Almond Night Long

The delicate sweetness of almonds is showcased in these cookies that house an arsenal of almond attributes. Smooth amaretto is bolstered by the creaminess of almond butter. Light and chewy, these little circles feature the crunch of slivered almonds that double as a great nibble during the baking process. 1 ¾ Cup AP Flour 1…

Rum Away with Me – Pineapple Coconut RuMuffins

Two golden pineapples purchased at the peak of ripeness. They  ventured to another city, carefully nestled in their own travel bag. Set on a foreign counter, they relaxed, observing the silly goings-on of a weekend vacation between friends, making it all the way to the end of the trip without being moved from their counter…

To Peach His Own

Blueberry & Peach Crunch Taking advantage of seasonal fresh fruit for baked desserts is smart. What is also smart, is keeping a variety of frozen fruit options on hand in the freezer for convenience purposes. Raspberries, strawberries, peaches, blueberries, rhubarb, plums… any of these can be utilized for a simple and scrumptious dessert ready in…

Rainbow on a Platter

Baked Sweet Potato Fries Standard sweet potato fries get a violet twist with the addition of a Japanese sweet potato. The mauve exterior and pale buttery flesh pair up beautifully with the rust orange of the traditional sweet potato we see so frequently in the south. The nuances in flavor and texture make this combination of warm…

Quarky Peanut Butter Banana Muffins

These muffins contain an ingredient I had never baked with prior… Quark! For those unfamiliar with Quark, never fear, the name represents something very simple and delicious. This quirky cousin to yogurt is actually a cheese. As a fan of Greek yogurt and its high protein content, I felt intrigued when I discovered this alternative….

Turn that Frown UpsideBrownie

Salted Double Dark Chocolate Brownies Problem: Figurative sandbags filled with soot and grime weigh down each emotional and physical limb of your body. Solution: Engage in the gentle therapy of manipulating butter, sugar, and chocolate. You’ll feel better, and then these brownies will happen. Win-win all around. 1 ¼ Cups AP Flour 1 ¼ Cups…

You Can Dough Your Own Way

Pizza dough is edible canvas in its purest form. My big sister graciously passed along this simple Classic Pizza Dough recipe! It inspired me to attempt a switch up of ingredients involving honey and whole wheat flour. Both crusts are pleasantly thin and chewy, sans sogginess, and with a crisp edge. Neither is superior, as each…

Shadow Cookies

AKA Oatmeal Chocolate Chip What these cookies lack in thickness, they make up for in an immersive textural experience. Crisp edges, craggy oatmeal, and a softy chewy center rounded out with smooth chocolate… these wispy cookies are as seemingly simple yet actually complex as a shadow. While baking often requires precision, I often prefer to…

I’m about to Butter your Blondie

Brown Butter Blondies with Salted Chocolate Caramel Swirl Indulge in some abstract edible artwork that is all about butter, salt, and swirl. 2 Sticks Butter 2 Cups Brown Sugar 2 Eggs, Room Temperature 2 Tsp. Vanilla 2 Cups AP Flour ½ Tsp. Baking Soda ¼ Tsp. Baking Powder ½ Tsp. Kosher Salt Jar of Salted…

Wheat Your Appetite

Whole Wheat Skillet Loaf Bake this bread. An intoxicating fragrance will gently yet deliberately glide into your nostrils and fill your soul with lightness and contentment that is instant and gratifying. 4 Cups Whole Wheat Flour 1½ Tsp.  Pink Salt + A Couple of Pinches for Later 2¼ Tsp. Active Dry Yeast (One little packet…