Maui Macadamia Shortbread Cookies

Macadamia Shortbread Cookies

I asked my parents what treats they’d like me to whip up one Friday, since I was coming home that weekend (I live about 3 hours away from them). They know better than to just say “whatever you make is fine” and gave me some perfect requests. “Something shortbread-ish or muffins” was Mom’s request and “something to go with Hawaiian coffee” was Dad’s request. I honestly love these kind of requests. They’re vague enough where I can play around in the kitchen a bit but specific enough to narrow my experiments. Mom and Dad eat pretty healthy and love homemade treats. We had all been to Maui in January, so these cookies were a hit!

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Red Velvet Cupcakes

Red Velvet Cupcakes

I had never made anything red velvet-flavored before these cupcakes. It’s not a flavor that anyone in my family asks for, but my husband’s aunt and cousin love it, so I made these for them. Anything with cream cheese frosting is a winner, but the flavor of red velvet is still kind of a mystery to me. It’s like it’s in between chocolate and vanilla somehow.

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