Category Archives: Chocolate

Pistachio and Dark Chocolate Butter Cookies

Pistachio and Dark Chocolate Slice and Bake Cookies

A melt-in-your-mouth butter cookie is hard to resist. They are even harder to resist when you incorporate other delicious ingredients into the cookie dough, such as chopped up nuts and chocolate. A good example, of course, is this batch of Pistachio and Dark Chocolate Butter Cookies. These are easy to make slice-and-bake-cookies that are studded with crisp pistachios and rich dark chocolate. The fact that ... Read More »

Mocha Bundt Cake with Coffee Glaze

Mocha Bundt with Coffee Glaze

Streusel-topped coffee cake gets its name because it is the perfect thing to serve with a hot cup of coffee at brunch or as an afternoon snack, not because it is coffee-flavored. In fact, most coffee cakes have no coffee in them at all – a fact which throws people for a loop sometimes when they actually go in search of a cake that has ... Read More »

Boston Cream Whoopie Pies

Mini Boston Cream Pie, up close

Boston cream pie is an unusual type of layer cake, made with two rounds of sponge cake that are filled with pastry cream and topped with a glaze of chocolate ganache. It is basically like a giant custard sandwich, and quite unlike most layer cakes. I thought it would translate very well into a whoopie pie format, making a miniature version of a Boston cream ... Read More »

Chocolate Carrot Cake Cupcakes with Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting

Chocolate Carrot Cake Cupcakes

The mention of carrot cake usually brings up memories of a moist, spicy cake laden with rich and tangy cream cheese frosting – not of chocolate. But just as zucchini can pair well with chocolate in a cake or quick bread, so can shredded carrots. These Chocolate Carrot Cake Cupcakes are a chocolaty variation on my regular carrot cake cupcake recipe. The cupcakes get a ... Read More »

Homemade Girl Scout Cookies: Gluten Free Thin Mints

Homemade Gluten Free Thin Mints

Over the past couple of years, I have put together a collection of a number of homemade recipes for Girl Scout Cookies. My recipes are made with all natural ingredients and, rather than having to wait for cookie season to come around, you can make them yourselves any day of the year. The Girl Scouts don’t currently make any of their cookies gluten free, and ... Read More »

Classic Chocolate Cream Pie

Chocolate Cream Pie

Chocolate cream pie is a pie for chocolate lovers. Most chocolate cream pies have a pudding-like chocolate filling that is made on the stovetop and poured into a prebaked pie crust. The pies are easy to make, but are subject to a huge amount of variation. Some actually are filled with pudding, rendering them very difficult to slice and making the crusts soggy. Some are ... Read More »

Balsamic Vinegar Fudge Cookies

Vanilla Balsamic

Vinegar pops up in some baked goods as a quick and easy way to add an acid to a recipe, allowing a leavening agent like baking soda to get a little extra lift when added to a batter. Vinegar is rarely used as a flavoring agent and in the recipes that call for it, you can almost never taste it in the finished product. These ... Read More »

S’mores Ice Cream Terrine

S'mores Ice Cream Terrine

The combination of toasted marshmallows, crispy graham crackers and melting chocolate is what makes s’mores a beloved summertime treat of so many. Classic s’mores are made over a campfire, but you can capture the flavor of a s’more in different types of baked goods and desserts by using the same building blocks in a different way. A S’mores Layer Cake is a great example of ... Read More »

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