Soft Sugar Cookies

These soft, pillowy sugar cookies topped with royal icing and sprinkles are a festive holiday treat. My kids love to slather copious amounts of royal icing and sprinkles on these and leave them out for Santa and his reindeer. I think Saint Nick and his team really like these cookies because they always eat the…

Gingerbread Loaf

Sometimes I feel like I’m the only person in the world who actually likes gingerbread. I also genuinely love fruit cake… What’s not to like about the comforting combination of warm molasses, sweet cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and spicy ginger? It just screams Christmas to me. The scent of this bread baking makes the entire house…

Cranberry Trifle

This cranberry trifle is a show-stopper and made the December 2017 cover of Panoram Italia magazine. It’s a riff off a recipe I found in a grocery-store calendar from 1989 my mother had hidden in the bottom of a kitchen drawer. That recipe called for store-bought pound cake and vanilla pudding, which I have replaced…

Caramel Pecan Tart

I have been searching for the perfect pecan pie recipe for ages. After trying out countless recipes, I’ve come up with what I think is the perfect pecan tart. Most of the recipes I tested out used corn syrup — but not this one. I use maple syrup, brown sugar and salted butter to create…

Dark Chocolate, Hazelnut & Cranberry Cookies

Here is yet another version of The Best Chocolate Chip Cookie. In this re-invention of one of my most popular recipes, crunchy hazelnuts, smoky dark chocolate and tart cranberries take centre stage. These thick and chewy cookies will stay soft for days — as long as you don’t overbake them! Ingredients: 2/3 cup salted butter,…

Pumpkin Spice Bundt Cake

This recipe was shared with me by my friend and neighbour, Vanessa. We’ve lived a few houses away from each other on the same street for over a decade, but we didn’t meet until last year at our kids’ school bus stop. We hit it off right away; we’re the same age, we’ve got similar…

Vanilla Sheet Cake

I love sheet cakes…they’re easy to make, delicious and perfect for any celebration. This vanilla sheet cake has a tender crumb and a rich vanilla flavour. I like to finish it off with a whipped vanilla buttercream…sprinkles are optional but I definitely wouldn’t leave them out! Ingredients: 3 cups cake flour 1 1/2 cups sugar…

Halloween Candy Bar Cookies

Ever wondered what to do with all those leftover Halloween chocolate bars? Me neither. That’s never been a problem at our house. But I have often found myself in the mood for chocolate chip cookies but with no chocolate chips in my cupboard. Lucky for me, I’ve made a habit of picking most of the…

Apple Bread

Once the summer has run it’s course and there are no more zucchini left in the garden  for Our Favourite Zucchini Bread, it’s time to start baking with apples! This apple loaf cake is super easy to prepare and makes a great breakfast. I like to use a combo of whole wheat and all-purpose flours…

Cherry & Dark Chocolate Chunk Cookies

The sweet and tart flavour of dried cherries combines beautifully with smoky dark chocolate in these big and chewy oatmeal cookies. If you can’t find dried sour cherries, cranberries are a great substitute. I used 70% cocoa dark chocolate to make these cookies — but you can use any good quality dark chocolate in this…

Summer Strawberry Muffins

These simple muffins are bursting with sweet strawberry flavour. The addition of Greek yoghurt creates a super tender crumb, while a pinch of ground ginger adds a subtle bit of spice. The perfect way to use up all those delicious summer berries! Looking for more strawberry recipes? Check out my Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble and Strawberry…

Vanilla Cupcakes

These vanilla cupcakes are one of my favourites because they are so easy to make and very versatile. You can combine them with any flavour (or colour!!) of frosting and they’ll taste great! Since this is an oil-based recipe, these cupcakes will always turn out super tender and moist — and they’ll stay that way…