Quick and Easy Chocolate Whoopie Pies

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Quick and Easy Chocolate Whoopie Pies 2 cups all-purpose flour 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 1 teaspoon instant coffee granules (or espresso powder) 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature 1 cup packed brown sugar 1 egg 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 cup buttermilk Preheat the oven to 350…

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Healthier Morning Glory Muffins

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Healthier Morning Glory Muffins 2¼ cups all-purpose flour 2/3 cup sugar 1½ teaspoons baking soda ½ teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon ¾ teaspoon salt ½ cup vegetable oil 3 large eggs 1 (8-ounce) can crushed pineapple (including juices) 1½ cups shredded carrots (2-3 medium) ½ cup raisins ½ cup sweetened shredded coconut ½…

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How to Make Homemade Hostess Cakes

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I’ve stayed away too long. And the truth is, I’ve missed you dearly. More than I ever thought I could miss people I’ve never met or seen or spoken to. Which only lets me know one thing: we’re truly madly deeply in love. And I’ll never leave you this long again.  Honest. Forgive me? Homemade…

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The Very Best: White and Yellow Cakes

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I’m a cake connoisseur. Really, I am. Ask anyone. I can detect the subtlest of differences in flavor, the openness of the crumb, even the order wet and dry ingredients were mixed. When I first got into baking, I approached it as I would any worldly venture: blindly and dangerously. I stayed up late scanning…

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Homemade Twinkies

Yes. I did. I made Twinkies. And yes, they are moist little sponge logs that taste rich with butter and vanilla. Yes, they have billowy puffs of sweet marshmallow cream piped into their bellies. Oh, and for the record, yes, I ate them as a twin pack. Hostess told me to. Mmhmm yes, after serving…

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How to Make 100 Calorie Moist Chocolate Cupcakes

100 Calorie Chocolate Cupcakes

Dear Universe, I was sending you a pink bowed box with twelve moist and fudgy cupcakes nestled inside. Just a simple gift from one dear friend to another. I even hand wrote a note and tucked it inside to let you know that each bitty brownie cake is only 100 calories. And whole grain. And…

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The Best Whipped Frosting

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A good cake has a great frosting to match. Because truly, frosting makes the cake. Right? I’m glad that we agree. Now, bear with me here because I’m going to talk science and logistics of perfecting that sweet silky cream. The slight problem I find with many homemade frostings (versus freshly made bakery versions) is…

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Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake with Milk Chocolate Sauce

In my mind, there are two types of desserts: those of a simple, classic nature, and those with such an ooey gooey factor that they deserve a siren and a flashing red light bulb. Both are delicious in their own right. Both keep me up at night. Traditional cookies like chewy sugar and browned butter…

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