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If summer is for making cupcake flavors you might not normally try, then it's also for making the most obnoxiously (festive?) colored sugar cookies with your kids! Am I right?     Once you try a swig sugar cookie, you won't go back. They are absolute pillows of softness and full of rich vanilla flavor.   My friend Christy made me promise NEVER to share this recipe with her. It's too dangerous. She likes buttercream and sugar cookies as much as I do. I'm sharing it with you, but it...

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We have raspberry jelly in our home, which is a rare treat! I just had to use some of it to try out these biscuits. Flaky and buttery, with that dynamic combination of rapsberry and chocolate with the tanginess of the cream cheese.  Who wouldn't want to start their morning with one (or three) of these!      Taken from Taste and Tell Blog. Recipe found HERE. *I left off the chocolate drizzle because they started to feel too much like dessert with that extra chocolate. Add new ...

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Gorgeous, right? These are another bar in my undying love of shortbread.    The ratio of ganache to shortbread? Almost 1:1. That can't be a bad thing, right?     I served these at a book club and I could have easily served them in less dainty slices because people just kept going back for MORE. But they are beautiful in these little, laced rectangles and withe their richness it's just perfect for an after dinner note.     Shortbread Bars with Chocolate Ganache Taken...

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        Some love shortbread. Some just don't. They wonder who failed at taking the cookies out of the oven before they turned hard and crunchy. I love a soft chocolate chip cookie but I also love shortbread. You should too. But if you don't love it, then you should just sit this one out.     It's all the things a good shortbread should be. Full of flaky butter. Just a bit of chew so as not to be too crumbly.    And this one is full of Christmas flavor. Ad...

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Grocery store caramel topping is the pits. It's so incredibly bland compared to the real thing. Using some of that in any of the increasingly popular recipes that highlight salted caramel won't do the recipe justice.   My advice? Just keep a jar of this liquid amber goodness in your fridge. I personally find it tedious to think about making salted caramel and THEN starting on the actual recipe. But if there is a jar of it just sitting on the top shelf of my fridge ready to go then what coul...

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If ever I planned Ladies' Teas (I don't), these might be the cookies I would make and set out on a little, lacey platter.    They aren't an American big-as-your-head-too-rich-and-gooey type of cookie at all.  (I'm not at all opposed to those!  See this, this, or this.)  These are dainty and subtle two-bite treats.  They are buttery and a bit crumbly with just a hint of nutella-peanut butter flavor in between.  A dessert that won't put you over the top on your s...

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A late night Twix bar from the basement vending machine was a definite downfall in college. Along with the Cinnamon Creme Crumb Cake from Corner Bakery and the Sweet 16 Powdered Sugar Donuts from Treasure Island that I used to pick up coming or going to my off-campus job. I blame my roommate for all the Twix bars though. I barely knew what a vending machine was until I became her roommate!       This is the more sophisticated version of that late night treat. And frankly it fits m...

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My pictures do these amazingly fun treats a total disservice.  That's what happens when the sun is going down, you're pulling them out of the oven with 2 minutes to spare until you NEED to get into the car or you will miss the Ecuador-Honduras World Cup match start, and you've got not just two but FOUR toddlers trying to poke their fingers into this goodness.   And you know there won't be a single leftover so you've gotta snap a shot now or never.           But...

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Good thing I have a once a month book club!     Who else would I try fun and whimsical treats like this out on?  My kids don't appreciate one cookie from the next and they are a little too time intensive to sign up for taking them to some large event.  But book club with seven or eight girls spread out in the living room?  Perfect.       My favorite combination: a sweet dessert with a salty finish.  Make them ahead to save yourself time the day of you...

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          A little bit chewy.  A little bit gooey.         A little bit unique.  A little bit sophisticated.       Nutty, chewy dough.  A rich peanut butter and caramel soft center.   This little farm girl approved!       Brown Butter Oatmeal Cookies Filled With Caramel and Peanut ButterTaken from Bakeaholic Mama  1/2 cup  butter1/2 cup sugar1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar1 large egg1 ts...

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