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Flag Pie Crust Cutter

Flag Pie Crust Cutter

Pies are wonderful desserts for the Fourth of July – not because pies themselves are naturally patriotic, but because July is a summer month that is bursting with all kinds of seasonal fruits and berries that are perfect for pie-making. I enjoy classics like traditional apple pie, as well as more colorful combinations like Strawberry Apple and Blackberry Raspberry Pie. When I’m baking for a ... Read More »

Chocolate Graham Cracker Crust

Chocolate Graham Cracker Crust

Chocolate wafer cookie crusts are a delicious delivery vehicle for many different flavors of pie. They go particularly well with chocolate fillings, but can lend a wonderful contrast to fruity fillings, like a zesty key lime pie. It is easier to buy chocolate wafer crusts rather than to make them, largely because chocolate wafer cookies themselves are surprisingly expensive. I’ve used the ends of Oreo cookies ... Read More »

Sweet, Savory, and Sometimes Boozy Cupcakes

Sweet, Savory, and Sometimes Boozy Cupcakes

Cupcakes have a reputation of being overly sweet, but the truth is that these little cakes can be very versatile and don’t necessarily have to be sweet-on-sweet by the time they are assembled. Cupcakes can come in a wide range of flavors and fillings, using everything from sweet, fresh fruits to mouthwatering salted caramels. In Sweet, Savory, and Sometimes Boozy Cupcakes, a Cupcake Wars winner, ... Read More »

Baking Bites for Craftsy: Colorful 4th of July Cocktails

Baking Bites for Craftsy: Colorful 4th of July Cocktails

Bring some extra color into your 4th of July entertaining by preparing these stunning red, white and blue cocktails for your party guests. These cocktail recipes are featured in a post on Colorful 4th of July Cocktails over at the Craftsy blog (it’s free!). The cocktails are all tropical drinks with a rum base, a nod to my love of tiki drinks, and the fact ... Read More »

Raspberry & Cookie Butter Tarts

Raspberry & Cookie Butter Tarts

Bite sized tarts are a great dessert when you want to make something that can be served to a crowd without requiring utensils. The downside to making mini tarts is that the crusts take a bit of extra effort to put together, since you need to shape each one individually instead of rolling out one large crust, but the look of the finished tarts makes ... Read More »

Red, White and Blue Sangria

Red, White and Blue Sangria from Baking Bites!

Sangria is a fantastic entertaining drink in the summer. It’s a combination of fruit juices and wine that, together, make a sweet and refreshing beverage. You can make sangria with all kinds of different fruits and can use either red or white whine for the base. You can also make them in large batches ahead of a party, so you don’t need to worry about ... Read More »

My Family Cookbook

My Family Cookbook

In the past, when I’ve taught classes on blogging, I usually ask people why they are thinking about starting a blog in the first place. Most people tell me that they want a place where they can share their recipes with friends and family – and that is the reason that most of us started blogging in the first place so many years ago. While ... Read More »

Peach & Raspberry Buckle

Peach & Raspberry Buckle

A “buckle” is a fruit dessert that is in the same family as cobblers, crumbles and crisps. Buckles are unique because they start with a cake-like batter, then fruit is folded in. They typically use so much fruit that the cake “buckles” underneath all of it – hence the dessert’s name. This Peach and Raspberry Buckle is loaded with fresh fruit. The sweet-tart raspberries are ... Read More »

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