Category Archives: Chocolate

Fudgy Fernet Branca Brownies

Chocolate Mint Brownies with Frenet Branca

Fernet Branca is a type of amaro – a bitter Italian herbal liqueur – that was invented in 1845. The liqueur is complex, with 27 secret ingredients that go into it to give it its unique flavor. It is hard to describe what it tastes like because it is so complex, but I can say that it is reminiscent of cough syrup, with a very ... Read More »

White Chocolate Cream Pie

Vanilla Bean White Chocolate Cream Pie

Chocolate cream pie is an indulgent choice for dessert any time of the year. Made with plenty of chocolate, the filling can range from milk chocolate to dark chocolate to suit the preferences of the chef. As a white chocolate fan (I like all chocolates, really), I find that white chocolate gets overlooked when it can make an amazing chocolate cream pie. This vanilla-infused White ... Read More »

Fudge Monster Cookies

Fudge Monster Cookies

Making desserts for Halloween is tremendously fun. It’s a holiday where you not only have the license to indulge in all kinds of desserts and candies, but where you have permission to go for crazy decorations, wacky food colors and other fun touches that aren’t usually found in dessert. Great examples of this include my Zombie Graveyard Cake, bloody Shortbread Bones and Cupcakes from the Black ... Read More »

Mocha Chip Brownies

Mocha Chip Brownies

These Mocha Chip Brownies may seem simple at first glance, but their short ingredient list only means that they are easy to make, not lacking in flavor. They are some of the most delicious brownies that I’ve had in a while – so tasty that I made two batches in two days just to meet the demand of my tasters. These brownies have just the ... Read More »

Gluten Free Chocolate Oatmeal Chip Cookies

Gluten Free Chocolate Oatmeal Chip Cookies

I don’t have any problems eating gluten myself, but I do keep a few containers of gluten free flour blends on hand for those occasions when I need to do some gluten free baking for friends and family members who might prefer it. I also experiment with various recipes in between those occasions, so I know that whatever I’m serving is as good as it ... Read More »

Chocolate Chunk Oatmeal Cookies with Cacao Nibs

Chocolate Chunk Oatmeal Cookies with Cacao Nibs

The next time you find yourself biting into a chocolate chip cookie and thinking that it could use some more chocolate in it, set the cookie down and make yourself a batch of these Chocolate Chunk Oatmeal Cookies with Cacao Nibs instead. The cookies deliver a tremendous amount of chocolate flavor in every bite, in spite of the fact that they look like ordinary chocolate chip ... Read More »

Stracciatella Cupcakes

Stracciatella Cupcakes

Stracciatella is one of my favorite gelato flavors. This milk-based ice cream is packed with lots of fine chocolate shavings just waiting to melt in your mouth. It is similar to chocolate chip ice cream, but the pieces of chocolate are much finer, so you get a more even distribution and a more subtle chocolate flavor. The name stracciatella comes from the Italian word “stracciare” ... Read More »

The Best S’mores Brownies

The Ultimate S'mores Brownies

S’mores are at the top of my list of must-have summer desserts. The combination of crisp graham crackers, gooey marshmallow and melted chocolate is one that I just can’t resist. The best way to make them is over a campfire, of course, but I’m not willing to wait until I’m sitting by an open flame to indulge in this summer classic. Instead, I mix up ... Read More »

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