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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Apologizing through Double Chocolate Fudge Brownies

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Writing a weight loss memoir, food conference planning, all the stuff I’d rattle off in a bulleted list if and when I told you what I’ve been doing in Seattle for the past week- they’ve painted me the happiest color of busy. But I woke up today, crazed and chaotic and charmed beyond charmed with…

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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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My Favorite Cookie: Congo Bars

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If you’ve been reading my blog for any length of time, you know I’m a baker at heart. Don’t let this ol’ blog title fool you. I cook; I make dinner every night; but I’m nothing without my beloved butter, sugar, flour, and eggs. Lonely and lost without chocolate. This recipe is the one that…

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Blueberry Crumb Bars

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Sometimes I meet people who say they don’t “live to eat” they “eat to live” Sometimes I envy these people. Because then maybe I wouldn’t think about food in the same infatuated, wish-I-could-breathe-you, way I thought about Daniel when we first fell in love. Sometimes I’m out with people who simply forget to eat, who…

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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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The Chewiest Chocolate Chip Cookies

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You know that woman I talk about a lot? The one that my world revolves around? No, not Oprah. (Mom, forgive them.) My mother. Mames. Mumma. Mum. Ma. That woman. Well, she’s turning…Sorry, if I could just—ooone sec–I just need to grab my megaphone. [Tap] Is this thing on? Testing-tes-testing. There we go. Ahem. “SHE’S…

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Chewy Double Chocolate Coconut Blondies

    Dear Daniel, Remember a few nights ago when I woke both of us up at 3am, shouting, “I’m so thirsty I’m going to die!!”? Hard to forget.     Well, remember how you ran to the kitchen to fetch me a glass of water? How when you brought it to me I spit…

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Strawberry Crumb Bars

  Excuse me, um, Monday Morning? First, hi, how are you? Tired? What’s that, you didn’t sleep well? Ah, I’m sorry to hear it. Aaanywho…Juuust wanted to touch base with you about something I’ve been thinking long and hard about lately. And that is: you just don’t treat me as well as I think you…

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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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