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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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chocolate dulce de leche cups

December 29, 2013

To end the year on a high note, I suggest chocolate dulce de leche cups. Surprisingly simple to make, you’ll feel like a character in Chocolat as you infuse the chocolate with cinnamon and chipotle chili powder before spooning it into mini baking cups. Quickly ...

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irish cream cheesecake brownies

December 26, 2013

New Year’s Eve is a fitting time for a boozy dessert. With a generous amount of Baileys Irish Cream, these layered cheesecake brownies are the ultimate way to ring in the New Year. Rich and impossibly fudgy brownies meet velvety cheesecake for a definite party ...

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espresso bark

December 19, 2013

Espresso bark is essential for the coffee addict in your life. Two layers of chocolate sandwich a layer of chocolate wafers; chocolate covered espresso beans give each piece a caffeine kick (I used a package of multi-color espresso beans, but any will work). Incredibly rich ...

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english toffee

December 16, 2013

With Christmas nearly upon us, it’s time to talk edible gifts for the dessert lovers in your life. First up is English toffee, for the person who adores toffee as much, if not more so, than chocolate. Brown sugar and a shot of whiskey intensifies ...

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chocolate peppermint cupcakes

December 13, 2013

I’d be remiss if I didn’t present you with a chocolate peppermint treat this season; rich chocolate paired with icy peppermint is a must for me each December (previously: chocolate-peppermint bundt cake, chocolate-peppermint cookies). Let’s call these cupcakes a nod to peppermint bark. Devil’s food ...

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flourless chocolate-hazelnut cookies

December 2, 2013

Back-to-back cookie posts can only mean one thing: cookie season is officially upon us! No matter how full life becomes, I always leave room for a quick batch of cookies. These flourless chocolate-hazelnut wonders fit into my schedule easily – the dough comes together in ...

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brioche rolls with chocolate

November 15, 2013

I’m calling this recipe part two of my brioche series. This specific brioche dough from The New Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day can be refrigerated for up to 5 days, so it’s flexible around your schedule. When I made my loaf, I had ...