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Shortbread with Chocolate

Tuesday, December 1, 2020
Shortbread with Chocolate

This crisp, buttery cookie is easy to make, and goes with everything. Dunked in coffee, coated in confectioners’ sugar glaze, or standing alone, shortbread is downright delicious. I found a slight drizzle of chocolate just might make this cookie absolutely perfect, and I took pleasure in treating the pan of cookies like an abstract painting.  Shortbread with Chocolate From The Vanilla Bean Baking Book PRINT RECIPE Notes: I…

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Neapolitan Cookies #70

Wednesday, September 16, 2020
Neapolitan Cookies

This cookie was inspired by pastry chef Matthew Rice’s Neapolitan cookie, which I stumbled upon while searching Pinterest for the color pink. This cookie popped up, and I was intrigued by the pretty colors and flavors of Neapolitan ice cream all rolled together. I headed straight to the kitchen. To make these Neapolitan Cookies, I used my sugar cookie recipe (#6 in 100 Cookies) as a base and came…

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Vanilla Bourbon Cake

Monday, October 17, 2016

“A man who writes a story is forced to put into it the best of his knowledge and the best of his feeling. The discipline of the written word punishes both stupidity and dishonesty. A writer lives in awe of words for they can be cruel or kind, and they can change their meanings right in front of you. They pick up flavors and odors like butter in…

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Roasted Peach and Salted Caramel Pops (With Vanilla and Bourbon)

Monday, August 8, 2016

I missed Billy’s Popsicle Week back in June. I stuck my popsicle molds somewhere last winter ‘so I knew where they were’ and then of course, couldn’t find them when warm weather hit. Last week my husband gently guided me down to the basement to clean out our storage room filled with (mostly my) boxes and piles and whatnot, and lo and behold, there they were, tucked in…

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homemade vanilla extract

Thursday, May 8, 2014

I’ve had ‘make vanilla extract’ on my to-do list for quite some time, and finally got around to doing so. Ever since Ashlae sent me a bottle of her delicious brew, I just wasn’t satisfied with the extract I purchased in the store. So this week I got to work, slicing open vanilla beans, jamming them into pretty bottles, pouring vodka all over them, and shaking them gently.…