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West Bend Snowball Machine

West Bend Snowball Machine

Few things are as refreshing as a snow cone on a hot day. The icy treat is designed to cool you down – and tantalize your tastebuds at the same time, since the finely shaved ice is drizzled with flavored syrups. Even the best syrups (and pure maple syrup is one of the easiest and most delicious to use) won’t do you much good if ... Read More »

Patriotic Peanut M&M Cookies

Fourth of July Peanut M&M Cookies

M&Ms usually release colorful bags of their candies for the holidays. This means red, white and green candies around Christmas, then reds and pinks around Valentine’s Day. I often use these seasonal M&Ms to give a pop of color to an otherwise ordinary batch of chocolate chip cookies, so when I saw a bag of red, white and blue peanut M&Ms on the shelf, I ... Read More »

Cookie Love

Cookie Love

You can never have too many cookie-centric cookbooks on your shelf. Cookies are an all-occasion baked good that can be made easily on a weekday afternoon, presented for a special occasion or packed up and shipped across the country just to say “I’m thinking of you.” Cookies come in all shapes, sizes and flavors – and no matter how many cookie recipes you try, trying ... Read More »

Red, White and Blueberry Cupcakes with Swirled Frosting

Red, White and Blueberry Cupcakes

The Fourth of July is a colorful holiday, where we bring red, white and blue into all kinds of decorations for cookouts, picnics and other parties. I love incorporating colors into my desserts, and the Fourth of July is no exception. I often reach for red and blue food coloring, however I will opt for all natural coloring options – such as fresh or freeze ... Read More »

Baking Bites for Craftsy: How to Make a Piñata Cake

Baking Bites for Craftsy: How to Make a Piñata Cake

A beautiful layer cake always has some “wow” factor to it, but there are always ways to add a little more. You can use unusual flavor combinations to surprise tasters, or add unexpected fillings, like ice cream or lemon curd, to go with layers of frosting. If you want your cake to make a big impression, however, you should try making a piñata cake. A piñata cake ... Read More »

Ateco Muffin Pan Brush

Ateco Muffin Pan Brush

Even though you usually insert paper liners into them when baking, muffin pans are notoriously difficult to clean. Muffin and cupcake batters inevitably overflow onto the top of the pan, and drips of batter have ways of working themselves down into the bottom corners of each cup. When baking without paper liners, you typically have twice as many crumbs clinging to the pan. A good ... Read More »

Vanilla Pots de Creme

Vanilla Pots de Creme with Rodelle

Vanilla beans are often use in custard recipes because it is easy to infuse them into hot milk and cream. But you don’t need a vanilla bean to make a great vanilla custard – you just need good quality vanilla extract. High quality extract is always made with high quality vanilla beans, and that will translate to a strong vanilla flavor in your dessert. These ... Read More »

Bites from other Blogs

Bites from other Blogs

Ice cream sandwiches are always a tasty treat on a hot summer day. I like to pack my freezer with them so that they are ready when I am in the mood for one. Mariah’s Pleasing Plates put together some delicious sounding Lemon and Toasted Coconut Ice Cream Sandwiches that offer a cool and refreshing treat. The lemon cookies sandwich a filling made with a ... Read More »

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