pastries

Apple Fritters Tutorial, the Perfect Fall Treat

I absolutely love apple fritters.  More than apple cider, more than cider donuts, they are, to me, the perfect fall treat.  The ones that are a big, bready lump are ok, but the kind that calls to me with a sweet siren's song is the ring-shaped variety.  I want a lot of apple in my apple fritters.

Apple Fritter Ring Recipe:

 

Perfect Pumpkin Cookie Recipe (With Cream Cheese Icing)

It's September!  That means it's fall, and we can bring out all the fabulous pumpkin stuff, right?  That might be wishful thinking here in Phoenix, where it's supposed to reach a high of 108 degrees today, but it's not going to stop me from whipping up a batch of delicious (and for me, optimistic) pumpkin cookies with cream cheese icing.

These cookies are soft, fluffy, perfectly spiced, moist--in a word, INCREDIBLE.  

Easy Nilla Wafer Nautical Oyster Cookies Tutorial

Looking for a tasty, EASY treat for a nautical/mermaid/ocean type party?  The kids at the Rain Gutter Regatta birthday party loved these Nilla Wafer oysters.

No baking required!  Takes only seconds!  And seriously, the kids adored them.

Basic Gum Paste Flower Tutorial and Making Store Bought Treats Fabulous

It's amazing what a few quick, super easy, gumpaste flowers can do for any baked good.  I'm talking homemade OR store-bought.  

You can whip up a ton of them very quickly.  You can do them weeks ahead of time, or at the last minute.  Knowing how to make these cute little flowers is a great skill to have in your party-planning toolbox.

Strawberry and White Chocolate Biscotti Recipe

I told you I was having fun developing different biscotti recipies!  I was having iced coffee, and wanted something with a more summery flavor, and hit upon the idea of a strawberries and cream kind of twist on biscotti.

Strawberries and Cream Biscotti Recipe:

Easy, Delicious, Chocolate Peanut Butter Biscotti Recipe

I've been on a bit of a biscotti kick, having fun, coming up with new flavors and recipes.  It all started with my favorite cranberry pistachio biscotti recipe, and has taken on a life of its own at this point.  The ideas keep coming.

Easy Rainbow Cake Topper Tutorial

Every My Little Pony birthday party needs rainbows.  Obviously.  Especially on the birthday cake.

Viking Helmet Cupcake Topper Tutorial

The Viking shield cookies weren't the only thing I made for Frog Prince Paperie's How to Train Your Dragon party.  I also got to make these incredibly cool, amazingly awesome edible viking helmet cupcake toppers!  (I'm too proud of how these turned out to be modest here).

Viking Shield Cookie Tutorial

Have you seen the AMAZING How to Train Your Dragon party by Frog Prince Paperie? It's beautiful, it's clever, and I wish I'd been invited!  

(Photo Credit:  Frog Prince Paperie)

Pretty and Easy Unique Daisy Sugar Cookies Tutorial

I've made plenty of sugar cookies that look like flowers, using my flower-shaped cookie cutters, but I wanted to play with a cookie design that went past the borders of the cookie itself. Why should I have to color within the lines?

This is the result.  These little guys are so easy to make, but they just make me happy.  

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