A new cookbook filled with sought-after recipes and tips by Francine Bryson

 

Calling all bakers!  Blue Ribbon Baking from a Redneck Kitchen is a cookbook you need to add to your collection right away (or put on your wish list for sure).  This cookbook is written by my very talented friend Francine Bryson.  She has won more than 200 local and national baking competitions and was the runner-up and crowd favorite on CBS’s The American Baking Competition last year.  Make sure to enter the giveaway at the bottom.

Francine has poured her heart and soul into this cookbook and I’m excited to share it with you.  This has been her lifelong dream and I’m so happy she’s living it to the fullest.  You go girl!  We met at the Great American Pie Festival earlier this year and have been counting down to her cookbook release ever since.

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A collection of 12 two-in-one-sweet treats from Simply Southern Baking.

 

After reviewing the Dessert Mash-Ups Cookbook, I realized I’ve made quite a few two-in-one creations myself.  It’s always fun to see what I can come up with by combining two sweet treats.   Sometimes I’ll be in the candy, cookie or cereal aisle when a new idea pops into my head.  Other times a recipe idea just comes out of the blue.   Case in point being the time I bought a bag of kettle corn and wondered what it would taste like in cookies…that idea turned out to be my amazing Kettle Corn Toffee Cookies.

Here are 12 Two-in-One Sweet Treats I’ve shared on Simply Southern Baking over the last few years.   Have you made any of these treats?  If not, which ones would be tops on your list to make?

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A collection of 15 flavorful recipes made with maple syrup.

 

One flavor that comes to mind for baking at this time of year is maple and especially where maple syrup is involved.  Some may only pull out maple syrup to pour on pancakes or waffles, but using it in recipes takes it to a whole other level.  Check out this collection of flavorful recipes from my blogging friends to see what I’m talking about.

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A new cookbook filled with scrumptious two-in-one sweet treats.

 

Attention Dessert Lovers!  Get ready to do a double take with Dessert Mash-Ups, a new cookbook written by Dorothy from Crazy for Crust.  This cookbook is filled with recipes for two desserts rolled into one tasty creation.  Dorothy has created over 50 two-in-one treats to serve morning to night.

Dorothy talks about putting two desserts together and says: “Standing in the candy aisle at the grocery store became a new adventure.  What could I make with Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups?  What could I make that tastes like Snickers? . . . It was like a challenge – a big, fun, sugary baking experiment.”  Now that sounds just like me!  We must be related somewhere along the line as I’m always thinking of what to add to a sweet treat to kick it up a notch.  Although we’ve never met, we’ve been online friends for some time now and share a love of sweets.  By the way, if you haven’t checked out Crazy for Crust, I suggest you head over there after entering this giveaway.  There are so many mouthwatering sweets on her blog that you won’t know what to make first.

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Flavorful orange and cinnamon spritz cookies with a dark chocolate drizzle. #OXOGoodCookies

Dark Chocolate Drizzled Orange Cinnamon Spritz Cookies #OXOGoodCookies

 

This is a very special post.   Why?  Because it’s for a great cause.  I’m proud to be baking a difference with OXO and food bloggers across the country this month by sharing a cookie recipe to benefit Cookies for Kids’ Cancer.  For each blog post dedicated to this campaign in September, OXO is donating $100 to the fight against childhood cancer.  That’s something to shout about!

Now about the recipe.  I’m generally a drop or bar cookie kind of baker, but I decided it was time to do something different for this campaign and make spritz cookies with the OXO Good Grips Cookie Press.  Would you believe in all my years of baking that I’ve never made them?  High time don’t you think?  Since chocolate and orange is such a flavorful combination in my book, I decided this would make a great spritz cookie.  In addition to a double punch of orange with the extract and fresh orange zest, a little cinnamon gives these cookies just the right spice.  Top them off with a dark chocolate drizzle and oh my goodness!

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