Birthday Cake Cookies

These soft, chewy birthday cake cookies are everything you love about birthday cake in cookie form: sprinkles, swirls of buttercream…

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These soft, chewy birthday cake cookies are everything you love about birthday cake in cookie form: sprinkles, swirls of buttercream frosting, and more sprinkles.

Lit birthday candle in a birthday cake cookie with more cookies in the background.

You don’t run a baking site for as many years as I have without developing a bit of an obsession with sprinkles.

I use them to top everything from vanilla bundt cake to sour cream cookies to homemade truffles. And they get mixed into recipes like popcorn balls, easy sugar cookies, and funfetti pancakes

They just make everything so much more fun and festive! I don’t care if you’re a kid or an adult, I’m convinced you’re lying if you say that sprinkles don’t make you at least a little bit happier.

If you want to add a little bit of sprinkle-filled happiness to your day, these birthday cake cookies are the way to do it. Of course they’re perfect for celebrating anyone’s special day, but they’re also great for small celebrations like the beginning of summer break or simply getting through a long work week.

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Glazed Lemon Scones

Tender lemon scones are topped with a lemony glaze for a bright addition to any breakfast or brunch menu. I…

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Tender lemon scones are topped with a lemony glaze for a bright addition to any breakfast or brunch menu.

Two lemon scones next to lemon wedges on a white plate.

I love breakfast pastries. From muffins to scones to donuts, they’re some of my favorite breakfast treats.

And long-time readers also know all about my love for lemon, whether it’s in the form of homemade lemon bars, mini lemon cheesecakes, or simple but delicious lemon sorbet.

So is it really surprising that I combined these two loves into these beautiful glazed lemon scones?

Nope. It is not.

These tender lemon scones, which are similar to my raspberry lemon scones, are topped with a bright lemon glaze, making these beauties the ideal treat for anyone who loves lemon as much as I do. 

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Bisquick Blueberry Muffins

Bursting with fresh blueberries and topped with a simple streusel, these bisquick blueberry muffins are made quick and easy with…

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Bursting with fresh blueberries and topped with a simple streusel, these bisquick blueberry muffins are made quick and easy with your favorite baking mix.

Close up of cooled biquick blueberry muffins arranged in a muffin tin.

My homemade bisquick mix is one of my very favorite kitchen staples to keep on hand and I love coming up with new recipes that use it.

Bisquick biscuits and bisquick pancakes are some of my long-time favorite recipes, but there are so many other options beyond just those. Impossible coconut pie, 7UP biscuits, and bisquick breakfast casserole are just a few of the other recipes I regularly make with this mix. 

And now we can add these simple bisquick blueberry muffins to that list. 

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Sour Cherry Pie

Made with tart cherries and flaky pie crust, sour cherry pie is the ultimate summer pie. Serve it with a…

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Made with tart cherries and flaky pie crust, sour cherry pie is the ultimate summer pie. Serve it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream to savor every bite of the season.

Slice of sour cherry pie a la mode on a plate.

One thing we do really well here in the Midwest is summer produce. From the very best sweet corn to the juiciest strawberries and blueberries, our farmers sure know what they’re doing.

Most of the country’s tart cherries come out of Michigan. If you live in Michigan or one of the neighboring states, you probably have seen piles of these bright red beauties at your farmers’ markets.

This year, make sure you grab some and bring them home to make this sour cherry pie. 

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Mini Lemon Cheesecakes

Mini lemon cheesecakes are topped with lemon curd and fresh berries for a bright addition to any summer menu. I…

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Mini lemon cheesecakes are topped with lemon curd and fresh berries for a bright addition to any summer menu.

Unwrapped mini lemon cheesecake next to a wrapped mini lemon cheesecake on a white plate.

I come from a cheesecake obsessed family. Whether it’s mini cheesecakes for a spring birthday party or a pumpkin cheesecake on Thanksgiving, a cheesecake of some variety graces our table for almost every occasion. 

It’s one of those desserts that immediately takes me back to being a kid and baking with my Nana.

Perched up on a kitchen stool, I’d help her every step of the way. From sifting cups of flour and cutting shapes into pie dough to rolling up the perfect pumpkin roll, I was always her right hand girl. 

Many times, we’d bake the day away and then deliver our sweet treats to neighbors, church friends, and family. I loved every minute of it. In that kitchen is where my love for baking began.

So of course, any time I make cheesecake, whether it’s Nana’s easy cheesecake or these mini lemon cheesecakes, I always think of her.

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Strawberry Salad with Spinach and Arugula

Strawberry salad combines summer-ripe strawberries with tender spinach, zesty arugula, caramelized almonds, and creamy goat cheese for a fresh, delicious…

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Strawberry salad combines summer-ripe strawberries with tender spinach, zesty arugula, caramelized almonds, and creamy goat cheese for a fresh, delicious summer salad. Top it with homemade poppy seed dressing for the perfect finish!

Close up of a serving bowl filled with strawberry salad and topped with poppy seed dressing.

It’s nearly strawberry season around here and I couldn’t be more excited. Soon, the farmer’s market will be full of fresh strawberries and the u-pick farms will be open.

My step-mom and I have loved taking Elle strawberry picking in the past, and soon the baby will be big enough to go, too. I can’t wait to have our fridge overflowing with fresh, perfectly ripe berries for turning into everything from strawberry lemonade to fresh strawberry pie to this strawberry salad. 

This is the kind of salad I could eat every day of the week and not get tired of it. It’s got so many great flavors and it’s as easy as can be to make!

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Poppy Seed Dressing

Tangy poppy seed dressing is easy to make and adds a delicious pop of flavor to all of your favorite…

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Tangy poppy seed dressing is easy to make and adds a delicious pop of flavor to all of your favorite summer salads.

Close up of a small jar of poppy seed dressing with a bowl of strawberry spinach salad in the background.

I really love a good poppy seed dressing. 

Look, I know it’s not a “cool” salad dressing like green goddess dressing. Poppy seed dressing belongs on an old-school steakhouse menu, probably right next to the ranch dressing and blue cheese dressing on the salad bar. 

But maybe that’s why I like it so much. It’s an old-fashioned classic, but it’s still absolutely delicious. And it’s super easy to make, so you will never need to buy a bottle of it again!

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Bisquick Breakfast Casserole

Made easy with frozen vegetables and baking mix, this bisquick breakfast casserole is a savory, cheesy brunch dish that can…

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Made easy with frozen vegetables and baking mix, this bisquick breakfast casserole is a savory, cheesy brunch dish that can be prepped ahead or just before serving.

Close up of a slice of bisquick breakfast casserole next to fresh berries on a white plate.

If you’ve been following MBA for a while, you know that I’m a big fan of my homemade bisquick mix. It’s one of my favorite homemade kitchen staples – maybe only surpassed by my pumpkin pie spice

I love using my homemade bisquick in everything from 7UP biscuits to impossible coconut pie. And of course bisquick pancakes are on the weekend breakfast menu all the time around here.

You also probably know how much I love my hash brown breakfast casserole. So when I realized I could use my homemade bisquick to make another super easy and delicious breakfast casserole, I was on it immediately. 

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Easy Sugar Cookies

Chewy, easy sugar cookies come together in a snap with zero chilling, rolling out, or cutting required. Make these cookies…

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Chewy, easy sugar cookies come together in a snap with zero chilling, rolling out, or cutting required. Make these cookies extra colorful and fun by adding nonpareil sprinkles or sandwiching them with buttercream frosting. 

Easy sugar cookie with nonpareil sprinkles leaning against a stack of 5 cookies.

I’m a self-professed sugar cookie connoisseur. I’ll take ’em frosted, cut-out, rolled in sugar, soft, chewy, crispy, or straight out of the plastic container from the bakery section at Walmart.

What I’m saying is that I’m fairly obsessed with sugar cookies and I’m honestly not very picky about them.

Wait, maybe that makes me less of a connoisseur and more of a human sugar cookie garbage disposal. Whatevs.

While I do appreciate a beautiful sugar cookie complete with royal icing, I’m more of a buttercream type of girl. And I’m impatient. It’s why I love no-chill sugar cookies when I do want to make cut-outs.

And I’m definitely not fancy, so these easy sugar cookies are totally my thing. They come together in less than 10 minutes with everyday ingredients that I’m betting you have in your fridge and pantry right now.

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Peanut Butter Banana Bread

Rich, creamy peanut butter pairs with sweet bananas for a loaf of peanut butter banana bread that both kids and…

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Rich, creamy peanut butter pairs with sweet bananas for a loaf of peanut butter banana bread that both kids and adults will love. 

Sliced loaf of peanut butter banana bread set on a wooden board.

We love peanut butter around here. Whether it’s the classic PB&J combination in my peanut butter and jelly bars or mixed with chocolate in peanut butter cup cookies or peanut butter cup brownies, my family loves it all.

We’ve been on a big banana bread kick lately, so it just made sense to combine our love for peanut butter with our banana bread obsession. The result is a peanut butter banana bread that we all devoured immediately.

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