January 2011

Toffee Squares

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Toasted almonds, milk chocolate and toffee bits... does it get much better then this? I think not! :)

Avocado Cream Cheese Cookies

Avocado Cream Cheese Cookies

This recipe taught me something new: you can substitute avocado for butter. (Extra benefit: "avocado is very healthy and can lower cholesterol.") Plus, I'm sure it's a great addition to the cream cheese that also shows up in this cookie batter! These cookies are adorable and delicious!

Pull-Apart Cheesy Herb Bread

Pull-Apart Cheesy Bread

Imagine a soft yeast dough filled with pockets of cheddar cheese and fresh herbs, all baked to warm perfection! Are you getting the picture? This savory loaf is right at home alongside all your winter favorites!

Cranberry-Apple Bars

Cranberry-Apple Bars

When Fran had a bowl of apples in her kitchen calling out for attention, she took them and transformed them into this lovely treat: "Tart apples and cranberries layered between subtly sweet pastry and drizzled with glaze..."

Almond Joy Cheesecake

Almond Joy Cheesecake

This is my dream cheesecake.  A creamy cheesecake filling loaded with toasted almonds and coconut, a coconut graham cracker crust, and a smooth chocolate ganache to top the whole thing off!  This is pure candy bar in cheesecake form.

Cherry Chocolate Chip Muffins

Cherry Chocolate Chip Muffins

Just a little bit of breakfast heaven to warm up your winter... Cherries and chocolate are an unbeatable combination, and with a touch of sour cream these muffins will make you stop and take time for breakfast!

Recipe: Cherry Chocolate Chip Muffins

Maple Cinnamon Quick Bread

Maple Cinnamon Quick Bread

This bread is the best of all worlds: quick, healthy, yummy. Erica uses whole wheat flour, buttermilk and maple syrup in her batter and then folds in "bits of butter mixed with cinnamon." The result is a bread that "tastes like a mixture of quick bread and cinnamon swirl bread," and is filled with "little pockets of buttery cinnamon goodness."

Recipe: Cinnamon Bread

Orange Cornmeal Crisps

Orange Cornmeal Crisps

Looking for something different to bake using winter oranges and cranberries? Janna highly recommends these flavorful slice-and-bake cookies: "These cookies remind me of glazed scones. I can't get enough of them!"

Recipe: Orange Cornmeal Crisps

Fresh White Sandwich Bread

Fresh White Sandwich Bread

Homemade fresh baked bread is such a joy. This beautiful loaf looks so delicious - and it's easy to slice too making it perfect sandwich bread.

Recipe: Sandwich bread

Dried Cranberry Crumb Muffins

Dried Cranberry Crumb Muffins

from CaffeIna

Looking for a fun, easy and delicious recipe to make with kids? Try these dried cranberry crumb muffins - and feel free to use whatever dried fruits you fancy!

Recipe: Dried Cranberry Crumb Muffins