Lemon Loaf

I often find myself craving citrus-flavoured foods at this time of year. This simple loaf cake is very moist and has a bright, lemony flavour because it incorporates fresh lemon juice, lemon zest and lemon extract. I like to up the citrus flavour of this cake by drizzling it with a lemon-sugar glaze, but you…

Boozy Balls

Now that you’ve stopped giggling at the title of this recipe, these are a great way to add a little boozy bite to your New Year’s sweet table. These are basically slightly underbaked brownies that are broken up into pieces and mixed with your favourite liqueur. One third of a cup of liqueur is the…

Pan di Spagna

Nearly every Italian family has a tried and true pan di spagna (sponge cake) recipe that’s been handed down and passed around. Some call it ciambella or ciambellone. I’ve tried many different pan di spagna recipes over the years and none comes close to the one my husband’s Zia Antonietta shared with me. It’s as…

Rolled Sugar Cookies

It’s become a tradition in our family to get all the kids together before Christmas Eve to decorate cookies for Santa. They love smearing the royal icing on the cookies and getting creative. Not gonna lie…the kids eat most of the royal icing before it gets to the cookies, they almost always use way too…

Croccante Americano (aka Peanut Brittle)

Croccante is Italy’s version of nut brittle. It’s a holiday treat many of our mothers, nonnas and zias typically made with almonds. A few years back, I discovered a recipe for croccante americano — aka peanut brittle — that is highly addictive and made even more delicious by a light sprinkling of sea salt as…

Almond Biscotti

Biscotti are the ideal holiday cookies because they can be made well-ahead of time and freeze beautifully. I have been making these almond biscotti for years; they are crunchy, filled with roasted almonds and not too sweet. What’s great about this recipe is that you can easily change-up the flavour by replacing the almonds with…

Cranberry, Orange & White Chocolate Chip Cookies

Cranberries are one of my favourite ingredients to bake with during the holidays because of the tart flavour and festive pop of colour they add to baked goodies. These drop cookies are a great make-ahead holiday treat because you can freeze the unbaked balls of dough and just pop them into the oven when you…

Pumpkin Spice Muffins

In a desperate attempt to recreate the Autumn Spice muffins from Tim Horton’s, I have come up with this recipe.  I know the best part of the Tim’s muffin is the sweet cream cheese filling…I haven’t quite figured out how to make that happen without the filling melting into the muffins as they bake and…

Oatmeal Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies

Everyone needs a solid peanut butter cookie recipe in their baking arsenal and this is my favourite. The inspiration for these sandwich cookies are those delicious-looking Little Debbie Oatmeal Creme Pies my mom would never let us get at the grocery store when we were kids. We weren’t allowed to have Kool-Aid either. To create these…