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Holiday Treats to Make and Bake

Holiday Treats to Make by Charlotte's Fancy

Avert your eyes if you are on a diet!

I’m in a baking mood, and these are some of my favorite treats (especially peanut butter cookies and caramels). Of these, I have only made the lemon baubles before, and they are easy and taste unbelievably good.

Click the links for recipes:

1. Peanut butter sandwich cookies (‘wichcraft restaurant via Martha Stewart)

2. Soft chewy caramels (the Kitchn)

3. Candy cane marshmallow pops (Liv Life)

4. Christmas in a cookie (the Faux Martha)

5. Lemon baubles (Pinecone Camp)

6. Gingersnaps with ginger lemon cream filling (un gamine dans la cuisine)

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Ombre Candy Corn Cake

Ombre Candy Corn Cake by Brit + Co

I might not have the patience to make an ombre candy corn cake, like this beautiful one by Brit + Co., but I wouldn’t mind eating a piece! To see how it’s made, visit the Brit + Co. website here. (Love the design of her website – check it out.)

I’m taking a break from Charlotte’s Fancy to visit my family for a few days. In the meantime, here’s my archive of Halloween related posts, including the one about my all time least favorite Halloween candy. (Add yours to the comments, along with the others.)

See you back here soon.

Image: Brit + Co.

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Make These: Salted Caramel Cupcakes

Salted caramel cupcakes by Je Suis Alimentageuse

A few days ago, I was in New York City and I stopped at the Cupcake Crew‘s cupcake truck. Now normally, I’d go for red velvet, but on that day, I decided to try something new: a salted caramel cupcake.

It was outrageously good. As in: the best thing I have ever eaten. I thought my heart belonged to pineapple cupcakes from a bakery in Philadelphia, but I’ve got a new love now.

It wasn’t quite like the photo above -it had vanilla frosting (not caramel frosting) with caramel and fleur de sel drizzled on top. It was also filled with caramel.

So now I want to try my hand at making them and maybe you do too. Here’s a recipe by Sprinkle Bakes that looks pretty close to what I had. (And if you don’t want to go the whole nine yards, I bet they would taste just as good with store-bought caramel sauce for the recipe.)

Happy baking!

Image: Je Suis Alimentageuse

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Three Sweet Treats to Make

Salted Caramel Coffee Sauce from the Kitchn

Salted Coffee Caramel Sauce (The Kitchn/by Megan Gordon)

PB ice cream by Susi's Kochen und Backen Adventures

Peanut butter ice cream (Susi’s Cooking and Baking Adventures)

Strawberry sorbet by Najwa Kronfel of Delicious Shots

Strawberry-orange sorbet (Delicious Shots/by Najwa Kronfel)

On my list this summer: make more ice cream and sorbet.

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Images by their respective owners / recipes via Tastespotting

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Bookmarked for Sundays

Cornmeal pancakes

Mini peanut butter pies

Corn & potato soup

Occasionally, I set aside time on Sundays to try a new recipe. How about you – have you tried a new dish lately that you love?

All spotted via Tastespotting
images via their respective owners

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Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream

This pretty ice cream cookbook caught my eye at Williams Sonoma:

So I looked for a website, and was delighted to see such terrific branding for these ice creams:

Including this cute little film:

(Click on the image to watch the film)

And can you imagine how amazing a giant macaroon ice cream sandwich must taste?


All Images: Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams

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Favorites: Eleni’s Cookies

Decorative Heart Cookies by Eleni's

Valentine Animals Cookies by Eleni's

Vintage Valentine cookies by Eleni's

Love Bird cookies by Eleni's

Just admiring the Valentine’s Day cookies from Eleni’s.

Many more Valentine’s Day options on their website, as well as dozens of other beautiful cookie designs.

I mailed a stack of Valentines today, so I have Valentine’s Day on the brain. How about you?

Images: Eleni’s

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Easy Homemade Granola

Homemade Granola Recipe by Charlotte's Fancy

For Christmas, my friend Karin gave me a jar of homemade granola that was incredibly tasty, so I asked for the recipe and made my own batch. Once you have all the ingredients, it’s a snap to make.

Melissa Clark adapted this recipe by Early Bird Granola for the New York Times (see the original story here) – I’m reprinting Melissa’s recipe here:

3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1½ cups raw pistachios, hulled
1 cup raw pumpkin seeds, hulled
1 cup coconut chips
¾ cup pure maple syrup
½ cup extra virgin olive oil
½ cup packed light brown sugar
1 teaspoon kosher salt
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground cardamom
¾ cup chopped dried apricots

Fresh ricotta, for serving (optional)
Fresh berries, for serving (optional).

1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. In a large bowl, combine oats, pistachios, pumpkin seeds, coconut chips, maple syrup, olive oil, brown sugar, salt, cinnamon and cardamom. Spread mixture on a rimmed baking sheet in an even layer and bake for 45 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes, until golden brown and well toasted.

2. Transfer granola to a large bowl and add apricots, tossing to combine. Serve with ricotta and fruit, if desired.

Yield: About 9 cups.

Karin put her granola into mason jars and tied them with a beautiful satin silver ribbon. Tie a pink or red satin ribbon on your jars and give them to your sweethearts for Valentine’s Day.

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Isak Breadboards at Huset

Landsby Bread Board by Isak at Huset

I have this “Landsby” breadboard by Isak, which I bought at Huset.  I use it as a serving tray for little snacks for my family. As I’ve been thinking about cooking and baking more in 2011, I find myself lingering over special pieces like this which make meals and snacktime feel more important, more thoughtful – prettier, even.

Leaves Isak Breadboard at Huset

(This is the “Leaf” pattern, and I really like it too).

I like to pretend this is my dining table.

Isak Bread Boards at Huset

I see a mom and a dad in those seats. They’re reading the paper on a sunny Sunday morning, drinking their coffee while the kids are coloring pictures and pretending to drive their little cars across the floor.

You see why I like these breadboards so much?

Visit Huset.

Images: Huset

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How to Make Festive Scented Play Dough

Festive scented play dough stack by mini eco

I like this festive scented play dough by mini eco, but I like looking at the pictures even more! Aren’t they great!?

Start with the basic recipe, then add a some scents and natural dyes. You can get the full tutorial here.

Festive Play dough balls by mini eco

Festive scented ply dough stars by mini eco

The mini eco website, by the way, is a treasure trove of great tutorials.

via Ohdeedoh

All Images: mini eco


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