Zebra Cake

Time: 2 ½ hours Music Selection: Paul McCartney & Stevie Wonder – Ebony & Ivory Vanilla, Chocolate or both? This cake is a bit of work, but definitely worth the effort. If you prefer more of a fruit flavor, with a similar cake effect, try the Unicorn Cake. This cake stacks up pretty high, so…

Banana Chocolate Chip Bars

Time: 30 minutes My future lays beyond the yellow brick road… or beyond the banana chocolate chip bars… sigh. These bars are a great way to use up bananas that are ripe. They are a nice thin bar, so you can eat a few. They are a bit sweet, so I recommend a strong cup…

Chocolate Banana Peanut Butter Chip Cookies

Makes 48 large cookies This song is one that once you hear it, you hear it in your head all day long – it is addictive. So are these cookies. You can’t just eat one. Try it… You should also know these cookies require a bit of time to make as you can only make…

Buttery Shortbread Cookies

Time: 35 minutes Makes: 22 – 24 cookies Music Selection – Jason Graae & Rebecca Luker – Tea for Two Shortbread cookies melt in your mouth and are the perfect accompaniment for tea, coffee or milk. I have a vivid memory of visiting my great-grandmother in her cozy warm house, and she always served us…

Double Chocolate Cherry Biscotti

Time: 90 minutes Makes 12 – 14 (5 inch long) biscotti Music Selection: Dean Martin – Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime “Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime” but Everybody Loves Biscotti All the Time! Especially if you have a great cup of coffee/espresso or tea and Dean Martin crooning. How relaxing is that? While biscotti is not “breakfast”…

Italian Layered Love Cake

1 ½ hours Music Selection: Bryan Adams & Luciano Pavarotti – O Sole Mio This is a quick cake that is so cool as the layers reverse during baking! Magic, just like love! This cake is great as it is not too sweet, easy to make and delicious, if you love chocolate and vanilla. I…

Banana Double Chocolate Muffins

Time: 30 minutes (prep – 10 minutes night before; 20 minutes baking) Makes 12 muffins Music Selection: Michael Buble – Spiderman Chocolate and Michael Buble’ for breakfast… definitely food and music for the soul!! In our house, for whatever reason, we seem to wind up with a lot of ripe bananas… this is one of those…