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Blackberry Coconut Bread

Blackberry Coconut Bread

I never get tired of my favorite coconut bread recipe, nor do I get tired of putting new variations on it. Coconut gives the bread a lovely flavor on its own, but it is a flavor that goes well with so many other ingredients from floral tropical fruit to bittersweet dark chocolate. This Blackberry Coconut Bread offers a fruity variation on my basic coconut bread, ... Read More »

Pumpkin Pie Spiced Shortbread

Pumpkin Pie Spice Shortbread

Buttery shortbread is an excellent addition to any cookie rotation. The tender, melt-in-your-mouth cookies are delicious when they are plain and you can taste pure butter in every bite, but they can also be a great canvas for other flavors and it is easy to put a seasonal twist on your favorite shortbread recipe. These Pumpkin Pie Spice Shortbread have a simple fall twist that ... Read More »

Pepita Mexican Chocolate Cake

Pepita Mexican Chocolate Cake

My kitchen has been overflowing with pepitas – a.k.a. pumpkin seeds – for the past few weeks and I’ve enjoyed experimenting with new ways to enjoy these tasty seeds. It’s easy to incorporate them into a bread or a batch of cookies, but Rick Bayless’s Pepita-Mexican Chocolate Cake grinds them into a fine flour for use in a unique and delicious cake recipe. I first ... Read More »

Leftover Candy Corn Cookies

Leftover Candy Corn Cookies

Billions of candy corn are bought in the weeks leading up to Halloween but, like other Halloween candies, not all of those candy corn will get eaten before we start filling our kitchens with food for next couple of holidays. I like candy corn and it rarely goes to waste in my house. When I do have some leftover, however, I will come up with ... Read More »

Sweet & Spicy Candied Pumpkin Seeds

Sweet & Spicy Candied Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkin seeds are one of the byproducts of carving pumpkins in my house. Also known as pepitas, pumpkin seeds have a mild, nutty flavor to them that is enhanced when they are roasted, so I typically toast my pumpkin seeds to serve as a snack when pumpkin-carving is completed. That being said, I usually buy my pumpkin seeds instead of harvesting them from fresh pumpkins ... Read More »

Pumpkin Spice Milk Punch

Pumpkin Spice Milk Punch

Milk punch is an old fashioned cocktail that originated sometime in the 17th century. Fans of eggnog will note that it is similar to the classic holiday drink, but it doesn’t include any eggs. It uses brandy (or bourbon or rum), a bit of sugar and milk to make a cocktail that is rich and creamy without being too heavy. Since it is such a ... Read More »

Vampire Whoopie Pies

Vampire Whoopie Pies

It is no secret that I am a huge fan of all vampire-related things, especially if those things happen to be vampire-themed Halloween treats! I’ve made cookies, cupcakes and even pancakes before! I recommend serving them all at your next Halloween party, but if you have to narrow it down to just one treat, you might want to opt for a batch of my Vampire ... Read More »

How to Make Edible Homemade Blood (for Halloween Cake Decorating)

How to Make Homemade Blood (for Halloween Cake Decorating)

Halloween goodies should be creepy, spooky and – above all – very delicious. I always get caught up in the Halloween spirit with my baked goods and have put together some pretty crazy desserts over the years, such as slime-filled cupcakes and vampire cookies. I love to bring in some colors that help give the desserts a little extra Halloween personality and opt for vivid ... Read More »

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