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Princess Leia Cupcakes

Princess Leia Cupcakes

Ok, now these Princess Leia cupcakes are just toooo cute! I'm just guessing they were inspired by the original Star Wars, Episode 3, which is probably appropriate given they were made for a little boy's birthday. A Return of the Jedi version might be best saved for Dad's birthday. ;)

Story: Princess Leia Cupcakes

R2D2 Cake

R2D2 Cake

Made for a special holiday gathering, this rich and absolutely stunning R2D2 cake is described as "a ginger and spice cake, disguised as a droid from a galaxy far far away." Pardon the pun, but I do believe this is the droid you're looking for. ;)

Story and photos: R2D2 Cake

Classic Biscochos

Classic Biscochos

I love traditional Mexican baked goods. They're usually sweet but not too sweet, rich without being heavy, and always super flavorful. These classic wedding cookies, sometimes known as "Mexican wedding cakes" totally epitomize what I'm talking about. They're just so delicious you'll want to keep popping them in your mouth. And since this recipe makes 300 biscochos, you'll have no trouble satisfying those cravings. ;)

Recipe: Biscochos

Petite Brioche with Cranberry Jam

Petite Brioche with Cranberry Jam

Mmmm... buttery brioche, slathered in tart, tangy cranberry jam. Just saying it makes my mouth start salivating. And this ain't no poor man's brioche either. Lulu goes all out and does the rich-man's-75%-butter brioche, and tops it with cranberry jam made from scratch. Now that's what I'm talking about!

Recipes: Petite Brioche with Cranberry Jam

Lebanese Sleeha

Lebanese Sleeha

Though not actually baked, this seasonal dessert made from barley, pomegranate and anise was just too beautiful to pass up. Traditionally made only once a year by Christians in the Middle East for Saint Barbara's day (a feast day sort of like Halloween but celebrated on December 4th), Sleeha (or Burbara) is offered to masquerading children as a treat. How neat!

Recipe and story (in French): Sleeha Libanais ou Sainte Barbara

Classic Baked Oatmeal

Classic Baked Oatmeal

from Pattycake

This is hands down my favorite way to enjoy oatmeal, and that's saying a lot because I was in charge of making breakfast for a family of 7 when I was in high school and I got really good at making porridge. Then this summer Patty started making "baked oatmeal" and my world was turned upside down. I'm now a convert, and this is the new classic. I don't think I can ever go back to making "mush" again!

Recipe: Classic Baked Oatmeal

Rugelach

Rugelach

Growing up as a kid, I loved our annual summer road-trips to visit my Ukrainian grandparents at their cottage in the beautiful Ottawa Valley. Besides getting to catch frogs and go fishing, one of the best things about visiting them was getting to indulge in all my granny's yummy baked goods. When I saw Swee San's post my mind was flooded with fond memories of sipping mint tea at the kitchen table (so we wouldn't drop any crumbs on the floor!), munching on what my granny called in her thick accent "roo-gahr-leck-ay".

Recipe: Rugelach

Drivin' Me Nuts Granola

Drivin' Me Nuts Granola

CeeCee baked up this wonderful granola with seasonal cranberries, 2 kinds of nuts, and a yummy blend of spices that filled her kitchen with a heavenly aroma. I can attest to the benefits of baking your own granola, and how having it around can drive you nuts trying to not eat it all yourself! Perhaps that's why CeeCee points out that it makes a great hostess gift. ;) 

Recipe: Drivin' Me Nuts Granola

iBooster App Icon Cookies

iBooster App Icon Cookies

from Pattycake

I'm very excited to announce that Patty and I recently launched our very first iPhone app! To celebrate, Patty made these adorable little chocolate spice shortbread cookies in the shape of the icon. The app is called iBooster and it's designed to help boost confidence. Even if you don't have an iPhone you can still get a boost from the cute little smiles that she stencilled onto these yummy cookies. :)

Story and directions: What's simple, sweet and gives you a boost?

Brioche Sandwich

Brioche Sandwich

Swee San knows how to make the kind of sandwich that lifts your spirit and satisfies your soul. She starts by baking a fresh brioche loaf. Then she cuts two thick even slices, and toasts them to a perfect golden brown (this is important!). Only then does she apply her carefully chosen toppings. Oh yes, there is an art to it dear readers, and this is a masterpiece.

Recipe: Brioche and a Sandwich