White Chocolate Buttercream Hearts

Chocolate chip studded and cognac swirled sugar cookies topped in a white chocolate buttercream.  I made these cookies for Valentines Day this year, but because I have become the ultimate blog slacker lately, they are just now making it onto the web.  I’m not even sure that I can blame the latest tiff with my…

Ugly Sweater Cake

It’s time again for my sister’s annual Ugly Sweater party!  Last year I made her an Ugly Lime Cheesecake. Trust me, it was ugly.  This year I decided to go the more traditional birthday cake route, and decorate it as an ugly sweater.  My sister’s loves funfetti cake. I’ve posted a funfetti recipe in the past,…

Mini Holiday Cupcakes

One of the upsides of holiday baking is the revisiting of old recipes.  Recipes you hoard, covet, and savor during this celebratory time of year.  Recipes I posted a year ago, and am now revisiting for the first time since the original post.  Recipes that leave me second guessing myself, and wondering “wait? really?” “that…

Gingerbread Tiles

You really can’t have too many gingerbread recipes, and this year I decided to try a new one, which has rapidly become my favorite.  The key to this recipe is giving the dough a 48 hour rest in the refrigerator to allow the flavors to develop.  The recipe is out of The Nordic Cook Book…

Toasted Coconut Shortbread Llamas

I have been up to my eyeballs in sugar lately.  Seriously, I have made over 20 pound worth of frosting this month alone. Heck, I made over 4 pounds of frosting this morning. I made frosting yesterday.  I made frosting the day before yesterday.  What are my plans for tomorrow?  More frosting!  While a lot…

Christmas Charm Cookies

I have tentatively named these cookies my Christmas Charm cookies.  The cookies’ small size, variety of shapes, and sparkly sprinkles remind me of the charms on a charm’s bracelet.  They’re fun, quirky, and delicate.  Squeeze a couple of these bright gems onto your tea saucer alongside a piping hot cup of peppermint tea, or pack…

Fresh Cranberry & Orange Muffins

I can’t think of anything to write for this post other then – I love LOVE love baking with fresh cranberries.  Dried berries and canned jellies just don’t do the fruit justice.  Not to mention that beautifully bright red color! Talk about festive!! Recipe makes a dozen regular sized muffins or 6 large muffins. Ingredients:…

Dark Chocolate Cherry Brownies

Now I’m sure this is not what you were expecting from me for a Thanksgiving week post (if any one expects anything from this blog, because I certainly don’t, that’s part of the fun), but I will be heading out of town for most of the week to spend my Thanksgiving with my family in…