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Strawberry Mint Julep

Strawberry Mint Julep

Mint juleps are wonderful cocktails to sip on a hot day, as they are both simple and refreshing. They are traditional served the first weekend in May, as that is the day of the Kentucky Derby and mint juleps are the official cocktail of that historic horse race. Whether you watch racing or not, a refreshing mint julep is definitely a nice accompaniment for a ... Read More »

Big, Bakery-Style Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Big, Bakery-Style Oatmeal Cookies

One of the first things that catches my eye when I walk into a bakery or cafe are stacks of large cookies, either arranged in a pastry case or appealingly stacked in glass canisters. The cookies are almost always jumbo sized, much larger than the size of cookie I typically bake at home, and they are very tempting for a cookie-lover like me. Fortunately, I ... Read More »

Skillet Peach and Mango Crisp

Skillet Peach and Mango Cobbler

Fruit crisps are wonderful desserts when you have a kitchen full of in-season fruits. There are many different variations on a classic crisp out there to choose from, including cobblers, buckles and grunts. A basic crisp has a streusel-like topping over a base of sweetened fresh fruit. They’re faster and easier to make than fruit pies, but no crisp is as quick as this Skillet ... Read More »

Mini Banana Cupcakes with Chocolate Peanut Butter Ganache Frosting

Mini Banana Cupcakes with Chocolate Peanut Butter Ganache Frosting

Banana bread is always a good option when you want to do some baking with bananas, but it’s not the only option. These Mini Banana Cupcakes are a great alternative when you want to make a treat that is a little bit sweeter than your standard quick bread and perfect for bite-sized snacking. This recipe makes a relatively small batch of cupcakes – just 24 ... Read More »

Chocolate Blueberry Muffins

Chocolate Blueberry Muffins

Chocolate muffins can be tricky to make. Many chocolate muffins don’t have enough chocolate flavor to warrant the name. Other chocolate muffins are too sweet and rich to really be called muffins; they are really just decadent cupcakes without the frosting. Chocolate muffins should not be too sweet, yet should still have a deep chocolate flavor. These Chocolate Blueberry Muffins fit the bill perfectly, and ... Read More »

Lemon Curd Cream Puffs

Lemon Curd Cream Puffs

There is something wonderful about eating cream puffs – especially when those cream puffs are freshly baked and filled. Cream puffs are made with choux pastry, a plain and versatile french pastry dough that can be shaped and filled in a wide variety of different ways. These Lemon Curd Cream Puffs are a wonderful springtime cream puff recipe that all lemon-lovers are sure to enjoy. ... Read More »

Crispy Salted Peanut Butter Cookies

Crispy Salted Peanut Butter Cookies

Most peanut butter cookies are chewy. Some are softer than others, the but majority retain a distinct chew to them even days after baking. I enjoy a good chewy peanut butter cookie, but there are times when I want something crispier. These¬†Crispy Salted Peanut Butter Cookies are some of the most delicious peanut butter cookies I’ve had to date – and their light, crispy texture ... Read More »

Meyer Lemon Coconut Scones

Meyer Lemon Coconut Scones

While Meyer lemons seem to be in stores more often during the spring, Meyer lemon trees bear fruit all year round. This means that new flowers are budding right alongside ripe lemons, so there is never an off-season for these sweet, lovely lemons. I love working with Meyer lemons when I have the chance because they bring in lots of lemon flavor – just like ... Read More »

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