Scottish Canadian Maple Shortbread

I’m pretty darn proud of my Scottish heritage. It allows me to love plaid, defend haggis an an actual food item, and sincerely enjoy the sound of the wailing bagpipes. It has led me to half a dozen or so years of highland dance lessons, and on two summer (could have fooled me…) trips to Scotland. I feel it also adds a bit of fuel to my love for shortbread. Ah, shortbread.

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Deadly Double Chocolate Caramel Cookies

Double chocolate chip cookies are often so disappointing. You always come into them with very high hopes. They’re always deep and dark—practically black—and just promising deliciously rich chocolate delight. And then… they unusually aren’t. And it’s sad. There are, of course, exceptions to this rule (oddly enough, Subway is one…). These cookies are definitely one of those exceptions, and as a bonus, they do not require you to take yourself to a sandwich shop that smells almost-but-not-quite like real freshly baked bread. Also, you can have as many as you like without pretending you’re getting cookies for 15 people and/or worrying about getting a curiously disgusted look from your teenage cashier.

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Pecans in Spiced Caramel

I’ve been making these delicious pecans for so long that I can’t believe I’ve never shared them here before. I was waxing poetic about them to a friend, and they asked (likely a bit humorously) if the recipe was on my blog. I had to say it wasn’t. Well, it’s about time to remedy that, and what better time than Christmas, as these tasty nuts are so good on salads and desserts?

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The Best Chocolate Cake You Will Ever Have

It probably won’t surprise you to hear that I am the person in charge of birthday baking at my office. We’re a small company, and after I learned that sub-par grocery store cakes were the standard for employee birthdays, I hijacked the responsibility. Nobody has complained so far. Quite the opposite, in fact.

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This cake has kind of made me famous. Well, as famous as you can be in a company of less than 20 people. This is the cake that everyone gets excited about. They hyperventilate a little, or gasp, or hug me, and I can watch their eyes grow large, like I just told a kid that tomorrow is surprise Christmas. I am not exaggerating, this cake really is that good.

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Whole Wheat Irish Soda Bread

I know it’s not St. Patrick’s Day anytime soon (quite the opposite, in fact), but I couldn’t wait to share this recipe with you. I’d never made soda bread before this past St. Patrick’s Day, and after having this, I can’t fathom why not! It’s so easy and delicious, like a gigantic savoury scone that’s fantastic with eggs, cheese, and butter. Yum yum yum.

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Grandma Arden’s Butter Tarts

These are my dad’s favourite treat. They’re quintessentially Canadian, ooey, gooey, sweet, and delicious. You can make them with nuts or without, though the raisins are rather required (someday I will get around to switching them out for something like currants or dried blueberries and see how that works. I suspect it will be delicious.).

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