Mummy Cookies with White Chocolate Wrapping

chocolate mummy cookies

A few Halloweens ago, I baked up a batch of Gingerbread Skeleton cookies. They were made with a fairly typical gingerbread dough – complete with lots of spices and molasses – and I used some white icing (a mixture of powdered sugar, vanilla and milk) to create some spooky designs on the cut out cookies. They were some of my all time favorite cookies, not ... Read More »

Bites from other Blogs

I was going to star off this weeks Bites with a link to the summery strawberry shortcakes at I love Milk and Cookies, as a last hurrah for summer in the northern hemisphere and a way to welcome it into the southern. But then I saw JenJen’s Apple Cider Donuts and couldn’t resist the spice and fall flavor combination. Plus, the donuts are baked, not fried. ... Read More »

Homemade vanilla extract

TL's homemade vanilla

Vanilla extract is an absolute staple for a baker. It is one of the few flavorings that works in just about everything (everything sweet, anyway) and, while cookies and cakes can be made without it, it really helps to round out the overall flavor of a baked good even when it is not the dominant flavor. As such, I put vanilla in lots of stuff. ... Read More »

Pumpkin pans for fall


I have a soft spot for themed foods and, as much as I love to eat pumpkin and pumpkin-related desserts, I am also a huge fan of some of the neat pumpkin-shaped pans out there that have been released for the fall holiday season. The pumpkin cheesecake pan(pictured) has straight-sided cavities to mold perfectly shaped mini pumpkins. The pan has a removable bottom, which makes it ... Read More »

PB & J Muffins

PB & J Muffin

I love it when a recipe is versatile and can be easily altered for a whole new flavor combination. It gives you a lot more baking options when you don’t constantly have to grope around for a new recipe, but can just make a change or two to a tried-and-true favorite and come out with something completely different. The easiest and most straighforward way to ... Read More »

The Big Book of Diabetic Desserts

The Big Book of Diabetic Desserts

When I think of diabetic desserts, not very many things come to mind. Most homemade treats are either not an option or can only be eaten on a restricted basis. Most storebought desserts are poor substitutes for the “real” thing. But when I first came across The Big Book of Diabetic Desserts, I was impressed and as I read through it, I liked the book ... Read More »

Apple Crisp

nic's apple crisp

I always looked forward to eating apple crisp when I was little. Not only is it a tasty dessert, but it was a dessert that only my grandparents made, so I only got to have some when they came to dinner and brought a fresh batch with them. My strategy was to eat one serving when everyone else did, then snag any leftovers for myself later.  ... Read More »

Can a mixing bowl be too large?

mixing bowls

Most mixing bowls that are marketed at home cooks are sold in relatively standard sets of three with a small, medium and large bowl. Recipes, in an attempt to help non-pro bakers get the best results possible, often indicate whether a large, medium or small bowl is called for in a given step. The reason for this is that some home cooks will try and work ... Read More »

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