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Yankee Girl Bakes Hand Crafted Custom Breads & Desserts, located in Castle Rock, CO Here at Yankee Girl Bakes, we believe that quality and love should be present in every bite.

We take great care to ensure that our food is fresh, tastes great and will want you coming back for more. Yankee Girl Bakes is very involved in our community and the world. A large portion of all the proceeds from our sales go to help build sustainable micro businesses in Haiti, sponsor children to receive education, meals & medical care. We also regularly visit the community that we support. We k

We take great care to ensure that our food is fresh, tastes great and will want you coming back for more. Yankee Girl Bakes is very involved in our community and the world. A large portion of all the proceeds from our sales go to help build sustainable micro businesses in Haiti, sponsor children to receive education, meals & medical care. We also regularly visit the community that we support. We k

04/12/2022

#chocolatecake #birthdaycake #pastorappreciation #coloradobaker #castlerockbaker

*giggle*absolutely not wrong! :D
11/04/2021

*giggle*

absolutely not wrong! :D

As we head into baking season friends, keep in mind your spices do not have an infinite shelf life. This is nutmeg. The ...
10/02/2021

As we head into baking season friends, keep in mind your spices do not have an infinite shelf life.

This is nutmeg. The one on the left I’ve had in my cabinet for a few years. The one on the right I bought this afternoon.

Can you see the difference? The one on the left is paler in color, and if you put it to your nose has almost no scent left to it at all.
The one on the right is richer in color and has a deep earthy scent to it, like it should. Even a 1/4 tspn will make all the difference in flavor when making seasonal recipes!

Check your spices friends. Maybe even write the date of purchase on the bottle so you remember to buy new ones - esp the ones you only use occasionally!

Also, remember when it's a new month to not continue to think it's the previous month... lol As soon as I wrote the 9 on the bottle, I realized I should have written 10!

Cake, Cake and Cake.
05/12/2021

Cake, Cake and Cake.

Coconut Mounds CakeCoconut CakeCoconut Custard FillingChocolate Buttercream Toasted Coconut
05/12/2021

Coconut Mounds Cake
Coconut Cake
Coconut Custard Filling
Chocolate Buttercream
Toasted Coconut

Strawberry Lemonade CakeLemon CakeStrawberry FillingStrawberry ButtercreamWhite Chocolate Ganache Fun Circus Lollipops!
05/12/2021

Strawberry Lemonade Cake
Lemon Cake
Strawberry Filling
Strawberry Buttercream
White Chocolate Ganache
Fun Circus Lollipops!

I am definitely craving cake, sweets or anything really. These Rice Krispie treats might be necessary this weekend. Only...
05/12/2021
My Favorite Rice Krispy Bars | i am baker

I am definitely craving cake, sweets or anything really. These Rice Krispie treats might be necessary this weekend. Only I'll do them with a mix of Rice Krispies and Fruity Pebbles. I've done them with Golden Grahams before - that was delicious, kinda like smores :D

Have you ever experimented with different cereals in your rice krispie bars?

https://iambaker.net/rice-krispy-bars/

What sets this recipe apart from the rest? Homemade marshmallow! Ooey gooey, chewy, and the most amazing pure flavor. Like a gourmet bakery!

The secret to perfect releasing cakes every time! I call it pan grease :)
04/27/2021

The secret to perfect releasing cakes every time! I call it pan grease :)

Recipe➡️: http://iambaker.net/homemade-pan-release-baking-spray/
Did you know about this awesome BAKING HACK? Just 3 ingredients! Also makes a fabulous gift for the baker in your life! 🥰

Yankee Girl Bakes
01/18/2021

Yankee Girl Bakes

Anyone have Butcher block in their kitchen? I have a makeshift one on my island and I love it - but it needs some love. ...
10/22/2020
The complete guide to maintaining butcher block countertops.

Anyone have Butcher block in their kitchen? I have a makeshift one on my island and I love it - but it needs some love. So glad to have found this website to give a girl some help!

A complete guide to how to maintain and oil your butcher block countertops including how often to oil them and how to remove stains.

Have y’all tried Sliceworks pizza in DT CR yet?!?!? If not what are you WAITING for? Y’all! This is the real deal! Omgos...
07/14/2020

Have y’all tried Sliceworks pizza in DT CR yet?!?!?

If not what are you WAITING for? Y’all! This is the real deal! Omgosh the cannoli is so delicious. Hands down the best cannoli I’ve had in years.

The crust is authentic and mmm so good I came back a 2nd day in a row.

Def go see Matt and his crew, you won’t be disappointed!

Two 👍🏻👍🏻 from this Yankee Girl!

05/09/2020

Buttercream rosettes. So easy, so pretty! #buttercream #vanillabeanpaste #vanillabuttercream #madefromscratch #frosting #cakebaker #coloradobaker #homebaker #colorado #castlerockbaker #mothersday #traycake

#Saturdaybaking. My SO enjoys fresh baked bread and is very appreciative when I have it ready for him, so this is becomi...
05/09/2020

#Saturdaybaking. My SO enjoys fresh baked bread and is very appreciative when I have it ready for him, so this is becoming my Saturday morning routine. It starts on Thursday morning when I feed my starter and get the levain going, and then on Friday when I prep the dough, and then on Saturday we bake. It’s a process but there is love in every loaf! .
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Fresh baked sourdough baguettes! Seriously cannot wait for these to cool down enough so I can slice into one. What does ...
04/23/2020

Fresh baked sourdough baguettes! Seriously cannot wait for these to cool down enough so I can slice into one. What does that interior crumb look like y’all? I’m dying to find out! .
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#sourdough #sourdoughbaguettes #noyeast #naturalrise #milehighbaking #coloradobaker #baguettes #sourdough #castlerockbaker #yankeeintherockies #yankeegirlbakes #madefromscratch #levain #crunchybread #ladybreadbakers #womenowned #baker #notforsale

The coconut cake from Easter was such a hit, it needed a repeat appearance.  Well, sort of. This is actually my favorite...
04/19/2020

The coconut cake from Easter was such a hit, it needed a repeat appearance. Well, sort of. This is actually my favorite chocolate cake recipe, with coconut custard filling, buttercream (so light one guest thought it was whipped cream) , and toasted coconut on the sides. Honestly, one of the best cakes I’ve ever made. It was so good I impressed myself 😂😂😂.
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#chocolatecake #coconutcake #chocolatecoconut #madefromscratch #homemade #homebaked #cake #cakesofinstagram #birthdaycake #castlerockbaker #coloradobaker #yankeegirlbakes #yankeeintherockies

It’s Easter Sunday friends! I baked this gorgeous Coconut cake, which is 3 yellow cake layer, filled with coconut custar...
04/12/2020

It’s Easter Sunday friends! I baked this gorgeous Coconut cake, which is 3 yellow cake layer, filled with coconut custard and raspberry. It’s frosted with a light vanilla buttercream and topped with raspberry sauce. The sides have been crusted with toasted coconut flakes and I honestly cannot wait to cut into this cake and take a big slice! 🍰 .
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#cake #eastercake #easterdinner #sundaydinner #coconutcake #coconut #cakedecorating #madefromscratch #coloradobaker #highaltitudebaking #highaltitude #baking #homemade #yankeeintherockies #yankeegirlbakes @ Castle Rock, Colorado

Threw together a quick batch of chocolate cookies tonight. Y’all these are so chewy and buttery and chocolate-y and fudg...
01/19/2020

Threw together a quick batch of chocolate cookies tonight. Y’all these are so chewy and buttery and chocolate-y and fudge-y....

So so yummy!

I used this easy to follow recipe from Wanna Come With from 2013. I did make a few adjustments, Like cutting the sugar to 1 1/2 cups, and the baking soda to 1/2 teaspoon. Otherwise I followed the recipe exactly and it was perfect - even at our high altitude.

Enjoy!

http://wannacomewith.com/2013/04/grammys-chocolate-cookies/?epik=dj0yJnU9M0RmY1lVQk5nV05KeXlDWW1qM2FPY2F6Vmd6V3ZaQTMmbj10R2ctZWxGWU9MTUMxM01fWlNUc0NBJm09MyZ0PUFBQUFBRjRqeTRF

Winner winner chicken dinner! I’ve got my chicken marinating and ready for #fajitas tomorrow night. Delish! ......#chick...
01/19/2020

Winner winner chicken dinner! I’ve got my chicken marinating and ready for #fajitas tomorrow night. Delish! .
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#chickenfajitas #texmex #marinating #chickendinner #madefromscratch #homemade #sundaydinner #cilantro #lime #pineapple #familymeals #familytime #familydinner #castlerockcolorado #colorado #yankeeintherockies #yankeegirlbakes

Braided chocolate ganache puff pastry. I cheated and bought the puff pastry from the store. I just needed a shortcut thi...
01/05/2020

Braided chocolate ganache puff pastry. I cheated and bought the puff pastry from the store. I just needed a shortcut this week! #coloradobaker #puffpastry #chocolate #ganache #castlerockbaker #yankeegirlbakes #yankeeintherockies #semihomemade #baking #bakingfromscratch #handmadefood #crco #crlocallove #castlerockcolorado #coloradobaker

Oh. My. Word. I am beginning to wonder if it’s that I don’t like chocolate, or am I just a chocolate snob? Because hones...
01/04/2020
The Chocolate Mousse Cake Recipe

Oh. My. Word.

I am beginning to wonder if it’s that I don’t like chocolate, or am I just a chocolate snob? Because honestly when I stumbled across this recipe I immediately started thinking about all the events / holidays coming up that I could make it for.

I swear I could taste this in my mind.

If you’re brave and want to make this, please don’t screw up and use Hershey’s or toll house ok?

Use good chocolate. Promise me. Just promise ok?

https://www.alsothecrumbsplease.com/the-chocolate-mousse-cake-recipe/

This is THE Chocolate Mousse Cake recipe. Soft and moist chocolate cake layer topped with super creamy chocolate mousse and soft chocolate ganache.

Somehow, it’s just not Christmas without at least one batch of these. Call them snowballs, Mexican wedding cakes or Russ...
12/24/2019

Somehow, it’s just not Christmas without at least one batch of these.

Call them snowballs, Mexican wedding cakes or Russian tea cakes.... I call them delicious!

I am a fan of these with pecans rather than walnuts, but either option works well. And this recipe works great at altitude without any adjustments!

https://www.crazyforcrust.com/moms-russian-tea-cakes/?epik=dj0yJnU9RmhfRkJIQUVtMGZEQVY1U3gyYTZDZFdDdEdWNVZiRTUmbj05bW5WX1FiN0ozdUFpOXZSdXl5MWNBJm09MyZ0PUFBQUFBRjRCZFcw#wprm-recipe-container-42630

This is exactly how I feel some days... except it's not children any longer, it's work!
12/17/2019

This is exactly how I feel some days... except it's not children any longer, it's work!

I’m hosting a #cookieexchange today in my home and I usually make several varieties of cookies to offer. These are an or...
12/14/2019

I’m hosting a #cookieexchange today in my home and I usually make several varieties of cookies to offer. These are an oreo peppermint cookie that @brucrewlife recently posted. Since I couldn’t find the Andes crunchies I got regular Andes chocolates. Still delicious but I’m on a hunt for the crunchy ones. The recipe made 34 reg size cookies and I didn’t have to make any high altitude adjustments! .
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#cookies #cookiemonster #christmascookies #christmas #chocolate #chocolatemint #oreos #yankeeintherockies #yankeegirlbakes #coloradobaker #castlerockcolorado

And with today’s recipe our virtual cookie exchange has come to an end! I can’t believe it’s already been the full 12 da...
12/13/2019
BEST Snickerdoodle Cookie Recipe (+VIDEO) | Lil' Luna

And with today’s recipe our virtual cookie exchange has come to an end! I can’t believe it’s already been the full 12 days of Christmas cookies!

Have you made your list to bake this season?

Today I decided to go with a super traditional holiday cookie, the Snickerdoodle. These are a family favorite and are never missing from a holiday spread. This particular recipe is my favorite because it uses only butter. I am not a fan of cookies that have shortening in them. However, the use of all butter means the cookies could spread too thin in the oven if there’s too much air in them. So definitely don’t beat the butter for too long, and make sure you chill the dough at least 30 mins before baking.

The difference between snickerdoodles and sugar cookies isn’t just the yummy cinnamon sugar mixture it gets rolled around it, it’s the use of Cream of Tarter. A lot of people ask, exactly what IS cream of tartar? Well; it’s literally the white substance left behind from ages wine barrels after the wine has been aged and fermented. They scrape down the barrels and viola - Cream of Tarter.

What it does for cookies and baked goods is give them that signature tanginess and also, helps them rise in the oven. Cool huh? I’m not sure who looked at an old wine barrel and was like - I wonder what that would be like in my cookie recipe, but I’m glad they did!

For this recipe I am suggesting you back off the sugar by 1/4 cup, and increase the flour by 1/4 cup. The dough will be stiff, but it’ll help combat the amount of butter in the recipe.

Thanks for playing along with me! Don’t forget the YGB group where you can post and share all your creations! Happy Holidays everyone!

https://lilluna.com/snickerdoodles/

Super soft and full of cinnamon - this is our FAVORITE Snickerdoodle Cookie! They're one of our most requested cookie recipes and always get great reviews!

Day 11 and my goodness we are almost done! I still haven’t decided what I’m making for Saturday’s live exchange, but the...
12/12/2019
Peanut Butter Balls - 4-Ingredients Easy No-Bake

Day 11 and my goodness we are almost done! I still haven’t decided what I’m making for Saturday’s live exchange, but these may be a real contender!

If there’s been any type of a theme this year, it’s been anything Chocolate, caramel, or easy. Especially easy. I think that’s a reflection of where my life has been lately. So many plates are spinning in the air for me right now but I still love hosting and making treats for my friends and family. One way to accomplish this, and have less pressure is the no bake truffle ball, like these peanut butter balls. I also love the Oreo cookie balls which I also want to make.

These are NO BAKE! That means if you can work a mixer and Melt some chocolate, you are good to go. Think of the variations! Dark chocolate, milk chocolate - even quite chocolate. I’m going to find a lemon truffle and a cherry truffle too I think! Try not to make them too big and they are such a fun little ‘pop’ In the mouth from the holiday trays.

Enjoy!

https://kitchenfunwithmy3sons.com/peanut-butter-balls/

These Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls are my favorite candy for the Holidays and so incredibly Easy to make with just 4-ingredients!

Here’s a new to me cookie recipe that I just have to try this year. It uses a cake mix as it’s base, and a great short c...
12/11/2019
Oreo Peppermint Crunch Cookies

Here’s a new to me cookie recipe that I just have to try this year. It uses a cake mix as it’s base, and a great short cut. And, If you’re local to the Denver area, King Soopers has Philadelphia cream cheese on sale this week for 99 cents each if you buy 5 of them.

Since I haven’t made these yet, I have no HA adjustments yet, but I may make them for Saturday, we will see. They look and sound delicious, and are the perfect flavor for the holiday season. I mean, who DOESN’T love Peppermint and Oreos?

https://insidebrucrewlife.com/oreo-peppermint-crunch-cookies/

Oreo Peppermint Crunch Cookies - these easy cake mix cookies are loaded with Oreos and peppermint bits. Great treat for holiday parties or cookie exchanges.

Day 9 - I’m traveling home to Denver today from a whirlwind 10 days of west to east coast travel. First I went to Phoeni...
12/09/2019
Melted Snowman Bark! Perfect for your Cookie Exchange!

Day 9 - I’m traveling home to Denver today from a whirlwind 10 days of west to east coast travel. First I went to Phoenix and spent time with friends and family, visited the most epic bakery supply store ABC Bakery, picked up some fun new cookie cutters and spend the weekend in Sedona.
Then, I flew off to NJ for another few family events, have eaten more cannoli and pasta than should be allowed, and have had an absolute blast.

But with today being a travel day, I need something easy and simple to post for our baking exchange and these melted snowmen do the trick. These are so easy you don’t have to be a professional to make them and they turn out every time.

Whose looking forward to our cookie exchange this weekend? I know I am, but I haven’t even figured
Out which of these recipes I’m making yet!

https://princesspinkygirl.com/melted-snowman-chocolate-bark/

Melted Snowman Chocolate Bark is incredibly easy to make and is a great activity with the kids. It is also a nice alternative for Christmas Cookie Swaps!

Day 8 and I’m sensing a theme here this year, lots of chocolate and LOTS of caramel, which is my favorite! These chocola...
12/08/2019
Chocolate Turtle Cookies - thestayathomechef.com

Day 8 and I’m sensing a theme here this year, lots of chocolate and LOTS of caramel, which is my favorite!

These chocolate turtle cookies are rich, chocolatey goodness. There’s a couple of adjustments I’m going to make here, mostly because of preference.

1) reduce baking soda by 1/4tspn
2) increase salt to 1/2 tspn
3) increase flour by 2-3Tblspn

Chill your dough before baking! I think this has the potential to be a stiff dough, and so a cookie scoop might get stuck. For uniform cookies you can roll them out and use a round cookie cutter, or for less uniform cookies just use a teaspoon and roll between the palm of your hands.

Looking forward to your bakes!!

These Chocolate Turtle Cookies are ultra decadent, soft, and delicious. Any chocolate lover will go crazy for this delicious cookie recipe! The chocolate cookie base in this recipe is an incredible mix between a brownie and a cookie. It’s decadently divine if I do say so myself. Add in some choppe...

Not sure why I never thought of this, but you can bet I’ll be doing this with the recipe I posted this morning!!!
12/07/2019
The Christmas Baking Trick That Makes Any Cookie Fancy

Not sure why I never thought of this, but you can bet I’ll be doing this with the recipe I posted this morning!!!

This one trick from Dorie Greenspan will help your cookies run rings around the competition.

Day 7 of our Virtual Cookie exchange and I’m bringing back the most loved cookie from last years exchange, the Sea Salt ...
12/07/2019
Sea Salt Butterscotch Pretzel Cookies

Day 7 of our Virtual Cookie exchange and I’m bringing back the most loved cookie from last years exchange, the Sea Salt Butterscotch Pretzel Cookies!

One of our participants brought these to the exchange and they were the first to disappear. The combination of sweet and the finishing sea salt on the top of the cookie at the end is a party for the senses!

https://cookiesandcups.com/sea-salt-butterscotch-pretzel-cookies/

If you didn’t see my high altitude adjustments the other day, here they are again.

1) reduce sugar by 2-3 tablespoons
2) reduce baking soda or baking powder by 1/4-1/2 tspn
3) increase flour by 2-3 tablespoons
4) ensure all ingredients are room temperature

This will help your cookies turn out perfect! I can’t wait to hear how these taste for you!

Sea Salt Butterscotch Pretzel Cookies are my new salty/sweet obsession! Browned Butter adds depth to the flavor while the butterscotch and chocolate chips keep things perfectly sweet! A few weeks ago I had the MOST amazing cookie. I visited the local farmers market in our town and there were some gr...

Can you believe it’s already Day 6 of our Virtual Cookie Exchange? We are halfway through our recipes! Have you made any...
12/06/2019
No Bake Caramel Pretzel Crack Bars!

Can you believe it’s already Day 6 of our Virtual Cookie Exchange? We are halfway through our recipes! Have you made any I’ve shared so far? Which ones? Is there something you’re hoping to see?

Today’s recipe is another super quick one that only needs a few ingredients and NO BAKING! Actually, this one is probably more a candy recipe than a cookie recipe, but I’m including it because it’ll make a great addition to those cookie gift boxes!

I personally love sweet and salty together so this caramel and pretzel combo hits all the high notes for me!

What would you add, or take away from these?

https://myincrediblerecipes.com/no-bake-caramel-pretzel-crack-bars/

November 29, 2018 · Leave a CommentNo Bake Caramel Pretzel Crack Bars! DessertsNo Bake Caramel Pretzel Crack Bars are SO easy and crazy delish! They only take 4 ingredients…YES! The sweet and salty together is the perfect combination! Super simple to throw together! Everyone goes crazy whenever I...

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#chocolatecake #birthdaycake #pastorappreciation #coloradobaker #castlerockbaker
*giggle* absolutely not wrong! :D
As we head into baking season friends, keep in mind your spices do not have an infinite shelf life. This is nutmeg. The one on the left I’ve had in my cabinet for a few years. The one on the right I bought this afternoon. Can you see the difference? The one on the left is paler in color, and if you put it to your nose has almost no scent left to it at all. The one on the right is richer in color and has a deep earthy scent to it, like it should. Even a 1/4 tspn will make all the difference in flavor when making seasonal recipes! Check your spices friends. Maybe even write the date of purchase on the bottle so you remember to buy new ones - esp the ones you only use occasionally! Also, remember when it's a new month to not continue to think it's the previous month... lol As soon as I wrote the 9 on the bottle, I realized I should have written 10!
Cake, Cake and Cake.
Coconut Mounds Cake Coconut Cake Coconut Custard Filling Chocolate Buttercream Toasted Coconut
Strawberry Lemonade Cake Lemon Cake Strawberry Filling Strawberry Buttercream White Chocolate Ganache Fun Circus Lollipops!
I am definitely craving cake, sweets or anything really. These Rice Krispie treats might be necessary this weekend. Only I'll do them with a mix of Rice Krispies and Fruity Pebbles. I've done them with Golden Grahams before - that was delicious, kinda like smores :D Have you ever experimented with different cereals in your rice krispie bars? https://iambaker.net/rice-krispy-bars/
The secret to perfect releasing cakes every time! I call it pan grease :)
Anyone have Butcher block in their kitchen? I have a makeshift one on my island and I love it - but it needs some love. So glad to have found this website to give a girl some help!
Have y’all tried Sliceworks pizza in DT CR yet?!?!? If not what are you WAITING for? Y’all! This is the real deal! Omgosh the cannoli is so delicious. Hands down the best cannoli I’ve had in years. The crust is authentic and mmm so good I came back a 2nd day in a row. Def go see Matt and his crew, you won’t be disappointed! Two 👍🏻👍🏻 from this Yankee Girl!
Buttercream rosettes. So easy, so pretty! #buttercream #vanillabeanpaste #vanillabuttercream #madefromscratch #frosting #cakebaker #coloradobaker #homebaker #colorado #castlerockbaker #mothersday #traycake
#Saturdaybaking. My SO enjoys fresh baked bread and is very appreciative when I have it ready for him, so this is becoming my Saturday morning routine. It starts on Thursday morning when I feed my starter and get the levain going, and then on Friday when I prep the dough, and then on Saturday we bake. It’s a process but there is love in every loaf! . . . . . . .#saturdayvibes #weekendbaking #coloradobaker #ladybreadbaker #castlerockbaker #colorado #sourdough #sourdoughbread #sourdoughbreadbaking #mother #levain #fermentedfoods #noyeastbread #naturalfood #bakedfromscratch #madefromscratch