• Peanut Butter-Banana-Bacon Pupcakes – a Cupcake for your dog!

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      “Some of our greatest treasures we place in museums. Others we take for walks.” It’s National Puppy Day! I am a huuuuge animal person, and dogs are probably my favorite. The loyalty, kindness, companionship, and love these creatures give us is nothing short of amazing – so today, let’s hear it for the dogs. 🙂 Your little furry friend deserves a cupcake as awesome as he/she is, so without further ado, I give you the Peanut Butter Banana and bacon Pupcake! The Cake (makes a dozen mini pupcakes) 1/2 cup peanut butter 1 mashed, ripe banana 2 tbsp. cottage cheese…

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  • Classic Apple Pie

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      “There’s no place like home” I don’t think any statement is more true than this one! I baked this apple pie for a special person coming back home. Is there really any more welcoming dessert than a warm, freshly baked apple pie?? And with some sweet writing and a big heart to boot, it’s bound to put a smile on your face 🙂   Crust 2 ½ cups flour 2/3 cup sugar Pinch of salt 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter 2 egg yolks ¼ cup water 1 tsp vanilla In large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, and salt.…

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  • Rose Swirl Meringues

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      “Roses are red, violets are blue, sugar is sweet, and so are you!”   More like so are these cute little meringues! So there are 3 types of meringue – French, Swiss, and Italian. These are based on the Swiss kind, because the egg whites are heated over a double boiler. Anywho, I definitely recommend making these because they’re easy to make, Fat Free (!), can be eaten as a cookie on their own, or used to decorate cookies and cupcakes. They’re perfect for any old day, or a special day, like a bridal shower, wedding, or anything pretty!…

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  • Mini Chocolate Pistachio Cakes with a Matcha Green Tea Glaze

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      “Say! I like green eggs and ham! I do! I like them, Sam-I-am! And I would eat them in a boat! And I would eat them with a goat… And I will eat them in the rain. And in the dark. And on a train. And in a car. And in a tree. They are so good so good you see! “- Dr. Seuss How about green tea matcha icing atop mini chocolate cake? Would you eat that if I bake? What if it had pistachios too? If yes, then let me share with you! (I tried! ) Mini…

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  • 5(0) Shades of Grey Chocolate Cake

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      “Chocolate is nature’s way of making up for Mondays.” So I haven’t read the books or seen the movie – but – the movie did come out this week, and I needed an excuse to make a quick little chocolate cake – with 5 – not 50 (can you imagine how long that would take?!) shades of grey frosting! I was worried about using coffee in the cake but I had been hearing for a while that this makes for a super moist dark chocolate cake – and you can’t even taste the coffee. The rumors are true! So…

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  • “Eye See Your Heart” Almond Cookies (Linzer and Conversation Heart Cookies)

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      “Sometimes me think what is love. And then me think love is what last cookie is for. Me give up the last cookie for you.” – Cookie Monster   What a cutie quote, right?! Ah, the Cookie Monster, with his infinite wisdom. So you may be asking yourself, why glasses linzer cookies? Well, I love to bake…and I also love my job (eye doc) – and sometimes I get to combine the two! Baked this batch for a Valentine’s day event we had at the office. These are pretty quick to make if you’re still looking for that last minute Valentine’s dessert. They…

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  • Tiramisu Cake

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      “If in doubt…bake a cake.” So I wasn’t reeeally in doubt about baking a cake, because, I mean, why wouldn’t you bake a cake?  🙂 However, I wasn’t sure in exactly the format I wanted to go with my tiramisu cake (once I decided on that). Tiramisu is a traditional Italian dessert, which is usually created with alternating layers of ladyfingers and a mascarpone-egg cream, with some good espresso and rum mixed in. I knew I wanted to do that cool ladyfinger lining on the outside of the cake though – which by the way, technically makes this tiramisu cake…

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  • “You Complete Me” Blueberry and Brown Sugar Pies

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      It’s like that old saying goes… “two pies are better than one”… Is that the saying? Maybe I made it up – but it should be – because, well, it’s true! This weekend I baked these deliciously sweet blueberry and brown sugar pies. More Valentine’s ideas for you as we move into February here. So why two pies? Because what was I gonna do with all those little hearts after I punched them out of my dough for the pie? Make another pie and cover it with those little guys, of course! They complete each other <3    …

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  • Mini Chocolate Cupcakes with Mini Mini Cupcakes On Top!

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      “When you look at a cupcake, you’ve got to smile.” True story when it comes to these little cutie-patooties! Every time I walk into the kitchen and see them I break into a little giggle . These are perfect to make for anyone who loves chocolate, cupcakes, mini things, pink, has a birthday, has a baby, is getting married, is sad, is happy, is your valentine, is your best friend – basically anyone – just figure out a reason and bake them!   Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cupcakes (makes 24 mini cupcakes) 1/2 cup flour 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 1/4 tsp…

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  • Cranberry-Apple Upside-Down Cake

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      “Sometimes you have to turn your world upside-down to see it right side up.” I had never tried making an upside-down cake before. Seemed pretty straightforward; but the more and more I read about it, the more I realized the great question that exists with upside-down cakes – how long do you keep them upside-down (once out of the oven), before you turn them right-side up?! If you let it cool too long, you won’t be able to get it out of the pan. But – if you don’t let it cool long enough, the juice from the fruits…

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