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Cinnamon Sugar-Topped Banana Snack Cake

Cinnamon Sugar-Topped Banana Snack Cake

There are all kinds of cakes out there, from single-serving cupcakes to towering layer cakes. One of my favorite types of cake is a snack cake, an admittedly less official category than some of the
Blueberry Ginger Beer Pound Cake

Blueberry Ginger Beer Pound Cake

Ginger beer is a delicious ingredient in summer drinks and cocktails, but did you know that you can use it to make other tasty treats? There are actually a surprising number of recipes out there that
5 Fun Ideas for Homemade Popsicles

5 Fun Ideas for Homemade Popsicles

Popsicles are one of the greatest ways to cool down on a hot summer day – just ask any kid! While I used to line up for the ice cream truck in the park, it’s easy and fun to make your own popsicles at
Nutella Fudgsicles

Nutella Fudgsicles

Chocolaty fudgsicles were always one of my favorite frozen treats growing up. I made a huge mess almost every time I ate one – getting chocolate smears all over my face and my hands, as most kids tend
Mojito Shortbread Bars

Mojito Shortbread Bars

Mojitos are one of my favorite summertime drinks. Made with rum, lime and mint – and occasionally with other fruits, as well – they are an incredibly refreshing happy hour option on a hot day. These
Salted Toffee Peanut Butter Cookies

Salted Toffee Peanut Butter Cookies

Peanut butter cookies are a lunchbox classic in my book – and I admit that feeling is probably influenced by the fact that I had peanut butter sandwiches in my lunch boxes on a regular basis growing
How to Make Grilled Pound Cake

How to Make Grilled Pound Cake

Summer is a great season for grilling, since the weather is gorgeous outside and it is often too hot to bake in the house. I tend to save cakes and more labor intensive desserts for cooler weather,
Trader Joe’s Lemon Shortbread Bar Mix, reviewed

Trader Joe’s Lemon Shortbread Bar Mix, reviewed

Trader Joe’s always offers great value on their baking mixes, putting out products that are both of higher quality and at lower prices than comparable baking mixes from other stores. One of their most
Key Lime Pie Icebox Cake

Key Lime Pie Icebox Cake

Key lime pies are fantastic summertime desserts because they are always served cold, making the sweet-tart filling both delicious and refreshing. Most key lime pies, however, are baked and require
Baking Bites for Bluprint: 6 Ways to Watermelon this Weekend!

Baking Bites for Bluprint: 6 Ways to Watermelon this Weekend!

As those of you who follow Baking Bites on Facebook might already know, Craftsy is now Bluprint. I’ve been a Craftsy contributor for a few years now (time flies!) and have shared lots of great recipes
Espresso Brownie Cake

Espresso Brownie Cake

Chocolate and coffee are always a good combination and this Espresso Brownie Cake is the perfect dessert if you want to enjoy both together. It is made with a very generous dose of dark chocolate and
Honey Maid S’mores Cereal Bars

Honey Maid S’mores Cereal Bars

I am a big fan of everything and anything s’mores, from breakfast to dessert, and I’m always looking for new ways to enjoy the combination of graham crackers, chocolate and marshmallows. While I was
Coconut Macaroon Brownies

Coconut Macaroon Brownies

Chocolate and coconut are always a delicious combination. Sometimes, they meed in the form of a chocolate-dipped coconut cookie and coconut is the star. Other times, coconut is added to chocolate for
Trader Joe’s Brown Sugar & Cinnamon and Garlic & Herb Butter Spreads, reviewed

Trader Joe’s Brown Sugar & Cinnamon and Garlic & Herb Butter Spreads, reviewed

Compound butters are delicious and easy ways to add extra flavors to your food. A compound butter is a butter that has additional flavorings added to it, including honey, herbs and spices. Once the
Cherry Cobbler Streusel Bars

Cherry Cobbler Streusel Bars

Cherry cobbler is a classic summer dessert that just might be even more popular than cherry pie, due to the fact that it is much easier and faster to put together. Cobblers are known for being comfort
Watermelon Strawberry Sorbet

Watermelon Strawberry Sorbet

Watermelons are a real treat during the summer because they both satisfy your sweet tooth and help you rehydrate. I find that I buy smaller watermelons more often than the jumbo melons, since you
Quick Blackberry Peach Jam

Quick Blackberry Peach Jam

There are times during the summer when I have more ripe fruit available than I can eat. When your kitchen is overflowing with ripe fruit, you can bake as much of it as you can, freeze some and turn
Lemon Cherry Sugar Cookies

Lemon Cherry Sugar Cookies

Cherries are a wonderful ingredient to bake with when they’re in season, even though I admit that I sometimes have fewer fresh cherries on hand than I would like for baking, since I tend to snack on
Trader Joe’s Ham and Cheese Croissant Squares, reviewed

Trader Joe’s Ham and Cheese Croissant Squares, reviewed

You can find some delicious items in the frozen section at Trader Joe’s. Their orange chicken is their best seller year after year, but I tend to be drawn to the pastry section of the aisle. A few
Daiquiri Tart

Daiquiri Tart

Daquiris are one of my go-to summer cocktails. I’m not talking about blended strawberry daiquiris (although those are good, too), either. I’m talking about the classic daiquiri cocktail that is made