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Raspberry Bars Recipe. Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe. Homemade Heart-Shaped Pop Tarts. I'm one of those people who loves everything about Valentine's Day (you may be saying, "blech" right now, but I do). Well, I'm not particularly fond of how commercial the holiday has become, but I do love all the hugs, kisses, homemade cards and, of course, sweet treats! While you can easily buy your Valentine a bag of sweet tarts with cute sayings printed on them, why not go to the store, buy fresh ingredients and then make something special with your kids instead? No-Bake Strawberry Lemonade Bites. When I think back to the summers of my childhood, I remember hopping on my bike after breakfast, and not returning home ’til dinner. Tossing then collecting dive rings at the local pool for hours on end. Chasing crawfish out from underneath creek rocks, but being too afraid they’d pinch my fingertips to put my whole heart into catching them. Bomb Pops. Lightening Bugs. Sidewalk chalk.

Ice-cold lemonade. Every week during the summer, my Mom would let my brothers and me each pick out a packet of Kool-Aid from the dazzling display at the grocery store to sip on during the week. Chess Squares. When I was in New York a few weeks ago we stopped by one of the most unique bakeries I’ve ever visited, Momofuku Milk Bar. Noted for their unusual concoctions like cookies made with potato chips, birthday cake truffles, and cereal milk ice cream, I’d been wanting to visit Momofuku’s and try a slice of their famous Crack Pie since I came across the recipe in the LA Times last year.

The thought did cross my mind that I could actually, you know, make the recipe myself, but one thing kept stopping me. It’s decidedly fussy. Santa hat brownies « daisy's world. Aren’t these Santa Hat Brownies just so cute?

santa hat brownies « daisy's world

Thanks to Erica’s Sweet Tooth for the inspiration. I was looking for a fun and simple holiday treat and I ran across a recipe on her website. They’re so good and easy to make, especially since I bought Trader Joe’s Ready to Bake brownie mix (just pour the ready-made brownie batter in an 8-X 8-inch pan and bake for 22-25 minutes). You can use ready-made brownie bites or bake a pan of your favorite brownies. I whipped up some vanilla-mascarpone buttercream to simulate the white trim on the hats. Salted Caramel Butter Bars - Cookies and Cups. These Salted Caramel Butter bars are one of my most requested recipes ever!

Salted Caramel Butter Bars - Cookies and Cups

As I sit here and type this post I am currently in a funk. A funk because it is raining. A funk because it is crazy windy. A funk because it is getting colder by the second and soon enough we will be into New Jersey’s never-ending winter. Oat Orange and Chocolate Chip Muffins. Look at that muffin on its side!

Oat Orange and Chocolate Chip Muffins

Lemon-Blackberry Cheesecake. Raspberry Tart Recipe. Pate Brisee: In a food processor, place the flour, salt, and sugar and process until combined.

Raspberry Tart Recipe

Add the butter and process until the mixture resembles coarse meal (about 15 seconds). Pour 1/8 cup (30 ml) water in a slow, steady stream through the feed tube until the pastry just holds together when pinched. Add remaining water, if necessary. Do not process more than about 30 seconds. Turn the pastry out onto your work surface, gather it into a ball, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for about one hour to chill the butter and allow the gluten in the flour to relax. Once the pastry has chilled, remove from refrigerator and place on a lightly floured surface.

Bake the tart in a preheated 450 degree F (205 degree C) oven for about 20 minutes or until the pastry is golden brown and the raspberries have given off just a little of their juice. Makes one free form tart. References: Killeen, Johanne & Germon, George. Root, Waverley. Neapolitan Rose Cake. How to Make a Cupcake Bouquet. Brownie-Cookie Cups.

Nutella Rolls with Cream Cheese Icing. Nutella & Sea Salt Stuffed Sugar Cookie Recipe {Baking Giveaway} (The giveaway is now closed, but I hope you still enjoy the Nutella Stuffed Cookies.) After making the first batch of Chocolate Nutella Fudge with Sea Salt last year, my family (kids, grandparents and brother-in-law included) immediately determined it was a must-have for each Christmas, to be served alongside my husband’s great-grandmother’s spritz butter cookies and my dad’s killer ginger cookies.

Yeah, okay…twist my arm. That fudge set off a cascade of gooey chocolate and hazelnut baking in our house, from Chewy Nutella & Oatmeal Bars to Nutella & Cream Cheese Swirled Blondies . It was only a matter of time before the Nutella weaseled its way into the center of my favorite sugar cookie recipe (typically made with crumbled Heath Bars ). When making drop cookies, I like to be fairly precise about the size of each cookie so that they cook as evenly as possible. Of course, if you decide to make bite-sized cookies, that means you get to eat a minimum of three cookies.

The recipe: 1. 2. 3. Country Momma Cooks: Lemon Shortbread Cookies.