Category Archives: Sweet Stuff

Wilton Micro Heart Sprinkles

Heart Sprinkles

One of the easiest ways to dress up a cake or cookies for a holiday is to top them off with some colorful sprinkles. I am always tempted by the seasonal sprinkles that hit the baking aisle during the holidays – trees for Christmas, bats at Halloween and hearts at Valentine’s Day – but I rarely end up using the sprinkles. The reason is that ... Read More »

Barry Callebaut Semisweet Chocolate Chunks, reviewed

Callebaut Chocolate Chunks

Barry Callebaut is one of the finest chocolate makers in the world, and one of the largest, even though you may not have heard of it. The company has been around since 1850 and has been focused on chocolate for the last century. The reason that you may not have heard of this Belgian chocolate company is that their products are often sold directly to ... Read More »

Guittard Butterscotch Chips, reviewed

Guittard Butterscotch Chips

Butterscotch chips are something of a novelty in the chocolate chip aisle at the grocery store. Butterscotch itself is a thick dessert syrup made with brown sugar and butter. It has a rich, buttery sweetness that goes well with many other flavors. Butterscotch chips typically have a brown sugar and butter flavor to them and are a much easier way to add some sweetness to ... Read More »

What are macarons?

Macarons

French macarons are thin, flavorful meringue cookies that are sandwiched together with some kind of filling. The meringues are what make the cookies unique. They have a smooth, crisp shell and a moist, chewy interior. They are made with egg whites and lots of ground nuts, which helps them to attain that chewy texture without drying out and becoming too crispy, like a simple meringue ... Read More »

Macarons at Bottega Louie, Los Angeles, CA

More macarons

French macarons are not as easy to find at bakeries as chewy, coconut macaroons are. While I am a big fan of a good coconut macaroon, I like finding a place that sells great macarons even more because I encounter it so much less frequently. One place in Los Angeles that sells great macarons – and lots of them – is Bottega Louie in downtown ... Read More »

What is molasses?

Molasses bottles

Molasses is a byproduct of the process of refining sugar cane into sugar. It is a thick syrup, dark in color, with a very strong sweet and somewhat bitter flavor. It is frequently used in baking and it is particularly popular in recipes for spice cookies and cakes, where it adds a lot of brown sugar flavor without making a recipe too sweet. Like honey, ... Read More »

Betty Crocker Snickerdoodle Cookie Mix, reviewed

Betty Crocker Snickerdoodle Cookies

The next time you take a stroll down the baking aisle at your local grocery store, take a look at the baking mixes. Where there used to be just cake and brownie mixes, there are now all kinds of different options, including cookie mixes. Cake mixes tend to have an ultra-soft texture to them that is unique to cake mixes, while the cookie mixes, on ... Read More »

How to get sprinkles to stick to cookies

Cookies with Sprinkles

Adding sprinkles seems like an easy way to decorate a batch of butter cookies or other relatively plain-looking cookies for holiday or some other festive occasion. They’re bright, colorful and, unlike frostings and glazes, need no prep time. But sprinkles can come with their own problems because they don’t always end up where you want them to be; frequently, when you’re applying sprinkles, you end ... Read More »

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