Category — Holiday + Special Occasion Recipes

{recipe} Swirly Christmas Sugar Cookies

Here’s another fun one for the holidays – swirly red and green sugar cookies! I love soft sugar cookies that melt in your mouth. They are so easy to make and getting this swirled effect is really simple to do. So pretty!

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December 22, 2014   5 Comments

{how to} Gorgeous Glittery Coconut Macaroons

Want to make your cookies look super cool? Here’s an idea that got a lot of rave reviews at my holiday party: glittery coconut macaroons.

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Did you know that edible glitter is really a thing? It’s really fun to play around with! I usually buy the Disco Dust brand, which comes in dozens of colors. The “hologram silver” is my favorite for this kind of application.

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December 19, 2014   3 Comments

{recipe} Rainbow Tie-Dye Snickerdoodles

Do you believe in reincarnation? Based on how much I enjoy making and eating rainbow foods, I think I may have been a unicorn in a former life. I have been wanting to try rainbow cookies for some time now but all of the recipes I found looked pretty cool but seemed like they wouldn’t actually taste that great. So I felt compelled to invent the rainbow tie-dye snickerdoodle, which offers both good looks and great taste.

Rainbow Snickerdoodles
So how did I do it? It was a little laborious but not too difficult to pull off. I made snickerdoodles and divided the dough into 6 roughly equal parts. I colored each of these with one of the colors of the rainbow: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple. After some time in the fridge to chill the colored doughs, I set up an assembly line and tore off little wads of each color and made a dough caterpillar. I turned the caterpillars in on themselves and rolled them gently into balls. Then I rolled the balls in white sugar and set them on the cookie sheet.

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November 24, 2014   3 Comments

{recipe} Lovely Little Lemon Custard Cake Bites

Note: I am finally shutting down the old, ugly, 1.0 version of this site so I am re-posting some of my favorite recipes over here. This is a keeper!

I rarely make lemon desserts, because lemon isn’t my favorite dessert flavor, even though I love it in savory applications. But when one of my best friends asks for lemon birthday cake, by all means, I will make him lemon birthday cake.

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July 14, 2014   3 Comments

{make this} Chocolate Cinnamon Babka Recipe from Wise Sons

I love eating at Wise Sons Jewish Delicatessen here in San Francisco. (Their location in the Jewish Museum downtown is a great pit stop for tourists, and I often recommend it.) So I was super excited to see that they had shared their secret chocolate cinnamon babka recipe publicly!

chocolate cinnamon babka recipe

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July 10, 2014   No Comments

{semi-fail} Fourth of July Flag Cake

I had really high hopes for this Fourth of July flag cake, but it did not turn out as well as I’d hoped. I would not rate it a total fail, but it’s definitely on the fail side of winning. A semi-fail, if you will.

The thing is, America is far from perfect so perhaps a highly imperfect cake is a great way to celebrate the 4th of July (especially this year.)

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July 1, 2014   No Comments

{happy birthday} How to Make an Easy Cat Cake

When my son turned one, I made him a cake in the shape of the number one. But lately he’s been pretty obsessed with cats of all kinds, so for his 2nd birthday, I wanted to make a cat-shaped cake. It was pretty easy to do, and came out great! He absolutely loved it.

easy cat cake

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June 30, 2014   2 Comments

{meat love} How To Make Bacon Hearts for your Valentine

Valentine’s Day is coming, which means it’s time to think about our loved ones. Candy? Flowers? Romantic poetry? Is that the best you can do?! This year, show your love with everyone’s favorite meat by making bacon hearts for your valentine!

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February 12, 2014   1 Comment

{recipe roundup} 25 of the Best Super Bowl Party Recipes

Planning to watch the game tomorrow? Here’s a roundup of some of my favorite recipes from my own collection and from around the web. Bring any of these to a Super Bowl party and I guarantee you will be voted “MVP” of the day!

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25 of the Best Super Bowl Party Recipes

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February 1, 2014   No Comments

{feliz navidad} Epic Gingerbread Taqueria

I can’t believe this is the fifth crazy gingerbread project I’ve made, but here we are – and I think number five turned out pretty great despite a skeleton crew working on it. So without further ado I present to you: San Francisco’s iconic La Taqueria, entirely rendered in gingerbread and candy form.

la taq

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December 18, 2013   4 Comments