Triple Berry Baklava Bites

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Delicate little pouches of heaven, Triple Berry Baklava Bites are crisp and sweet.  Filled with a blend of dried berries and nuts, sweetened with honey and the perfect size for popping in your mouth.  One bite and you'll be hooked. Baklava is a gift from the gods. The Greek gods if I remember correctly.  My recollection of Greek mythology is a bit fuzzy these days since my obsession with all things Zeus and his clan waned about 20+ years ago.  Yep, I'm old.  But that's probably when my … [Read more...]

Candy Cane Shortbread Cookies

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Buttery and crisp, these festive cookies will leave a lasting impression.  Little ones will love their fun shape and everyone will love their sugary, buttery flavor.  A great project to get the kids to help with! I had the opportunity to, once again, participate in The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap.  If you're not familiar with the cookie swap you're in for a real treat!  The swap is sponsored by two food bloggers, Lindsay and Julie, along with California Olive Ranch, OXO, Sheila's … [Read more...]

Chocolate Turtle Biscotti

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Rich, crisp, chocolate biscotti drenched in creamy caramel and dark chocolate, sprinkled with chopped pecans and dipped into a steaming mug of coffee or cocoa.  There's no better way to start, or end, the day. My obsession began last year.....the biscotti obsession.  A trip to the Lancaster Central Market in downtown Lancaster, PA was what started it.  I visited a booth that had the most enticing and drool-worthy biscotti I've seen in like.....forever.  And each jar was filled with any … [Read more...]

DIY Chalkboard Cookie Tins

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Fun and personalized, these cute cookies tins are easy to make and a great way to use up old, worn tins that are taking up valuable real estate in your storage closet. Just call me a pack rat. I don't like to get rid of anything, especially if it was received as a gift. When we moved last year I did my best to clear out the unused stuff but inevitably, during the purge, my emotions took over. So, I have things that really should have been trashed packed away in boxes in the storage room. … [Read more...]

No-Bake Peppermint Bark Cookies

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Light and crispy chocolate wafers dipped in peppermint-infused white chocolate and then sprinked with crushed candy canes.....these are the ultimate holiday cookie.  Easy to make with only four ingredients and no baking required.  You will have trouble keeping these around. Catalog season is upon us my friends.  It's serious.  I have piles of kindling lying all over the house because I want to give them all a chance to win my love. But I can't keep up.  Seriously.  Everytime I open the … [Read more...]

Apple Butter Cheesecake Streusel Bars

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These soft and chewy cheesecake bars are topped with apple butter and a sweet pecan streusel.  Easy to make and a fantastic way to mix up your usual holiday cookie tray. Apple butter takes me back to my childhood....not really in a super, fantastic, epic kind of way.  More in a... I had it in a sandwich once and took one bite.  One. Bite. I starved for the remainder of the day....well, that's how I remembered it in my child-sized mind.  For the record, my mom didn't make me this sandwich. … [Read more...]

Chocolate Covered Pumpkin Seed Toffee

Chocolate Covered Pumpkin Seed Toffee | The Suburban Soapbox

Drenched in toffee and covered in chocolate, pumpkin seeds are turned into a unique and addicting fall treat.  A great hostess gift for upcoming Halloween parties or just to have for drop in guests.   Every year I dump some chocolate chips on some kind of toffee.  One year it was Saltine Cracker Toffee....or Christmas Crack as it's commonly known.  Last year, I poured that molten, sugary concoction on a pile of pretzels to make my Chocolate Covered Pretzel Toffee....yep, it was a great … [Read more...]

Gingerbread Mummies

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Soft, chewy and full of spice!  These Gingerbread Mummies are a great way to get more use out of that gingerbread man cookie cutter you have lying around.  Tons of fun to decorate with the kids and even more fun to eat! It's only the first week of October and I'm already over pumpkin spice everything.  Well, sorta.  I'm just not feeling it this year.  I'm ready to move forward....I don't even have the desire to turn my living room into a corn maze.  I usually do...have the urge to corn … [Read more...]

Coconut Butter Caramel Kiss Blossoms AND a Cookbook Giveaway

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Ever since I made my first batch of Coconut Butter, I've been eating it with a spoon.  Sometimes I put it on toast but it was mostly a spoon snack...whenever I went to the pantry I was reminded it was there.  I'd grab a spoon and take a giant swipe of it and proceed to savor every last bit until the spoon looked so clean I could just put it back in the drawer.  I didn't...it made it to the dishwasher but it was tempting. I knew the first time I made it I wanted to bake something with it.  I … [Read more...]

Easy Peppermint Bark

Peppermint Bark | The Suburban Soapbox

Someone sent me a tin of Peppermint Bark for Christmas one year....it was from Williams-Sonoma....it was pretty expensive...for candy.  Well, if you savor it over a one month period it's probably pretty reasonable but if you sit with your daughter and devour the entire thing in one sitting....it's not very economical.  We wanted more.  We wanted it immediately. I pulled out the WS catalog and couldn't believe the price....it was gift worthy, it was not worthy of every night gluttony.  So, we … [Read more...]