• 23 Sep
    Maple Chocolate Chip Cookies

    Maple Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

    Fall is here! We are located in the beautiful state of Michigan and the air is starting to take on that beautiful fall feeling. The nights have a chill that requires an extra layer and the days are beginning to dip into the cooler temperatures. The maples are beginning to show their glorious fall colors and my thoughts turn to baking. Warm spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg and cardamom cross my mind. Pumpkin spice lattes, donuts and apple cider are prominent in every retail setting. I prefer maple; maple brings a warmth and depth to bake goods and pastries without overwhelming the other flavors.

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  • 18 Jun
    Celebration Cookie Cake

    Celebration cookie

    Cake, the traditional offering at nearly every birthday, graduation and anniversary celebration. While I have never been known to turn down a piece of cake, I think that you may agree that after a while cake just becomes, well..... boring! Chocolate chip cookies are a classic treat that just about everyone has had at one time or another. Why not bring two classics together into one delicious dessert?! A celebration dessert, worthy of anyone's big day. These cookie cakes can be customized to just about any size you need, one of two large cookie cakes for an intimate family gathering or many tiny individual cookie cakes for a large celebration.

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  • 05 Mar
    Chocolate Chip Toffee Cookies

    chocolate chip toffee cookies

    What is the perfect chocolate chip cookie? Is it soft and "cakey", hard and crispy, or crispy edges with a soft chewy center? Chocolate chip toffee cookies fall into the last category. Crisp and sweet around the edges but soft and chewy in the middle, this might just be the perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe.

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  • 25 Feb
    Almond Snowball Cookies

    almond snowball cookies

    Let it snow! Or maybe we shouldn’t say that too loudly here in the very snowy state of Michigan! Our headquarters are close to the Lake and the lake effect snow is always in full swing here. Baking a batch of our almond snowball cookies is the perfect way to bring the snow indoors.

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  • 03 Feb
    Black and White Shortbread Hearts

    shortbread cookie recipe

    Valentine's day is less than 2 weeks away! Do you have something in mind for that special someone? Or are you the type that waits until the last minute, hoping for that one elusive dinner reservation? Instead of spending a fortune on roses or jewelry, why not make them a special treat? Black and white shortbread hearts are so simple to make and can be arranged in a special box, stuffed with pink tissue paper and tied up with a bright red bow. What valentine could resist such a sweet gesture!?

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  • 18 Sep
    Oatmeal Creme Pies

    Oatmeal creme pie recipe

    Who doesn't love oatmeal creme pies? With their two soft oatmeal like cookies sandwiched between a layer of vanilla creme, Little Debbie oatmeal creme pies were a staple in my lunchbox growing up. One of my favorite ways to eat them was to pull off the top cookie layer and fold over the second cookie onto the layer of creme. This created the perfect double stuffed creme pie! Now that I’m older (and supposedly wiser), I have found myself reading more and more labels on food products. All of the processed foods that we grew up with as children are packed with so many preservatives and food additives. Including those delicious Little Debbie's that I enjoyed so much as a child. What a downer!

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  • 11 Apr
    Coconut Madeleine Cookies

    coconut madeline cookies recipe

    The children's book, Madeline, is a sweet story about a young girl and her escapades in Paris. It's a classic children's story that I have read to my daughter many, many times! As I baked the cookies, I imagined the spunky Madeline sitting down with her school mates, a spot of tea and a madeleine cookie in hand.

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  • 28 Mar
    Chocolate Kahlua Cream Cookies

    chocolate kahlua cream cookies recipe

    Kahlua; a simple concoction of vodka, water, coffee and sugar cane. If you made some homemade Kahlua using our delicious recipe, you know that the addition of a Beanilla vanilla bean made this liquor even more delicious!!! Kahlua is definitely a popular liquor to pour over ice and leisurely sip on after dinner. Did you know that you can utilize this liquor in a variety of desserts and baked goods?! One of my very favorite pairings is with chocolate. Simply add a small amount to chocolate ice cream bases, drizzle into your favorite mousse recipe or make a batch of chocolate Kahlua cookies!

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  • 19 Dec
    Buckeye Cookies Recipe


    If you live in Michigan, Ohio or any of the surrounding Midwest states, you are most likely familiar with Buckeyes. For those of you who live in the Southern states, or on either of the coasts, and have never had a Buckeye, you must make these delicious candies a part of your holiday traditions!

    The buckeye is the state tree of Ohio. It produces small nuts that have a dark outer shell, but the lighter colored interior of the nut is visible from the top. The candy resembling this beloved nut is made with a creamy peanut butter center and dipped in milk chocolate. The creamy center is visible from the top of the candy. The candy is reminiscent of a peanut butter cup, and is primarily made on and around the holiday season or during the Ohio State football season. Our buckeyes are traditional, but you can mix it up and dip the entire creamy center into the chocolate. Drizzle a bit of melted chocolate on top for a finished look.

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  • 16 Dec
    Cinnamon Gingerbread Ornaments (Recipe)

    cinnamon ginger bread

    The tradition of cutting down an evergreen, placing it in a stand, lighting it up and garnishing it with ornaments began in the early 1600s. The evergreen symbolized life when every other tree had shed its leaves -- the evergreen remained green and lush. The very first holiday lights were candles, and they often symbolized loved ones, friends and family. Many of these first trees were decorated with fresh garlands of berries and baked cookies. Electricity introduced the first electrified strings of lights, and homemade ornaments of fruits and cookies were replaced with glass balls and molded plastic figurines. Many of these ornaments have been lovingly collected over the years, with each having a special meaning of a specific place or time in our lives.

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  • 07 Oct
    Orange Cream Brownies

    Orange Cream Brownie

    Grocery shopping when you're a kid can be downright monotonous. Walking behind one of your parents while they decide which macaroni and cheese was a better buy was never my idea of fun; except when we were bribed to be on our best behavior. This meant that my brother's and I would break off from our macaroni and cheese indecisive parents and beeline for the Brach's candy bins. Brightly colored hard candies sat next to soft and chewy fruit slices. Ultimately I would choose the wrapped chocolate creams. Raspberry, vanilla, maple and orange were just a few of the flavors they had to offer. More often than not my perfectly measured bag of treats would consist of a few raspberry, perhaps a vanilla, but mostly orange creams. I loved how the orange flavoring played beautifully with the slight bitterness of the dark chocolate. I haven't been to the candy bins in years but the allure of dark chocolate and orange cream still calls my name from time to time.

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  • 18 Sep
    Fondant Decorated Cream Cheese Sugar Cookies

    (For a Delicious 1st Birthday)

    Fondant Decorated Cream Cheese Sugar Cookies

    As parents we spend the first year of our children's lives celebrating all the momentous milestones: The first smile, rolling over, crawling, the first tooth, the first word and finally the first attempt at walking. Many sleepless nights are spent in those first few weeks as well as numerous trips to the drugstore for infant Tylenol for a cranky teething baby and wandering through the aisles of what seems like endless cabinet safety latches and toilet safety clips. Through all the sleepless nights, mounds of diaper changes and endless feedings we endure, sweet innocence prevails. Sweet moments of first words, softly read lullabies and clean, baby soft skin linger with us as parents as they grow and become more independent and less dependent on us. Continue reading

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  • 30 Jul
    Chocolate Cherry Coconut Macaroons

    chocolate cherry coconut macaroons

    There is a distinct difference in both flavor and texture between a macaroon and a macaron! One little "o" separates the cookies in the dictionary, but the two confections are worlds apart in flavor, texture and appearance. The macaron is an utterly French creation; crisp on the outside, but soft and chewy on the inside. Butter cream graces the center of one of the two cookies. One bite and your mind wanders to quaint Parisian patisseries. I have made it known that French macarons are one of my favorite desserts, but macaroons are a close second. Macaroons are a classic American creation, vastly different from the French macaron. The macaroon is essentially a coconut cookie, reminiscent of the center of a Mounds candy bar, but lighter and more airy. The addition of dark chocolate pushes this simple and delicious treat over the edge of decadence.

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  • 07 May
    Chocolate Nutella Meringue Kisses

    chocolate nutella meringues

    Did you know that chocolate meringues are low in fat? They also can be easily converted into a sugar-free treat perfect for those on a low sugar lifestyle or concerned about refined sugars. They are also an exceptional gluten-free treat (even with the Nutella)!

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  • 29 Apr
    Molasses Ginger Cookies

    molasses ginger cookie

    Molasses ginger cookies have always been one of my favorite cookies. I love the crispy edges, soft center and intense flavor. The rich intense flavor of molasses is the perfect complement to ground ginger and our natural ginger flavor. You can find molasses cookies in abundance during the holiday season. It seems as though everyone has their own version for this spicy and flavorful cookie. They tend to disappear, much like the elusive Peep or chocolate covered cherry, until the same time next year. Why not make them all year round? One type of this cookie I have consumed over the years is the classic boxed ginger cookie, hard and, well... hard!  These are useful for making crusts on cheesecakes and that’s about it. The second type I have had is the cake cookie...puffy and light, but yet not quite there in the texture category for me. I prefer my molasses ginger cookies to be crunchy on the edges, but soft and chewy in the center. The addition of coarse sugar adds that crunch and texture every cookie needs!  If you’re like me, this is the perfect cookie recipe for you!

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