Individual cranberry shortbread

Cranberry Shortbread

Thanksgiving is almost here, only one more day to get through until we can give thanks and break bread with family and friends.

Usually, I celebrate at my mom’s. She always pulls together a wonderful feast based on delicious bon appetit recipes from multiple years. But, this year she’s traveling and while I won’t be hosting myself, I decided it’s time to try out some dishes myself.

cranberry shortbread
The finished deliciousness.

And, I’m starting with dessert. When it comes to the holidays, cranberries are definitely one of my favorites. It seems there are endless possibilities that combine tart and sweet (or savory in some cases) just perfectly. This is what happens with this recipe from bon appetit. At first, I was little hesitant to try it because grapefruit is used, and I’m not a fan of grapefruit. But, I was pleasantly surprised at how tasty this is.

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truffles halfway done

Just desserts: Baileys white chocolate, chocolate covered truffles

Someday last week, FP featured a recipe for Baileys & White Chocolate Truffles, and I couldn’t resist the temptation. I just had to make them for myself; well, and my man because he loves sweet things.

Baileys white chocolate truffles
A look at the finished product.

For the most part, I did follow the original recipe since I have never made truffles before, but I did change a couple things. Continue reading “Just desserts: Baileys white chocolate, chocolate covered truffles”

almond cookies

Moroccan Almond Cookies

I’ve noticed recently that I haven’t really made or featured any desserts much on here. And it’s funny because I used to bake a lot when I was younger (my favorite is a sweet potato cake that I make at Thanksgiving). So, I have decided it is time to try out and feature more desserts.

Ever since I picked up New Moroccan by Mourad Lahlou from the library, I’ve been wanting to make these cookies. I’ve never made cookies like these before.

almond cookies
The finished product. You’ll know they’re done when they crack.

Lahlou describes them as a chewier version of an amaretto cookie and indeed, they are quite dense with a subtle almond flavor (not at all as overwhelming as you would think). Continue reading “Moroccan Almond Cookies”

bowl of oreo ice cream

Homemade ice cream…without an ice cream maker

For the longest time, I have wanted to get an ice cream maker because I just love the idea of making my own ice cream.

So if you don’t have an ice cream maker, how do you make your own? I mean Breyers is great, but it’s just so much more fun to make your own (and probably cheaper too). It reminds me of the time I was at Girl Scout camp and we made ice cream, but it involved putting the ingredients into a can and rolling it around a lot.

bowl of oreo ice cream
The finished product. Yum!

Thanks to, I came across this recipe that doesn’t require an ice cream maker and has to be the simplest way to make ice cream I have come across so far. Of course, I had to give it a try and share the results with you. Continue reading “Homemade ice cream…without an ice cream maker”