Category Archives: Baking with Booze

Pecan Brown Sugar Cookies: A Nod to the King Cake

A few Februaries ago, we received an unusual delivery at the office: a giant, ring-shaped cake opulently decorated with both icing and colored sugar (yellow, green, and purple). On the side, there were a few strands of Mardi Gras beads … Continue reading

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Rustic Almond Apple Cake with sherry and rosemary

At a Spanish restaurant not long ago, the most delicious dessert (of the many I tried) was surprisingly simple: creamy vanilla ice cream with sherry poured over the top. The sherry was so fragrant, caramely and warming, I knew it … Continue reading

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Raspberry Poppy Seed Meringues, laced with liqueur

By day, I’m an office lady for a group of lively humanities departments. It’s a privilege to get to work with such a talented and diverse bunch, and I like knowing I’m supporting a vital but undervalued part of education. … Continue reading

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Caramelized Kumquat Cake with Whiskey and Mascarpone

I was lucky to grow up on a street lined with houses full of kids near my age. We spent countless evenings playing outside until dinnertime: taking turns frolicking on one another’s lawns, making necklaces out of wildflowers, and chasing … Continue reading

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Juniper Gin Cookies with lime zest and vanilla bean

Even though the holiday season can seem to smother us with cookies, their high time never ends in my orbit (it’s cookies all year around here!). For a long time, I’ve wanted to create a bright and buzzy cookie as … Continue reading

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Whiskey Fig Browned Butter Bars

I’ve always felt that a good, ripe fig is like a little scoop of jam in its own bite-sized pouch. So when fig season arrives, I enjoy lots of them unadorned and I gleefully accept their sweetness as a timely … Continue reading

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Aperol Spritz Cupcakes: Sweet, Sour, Scrumptious

Last summer I had the privilege of making cupcakes for the wedding of a wonderful couple. The whole process was a joy for me, from the moment the bride asked me in her lovely demeanor, to my merry hours of … Continue reading

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