Category Archives: Sweet Stuff

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 »

5 Must-Make Christmas Cookie Recipes

Soft Cutout Christmas Cookies

When you’re baking cookies for Christmas, it isn’t quite enough to do one batch of cookies. After all, if you’re going to bake only one day out of the year, it is probably for Christmas and you may as well go all out. A great cookie plate should have a variety of cookies that are all distinct in appearance, so your guests (and Santa) don’t ... Read More »

How to Pack and Ship Holiday Baked Goods

Package of Baked Goods

Homemade baked goods are one of the best gifts that you can give during the holiday season. They’re good any time of year, of course, but the holiday spirit seems to make people enjoy baked goods even more than usual! Baked goods, even some as simple as chocolate chip cookies made with the back-of-the-bag recipe (which is generally a good one, incidentally), are tasty, relatively ... Read More »

What is royal icing?

Gingerbread Man with icing

Royal icing is the standard for icing gingerbread cookies or other cutouts that need decoration. It is made primarily from confectioners’ sugar and lightly beaten egg whites, and often a bit of cream of tartar or lemon juice is also added into it. The icing is very popular because the basic recipe can be flavored or colored very easily, giving you a lot of options ... Read More »

What is red velvet?

The term “red velvet” gets tossed around a lot these days.  It is  – arguably – the hottest cake flavor out there if you watch food focused TV programming where all the presenters go ga-ga over a slice of the cake. But for every time I hear the praises of red velvet cake sung, I also hear someone complain about a bland cake, a cake ... Read More »

Nestle Tollhouse Dark Chocolate & Mint Morsels, Reviewed

Tollhouse Dark Choc & Mint Morsels

I always like seeing a bag of limited edition chocolate chips pop up on grocer store shelves around the holidays, and seeing Nestle’s seasonal Tollhouse Dark Chocolate & Mint Morsels was no exception. Flavored chips promise a little departure from standard chocolate chips in a form that is just as easy to incorporate into a cake or cookie dough. The problem is that not all ... Read More »

Trader Joe’s Easy Melt Baking Chocolate, reviewed

Trader Joe's Baking Chocolate - Easy Melting

When it comes to melting chocolate, it is much easier to deal with small pieces than large blocks. Chocolate can burn easily, whether you are melting it in the microwave or in a double boiler, and smaller pieces mean a faster and more even melt. I generally chop off a piece of a larger block of chocolate, then cut it down from there. It is ... Read More »

5 Great Pies for Thanksgiving

Not sure what to make for your Thanksgiving dessert? The options are almost endless because there is no wrong way to end a Thanksgiving meal. That being said, pie is traditional and I know at least a few people who would throw a minor fit if it wasn’t an option. I just love pie in general, so any reason to have pie is a good ... Read More »

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