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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 »

Coffee and Kahlua Brownie Bites

Coffee and Kahlua Brownie Bites

A bottle of Kahlua or Homemade Vanilla Coffee Liqueur is a great thing to have around the kitchen. This is partly because you can use it to make yourself a tasty cocktail, but it is also because it provides a wonderful way to infuse coffee flavor into baked goods like cakes and brownies. Liqueurs are spirits that are sweetened and flavored, and like vanilla extract, ... Read More »

Homemade Vanilla Coffee Liqueur

Homemade Vanilla Coffee Liquor

KahlĂșa is a coffee liqueur that is very popular with coffee lovers and is something I often use in baking to add an extra boost of coffee flavor to a recipe. It is made with rum, coffee, sugar and vanilla, and it has an intense coffee flavor to it. It’s easy to go out and buy a bottle, but it is just as easy to ... Read More »

Toasted Almond Scones

Toasted Almond Scones

I generally gravitate towards scones that have fruit in them, whether it is fresh or dried fruit, because I like the sweetness that you get from it against the buttery background of the scone. But that isn’t to say that all my scones have to have fruit in them, and I suspect that these Toasted Almond Scones will be a hit in your kitchen even if ... Read More »

Double Peanut Butter Quick Bread

Double Peanut Butter Quick Bread

I’ve had an extra bag of peanut butter chips sitting in my pantry, just waiting for a great recipe to go into. Peanut butter chips are a great way to infuse a little peanut butter into something like chocolate chip cookies, and they are also a good way to boost the peanut butter flavor in baked goods that already feature peanut butter without weighing down ... Read More »

Flourless Chocolate Almond Cookies

Flourless Chocolate Almond Cookies

A batch of fudgy brownies is something that everyone can enjoy, and these Flourless Chocolate Almond Cookies pack the same kind of rich chocolate flavor as brownies, but in a totally different package. They have a crisp, meringue-like exterior and a moist, chewy interior that really holds a lot of chocolate flavor. They also happen to be completely gluten free. Best of all, they’re easy ... Read More »

Lime Bars

Lime Bars with Confectioners' Sugar

I bake lemon bars all the time, both because I love them and because my friends and family love them. Lemons are probably the first fruit that you think of when you think of this type of shortbread + custard bar, but they’re not the only citrus fruit that can be used to make this type of dessert. Limes, for instance, are a great option ... Read More »

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