Hot Chocolate Mug Cake

A Hot Chocolate Mug Cake is for when you really want something sweet but want to do as little work as possible to get it. 

Hot Chocolate Mug Cake

For the past two or three weeks, I have had a fast and furious love affair. It’s indulgent, commitment free and makes me incredibly happy. This affair is with mug cakes, specifically this Hot Chocolate Mug Cake. 

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Red Velvet Madeleines

These Red Velvet Madeleines are a southern twist on a French classic. 

Red Velvet Madeleines

I’ve had Red Velvet Madeleines on my mind for a while now. Something about turning one of my favorite cakes into a tiny madeleine pillow spoke to me… and then nagged at me for months. I finally listened, and it turns out that tiny voice inside knows what she’s talking about! 

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My 2017 Baking Resolution

I like bread, and this year I’m going to prove it by baking through The Bread Baker’s Apprentice. Yes, I know I’m mildly crazy, thanks. 

Just over a year ago, I was the new owner of Peter Reinhart’s The Bread Baker’s Apprentice, a critically acclaimed bread bible for home bakers and professionals alike. I’d asked for it for Christmas, and at last, it was mine.  I really enjoyed bread class in pastry school, and now I could continue learning about the magic of bread making in my own kitchen. As far as pastry nerd enthusiasm goes, I was stoked. 

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In fact, I was so stoked that one of my 2016 Baking Resolutions was to bake more bread, but like so many resolutions, my early enthusiasm fizzled out. And by “fizzled out,” I mean I did not make a single loaf of bread last year. I did, however, manage to create the Perfect Pie Crust, the one and only resolution I accomplished last year. 

I’ve learned from my mistakes, and I’m ready for a do over.

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Thumbprint Cookies

We make these Thumbprint Cookies every Christmas. Otherwise, there’d be a revolt. 

Thumbprint Cookies

In my humble opinion, there are two baking staples to Christmas: Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies and Thumbprint Cookies. Without them, December 25th wouldn’t be complete. I’m not even sure where this recipe comes from from exactly. I just know it lives in my mom’s pink recipe book, which is practically a sacred text of handwritten recipes.

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Pie Crust

A pie crust so flaky, you can’t make lunch plans with it. 
Apple Galette

Let’s be honest, pie crust can be a big ole pain. On the one hand, it can be a work of flaky, golden art, or it can be a shrunken disappointment that is burnt on the top and raw on the bottom. Why you gotta be like that pie crust?

Earlier this year, I set out to find the perfect crust. It took me until December, but I finally found a pie crust that I love. Better than never, right?? 

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Apple Galette

This Apple Galette has all the taste of the French country side without the work of a French pastry chef. Lazy bakers rejoice. Apple Galette

 After all the pumpkin rolls and pies of Thanksgiving, I needed to recharge my baking battery before diving into the sweet trenches of Christmas baking. This Apple Galette was the perfect dessert to get me back in the baking mood after coming out of my turkey-induced November coma. 

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Apple Cider Caramels

Apple Cider Caramels combine your favorite fall drink with your favorite candy any other time of the year. 

Apple Cider Caramels

I’m obsessed with these Apple Cider Caramels. They are sooo good, like forget about the diet you wanted to be on before the holidays good. This past week, I have been a lovable grandmother, pushing wrapped candy on everyone I come across. Yes, I was initially met with concerned looks—I’m so glad you asked.  However, I was happy to give up my perceived sanity for the sake of sharing these delightful caramels.

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffles

These Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffles are for my fellow bowl scrapers and batter eaters.
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffles

If I’m being honest with myself, half of the joy of making chocolate chip cookies is eating the cookie dough, or as I like to call it, testing for quality control. Sometimes I don’t clean the bowl and beater very well to ensure there are “leftovers.” And by sometimes I mean every. single. time.  These Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffles will curb a cookie dough craving in a hot minute. They have all the taste of irresistable batter without the rather resistable addition of uncooked eggs. 

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Black and White Cookies

These Black and White Cookies are a  New York City classic that you don’t need a plane ticket to enjoy! 
Black and White Cookies

This one’s for my sister. Black and White Cookies are her favorite, and since it’s her birthday later this month, I thought I would earn some sister points and learn how to make them. Turns out they’re easy to make and perfect if you hate deciding between chocolate and vanilla. 

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