Snowflake Rolled Sugar Cookies

Rolled Sugar Cookies and Sweet Memories

The holidays are over.  The tree has been taken down.  The decorations have been carefully packed and stored away for the next Christmas season.  This holiday season was filled with memories of friends and family gathering together to celebrate and share the most important gift we can give.  Time together. It wouldn’t be a celebration without food.  Food memories; that connection […]

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Fruit Crumble Coffee Cake

Fruit Crumble Coffee Cake; with its moist, rich, and buttery crumb, bursting with fresh fruit flavor, and crowned with a rich, crunchy cinnamon streusel that then is topped with a light dusting of powder sugar to finish. Having a few recipes that are easy to prepare, use ingredients that you always have on hand, that are quick to bake, and tasted really good is important to […]

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Deep, Dark, Rich, and Chewy Brownies!

The Brownie.  A true American baked good.  Did you know the first recipe developed in 1896 as Brownies didn’t have any chocolate?  Most people couldn’t imagine a brownie without the ubiquitous chocolate.  But, by 1904, chocolate found its way into the revised Brownie recipe.  Fast becoming a favorite treat to share with friends and family.  Everyone has a favorite type of brownie they like.  […]

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Sweet Dough Disguised as Cinnamon Rolls

What if there was a yeasted sweet dough that could be made ahead, frozen, thawed, filled, shaped into sweet or savory baked goods, and then freshly baked off.  All, without waking up at 4 am to complete when hosting friends or family this holiday season.  Guess what there is and I have the recipe for […]

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Old School Pie Dough | The Proof Is In The Crust?

‘Easy as Pie!’  A saying that we all have heard before, but for many home bakers why does making a tender, flaky, crisp, and oh so rich and buttery pie dough remain so elusive? Is it the recipe?  Is it the ingredients?  Is it the skill of the baker?  The answer is yes to all of the […]

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What Happens When A Nice American Apple Pie meets a French Tart?

  The fields behind my home were glazed with frost as the sun came up this morning. Triggering memories of visiting apple orchards around Marshall, Michigan in the fall when I was a kid. Picking up an apple from the ground in the early morning. Covered with a light frost of frozen dew. That first […]

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Betty Crocker New Picture Cookbook: Merry Christmas Cookies

Even though I didn’t grow up celebrating Christmas.  I still made these cookies…learning to bend the rules at a early age…using non-Christmas cutters. This is from the Rolled Cookies section of the book. Note: I’m writing this exactly as written with (my notes) in the book. Rolled Cookies: Gay shapes….for holiday and year ’round cheer. Merry […]

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Practically Perfect Pasta

I know we’ve all been there.  You look in your pantry and refrigerator trying to decide, “What’s for dinner?”  This was my predicament last night.  It was 7:00 pm and I was hungry.  Time to make something, but what? I thought of a dinner I had made for my parents years ago when they visited me.  Center […]

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Betty Crocker’s New Picture Cookbook: Spritz Cookies

Here’s a favorite of mine….Spritz Cookies. German for “press,” these delicate but rich and buttery cookies are delectable all year long. The flavor combinations are endless with just butter and vanilla shinning through or add flavoring of choice to match your mood. I like to add “mint flavoring” to the dough and after baking and […]

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