Tagged: chocolate

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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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

  • 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

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

  • 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

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

  • 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

Zucchini Applesauce Muffins

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I discovered a couple forgotten zucchinis buried deep in the bottom of a refrigerator drawer. A couple weeks ago they were destined for the grill, but they were a bit wrinkly and becoming borderline unusable.


Tahini Swirl Brownies

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We are a family obsessed with brownies. I have my go-to salted fudge brownies, which are always a hit and my husband’s absolute favorite. Brownies are so simple to make with such irresistible results that