Friday, September 30, 2011

Snickerdoodle Cookies with Browned Butter

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This batch of classic cinnamon sugar coated cookies are a cold weather after dinner family favorite. I LOVE anything cinnamon sugary, like my Homemade Churro Bites, one of my fav recipes! The warm cinnamon spice makes them perfect for a fall or even as a yummy Christmas cookie. On the outside they look pretty plain, but with their crispy edges and chewy center, it is almost impossible to eat just one. Although they aren't as fancy as other decorated cookies, and they aren't dipped in chocolate or covered in frosting, these are one of my favorite cookies, along with my good ol' standby, the Chocolate Chip Cookie, of course. 


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Monday, September 26, 2011

Inside Out Caramel "Apples"

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These adorable little caramel and candied apple pops are actually made of caramel candy, dipped in an apple flavored candy coating!


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Friday, September 23, 2011

Individual Apple Crisp (egg free, dairy free, with vegan and gluten free options) {Serves 2-4}

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Every year at Thanksgiving I would make a big dish of my famous apple crisp... and every year I get stuck with leftovers that would sit in the fridge and get soggy (apple crisp is best served warm and fresh out of the oven, so be sure to seem my notes at the bottom if you need to prepare in advance). It's not that the crisp wasn't good, it is amazing, one of my top requested Thanksgiving desserts, and everyone goes back for seconds! We just don't have a huge family, and in addition to my incredible pumpkin cheesecake, and pies, it was just simply too large of a portion for us. So here is my small-batch version of my original apple crisp recipe. It is perfect for individual mini crisps anytime, or you can make a 8x8 inch crisp in a baking dish and let guest take for themselves. Hope you love it as much as my family does! 

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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Streusel Stuffed Baked Peaches

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Here is a great recipe to enjoy the last pickings of peach season. This quick simple play on a peach crisp is the perfect individual dessert for any occasion. Tender baked beaches, stuffed with an oat streusel topping make them a great healthy alternative for a light summer dessert. Enjoy them warm, topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream to  really kick it up a notch! You can even use canned peaches and enjoy them year round!


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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Caramel Pretzel Brownie Bites

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Crunchy, salted caramel atop fudgy, chocolate brownies. This trio of buttery pretzel crunch, chewy caramel and chocolate chunk brownies is the ultimate indulgence. Finish it off if a mini pretzel twist nestled right on top. Serve as individual mini brownie bites, or cut into bars.


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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

In Case You Missed It...

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As many of you know, after a nationwide search for the country's top bakers, I was chosen to compete on the season 1 series premiere of the Food Network show "Cupcake Wars", in June 2010.  If you missed my WIN the first time, re-runs of the episode will be airing the following dates.  

Tune into the Food Network:
Sep 06, 2011 @ 8:00 PM ET/PT
Sep 07, 2011 @ 3:00 AM ET/PT
Sep 13, 2011 @ 7:00 PM ET/PT
Sep 18, 2011 @ 5:00 PM ET/PT

Stay tuned for the re-run of our appearance on the season 2 'Battle Of The Champions' episode!
Click here to check out my episode recap full of photos, recipes and the behind the scene scoop!
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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Frostings & Fillings

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Here are some of my go-to recipes that can be used as a filling or frosting for cakes, cupcakes, cookies, and more! They are incredibly versatile, with a variety of flavor variations and mix-in suggestions to create a gourmet twist.

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