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cashew, coconut & cherry jam blondies

February 27, 2014

In my recent coconut oil cookie experiment, I inadvertently discovered the wonder of coconut oil mixed with brown sugar. I liked the pairing so much that I took my favorite blondie base and swapped the butter for coconut oil. The mixture of coconut oil, cashew ...

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meyer lemon meringue pie

February 24, 2014

This is the pie that almost wasn’t. In January, I decided to tackle lemon meringue pie. After throwing two entire pies in the garbage in as many days, I was feeling utterly defeated. In fact, I remember thinking that I would never bake again. I ...

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vanilla bean-brownie cake

February 20, 2014

I recently came across a brownie butter cake via Pinterest. The visual contrast of the golden butter cake against dark brownie caught my eye and inspired this vanilla-bean brownie cake. Flecks of vanilla bean perfume the tender pound cake while buttermilk creates a notably soft ...

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toasted coconut, cherry, oatmeal & white chocolate cookies

February 18, 2014

If you are a chewy cookie lover like me, you will appreciate these cookies. Loaded with mix-ins (shredded coconut, dried cherries, rolled oats, white chocolate chips) and wonderfully soft, you won’t be able to get enough of the great texture or rich flavor. The dough ...

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white chocolate cherry cheesecake bars

February 14, 2014

A late night cheesecake craving led to these rich and creamy bars. I topped my favorite homemade graham crust with a perfectly tangy layer of white chocolate cheesecake filling; swirls of sweet-tart cherry jam offset the richness and up the pretty factor. With no need ...

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croissants

February 11, 2014

Croissants are a labor of love and might be the ultimate home baking project. Though you may feel in over your head at times (I did, especially since I was making two batches simultaneously), victory is sweet. When you pull the impossibly flaky and gloriously ...

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brown butter & candied pecan ice cream

February 6, 2014

Let’s call this ice cream the adult version of butter pecan. With layers of flavor from brown butter, brown sugar, maple syrup, and a bit of whiskey, I’m sure it’s no surprise that I’ve made three rounds in as many days. Tossing in a handful ...

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salted chocolate ganache & jam bars

February 3, 2014

For a truly sophisticated Valentine’s dessert, skip the ubiquitous chocolate-covered strawberry in favor of a three-layer bar packed with decadence. To start, a chocolate shortbread base is topped with a slick layer of strawberry jam. Finished with glossy ganache (spiked with Amaretto!), an ample sprinkle ...

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