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Kickin’ Carrot Cake

My husband loves carrot cake but I never make it. Well...He was giving me grief the other day and I realized I have no good reason for why I haven't. Macarons are much more challenging than this so I figured what have I been waiting for. A little "elbow grease" and they practically put themselves in the oven.
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Cinnabon Macaron

I love Cinnabons. Every trip to the MOA (Mall of America) always involved a Cinnabon. Unfortunately I don't live in the area anymore. I've also developed quite the taste for macarons the past year. So I though hey why not mix my two favorite desserts!
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Enticingly Chewy Bourbon Pecan Cookies

I love making bourbon pecan pie on Thanksgiving. My husband and his family are big fans of that pie. The amount of corn syrup in that recipe is overwhelming. So to help my family enjoy the same flavor with less sugar I've developed this cookie recipe.
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Basic Macaron Tools

Macarons are known to be difficult. I've made a few batches now and I don't agree with that statement. Maybe when they were wholly made by hand, but with the tools I'm using my biggest struggles have simply been coming up with winning flavor combinations. And really that's the fun part so I'm not complaining!
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Hot Chocolate Milk Stout S’mores Macarons

This is another wonderful macaron recipe. It's the perfect way to introduce your kids to the macaron cookie to elevate your usual backyard snack. If you're feeling particularly ambitious take this cookie to the next level by carefully toasting the marshmallow filling!
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Bourbon Pecan Macarons

I have recently fallen in LOVE with macarons and the whole process of baking them. These are a mashup of my husband's favorite bourbon pecan cookie recipe and my macaron obsession. These are so good, maybe you should make a double batch just to be safe...
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Banana Bread

I searched all over and couldn't find a recipe I loved to use up all of the egg yolks I have been wasting while making my macarons...there's only so much homemade mayo a girl need.

Well, hello there!

I’m Chaka. I'm so excited you're here. I'm a baking enthusiast mother of three working to rediscover my style. I’m loving motherhood and homeownership. Make beautiful things with my own two hands is very satisfying.

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