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mint chocolate popsicles

July 7, 2014

If you’ve ever grown fresh mint at home, you’ve probably discovered that the fragrant herb is incredibly fast growing and can easily overtake a flower bed. Though my mint is safely planted in its own container, the sprigs are spilling over with abundance. Taking a ...

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spicy chocolate fudgesicles

June 30, 2014

With 4th of July only days away, it’s time for a no-bake treat that will satisfy even the most serious chocoholic. Made with creamy coconut milk and sweetened with honey, these non-dairy fudgesicles belong in summer rotation. Warming cinnamon and smoky chipotle chili powder add ...

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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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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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thin mint ice cream

March 13, 2014

I store thin mints in the freezer for two reasons: 1, I can’t be trusted around them and 2, I like them chilled. When I made homemade thin mints last week, I set aside a secret stash to be used in ice cream. Fresh mint ...

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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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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 ...