Brown Sugar Coated Pecans

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We went to Costco today. Every single time I go there I feel like a kid in a candy store, I want everything. But in smaller sizes. Everything is so big, huge bags, huge boxes, but everything looks so good. I have to practice a lot of self control because there's only 2 of us. But one thing I love to buy at Costco is their pecans. I love pecans. Pecans are good for you, full of health benefits. They're rich source of energy and full of antioxidants and vitamins. But most of all they are pretty … [Read more...]

Better Than Sex Cake

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I have a naughty cake for you! Well the name is naughty but the cake is crazy awesome! When Penny, a reader, sent me this recipe I just knew I had to make it. How could I not? With a name like better than sex cake, I knew I had to make it and see how it would compare to sex in a pan. I just had to, cause that's just how I roll! So I did, and although I'm giving you the full recipe here, don't pay attention to my 8x8 glass pan you see in the picture because the hand model told me to only … [Read more...]

Healthy Whole Wheat Banana Nut Bread

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Happy New Year my friends! To start off the new year right, I'm giving you a favorite recipe of mine, a healthy whole wheat banana nut bread, that most of us make often because we always have some extra ripe bananas on hand. I tweaked this recipe quite a bit to turn it into a very healthy and good for you banana bread. I made some wonderful substitutions and got rid of the oil and replaced it with apple sauce, replaced some of the white flour with whole wheat flour and cut down on the sugar … [Read more...]

Day 12: Pistachio Baklava

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Welcome to day 12 of 12 days of Christmas! I think I've saved the best for last. I know it's not a cookie recipe, but it's one of my favorites, pistachio baklava. I love all baklava, but pistachio is my favorite. There's just something about pistachios, they are my favorite nuts. Maybe it's the saltiness that I like so much but I could snack on them all the time. You can find them at Costco a lot cheaper than in most other stores. Trust me I know, we were looking for them … [Read more...]

Day 11: Chai Chocolate Chip Biscotti

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Welcome to day 11 of 12 days of Christmas! I'd like to apologize in advance for anything stupid I may say in this post, but I had a glass of white wine and I'm a very cheap drunk. But the good news is, my baking mania is almost over, 1 day left and I sure hope you guys have tried making some if not all of these cookies. Now there are only 3 shopping days left, not counting Christmas eve here, and I sure hope you guys are done your shopping because it's crazy out there, it's a mad … [Read more...]

Day 10: English Thumbprint Cookies

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Welcome to day 10 of 12 days of Christmas! Yes, I'm still making cookies. Only a few days left until Christmas so I am taking advantage of this. I love these cookies. They are so gorgeous and so delicious. I make them for every holiday and then some. They are so much fun to make, well if you enjoy baking, and let me not mention how much I love to taste them. These cookies are a staple at my house for the holidays and everybody just loves them. I just realized that a lot of the stuff I've … [Read more...]

Day 5: Pretzel Turtles

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Welcome to Day 5 of 12 days of Christmas! First of all I don't usually make pretzel treats, but when I saw these I knew these were for my husband as his favorite chocolate are turtles. I knew this was meant to be. I know it's not really a cookie for my 12 days of cookies but it's close enough, it's a sweet treat, therefore it qualifies. Recently I've come to a conclusion. I love dark chocolate more than milk chocolate which is not a bad thing because dark chocolate is healthier for … [Read more...]

Day 2: Chocolate Pecan Snowballs

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12 days of Christmas continues at Jo Cooks with day 2 featuring my favorite Christmas cookies, these delicious chocolate pecan snowballs. I thought it was only fair that today I share with you my favorite when yesterday I shared my husband's favorite cookies. Let me start by saying these cookies I'm sharing the recipes with you here are extremely popular. I wouldn't share them if they didn't pass the taste test. I took a big container of all the cookies I made to work and they were all gone … [Read more...]

Sticky Buns

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When I was 14 years old I used to work in a bakery, probably told you this before, this was my first job ever. But one of my favorite things to eat there, because we could pretty much eat whatever we wanted, were these ooey gooey sticky buns. It was one of the most popular items there and whenever they were available they would sell pretty fast. Boy, were they ever good, your fingers would get all sticky and messy but it was so worth it. This is why I love sticky buns. I don't make them … [Read more...]

Pumpkin Sweet Rolls with Cranberries, Pecans and Caramel Cream Cheese Icing

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That's a mouthful, eh? No pun intended! I just felt that I needed to get pretty much all the ingredients listed in the title of these rolls, because it is very important. It's very important for you to realize all the good things in these rolls. Lots of great and delicious ingredients. These would be perfect for Thanksgiving morning. Don't look at me that way, Thanksgiving here in Canada is only a month away. I know it's a little over a couple months for Thanksgiving in the US but you know … [Read more...]

Goat Cheesecake with Figs, Pecans and Honey

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Did I ever tell you I hate Mondays? Well I do! It's all about waking up early in the morning after sleeping in on the weekend. I keep pressing that snooze button but I know that if I press it one more time I'll be late for work. I guess this is what happens after having a great weekend, you don't want it to end. And a great weekend I had. Part of this great weekend was making this gorgeous cake. Isn't it pretty? It's adorable I know. Now I love a good cheesecake and this cheesecake  is … [Read more...]

Fig Tart with Pecans and Goat Cheese

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Every summer, I can't wait for the time when I see fresh figs at the grocery store or at the farmer's market. This past weekend I was lucky enough and found them. I found these beautiful green figs and I just knew I had to buy a box. These figs are absolutely delicious, they're so sweet and amazing, they melt in your mouth. I just knew I had to make a tart with them. This tart has all my favorite ingredients. Fresh figs with pecans, goat cheese and a drizzle of honey. It is unbelievable. It's … [Read more...]