Almond Toffee Sea Salt Brownies

Not to be dramatic, but I’m pretty sure these almond toffee sea salt brownies were the best brownies I’ve ever had. Seriously.

Bake challenge was brownies or blondies this week and Google images led me straight to these. Salty + sweet is always a winner in my book, and these did not disappoint!

The chocolate layer is sweet, fudgy and dense, while the top layer is crisp, crunchy, and salty. My batch took about 40 minutes total to bake.

I wish I could take credit for these, but I can’t! Original recipe is here. This one is a keeper!

Cherry Almond Cupcakes

I finally got around to making a recipe from Simply Beautiful Homemade Cakes, reviewed here. These cherry almond cupcakes were the first pick on my to-bake list and ROCKED! If this recipe is any indication, I think I’m going to enjoy trying a few others from author Lindsay Conchar.

You will notice in the pic absolutely no actual cherries in the cupcakes, although you can place one on top if you want to. I prefer just the flavor, minus the canned cherries 😉 The icing gets its flavor and pretty pink color from maraschino cherry juice.

BTW, almond + cherry married together are delicious! These are perfect little Valentine’s Day cupcakes 🙂

Recipe can be found in Simply Beautiful Homemade Cakes! You can click on that cute little book below to purchase from Amazon if you’d like and I’ll get a small percentage to support this site.