S’mores Chocolate Cupcakes

Chocolate!

S’mores are a tradition with our family, even if we only manage them once during the course of a summer. We had an exceptionally active summer this year, made possible by endless hot days and dry evenings. (Always my preference over the chilly, rainy summers we sometimes endure.) We took in an Akron Aeros baseball … Continue reading

Man vs. Machine

I thought I was on a roll with the Dessert Decorator Plus.  After my cupcake frosting triumph last week, I was sure I had mastered this baked good decorating tool. I decided to use it for an experiment with spritz cookies, inspired by the 2011 holiday baking edition of Cook’s Illustrated. The article recommended using … Continue reading

Simple pleasures: cupcakes on a Sunday night

Having decided dessert would be a nice finishing touch for dinner, I whipped up red velvet cupcakes from a boxed mix Sunday afternoon. I firmly believe in food’s power to bring people together, and the importance of sharing meals, so my culinary endeavors are motivated more by pleasing my family than by creating sophisticated or … Continue reading

Visions of Gingerbread

Not just for European children lost in the woods Gingerbread plays a prominent role in a fair number of children’s tales and Christmas lore, so it’s not surprising I had a very vivid image of this treat growing up.  Humble peasant children nibbled it while traipsing the Black Forest of Germany.  Witches could use it … Continue reading

Time to make the peanut brittle

Over the years, peanut brittle has become my signature holiday offering. Unlike the childhood Christmas cookies I turned into year ‘round treats, I only make brittle during the holidays. I will occasionally do some preliminary batches in the fall, but most of it is made in the few weeks and days leading up to Christmas. … Continue reading

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