Gurabii - Shortbread Cookies

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Crumbly deliciousness made with creamed butter, sugar, flour and a splash of whisky.

Homemade Vanilla Extract

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I mentioned a while back about buying some vanilla beans to make homemade vanilla extract and wanted to show you how easy it is to make. There are tons of blog posts out there with directions. Everyone's directions are the same the only difference in my blog post is that I didn't run out and buy expensive bottles for mine. I used what I had on hand.

Once I knew I was going to make this I started collecting small bottles when I went out to the thrift stores. And since I make jam I also had small canning jars on hand.

Saint Honoré with light cream

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Saint Honoré with puffs & vanilla light cream patissière

Strawberry Shortcakes

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Fresh strawberries macerated in sugar, spooned over freshly baked biscuits and topped with a dollop of whipped cream.

Ice Cream Sundae Inspired Cake for an 18th Birthday!


Peanut Butter Graham Cake, Strawberry Mousse filling, Vanilla Swiss Meringue Butter Cream and Lemon Soaked Bananas with Angel Flake Coconut on top.

Vanilla Almond Cupcakes

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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.

Baked Berry French Toast

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This overnight French toast recipe is well worth the wait. Baked in a rich vanilla sauce, topped with fresh juicy blueberries and raspberries, and sprinkled with powdered sugar, I may now be a sweet breakfast convert.

Fauxreos (faux oreos)


Fauxreos (faux oreos) done two ways. Vanilla Bean and Spicy Mexican Mole style.

Chocolate Rum Brownies

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Chocolate Rum Brownies. Melt & mix, and you get these moist, rich brownies in 30 minutes!

Banana Split Cake

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Bananas are great in cakes. This cake is moist, beautiful to look at and tastes super-delicious - like a Sundae!!