Category Archives: Sweet Stuff

Baking Bites’ Top 10 Recipes of 2015

10 New Baking Bites Recipes of 2015

This year was a big year here at Baking Bites, with over 160 new recipes posted over the course of the past 12 months! You better get your ovens fired up now because I suspect that 2016 will yield at least as many new recipes, as well as the continuing story of my new kitchen renovation. Looking back over the year, it seems fitting to ... Read More »

Baking Bites for Craftsy: Classic Eggnog Pound Cake

Baking Bites for Craftsy: Classic Eggnog Pound Cake

A very traditional pound cake is made with a pound each of butter, flour, sugar and eggs – and not much else. This combination will make a dense, rich cake, but a very plain one. These four ingredients are a great starting point building a cake with a lot of flavor, though, as they are great building blocks for all kinds of different desserts. I’m ... Read More »

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 »

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