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Coffee Swirl Quick Bread

Coffee Swirl Quick Bread

Coffee cake doesn’t usually have coffee in it – but this easy to make Coffee Swirl Quick Bread could easily be termed a coffee cake because it makes coffee a featured flavor. The bread has both vanilla and coffee-flavored batters swirling together in one beautiful looking loaf. The color of the coffee is rich, so it almost makes you expect to get chocolate when you ... Read More »

Vanilla Bean Blondies

Vanilla Bean Blondies

Blondies are the lighter colored counterpart to brownies. They’re dense, chewy bar cookies that have a fudgy texture similar to that of a brownie, but without any chocolate. These Vanilla Bean Blondies have that deliciously chewy texture that you want in a blondie with a whole lot of vanilla. I used a whole vanilla bean in this batch, which gives them an amazing vanilla flavor ... Read More »

Loaded Peanut Butter Cookies

Loaded Peanut Butter Cookies

Peanut butter cookies are delicious just as they are – and that is probably why people don’t tend to stuff as many mix-ins into peanut butter cookie dough as they do with chocolate chip cookie dough. But peanut butter is very versatile and can go with all kinds of other flavors – especially if one of those flavors happens to be chocolate. These Loaded Peanut ... Read More »

Cherry and Peach Cobbler

Cherry and Peach Cobbler

The next time you set out to make a fruit cobbler, don’t limit yourself to one type of fruit. Mixing and matching fruits can make for a cobbler that is even more delicious than usual because you get multiple flavors each time you take a bite. I often bake both cherry cobblers and peach cobbers during the summer when these fruits are super sweet and ... Read More »

Cornmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Cornmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

I’ve always said that you can’t go wrong with chocolate chip cookies – and I probably always will. That means that I bake up batches of simple, classic cookies on a regular basis because I know they’ll be a hit, but it also means that I like to use the simple chocolate chip cookie as a canvas for a bit of experimentation. These Cornmeal Chocolate ... Read More »

Watermelon Cupcakes

Watermelon Cupcakes

There are few things that are more refreshing on a very hot summer day than a slice of cool, sweet watermelon. It’s even better if you top it with a sprinkle of sea salt to make the melon seem even juicier. These Watermelon Cupcakes don’t have quite the same cooling effect as fresh melon, but they definitely capture the look! They’re fluffy, tender and will ... Read More »

Orangesicle Magic Bars

Orangesicle Bars

Magic bars are a popular bar cookie get their name because they require few ingredients and are so easy to make that it’s hard to believe they taste as good as they do. The classic recipe features chocolate, nuts and coconut on a graham cracker crust and while it is a fantastic combination of flavors, there are times when a little variety is good. I ... Read More »

Pina Colada Scones

Pina Colada Scones

An icy, blended pina colada is a drink that reminds me of being on vacation in Hawaii, where I’ve had some of the best pina coladas (in the best atmosphere) that I can remember. It’s a combination of coconut, pineapple and rum blended up with lots of ice. Every time I have one, it takes me back to my last trip out there. And even ... Read More »

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