baking

Cinnamon Raisin Swirl Granola

Starting the day after Thanksgiving with a big bowl of homemade granola is really the only cure-all for an indulgent day of eating. This recipe isn’t totally healthy, it’s more of a gentle slope from straight sugar back to whole grain reality.  If you’re emerging from your food coma with a raging food-induced hangover like […]

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Graham Cracker Swirl Cheesecake

Every year, my work sends us home with a free turkey for Thanksgiving. We already have plans for Thanksgiving day and the two of us can’t hope to finish twelve pounds of poultry together, so we decided to throw a spur-of-the-moment dinner party.  Okay, it wasn’t just the turkey, we also were given some beautiful […]

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Southern Chocolate Chip Cookies

I’m quite sure that I’ve mentioned that I’m a morning baker. And a morning cleaner, laundry sorter, dog walker, reader, thinker, over-analyzer, etc. On this particularly frigid morning, I was working on my recipe for chocolate chip cookies. I wanted to make them “Southern.” I scoured the cupboards looking for Southern ingredients, which I spread […]

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Soft Sorghum Molasses Cookies

Warm cookies are always a treat, but this cookie recipe is something pretty special, if I do say so myself. I tried a few iterations of this cookie before I finally made all of the tweaks necessary to share this recipe. Sometimes this blogging hobby of mine is pretty wonderful.  These cookies taste like autumn, […]

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Pumpkin & Sorghum Molasses Muffins with Cinnamon Streusel Topping

During our honeymoon, we fell madly in love with each other an amazing sticky sorghum cake and cinnamon ice cream dessert from FIG in Charleston. The cake is served warm, topped with a thick molasses sauce and a scoop of creamy ice cream. The photo that I took of the dessert isn’t very good, but […]

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Pumpkin Spice Popovers

This might be the most controversial recipe I’ve posted. What I’ve done is a perfect Halloween week recipe: a dark, sinister twist on an aged, revered recipe. What’s so frightful? Well. I’ve sweetened popovers. If you haven’t fallen out of your seat, you might not have grown up with British-influenced food. A popover is the American […]

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Twisted S’Mores Cookies

I struggled with what to call this post. S’mores cookies is too bland, but maybe “twisted” sounds too nefarious for sweet little cookies. By “twisted,” all I mean is that I used chocolate brownie flavored marshmallows and Hershey’s Cookies and Cream candy bars (white chocolate with chocolate cookie bits).  Maybe “role reversal” cookies or “Paula […]

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Baked Pumpkin & Cherry Oatmeal

Happy Halloween Week from The Sparkle Kitchen!  From this week through the week after Thanksgiving (ish), it’s my happy obligation to find as many uses for pumpkin as possible. This truly is the most wonderful time of the year for me. I’ve got some creative musings on pumpkin to incorporate into breakfasts (like today’s recipe), […]

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{Crock Pot} Creamy Chicken & Spinach Soup with Pumpkin Biscuits

Feeling sick is the worst. “The worst,” however, can be mitigated. I’ve come down with something in the last couple of days, nothing big, but enough that I can’t breathe with my mouth closed and am definitely not the pretty little bride I was just the weekend before last!  Helping the situation:  1) My sweet […]

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Brown Sugar & Caramel Cookie Cups

*UPDATE*: this sweet little cookie was featured on Rachael Ray’s website! Check it out and follow The Sparkle Kitchen on Instagram! We take tailgating very seriously around here. From the menu to the decorations, we make sure that we do everything in our power to support the Razorbacks. The only thing that we can’t ensure […]

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