Chai Spice Almond Biscotti

Chai Spice Almond BiscottiIf you’re not into biscotti for the same reason I haven’t been over the years then you haven’t tried these. All biscotti are not equal. This homemade version is so good you’ll want to gift a sampler to your special friends … Or maybe not! I had some expert help from Michael Chiarello or at least was influenced by a once baked biscotti cookie recipe of his. But true to the biscotti my recipe is twice baked. Instead of anise seed I used chai spices, here. I just happened to have some gray salt from Chiarello’s store (now closed?) in Yountville, California. And if you’re looking for crystallized sugar try here.

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Breakfast Cookies

Breakfast CookiesBack in the 60’s Grandmother served cake or cookies to her husband for breakfast. Who knew? How lucky he was, I thought. Today an early morning cookie with coffee is pretty commonplace. It’s not a bad thing. In fact many cookies today are packed with a nutritional value that far outweighs the calories. Pair one of these wonderful cookies with coffee, tea or milk and breakfast is that easy.

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Oats, Apples & Raisins

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Triple Good Bars

Breakfast Cookie

Datenut Pinwheel

Breakfast Cookie

Fig Bars

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Cranberry Spice

Breakfast Cookie

Gluten Free Raisin

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Applesauce Oaties

Breakfast Cookie

Almond Slices

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Moistest Oatmeal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Peanut Butter

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Molasses Cranberry

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Gingerbread

Breakfast Cookie

Smiley Cookies

Fruit Bars

Fruit Bars

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Vegan Molasses



Cranberry Shortbread Cookies

Cranberry Shortbread Cookies

New version of the shortbread cookie. Cranberry fits, doesn’t it! What I like best about these cookies besides the deliciously buttery shortbread taste … they keep fresh longer, longer than many cookies … about 5 days. Not that they’ll last that long! But it’s a cookie you can make ahead. Like I have made here for my Thanksgiving crowd. Yes, we’ll have pies! But the days leading up to Thanksgiving we have to have dessert on those days too!

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Tomato Soup Cake

Tomato Soup CakeSpice Cake made with applesauce I can understand. Or Pumpkin, here. But with Tomato Soup! I’m not sure who decided this was a good idea decades ago. But if it becomes your birthday cake at 10 and you long for it each year and you’re now 71 I’d say that’s a pretty good indication Tomato Soup Cake is tasty. The question is, are all Tomato Soup Cakes alike. Nope! While many can say they can’t taste the soup I’m not sure I can’t in certain recipes. In this recipe the spices are healthy measurements. Yes, I believe certain spices are healthy too. Here I mean plentiful. Enjoy this spice cake recipe. Add nuts and raisins or not. We prefer it that way but it holds up if your pantry is bare.

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Apple Season Recipes

Apple Season RecipesIt’s Apple Season! Some of my favorite Apple Recipes for you to try. Make your own applesauce for the baked recipes with this ingredient. So easy. Just peel, core and roughly chop cooking apples. Place into your medium saucepan with a bit of water-just enough water to barely cover the bottom. Simmer until apples are applesauce consistently. Add a pinch of salt if you wish. No sugar needed. Perfect! Enjoy!

1. Apple Pie Pastry           2. Apple and Cranberry Chutney           3. Apples Brats & Hot Mustard

4. Apple Empanadas    5. Apple Dessert    6. Spinach Apple Banana Smoothie    7. Breakfast Bar

8. Old Fashioned Apple Pie  9. Special Apple Muffins  10. Best Coffee Cake   11. Apple Dumpling

12. Easy Delicious Dessert   13. Easy Apple Muffins 14. Pork Chop Recipe   15. Apple Spice Cake

                 16. Perfect Tasting Juicy Pork Chops          17. Applesauce Oatmeal Cookies                  

 


Apple Spice Cake with Caramel Topping

Apple Spice CakeLate Summer and Fall is Birthday Season here, one birthday after another. My guys definitely have favorite cake or pie requests. My daughter, not so much. I’m always on the lookout for new recipes that just might satisfy everyone. One birthday celebration and one birthday cake might work for all. They’re aging nicely <smile> and sharing is now a really good thing. Everyone agrees my apple pie is pretty hard to beat for any occasion. So, an Apple Spice Birthday Cake sounded like an excellent substitution. I’ve been saving this Bake From Scratch Fall 2015 Issue. Yep, the cake on the cover became my choice! Let me tell you a bit about this recipe. It’s simple, few ingredients … Great presentation … Great spice and apple taste! The downside … The cake is a bit heavy. I’ve only baked this recipe once and I must admit I was a bit distracted by a sweet little 3 year old. So, were the measurements right on? Hmm. As for the frosting it’s tasty and rich. For two 9 inch layers it’s much more than enough. This Apple Spice Cake with Caramel Topping is definitely worth a try!

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Chocolate Chips

Chocolate ChipsSometimes the recipe has an outcome you hadn’t expected. Good or bad! This time it’s somewhere in-between. The cookie flavor is lacking ‘though a tablespoon of vanilla is used, and all the nuts and chocolate chips can’t help. So … rather than sharing a recipe I doubt I will ever try again I’d like to share some of my favorite chocolate chip recipes.

Thanks neighbors for being my taste testers.

Old Fashioned Chocolate ChippersChocolate Chip Cookies Quick MixChocolate Nut Toffee BarsChocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies

 


Devil’s Food Chocolate Pound Cake

devils-food-pound-cakeChocolate is still my favorite dessert flavor. I can go days without it. But then thoughts of chocolate begin to circle and are relentless until I meet the craving. My recipe for this rich and moist chocolate pound cake does the trick. One must, the chocolate (for me) must be very very good if not the best. This recipe uses an entire cup of cocoa and it will drive the taste of this cake. You want the best available cocoa. If you haven’t an idea about what’s the best unsweetened cocoa ingredient to use check out Cook’s Illustrated’s ratings here.

Devil’s Food Chocolate Pound Cake, a great treat for those Halloween visitors!

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