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American Flag Cookie Cake

Baker Bettie 4th of July, Cakes, Cookies, Holidays 5 Comments

Make this American Flag Cookie Cake for your perfect 4th of July Celebration! The sugar cookie base is incredibly soft and fudgy and it is topped with a lemon frosting and fresh blueberries and raspberries. Since this cake is so easy to decorate, it is the perfect activity for kids and adults alike!  Oh, summer! Why are you so wonderful and so fleeting? I could live in your endless days and warm weather forever and ever! Mr.BB and I just got back from our little romantic summer getaway. It was so needed! We headed up north to a cabin on a small lake …

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Cherry Apple Pie

Baker Bettie 4th of July, Fruit Pies, Holidays, Pie, Sweets 3 Comments

  This article was originally published by me in the June 2014 Edition of VRAI Magazine. We claim pie in America as ours. And while the truth of the matter is that the origins aren’t really ours, pie feels classically American to us. I think it has to do with the way in which we’ve embraced it. We associate pie with good old fashioned cooking. Humble. Non pretentious. A dessert that anyone can relate to each other over. I don’t know what it is about pie that just feels very homey and comforting. A slice of pie feels like love. I …

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Caprese Profiteroles

Baker Bettie 4th of July, Appetizers, Holidays, Savory 9 Comments

Savory Caprese Profiteroles are the perfect two bite treat for your summer gathering! The shells are made out of black pepper studded pate a choux shells and they are filled with slices of tomato, fresh mozzarella, and basil!  I met my husband in 2009 and we’ve been together ever since. It was right at the start of the huge craze of internet dating sites and hookup apps. I feel lucky that I never had to do any of that. But to be 100% honest, sometimes I wish I could chime in with my crazy swiping stories when others share theirs. It is …

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Chocolate Raspberry Pavlova

Baker Bettie Cakes, Holidays, Sweets, Valentine's Day 5 Comments

A pavlova is a baked meringue dessert that is crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside. This chocolate raspberry pavlova takes this elegant dessert to a new level with chocolate meringue, whipped cream, fresh raspberry sauce, and chocolate ganache!  This article was originally written and published by me in the February 2015 Issue of VRAI Magazine.  My husband and I became friends a few months before we ever started dating. He was easy to be around and easy to talk to. We clicked almost immediately. Not necessarily in a way that made me know we were going to …

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Basic Shortbread Cookies

Baker Bettie Basic Recipes, Cookies, Holidays, Sweets, Valentine's Day 3 Comments

Basic shorbread cookies are one of the easiest cookies you can make! This old-fashioned recipe only calls for 5 ingredients and results in deliciously buttery and slightly sweet cookies! This dough can also be used as a tart crust or the base of a cheesecake!  Is it weird that shortbread cookies are my favorite kind of cookie? Of all the cookies in all the world, I  have yet to find a cookie that I enjoy more than good basic shortbread cookies. They are just so buttery and crumbly with just the right amount of sweetness. Just perfect. I made these …

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Basic Chocolate Truffle Recipe

Baker Bettie Baking Techniques, Basic Recipes, Candy, Holidays, Sweets, Valentine's Day 2 Comments

Learn how to make chocolate truffles with this very simple yet decadent basic chocolate truffle recipe! Truffles only call for 3 ingredients but always impress anyone you share them with! This article was originally published in the August 2014 Edition of VRAI Magazine. I hadn’t ever really considered what the transition would be like when I started my own family. And then one day it just hit me that it had already happened. There really wasn’t a transition at all. Just this fluid movement of blending my family and my husband’s family and then all of a sudden we were our own …

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Molten Chocolate Lava Cake

Baker Bettie Cakes, Holidays, Sweets, Valentine's Day 8 Comments

This recipe for molten chocolate lava cake is incredibly simple to put together and is so impressive once it comes out of the oven! Cut into the cakes while still hot and the center will flow with melted chocolate lava!  Molten chocolate lava cake, while sort of the cliche romantic dessert, just really never gets old. Jon Favreau reminded us of that in his impassioned rant in the movie “Chef.” Side bar, if you haven’t watched that movie, get to Netflix pronto. But let’s get real, warm chocolate cake with molten chocolate oozing out of the middle is possibly the …

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Best Make Ahead Breakfasts for Christmas Morning

Baker Bettie Christmas, Holidays 5 Comments

The best way to have a relaxing Christmas morning is to prep your breakfast the night before! I want to bring you some of my favorite make ahead breakfasts to help you be successful at a lazy Christmas morning! Tomorrow I am hopping on a plane and headed to Puerto Rico with the family I am a private chef for. We will be there for 8 days. I will definitely be working the whole time, but I am looking forward to some warm weather and relaxation during my off hours. It will be strange not celebrating Christmas with a lot …