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Oatmeal Snickerdoodle Muffins

Oatmeal Snickerdoodle Muffins

Snickerdoodles are one of my favorite types of cookie. Snickerdoodles are a type of sugar cookie that is coated in a mixture of cinnamon and sugar before baking, a mixture that gives the cookies both a beautiful color and a delicious extra layer of flavor. These Oatmeal Snickerdoodle Muffins are inspired by those classic cookies, though the cookies generally don’t use any oatmeal. The tender ... Read More »

Amaretto Eton Mess with Five Spice Cherries

Amaretto Eaton Mess with Five Spice Cherries

Eton mess is a very simple dessert that, by design, is supposed to be unfussy yet still perfect for entertaining. The dessert consists of a mixture of crumbled meringue and whipped cream, topped with berries or other summer fruits. The name may refer to the appearance of the dish – since crumbling meringue and tossing it in whipped cream certainly is a bit messy – ... Read More »

White Chocolate Chai Scones

White Chocolate Chai Scones

Spicy chai tea is the perfect drink to warm up with on a cold day. Hot tea is always warming, but the ginger, cinnamon, cardamom and the other spices that are commonly found in chai seem to warm you up just as effectively as the actual heat of the tea. Taking those spices and putting them into another form brings those same warming characteristics to ... Read More »

Brown Sugar and Coconut Cinnamon Bun Bread

Brown Sugar and Coconut Cinnamon Bun Bread

An easy to make brunch dish is perfect for entertaining any time of year, whether you’re enjoying a lazy Sunday morning on a warm summer day or cozying up to the fire place on a chilly winter morning. One dish that I particularly enjoy is this Brown Sugar and Coconut Cinnamon Bun Bread, which captures the spirit of delicious, yeasted cinnamon buns in a one-bowl ... Read More »

How to Make Hot Buttered Rum

How to Make Hot Buttered Rum

Hot Buttered Rum is one of those drinks that you only hear about in old fashioned stories and Christmas carols. I have yet to attend a holiday party where it has been served, and most people don’t even seem to know what hot buttered rum is. So, what is hot buttered rum? It is a drink that starts with a base of butter, sugar and ... Read More »

Gingerbread Rice Krispy Squares

Gingerbread Rice Krispy Treats

I love marshmallows in just about any form, and I have a soft spot for flavored marshmallows that let me add another layer of flavor to my hot chocolate, s’mores or cereal bar treats. Sometimes I make my own flavored marshmallows, while other times I rely on seasonal, limited edition marshmallows to infuse a little extra flavor into my treats. One flavor that I enjoy ... Read More »

Peppermint Brownie Whoopie Pies

Peppermint Brownie Whoopie Pies

The holiday season, when it comes to food, is all about specific flavors. Eating combinations of these flavors – orange and clove, vanilla and nutmeg, cranberry and pistachio, etc. – will make you think of the holidays no matter what form they turn up in. I also feel this way about the combination of peppermint and chocolate, since a peppermint-kissed hot chocolate is one of ... Read More »

Ginger Almond Biscotti

Ginger Almond Biscotti

Many people don’t try their hand at baking biscotti at home, but it is well worth the effort because biscotti are great cookies to have around and homemade ones are a huge improvement over storebought in just about all cases. These Ginger Almond Biscotti stat with my favorite basic biscotti dough, a dough that is easy to put all kinds of flavor variations on once ... Read More »

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