Sprinkle Cookies

Ah, summer. It has finally arrived here in upstate NY, at least according to the weather. The last couple weekends have been gorgeous – sunny and dry and perfect for backyard fire pits, early morning runs, and going out for ice cream with friends. We’ve also been firing up the grill frequently, and I’m excited to start seeing our favorite fruits and vegetables popping up at the farmers market in the coming weeks. For now though, I’ve been meaning to share these sprinkle cookies that I brought to a friend’s house on Memorial Day. They were soft and sweet, and made for the perfect snack to go along with our hot dogs, fruit salad, and other cookout fare. Enjoy and have a wonderful week!

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Canning Q&A: How Does Sugar Work?

Well hello there! Today I’m back at it again over at Food Fanatic, with another installment in my Canning Q&A series – the role of sugar in preserving your jams, jellies, and marmalades! I hope you will find it helpful as you begin your canning projects for the summer. Hop over and check it out – and have a wonderful holiday weekend!

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Nutella Scones

Hello, friends.

Yes, I’m still here – although as you can see, the month of April got away from me a bit. Between Easter and starting a new job, things have been a bit hectic around here lately, but I’m hoping that I’ve finally begun to settle into a new routine. I haven’t been spending much time in the kitchen except to cook dinner a few nights a week, but this weekend I had an excuse to bake, and these Nutella scones have been on my list to make for a couple of months now. I brought them to a party, and everyone who tried them said that they were amazing – several people asked for the recipe as well, so I’d say they were a hit. I hope you love them, too. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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Dutch Apricot Pie

Every year, I do my best to come up with something special to make my sister for her birthday. Last year I made teacup cupcakes, and the year before that I whipped up some Nutella-filled lamingtons. This year though, it’s all about the pie. Though I’ve only seen a few episodes of the show, my sister is a huge fan of Supernatural, and I’ve been filled in on numerous occasions that one of the main characters really loves him some pie. So, with a bag of frozen apricots I picked last summer at a friend’s orchard, I got to work making this simple pie with my favorite all-butter pie crust and a delicious crumble topping. Normally, I can’t wait to dig into a pie fresh from the oven – but this time I waited a few hours for the pie to set up, and it ended up being one of the best fruit pies I’ve ever made. So, to my sister, I hope you have an awesome birthday – I didn’t forget the pie!

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Guinness Cupcakes with Bailey’s Buttercream Frosting

I know you’re probably being inundated with St. Paddy’s Day-related recipes right now, but I’m jumping on the bandwagon – after all, whether you’re Irish or not, who couldn’t use some chocolate-y stout cupcakes topped off with boozy Bailey’s Irish cream frosting? This recipe makes two dozen cupcakes, so you’ll have plenty to share with your friends. I sent a dozen of them to work with the hubby, who reported back that they were a big hit with his co-workers. If you want to go all out, serve them with some homemade shamrock shakes! Enjoy and have a great weekend!

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