Black & White Cupcakes & a little cookie history

Black & White Cookies aka Half moon cookies, half and half cookies and in Germany Amerikaners have always been an elusive, personal favorite of mine. Why elusive? Mostly because they are so difficult to find! However, when I do unearth them, I snatch up a dozen of the soft, hand-sized, yin and yang frosted shortbreads,…

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Strawberry Creme Shortcake Cupcakes

  Strawberry season is on the horizon and these charming, petite, portable shortcakes are an ideal treat for family get-togethers, parties, BBQs, bridal showers or even an afternoon tea. They are very easy to put together and the secret is to place fresh sliced berries in between the frosting—the sweetness from the frosting serves as…

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S’mores Cupcakes Featuring Chocolate Marshmallow Buttercream

As we continue with cupcake week I wanted to introduce you to a shop favorite. I was asked to put these together by a dear, kind man with a massive sweet tooth! His comment was “Lana, I love S’mores and adore your cupcakes—how can we make both?” Today’s recipe is my solution and they were…

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Raspberry Filled Yellow Fairy Cakes with Lemon Buttercream

So, what are Fairy Cakes anyway? Fairy cakes are not, as their name might imply, themed cakes designed and decorated to the liking of mystical, fantasy enthusiasts. They are, simply stated, smaller versions of cupcakes. They’re widely popular in the UK, and tend not to pile on the icing in the same way that American…

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Gelato! Ice Cream vs il Gelato; There IS a Difference!

If you’ve ever visited Italy, you’ve more that likely had the pleasure of experiencing velvety, luscious Italian gelato or possibly an icier version similar to American ice milk gone Italian ice. Maybe you assumed the only reason it seemed richer and more flavorful than American ice cream was because you were enjoying it in the…

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Chocolate Covered Strawberry Hearts

Some believe that the pairing of chocolate and strawberries produce an uncontrollable aphrodisiac affect. Hence, the need to share these juicy, sparkling, heart-shaped confections to the romantic apple of your eye this Valentine’s Day. Include a tall stem of bubbling champagne and whisk yourselves into Romance Land… Ingredients: Strawberries, 1 large package, nice & plump…

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Valentine Mosaic Jello

This time of year love is in the air and on your dinner plates 🙂  This week we will share foods that offer amorous aphrodisiac qualities, quotes from romantic greats to provide sweet nothings and lovely ideas to surround your loves with love. Here’s a sweet, Valentine colored and aesthetically pleasing addition. Ingredients: 1 – 6 oz (big box) of Cherry…

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Firehouse Ranch Cheddar Parmesan Cheese Crackers

Cheesy, peppery and slightly salty. These little poppers are a scrumptious snack addition to any gathering or get together. WARNING! Highly Addictive!! AND you’ll be asked to make them again and again and again! SUPER EASY! Ingredients: 1 large box of bite sized cheese crackers 1 stick butter, melted 1 package Ranch dressing, dry 1/4…

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