The Secret Ingredient is….Dessert!


Growing up, whenever my mom and I would cook together, which was often, before the dish was done, we added in the secret ingredient…LOVE!  It was actually this old tin that looks like a spice tin that read “LOVE” on the front. S’cute right?

Then for our wedding, we got a super cute “breakfast in bed” basket hand packaged by Alec’s aunt (I really should’ve gotten a cute picture of it before I pulled everything out, oops). BUT one of the things in this huge basket was a wooden spoon that says “the secret ingredient is love” and HELLO is that not perfect?!

I absolutely love baking and cooking. So does Alec which is so fun for us! It’s a fun hobby we get to share together. I especially love to bake and I think Alec’s co-workers appreciated it too since I would send him with the leftovers so I don’t eat them all (we all know I keep a secret stash at home for me too though).

So here is the recipe for these absolutely DELICIOUS petits fours from Nordic Ware:

WARNING ⚠️   You will want to eat. them. all.

(Also, here is the pan I used to bake these cuties)


  • 1/ 2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 1/ 3 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/ 2 teaspoon salt
  • 2/ 3 cup milk
  • 3 egg whites


  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/ 3 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/ 4 cup water
  • 1/ 2 teaspoon almond extract

Heat oven to 350 degrees.

Grease and flour pan. (I highly recommend just using non-stick spray opposed to the traditional way of using flour…they WILL stick.)

In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar until well blended; stir in almond extract.

In a small bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, and salt.

Add flour mixture to butter mixture, alternating with milk.

In a small bowl, beat egg whites until stiff, but not dry. Fold egg whites into batter.

Spoon 1 Tbsp batter into each cavity.

Bake 20-22 minutes, until golden brown and toothpick comes out clean.

Remove and let cool in pan for 10 minutes.

Invert onto cooling rack with parchment or wax paper underneath. Repeat with remaining batter.

For glaze, combine all ingredients until mixed well.

Microwave on high for 45 seconds; stir. Glaze should be thin enough to pour and lightly coat.

Spoon evenly over Petits Fours.

Let stand for 1 hour or until set.

Makes 24 petits fours.

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