The New Sugar and Spice

The New Sugar and Spice

It is easy to get into a baking rut, using the same ingredients over again and sticking to the same, tried-and-true flavor profiles. If you find yourself in a bit of a baking rut, now is the time to pull yourself out of it as we head into the fall baking season. There are many ways to start climbing out of that rut, but the ... Read More »

Baking Bites for Craftsy: Easy Almond Macaroons

Chewy Almond Macaroons

Light, colorful almond macarons are still some of the most desirable cookies out there, but similarly named Almond Macaroons (mac-a-roons) probably predate the petite French pastry. Macaroons can be dated to a monastery in the 9th century, where the monks baked small cakes made with ground almonds and egg whites. A version of the cookie made with shredded coconut tends to be a bit more ... Read More »

Pumpkin Spice Latte Cake with Cinnamon Frosting

Pumpkin Spice Latte Cake

Pumpkin Spice Latte season is in full swing right now. The drink – which is available at many coffee shops all across the country, not just at Starbucks – manages to put all of our favorite fall flavors, along with a bit of coffee, into one single cup. I like the way that the flavor of coffee blends with traditional pumpkin pie spices like cinnamon, ... Read More »

Trader Joe’s Gluten Free Pumpkin Bread & Muffin Baking Mix, reviewed

Trader Joe's Gluten Free Pumpkin Bread & Muffin Baking Mix

This season, Trader Joe’s added a new pumpkin baking mix to their fall lineup: Trader Joe’s Gluten Free Pumpkin Bread & Muffin Baking Mix. The mix promises to be a good alternative to TJ’s popular pumpkin loaf mix, which is a more traditional mix that uses wheat flour. As a fan of all things pumpkin, I couldn’t resist picking up a box to taste test ... Read More »

A Better Way to Keep Your Cookie Dough Fresh

Keep Cookie Dough Fresh with FoodSaver

  It is easy to buy a tube of pre-made cookie dough in the grocery store when you want to have an easy-to-make dessert on hand, but I like to make my cookie dough from scratch. Homemade cookies generally use better ingredients and you have complete control over the “mix-ins” that you add to your cookie dough base, which gives you a lot more flavor ... Read More »

Pumpkin Pudding Cake

Pumpkin Pudding Cake

From scones at breakfast to pie for dessert, there are more pumpkin baked goods out there than you can shake a stick at – a cinnamon stick, that is. Though there are many of them out there, I feel that there is always room for something new in the pumpkin pantheon and thisĀ Pumpkin Pudding Cake uses pumpkin in a way that I haven’t seen before. ... Read More »

Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Joe-Joe’s, reviewed

Trader Joe's Pumpkin Jo-Jo's, reviewed

It is officially fall and that means that it is pumpkin season. Stores stock their shelves not only with canned pumpkin, an essential ingredient for fall baking, but with all manner of pumpkin-flavored products that we pumpkin-lovers can enjoy. One of these is Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Joe-Joe’s, a seasonal variation on the brand’s popular Joe Joe cookies. The cookies are pumkpin wafer cookies that are ... Read More »

Autumn Leaf Pie Crust Cutter

Autumn Leaf Pie Crust Cutter

A beautifully decorated pie crust can turn a good dessert into a memorable one. You can improve the look of your pies by carefully fluting the crust, or by using small cutouts to add some flair to the top of the pastry. It typically takes a bit of practice to turn out a perfect looking pie, but the results are worth the wait. If you ... Read More »

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