Dark Chocolate Almond Joy Cookies

dark chocolate almond joy cookies

If my calculations are correct, almonds + coconut + chocolate will either equal sweet oblivion or my demise. More likely the latter. Last year I was on a bender with candy bars. Filling my daily chocolate quota with the likes of Almond Joy, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, and Snickers. Practically veering off the road anytime…

Read More »

Shortbread Valentine Cookies

  I thought long and hard about the list of sweets I wanted to bake for Valentine’s Day. In fact, I spent a good portion of Saturday considering Cupid. The one problem I ran into was that the list began and ended with chocolates. Chocolates oozing and gooey with cream and caramel centers. Chocolates tucked…

Read More »

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…

Read More »

The Best Whipped Frosting


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…

Read More »

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…

Read More »

Homemade Cinna Minis

It may be odd that some of my most vivid, and favorite, memories of childhood involve skipping school. And Burger King. It wasn’t that I didn’t like it; I did. I loved school. But I loved being home more. Or, I loved that skipping school and “feeling sick” often fell on days that Mom was…

Read More »

Homemade Twix Bars

If for some unfortunate reason I should ever be stranded on a desert island and have enough luck to be able to tote three things with me, I can almost certainly assure you at least two of those things would be candy bars. Life vest? Too bulky. Cell phone? Too many dropped calls I bet….

Read More »

The Chewiest Molasses Cookies

When I bite into a cookie, I need three things to happen: 1. The cookie must be chewy. 2. It must have a pronounced, close-your-eyes-and-please-God-make-this-moment-last flavor, most preferably of butter, sugar, or chocolate. Perfection if all three flavors are present. 3. My plate must contain two more just like it.   These molasses cookies are…

Read More »

Black and White Cookies

The first black and white cookie I ever bit into was soggy. Wet with eleven-year-old tears on a thirty minute drive into Boston for what would be my first singing lesson at the New England Conservatory of music. A lesson that I was terrified to take part in. Between death grips of the dashboard and…

Read More »

German Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars


Well… it began with those toasted  pecans. And then an innocent bubbling of ooey gooey caramel sauce. And really, we could have stopped there. Called it a day. But then there was silky dark chocolate. And I sighed, deeply. Deeply. And then there were flakes of coconut. And again, we could have been just peachy…

Read More »

Homemade Hostess Cupcakes


When I set about making Hostess cupcakes from scratch the other day, I came to a few conclusions. 1.) Unconditional love is best displayed by way of chocolate, 2.) Two full decades of my life can now safely be branded by Hostess, and 3.) No matter how many times I plug away at a doctorate…

Read More »