About Kim Laidlaw

Kim Laidlaw

Kim Laidlaw is an award-winning cookbook editor, author, and recipe developer. She is the co-author of the national bestseller The Nightmare Before Christmas Cookbook and Amazon bestseller Five Mary’s Ranch Raised Cookbook. She is the author of Williams Sonoma Everyday Slow Cooking, Quick Slow Cooking, Home Baked Comfort, and Dessert of the Day, as well as IACP award-nominated Baby & Toddler on the Go. @kim_laidlaw

Two homemade toaster tarts on a sheet of parchment drizzled with glaze.

Homemade Pop Tarts

Though we dearly loved Pop Tarts as kids, even then we thought the packaged pastries ought to be better. Flakier. Fruitier. Fresher. Just like these. And they’re quite simple to pull off.

A tray of s'mores brownies with a spatula resting inside and several brownies missing.

S’mores Brownies

Chewy, gooey, and chocolatey, these crackly topped brownies buried beneath slightly charred marshmallow are the ideal balance of cakey, fudgy, and nostalgia-inducing messiness.

Bite-size bacon and cheese scones with smoked bacon and melted Asiago on top on a parchment-lined baking sheet

Bite-Size Bacon and Cheese Scones

Cute as a button, and not much bigger, these buttery, bacony scones are the most diminutive and darned good biscuits we’ve had in recent memory. Maybe ever.

A batch of raspberry Linzer bars cut into nine squares, with one square missing and a knife in the background.

Linzer Bars

Buttery and crumbly in the best possible way, these crazy easy bars have all the taste—but none of the fuss—of the classic linzer tart.