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Meyer Lemon Cake

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The other day I nearly screeched the tires on my grocery cart. In the produce section, I had crossed almost everything off my list when I spotted a display of Meyer lemons tucked in with

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Ingredients
  • For cake
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 4 large eggs at room temperature
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • Zest of 2 Meyer lemons

Mini S’mores Tarts

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Valentine’s Day is the best night of the year to eat at home. Why bother with reservations and special menus that don’t quite live up to all the hype? And dinner doesn’t have to be

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Ingredients
  • For crust
  • 1-1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • For filling
  • 12 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, cubed
  • 1 cup heavy cream

Yellow Sheet Cake with Chocolate Ganache Frosting

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My go-to feed-a-crowd kind of dessert is brownies or pretty much any bar cookie. With their drop cookie cousins, I always worry that they will be lopsided instead of uniform circles. That’s not to say

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Ingredients
  • For cake
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2-1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 cups granulated sugar

Black and White Cookies

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More cake-like than crispy or chewy, I was hooked on black and white cookies after my first nibble through the two-tone frosted shell. I tried them for the first time back in college when I

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Ingredients
  • For cookies
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup whole or 2% milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 1-1/4 cups cake flour

Everything Oatmeal Knots

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There are only 2 things that are keeping me warm right now: my Michelin Man puffy coat and soup. Not a day has gone by since the new year that I haven’t cozied up to

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Ingredients
  • 1 cup plus 1 tablespoon old-fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 1 package dry active yeast
  • 1/3 cup warm water
  • 1/4 cup flaxseed meal

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies

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There are infinite variations of chocolate chip cookies even though all of them start with the same basic ingredients. I went through an obsessive phase baking batch after batch, tweaking and adjusting, in an effort

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Ingredients
  • 3 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 8 ounces (2 sticks) cold unsalted butter
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs

Pear Almond Tart

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Christmas may have come and gone, but prime baking season still has another week to go. When the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s, obligations of resolutions will take over. Dessert will be out for

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Ingredients
  • For crust
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Classic Sugar Cookies

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I’m a drop cookie kind of baker. Making thing precise and adorable gets me anxious and nervous. It takes a holiday or another festive occasion for me to pull out my cookie cutters, and that’s

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Ingredients
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour plus
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Chocolate Cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

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My oven had been on nightly for the past few weeks. After my son went to sleep, I started baking, all in preparation for his birthday party. Perhaps I’m exaggerating that I was scooping flour

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Ingredients
  • 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
  • 1/4 cup Dutch-processed cocoa powder
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 egg yolk

Cinnamon Rolls

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With this year’s Thanksgiving celebration in the past, we are going full speed into December, zipping right through the holiday season. In a few short weeks, we will be enjoying long weekends and school break,

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Ingredients
  • For dough
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1 cup warm milk
  • 2 large eggs at room temperature
  • 4-1/2 cups flour
  • 1-3/4 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter

Salted Caramel Chocolate Pecan Pie

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It’s absolutely impossible not to think about pie this time of year. No dessert seems more appropriate as Thanksgiving approaches. Pie is not something that I bake that often, but when I do I am

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Ingredients
  • For dough
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1-1/2 sticks cold unsalted butter, cubed
  • 1/4 cup ice water

Pull-Apart Bread

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T-minus 2 weeks until Thanksgiving, my favorite food holiday of the year. I have sides and dessert on the brain right now and of course bread. It’s often a forgotten detail of a big meal,

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Ingredients
  • For dough
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour