Peanut Butter Butterscotch Rice Krispies® Treats

This is one of those simple recipes you teach your kids to get them excited about cooking, which is precisely where I learned it. Staying at a friend’s house during summer vacation in middle school, we felt accomplished making these easy treats for ourselves. I still crave these bars from time to time as an…

Cowboy Cookies

After quite a few weeks of trying to meet pressing real estate and work deadlines, I finally crashed and spent most of today nursing a nasty headache. Once I felt well enough to crawl out of bed, I really wanted cookies. Not wanting to have to drive anywhere, I scavenged around my kitchen, finding the…

Double chocolate brownie cookies

Sometimes you just need a homemade chocolate cookie, perfect for those wicked chocolate cravings that I know absolutely nothing about. Obviously. Double Chocolate Brownie Cookies (Original recipe: Cafe Delites) 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 1 cup white granulated sugar 1/2 cup melted butter 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 1 egg 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract 1…

Bûche de Noël

Every Christmas, I challenge myself to at least one cooking/baking challenge. This year, I chose a Bûche de Noël, otherwise known as a Yule Log. It is a traditional French roulade (or jelly roll cake) filled with fruit and/or cream, covered in chocolate and decorated to look like a log. The most well-known in America is…

Apple crisp cookie cups

It’s officially autumn, which means it’s baking season around here! ((squeal of delight)) I knew I wanted to make something with apples. Since my husband loves apple crisp and cookies, I figured I couldn’t go wrong with this Pinterest recipe. The base cookie is slightly different than the oatmeal cookies I’m accustomed to, but that’s not…

Lemon Cheesecake with Mascarpone Cream and Candied Lemons

Summer is coming, which means citrus! If you like lemon desserts, this one is sublime. The flavor is delicate; not too sweet, not too tart. The cheesecake itself bakes in a bain-marie, or water bath, a trick for assuring it is evenly baked and doesn’t crack. Candying lemon slices to use as decoration is optional, but if…

Hot Cakes Cakery

Most visitors to Seattle head to straight to the Starbucks Roastery & Tasting Room. Tip from a local: walk a few more blocks to Hot Cakes Cakery and order a Dark Decadence molten chocolate cake. The S’mores cake is also an experience, including house made graham crackers, marshmallow, and liquid smoke. The shop also sells…

Good ole lemon bars

There seems to be a distinction between cooks and bakers. Many who cook don’t bake much and vice versa. For me, this is because baking is much more of a science. Inaccurate measurements can be fixed or faked while cooking, while that isn’t so much the case in baking. The smaller margin of error can…

Chocolate mint crinkle cookies

These little gems taste like little brownie bites with a delicate hint of mint, and they taste even better than they look. They’re perfect for the holidays, or pretty much any other day, really, since the dough freezes well. The next time I make them, I plan to add semisweet chocolate chips, just for fun….