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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My Favorite Bakery: White’s Pastry Shop

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I thought for oh I don’t know, a sturdy five minutes about titling this post “Gratuitous Food Pornography” as my friend Andrew Scrivani might do [in a much classier, more respectable way]. But then I realized that, although overtly flashy, lustful, and hotly dramatic characters exist in my mind for both pornography and pastry, Google…

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Delicious Holiday Desserts to Give as Gifts

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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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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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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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Irish Soda Muffins

  Truth: I am ethnically ambiguous. If I had a nickel for every time someone has asked me what my nationality is, what race I am, where my family is from, or why my skin is milk chocolate in the summer and a translucent white in the winter…well, I’d have at least four paper-rolled stacks…

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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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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…

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Mini Rainier Cherry Cheesecakes

Dear Andrea, Remember when you were eleven years old and you made a collage of the life you dreamed to lead as a grown up? The one with the knee socks, plaid skirt, collared shirt, and sweater vest- the outfit idea you snagged from Cher’s wardrobe in Clueless? Yup, that’s the one. While it’s cute…

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