A Christmas Party


Considering all of the recent heartache, all of the tragedy, I’m feeling especially grateful to be home with my loves right now.   Today, all seventy-eight thousand members of my family are coming over to celebrate Christmas. And that makes it acceptable for me to bake myself manic, to wear something other than yoga pants,…

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Delicious Holiday Desserts to Give as Gifts


Ultimate Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies c-h-e-w-y. Browned butter meets caramel. Double Chocolate Fudge Brownies My mother has made this rich recipe for at least 26 years so you’ll likely understand that I am 3/4 Irish and 1/4 fudge. Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake with Milk Chocolate Sauce Cheesecake came to mind. And then a roasted peanut…

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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….

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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…

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