Category Archives: Sweet Stuff

What is panettone?

What is panettone?

At just about all specialty food stores, as well as a good number of regular supermarkets, you’re going to find elegant boxes of panettone available around the holidays. The boxes are always adorned with illustrations of what’s inside, but an illustration is never as good as actually seeing the product. Panettone is a somewhere between a bread and a cake in taste, a sweet yeasted ... Read More »

Nestle Swirled Holiday Morsels, reviewed

Nestle Swirled Holiday Morsels

I used food coloring to put a swirl into my candy cane cupcakes. Nestle clearly had the same idea when they came up with their Swirled Holiday Morsels – a.k.a. red, white and green white baking chips. Their chips have broader applications than my cupcakes do and are an interesting way to help us infuse a little color into our holiday baking. The chips are ... Read More »

Mother’s Cookies brand bought by Kelloggs

Hearing about the closing of the Mother’s Cake & Cookie Co. in California just a few weeks ago was devastating to fans of their excellent and unique cookies. News that their beloved Circus Animal Cookies wouldn’t be on shelves for much longer actually caused something of a rush on them in some markets. Fortunately, Kellogg’s has just purchased the Mother’s recipes and trademark to their ... Read More »

Tim Tams in the US!

Tim Tams in the US

Tim Tams are known as “Australia’s Favorite Cookie,”  and for good reason. These little cookies are nothing short of amazing. The building blocks are simple: a chocolate mousse filling is sandwiched between two chocolate wafer cookies and the whole thing is dunked in a thin layer of chocolate. It’s a fantastic combination of rich, crispy and creamy – especially when you do the Tim Tam ... Read More »

Baking Bites Holiday Cupcake Contest!

Baking Bites' Holiday Cupcake Contest

It’s been far too long since I’ve had a contest here on Baking Bites, and after the great time I had hosting a holiday contest last year, I know I couldn’t let the season pass without running another. So today, I’m kicking off the Baking Bites Holiday Cupcake Contest! The contest is a simple one, inspired by the way last year’s gingerbread-themed contest ran. All ... Read More »

Twilight-Themed Vampire Treats

Twilight, the movie, comes out this week. If you’re a fan of the book series looking for a way to celebrate the release of the much-anticipated film, why not make some vampire-themed treats? Bloody Marys and other red drinks are obvious choices, but you’ll really impress your friends (or your child and his/her friends, which may be even more important) if you put together a ... Read More »

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 »

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