Thursday, November 8, 2018

Three Holiday Cakes

Holiday Cakes, Cake Decorating, Christmas Cake, Halloween Cake, Thanksgiving Cake, Black and White Cake
It's my absolute favorite time of year.  After Halloween is over, I'm ready for the Christmas season.  When I was little, my brother and sister and I would beg our parents to allow us to put up the tree the day after Thanksgiving, but now I do hold off on decorating until a couple of weeks before Christmas, because as much as I love it, I don't want to get tired of having the house decorated.  Especially since we have two little boys, and it's a daily struggle to keep the house clean and uncluttered.  But I love the music and movies, the decorations, the lights, the presents, the food, the family togetherness, the cozy nights by the fire while it's cold and snowy outside, the eggnog and hot chocolate...  All of it.  I'm so excited this year to get our two year old more involved and see his curious little face light up at the sight of the tree and wondering what it's all about.  He'll even get to help decorate the tree this year!

If you like watching all those feel-good movies on Hallmark from now until Christmas, you're in good company.  Yes, they're predictable and silly, but they're also innocent, and filled with hope and love, and with so many depressing stories in my news feed every day, the movies remind me that there are still many, many good people in this world.  And since all this holiday talk is making me feel generous, I've put together an epic blog post for you today, with three cakes for the holidays.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Pumpkin Spice Shortbread Cookies

Shortbread Cookies, Pumpkin Spice Shortbread Cookies, Non-spreading Cookie Recipe, Cookie Stamps, Thanksgiving Desserts, Christmas Cookies
Although I just posted a cookie recipe a few days ago, I've been wanting to get these Pumpkin Spice Shortbread Cookies up in time for the holidays, and while it's still "pumpkin everything" season.  If you're anything like me, you plan your holiday baking months in advance, and these shortbread cookies are so versatile for so many occasions...

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies, Peanut Butter Cookies, Nordic Ware Cookie Stamp, Christmas Cookies, Chocolate Chip CookiesIt should come as no surprise that I love peanut butter cookies, but I didn't realize until now just how many recipe variations I've posted over the years.  I've filled them with bittersweet ganache for a delectable little treat, and with strawberry rhubarb sorbet for the best little take on a peanut butter and jelly sandwich cookie that you've ever tasted.  I've made them with oats, with chocolate chips, and filled them with buttercream and a dollop of jam.  And today, with both oats and chocolate chips, coated in sparkly sugar and pressed with my favorite cookie stamp...

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Apple Cider Pancakes

Apple Cider Pancakes, Fall Breakfast Ideas, Pancakes, Apples, Fall Baking, Holiday BreakfastLately, I've been thinking about the days when I used to post recipes on here so much more frequently, often 3-4 a week, but life is busier these last couple of years, and one post a week, or even every other week, has become the norm.  Hopefully you don't mind.  For those of you who keep coming back, faithfully reading what I write and trying out my recipes in your own kitchen, I appreciate you.

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Charlotte Cake

Cake, Naked Cake, Charlotte Cake, Sponge Cake, Chocolate CakeWhen I first saw the Charlotte Cake topped with fresh berries and a dusting of powdered sugar in King Arthur Flour's spring catalog, I tore the page out and set it on my desk in our kitchen, hoping my husband would take the hint and buy the Charlotte Cake Pan for my birthday.  He did!

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Bourbon and Brown Butter Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Chip Cookies, Bourbon Cookies, Brown Butter Pecan Cookies, Butter PecanThese cookies have bourbon in them.  The alcohol is cooked off while browning the butter, but the flavor remains, making these a truly fantastic chocolate chip cookie.  I know everyone has a favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe - I have two or three that I can't quite choose between as a favorite - but this version is definitely worth adding to the rotation.

Every time I ask my husband what his favorite cookie, cake, pie, etc, that I've ever made is, he says, "Why do I have to pick a favorite?"  Good point, but I still like to know which recipes he likes better than others and why...

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Salted Peanut Butter Ice Cream and a Better Brownie

Brownies, Fudge Brownies, Chocolate Desserts, Peanut Butter, Ice Cream, Peanut Butter Ice CreamPeanut butter is something I couldn't get enough of throughout my pregnancies, and rarely would a day pass that I didn't have a snack consisting of a banana or apple with peanut butter, or peanut butter toast and a glass of milk.  And now, I have a toddler who loves peanut butter, and has recently discovered how fun it is to dip things in it.  Messy, as you can imagine.

I prefer the all-natural peanut butters with a little salt, and although I used to believe you couldn't bake a decent cookie with all-natural peanut butter (because of the separation of the oil), I've since changed my mind.  It really requires no change other than just a bit more flour in the dough and a good couple of hours to chill to compensate for the thinner consistency of the peanut butter.

Chocolate was my other essential treat while pregnant, specifically those peanut-butter-filled Dove chocolate promises.  So when I made this Salted Peanut Butter Ice Cream, naturally, I had to make some brownies to go with it...