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Espresso Martini with Vanilla Bean Whipped Cream

Espresso Martini with Vanilla Bean Whipped Cream

I really enjoyed being able to make my homemade Vanilla Coffee Liqueur, since I’m a coffee lover. It’s a great addition to your home bar because it is tasty and easy to use in a variety of drinks. The easiest way to use it is to simply add a splash to coffee or hot chocolate, which will give your drink a little bit of a ... Read More »

Chewy White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

Chewy White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

I probably bake chocolate chip cookies a little bit more often than other types of cookies. You can’t argue with them: everyone likes chocolate and they’re simply a classic. Once in a while I get a real craving for something with white chocolate instead and bake up a batch of white chocolate macadamia nut cookies as a change of pace. They’re the kind of cookie ... Read More »

Toasted Pound Cake

Toasted Pound Cake with Quick Berry Compote

Pound cake is a versatile cake that can be eaten any number of ways. You can eat it plain, topped with fresh fruit or ice cream, or even toast it. You might not think about cake as a food that you normally toast, but pound cake is the exception to that general rule. It is dense enough to hold up well to slicing and toasting, ... Read More »

Layered Coconut and Lime Bars

Coconut Lime Bars

I’ve had quite a few different coconut and lime bars. In fact, I never turn down a chance to try one because I’m such a fan of this flavor combination. These Layered Coconut and Lime Bars are a little outside of the box when compared to many other bars that are made using the same flavors because they have a meringue-like layer of coconut on ... Read More »

Sweet and Spicy Orange Glazed Pecans

Sweet & Spicy Orange Glazed Pecans

I love making spiced, roasted nuts. They’re a great snack to have around for everyday munching and they’re always a hit when you put them out at parties. Generally speaking, spiced nuts aren’t too difficult to make and you have complete control over how salty, spicy or sweet your nuts turn out – control that you just don’t get with prepackaged nut mixes. These Sweet ... Read More »

Coffee, Cinnamon and Hazelnut Cakes

Hazelnut, Coffee and Cinnamon Cakes

Buy hazelnuts. Toast hazelnuts. Make these Coffee, Cinnamon and Hazelnut Cakes. If you already have toasted hazelnuts in your pantry, then you can skip the first two steps and go straight for the third one. These individual hazelnut cakes are surprisingly easy to make and absolutely delicious to eat, whether you’re looking for a simple dessert at the end of a busy weeknight or something that ... Read More »

Baci di Dama

Baci di Dama, close up

Baci di Dama is a type of Italian cookie that is perfect for romantics. The name means “Lady’s Kisses,” and probably comes from the fact that these bite-sized cookies are simple, sweet and satisfying. The cookies are a kind of hazelnut shortbread sandwich cookies that are filled with dollops of chocolate that add a little extra richness to the cookies and hold the halves together. ... Read More »

Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Truffles

Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Truffles

Chocolate truffles are an indulgence that I don’t just save for Valentine’s Day. They’re easy to make and homemade truffles are almost always more delicious than truffles that you can buy in a store – especially if you start out with great chocolate to begin with. These Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Truffles are a variation on a classic chocolate truffle that includes a hint of toasted ... Read More »

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