Category Archives: Sweet Stuff

Baking Bites for Craftsy: Peppermint Whoopie Pies

Peppermint Whoopie Pies

Peppermint hot chocolate is one of my favorite holiday drinks and I love taking those flavors and transforming them into other holiday treats. While I love a mug of hot chocolate, it simply isn’t quite as convenient to take to a holiday party as a bundt cake or a plate of cookies. These Chocolate Peppermint Whoopie Pies perfectly capture both the chocolate and peppermint elements ... Read More »

Baking Bites for Craftsy: DIY Vanilla Extract

Baking Bites for Craftsy: DIY Vanilla Extract

I go through a lot of vanilla extract in my kitchen and, while I do have a favorite brand, it isn’t the only brand that I use. In fact, sometimes the vanilla extract that I use is Baking Bites brand – meaning that I make it myself at home! Vanilla extract is made by extracting the vanilla flavor, produced by a compound called vanillin, from ... Read More »

Baking Bites for Craftsy: Easy Sour Cream Coffee Cake

Baking Bites' Easy Sour Cream Coffee Cake

I do a lot of entertaining during the holidays and find myself serving up brunch even more often than I do during other times of the year! This is largely because getting together earlier in the day means that I have more time – all afternoon, in fact – to spend with friends and visiting relatives, so I always start with brunch. Brunch isn’t the ... Read More »

Cooks Illustrated Taste Tests Maple Syrups

Cooks Illustrated Taste Tests Maple Syrups

Maple syrup is one of my favorite ingredients, both cook with and to use as a flavoring to add a finishing touch to pancakes, waffles and more.¬†While fall is often associated with maple flavored treats (largely because maple goes so well with spices that are popular during the holidays), maple syrup is actually harvested towards the end of the winter and very early spring, when ... Read More »

Baking Bites for Craftsy: Classic Pumpkin Pie Bars

Baking Bites for Craftsy: Classic Pumpkin Pie Bars

Pumpkin pies are always a good dessert option in the fall. I find that I tend to make them when I’m hosting a dinner party or other more “formal” gatherings. When I want a more casual dessert, I bake up pumpkin pie bars instead. The bar-version of pumpkin pie comes together quickly and can be cut into many small pieces, which translates into a fantastic ... Read More »

Have We Reached the Pumpkin Spice Peak?

Have We Reached the Pumpkin Spice Peak?

Fall has always been a season of pumpkin, apples and spices. Cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and ginger are used in so many fall favorites that we have come to associate them with the holiday season every time we taste them. Pumpkin pie spice is a blend of spices that uses these very spices. It’s a handy ingredient to have in the kitchen because it really streamlines ... Read More »

Baking Bites for Craftsy: Easy Almond Macaroons

Chewy Almond Macaroons

Light, colorful almond macarons are still some of the most desirable cookies out there, but similarly named Almond Macaroons (mac-a-roons) probably predate the petite French pastry. Macaroons can be dated to a monastery in the 9th century, where the monks baked small cakes made with ground almonds and egg whites. A version of the cookie made with shredded coconut tends to be a bit more ... Read More »

Baking Bites for Craftsy: Easy Eggless Chocolate Cake

Baking Bites for Craftsy: Easy Eggless Chocolate Cake

We have all had times when we want to bake a cake, but don’t have the time, energy or ingredients on hand to make one. You might be out of eggs or butter, you might have had a long day at work, or you simply don’t want to face the cleanup after putting the batter in the oven. This is when you need to have ... Read More »

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