Dark Chocolate Mint Chip Cookies

By dark chocolate, I mean really dark—and not just because of the chips. Adapted from a recipe on the back of the Nestlé Toll House Dark Chocolate & Mint Morsels bag, this concoction has added coffee and less sugar, giving the cookies a deep chocolate flavor suitable for cacao aficionados. Indeed, I thought these [click headline for more — or photo in Facebook]

Coffee Toffee Chocolate Chip Cookies

There’s just a hint of coffee in these cookies, and the toffee comes from a delectable combination of the first two ingredients: butter and brown sugar. The result is an irresistibly chewy cookie packed with a scrumptious combination of chocolate, coffee and almond meal.

As for their appearance, what they lack in attractiveness they [click headline for more — or photo in Facebook]

Orange “Cream” Scones

Subtly sweet with a hint of orange, these scones are at their best when paired with a hot drink. Given their UK heritage, tea seems most appropriate, though this variety is not particularly dainty. Indeed, these are probably better suited for a farmhouse bed and breakfast than an old-fashioned drawing room. Dense and hearty, [click headline for more — or photo in Facebook]

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 Pancakes

I love it when our kids have already downed a serving of whole grains and vegetables by the time breakfast is over. Just one ounce of sweet potato contains a gram of protein and more than 100% of the DV for Vitamin A. It’s also a good source of vitamin C and dietary fiber. [click headline for more — or photo in Facebook]

Strawberry Banana Ice Pops

Given the recent bout of tropical weather here in Michigan, it seemed appropriate to play around with a few frozen pop recipes. Here are the results of round one. They’re not a hit with the kids, who don’t seem to like anything with frozen strawberries. (What’s up with that? Who doesn’t like strawberry pops?!) [click headline for more — or photo in Facebook]

Blueberry Mango Muffins

I’ve been using mangoes in smoothies a lot this summer. Seeing one on the fridge shelf next to some fresh blueberries made me think it was time to run some baking experiments, despite the heat wave we’ve had in Michigan this month. (Without central air, we tend to opt for oven-free options in July [click headline for more — or photo in Facebook]

Cinnamon Raisin Bagels

My favorite bagels are those with unique flavors, such as cherry, Asiago or peanut butter, which explains why we came up with the recipes we’ve chosen to run so far. For the sake of people who prefer more traditional fare, Matt wanted to create a homemade, whole grain version of the time-honored bagel flavor [click headline for more — or photo in Facebook]

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