Contributions by nikki



Nothing tastes (or smells!) more perfect around the holidays than homemade mulled apple cider. It’s warm and sweet, but is also infused with special spices and flavors that make it potent and irresistible. Best of all, it couldn’t be easier to make. Read on for a classic mulled apple cider recipe. Keep in mind that […]

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Salted Caramel is a dessert trend that will continue to go strong for years and years. From cupcakes to hot chocolate, Salted Caramel is perfect in everything! One of our favorite applications of this flavor profile is a simple Salted Caramel Buttercream. It’s a little more complicated to make than standard American buttercream, but it’s […]

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We absolutely love apple season, whether it’s picking apples, apple pie, applesauce, apple butter….Well, you get the picture. It’s one of our favorite times of the year! But with all of these wonderful treats, there’s one that many call their absolute favorite – the apple fritter! Now, we all know the classic shape of the […]

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Summer’s reaching its end, which means once again it’s time for new boxes of freshly sharpened pencils, folders, backpacks, and lunch bags! And what sweeter way to celebrate the new school year than with charming Chalkboard Cookies? These adorable sugar cookies are sure to help ease those back-to-school blues! – 1 batch of rectangular-cut sugar […]

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Watermelon is the perfect summer treat: cool, refreshing, and just bursting with bright summer flavors. And on those hot summer days, this Watermelon Lemonade Granita is sure to hit the spot!  Granita is like a cross between a slushie and a sorbet, but made with real fruit, and it doesn’t require any special equipment to make! It’s a […]

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The Fourth of July is a celebration that’s absolutely packed with summer nostalgia, family, and watching firework shows from out on the lawn. But why stop there? This year, take these Firecracker Cutout Cookies to the patriotic celebration for a fun spin on a classic Fourth of July pastime. FIRECRACKER CUTOUT COOKIES FIRECRACKER CUTOUT COOKIES […]

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Sometimes, you just want something that’s easy and tastes great.  You don’t want fancy layers. You just want a simple sheet cake.  Sometimes, a family favorite like carrot cake fits the bill just perfectly. We know what you’re thinking. What makes this carrot cake so special? Well, it’s a tried and true recipe. It’s been […]

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Classic Lemon Bar Recipe

You might associate lemons with sultry summer days and tall glasses of lemonade, but here in the southwest, we know that lemons are actually in season in the first few months of the year.  Why not take advantage of in-season produce and bring a little extra sunshine into your life with the vibrant flavor of […]

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Malted Pretzel Peanut Crunch

We’re thrilled to share this amazing salty-sweet snack with you today. It’s incredibly easy to make and impossible to resist. There’s something magical that happens during the 75 minutes it takes to bake in the oven.  A few simple ingredients turn into the most wonderful snack.  The malt powder adds an incredible depth of flavor […]

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Salted Caramel and Chocolate Shortbread Hearts

Nikki from Tikkido here today to bring you a recipe sure to melt your heart–Salted Caramel and Chocolate Shortbread Hearts.  Think Twix bar.  But these are homemade, and I guarantee these are yummier.  And with a kiss of salt to balance out the rich, buttery, sweet goodness of the shortbread and caramel, these cookies might […]

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Elegant Impressive Doboschtorte Recipe

Hi everyone! Nikki from Tikkido here with a real show-stopper of a dessert: the Doboschtorte. This Viennese confection is rather involved, but holy cow is it delicious! This incredibly decadent dessert is perfect for a party. With a pound and a half of butter and 12 eggs, this cake so rich that guests won’t be tempted to go […]

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Raspberry Fool Recipe

It’s Nikki from Tikkido here again, and this time with a seriously simple dessert. It’s called a Raspberry Fool, and it’s a gorgeous pink color. And if that’s not enough to tempt you, it’s insanely easy to make and absolutely delicious! A quick note on Instant Clear Gel: I have a lifetime-and-then-some supply from an Amish grocery store […]

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How to Make Peppermint Swirl Cupcakes

Hello! It’s Nikki from Tikkido, here show you two easy ways to make extra-fancy looking peppermint swirl cupcakes. A chocolate cupcake alone is great, but topped with swirly-twirly red and white peppermint spirals? That’s my idea of holiday heaven! What I love about these techniques is that they look so involved, but are so incredibly easy […]

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Pumpkin Cookies with Cream Cheese Icing

The sweet flavors of fall are hitting kitchens all over the world. We’re ready to get to our fall baking! The flavors of pumpkin and maple are calling our names, and Nikki from Tikkido is ready to share one of her favorite fall recipes. Here is what Nikki has to say: I absolutely love an […]

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