Category Archives: Sweet Stuff

Guittard Extra Dark Chocolate Chips, reviewed

Guittard Extra Dark Chocolate Chips

Semisweet chocolate is the standard for chocolate chips. Neither too sweet nor too dark, it appeals to everyone and complements most recipes. If you want something a little different, you either have to hunt around to find a bag of specialty chocolate chips or chop up a bar of chocolate into chunks to stir into your cookie dough. Dark chocolate lovers should keep an eye ... Read More »

The best frozen apple pie and key lime pie

cr's frozen pies

Sometimes there just isn’t time to bake a pie from scratch during the holidays. Company is coming, your family is traveling, or you’ve cooked so much other stuff that you’re simply not interested in starting another project. At times like this, you can buy a pie or other dessert from a favorite bakery, or you can buy  frozen pie and stick it in the oven ... Read More »

McCain’s cookies win contest

Every presidential election year, Family Circle magazine publishes two favorite cookie recipes – one from each of the new potential First Ladies – and lets readers cast their vote for their favorite. The vote isn’t to see who should end up in the White House, but whose cookies are better. This year, the contest was between Michelle Obama’s Amaretto Shortbread Cookies and Cindy McCain’s Oatmeal ... Read More »

Candy corn blog and candy corn baking

Like candy corn? I know I like to have a couple of pieces here and there during the fall season, and enjoy them enough to have created a cookie inspired by and decorated like candy corn. But unless you spend your spare time trying to make your own candy corn, you probably aren’t as big a fan of candy corn as the blogger behind Sweet ... Read More »

Pink Ribbon Cookie Kit

October is national breast cancer awareness month, and although the month is drawing to a close, the idea behind it is to draw attention to breast cancer research and gain support for it throughout the year. There are fundraisers and walks to participate in, but as with most things, the best way to start out is to start small, with family and friends. A batch ... Read More »

Chocolate Covered Witch Hats

Chocolate Covered Witch Hats, in progress

Just because you don’t want to do any baking, it doesn’t mean that you can’t still make some easy and fun Halloween treats. I got the idea for these chocolate-covered witch hats when we had an unexpected mini-heat wave and I found myself reaching for ice cream rather than for a piece of cake as an afternoon treat. The hats are easy to make and ... Read More »

Jones Soda Lemon Drop Dead, reviewed

Jones Soda Co. is known for their inventively flavored sodas and unique label designs. Their normal sodas range from Root Beer to Fufu Berry, but their most original are the holiday drinks that they put out a few times each year. The Turkey and Gravy Soda, part of the Thanksgiving and Christmas variety packs, is notorious for being a bit… adventurous, but when I saw ... Read More »

Homemade Halloween treat ideas

Halloween treats

Since it’s a Halloween “no-no” to pass out homemade treats, we’re all going to have to stick to individually wrapped candies and things when passing goodies out to trick-or-treaters. But that doesn’t mean that we can’t go the extra mile for our family and friends and cook up some really spooky homemade Halloween treats this year. If you need some Halloween cupcake ideas, you cannot ... Read More »

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