brown sugar cookies with strawberries & cream

April 17, 2014

Sweet strawberries dipped in brown sugar were a favorite childhood snack of mine. I’ve translated the duo to cookie form, creating an effortless treat that happens to be pretty enough for a spring party. The Soft Batch-style brown sugar cookies make an incredibly tender pillow ...

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roasted strawberry skillet cake

March 27, 2014

I was so excited to see the first local strawberry stand open this week that I couldn’t resist buying a box of perfectly red berries. My enthusiasm was a bit premature, however – one bite revealed that while the fruit signaled spring, the flavor was ...

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jam pinwheel cookies

December 11, 2013

Apparently this week is unofficially cookie week! Cookies are everywhere: Pinterest, Instagram, and featured on all my must-read blogs. I’m jumping on the trend – if there was ever a time for cookies, it’s now. These slice-and-bake pinwheel cookies are easy to make ahead and ...

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crunchy cinnamon-berry coffeecake

July 18, 2013

I’m happy to share another Red Star Yeast recipe with you today. This coffeecake reminds me of a rich yeast bread topped with buttery almond crumbs and sweet summer berries. Red Star PLATINUM yeast gives the sweet bread a soft and springy texture, and though ...

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strawberry lemonade bars

June 20, 2013

One of the best parts of summer are the long and lingering days. I’ve been walking (or attempting to run) most evenings after dinner, timing my workouts to coincide with fiery sunsets (confession time: my iPod shuffle is filled with The Black Eyed Peas and ...

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strawberries & cream macarons

June 6, 2013

Once you begin making macarons, the sandwich cookies quickly become addictive. After a successful first round (see my tips here), I decided to try a flavored version. Freeze dried strawberries (available at Trader Joe’s or online) give the shells an intense strawberry essence without changing ...

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strawberry-basil popsicles

May 23, 2013

Here’s a fast and fresh popsicle for you as we head into Memorial Day weekend. Strawberries and basil make a mouth-watering crostini topping; the duo works wonderfully in popsicles too! Sweet strawberry is the predominant flavor of these bright and bold pops while fresh basil ...

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chocolate-strawberry cupcakes

May 6, 2013

Cupcakes are infinitely more fun with a surprise filling, don’t you agree? I layered my rich devil’s food chocolate batter with strawberry jam for a sweet and jammy center that evokes memories of carefree moments spent savoring life’s sweetness. Pink buttercream swirls make these chocolate-strawberry ...