Candy Corn Krispie Treats

Halloween, not exactly one of my favorite holidays. It never has been. Well, except for the flood of fun-sized packets of Skittles, Starbursts and Sweetarts. Yes, I have a very real addiction to fruity-flavored confections that begin with an S. There are a couple of other things that I really love about this time of…

Molasses Ginger Crisps

What do you do when you’ve got four strangers replacing six windows in your house? If you’re like me, you bake cookies. Lots of cookies. Three months after The Great Hail Storm of Independence Day, we finally got our broken windows replaced. I kept my self busy baking Molasses Ginger Crisps while the guys got…

Snickerdoodle Cupcakes

If you’ve followed my blog, you know that I have a special place in my foodie heart for anything snickerdoodle. The cookie, amazing. Snickerdoodle blondies, always a great hit. Snickerdoodle Krispie Treats, who knew? In fact, when we adopted Ted last December, the rescue had named him Snickerdoodle. We briefly considered keeping the name, but…

Dill Pickles

  Year two of making my own dill pickles and entering them in the Downtown Akron Partnership Pickle Contest. Last year, I won second place in the dill pickle category. This year, I’m going for the gold, or is it the green? I’m sticking with the adapted recipe from Martha Stewart that I used last…

Rocky Road Brownies

News flash! While celebrating Marshmallow Week, I think I’ve found the perfect brownie recipe. The brownie layer at the base of these Rocky Road Brownies is amazing. It’s a from-scratch-recipe that only used one bowl to come together. That fact alone, would make these brownies great. They’re a dense, rich and fudgy brownie. Baked for…

Peach Buckle – Way Back Wednesday

A peachy delight from way back in September 2010. Rustic and elegant. That’s how I’d describe this incredible Peach Buckle from issue #14 of Everyday Food Magazine. First, it’s almost the perfect time of year to be using the sensationally seasonal peach. I have to say, this recipe made for a divinely moist cake. And the…

Chocolate Chip Cookie Perfection

I realized this week that I’ve never featured a basic chocolate chip cookie.  There have been many cookies, usually with other mix-ins like dried cherries, nuts or espresso powder. But a good-old fashioned chocolate chip cookie, nope. A co-worker approached me earlier in the week. Many years ago, I made a batch of Martha Stewart…

Cappuccino Brownies – Way Back Wednesday

Welcome to the first Way Back Wednesday at Made by Mike. A new weekly feature where I spotlight a recipe and post from some time ago. I realized that I get new readers every day. Readers that may have missed all the fun we had way-back-when. To kick off the series I reintroduce you to…

peanut butter – chocolate chip oatmeal cookies

What happens when you combine the best traits of three amazing cookies into one cookie? You get the Peanut Butter-Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookie. Like any drop-cookie, they are a breeze to put together. The recipe bakes up 60 of these crispy-around-the-edges and chewy-in-the-center cookies. I particularly liked the addition of the salted whole peanuts. These…

orange-vanilla meringue swirls

A little sweet, a little crispy and a little chewy. These Orange-Vanilla Meringue Swirls are a perfect little treat. It’s amazing what a few great ingredients can become when combined with simple techniques.They taste almost like one of those delightful orange creamsicles. Featured in the May issue of Martha Stewart Living, I’ve been looking forward…