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  • It’s hard to go wrong with a contest-winning recipe, so when Cookie Madness came across the winner of the grand prize (and $10,000) in the 1977 Pineapple Growers recipe competition in an old cookbook, she had to try them. Trade Wind Muffins are made from a cream cheese and sour cream-enriched batter and are packed with pineapple. The sides of the muffins are coated with sliced almonds, adding an unexpected crunch to each bite. Anna said they taste like a cross “between pineapple cake and a dense Twinkie,” which is a good thing.
  • Brown butter can enhance just about any recipe that you can squeeze it into, and it is a major player in Yumsilicious Bakes sCherry Brown Butter Bars. These bars have a shortbread crust topped with a clafoutis-like filling. There is a generous amount of browned butter incorporated into that filling, along with lots of fresh cherries. Although it looks very gourmet, these bars are actually quite easy to mix up, and you can experiment with using other berries in the same recipe for variety.
  • Since I was just doing a little baking with Coca-Cola myself, I couldn’t help by notice the Chocolate Cola Cake at Amanda’s Cookin’. This cake is a classic two-layer chocolate cake topped with chocolate frosting. There is Coke in the cake batter, adding that slightly spicy flavor of Coke and making the cake very moist. There is also a bit of cola in the frosting. This is definitely a great way to use up a spare can of Coke, or to finish off a 2-liter bottle that has been sitting in the fridge.
  • The only drawback to cinnamon buns is that they take a little bit of patience and planning to make – making them a less-than-perfect breakfast option if you don’t want to spend some time baking when you first wake up! Ice Cream for Dinner‘s Less-Than-An-Hour Cinnamon Buns offer a solution, because these little buns use no yeast and can be ready to eat in less than an hour. They’re not as light or flaky as big, yeasty rolls, but they are still buttery, gooey with frosting and make a very satisfying morning treat.
  • I really enjoy gummy bears, but they’re not a food that I’ve thought about incorporating much into recipes. That is, until I spotted the Gummy Bear Martini at Grin and Bake It. While it’s not a baked good, it is very hard to resist the appeal of this fruity, multi-colored cocktail. There is even a set of bonus instructions along with the recipe for making vodka-soaked gummi bears, which make a great garnish.

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  • megan
    January 27, 2010

    I just discovered brown butter when i tried browned butter blueberry muffins a few weeks ago! It really is good, and has a great flavor

  • Anna
    January 28, 2010

    I saw some gummy bears yesterday in the bulk bin and thought about baking them into biscotti. Luckily, I didn’t try it. I’m desperate right now for interesting recipes.

  • Avanika (Yumsilicious Bakes)
    January 29, 2010

    😀 Thank you, thank you!!!

  • Amanda
    February 6, 2010

    Thanks so much for the mention, I just discovered it! 🙂 That is one very delicious cake too 🙂 Thanks again!

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