Vanilla Cupcake Comparisons | Which is Best?


Pssst..  wanna know a secret? I love cake. Like.. I really, really, really love cake.  Having sampled a countless number of them (I have worked in the wedding industry for over 7 years, you know) in my lifetime, I admit to being a bit of a snob about texture and flavor.   To me, a…

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Soft and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies


Ah.  The chocolate chip cookie.  The most basic of baked sweets, and arguably a universally loved treat.   The search for the “perfect” chocolate chip cookie is a journey that most bakers take, but what exactly defines a perfect cookie? There are big, puffy cookies with a light, cake-like texture inside. Or how about a…

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Decorated Hunger Games Cookies


Psst.. I have a confession. I do not have a strong track record with making food that is.. pretty.  It’s something that I’ve desperately wanted to learn for many years, but each attempt has ended with a disappointing result.  Last weekend, I decided it was time to try again. I planned to attempt some decorated…

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Koulourakia | Greek Easter Cookies


Koulourakia are a traditional dessert cookie eaten on Easter Sunday in Greece.  They are characterized by a butter cookie base, egg glaze, and a little surprise – a sprinkle of sesame seeds on top!  The cookies are usually hand-shaped into rings, braids, or the one shown in the photo above, a “twisted snake”.  The snake…

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Chocolate Pretzel Bird Nests for Easter


This is less of a recipe and more of a food craft.  It could be a great activity to do with your kiddos on Easter weekend, or maybe something you can rustle up to take to a classroom party. Heck, I don’t even have kids, and I had fun putting together these cute little bird…

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Glazed Vanilla Buttermilk Cookies


I dunno about where you guys live, but around here, it’s impossible to find buttermilk in small containers.  Since I don’t regularly use buttermilk, most of the carton ends up sitting on the bottom shelf of my fridge, all by its lonesome, until it becomes funky and I toss it out with the Thursday trash…

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Browned Butter Cardamom Tea Cookies


I have a new love of cardamom, and I can’t stop looking up new recipes that use this delicious and unique spice.  These little cookies are the perfect bite-sized complement to a cup of steaming hot tea.  Add a plush couch and a good book to the mix, and you’ve got yourself the beginnings of…

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Maple Walnut Cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream


Who doesn’t love a homemade cupcake?  Those perfectly-sized bombs of delectable goodness come in every variety under the rainbow, and I love trying new ones!  I whipped up a small batch of these puppies for dessert after our Valentine’s Day dinner yesterday, and I wanted to share the recipe with all of you! *side note:…

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