Somewhere there’s a forest made of cakes and candies, and from that fair copse we can harvest gorgeous yule logs year-round. But until we find that magical wonderland, we’ll have to make the damn cakes ourselves!
I am aggressively resisting the cultural expectation to use gendered language with these cookies. Will it cost me in SEO ranking? SURE. Do I care more about crushing the patriarchy than my page rank on Google? DUH.
I know you know this is totally not me, but accept it: I’ve made something cute. I don’t usually care for the adorable side of the baking equation, I’m far too practical to paint faces on my desserts. Until now. I was pondering the crisp autumnal air and started imagining a forest scene: hedgehogs, owls, and squirrels partying together amidst burnished leaves on the woodland floor. And once the image took hold in my head, I thought it might be fun to make a cookie inspired by that fever dream.
Since I’m such a voracious snacker, I often have to bargain with myself: “I’ll let you eat in between meals,” I say to myself, “if you eat something healthy. Ish. Healthy-ish.” And this peanut butter dip definitely fits the bill.
I’m like a magpie sometimes, my eyes caught on anything bright and shiny. A candied apple will always turn my head and this Fall I’m making batch after batch to serve guests at my home (who doesn’t squeal in delight at the shiny shell?).
I’m not normally the sort of person who thinks an apple needs much adornment. But every once in a while, I do love an apple dipped in buttery caramel. And this caramel is the best. It’s thick and luscious, it’ll coat the apple without pulling out your teeth, and it’s easy to make.
Another delectable puff pastry treat, this time twisted into a spiraling straw! Any flavor of jam will work perfectly here, just make sure not to overfill the cookies! Though you think it will make them better, all that extra jam will just leak out and burn!
Don't be ashamed of buying puff pastry from the freezer instead of making your own, just make sure you buy the good stuff (all butter)! These cookies come together quickly and look as good as they taste!
Hallmark Channel is a huge advocate for rescue animals, and I couldn't resist making a hot dog bun to honor their commitment to emptying America's pet shelters!
Take that rainy-day-favorite and put it on the grill! Reducing tomato soup into a spreadable condiment is a perfect way to amp up this grilled cheese hot dog!
It's worth scouring garage sales and thrift stores for clay baking vessels. For some reason, people dispose of them after a few years of use. Trust me, when you find one, hold onto it. You may not bake in it every week, but when you use it you'll be in awe of the results.
This is the ultimate one-pot dinner. Imagine you're a cowboy living on the frontier and this dish starts to make sense. I corralled the sort of ingredients that would have been available to ranchers and cowboys and frontierspeople in the 1800's. Coffee, whiskey, beef, potatoes, they're all in here.
Want something unique to serve at brunch? I love a sweet-savory mashup, and this definitely hits the spot. Caramelizing onions in bacon fat is a surefire way to make your house smell good before guests come over! The dish takes a little time, and a lot of stirring (to avoid burning), but don't let that scare you away! Trust me, your guests will be clamoring for it.
Store-bought puff pastry has never been cuter, make these for Valentine's Day and you'll be a winner.
Skip the store-bought pastries this week and make these pop hearts! They're my delicious take on the institutional PopTart, but since they're made with fabulous jam and puff pastry, they're easily 100% better.
Looking for a new way to amp up your whipped cream? Beat in some mascarpone cheese and caramel. You'll never look back. I serve these with my red velvet chocolate cookies, dip or schmear, just start eating!
If you're a fan of Hallmark Channel's Home & Family show you'll recognize this recipe from one of Ali Fedotowsky-Manno's segments. I love writing recipes for television, but sometimes we don't get to show all of the steps involved!
My dear friend Debbie swears by warm rice pudding, but I'll never agree. For me, rice pudding is best served straight from the fridge. I want it cold. I want it thick. I want it creamy.
This dish is the epitome of trashy-delish. Instead of making nachos for the Super Bowl, I decided to make nacho-lasagna, nachosagna.
I'm a sucker for a salty snack, and this hits the spot. With the Super Bowl coming up this weekend I wanted to make sure you have something crunchy, savory, and easy to eat for hours on end!