Cranberry & Blueberry Hand Pies

Cranberry & Blueberry Hand Pies

Cake or pie? I believe most people fall into one camp or the other. Me – I’m a well documented cake person. Just take a look at my dessert recipes: tons of cupcakes, cookies, cake pops, etc…and not even a section for pie. My husband, on the other hand, is a decided pie fan. The holidays are traditionally a time for pie, so every year I think, “I need to try making a pie.” And something conveniently distracts me, like Cinnamon Roll Cupcakes or Irresistible Cranberry Orange Cookies.

This year, something clicked. I love cranberries and always make homemade cranberry sauce for Thanksgiving (it is so easy and better than canned – add it to your menu this year!). I was dreaming of ways to make it differently and realized I’d never heard of a cranberry pie. But why not? Homemade cranberry sauce is similar to pie filling consistency. I did a little research and found Nantucket Cranberry Pie/Cake, but I really wanted a berry pie that used cranberries.

Fast forward to discovering this Cranberry and Wild Blueberry Pie from Bon Appetit – yes, please! Making pie crust still intimidates me, so I picked up my favorite frozen dough from Trader Joe’s. I love it because it has all normal ingredients I can pronounce and would use myself. And while there are lots of reasons to make hand pies (they’re adorable, portable, and everyone get their own dessert to name a few), I have to be honest and admit I made them partially because I’m also intimidated by making an entire pie.

Cranberry Blueberry Hand Pies (more…)

Perfect Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

 Perfect Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

“Did you use a different type of sugar…?”
“…is the salt different…?”
“…what about the flour? Did you use something different, like buckwheat flour…?”
No… (more…)

DIY Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix in a Jar

DIY Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix

Do you want to give the gift of delicious cookies without all the work of making them? You’re in the right place! Last week I taught a holiday DIY class at West Elm in Roseville, CA. We made cookie mix in a Mason jar, but not just any cookie mix – I adapted my favorite cookie recipe:

Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies

After several trials, I figured out the perfect amount to fit a half batch of these perfect chocolate chip cookies into a large Mason jar. All you have to do is layer a few ingredients in a jar, attach a label and tag with baking directions, and it’s ready to gift as a hostess or holiday gift. Then your friend or family can make 2 dozen of these awesome cookies whenever they want! Pretty great, right?

DIY cookie mix party

Before I get to the recipe, let’s chat a little about the cookie mix making party. This would be a fun event to host during the holidays! Invite some friends over, ask them each to bring one ingredient, get some wine, and you can all make some gifts while hanging out. (more…)

5 Ways to Organize Your Baking Supplies {Free Printable}

5 easy tips to organize your baking supplies

Hi, my name is Stephanie and I own a lot of baking supplies…

We’re talking dozens and dozens of cupcake liners, bottles of sprinkles, and bags of sugar  :-?

Now that I have that off my chest, let me show you the mess that was my baking supplies:

Before and after - get 5 easy tips to organize your baking supplies

The cabinet on the left was a serious issue – stuff falling out when you open it, baskets overflowing with random stuff (cause stuff in baskets seems organized, right?). On the right there were so many bags and bottles, things got buried and I either couldn’t find things when I need them or forgot what I had. It was just too. much. stuff.

So when OXO offered me some POP Containers to try out, I figured it was time to finally get organized


Mocha Cupcakes

Mocha Cupcakes

Helloooo blog friends! You might have noticed that it’s been kind of quiet around here the last few months. Blogging became a bit of a slog for me (catchy phrase stolen from the New York Times ;) ) and I’ve been having a hard time getting myself to sit down and write blog posts. It’s been a combo of a lot of things – I’ve been eating healthier (so baking less), needing a break from the computer when I get home from work, and spending lots of time with my new husband and friends.

I’m not sure what I’m going to do long-term, but for now I’m committing to at least a couple posts a month, and I’ll try to make some really good healthy desserts too. I have too many good things to share with you all…I looked through my photos and realized I have several yummy recipes I haven’t shared yet!