Toasted Rice Ice Cream

If I had to choose a dessert to enjoy for the rest of forever, it would be ice cream.

Toasted Rice Ice Cream

My favorite is to scoop some into a mug late at night and let it get a little melty while watching TV. But I’m also happy to pull into a drive-through for a vanilla ice cream-like product cone. Just no nuts, please and thank you.

Sadly, we don’t have Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams where I live. But she has shared lots of recipes for ice cream and other treats in her book. And she shared a technique for getting super smooth ice cream without making custard that is full of eggs. [Read more…]

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Chocolate Snickerdoodles

Have you noticed lately that all the cookies are being baked into snickerdoodles?

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I’ve seen everything from gingerbread to peanut butter cookies twisted into snickerdoodles.  It doesn’t end with cookies either.  With a quick search on Pinterest, you’ll find waffles, cupcakes, and truffles, to name a few. Chocolate Snickerdoodles [Read more…]

Cherry Apricot Oatmeal Cookies

Cherry Apricot CookiesIs it really December?  It really can’t be.  But the calendar doesn’t lie, and neither does my email inbox that’s flooded with subject lines like Hurry Up and Buy Now Because This is the Best Christmas Sale Ever.

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So you know what that means.   It’s time to start cranking out the sugar cookies and the pumpkin rolls and the caramels and all that fun stuff.  Maybe you’re on the ball and already there, but I’m not.  Before jumping into the holiday baking craziness,  I wanted to bake something simple.  Something with oatmeal and maybe some dried fruit.  I found this recipe in the Dahlia Bakery Cookbook and thought the Cranberry Apricot  would be just right.
I thought I had everything I needed, but when I started measuring out my ingredients, I didn’t have any cranberries.  No worries though.  My baker assistant remembered the dried cherries in the pantry and the recipe was changed just like that. [Read more…]

Cocoa Shortbread Cut-out Cookies

Can you believe that it’s time for Halloween already?  Soon the neighborhood will be full of trick-or-treating witches, superheroes, and princesses.  But then we’ll blink, and it will be covered in snow, Christmas lights, and the occasional inflatable Santa.
These cocoa shortbread cut-outs are so easy to whip up for any holiday, and they’re tasty, too.  In Martha Stewart’s Cookies, they’re cut as simple diamond shapes and drizzled with melted white chocolate.  But you can cut them into as many shapes as you have cutters.  The dough mixes up in a food processor, and is ready to be rolled out right away.  No chilling required – bonus.
While we’re on the subject of Halloween, did you watch Modern Family last week?  That show always cracks me up, but especially the Halloween episodes.  Only Claire could dress as Little Bo Peep and still frighten the kids away.  [Read more…]

This and That

Mmm…chocolate cupcakes

Dulce de leche frosting

Owl cookies, before.

And after.

This and That

Remember the caramel corn with vanilla drizzle that i made for the Fourth of July?

I finally pulled the remaining M&M’s out of the freezer.  They’ve been sitting there since we picked out all the red and blue candies.

My awesome helper and I made some yummy doughnut muffins.  Some needed chocolate chips, just to keep it interesting.

And then to make it even more interesting, it was decided that a muffin person must be made with a gigantic muffin head.

Pumpkin Snickerdoodles

I know, just yesterday two weeks ago I was in denial that summer was over.  And now summer is long gone.  The days are much shorter, and the mornings are downright chilly.
When I look up to the mountains, I see leaves that are changing to autumn colors of golden and scarlet.  When I look online, I see recipes full of fall ingredients like apples and pumpkins.  That must be the reason these cookies from Annie’s Eats just about jumped off the page when I saw them.

Snickerdoodles are one of my favorite cookies anyway, but with pumpkin?  Say no more.  They looked like the perfect cookie for fall, and if the box I took to work was any indication, my co-workers agreed.  These cookies disappeared faster than the summer temperatures. [Read more…]

Big, Bold Lemon Bars with Toasted Coconut

Do you ever stumble upon a recipe with an enticing picture over these interwebs, and you HAVE to make that recipe right now?  Right now, as in, at the front of the line before countless dog-eared pages, bookmarks, and pins?  Yeah, me too, and this lemon bar recipe is an example of that.  When I ran across the recipe on FREUTCAKE, the enticing picture grabbed my attention, and the ingredient list held my curiosity.


On any given day, there’s a good chance I would pass over a chocolate-loaded brownie in favor of a good lemon bar.  I’m talking about a lemon bar with a buttery shortbread crust and a lemon layer that’s tart enough to make me pucker.  I had a feeling that these bars would not disappoint.  First, the crust is mixed with graham cracker crumbs and toasted coconut.  And then there’s the lemon layer that includes the zest and juice from eight lemons, twelve egg yolks, and four whole eggs.  [Read more…]

S’more Bars

A little kitchen tidbit I learned from my mom was to keep a collection of recipes that aren’t difficult to put together, and will please a crowd.  There will always be times when an unexpected event comes up and it’s nice to whip up a little something to share that doesn’t require an entire evening in the kitchen or a trip to the grocery store.  You know what I’m talking about.  Sure, everyone loves the wow factor of a four-layer cake that’s complete with frosting, oohs and ahhs, but I’ve never had anyone complain after being served Nutella Rice Krispie Squares, either.

These bars definitely fall into the category of easy to make and pleases a crowd.  And I love recipes that don’t even require a mixer.  Don’t get me wrong.  My Kitchenaid and I go way back and she’s never let me down, but I don’t miss the extra step of hoisting her up from the bottom cabinet.  And of course, no waiting for butter to soften means they can be thrown together on a whim.  [Read more…]

Caramel Corn with Vanilla Drizzle

How do you make sweet, crunch caramel popcorn even better?  Drizzle it with melted vanilla candy melts and chocolate candy.

It also helps if you have an assistant who is willing to go purchase more candy when you don’t have quite enough and also pick the right colors out of the bag.

I found this recipe over at a farmgirl’s dabbles and knew it would make a tasty and pretty treat for the holiday.  She warns that the stuff is addictive, and I’m glad that I plan to share because she’s right.

Have a safe and happy Fourth of July!
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