Double-Dutch Chocolate Holiday Cookies

This recipe for chocolate-y cookies originally comes from the December 2011 Taste of Home publication, Gifts in a Jar.  I love recipe in a jar cookies, because I can prep cookies and display them in a pretty jar until I’m ready to make them.  Now, that being said, there’s no reason that you have to Read More …

Molten Butterscotch Cakes

This recipe for Molten Butterscotch Cakes comes from the September 2007 edition of the Betty Crocker Fall Baking publication.  It’s a good recipe, and a nice variation on all of the molten chocolate cake recipes out there. Ingredients: 6 teaspoons graham cracker crumbs 1 cup (6 oz) butterscotch chips 2/3 cup butter 3 eggs 3 Read More …

Chai-Spiced Almond Celebration Cookies

I originally found this recipe in my December 2008 copy of the Betty Crocker Christmas Cookies publication.  I like this recipe because it starts from a cookie mix.  I’m not normally a big fan of using mixes – it takes some of the home-made out of home-made, but it makes my life super easy when Read More …

Browned Butter Cookies with Caramel Frosting

These browned butter cookies take a little time to make, since they require heating and cooling before they are even baked, but they are well worth the trouble.  My mom and I originally found this recipe in the December 2008 Betty Crocker Christmas Cookies publication.  They are super amazing, just make sure not to over-bake Read More …

Cinnamon Cookies

These cookies were originally titled “Cinnamon Cardinal Cookies” in the December 2008 Betty Crocker Christmas Cookies publication.  I’ve retitled it here, because these cookies look cute decorated as more than just cardinals. Ingredients: 1/2 cup butter, softened 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla 2 cups all-purpose flour 1/4 teaspoon baking soda 1 Read More …

Chai Latte Cupcakes

This chai latte cupcake recipe comes from the Spring 2008 Betty Crocker Super Moist Cakes publication.  This recipe, as with all the others in the publication, starts off with a box of cake mix.  The recipe calls for Chai Latte Tea mix.  If you can’t find any at the store, don’t panic – Betty Crocker Read More …

Chocolate Orange Cake

This recipe is from the Spring 2008 Betty Crocker Super Moist Cakes publication – which means it starts with a boxed cake mix and is super easy.  It’s also a great place to garnish with those candied citrus slices from the Martha Stewart’s Pies and Tarts book. Cake Ingredients: 1 box Betty Crocker Supermoist devil’s Read More …

Crème Pâtissière (or Pastry Cream)

What the heck is crème pâtissière, you ask?  It’s a pastry cream used in many of the Martha Stewart’s Pies and Tarts recipes.  The recipe makes about 2 1/2 cups of cream. Ingredients: 1 cup milk 1/2 vanilla bean 1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon sugar 3 egg yolks 1 tablespoon corn starch 1 tablespoon flour Read More …

Blueberry Tart

This recipe comes from the 1985 Martha Stewart’s Pies and Tarts cookbook.  This recipe can be made with either fresh or frozen blueberries. Ingredients: One 7 1/2 x 11 x 1-inch pâte brisée tart shell, baked and cooled 3/4 cup sour cherry jelly 1/2 cup granulated sugar 2 tablespoons grand marnier 2 pints blueberries, washed, Read More …