Cookies, cupcakes and cake-pops

Holiday Mincemeat Cookies

Holiday Mincemeat Cookies

When it comes to the topic of mincemeat, it seems that most folks either like it, don’t care for it or have no idea what it is. Mincemeat is a…
Sardinian Spice Cookies

Sardinian Spice Cookies

  Papassini are traditional Sardinian spice cookies and without a doubt, the best spice cookie I have ever eaten! The combination of citrus, raisins and spices, produces a depth of…
Triple Chocolate Pistachio Biscotti

Triple Chocolate Pistachio Biscotti

  I have posted many biscotti recipes over the life of this blog. There are traditional family favorites as well as those I’ve been inspired to create. Although a few…
Pistacchio Biscotti

Pistacchio Biscotti

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  Pistacchio Di Bronte, the pistachio grown on the western slope of Sicily’s Mount Etna, is harvested only in odd years. If you missed 2019’s crop, the next harvest will…
Lemon Wafers

Lemon Wafers

  As I pick the remaining lemons, within arms reach through the French doors in the kitchen, I’m careful not to disturb the countless, fragrant new buds and blossoms carrying…
Chocolate Espresso Wafers

Chocolate Espresso Wafers

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  Have you ever wondered why many chocolate dessert recipes have coffee in the list of ingredients? The addition of coffee, or in this case espresso, intensifies the chocolate flavor.…

Baci di Dama

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  Perugina, the renowned Italian confectionery icon, is Italy’s most beloved chocolate maker. On Valentine’s Day in 1922, Luisa Spagnoli, the co-founder, created their signature candy. Baci, meaning kisses in…

How to Grate Nutmeg

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  Nutmeg, the healthy spice that takes a back seat to your everyday spices for much of the year, comes out swinging during the holidays. This seemingly seasonal spice is…

Sicilian Lemon Ricotta Cookies

  These are soft, tender, cake-like cookies that have been kissed by lemons. They are perfect when you feel like having a small sliver of cake, but who among us…

Pignoli

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  These moist, soft and chewy cookies are found in bakeries all over Sicily and southern Italy. They are a type of macaroon made with almond paste and topped with…

Sweet Potato Cupcakes

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  The last time I made sweet potato cupcakes, I didn’t have any ingredients to make an icing. But I did have large campfire marshmallows leftover from a camping trip.…

Mardi Gras Cupcakes

  When you don’t have time to make the traditional Mardi Gras King Cake and need an easy alternative, these festive little cakes are the solution. However, this is not…

Holiday Cake Pops

  Fun for all, especially the little ones, these cake pops are the solution to “How can we eat our cake and go on our walk at the same time?”…

Thankful

There is something about the month of November that is quite comforting to me. Though I’m busier than ever with projects and deadlines, with each new dawn I seem to…

Espresso Brownie Pops

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  Brownies, that iconic, no-utensil-needed dessert, has made more appearances at potlucks and back-to-school nights than perhaps her best friend, the chocolate chip cookie. I have eaten my fair share…

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      Spring Cupcakes                    

Spring Cupcakes

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  Who among us doesn’t love a good cupcake? Apparently not too many based on the number of cupcake shops popping up around town. Have you seen the program Cupcake…

EspressO’s

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  Did you know that Oreo was the best-selling cookie of the 20th century? They have sold over 461 billion (with a “B”) Oreo cookies since they were introduced 100…
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