Sweet And Crumby

Baking, a Love Story


Mini Raspberry Linzer Cookies for Dough-Nibbling Bakers

These delicate, raspberry or Nutella filled mini Linzer cookies are rich and buttery, just slightly crispy and have so few ingredients, you are guaranteed to have them on hand. This recipe is from the Barefoot Contessa and requires NO EGGS which concerned me at the get-go, but after tasting them, I was sold and so was my Girl Scout Troop as they nibbled inhaled the raw cookie dough sans salmonella.

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A Seventies Lunch Box Revival: Twinkies! {Chocolate Squared Style}

I saw these totally retro, devilishly chocolate, homemade Twinkies on Simple Math Bakery’s site last week (check Jeanne’s site out…much better photos there my friends). They immediately brought back memories of sitting in the school lunch shelter at turquoise painted picnic tables (gum stuck to the underneath of course), chatting with my friends and trading chips and cookies when someone had what you wanted.

When I broke into my lunch, I immediately had to check out the dessert action first. I have always had a very bad sweet tooth I’m afraid.

The best (and worst for you) part of any kid’s 70′s lunch, if she was worth her salt, was the Hostess surprise inside. Whether it was a semi-stale bright yellow Twinkie or the foil wrapped Devil’s food, Ding Dong, Hostess was the king of the Snack world in the 70′s…though, sadly and very gratefully, not any more. Continue reading


Where Did All the Whoopies Go?

Those beautiful visions of snackdom you see there are peanut butter whoopie pies with dark chocolate buttercream filling. My dad sent me an email yesterday with this link, making sure I was fully aware that it was National Peanut Butter Day. There’s a National Peanut Butter Day?! How exciting!!! Who knew?  So I gleefully hopped on the peanut butter celebration train and took a wild ride.

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Take a Walk on the Wild Side with a Pumpkin Apple Crumb Cake

I am not confused. It is not fall here nor most likely where you are either which is especially apparent if you are under five feet of snow. But who says that pumpkin anything must be reserved for Fall? We don’t reserve wonderful things like chocolate nor vanilla beans for one season. Yes, the argument perhaps is that pumpkins are not growing right now, and ideally we should use ingredients that grow locally and are fresh, but sometimes we just may happen to have a left over can (or 10…I stockpile) of organic pumpkin puree that needs to be used.

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Pimped Out Low-Fat Fluffy Scones

Have you ever had an Emergency Chocolate Situation? I usually keep a bag of Ghirardelli bittersweet chocolate chips on hand for these moments. I eat at least three or four a day. I honestly can’t remember having gone an entire day without chocolate. Ever. So when I was craving something sweet, chocolatey and frankly buttery and fattening for our weekend breakfast, I immediately glanced over at “THE BAG”.

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Two Rocky Road Cupcakes and the Bad List

These Rocky Road cupcakes are a perfect example of my tug-of-war with my family over good taste.  My daughter and I had to make two versions of these lovely cupcakes to please both sides of the food spectrum at my house. You know that old song, “You say tomato (to-may-to) and I say tomato (to-maw-to), You say, Po “tay” to and I say Po “taw” to…Let’s Call the whole thing off?”  Well that is sort of the story of my food life at our house.  Here is version two of the Rocky Road cupcake with Coconut and Peanuts. Continue reading


Striving for Mediocrity and My Low-Cal/Low-Fat Heavenly Apple Blueberry Muffins

I will start with these lightly spiced cardamom and cinnamon, apple-blueberry muffins because most of you come here for the recipes and this one is a doozy—And it’s my own creation! Our biggest losers group started our diets again this weekend and weighed in.  I brought muffins to share, and yes, I am a little evil.

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I Did it MY Way—Hoisin Glazed Pork Pizza

This Hoisin bathed pork topped pizza was my dream pizza this week. With sliced pears and apples, chopped green onions and dots of aged Gorgonzola, this pizza made me feel like quite the gourmet as I proudly rubbed my knuckles on my imaginary chef’s whites and obnoxiously touted my own horn. Yes, one of my kids may have asked what the pungent odor was, and no one but me and the dog had any desire to chow it down, but I really didn’t care one little bit.

Please excuse bad photo. Photographer has no understanding of lighting at night.

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TGIF Peanut Butter Blondies

Hey all, these are my very favorite bar cookie recipe hands down, and even though it’s a re-post, it’s a good one. A really good one. And it’s been one heck of a week so the TGIF sentiments definitely apply to the here and now.  Wishing everyone a great weekend and a note to check back soon; I made a life altering pizza yesterday that will make it here shortly with horrible night time pics and all. Night time photos are the worst!

Sometimes Fridays come in the nick of time, like a life raft, just when you think you don’t have any more in you.  Finally, there it is like a perky invitation to your weekend; a weekend that surely (God willing) will be better than the week before it. These peanut butter chocolate chip blondies are my celebration toast to Fridays.

Skip the champagne and any other hoopla, just give me a big, fat rich peanut butter cookie bar decked out with my favorite darkest chocolate chips (Ghirardelli) and I am ready to get this party started.

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A Day Late And a Dollar Short Drunken Cointreau Cupcakes

Yes, this would have been a good post for FRIDAY or even SATURDAY as you were getting ready to party on, but as the title suggests, I am a day late and a dollar short. That’s just how it is folks.

This week has been nuts. At best. We have visited TWO ER’s, THREE other Doctors’ offices, went for an MRI, AND the best part is, this all started ON CHRISTMAS! Who knew we could be so exciting?! I did. That’s our Christmas M.O. I’m afraid. That is not the first time we have needed an ER on Christmas. Continue reading


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