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Vanilla Brown Sugar Shortbread Buttons

Vanilla Brown Sugar Shortbread Cookies

While you can never go wrong with a batch of chocolate chip cookies, shortbread cookies always have a place in my kitchen. They’re easy to make and satisfying to eat, whether you’re snacking on them with tea or serving them up alongside ice cream for dessert. These Vanilla Brown Sugar Shortbread Buttons should be an instant hit with anyone who enjoys shortbread. They’re buttery, with ... Read More »

Spiced Rum Banana Bread

Spiced Rum Banana Bread

Though there are all kinds of delicious goodies you can make with bananas and it is hard to pick a favorite. The two that I make most often – that I could probably claim as my favorites – are banana bread and bananas foster. I’ve made all kinds of variations on banana bread over the years and I decided to make one inspired by bananas ... Read More »

Vanilla Bean Peppermint Bundt Cake

Vanilla Bean Peppermint Bundt Cake

Peppermint and chocolate is a wonderful combination, whether you are eating a chocolate-dipped peppermint candy or stirring a candy cane into a mug of hot cocoa. Peppermint doesn’t get paired quite as often with vanilla, but I believe that the two flavors just might be an even better combination – especially when you are combining them in a recipe like this Vanilla Bean Peppermint Bundt ... Read More »

Turkey and Stuffing Potato Balls

Thanksgiving Leftovers: Turkey and Stuffing Potato Balls

There is a well-known Cuban bakery in Los Angeles called Porto’s that I visit regularly. They make everything from breads to cakes, and offer both sweet and savory options. Their best seller is a deep fried potato ball that is stuffed with a savory mixture of meat and veggies. The potato balls are hearty and come in at under $1, making them a very affordable ... Read More »

Coconut Pumpkin Bread

Coconut Pumpkin Bread

Pumpkin bread, along with pumpkin pie, is a default baked good that almost everyone makes with canned pumpkin during the fall baking season. It’s tasty, it’s a classic and it’s generally very easy to make. This Coconut Pumpkin Bread is a nice change of pace from plain pumpkin breads for me, especially because I’m a big fan of coconut. While you might not think of ... Read More »

Coconut Cranberry Bread Pudding

Coconut Cranberry Bread Pudding

I like the combination of cranberries and coconut in holiday baked goods. Cranberries have a bold, sweet-tart flavor that enlivens a wide variety of desserts. Coconuts are buttery and rich, whether you are using the meat or the milk. Together, they create desserts with wonderful contrasts of both color and flavor. This Coconut Cranberry Bread Pudding is a great example and a solid dessert to ... Read More »

Buttermilk Pumpkin Pie

Buttermilk Pumpkin Pie

Pumpkin pie is a staple in my home not only during Thanksgiving, but all throughout the fall season. The warm flavors of pumpkin pie spice and the creamy texture of squash-enriched pie are practically synonymous with autumn. As much as I enjoy a classic pumpkin pie, I also enjoy the many forms that it can take, from Maple Pumpkin Pie┬áto my Two-Layer Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake. ... Read More »

Dulce de Leche Pecan Tart

Dulce de Leche Pecan Tart

Pecan pie is a holiday classic, but it isn’t one of my favorites. Most pecan pies have a filling of extra-sweet custard that outshines the wonderful pecans on the top of the pie, even if you take the time to roast your pecans ahead of time. I much prefer pecan tarts because, while you still have some of that flavorful filling, the nuts really become ... Read More »

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