Orange Creamsicle Cupcakes

Orange Creamsicle Cupcakes

I asked my husband what he’d like me to bake for his birthday. This is a guy who, for years, put on his résumé that he was “chief taster for Lola Cookies & Treats.” And he knows I’m adapting my bakery’s recipes for home use — so he...
S’Mores Cake (or Cupcakes)

S’Mores Cake (or Cupcakes)

A scratch-baked cake is much more than the sum of its ingredients. When you bake  — especially for friends and family — other things get mixed in: Memories and hopes, senses and emotions. We invest ourselves in these cakes. This lovely S’Mores cake: What’s...
Belgian Fudge Brownies

Belgian Fudge Brownies

Life is hard. Work is hard. School is hard. Parenthood is very cussing hard. How to take the edge off? Many opt for alcohol — but that has issues of its own. Chocolate is a better idea. Did you know that drinking chocolate was promoted as a wholesome substitute for...
Zucchini Bread

Zucchini Bread

Zucchini Bread is not about zucchini, and isn’t really bread: Discuss. My kind of exam question! OK, so technically it is bread — a quick bread, which means it’s leavened without yeast. But it’s even more cake: Sweet and spice and just yum. Bake it...
Raspberry Pops

Raspberry Pops

I can read your mind. You want something cool and refreshing — a sweet treat that makes you feel like a kid. But you also feel a bit guilty, because you want to be healthy. Oh, you’re going to love these. Raspberry pops are extremely easy to make, and...
Strawberry Cupcakes

Strawberry Cupcakes

It’s the peak of Virginia’s strawberry season — a very sweet spot — and I am basking in the glory of our local farmers’ markets. Leesburg in particular has a great market: A pleasure to shop at, and also where my bakery business got its start!...
Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Chip Cookies

For me, every day is Chocolate Chip Cookie Day: I may be more addicted to them than anyone on the planet. It’s fitting that I come from Massachusetts, where chocolate chip cookies were invented by a brilliant baker and businesswoman. Massachusetts eventually...
Better-Than-Fudgsicles Pops

Better-Than-Fudgsicles Pops

It is already in the high 80′s here in Northern Virginia. We get every kind of weather here! Over the just-past winter, we had so much snow and cold, I felt like I was back in New England. Remember how they shut schools and even cancelled exams over it? As soon...
M&M Cookies

M&M Cookies

It’s time to start talking about cookies. So here’s a popular one (one of our best-sellers from the bakery) and an easy one. Fun because they are colorful, M&M cookies appeal to everyone. Just watch someone light up when you hand them one of these...
Whole Wheat Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

Whole Wheat Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

These muffins are the the exact recipe we used at our bakery for years and sold at the farmers market on Saturdays. On the days we baked them, the bakery staff would put in dibs to see who could get any extras sometimes before they were even out of the oven because...
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