Desserts

Pumpkin Spice Caramels

October 7, 2012
Chewy Pumpkin Spice Caramels

It is the first weekend of October and I haven’t bought a single bag of [airquote] halloween [/airquote] candy. Air quotes required. Because any bag of candy purchased on October 6th probably won’t live to see October 11th around here. And by probably, I mean definitely. And by around here, I mean around me. (Side [...]

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Pecan Pumpkin Butter Rolls with Bourbon Cream Cheese Icing

September 26, 2012
Pecan Pumpkin Butter Rolls with Bourbon Cream Cheese Icing

Remember that pecan pumpkin butter? Today I’m going to how you to use half of it and, at the same time, take care of breakfast (or dessert) for the week. These non-cinnamon “cinnamon” rolls use pecan pumpkin butter, brown sugar, and roasted pecans for the filling. After baking, the warm rolls are topped with a [...]

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DIY: Spicy Honey-Roasted Peanuts

September 16, 2012
Homemade Honey Roasted Peanuts

To me, the appeal of any recipe has always been that it was created with a good, solid base, allowing me to easily swap out a few ingredients and transform the dish into something completely new. Adaptability. Variability. Riffability. (I’ll concede that one of those might not be a real word.) One recipe I’ve been [...]

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Apple Cinnamon Rolls with Jack Daniels-Cream Cheese Icing

September 12, 2012
Apple Cinnamon Rolls with Jack Daniels-Cream Cheese Icing

It’s September! The 9th month of the year is the gateway to sweatshirts, chili, football, and all things pumpkin. But before there’s pumpkin and Halloween candy, there are apples. This month, Rachel is throwing an Apple a Day party – a group of fabulous bloggers sharing their favorite apple recipes. And my contribution? Breakfast. But [...]

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American Beauty Cake

August 26, 2012
The Pastry Queen's American Beauty Cake

Today is the very last Project Pastry Queen challenge. Over 2 years ago, Ashley and I met up in Austin to attend a cooking demo with The Pastry Queen, Rebecca Rather. I’d forgotten about several great recipes in the book and decided that I’d cook and bake all the way through the book. 100-ish recipes [...]

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies

August 20, 2012
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Some little known facts about me: Before retiring a couple of years ago – or maybe I’m just on sabbatical, I haven’t decided yet – I was a project manager in the tech industry. My clients made iThingies and super expensive servers and magical photo editing software that lets you zap that jerky ex-boyfriend out [...]

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PPQ: Fredericksburg Peach Tart

August 5, 2012

We’re in the home stretch of Project Pastry Queen, just a few weeks left. This week, Emily of A Gilt Nutmeg chose to turn back the clock and make a beautiful peach tart from the early days of the project, the Fredericksburg Peach Cream Cheese Tart. A sweet, ripe juicy peach is one of summer’s [...]

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PPQ: Cherry Pie Bars

July 17, 2012
Cherry Pie Bars

I was super excited to see the recipe that Amanda selected for this week’s Project Pastry Queen challenge: Blackberry Pie Bars. Redemption. Sweet, cherry-studded redemption. Because the last time I made them, I totally bonked the recipe. Hard. There would be no bonking this time! I made a few changes this go ’round: – I [...]

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