Honey Bran Granola

I’m a big fan of homemade granola and I usually make it on Saturday mornings. I bake up batches of it year ’round—in the cold weather seasons, I love how the aroma of the granola fills the kitchen, as well as how cozy the warmth from the oven feels as it bakes! And in the warm weather months, I usually get up extra early to make it so the granola bakes in the cool of the morning—before the sun and mid-day heat rise. Continue reading

Gingerbread Muffins

I had no idea how many people I know like gingerbread! Someone asked me what I had baked recently and I said, “Oh, I just made some gingerbread muffins.” And then, to my surprise, they told me how much they loved gingerbread! Others told me, “I love anything with a gingery flavor—gingerbread is the best” and “Gingerbread reminds me of my grandmother—she would make gingerbread all the time when I was growing up.” So there you have it—gingerbread seems to be a thing, especially in the winter!
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Strawberry Crinkle Cookies

Strawberry Crinkle Cookies2 @ NancyCCrinkle cookies are such a classic treat and if you make the cake mix version, they’re probably one of the easiest cookies ever! I’ve made Bite-Size Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies before, which are very yummy, and now these pretty pink and yummy Strawberry Crinkle Cookies! They’re pillowy-soft when you bite into them, with a cakey and chewy texture…and just the right amount of sweetness with the powdered sugar coating! Continue reading

Red Velvet M&Ms Bars

You’ve probably heard of cookie exchanges…they happen quite a bit around Christmastime. Well, how about a Valentine cookie exchange? I was invited to one a few years ago and it was great! It’s always fun to make (and eat) Valentine-themed treats!  I was a little short on time, so I needed to make something fairly easy, but still wanted it to be very yummy. I had seen lots of recipes for cake mix bars and cookies, so I thought I’d come up with my own version of Red Velvet bars made with cake mix. Any Red Velvet recipe seems appropriate for Valentine’s Day, right? Continue reading

Dark Chocolate Mocha Pudding Cookies

These cookies were my first try at using instant pudding mix in a cookie. I’ve heard that adding pudding mix to cookie dough keeps the cookies soft, but I wasn’t crazy about the idea of adding pudding mix with artificial flavors, dyes, and other things. Continue reading