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Peppermint White Chocolate Cupcakes

Peppermint White Chocolate Cupcakes

Peppermint usually finds its way into recipes that call for dark chocolate. The strong, bittersweet taste of cocoa is a good match for the bright, clean flavor of peppermint because the cocoa takes the sharp edge off of a strong peppermint. But that strong, minty flavor also pairs well with white chocolate because it can cut its sweetness and leave you with a perfectly balanced ... Read More »

Vanilla Almond Crescent Cookies

Vanilla Almond Crescent Cookies

Vanilla Almond Crescent Cookies make a great addition to any cookie plate because they are lovely to look at. They’re also both easy to make and delicious to eat – both features I always want to have in a cookie recipe that I can make again and again. The dough for these is a shortbread like-dough, made with no extra leavening agents to prevent the ... Read More »

Last Minute Holiday Gift: The Baking Bites Cookbook

Baking Bites Kindle Cover

A cookbook is always a great gift for the baker in your life. Not only is there something out there for everyone, but there are so many new cookbooks being released all the time that your baker is sure to need a new addition to his or her collection. My 2013 Cookbook Gift Guide is a great place to start if you have time to ... Read More »

Meyer Lemon Curd Thumbprint Cookies

Meyer Lemon Thumbprint Cookies

When my kitchen is full of lemons, I always make up a fresh batch of lemon curd. I am particularly partial to Meyer lemon curd. Meyer lemons are less acidic than regular lemons, so they have a strong lemon flavor with a little less tartness. Lemon curd made with Meyer lemons tends to be smoother and much easier to eat by the spoonful than some ... Read More »

Spiced Cranberry Sangria

Spiced Cranberry Sangria

During the summer, I like to make sangria when I’m entertaining. It’s always delicious and refreshing, and it’s easy to make a batch that is big enough for a party. Many think of sangria as just a summertime drink, but this Spiced Cranberry Sangria is more of a holiday drink than a summertime one and it makes a fantastic punch for winter parties. It is ... Read More »

Trader Joe’s Speculoos Cookie & Cocoa Swirl, reviewed

Speculoos Cookie & Cocoa Swirl

Trader Joe’s has a store brand of the popular Biscoff spread that is simply called cookie butter. It’s available in smooth and crunchy varieties, and both are popular with lovers of the sweet, addictive brown sugar-flavored spread. Recently, Trader Joe’s introduced a version that will appeal to fans of the classic spread and to chocolate lovers,¬†Speculoos Cookie & Cocoa Swirl. This spread has a cookie ... Read More »

Gingerbread Cookie Garland

Gingerbread Cookie Garland

I never hung gingerbread cookies on my Christmas trees as a kid, but I always liked the idea of edible Christmas decorations. A Christmas tree that is covered with homemade gingerbread cookies seems both elegant and delicious – and I’ve taken that idea just one step further with my Gingerbread Cookie Garland. This garland is made by stringing crispy gingerbread cookies together. You can drape ... Read More »

Bites from other Blogs

Bites from other Blogs

Everyone is in baking mode this time of year, since it is the week before Christmas. Cookies, cakes, pies and other goodies are coming out of ovens faster than bloggers can write about them – which is to say that there were a lot of good looking recipes out there this week. I went with a little bit of a chocolate theme, since it seems ... Read More »

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