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S’mores Scones

S'mores Scones

As soon as it gets warm enough to enjoy dinner outdoors, I count that as the start of s’mores season. The combination of toasted marshmallows, melted chocolate and crispy graham crackers is one of my favorites, and once my pantry is stocked up for the season, those ingredients seem to find their way into all kinds of baked goods. These S’mores Scones are a way to ... Read More »

Mint Julep Pie

Mint Julep Buttermilk Pie

Mint Juleps are a cocktail that is a tradition at the Kentucky Derby, which is run at Churchill Downs on the first Saturday in May every year. The drink is made with bourbon, sugar and mint, and served over ice. It’s strong, yet refreshing – and both of those qualities are what make this drink such a hit at a big, festive springtime event like ... Read More »

Vanilla Crumb Cake

Vanilla Crumb Cake

A coffee cake with a buttery crumb topping is hard to resist. Most crumb toppings include cinnamon or other spices, both because spices add a great aroma to a cake while it is baking and because darker spices give a crumb topping a darker color to contrast with the rest of the cake. This Vanilla Crumb Cake is for vanilla lovers and you won’t find ... Read More »

Lemon and Lavender Shortbread

Lemon and Lavender Shortbread

You can never go wrong with a buttery batch of shortbread cookies. They’re delicious plain, where you get a generous dose of butter flavor, and they can also be a blank canvas for other flavors. This Lemon and Lavender Shortbread is a great example of how a few simple additions can take a shortbread recipe from something good to something special without even trying. It ... Read More »

Blood Orange Margarita

Blood Orange Margarita

Blood orange season typically runs from December through March, but this year I had a few oranges that tenaciously hung onto the tree branches until late spring and I could only think of one way to celebrate the last oranges of the season: Blood Orange Margaritas. These drinks get their vivid red color from fresh blood orange juice, which makes them really stand out if ... Read More »

PB&J Whoopie Pies

PB&J Whoopie Pie

Soft, cake-like whoopie pies are so much fun to eat that they make me feel like a kid again – even though I didn’t really eat whoopie pies as a kid. That sense comes from the fact that whoopie pies are finger food and are often a bit mess to eat, as filling ineviatably squishes out from one side or the other and gets onto ... Read More »

Dulce de Leche Creme Brûlée

Dulce De Leche Creme Brulee

Dulce de leche is an amazing milk-based caramel sauce that is very popular in Latin and South American countries, though it is found in many different countries throughout the world. It is very sweet and very rich, with a distinct flavor of caramelized milk that really sets it apart from other caramel sauces. It’s delicious and it’s addictive. It can be tempting to eat it ... Read More »

Raspberry Swirl Pound Cake

Raspberry Swirl Pound Cake

A pop of color usually makes baked goods stand out, whether you’re talking about berry-filled sandwich cookies or sprinkles on top of a cake. At Starbucks, they have a Raspberry Swirl Pound Cake in the case that always catches my eye, since it has a bright red ribbon running through it. It’s a tasty cake, but I knew that it was one I could easily ... Read More »

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