Category Baking

Chocolate Chip Banana Loaf with Coconut Oil

The island of my kitchen is a mountain of name-change papers, cookbooks, recipe clippings, a “fruit bowl” holding dried peppers and papery onion skins, a nearly empty wine bottle, banana loaf crumbs, a planner open to last week, a Guggenheim-shaped mug containing an inch of tepid coffee. Don’t let me get started on the living […]

Blackberry Pretzel Cheesecake Ice Cream

What is it with Americans and raspberry sauce? Even today, when I think of a berry sauce, I imagine it curtained over a previously frozen cheesecake slice with a mushy graham cracker crust and a glossy bloom of canned whipped cream. “Cheesecake” is one thing, but “Raspberry Cheesecake” gets restaurant-goers acting like they’re in the […]

Lavender Lemon Pound Cake (Tea Time)

The first time I read Jane Austen I was 16 or 17, probably a late start compared to most fanatics. I had gone through some life-consuming family turmoil for the first half of my teens and stopped reading as voraciously as I had earlier in life. I missed a stretch of formative years in fiction, […]

Crandlecakes Valentine’s Roundup

Love is in the air! And so is procrastination! Planning on making your loved one a sweet treat tonight? Try whipping up one of these! For the Peanut Butter Lovers Valentine’s Peanut Butter Heart Cookies The Gluten-Free! Very Chewy Triple Chocolate Cookies The “I Can Barely Boil Water” Puff Pastry Cinnamon Rolls The “I Can’t […]

Valentine Chocolate Peanut Butter Heart Cookies

There are a lot of Valentine’s Day haters out there, and I get it. The holiday can feel like a lot of pressure, whether you’re in a relationship or not. If you are, you’ve probably had one of those probing conversations, where you try to figure out just how important Valentine’s gifts are to your […]

Very Chewy Triple Chocolate Cookies (GF!!)

In the words of my old roommate, Hoy hoy! (It’s like “hello,” but more…jolly.) I’m writing this post from the midst of a storm of activity. We’re unveiling an updated menu at the shack tomorrow (gulp! today?!), so that means painting signs, updating the computer system, training people on the new stuff, etc. Plus, Shorty […]

Ridiculously Simple Cinnamon Rolls

So, let’s forget for a minute that we’re all trying to be super healthy right now. These ridiculously easy cinnamon rolls are here because, well, there are some among us who just need to eat a sweet treat. Normally, I would be pretty averse to cooking with prepared foods like puff pastry because I like […]

Christina Tosi’s Confetti Cookies

It’s strange how people can change. A few years ago, the thought of this cookie would have turned me upside down. Not only does it call for rainbow sprinkles in two iterations, it also includes corn syrup and specifically calls for the clear, artificial kind of vanilla-flavored extract that doesn’t actually have any vanilla in […]

Squirrel Cookies!

The entire time I was making these cookies, I was singing, “Who run tha world? Squirrels. SQUIRRELS!” much to Shorty’s chagrin. To make matters worse for him, the house was steadily filling with the smell of fresh-baked cookies (while I did spastic dance moves perfectly imitated Beyoncé with a whisk mic), but all the while, […]

Olive Oil Ricotta Cake with Blueberry-Plum Coulis

I was checking out one of my new favorite reads, Hummingbird High, and I saw that Michelle has a series in which she kind of does meta blogging. Ha, sorry. She provides a cookie recipe–and who doesn’t always want one of those?–and then she talks about some aspect of blogging that might not be obvious […]