gold Medal ... Read More »

General Mills Launches Girl Scout Cookie Breakfast Cereals

General Mills Launches Girl Scout Cookie Breakfast Cereals

Girl Scout Cookies have come a long way from once-a-year cookie sales. There are Girl Scout Cookie ice creams, candy bars and cake/cookie mixes that you can buy all year round. Add another item to that list because General Mills just announced the launch of Girl Scout Cookie breakfast cereals, due to hit store shelves early next year. The cereals will be released in two flavors, Thin Mints ... Read More »

Apple Pie Cupcakes

Apple Pie Cupcakes

A slice of warm apple pie is hard to resist, so it’s no surprise that they are one of my top comfort foods. Apple pies do have a few drawbacks, however. They need to be served with a plate and fork, and they’re not always easy to slice up for a big crowd. Since I do a lot of entertaining in the fall, I tend ... Read More »

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