Mini Chocolate Croissant Cookies

Mini Chocolate Croissant Cookies

Making homemade croissants is still on my bucket list,  but at least I can say I’ve come close.  Sort of.  These miniature chocolate croissants are a nice little substitute for the real thing and much, much easier.  The other cool thing about them is they are made with ingredients you probably have in the kitchen….

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Coconut Meringue Pie

Coconut Meringue Pie

In honor of Todd’s birthday, I’m sharing a recipe for Coconut Meringue Pie. Will this one replace our all-time favorite Coconut Cream Pie?  I’ll have to get back to you on that, but for now I can tell you that this one is very good and different in that it has a higher ratio of…

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Frozen Peppermint Cream Pie

Frozen Peppermint Cream Pie

This frozen peppermint cream pie came from an attempt to use up some Peppermint Schnapps I found in a lunchbox in the garage. As shady as that sounds, the fact is I’ve been keeping my liqueurs in those little tin lunchboxes they sell at Old Navy, and I found a box in the garage full…

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Flourless Chocolate Pecan Cookies

Flourless Chocolate Pecan Cookies

Flourless Chocolate Pecan Cookies may not seem very holiday-ish, but here in Texas they sure are. The holiday season is also pecan season, so anything with pecans qualifies as “Christmas-y”. Or at least that’s my theory.

Dark Chocolate M&Ms Cookies

Dark Chocolate M&Ms Cookies

Dark Chocolate M&Ms Cookies are one of my all-time favorites, and this is my best recipe. Everyone comments on the texture, which comes from a mixture of butter and shortening. I have tried making them with butter only and they aren’t quite the same, so for the best results, break out the Crisco. You’ll get…

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Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

gluten-free chocolate chip cookies

Gluten-free chocolate chip cookies can be just as good as the real thing, or in some cases even better.  The gluten-free chocolate chip cookies from Baking You Happy were incredible, but I wanted to try a more traditional version — one made with the usual butter, eggs and sugar rather than vegan.  These thin and…

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Bob’s Peanut Butter Brittle

Peanut Butter Brittle

I’ve never been to The Davenport Hotel in Spokane, WA, but apparently they  are well known for serving a soft peanut brittle called “Peanut Butter Brittle”. I didn’t know this when I posted my version of soft peanut brittle a few years ago. All I knew was that it was a good candy and the…

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Baking You Happy Review

Baking You Happy

Today’s recipe is from Baking You Happy: Gluten-Free Recipes from Sweet Freedom Bakery (100% vegan), a cookbook with over 50 recipes for sweet treats that are gluten-free, 100% vegan, and free of soy, peanuts, corn, refined sugar and artificial ingredients.  If you have a food allergy or bake for people who do, Baking You Happy…

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Peppermint Bark for The Holidays

Peppermint Bark

Peppermint bark is finally in season, and if you’re looking for a recipe that’s not just a slab of melted white chocolate with peppermints scattered on top, you’re in luck. This peppermint bark recipe, originally from Atkinson Candy in Lufkin, Texas, is special.

Homemade Cinnamon Rolls Recipes

homemade cinnamon rolls

Homemade Cinnamon Rolls — Three Recipes Reviewed Making homemade cinnamon rolls is a lot of fun, but unless you bake them often and have a tried-and-true family favorite, you may have a hard time choosing a recipe.  That’s the case at our house. I make homemade cinnamon rolls occasionally, but haven’t settled on an all-time…

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Ginger Cookie Bark

Ginger Cookie Bark

Ginger Cookie Bark — A New Addition to the Cookie Bark Family First there was Brownie Bark, then along came Chocolate Chip Cookie Bark and  Monster Bark  followed closely by Snickerdoodle Bark. Somewhere in between was an oatmeal version, but it was lighter and more of a cookie brittle. So far, my favorite members of…

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Buttermilk Pie

buttermilk pie

Buttermilk Pie — An Unexpected New Favorite Buttermilk pie was never high on my list of desserts until a few years ago. My sister-in-law brought one to Thanksgiving dinner and everyone went crazy over it. If she’d made that buttermilk pie, I would have asked for the recipe, but she’d bought it from a lady…

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Wayward Chocolat Chocolate Fudge Brownies

Wayward Chocolate

Today’s recipe comes courtesy of Wayward Chocolat, an artisan chocolate company located right here in Austin, TX. Aside from the fact it’s from Texas, Wayward Chocolat is unique in that it’s enriched with antioxidants.  Ingredients in Wayward include  rosehips and berries sourced from Alaska; and one piece of Wayward Chocolat is said to have  as…

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Caramel Cake and Caramel Icing

Caramel Icing

Caramel cake is a southern specialty, but I didn’t discover it until well adulthood. That introduction came via The Cake Mix Doctor’s Caramel Cake. It’s a doctored cake mix cake topped with a quick caramel icing made with confectioners’ sugar.  It’s a wonderful cake, but  I wanted to try a more authentic caramel icing and…

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Chocolate Layer Cake With Chocolate Icing

Chocolate Layer Cake

Chocolate Layer Cake — Throw All Your Other Recipes Away! Just kidding.  Keep all your chocolate layer cake recipes as they are precious little gems, but try this one too. If you like cakes that are dark, dense, and moist, it may become your new favorite.

Monkey Bread with Garlic

Monkey Bread

Monkey Bread Goes Italian! Monkey Bread may seem like an unusual choice for an Italian meal, but we had company last night and I wanted to partner the lasagna with something a little more interesting than garlic bread.  A savory version of Monkey Bread, which is usually made in a Bundt pan and often called…

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