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…

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…

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…

Lemon & White Chocolate Chip Cookies

Lemon and white chocolate is a luscious combination. These cookies have a delicate lemon flavour that pairs really well with the creamy taste and texture of white chocolate chips. I like to use lemon extract in this recipe instead of fresh lemon juice because I don’t want the sourness of the juice to overpower the…

No-Bake Cheesecake

Making cheesecake has always intimidated me. That’s because traditional baked versions of this dessert require baking the cake in a water bath. That seems complicated to me and something I’m sure to mess up. But a no-bake cheesecake I can totally get behind — and I’ve yet to mess up this recipe so it’s certifiably…

Healthy(er) Peanut Butter & Banana Muffins

One of the baking questions I get asked the most, by far, is how to cut the fat and sugar from baked goods and still get a decent-tasting treat. Not gonna lie, I am not a huge fan of fat-free baked goods, mainly because they are usually quite dry and taste, for the most part,…

Strawberry Cake Mix Cookies

Cake mix cookies are awesome because they are so easy to make and your cookies will always turn out soft and tender. Some purists believe that if you are using cake mix it’s not really baking — but I totally disagree. I think if a recipe requires you to turn on your oven and pull…