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Devilish Delights from Better Homes and Gardens Ultimate Cookie Book

As 2015 ends there is an opportunity to look back to a wonderful book from 2014. Better Homes and Gardens published the Ultimate Cookie Book, a volume you can spend years wandering through. Well, wandering, baking, and tasting. This cookie is described as the perfect gift for coffee lovers, so I think the intent was…

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Sourdough Coffee Cake from Maximum Flavor

    “I’m making this cake,” Suzen announced last Sunday morning. She had a book in her hands, cleverly hidden, and I was not shown the recipe. Three hours later I was presented with the dish in the top picture: a dense coffee cake with streusel topping and that wedge of something slicing down into…

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Coffee Shots from European Cookies

If you love cookies, if you love to bake, then Krisztina Maksai’s new book, European Cookies For Every Occasion, is a must have addition to your bookshelves. It’s brilliant, eye opening, and sure to transform the meaning of “cookie” for the rest of your life. I’m serious. The recipes are Eastern European and the cookies…

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Coffee-Walnut Layer Cake [Except I Used Pecans] from Retro Cakes and Cookies

    So darned good. I took one look at this cake, in Retro Cakes and Cookies by Wendy Sweetser, and I had to make it. Coffee flavor and nuts. Oh, this is an English recipe and they want walnuts. Suzen is not anti-English – she’d live in London – but she’s not a walnut…

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