Sweet And Crumby

Baking, a Love Story


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Hospitality and Almond Joy Macaroons{Naturally Gluten Free}

These sweet, tender and darkly chocolate macaroons were first served to me by a friend’s friend; someone who was not expecting us to stop by and whom had just literally driven up to find us hanging outside her house. Instead of visiting with us on her lawn, like I would have done back in the day, she invited us in and began to just whip up a batch of these addicting little cookies at the spur of the moment. Minutes later we were all sitting on her sofa, inhaling the heavenly aromas and laughing, and not ten minutes after that we were sipping on her husband’s famous Mandarin Orange martinis and munching on melt-in-your-mouth macaroons.

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Misrepresentations and My Espresso BROWNIES

These deep, dark and devilish Espresso Brownies are exactly the thing you need on your Super Bowl table, or your kitchen table, or your nightstand by your bed when everything has gone awry. Basically these guys are rich, sooooo chocolate-y, are chewy but cake-like and have a definite hit of Espresso flavor. All good things, right?

You can NOT go wrong making or eating these. Ever.

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Soft and Fluffy Pumpkin Whoopie Pies with Maple Buttercream

If you are afraid to try something new with pumpkin for the sheer and utter fear that you will soon be addicted to yet one more pumpkin recipe, then run now while you still can.  This recipe for these soft and fluffy pumpkin whoopie pies might totally take the cake (pun obviously intended), may be the big pumpkin Kahuna, and will in one bite convince you that perhaps pumpkin is the new chocolate!

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My Fall Favorites…An Apple-y Collection of Recipes Past

Hi All,

It seems I just can’t get into the swing of things as Fall baking and cooking should be starting to be ushered in. I love Fall…more than any other season and the food that comes with it. But when it’s been in the 100 degree temps on and off for the last four weeks, I simply can’t accept that Fall is near.

So here are some good ol’ apple-y Fall favorites for you to peruse while I try to muster up some motivation to make something other than salad.

My Cinnamon Apple Waffles are a fabulous way to start the day. They are crispy, lightly spiced, a little sweet and just the right thing to get you in the Fall spirit even if I am not.

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Ooey Gooey Chocolate Chocolate Cookies from “Milk”, Los Angeles

Times spent around my kitchen table are honestly the best. I think that’s one of the reasons I love cooking and baking so much. The process is wonderful to me, but the outcome is immeasurable. It’s a rare week at my house when we don’t sit down together each night for dinner.

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Comfort Food and an Untimely Batch of Hamantaschen

Comfort food. Isn’t that what we all need right now? There are no words that can possibly express my sorrow for those who are suffering the loss of the shootings in Colorado. It’s heart wrenching, gut wrenching and mind boggling. There’s no sense to make of it and makes us question so much. And it makes this helicopter mom want to hover and dictate her childrens’ lives that much more even though I know logically that does not work.

So instead, I usually bake or eat, or both.  What is comfort food for you? Is it something elaborate your grandmother used to cook that would stew for hours while you sat in her kitchen, or is it something as easy as a grilled cheese sandwich with the peel and stick Kraft slices you made in your dorm room with an iron and a flat surface? I guess comfort food depends on your culture, how you were raised and what truly soothes your soul. Continue reading


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Banana Cookies, Happy Hands and Loose Lips

As usual, I am inspired by what is rotting on my counter. That sounds delicious, doesn’t it? But in the throws of summer, fruit seems to go from unripe to soft and mushy in a millisecond. I just bought my bunch of bananas two days ago, and by this afternoon they were looking brown and soft and needing to be loved immediately as in tout de suite! Sweet, soft and chewy banana chocolate chip cookies would be the ultimate way to honor my withering bananas.

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