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Dark Chocolate Cranberry Blondies

Dark Chocolate Cranberry Blondies

Blondies, as I have mentioned before, are a kind of bar cookie that spans the gap between a regular chocolate chip-type cookie and a brownie. They are typically made with a plain (i.e. nonchocolate) dough that has plenty of mixed in chocolate chips, nuts or dried fruits, but have a dense and fudgy texture that is most often associated with brownies. My inspiration to make ... Read More »

Bites from other Blogs

This week, I’m starting off the round of Bites with a reminder that you all might want to check out this year’s Menu for Hope. It’s for charity and you can win some great prizes from some of your favorite food bloggers. Moving on to the recipes, I was intrigued by Habeas Brulee‘s Forbidden Rice with Persimmon and Coconut. I’ve only had the “forbidden” purple ... Read More »

Gingerbread baking accessories

gingerbread baking stuff

¬†Clearly, gingerbread has been a theme here at Baking Bites for most of the month thanks to the gingerbread cookie contest currently going on (one more week to submit your cookies!). The obvious gingerbread accessory is a gingerbread man cookie cutter, either whole or prebitten, depending on how traditional you like your cookies to be. Another favorite of mine is the gingerbread man pan. Simply ... Read More »

EZ bake oven for computer nerds?

I’m feeling a bit red in the face right now because when a good friend sent me a link to ThinkGeek’s PC Ez-Bake Oven, I was so excited over the idea of a gadget that combined my love of computers with my love of baking that I didn’t realize it was a joke! I’ll admit that the disk drive-sized oven that plugged directly into your ... Read More »

Cookie pans, not cookie cutters

cookie pans

There are shaped pans for baking cakes, mini cakes, muffins/cupcakes and breads. It seems like the only baking category where you aren’t expected to use a shaped pan these days is cookies, where cookie cutters are the shaping standard. But just because they’ve been the standard for such a long time doesn’t mean that they’ll stay that way. This year, I’ve seen more cookie pans ... Read More »

Caramelized Onion Bread

Caramelized Onion Bread, full loaf

Caramelized onions are one of those great foods that are incredibly simple to prepare but pack a tremendous amount of flavor. To make them, all you really need to do is cook thinly sliced onions over a low or medium heat (usually with some fat, oil or butter to keep things moist) until the onions become very soft and take on a golden brown color. ... Read More »

The Best 30-Minute Recipe

The Best 30-Minute Recipe

It’s no wonder that the idea of a 30-minute meal is so popular. No matter how much we like to cook and how much time we’re willing to spend in the kitchen working on a perfect dish, there will always be times when something quick and simple is what sounds the most appealing. Unfortunately, somewhere along the line, a quick meal became synonymous with a ... Read More »

Coconut Shortbread

coconut shortbread fingers

I find that there are generally two types of shortbread cookies: thin, crispy ones and thick, buttery ones (A third type of shortbread cookies would be the “bad” ones, but I won’t even get into those – who wants to hear about bad cookies when you can hear about good ones?). I like both and while I am partial to the crispness of the thinner ... Read More »

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