Salted Vanilla Bean Sugar Cookies

When I was recently walking down an aisle at Target, I stopped in my tracks when I saw the word “bake” in giant red letters on the latest holiday issue of my favorite magazine, “bake from scratch.” I couldn’t fathom having to wait until I got home to go through it — so I plopped…

Orange Brioche

Every year for as long as I can remember, my Dad and then later my Mom, would be kneading this orange brioche dough around the Holidays. Some years we had a Saint Nicholas face, like the above picture, other years a reindeer, and for Easter we’d have a dove. The dough can be formed into…

Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cookies

Honestly, these rival classic chocolate chip cookies. Seriously. They are one of my favorite cookies to bake. I can’t quite put my finger on why they’re so good. On principle, I hate raisins. So it seems odd that I’d like a dried cranberry in my cookie. Yet, for whatever reason, it’s SO good and makes…

Cinnamon Roll Cake

This is a short-cut recipe to my favorite cinnamon roll flavors. I have repeatedly asked for this cake to be made each year for my birthday. It all began a few years ago… …when I had low confidence in my somewhat still new hobby for baking. When it came around to my birthday, I realized,…

Cream Wafer Cookies

  I grew up living in the same house with my Grandma. Technically, she had her own house, but our houses were connected, so she was a constant person in my life. She’d occasionally invite her friends over for tea and during the holidays, she always had her best friend, John Leveen, over. Or Mr….

Monkey Bread

We all have those foods that, for whatever reason, our brains cannot step in and prevent us from over-indulging. For me, it’s “flavor blasted cheddar goldfish” (don’t even ask) and any type of cinnamon roll, pull-apart, or monkey bread. So naturally, after eating half the pan one afternoon, I had to give the rest away…

Frosted Cranberry Cookies

I adore these cookies. They’re pretty AND delicious. And they literally melt in your mouth. The actual cookie is soft, moist, and buttery, and has a little bit of cranberry sauce added to the dough for a subtle fruity note that perfectly counter-balances the sweet. They’re then frosted and sprinkled with sparkled cranberry pieces. These…

Apple Cream Torte

The explanation of a torte was given in the Purple Plum Torte post. The main take away was that it’s a European version of a cake, with a different crumb texture. American cakes tend to be soft sponge cakes and European tortes tend to be denser, often with fruit or nuts. I discovered this recipe three years…

Pumpkin Pancakes

I love pancakes and I love pumpkin. When the Fall season hits, these are the perfect pancakes to make. They are packed with warming spices that pair perfectly with the mild taste of pumpkin. The texture of these are soft and fluffy with the help of buttermilk. Don’t be scared off by the never-ending list…

Banana Bread Roll

I’ve made and remade this recipe so many times I’ve lost count. I could not for the life of me figure out why I couldn’t get the cake to roll up neatly like the pictures. Turns out, you have to respect the banana measurement. Oh. I would make this recipe anytime I had ripe bananas…