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Apple Hand pies with confetti

Apple Hand Pies

There’s just something appealing about a hand pie. I think it’s the size and the fact that you can eat it without a fork. We’ve been loving Raspberry Hand Pies this winter but it’s time to branch out. Someone told me a long time ago to add apple brandy to my apple pie to really […]

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A raspberry hand pie on a plate with a fork

Raspberry Hand Pies

Everyone has their favorite method for making pie crust. Mine has evolved over the years from using shortening to adding vodka. This method which uses butter and apple cider vinegar is the one I have been using lately and creates the flakiest crust for these amazing hand pies. While some folks use their hands, I […]

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Peppermint Brownies with crushed candy canes have peppermint both inside and out for a perfect combination Don’t forget to throw in some white chocolate chips for a great Holiday treat.|

Peppermint Brownies

Peppermint Brownies with crushed candy canes have peppermint both inside and out for a perfect combination  Don’t forget to throw in some white chocolate chips for a great Holiday treat.  I always make these for Natalie on her birthday which is just a few weeks before Christmas.  Much to her chagrin, it always falls during […]

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A soft melt-in-your-mouth pumpkin cookie covered in cream cheese frosting that’s EASY to make and will remind you of fall, whatever the season. Add a little pumpkin spice to the frosting for that fabulous pumpkin pie flavor. |

Pumpkin Cookies

I’m a crispy cookie kind of girl, soft cookies are just not my thing. Give me a crispy Potato Chip Cookie or crunchy Chocolate Chip Cookie and I’m good to go. However, my girls are always asking for soft cookies, go figure. I decided to make these for them, not expecting to like them at […]

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You don’t have to wait for apricot season to enjoy sweet apricots. Apricot Bars with dried apricots are covered in a mouthwatering buttery shortbread crust of coconut and pecans. |

Apricot Bars

My grandfather had an apricot tree in his backyard and every summer we would can and dry all the apricots we couldn’t eat. I’ve never been able to find apricots on the East coast like they grow in California. The ones we get in the grocery don’t even come close to what I remember. All […]

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A slice of Fruit Pizza

Fruit Pizza

When the girls were younger we had a pizza place that served dessert pizza. They would always order the one with Heath Bars crumbled on top. They would choose dessert pizza over regular pizza any day. So with Natalie home for a couple of weeks we decided to work on our own creation. Our first […]

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Peach Blackberry Bars are just the thing when you can’t decide if you want cobbler or a bar. Warm, they have the texture of a cobbler, but cooled, they are like a bar with a moist cake like texture that is bursting with peaches and blackberries. Toasted pecans in the top layer give them a nice crunch and bourbon mixed with the peaches make this an AWESOME dessert |

Peach Blackberry Bars

Peaches this year in North Carolina are particularly sweet and abundant. I was afraid the late frost would have ruined some of the crops but from what I’ve seen so far, I think it only helped. I’ve tried several varieties this summer and all have been marvelous whether from my favorite fruit stand in the […]

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If you're looking for brownies that are fudgy and not dry, you are going to LOVE these. Melissa Clark’s recipe is now my go-to PERFECT brownie recipe |

Fudgy Brownies

Anytime I have something that doesn’t work out the way I expect it to, I’m on a mission to find a better recipe. I have cooked a few recipes out of Melissa Clark’s book, In the Kitchen with A Good Appetite and already have some favorites. She doesn’t have many desserts in the book but […]

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Cherry Streusel Bars are a wonderful way to showcase frozen cherries and they ship well if you want to share with a friend |

Cherry Streusel Bars

I made these yummy streusel bars for my mom and mother-in-law last month. I was planning on making cookies, but for some reason, my cookies turned out flat, and while delicious, I didn’t want to send ugly cookies. After messing up the cookies, I was in a rush and needed something to put together quickly […]

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