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Chocolate lava cakes, also known as molten-center chocolate cakes, are known for their oozy richness. Cakespy‘s Lava Cookies don’t quite have the same level of ooziness as their cake predecessors, but if you serve them warm you can still get a very satisfying mouthful of melty chocolate. The cookies are simple, using lots of chocolate chips and a a relatively small amount of flour in ... Read More »

Valentine’s Day Desserts on a Budget

Valentine’s Day is an occasion centered around chocolate and flowers – oh, and romance, of course. Lots of people are making spending cutbacks this year, but you shouldn’t have to pass up the chance to do something special and celebrate with your loved one as a result. Naturally, I think that homemade treats (and maybe some flowers) are a great option. The most obvious choice ... Read More »

Queen of Hearts Pan

I’m sure that I’ve said it before, but I’m a big fan of bakeware (and other kitchen gadgets) that works perfectly for seasonal celebrations and can still be used throughout the rest of the year without looking silly. Not that I’ll pass on the strictly seasonal things, of course. I’ll just take extra notice of products like Wilton‘s Queen of Hearts Pan. This bundt pan ... Read More »

Raspberry Cheesecake Brownies

Raspberry Cheesecake Brownies, aerial

Cheesecake brownies are such a great treat. They have a wonderful combination of flavors and textures, and even though they’re usually quite rich, the balance between the tangy cheesecake and chocolaty brownie makes them seem light. Classic vanilla cheesecake is the default topping for these, but there is no reason that you can’t branch out and try other flavor combinations here, just as you can ... Read More »

Small Batch Baking

Even though I don’t have any problems giving away a few dozen cookies when I have extra, there are times when you simply don’t need (or want) a huge batch of cookies or a full-sized layer cake. This is especially true if you have a small household and it takes you a while to get through all those treats. Enter Small Batch Baking. This cookbook ... Read More »

Hot Cocoa with Heart Shaped Marshmallows

Hot Cocoa with Heart Shaped Marshmallows

If it looks like Valentine’s Day is going to be a cold one for you and your sweetheart (and, unless you’re very lucky, it probably will be chilly) you might want to think about a gift that is hot to keep both of you warm. Of course, I’m talking about hot chocolate. The You Warm My Heart Hot Cocoa Mix comes with a pair of ... Read More »

Nutella Oatmeal Thins

Nutella Oatmeal Thins

I love it when a cookie looks fairly ordinary at first glance and then really “wows” you when you bite into it. These cookies fit that description perfectly. They might not look like much at first glance – thin, with no big chunks of chocolate, nuts or any other add0ins – but they win you over in one bite. They are thin and crispy, with ... Read More »

Sweetened Condensed Milk vs. Evaporated Milk

Sweetened Condensed Milk vs. Evaporated Milk

Two of the most often confused ingredients in the kitchen are sweetened condensed milk and evaporated milk. Their names are similar, and when you take into consideration the fact that sweetened condensed milk is frequently called “condensed milk,” the two products seem just about the same even though they are very different. Sweetened condensed milk and evaporated milk start out in much the same way, ... Read More »

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