Monday, November 28, 2011
Walnut kiss cookies are definitely one of my all time favorite holiday cookies. These little tea cakes have many names, but I always call them kiss cookies because they're light, nutty, and full of flavor. They can definitely be made year round, but there's something about dredging them in powdered sugar that makes me think of snow and holidays. As soon as Thanksgiving is over, and I start to pull out all the Christmas decorations, I head straight into the kitchen and whip up my first batch of the season.
Monday, November 21, 2011
Thursday, November 17, 2011
For some reason muffins remind me of lazy Sundays, slowing down, and taking a break. I also love them because they give me an excuse to eat dessert for breakfast! I think right now it's really important to remember to slow down. With the holidays upon us it's easy to get caught up in the craziness and miss what's happening right now. I've been a bit caught up in the madness lately myself. When someone asked me what projects and desserts I had planned for Spring, I almost collapsed. My list of projects I want to make for the holidays is daunting enough, please let me get through that first! Anyway, these muffins are a good way to decompress. A few bites and all the stress melts away, for a little while anyway!
Friday, November 11, 2011
Croutons and beer in a dessert? Yup! I like to think of this as an ice cream sundae all grown up. It contains everything I want in a fall dessert in a shot glass. The pumpkin ice cream is silky, and all the spices add a warmth to it. The addition of bourbon adds a nice little kick giving the ice cream another layer of flavor that leaves you wanting more. It is divine all on its own, but why would I stop there?
Thursday, November 3, 2011
Gingerbread is one of those treats I never really cared for until a few years ago. It always had way too strong of a taste for me, and to be honest I thought it was kind of boring. After I realized that the type of molasses you use in baked goods can drastically alter the flavor, I decided I wanted to give gingerbread another chance, and fiddle around with a new recipe. I'm glad I did because this is a wonderful little cake that is now a staple in my fall and winter baking.