Peppermint Bark Chocolate Drop Cookies

So Andes Mints wasn’t the only discovery I made in the Holiday candy aisle, I also happened upon some white chocolate peppermint bark, and as a counterpoint to my Creme de Menthe Chocolate Chip Cookies I decided to pioneer a chocolate drop cookie with chunks of peppermint bark tossed in.  They’re not the prettiest of…

Crème de Menthe Chocolate Chip Cookies

I came into the Holiday baking season craving chocolate chip cookies, which had me scanning the candy aisle for a Holiday inspired alternative, red and green M&Ms? boring. Candy canes? no chocolate.  Truffles? melty mess.  And so it went, until I happened upon the Andes Mints… Chocolate? Crème de menthe? I can work with that….

Red Velvet Cake

My instinct when asked to bake a red velvet cake is to immediately head for the boxed cake mix.  Just the thought of balancing vinegar, the “right” type of cocoa powder, and copious amounts of red food coloring into a single cake made my head spin.  Also the overall concept of a red velvet cake…

Apple Blondies

You’re probably thinking – ugh, another apple recipe.  It doesn’t help that I’m also really late to the game in posting this.  If your autumn is anything like a typical autumn in Vermont you’ve already been wading through piles of apple everything, seriously; apple pies, sauces, donuts, cakes, breads, drinks, salads, stuffings, candies, dressings, and…

Beet Crumb dusted Mini Chocolate Cupcakes

Moist dark chocolate mini cupcakes coated in a honey infused chocolate ganache and sprinkled with brown butter suffused beet crumbs.  I thought these cupcakes would make for a great pre-Halloween post.  There is something delightfully spooky about topping a chocolate cup cake with beets. My wonderful work colleagues gifted me with a couple of cookbooks…

Bourbon Butterscotch Blondies

Butterscotch, Bourbon, and Chocolate Chips – What more can you ask for?  You really won’t regret giving this recipe a try. Recipe makes a 9×13 pan of blondies. Ingredients: 1/2 cup Butter 2 cups Brown Sugar 2-3 tbsp Bourbon 2 Eggs 2 tsp Vanilla Extract 1 cup Flour 2 tsp Baking Powder 1 tsp Salt…

Peach Quick Bread

I regularly bake quick breads with whichever fruit is in season, but I have yet to come across a recipe for a peach one.  Not that I have ever really set out to look for one, but a couple of weeks ago I had some perfectly ripe peaches sitting around, and I didn’t want to…

Garden Pepper and Cheddar Cheese Bagels

The summer is wending down, in fact, if I do get around to posting this today, it will already technically be Autumn, which means both the harvesting of the last of my vegetable garden and a return to regular bread baking, which had been set aside due to the warmer weather.  This recipe encapsulates both….