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black forest cookie bars

June 2, 2014

My love affair with cherries continues with these decadent and dramatic black forest cookies bars. A spin-off of my triple chocolate cream cheese cookie bars, this version is a chocolate lover’s dream. I intentionally underbaked the bars for maximum fudgy goodness, so the texture is ...

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cherry almond crumb bars

May 29, 2014

I’ve made many a crumb bar in 3+ years of blogging, but these cherry almond crumb bars currently hold top spot for me. I laced the buttery crust and crumbs with almond paste for a rich and irresistible bar. Halving the cherries encourages them to ...

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mini cherry pies

May 26, 2014

I was so excited to find cherries over the weekend that mini pies were in order (the California cherry season is expected to be incredibly brief, so I’m hoarding as many cherries as I can!). To complement the sweet and juicy fruit, I made my ...

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strawberry & vanilla bean cake

May 22, 2014

With the holiday weekend in sight, my brain is in absolute summer mode. I’m already thinking of my favorite things: refreshing popsicles by the pool, mornings spent blueberry picking, and a profusion of fruit desserts. Pound cake with strawberries is such a quintessential summer dessert; ...

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neapolitan ice cream sandwiches

May 19, 2014

The only way to do ice cream right is to go all out. In this case, that means homemade Neapolitan ice cream sandwiches for strawberry, vanilla, and chocolate bliss. Farm stand strawberries make the best strawberry ice cream, and the vanilla gets a boost from ...

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raspberry lemon doughnuts

May 15, 2014

I celebrated my birthday this week over a wonderful meal with good friends. As usual, I made dessert. Though I decided on doughnuts at the very last minute, I’m glad I did. Birthdays are the time for sprinkles and a touch of whimsy, and these ...

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strawberries & cream ice cream

May 12, 2014

Grab a stack of waffle cones or your favorite bowl because it’s ice cream time! If you like cool and creamy treats as much as I do, you won’t want to miss out on a batch of strawberries and cream ice cream. Light and luscious ...

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toasted coconut chocolate macadamia blondies

May 8, 2014

When it comes to blondies, I can hardly play favorites. Whether I’m in the mood for toffee or peanut butter, the blondie never fails. However, today’s blondie may force my hand because this is the blondie I don’t want to share – I’d rather stash ...