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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 ...

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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 ...