Mini Baked Brie and Blueberry Chutney Strudels

Mini Brie and Blueberry Chutney Strudels

There’s something extra-special about being served your own personal mini treat, as opposed to a slice or a piece of a bigger dish.  An individual pot-pie served in a pretty ramekin looks like it was prepared just for you rather than a portion scooped from a large casserole dish and plopped onto a plate.   A tidy lemon tartlet covered in a circle of meringue with

Dark Chocolate Decorated Cookies for your Sweetie

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I always need a little bit of chocolate after lunch and dinner……and yes, sometimes even after breakfast.  Hey–don’t judge; mornings can be rough. When it comes to satisfying my post-meal sweet tooth, only dark bittersweet chocolate accomplishes the task, although I enjoy semi-sweet chocolate, white chocolate and milk chocolate on occasion (and by “on occasion”, I mean any time I am out of dark chocolate.) The

Decorated Christmas Cookies

Decorated Christmas Cookies from Peanut Butter and Julie

Eric, Gigi and I are celebrating Christmas in Jackson, Wyoming this year.  If you’ve read this blog for awhile, then you probably know that Jackson is one of our favorite places in the world, so we are excited to introduce Gigi to all of the things that make it so wonderful.  Eric is certain that she will be the next great addition to the U.S.

White Chocolate Gingerbread Biscotti

White Chocolate Gingerbread Biscotti

  Gingerbread is, without a doubt, my favorite holiday flavor.  I love the combination of spices and rich, sweet molasses, which seems to become more intense a day or two after baking (if, in fact, whatever I have baked lasts that long.) It’s fun to come up with new uses for gingerbread, other than the standard cut-out cookies and, well, gingerbread itself.  Over the years,

Hazelnut Apple Crisp Doughnuts

Hazelnut Apple Crisp Doughnuts

I’ve been thinking about doughnuts quite a bit, lately.  Doughnuts have always occupied at least a portion of my mind, but their territory has been rapidly expanding over the past few months. Throughout my pregnancy, I’ve been very lucky — no bouts with morning sickness, little fatigue and minimal aches and pains.  I also have not experienced any of the odd food combination cravings that you

Peach Shortcakes with Blueberry-Cornmeal Biscuits

Peach, Blueberry and Lemon Cornmeal Shortcakes

When I was growing up, we used to spend some time every summer in New Hampshire, right by crystal-clear Lake Sunapee.  In that area of the country, blueberries grow in abundance, so every morning before my brother and I started our trek down to the beach armed with towels and picnic lunches, my mom would task us with picking one pint each (which seemed like

A Little Announcement……

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My mom and dad thought it would never happen.  Most of our friends thought that it would never happen.  Even as recently as a few years ago, I’m not sure that Eric and I thought it would ever happen. Well, it is indeed happening.  Coming this October to the Las Vegas Hession household: a baby girl! At first, I said that I wasn’t going to

Heart Shaped Cinna-Monkey Pie Pops in Whole Wheat Crusts

Heart Shaped Cinna-Monkey Pie Pops in Whole Wheat Crusts

    So, yes…..It has been a few months–and a few major holidays–since my last post.  But I see no reason to dwell on that, especially when there are pie pops to discuss.  Agreed?  Good.  Onward! When I owned Julie Anne’s, a small bakery/cafe here in Las Vegas, we had a popular sandwich called the Cinna-Monkey on the children’s menu. It was on the children’s

Mummy Trick-or-Treater Maple Sugar Cookies

How to Decorate Adorable Mummy Sugar Cookies

So….. my second cookbook, 100 Best Decorated Cookies came out a few weeks ago (woo-hoo!), and I’m obviously a bit tardy posting about it on this blog.  Fall, 2013 has shaped up to be one heckuva busy season, and there is no sign of it slowing down any time soon.  I have become Starbucks’ best customer lately, although you wouldn’t know if since they still

Caramelized Apple Cupcakes with Spiced Cider Buttercream

Caramelized Apple Cupcakes with Spiced Cider Buttercream

For this post, I am going to take a cue from what is now being called “The Best Emmy Speech of All Time.”  Even if you didn’t watch the telecast (which was somewhat depressing–not only because of the excessive time spent remembering deceased celebrities but because neither Aaron Paul nor Bryan Cranston won awards for their work in “Breaking Bad”), you have likely seen footage