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Fudge Monster Cookies

Fudge Monster Cookies

Making desserts for Halloween is tremendously fun. It’s a holiday where you not only have the license to indulge in all kinds of desserts and candies, but where you have permission to go for crazy decorations, wacky food colors and other fun touches that aren’t usually found in dessert. Great examples of this include my Zombie Graveyard Cake, bloody Shortbread Bones and Cupcakes from the Black ... Read More »

Cinnamon Amaretto Sour

Cinnamon Amaretto Sour

The Amaretto Sour is a cocktail that became popular during the 1940s and enjoyed long-lasting popularity, though it has lately been overshadowed by boozier craft and prohibition era cocktails at some bars. It is a simple sour, made with amaretto, lemon juice and simple syrup. It’s sweet, refreshing and easy to drink, all of which are features that earn this cocktail plenty of fans. To ... Read More »

How to Make Cinnamon Simple Syrup

Cinnamon Simple Syrup

Simple syrups are essential tools in my kitchen. They might not be quite as essential as sugar, butter and flour (though sugar is necessary for making the syrup!), but I use them on a regular basis to make a wide variety of both hot and cold drinks. Simple syrups are made by dissolving equal parts of sugar and water together. This liquid is easily incorporated ... Read More »

Buttermilk Apple Cobbler Bars

Buttermilk Apple Cobbler Bars

I bake a lot of apple cobblers and crisps during the fall baking season. The desserts are easy to make and have a very comfort-food element to them, though they’re delivering a generous serving of fruit as well as being a tasty treat. I do a lot of entertaining in the fall, however, and apple cobblers and crisps aren’t always the best choice for a ... Read More »

American Cake

American Cake

“As American as apple pie” is a well known phrase, but perhaps we could replace pie with cake and end up with a phrase that is just as appropriate, for the US has a long history of making and enjoying a wide variety of cakes. Early American cakes used the same building blocks – butter, eggs, sugar and flour – that we use today, but ... Read More »

Cinnamon Cupcakes with Chocolate Cinnamon Frosting

Cinnamon Cupcakes with Chocolate Cinnamon Frosting

Cinnamon is one of the most frequently used spices in my kitchen, but it isn’t often the star of a dessert. Cinnamon is frequently used to accent other flavors, drawing attention to the floral sweetness of vanilla, highlighting the nuttiness of oatmeal or blending with nutmeg and other warm spices. But cinnamon can certainly stand on its own and it does so very well in ... Read More »

Mini Pumpkin Spice Oreo Pumpkin Cheesecakes

Mini Pumpkin Spice Oreo Pumpkin Cheesecakes

Oreo cookies make a great no-bake crust for cheesecakes and ice cream pies. The cream filling in the cookie sandwiches adds sweetness to the wafers and helps the crust hold together, even if it isn’t baked to set it like a traditional crumb crust. When it comes to mini desserts, however, there are times when you don’t even need to crumble up the Oreos for ... Read More »

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