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Pumpkin Spice Fudge Cookies

Pumpkin Fudge Cookies

Alice Medrich’s recipe for cocoa fudge cookies is one of my favorite chocolate cookie recipes. Not only are they delicious, but the cookies are also quite low in fat. The secret ingredient in these cookies is yogurt, which adds moisture and tenderness to the cookies without adding in a lot of extra butter or oil. These pumpkin spice fudge cookies are little more than a ... Read More »

Salted Maple Caramel Apples

Salted Caramel Apples

Candy making is more difficult than both cooking and baking, and being a good chef or baker doesn’t guarantee that you’re going to have success as a candymaker. Sugar is finicky, and recipes can go wrong with nothing more than a change in air temperature or humidity levels. This is why, even though I love to indulge in a caramel apple on occasion, I would ... Read More »

Belgian Waffles

There are waffles, and then there are Belgian waffles. A regular waffle can run through a range of possible flavors and textures – from light and crispy, to hearty and filling – and can be any of a variety of shapes, according to the type of waffle iron that you own. A Belgian waffle is always light and it is always made in a deep ... Read More »

Halloween Candy Bundt Cake

Leftover Halloween Candy Bundt Cake

Halloween candy is a funny thing. Unlike other times of the year, around October we’re all likely to buy candy in bulk and fill up our homes – relative to most the average day, at least – with snack sized candies and chocolates. If you have kids at home, the few weeks following Halloween are also going to find you loaded with candy. The candy ... Read More »

Chocolate Chip and Candied Ginger Muffins

Chocolate Chip and Candied Ginger Muffins

While I generally prefer my muffins to have fruit or nuts in them, I do like a muffin with a bit of chocolate in it from time to time as more of a treat. Chocolate chips are always on hand and are so easy to stir into a batch of muffins to get a chocolate fix early in the day. In my kitchen, I actually ... Read More »

Root Beer Brownies

Dr Brown's Root Beer

Beer is a major ingredient in a lot of recipes. Guinness, in particular – not to mention other dark stouts – works its way into quite a few baked goods. It pairs especially well with chocolate because of its naturally dark, chocolaty flavor, so Guinness Cupcakes and Guinness Chocolate Cake are fairly common. Guinness Brownies are not seen quite as often, but work for much ... Read More »

Vampire Cookies

Vampire Cookies, bitten

Every year I see lots of Halloween cupcakes and cakes that are rather boring in their decorations. They may have faces of ghosts or vampires painted on top with colored icing, but that really doesn’t do much to set them apart from non-holiday cupcakes. Halloween is one of my favorite holidays and I think it’s fun to go over-the-top where ever possible and really take ... Read More »

Cuban Bread

Cuban Bread

One of my favorite places to get a sandwich in Los Angeles is Porto’s Bakery. It’s a Cuban bakery that makes all kinds of amazing pastries, sandwiches and other sweet and savory treats. They make all their bread (everything in the bakery, actually) from scratch every day and it is not only delicious, but consistently so. Thousands of people cross through the doors of their ... Read More »

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