Category Archives: Chocolate

Dark Chocolate Cranberry Blondies

Dark Chocolate Cranberry Blondies

Blondies, as I have mentioned before, are a kind of bar cookie that spans the gap between a regular chocolate chip-type cookie and a brownie. They are typically made with a plain (i.e. nonchocolate) dough that has plenty of mixed in chocolate chips, nuts or dried fruits, but have a dense and fudgy texture that is most often associated with brownies. My inspiration to make ... Read More »

Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

Homemade Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

Peanut butter and chocolate are a good combination – great combination, in fact – which is precisely why there are so many peanut butter and chocolate confections out there. But commercial availability has never stopped me from putting together a homemade version of a favorite treat before, so when I saw a recipe for homemade chocolate peanut butter candies on on Bittersweet, I knew I ... Read More »

Cherry Garcia Biscotti

cherry garcia biscotti

Cherry Garcia is a flavor of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream that was developed as a kind of tribute to Jerry Garcia, but it is so popular (it is the brand’s top selling flavor) that at this point the name can almost act as a stand in for anything with bing cherries and chocolate chunks and people will know exactly what flavors they’re going to ... Read More »

Peppermint Cookies n’ Cream Brownies

Peppermint Cookies n' Cream Brownies, side view

Fudgy. Rich. Intense. Chocolaty. Pepperminty. Amazing. All of these words are ones that I would use to describe these Peppermint Cookies n’ Cream Brownies, which just might be my favorite brownies to date. The response to them in general (as soon as my unofficial tasters no longer had their mouths stuffed full of brownie) was “oh my god.” They had a fantastic balance between being ... Read More »

Chocolate Pumpkin Pie

Chocolate Pumpkin Pie

Pumpkin pie is one of those foods that is pretty much perfect in its basic state. For variations, a chef might switch from a graham cracker crust to a regular pastry crust, or tweak the spices by adding more ginger, a pinch of cardamom or a touch less cinnamon. Even when all of these alterations are put into place, a pumpkin pie is pretty much ... Read More »

Mummy Cookies with White Chocolate Wrapping

chocolate mummy cookies

A few Halloweens ago, I baked up a batch of Gingerbread Skeleton cookies. They were made with a fairly typical gingerbread dough – complete with lots of spices and molasses – and I used some white icing (a mixture of powdered sugar, vanilla and milk) to create some spooky designs on the cut out cookies. They were some of my all time favorite cookies, not ... Read More »

Spiderweb Tart (Chocolate Ganache Tart)

Spiderweb Tart, interior shot

I admit that my first instinct when thinking of Halloween recipes is to go for things that involve pumpkin, like pumpkin pie and pumpkin donuts. But chocolate is such an important part of the holiday (we all know it’s true) that a chocolate dessert seems to be just as good a fit, assuming that you can take more chocolate after all those snack-sized candy bars. ... Read More »

Giant Hostess Cupcake, step-by-step

giant hostess cupcake, innards

I’ve mentioned before that I’m a fan of the Pimp That Snack¬†website, where people submit their supersized versions of conventionally smaller snack foods, so when a good friend of mine asked me if I could rework my Devil’s Food Cupcakes with Vanilla Cream Filling into a giant Hostess cupcake lookalike, I didn’t hesitate before agreeing to give it a shot. The result is the cake ... Read More »

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