sicilian almond paste cookies – the great food blogger cookie swap 2013

Sicilian Almond Cookies

These almond paste cookies, one of my favorite recipes ever, have been around in various forms in my family for as long as I can remember.  My earlier memories of these cookies are kind of hazy, but a quick chat with my mom confirmed that my grandparents used to bring them back from their trips […]

candy cane macarons

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In the course of one morning, these candy cane macarons have easily become my favorite Christmas cookies ever.  They are light and delicate, with just a hint of peppermint flavor from the crushed candy canes.  The almond from the macaron shells, vanilla bean from the buttercream and peppermint from the candy mingle together perfectly to […]

pumpkin harvest cookies

pumpkin harvest cookies

These cookies = yet another successful recipe from Baked Elements.  Seriously, I love this cookbook.  The idea behind the book is that the authors took their 10 favorite baking ingredients and designed recipes around each of them.  One of their 10 favorite ingredients is pumpkin, which certainly comes in handy this time of year.  I […]

breaking bad sugar cookies

bb cookies

Today’s post is not so much a recipe as just sharing how I made these Breaking Bad sugar cookies for our Breaking Bad Halloween!  As I’ve mentioned before, it took me a long time to give decorated sugar cookies a go.  I was sure my serious lack of artistic talent would bring any such attempts […]

oatmeal raisin cookies

oatmeal raisin cookies

  Camping Series Part 3: Oatmeal Raisin Cookies Whenever Daren goes camping or on some kind of guy’s weekend, I like to send the boys off with some kind of baked goods – usually cookies, since they are easy to make and easy to transport.  As I mentioned earlier, in the past I’ve usually sent […]

baked sunday mornings: brown butter snickerdoodles

brown butter snickerdoodles

This week’s Baked Sunday Mornings recipe was for brown butter snickerdoodles.  If there’s one thing I LOVE, it’s browned butter, so hooray for adding it into any and every dessert possible!  You wouldn’t think it would have as much of an impact on the flavor of the final product as it does – it really […]

baked sunday mornings: chocolate cream cheese snacking cookies

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I’m back! Sorry everyone for the extended hiatus – Daren and I got married last weekend (HOORAY!!)  I just couldn’t get it together to write any posts before the wedding, and I really needed a week of doing nothing afterwards. But I’m back in action now, and I promise to go back to posting more […]

espresso caramel macarons

espresso caramel macarons

Last week, a coworker brought her new cookbook into school to show me.  After quickly flipping through it, all the gorgeous pictures and the unique and creative flavor combinations had me convinced – I went home and ordered it that afternoon.  After getting Les Petits Macarons last Friday, I got to work this weekend and […]

alyssa’s 1st communion

rosette cupcakes

WOW, has this been a busy week! I have to apologize for not being able to update on here as often as I’d like – things have just been getting crazier and crazier, and unfortunately I don’t anticipate them getting a whole heck of a lot better any time before the wedding. Luckily, once June […]

sugar cookies with royal icing

I’ve always thought that sugar cookies decorated with royal icing were beautiful, and probably way too difficult for my hardly-artistic self.  Luckily for me, Annie over at Annie’s Eats has a fantastic tutorial with the perfect level of detail for me to get these (mostly) right the first time.  I tried to keep it pretty […]