Key Lime Pie Biscotti

It’s mid-winter here in Michigan, and we have the snow to prove it. This recipe features a tropical flair reminiscent of warmer, sunnier climes. Offset by the creamy sweetness of white chocolate morsels, key lime delivers a bright burst of flavor to these cookies, which I recommend devouring any time of year. (Right now, [click headline for more — or photo in Facebook]

Sweet Potato Coffee Cake

This coffee cake presents a fantastic way to “sneak” vegetables, fruit, fiber and whole grains into your day. Though tempting for breakfast, I recommend saving it for dessert or a special treat because of its sugar content.

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Cranberry Butternut Scones

Though I’m referring to these as scones—indeed, they require that butter be cut into the dry ingredients like traditional scones—I must admit that they seem to be closely related to muffins. That’s because they are a little more sweet and moist than what you might expect from conventional scones. In this case, the moisture [click headline for more — or photo in Facebook]

Devilishly-Dark Chocolate Tea Bread

Though this looks like bread at first, it transforms into a decadent dessert once served. Its unusual ingredients boost moisture while providing a healthy dose of vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants that you’d never expect from such an exotic-tasting treat. Give it a whirl, and you’ll soon have friends and family asking for more.

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Cherry Almond Pull Aparts

Fresh out of the oven—before and after inverting onto plate

This is a new holiday favorite. While containing less butter and sugar than most of its peers, we try to save this recipe for special occasions because it has more of both than our typical breakfast breads. We’ve had variations of it for [click headline for more — or photo in Facebook]

Tender Tomato Rolls

Matt created this recipe by combining my Easy Cheese Brioche with his Hearty Pizza Bread. Such experiments often require multiple tests, but this time he hit a home run on the first attempt, creating an incredibly delicate roll that is excellent on its own but even better stuffed with cheese.

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Soft Sourdough Pretzels

Most of the sourdough bagel recipes I’ve found online use metric measurements. Rather than experiment with one of those, Matt decided to create his own. In the end, he opted for pretzels instead of bagels, and we’re glad he did. It’s great to be able to bake this whole-grain snack at home.

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Mint Mocha Brownie Bites

This recipe is loosely based upon one I found on a package of Nestlé Dark Chocolate & Mint Morsels. It has taken several attempts to perfect the cooking times and substitutions, but I think you’ll find the end result to be an irresistible blend of coffee, chocolate and mint. Like biscotti, these make great gifts—if [click headline for more — or photo in Facebook]

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