• Bars

    Citrus Orange Cake

    Recipe adapted from The Recipe Critic. This recipe is exactly the same as my Lemon Brownies, however I substituted the lemon juice and zest with orange juice and zest. There are two tips that make this recipe work: Use room temperature butter. You can’t use cold butter or almost room temperature butter for this recipe. If you do, the batter will be lumpy. If your butter isn’t room temperature, when its baking, bubbles will form then eventually will burst. The cake will come out with an uneven top layer. When you put the glaze on top, it will look lumpy and rough. One large orange works much better than one small orange. If small oranges are…

  • Cakes

    Texas Sheet Cake

    Recipe adapted from my friend Whitney. (via-text) Ingredients for the cake- 1 c. unsalted butter (2 sticks) 4 tbsp. cocoa powder 2 c. unbleached all purpose flour 2 c. granulated white sugar 3/4 tsp. salt 1 tsp. baking soda 1 tsp. vanilla extract 2 eggs, beaten 1/2 c. sour cream (plain Greek yogurt could be a substitute) Frosting ingredients- 1/2 c. unsalted butter (1 stick) 4 tbsp. cocoa powder 6 tbsp. milk 1 pound box powdered sugar 1 tsp. vanilla extract Directions- Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil with some hanging on the ends. Grease/spray the aluminum foil. CAKE DIRECTIONS- In a large bowl, combine the flour,…

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    Blondie Bars with Dark Chocolate and Coconut

    Recipe adapted from Sally’s Baking Addiction. Ingredients- 1 c. (2 sticks) unsalted melted butter (slightly cooled) 1 3/4 c. light/dark brown sugar 1 large egg plus 1 egg yolk 1 tbsp. vanilla extract 2 c. all purpose unbleached flour 1 tsp. baking powder 1/2 tsp. salt 1 c. shredded unsweetened coconut 1 c. dark chocolate chips Directions- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9 x 13 casserole pan with aluminum foil and let some hang off the sides. Spray the aluminum foil with cooking spray to make the bars easier to come out. In a medium bowl, mix the melted butter and brown butter together. Add the vanilla extract, egg, and egg…

  • Muffins/Pastries

    Healthy Oat Banana Muffins

    Recipe adapted from The TrophyWife Style. My son has been telling me this week he needed more food in his lunch. I thought I was doing a good job keeping him full and happy, but it looked like I needed to step it up a notch. The first thing I thought to make was something with oats. I noticed I had some ripe bananas on hand, so I quickly went on Pinterest and looked for banana oat muffins. This was one of the first recipes that popped up. It didn’t take long to make, and they came out great! Our kitchen smelled amazing! Ingredients- 2 ripe bananas (smashed) 1/2 c. milk 1 egg…

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    Lion House Rolls

    Recipe adapted from The Girl Who Ate Everything. Ingredients- 2/3 c. instant nonfat dry milk 2 c. warm water 2 tbsp. dry yeast 1/4 c. white granulated sugar 2 tsp. salt 1/3 c. unsalted room temperature butter (plus more to brush on top) 1 room temperature large egg 5- 5 1/2 c. all purpose unbleached flour or bread flour Directions- Combine the warm water in the electric mixer and mix in the dry milk. (I always test the water with my finger to make sure it’s warm, but not hot. If it’s hot, it will kill the yeast.) Add the sugar. Mix in the yeast and let it sit for 5 minutes. The…

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    Carrot Cake Sandwich Cookies

    Recipe adapted from Taste of the South magazine. Cookie Ingredients- 1 c. unsalted softened butter (2 sticks) 1/2 c. granulated white sugar 1 c. dark brown sugar 2 tsp. vanilla extract 2 large eggs 2 1/2 c. all purpose unbleached flour 1 1/4 tsp. cinnamon 1 tsp. baking soda 1/2 tsp. allspice 1/2 tsp. salt 1/2 tsp. pepper 2 c. grated carrots (3-4 carrots) 1 c. chopped pecans Pineapple Cream Cheese Frosting- -Original recipe has this doubled. For me, I had so much frosting left over I decided to cut it in half. 4 oz. softened cream cheese (1/2 a block) 2 c. powdered confectioners sugar 1/4 c. unsalted butter (1/2 a stick)…

  • Pies & Tarts

    Cherry Cobbler

    Recipe adapted from Sally’s Baking Addiction. I can’t get over how great this recipe is. Sally uses a mix of berries for this recipe. Cherries were finally on sale, so I used fresh cherries for this recipe. I do not have a cherry pitter, so the thought of pitting 8 cups of cherries seemed like an impossible task! I halved this recipe, and used 4 cups of cherries and baked it in a square brownie pan. If you want to make a berry cobbler in a 9 x 13 pan, just double the ingredients. Any type of berry or cherry will work for this recipe. Ingredients- 4 cups of pitted and chopped cherries…

  • Muffins/Pastries

    Peach Muffins

    Recipe adapted from Karen’s Kitchen Stories. Ingredients- 6 tbsp unsalted melted butter 1 tsp vanilla 1 large egg, room temperature 3/4 c. buttermilk or sour cream 1 c. diced unpeeled peaches (3/4 c. in the batter, save remaining 1/4 c. to put on top before baking) 1 3/4 c. unbleached all purpose flour 1/2 c. granulated white sugar 2 tsp. baking powder 1/4 tsp. baking soda 1/4 tsp. salt course sugar (optional) Directions- Preheat oven to 375. (set rack to the middle.) Lightly spray the top of the muffin tin with baking spray. (to help the muffin tops not stick to the pan.) Use paper/silicone muffin liners and line a muffin tray. In…

  • Bread

    Buttermilk Biscuits

    Recipe adapted from momontimeout.com. Ingredients- 3 TBSP white sugar 1/2 tsp. salt 3 c. all purpose unbleached flour 4 tsp. baking powder 1/2 tsp. cream of tartar 3/4 c. cold butter (I prefer salted) 1 egg- beaten 1 c. buttermilk Directions- Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Cut the butter into small pieces and put back into the fridge to keep cold. (The biscuit mixture is better the colder the butter is.) Combine the sugar, salt, flour, baking powder, and cream of tarter together in a large bowl and mix well. Add the cold butter into the large bowl and cut with a pastry cutter. (you can use two forks if you don’t have…

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    Cherry Muffins

    Recipe adapted from Mrs.Parker II from Allrecipes.com When cherries season comes, I get so excited! Besides eating them as they naturally are, I love to add them in cookies, pies, and muffins. This muffin recipe is a hit with my family and I. Ingredients- 3/4 c. white granulated sugar 1 1/2 c. all purpose unbleached flour 1/2 tsp. salt 2 tsp baking powder 1/3 c. vegetable oil 1/3 c. milk 1 egg- beaten 1/2 tsp. almond extract (necessary!) 1 TBSP white granulated sugar 1 c. pitted/quartered cherries Directions- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a muffin pan with silicone/paper liners. Pit/chop 1 c. cherries. (the tedious part of this recipe if you don’t…