Category: Treats

Lee’s Chunky Applesauce

Chunky applesauce

I bought a few Gala apples at the end of the summer that tasted kind of flat and flavorless so I just left them in the fridge, planning to turn them into pie or turnovers at some point.  Weeks later, craving something sweet and easy to make, I decided to turn my flavorless apples into

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Spiced Tea Cakes

close-up photo of a pyramid of spiced tea cakes cookies surrounded by powdered sugar on a turquoise IKEA FÄRGRIK 8-inch side plate on a wooden surface

Usually called Russian Tea Cakes, these crumbly cookie balls are a delightful little bite to enjoy with tea. My favorite tea is masala chai, so I couldn’t resist replacing the customary vanilla extract with chai spice in these late afternoon treats. Their small size and resemblance to snowballs also make them ideal to serve as

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Hot Chocolate

close-up photo of hot chocolate in white mug on wooden surface

I’m not sure why packets of hot chocolate mix contain so many ingredients, when a rich and creamy hot chocolate can be easily made at home with just three. Leave that Alpine lady up in the slopes and warm up against winter’s chill using my no-measure method. [Don’t worry, I’ve included precise measurements as well,

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Spiced Pumpkin Bread

close-up top-down photo of two slices of spiced pumpkin bread cut away from the loaf on a wooden surface

This is my go-to dish for autumn potlucks. I almost always bring this to Thanksgiving or Halloween-themed office parties and Fall Festival school bake sales. This is by design; originally, I was not really a fan of pumpkin, but sought to learn a recipe with this flavor, to contribute something fitting for the season. But

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Shortbread

close-up photo of four pieces of shortbread on a small cobalt blue plate on a wooden surface

A proper shortbread adheres to a strict 3:2:1 weight ratio–3 parts flour, 2 parts butter, and 1 part sugar. I’ve included volume measurements too, but—to be honest—I’ve never used them. (I’m a stickler for precision.) If you ever needed a reason to buy a kitchen scale, this recipe would be it. The subtle sweet and

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