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Drinking Chocolate

Drinking chocolate is a variation on hot chocolate that is usually richer, and less sweet than hot cocoa. The main ingredient, aside from milk, is chocolate, rather than cocoa powder or sugar. It’s a great cold weather treat because it’s basically a liquid dessert, a hot liquid dessert that warms you up with every sip! I use a combination of dark chocolate and milk chocolate ... Read More »

Pumpkin Muffins with Milk Chocolate Chips

Pumpkin Muffins with Milk Chocolate Chips, top view

Pumpkin can be a great addition to muffins and cakes. Like other fruit purees, including applesauce, pumpkin can really add a lot of moisture to a cake. It can also make the muffins a little bit heavy if you’re not careful and use too much of it. A good pumpkin muffin has a balance between moistness and fluffiness so you know that you’re eating a ... Read More »

Bread Pudding French Toast

Bread Pudding French Toast

I have never had a problem with having leftover bread pudding and being at a loss for what to do with it. I eat it – plain and simple. That being said, you can never have too many ideas to make eating those leftovers a little bit more interesting, even when you start off with bread pudding that is perfectly good in its leftover state ... Read More »

Orange Cranberry Brownie Cookies

Orange Cranberry Double Chocolate Chip Cookies, innards

These are dark, chewy brownie-like cookies with a bit of a twist. They have dried cranberries and some orange zest mixed into the dough, along with dark chocolate chips. The nice thing about the two fruity additions is that they break up some of the intensity of the chocolate and make the cookies a little bit more interesting. It’s not that the cookies are too ... Read More »

Baklava Bites

Baklava Bites, innards

Baklava is a middle eastern pastry that is made with layers of filo dough, filled with chopped nuts and sweetened – or perhaps I should say drenched – with honey. The flavors are great, but it can be messy to eat, as your fingers inevitably get very sticky. That said, I still like to serve it around the holidays because it’s got a very unusual ... Read More »

Mexican Hot Chocolate Linzer Cookies

Mexican Hot Chocolate Linzer Cookies

A linzer cookie can be very loosely defined as a a sandwich cookie with a windowpane-style top that reveals a (usually jam) filling. This definition is something of a departure from the traditional linzer tart that originally inspired the cookie. Linzertorte, or linzer tart, is a classic Austrian pastry made with a buttery, nut-rich dough and a jam filling, that is usually topped with a ... Read More »

White Chocolate Cherry Cookies

White Chocolate Cherry Cookies

I am always looking for new variations on drop cookies to try out when it comes to baking up batches of holiday cookies. As fun as it is to make gingerbread men and soft cutout cookies, it is a bit time consuming to chill the dough, roll and cut the dough, then decorate the finished cookies. A batch of drop cookies that can be mixed ... Read More »

Black and White Chocolate Bark

Black and White Chocolate Bark

Homemade treats are great gifts for the holidays, whether you want to bake cookies or make candies. One of the easiest – and tastiest – treats to make is chocolate bark. Chocolate bark, in its simplest form, is a relatively thin sheet of chocolate studded with nuts, dried fruits or even candies. The sheet of bark is set and then broken into uneven pieces to ... Read More »

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