“Boy Version” Coconut Dream Bars, Recipe

First thing this morning, while the coffee was brewing, I was cutting the parchment for these cookies. They’re also known as Hawaiian Dream Bars* in my family, another of my mother’s favorites. I didn’t put butterscotch chips in these, so the coconut is the star. If you’re wondering why I’ve provided them a gender-defining name, … More “Boy Version” Coconut Dream Bars, Recipe

And today … Royal Velvet Lavender Caramels in the pan

Yep, it was the lavender sugar in the jar, infused since St. Patrick’s day and ready for cookies or caramels for the Christmas goody tins, made the answer to the question — what kind of caramels this year? — easy. Lavender is most definitely one of those yes-please or no-thank-you flavors, and for several people … More And today … Royal Velvet Lavender Caramels in the pan

Christmas goody making begins with Fudge 1 and Fudge 2

I thought that there’d only be peanut butter fudge made today, but an early start followed by a cleaned and warmed 4-quart pot felt very much like a do-it-now while the pot, spoon and scraper are out. Next, a whole lot of cutting wax paper and wrapping before the fudges join some cookies next week … More Christmas goody making begins with Fudge 1 and Fudge 2

Product Review: Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Covered Peppermint Cremes

I had to go to my local Trader Joe’s again today to pick up one of their dark Belgian chocolate Pound Plus bars because somebody had bought every one of them in stock when I went in store yesterday and there was another box due last night. (There was still plenty of the other four … More Product Review: Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Covered Peppermint Cremes

Big Pan Frosted Dark Chocolate Peppermint Bark Brownies

Leftovers. There was maybe a cup and a half of leftover Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting from recent big batch made to frost Dutch Potato Cake. There was a pinch more than eight ounces left in a tin of Brown & Haley’s Dark Chocolate Peppermint Bark, two ounces of which were used in a chewy yet … More Big Pan Frosted Dark Chocolate Peppermint Bark Brownies