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How to pack up homemade food gifts

Homemade treats are one of the best gifts you can give during the holidays. Not only are they usually very budget-friendly, but they also show your giftee that you put time and a personal touch into their gift. You can’t beat that for holiday spirit, whether you’re taking a platter of goodies to a family party or bringing a simple box of snacks to a ... Read More »

Choosing linzer cookie cutters

Linzer cookies, as I’ve mentioned before, are typically made with two cookie rounds – one of which has a windowpane cut-out – sandwiching a jam filling. There are lots of special linzer cookie cutter sets out there to choose from to make the cookie making process easier. All of them include large and small cookie cutters, and most have a plunger-type system that allows you ... Read More »

Mexican Hot Chocolate Linzer Cookies

Mexican Hot Chocolate Linzer Cookies

A linzer cookie can be very loosely defined as a a sandwich cookie with a windowpane-style top that reveals a (usually jam) filling. This definition is something of a departure from the traditional linzer tart that originally inspired the cookie. Linzertorte, or linzer tart, is a classic Austrian pastry made with a buttery, nut-rich dough and a jam filling, that is usually topped with a ... Read More »

Brittles, Barks, and Bonbons

Brittles, Barks, and Bonbons

Chocolate bark is not difficult to make. It is a type of candy, but it’s also a good example of the fact that candy doesn’t necessarily have to be incredibly difficult to make in order to be good because the basic recipe consists only of melted chocolate. It’s a great jumping off point to making your own candies at home. Brittles, Barks and Bonbons is ... Read More »

Baking Bites Holiday Cupcake Contest Reminder

This is just a public service announcement to remind you that there is just one week left to enter the Baking Bites Holiday Cupcake Contest! You have until midnight on December 20th (this coming Saturday) to upload your best cupcake photos to the contest ‘s Flickr Group. If you haven’t read through the rules and about the prizes, you can check up on the full ... Read More »

Holiday Elf Apron

Aprons are designed to help keep flour and other foods off of your clothes when cooking, and most give you a pocket or two just in case you need to slip a spoon or some small ingredient in there when your hands are full. They’re not crucial kitchen equipment – although it is nice to be able to wipe your hands on your clothes and ... Read More »

White Chocolate Cherry Cookies

White Chocolate Cherry Cookies

I am always looking for new variations on drop cookies to try out when it comes to baking up batches of holiday cookies. As fun as it is to make gingerbread men and soft cutout cookies, it is a bit time consuming to chill the dough, roll and cut the dough, then decorate the finished cookies. A batch of drop cookies that can be mixed ... Read More »

Baking Bites, baking powder and baking soda on Ask Aida

Here’s a big thank you to everyone who submitted questions to the Food Network’s Ask Aida through this site when I put out a call for them a few weeks ago. One of our questions made the finished video clip! The question is “What exactly is the difference between the effects of baking powder and baking soda?” and it was submitted by Laura. On the ... Read More »

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