Category Archives: Sweet Stuff

Baking Bites for Craftsy: Food Processor Coconut Macaroons

Food Processor Coconut Macaroons

When it comes to easy-to-make cookies, coconut macaroons are one of my favorites. The cookies only require a few simple ingredients – namely, egg whites, coconut and sugar – and I typically only add in a pinch of salt and a bit of vanilla extract or citrus zest to make them stand out. If you happen to have a food processor in your kitchen, you ... Read More »

Baking Bites for Craftsy: DIY Ice Cream Cakes at Home

Baking Bites for Craftsy: DIY Ice Cream Cakes at Home

Ice cream cakes are a treat that I always looked forward to growing up. I typically only encountered this dessert on special occasions, such as a birthday party, and the triple-thread combination of cake, ice cream and frosting pushed the cake to the top of my “favorite dessert” list. For years, the only ice cream cakes I had were ones that came from an ice ... Read More »

Baking Bites for Craftsy: How to Make a Piñata Cake

Baking Bites for Craftsy: How to Make a Piñata Cake

A beautiful layer cake always has some “wow” factor to it, but there are always ways to add a little more. You can use unusual flavor combinations to surprise tasters, or add unexpected fillings, like ice cream or lemon curd, to go with layers of frosting. If you want your cake to make a big impression, however, you should try making a piñata cake. A piñata cake ... Read More »

5 Delicious Donut Recipes for National Donut Day

Vanilla Bean Mini Donuts

National Donut Day is June 5th and it is a good excuse to eat a donut or two – even though I rarely need an excuse to indulge in a donut! Many donut shops, both local stores and large chains (including Dunkin Donuts and Krispy Kreme) celebrate with discounted or even free donuts, but homemade donuts are also a wonderful way to celebrate. These are ... Read More »

Baking Bites for Craftsy: DIY Bananas Foster

Baking Bites for Craftsy: Bananas Foster

Bananas foster is one of my favorite retro desserts because it is easy to make, fun to make and tastes delicious. The recipe dates back to 1950s New Orleans, which was a shipping hub for bananas at the time. A clever chef combined fresh bananas with brown sugar, butter and booze, then served the mixture over a scoop of ice cream. Oh – and he ... Read More »

Matsumoto Shave Ice, Haleiwa, Oahu, HI

Baking Bites at Matsumoto Shave Ice, Haleiwa, Oahu, HI

Shave ice is one of my favorite Hawaiian treats. Unlike “shaved ice,” shave ice is made up of impossibly fluffy ice shavings that melt almost instantly on your tongue. The tiny shavings really hang on to the syrups, so you get a lot of flavor in each bite, not a cone of ice and a pool of syrup at the bottom. Matsumoto Shave Ice just ... Read More »

Try These Chocolate Chip Recipes for National Chocolate Chip Day

Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake

Chocolate chips are a staple on every bakers’ pantry. The semisweet chocolate chips – which contain no dairy, making them actually “dark chocolate” – have just the right balance of bittersweet cocoa and sweetness to them, which is what makes baked goods like chocolate chip cookies so popular. May 15th is National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day and it offers the perfect excuse to pull a ... Read More »

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