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Trader Joe’s Brownie Truffle Baking Mix, reviewed

Trader Joe's Truffle Brownie Mix, baked

Cake mixes – as you might guess from the fact that I run a baking blog – are not something that I use very often. If I’m going to use a mix, I’d much rather it be a brownie mix. Most brownie mixes produce good, consistent results (I particularly like Ghirardelli brownie mixes) and are really easy to whip up when you need something. Plus, ... Read More »

Baking Bites in People Magazine!

My recipes in people magazine!

My homemade girl scout cookies have hit the big time. They’re in print – and not just on Baking Bites! People Magazine’s country music special issue (released this month) has a three page feature that includes my three most popular girl scout cookie recipes: Do-Si-Dos, Samoas and Thin Mints. The recipes have been slightly simplified from the versions posted here, so they’re a bit less ... Read More »

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Biscotti

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Biscotti, plated

Chocolate covered strawberries are a classic treat for Valentine’s day, but strawberries aren’t exactly at their peak in February. It’s possible to find fresh ones, of course, though your options are either going to be fairly expensive hothouse berries or berries that simply don’t have the flavor of those at their peak later in the season. I decided to make these biscotti as a stand ... Read More »

Bites from other Blogs

Chocolate lava cakes, also known as molten-center chocolate cakes, are known for their oozy richness. Cakespy‘s Lava Cookies don’t quite have the same level of ooziness as their cake predecessors, but if you serve them warm you can still get a very satisfying mouthful of melty chocolate. The cookies are simple, using lots of chocolate chips and a a relatively small amount of flour in ... Read More »

Valentine’s Day Desserts on a Budget

Valentine’s Day is an occasion centered around chocolate and flowers – oh, and romance, of course. Lots of people are making spending cutbacks this year, but you shouldn’t have to pass up the chance to do something special and celebrate with your loved one as a result. Naturally, I think that homemade treats (and maybe some flowers) are a great option. The most obvious choice ... Read More »

Queen of Hearts Pan

I’m sure that I’ve said it before, but I’m a big fan of bakeware (and other kitchen gadgets) that works perfectly for seasonal celebrations and can still be used throughout the rest of the year without looking silly. Not that I’ll pass on the strictly seasonal things, of course. I’ll just take extra notice of products like Wilton‘s Queen of Hearts Pan. This bundt pan ... Read More »

Raspberry Cheesecake Brownies

Raspberry Cheesecake Brownies, aerial

Cheesecake brownies are such a great treat. They have a wonderful combination of flavors and textures, and even though they’re usually quite rich, the balance between the tangy cheesecake and chocolaty brownie makes them seem light. Classic vanilla cheesecake is the default topping for these, but there is no reason that you can’t branch out and try other flavor combinations here, just as you can ... Read More »

Small Batch Baking

Even though I don’t have any problems giving away a few dozen cookies when I have extra, there are times when you simply don’t need (or want) a huge batch of cookies or a full-sized layer cake. This is especially true if you have a small household and it takes you a while to get through all those treats. Enter Small Batch Baking. This cookbook ... Read More »

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