strawberry balsamic popsicles

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Sweet and sour combine in a beautiful way in these strawberry balsamic popsicles. A classic combination of flavours.

Some flavour combinations are so natural it’s like they were just made for each other – like lime and coconut, chocolate and espresso, and of course peanut butter and chocolate. But then there are combinations that seem so opposite that they kind’ve catch us off guard, like rich chocolate with hot peppers, sweet peaches with spicy jalapeños, and tart apples with savoury cheese. This is one of those flavours that sound weird until you try it. Sweet strawberries with sour balsamic vinegar? Yup. Somehow those two flavours meet in the middle to create something unique and delicious.  (more…)

blueberry buttermilk popsicles

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Blueberry Buttermilk Popsicles – sweet and slightly tangy, cool and frosty, with a great blueberry flavour.

A couple weeks ago I made some lemon buttermilk popsicles, which I could have happily eaten all by myself. And I mentioned that a lot of people seemed really wary of eating them because of the word “buttermilk”. Weirdos. But eventually they tried them and loved them as much as I did. With that experience under their belts, I figured they’d be more accepting of another buttermilk recipe. And apparently I was right about that, because these were all gone within half a day. Plus “blueberry buttermilk” is a combination that I think we’re all a lot more familiar with.  (more…)

chocolate malted whopper cookies

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Chocolate Malted Whopper Cookies – delicious chocolate cookies with malt powder, chocolate whoppers, and chocolate chips.

When I was a kid, I’d heard of malted milk and chocolate malteds, but I’d never had one. I always imagined it was some sort of fancy milkshake or something. Of course I’d had chocolate malt balls (YUM) and robins eggs (also yum!) – I always loved those treats. Occasionally I’d get one of those awesome milk cartons full of Whoppers for Christmas – that was the best when I was a kid! But I never made the flavour connection between “malted milk” and “chocolate malt balls”. Duh. And it wasn’t until I was trying to come up with a homemade frappuccino recipe that I first bought some Ovaltine and discovered what it was all about. Have I mentioned “yum”? Yum.  (more…)

crispy rocky road bars

No-bake Crispy Rocky Road Bars – with chocolate, butterscotch, peanut butter, crispy rice cereal, and mini marshmallows. You'll love them!

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I’ve mentioned the last couple weeks that it’s unseasonably hot here in Vancouver. It’s still stupid hot. My kitchen was well above 30°C this weekend (that’s 86°F for you Americans). That? Is way too hot to be using the oven. Honestly, I didn’t even want to use my stove, but I’ve made a commitment to deliver a new treat each week, so I had to suck it up. Right? Ugh, right. And since the oven is out of the question, that means it’s no-bake season. Woo!  (more…)

lemon buttermilk popsicles

Lemon Buttermilk Popsicles – combining tart lemon and tangy buttermilk for a frosty, sweet, summer treat. This is one of my favourites!

Okay, first off? Don’t be scared off by the word “buttermilk”! I was shocked to discover how many of my coworkers heard it and envisioned some unholy blend of butter and milk. Now I’m not saying this is a healthy diet food (snerk! have you seen the types of things I make??), but it’s not the evil ingredient so many people think it is. It’s no worse than milk, honest. Surely we’ve all had buttermilk pancakes? Blueberry buttermilk muffins? Buttermilk fried chicken?  (more…)

raspberry cream sandwich cookies

These Raspberry Cream Sandwich Cookies combine a delicate vanilla cookie with a sweet cream filling made with real raspberries.

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I don’t know about where you are, but here? It’s berry season. It’s also farmer’s market season, and I am hitting the market every single weekend. Love it! Right now, I can pretty much guarantee I’m filling my shopping bags each week with early season blueberries (still slightly tart), English peas (lots – I could live on fresh peas!), young carrots, cucumbers, patty pan squash, plus anything else that catches my eye. Last weekend one of the farmers was selling hand-carved chopsticks. They were so gorgeous, I had to buy a couple pair. And right now, there are also tons of beautiful plump raspberries. Which reminded me, I’d flagged a recipe for some raspberry sandwich cookies awhile back. Time to make those, yes?  (more…)

chocolate knobs

Chocolate Knobs may not be the best name, but trust me – this is the best cookie. Dense and incredibly chocolate-y, with crunchy pecans for texture.

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Yes, you read that right. These cookies are called chocolate knobs. What a name, right? But that was the original name in the cookbook, and I wasn’t sure what else to call them. Chocolate cookies doesn’t do them justice – they are incredibly chocolate-y, especially considering they’re made with cocoa powder and not melted chocolate. But yes, they are chocolate-y. And dense, and gooey like a slightly under-baked brownie. I just couldn’t think of anything more descriptive for this cookie, and honestly, the name makes me giggle. Because apparently I’m 12. So chocolate knobs it is. (heh)  (more…)

chocolate toffee cookies

Chocolate Toffee Cookies – soft & chewy, dense and chocolatey, with lots of chocolate chips and bits of sweet toffee throughout.

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Once again I was going to make a cookie requested by one of my coworkers. Last week, I couldn’t make it because I didn’t realize the dough needed to be refrigerated. This time I knew that, but I just procrastinated too long. Oops. In my defence, I was binge-watching Archer on Netflix. Important stuff.

So we’re having chocolate cookies instead!

This is one of those recipes that’s like a brownie in cookie form (which reminds me – I need to make brownies one of these days). There’s a tiny bit of butter melted with chocolate (a half pound of chocolate! woof!), then mixed with sugar, eggs, and just a quarter cup of flour. And then? Two full cups of add-ins are stirred in to just over 2 cups of dough. I like those proportions!  (more…)

coconut lime popsicles

These coconut lime popsicles are creamy, delicious, and so refreshing for a hot summer day. Not to mention super easy to make.

I don’t know what the weather is like where you are, but it’s unseasonably warm here in Vancouver, and it’s feeling like popsicle season. Last year I don’t think I even started making popsicles until late July! I made a couple of different lime popsicles last summer – both of which were fantastic – and you can definitely expect to see more lime this year. I may have mentioned before, but I loooove citrus any time of year, but especially now. It’s such a refreshing summer flavour, right?  (more…)

snickerdoodles

These Snickerdoodles have the cinnamon flavour you'd expect, plus a bit of nutmeg and molasses for a slightly richer flavour.

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Unlike the last snickerdoodles I made (which were, incidentally, the first snickerdoodles I’d ever made – so I’m not exactly working with a wealth of experience here), these contain nutmeg and a bit of molasses, giving them a richer flavour. But just like the last ones, these didn’t spread or puff up or crack like they were supposed to. I’m determined to crack the snickerdoodles secret! I’m just going to have to keep trying recipes, right? I’ll get it. Eventually.  (more…)

triple play peanut butter cookies

Triple Play Peanut Butter Cookies – with peanut butter, peanut butter chips, and chopped peanuts. AND chocolate chips.

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So. This week I had promised a friend that I would make a specific cookie for her. You can guess where this is going, right? I bought the ingredients and was all ready to bake them Sunday evening… and then I realized that I’d missed the part of the recipe where they need to be refrigerated overnight before baking. Oops. So I had to scramble to find a backup recipe. Luckily, I have lots of recipes flagged, so it was just a matter of narrowing it down and finding something that I have all the ingredients for. How about peanut butter cookies? Peanut butter cookies are always good. And always welcomed. And I aways have those ingredients.  (more…)

brown butter bourbon chocolate chip cookies

Made with browned butter, Kentucky bourbon, and fresh tarragon, these soft and gooey Bourbon Chocolate Chip Cookies have a great, rich flavour.

Made with browned butter, Kentucky bourbon, and fresh tarragon, these soft and gooey Bourbon Chocolate Chip Cookies have a great, rich flavour.

Will anyone be surprised to hear that I just got a few new cookbooks? No? It’s like you guys know me! So yes, I got some new cookbooks. Wheee! One of them, Ovenly, is from a bakery known for interesting and unique combinations of flavours. And when I first flipped through the pages of this book, this particular recipe really jumped out at me.

Bourbon? Oh yes please. Chocolate chips? YUM. Tarragon? Uh… what? I really wasn’t sure how this cookie would turn out. But I was intrigued, and less than a week after I got the book, I was shopping for tarragon. And apparently I saw “tarragon” in the ingredients list and stopped reading, because I didn’t even realize until I started prepping ingredients that this cookie is made with browned butter too. Oh mama. I had high hopes for this cookie.

Spoiler alert – it delivered.  (more…)

vietnamese iced coffee popsicles

Sweet, creamy, Vietnamese iced coffee popsicles – perfectly refreshing on a sunny day.

We’re finally seeing some beautiful weather here in Vancouver (I can’t believe it’s almost June!!), and one of my coworkers had a bit of a conundrum the other day. It was mid-afternoon, she needed a pick-me-up, but couldn’t decide between a coffee and a popsicle, and bemoaned the fact that we didn’t have any coffee popsicles in the freezer (yes, we have popsicles in the freezer). So of course I needed to remedy that, stat. I’ve pinned several recipes for cappuccino popsicles and mocha popsicles, and even plain coffee popsicles, but it was the idea of Vietnamese iced coffee popsicle that won out (I’ll make the others eventually).  (more…)

old-fashioned sugar cookies

These old-fashioned sugar cookies are soft and chewy with a lovely crispy exterior, and great lemon flavour.

I usually only make one cookie a week (only! ha!), but this week I was baking some cookies to take to a friend who wasn’t feeling well, and sugar cookies are her favourite. And I’ve had my eye on this recipe for awhile. The only sugar cookies I’ve ever made have been roll-out cookies – which are great when I want to play with my cookie cutters, but it’s a bit more time-consuming than I wanted for a mid-week cookie. I wanted something quick. And I loved the idea of starting with a drop cookie and just sprinkling it with sugar before baking. Simple. Gotta love simple recipes.

And gotta love sugar cookies. Sometimes the most basic cookies are the best, right?  (more…)

toffee crunchers

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This week’s cookie is a recipe that I stumbled across in one of my cookbooks one day, and was totally intrigued by the ingredients list. Spoiler – that crunch in the title? Is from Rice Krispies and potato chips. Whaaat? Yup. So of course I flagged it and went out and actually bought the cereal and chips just for this cookie, and have been looking forward to trying it forEVER.  (more…)