Desserts

Chocolate Cupcakes for My Little “Balemtime”

February 13, 2014
Chocolate Valentine

“Is it Balemtime’s yet?! Can we make chocolate tweats?” I didn’t think a 4-year-old could get more excited about something that wasn’t Christmas- or dinosaur-related. But I was wrong. It’s because there’s chocolate. And Master Yoda. She is my kid, after all. Although only one of us would choose broccoli & ranch over chocolate. Spoiler: [...]

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Orange-Chocolate Chip Muffins

January 29, 2014
Orange Chocolate Chip Muffins

Let’s cut right to it and talk about my favorite part about these muffins. (Believe it or not, it’s not the chocolate.) It was the way my hands smelled all day after mixing the orange zest and sugar together. It was the way the baking muffins made my house smell bright and citrusy. It was [...]

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Chewy Butter Pecan Cookies (and Beer) for Santa

December 24, 2013
Chewy Butter Pecan Cookies

Cookies and craft beer. That’s what Landry leaves out for Santa. The jolly old elf’s tastes sure have changed over the years! 30 years ago, his choice of treat while making the brief stop at our house was always a glass of milk and a slice of chocolate pie. I remember asking my dad why [...]

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Bourbon Caramel Apple Slab Pie

December 18, 2013
Bourbon Caramel Apple Slab Pie

Butter + Apples + Bourbon + Heavy cream = the best 10 pound apple pie you’ll ever sink you teeth into. At dessert or breakfast. It’s a mash-up of 1) The Pastry Queen’s Southern Comfort Apple Pie, the very best apple pie I’ve ever eaten and 2) Tara’s Slab Apple Pie, the most beautiful apple [...]

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Gingerbread Caramel Popcorn

December 16, 2013
Gingerbread Caramel Corn

I am all cookied out. Every single cookie that I brought home from last weekend’s exchange is gone. I didn’t eat them all, because that would be a terrible idea, but I had my share. And now I can’t even bring myself to edit the photos for the butterscotch cookie post that’s hanging out in [...]

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Orange & Cranberry Curd Squares

November 1, 2013
Orange and Cranberry Curd Squares

This truly is the most wonderful time of the year. After our Fairy Mermaid Princess (Princess Mermaid Fairy?) waved goodbye to the last of the trick or treaters, we turned off the lights and gave The Little her choice of Hocus Pocus or Charlie Brown to help wind down from the excitement of the night. [...]

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Bourbon & Salted Caramel Popcorn

October 17, 2013
Bourbon & Salted Caramel Popcorn

I hesitate to oversell and call that bowl of awesomeness “amazing” because it’s “just” caramel popcorn. But if caramel popcorn can be called amazing, then that stuff most certainly is amazing. It’s “just” popcorn coated in caramel sauce and baked. But that super easy caramel sauce is made in barely 10 minutes, without even requiring [...]

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Chewy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

August 3, 2013
Chewy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

After spending a week learning about cooking and nutrition at her preschool, my sweet(ish) little(ish) Landry Kate came home with a chef hat, an apron, and an intensely unwavering interest to help me brownies. Can we make brownies? Can we make brownies now? [yelling from inside the pantry] I can’t find the box of brownies! [...]

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