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raspberry crumb bars

April 10, 2014

The carefree appeal of the crumb bar never ceases to draw me in. There’s no pie crust to fuss over, and the portable squares are just what I want to box up for a picnic in the fresh spring grass. Depending on where you live, ...

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salted oatmeal toffee cookies

March 6, 2014

Oatmeal toffee cookies are an old favorite that I’ve made again and again, unintentionally memorizing the recipe with each batch. While the cookie texture has always been spot-on (soft and chewy), I found the last round a bit too sweet and one-dimensional; it was time ...

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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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pear & frangipane tartlets

January 20, 2014

Some desserts have the power to evoke memories and transport you to another place. These pear & frangipane tartlets are that type of dessert – one rich bite of brown butter crust and creamy almond filling conjure up visions of a Parisian cafe, no plane ...

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frosted maple leaf cookies

November 21, 2013

I love the look of roll-out cookies, but I often find them lacking in the taste department. These frosted maple leaf cookies are no such cookie – nutty brown butter and maple syrup add incredible depth of flavor. To take the deliciousness one step further, ...

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pecan pie bars

November 18, 2013

Pecan pie is a classic Thanksgiving dessert but I usually opt for pumpkin because I’m averse to baking with corn syrup. Thankfully, it’s possible to make pecan pie with pure maple syrup instead. In lieu of pie, I opted for bars with a cinnamon-graham base. ...

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pumpkin cupcakes with maple brown butter frosting

October 28, 2013

Creating and testing new recipes are great passions, but even more rewarding are the times when I can bake to share with others. Last weekend I baked trays of pumpkin spice cupcakes for my local Salvation Army, grateful for the opportunity to give back in ...

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toasted oatmeal-pecan cookies

September 23, 2013

I first posted this cookie recipe in March 2012 when I baked a batch to share with Frances Mayes, author of Under the Tuscan Sun. I arrived at her San Francisco cookbook signing on a dreary day with cello bag of cookies in hand (surely ...