I live in Minnesota, which means I am an expert when it comes to winter. I love the cold, the snow, and most of all, the super cute (and warm!) cable knits we get to wear. I've wanted to incorporate my provincial Minnesota roots and baking for a long time; I finally got the chance and decided to go all-in -- gray and white cable knit hats, mittens, and sweaters. Could not love these more...
I'm sorry, but you can't go wrong with a combination of chocolate and peppermint. These cookies are not only beautiful, they're soft and chewy with just a hint of peppermint. So yeah, they're pretty much perfect. And they're a great addition to your typical holiday cookie exchange; the particular color motif of red, pink, and white shown here is also great for Valentine's Day.
Read more on my blog: CHOCOLATE PEPPERMINT COOKIES
Finding a good chocolate sugar cookie recipe isn't as easy as one would think. I've scoured the Internet, cookbooks, and apps for two years in an attempt to find one that delivered on its promise of both chocolatey goodness and baking quality (meaning the dough retains its shape while baking, doesn't dry out, and remains the deep, dark chocolate color of the cocoa powder I use to make them). And I finally found it...
I can't remember where I first saw these reindeer cookies (Pinterest, maybe?), but I instantly fell in love with their elegance and whimsy. And it helped that my daughter squealed a little over the pink noses and sparkly antlers.
These were so fun to make, and actually much easier than I anticipated. You can read more on my blog: GILDED GINGERBREAD REINDEER COOKIES
Guinness? Check. Jameson? Check. Bailey's? Check. These Guinness chocolate cupcakes have a Jameson whiskey ganache center and are topped with Bailey's Irish Cream frosting. Tá sé go hálainn (that's "it's delicious in Gaelic).
Get the recipe: TRIPLE IRISH CUPCAKES
So...I may or may not have been prompted to make these just so I'd have an excuse to a) buy chocolate fondant, and b) turn said chocolate fondant (!) into adorable gingerbread people garnishes. Sue me.
This is a Georgetown Cupcake recipe, top to bottom. I found it on Pinterest, and, as I say in my blog, I didn't change a thing. If you've ever read reviews saying people can't replicate the Georgetown Cupcake recipes, ignore them, because you most definitely can -- you just have to follow the recipe in its entirety.
For more, visit my blog: GINGERBREAD CUPCAKES
When your sister-in-law and brother-in-law make the five hour drive to visit your family, you better serve them their favorite cupcakes. These are chocolate cake filled with raspberry preserves and topped with a milk chocolate ganache and raspberry buttercream. A-mazing.
Find the recipe here: CHOCOLATE RASPBERRY CUPCAKES
I was scrolling through Pinterest one day (like I do), and my daughter, who was sitting next to me watching Jake and the Neverland Pirates, spotted these cookies and freaked out. So, of course I had to make them.
You can find the recipe here: GRINCH COOKIES
I may have a slight obsession with Harry Potter, or more specifically, the infamous butterbeer that comes along with the stories and movies. These are butterscotch, cream soda, and toffee cake, filled with butterscotch sauce, and topped with whipped butterscotch frosting. These are probably my favorite cupcakes ever.
Find the recipe here: BUTTERBEER CUPCAKES
These cookies hold a special place in my heart because they were for a little girl's second birthday. Her parents chose a "You are my sunshine" theme, which is one I've always wanted to do for my own little girl.
I adore making cookies for birthday parties, especially ones that let me go crazy with color and sprinkles.
Read more on my blog: YOU ARE MY SUNSHINE COOKIES
I am obsessed with cannoli. There's something about the combination of the fried shell with creamy filling and chocolate chips that is so special -- it's the dessert I ordered whenever I can.
I don't make cannoli, but I do make cupcakes, and I have to say, these may be my favorite flavor yet.
Find the recipe here: CANNOLI CUPCAKES
I live in Minnesota, so for me, winter is pretty much synonymous with warm beverages, like hot chocolate. My family has a tradition of driving around and looking at Christmas lights while sipping whipped cream-laden cocoa, so when I saw this recipe on Pinterest, I knew it was something I needed to try.
To see more, visit my blog: HOT COCOA CUPCAKES
I know, I know -- "tutu cute" is offensively puny, but I couldn't help myself. It's late, I'm running on fumes, and frankly, I think these are some of the cutest I've made to date.
Read more on the blog: TUTU CUTE BALLERINA-INSPIRED BIRTHDAY COOKIES
How adorable are these wintery woodland creatures? The design for these baby shower cookies came from the invitation, and I have to say, the little mitten, scarf, and hat details are impossibly cute. Other details like the subtle chevron airbrushing and polka dot icing pull everything together for a unique mint, coral, and white celebration.
I'd never heard of My Neighbor Totoro before making these baby shower cookies, but by the end, I'd sort of fallen in love this this character. Who knew black, gray, white, and cream cookies could be so cute?
Harry Potter really doesn't need an introduction. I'm obsessed with the books and movies and have been looking for an excuse to make Harry Potter cookies for ages; I found it with my friend (and fellow HP aficionado) Heather's birthday. Let me just say two things: a) Gryffindor colors are not easy to create, and b) I can't wait to make these again...and maybe mix in my house, Ravenclaw.
Read more, and get the recipes, on my blog: YOU'RE A WIZARD, HARRY
Sometimes there are cookie designs out there just cute, so perfect that you just have to try them yourself. Enter this adorable design by one of my favorite bakers, Sweetapolita. I think it's the eyes that kill me. Or maybe the rosy cheeks...or the smattering of sprinkles. I give up.
What comes first -- the recipe or the cupcake wrappers? In this case, it was the super sweet, Shabby Chic liners and accessories my daughter "made" me to buy at Michael's during one of our mommy-daughter outings. Her criteria is pretty straight-forward -- pink and pink...and a little more pink. Nothing other than a strawberry cupcake would do, of course.
Find the recipe here: STRAWBERRY CUPCAKES
File these under my new favorite cupcakes. Take lemon-infused buttermilk cake, fill with amazingly sweet and sour lemon curd, and add lavender-flavored buttercream frosting and you pretty much have perfection.
Read more: LEMON LAVENDER CUPCAKES
Happy National S'mores Day!
What? You didn't know it was a thing either? I'm quickly discovering that there's a national day for just about everything, but in this case, I'm totally on-board with celebrating the summertime staple that is the s'more. And, of course, because I'm me, I had to throw my own touch on it and talk cupcakes -- S'mores cupcakes.
Read the full blog post: S'MORES CUPCAKES
Oh, the Places You'll Go! is a Dr. Seuss favorite and the theme for Danny's third birthday. I had so much fun taking the illustrations from the book and turning them into edible treats. Thank goodness for edible markers -- they were a lifesaver for creating the Seuss-style line touches.
These cupcakes are, without a doubt, my most frequently requested treats. The peanut butter buttercream frosting is so ridiculously smooth that most people forget there's a little Reese's peanut butter cup on top.
Taken from the amazing blog, My Baking Addiction, this recipe will certainly become a favorite -- good luck finding something comparable to its perfection.
Click here for the recipe: CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER CUP CUPCAKES
When my coworker asked if I'd be willing to make cookies as part of her "Happiness Campaign", I was thrilled to a) help her bring some joy to her friends and loved ones, and b) have a fabulous excuse to make some spring-inspired cookies like the ones I'd stalked on Pinterest. I fell in love with the warmth of spring, and the simplicity of the designs. I wanted mine, however, to be a little untraditional; I wanted bright, bold colors and a variety of flowers -- like the ones I'd see in a beautiful Minnesota prairie.
These were incredibly time-consuming to decorate, but they lived up to their purpose -- everyone who received one smiled. Happiness, achieved.
Peach desserts are my mother-in-laws favorites, and they're a close second for me (coming in just behind anything cherry-flavored). I don't do a lot of baking outside of cookies and cupcakes, so finding an awesome peach dessert that didn't involve pie-making was a pretty exciting challenge for me. Cue the peach cobbler cupcake!
You can find the full recipe here: PEACH COBBLER CUPCAKES