I made these vanilla almond cupcakes for one of my best friend's baby showers. Made with real vanilla beans, European butter, and the freshest ingredients, they have a dense pound cake texture and a distinct almond flavor. Piped with a buttercream rose, they are an elegant addition to any kind of gathering.
Another one of my finds during my quest for used cookbooks at antique malls over the weekend was Baking-Easy to make great home bakes. A 2001 publication. Again, antique? I think not! Skimming quickly through it yesterday in search of something fruity for the sunshine we have going on here today in Missouri. I found a Raspberry-Hazelnut Meringue Cake recipe that I just had to try. 7 ingredients total! I love a short ingredient list!
I love sugar cookies and I love lemons, so this recipe was a no-brainer. While making them, I loved how my kitchen smelled, like fresh lemons. I had a serious problem keeping my fingers out of the cookie dough because it smelled so good. I think I ate about 4 cookies worth of dough, which normally I don't do, but I couldn't resist with these.