Category Archives: Chocolate

Hot Cocoa Cookies with Mini Marshmallows

Hot Cocoa Cookies with Mini Marshmallows

I find that almost no one – myself included – can resist a big mug of hot chocolate on a cold winter evening, particularly if that hot chocolate is topped off with a handful of marshmallows. It was a favorite treat of mine growing up and it still is today. There are very few hot chocolate or hot cocoa-flavored goodies out there, largely because it ... Read More »

Homemade Cinnamon Churros with a Trio of Decadent Organic Chocolate Dipping Sauces

Homemade Cinnamon Churros with a Trio of Chocolate Dipping Sauces

When I entertain during the holidays, I like to make desserts that are shareable to enjoy with my friends and family. To me, a “shareable” dessert includes an element of interactivity that you don’t get from a plate of cookies or cupcakes. While you certainly can’t go wrong with a batch of freshly baked holiday cookies, you get a complete different experience when you and ... Read More »

Reduced Guilt Mexican Chocolate Brownie Pie

Reduced Calorie Chocolate Brownie Pie

  I’m not one to shy away from sweet desserts and most of my recipes use sugar, honey or maple syrup as sweeteners. There are times – such as when I am cooking for family members who prefer a lower calorie dessert, or if I simply want a “reduced guilt” option after dinner – when I work with recipes where I can swap out a few ingredients so ... Read More »

Pumpkin Pie Spice Cookie Butter Brownies

Pumpkin Pie Spice Cookie Butter Brownies

One of my favorite pumpkin spice products to come out this season is Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Pie Spice Cookie Butter. Cookie butter already has some natural spice to it, but that spice is mild and almost gets lost in the brown sugar base of the spread sometimes. Amping up the spice makes the TJ’s cookie butter very addictive, and the fact that it has real ... Read More »

Brownie Batter Oreo Brownies

Brownie Batter Oreo Brownies

I always enjoy trying the seasonal and limited edition cookies that Oreo releases throughout the year. Perhaps it is because I always had a fondness for Oreo cookies and milk after a long day of school, but whatever the motivation, I always get a kick out of trying flavors that range from Caramel Apple to Candy Corn. One of the most recent releases is Brownie ... Read More »

S’mores Brownie Pie

S'mores Brownie Pie

I bake a lot of pies during the summer, when berries and stone fruits are at their peak of flavor and freshness. Another summertime favorite of mine is the classic campfire s’more, with its decadent combination of melting chocolate and toasted marshmallow. These two desserts are almost complete opposites – and that is precisely why combining them into one single dessert was such an appealing ... Read More »

White Chocolate & Apricot Oatmeal Cookie Bars

White Chocolate & Apricot Oatmeal Cookie Bars

Raisins and dried cranberries are two of the most commonly used dried fruits in baked goods, but they’re not the only dried fruit that you might find in your pantry. Instead of reaching for the raisins the next time you are in the mood to bake a batch of oatmeal cookies, consider reaching for dried blueberries, pineapple or apricots instead to bring some new flavors ... Read More »

Brownie Baked Alaska

Brownie Baked Alaska

There are some desserts that should never go out of style and a Baked Alaska is one of them. This retro classic is well worth making and it is always a hit when you bring it out at a party. My Brownie Baked Alaska starts with a dark chocolate brownie base that is topped with vanilla ice cream and covered in a layer of fluffy ... Read More »

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