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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 »

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

Kahlúa 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 »

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