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Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cupcakes

If there’s someone in your life who loves the (irresistible?) combination of peanut butter and chocolate, might I suggest you forgo the traditional Valentines’s Day wine and box of chocolates and make these for your beloved instead? The chocolate cake recipe is a “KAF Gauranteed” from King Arthur Flour. It offers a balanced chocolate flavor […]

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Deep-Dish Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookie Pie (Healthy!)

When you’re craving something sweet, chocolately, rich and gooey — but aren’t quite ready to spend A) hours in the kitchen or B) thousands of calories, give this recipe from Chocolate-Covered Katie a try. It really hits the “Dear God, I need something decadent” spot. Bonus: since it’s made with chickpeas (yes, chickpeas; no, you […]

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Vanilla Cupcakes with Lime Buttercream

Vanilla Cupcakes with Lime Buttercream

A fast post here: as part of my “thank you for helping out with the website” I was asked to make “vanilla cupcakes with sort of spring-looking frosting” so I baked up Smitten Kitchen’s vanilla cake recipe, topped with a lime buttercream. The results: mmmm. The cake is moist and tender and the frosting has […]

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Coconut Macaroons and Confections of a Master Baker

Coconut Macaroons and Confections of a Master Baker

A few weeks ago, Stephanie to participate in The Edible Word for Confections of a (Closet) Master Baker by Gesine Bullock-Prado. The rules were to “pick a dish that she mentions in the book or an ingredient that she talks about. Find a recipe or create a recipe for that dish, pastry or ingredient, and […]

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Chocolate and Vanilla Ice Cream Cake

Happy Birthday, Sadie! Today is Sadie’s 11th Birthday. And we celebrated, at her request, with a homemade ice cream cake. Make an ice cream cake from scratch is dead simple. (Time-consuming but simple.) Basically, I followed the instructions outlined in this guide and made a few tweaks. I’d recommend watching the video before making this […]

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Very Vanilla Ice Cream

It’s summer and we need to eat ice cream. Vanilla isn’t usually my go-to flavor; I like something different, something a little more adventurous. But when making ice cream at home, for a crowd, vanilla is a flavor everybody likes. And, frankly, when vanilla ice cream turns out this well, it should be a go-to […]

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Happy Independence Day!

Wishing you, your friends and your family a festive and fun-filled 4th of July! Glazed Sugar Cookies For the cookies:3/4 cups butter, softened1 cups white sugar2 eggs2.5 cups all-purpose flour1 teaspoons baking powder1/2 teaspoon salt In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar together until smooth. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Stir in the flour, […]

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Strawberry Rhubarb Tart

If you’ve been looking for a recipe that shows off the bright, brilliant flavors of both strawberries and rhubarbs, that looks gorgeous on the plate and, of course, is lip-smackingly delicious, look no further. It’s so good that Kian has asked if he could have one, all to himself, for his birthday. I think I […]

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Apple Strudel: A Daring Bakers’ Challenge

Guess what? It’s that time again — Daring Bakers’ Challenge time! The May Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Linda of make life sweeter! and Courtney of Coco Cooks. They chose Apple Strudel from the recipe book Kaffeehaus: Exquisite Desserts from the Classic Cafés of Vienna, Budapest and Prague by Rick Rodgers. Apple Strudel is […]

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Orange & Vanilla Bean Cheesecake

I love being a Daring Baker, but there are some months when I LOOOOOOVE being a Daring Baker. Love, loff, LURVE. April is one of those months. Our host, Jenny of Jenny Bakes, gave us a base recipe — “Abby’s Infamous Cheesecake” — and let us adapt the hell out of it. It was awesome. […]

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