messy strawberry jam buns with one bite out of one of them

Overnight Strawberry Jam Rolls


I went completely crazy taking photos for these Overnight Strawberry Jam Rolls. I could photograph these jam buns for days. I mean, look at them. Go on. We make a quick strawberry jam with strawberries, sugar and lemon juice + zest, nothing else. We fashion ourselves a rich dough with egg yolks, buttermilk + dotted with cinnamon and then shove…

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Slices of delicious cake

8 Irresistible Fresh Strawberry Desserts


A collection of my most favorite strawberry desserts! Strawberries can be grown year round in California, making them one of the berries that we tend to see most consistently on our grocer’s shelves (blueberries are up there as well!). I love to use fresh strawberries in scones, cookies, buttercream, cakes and especially, overnight strawberry jam buns. Scroll through this list…

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A close up of a s'mores cookie bar

S’mores Cookie Bars


I love coming up with new s’mores recipes and this year it’s these S’mores Cookie Bars! We start with a classic brown sugar and vanilla-heavy cookie dough base. On top of that, we layer whole graham crackers, marshmallow fluff (also called cream), chocolate chips and the remaining cookie dough. These are soft, chewy cookies bars that taste just like a…

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tub o delicious ice cream

Brown Sugar Caramel Crunch Ice Cream


I literally CANNOT WAIT for you to try this Brown Sugar Caramel Crunch Ice Cream!! This simple ice cream comes together with just six ingredients. C&H® Dark Brown Sugar is used in both the ice cream base and in the crunchy, hard caramel. You can expect lots of yes, caramel notes, as well as molasses. And the hard caramel tastes a bit…

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Chocolate Strawberry Sandwich Cookies


I partnered with my friends at C&H® Sugar to bring you these delicious Chocolate Strawberry Sandwich Cookies that are loaded with heaps of spring flavor! I wanted something bright, fresh and fun and these deliver 10,000 percent. WHY SHOULD YOU MAKE THESE CHOCOLATE STRAWBERRY SANDWICH COOKIES?! Because COOKIES are always a good idea. And the combination of strawberries and chocolate…

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A bunch of meringues with blood orange curd

Perfect French Meringues


Meringues have a reputation for being fussy, but trust me, with a solid recipe along with some tips and technique you will be cranking out this foolproof dessert like it ‘aint no thing. I partnered with C&H® Sugar to share allllll of my favorite tips for making perfect French meringues Every. Single. Time. WHY YOU SHOULD MAKE THESE BLOOD ORANGE…

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Best Pizza & Sauce Recipe + CA Agritour


This was my second year participating in the CA Grown Agritour. Last year, we met up in Santa Barbara and toured a bunch of local farms and ag businesses and sampled everything from passionfruit and tomatoes to wine and cheese. You can read more about the trip here and get my recipe for Cherry Jam Streusel Muffins. This year, we had…

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Foolproof Vanilla Orange Madeleines


With this Foolproof Vanilla Orange Madeleines recipe I’ll share how to make perfect madeleines every time! Super easy to make and made for make-ahead (LOVE). This dough can sit in the fridge for several days letting you make madeleines on demand – how fabulous is that?!? When I first started baking madeleines I was so completely annoyed and frustrated with…

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Delicious Five-Spice Prune Bars


Brace yourself for the most delicious streusel bar cookie that has a layer of heavenly five-spice prune jam sandwiched between a vanilla bean shortbread crust and a crunchy, buttery layer of streusel. YUM! As promised, these Delicious Five-Spice Prune Bars are the second recipe using a spiced prune jam (you can see the first one here); both done in collaboration…

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A close up of a flaky buttery danish

Flaky Buttery Prune Danishes


This is THE BEST spiced prune danish recipe! The dough is surprisingly easy to make (and make-ahead) and the spiced prune jam comes together in minutes. Lots of tips to get warm, flaky, buttery danishes on your breakfast table asap! If you haven’t had prune danishes before you might breeze past this recipe…but let me tell you, homemade danishes are…

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A close up of a chocolate marshmallow cookie

Holiday Cookie Roundup


Here is a collection of my current favorite holiday cookies! There are shipping tips throughout PLUS info on whether each cookie is suitable for shipping. Go forth and bake friends! For many of these cookies the dough can be frozen ahead of time (this is a great tip for drop cookies). Some cookies, such as macarons, are best gifted the…

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Classic chocolate French macarons are paired with a dreamy marshmallow filling. Each macaron is smeared in a mexican hot chocolate glaze for mega flavor!

Chocolate French Macarons with Marshmallow Filling


These chocolate French macarons are crispy, chewy and perfectly chocolate-y — this is the best recipe for chocolate macarons! The filling is one of my favorite marshmallow fillings with an added (and optional) slightly spicy chocolate glaze for Mexican hot chocolate vibes (or leave it plain). Lots of technique tips for easily making these in your home kitchen! When I…

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Pumpkin Caramel Bars with Marshmallow Meringue

Pumpkin Bars with Salted Caramel and Toasted Marshmallow Meringue


Where to start on the deliciousness of Pumpkin Bars with Salted Caramel and Toasted Marshmallow Meringue?! This pumpkin base is pulled from the pages of The Cookie Book. I had forgotten how delicious it was/is…and it is beyond words. Soft, airy, beautiful crumb. Everything you’re looking for in a bar cookie that’s really a cake…if we’re being honest here. Next…

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Halloween Candy Cookies

Halloween Candy Cookies


First, let me just say these candy cookies are life changing.   Who else always has a ton of leftover Halloween candy? If I don’t buy too much candy to hand out, then my kids bring home ridiculous amounts of candy that haunts us for weeks and sometimes months. Dentists say it’s better to OD on candy over a few days rather than…

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Espresso Banana Cake

Banana Espresso Cake With Espresso Bean Buttercream


I hope this banana espresso cake finds you rested and well, ready to tackle the weekend. I have been dreaming about this cake for some time…a super moist cake, loaded with heaps of banana, dotted with bits of dark chocolate and teeming with the taste of espresso throughout. We bake this cake low and slow. I’m talking, at 275 F…

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Make Your Own Vanilla Bean Extract | Recipe via DisplacedHousewife Rebecca Firth

How to Make Vanilla Extract


 I dropped everything to show you how to make vanilla extract when I recently saw the price — holy moly, is it expensive these days (I’ll get into why further down in the post!). In the photo above you’ll see the bottle of vanilla extract that I’ve been using for years — I originally put it together back in 2017. That…

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