Snickerdoodle Cookies

Snickerdoodle Cookies

I recently attended a conference at the Hilton Hotel at the convention center in Anaheim.  During one of the breaks, they put out these awesome fresh-baked cookies: chocolate chip, some kind of caramel toffee chip, oatmeal raisin, and the most awesome cookie ever – a giant snickerdoodle!  The snickerdoodle was soft and fluffy, buttery and [...]

Avocado Brownies

Avocado Brownies

Avocado sale at the supermarket… 2 avocados for $1, woo hoo!!!!  So now, what do I do with this wealth of avocados?  My diet hasn’t been the healthiest lately and I have been craving all kinds of sugary and fatty sweets… especially brownies!  So I created a healthier version of  my most favorite brownie recipe, [...]

White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Brownies

White Chocolate Macadamia Brownies

Happy Easter, everyone!  I was thinking all week long… “Should I make something special for Easter?”  In the end I just couldn’t decide… should I make my special onion skin dyed marbleized Easter Eggs?  Should I make deviled eggs?  Something bunny shaped?  Time got the best of me, and I did NOTHING!  Until last night… when I [...]

Chocolate Coconut Shortbread Bars (Girl Scout Cookie Samoa or Caramel deLite Copycat Recipe)

Girl Scout Cookie Samoa (a.k.a. Caramel deLite) Copycat Recipe

Where did the Girl Scouts go????  A few weeks ago, some Girl Scouts with a little table set up outside the supermarket suckered* me into buying boxes of Samoa Cookies, also know as “Caramel deLites”.  (And by “suckered”, I mean they set up their table to be visible from the exit… I saw the boxes [...]

South African Fudge Recipe

Homemade South African Fudge

My husband isn’t much of a ‘foodie’.  He doesn’t get all crazy about food the way I do… unless… it’s something sweet.  He LOVES desserts.  One day, several years ago, he was reminiscing about the amazing fudge that he used to buy while in primary school in Capetown, South Africa; “It’s creamy, not chocolaty, and [...]

Homemade Chocolate Ganache Truffles

Homemade Chocolate Ganache Truffles

Do you still have some gifts to give out in the New Year?  Or, are you looking for a simple, yet elegant, treat to make for yourself and your family after all the hectic holidays?  I know for me, this was a CRAZY holiday season… too much work, organizing, and stuff to get done in [...]

Easy Microwave Candy: Chocolate Walnut Fudge & White Chocolate Peppermint Bark

Easy microwave walnut fudge & white chocolate peppermint bark

Every Christmas, I like to make a big batch of Christmas Candy to give away to friends and neighbors.  The easiest to make are my Chocolate Walnut Fudge and my White Chocolate Peppermint Bark recipes… mainly because these two candy recipes are made entirely in the microwave.  It could not be any easier! For the [...]

Homemade Chinese Mooncakes


In the Chinese (Lunar) calendar, the 15th day of the 8th month is considered the middle of the autumn season.  On this day, the Chinese celebrate the “Mid-Autumn Festival”, also known as the “Moon Festival” (as this is the time of year the moon is considered the brightest and roundest).  This year, 2012, the Moon [...]

Baked Mini Chocolate Cake Donuts

Mini Chocolate Donuts with Chocolate Sprinkles

Do you ever get in that donut mood?  I try to eat healthy for the most part, but sometimes you really need a good donut!  A few months ago, I was craving Krispy Kreme glazed donuts… which motivated me to figure out the recipe.  I was shocked and excited when I was contacted by the [...]

S’mores Cookie

S'mores Cookies

Last week, my husband’s sister and her husband moved down from Sacramento to San Diego.  One of their last stops in Sacramento, before making the final drive down South, was to a local bakery called the “Cookie Connection.”  They got a huge stack of cookies for the road (and some extra to share)… Oatmeal Raisin, [...]