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chocolate cake with basil buttercream

Tuesday, August 11, 2020
Basil Buttercream

I had my first taste of basil and chocolate almost two decades ago, out with friends at Lucia’s restaurant in Minneapolis. Our server recommended the chocolate cake paired with the basil ice cream, and the combination sounded so intriguing we decided to trust him. The bright blue of my shirt, the buzz of voices at tables surrounding us, the candles speckling the dimly lit room, and chocolate and…

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Pan-banging Sugar Cookies + A Giveaway!

Sunday, August 2, 2020
pan-banging sugar cookies

Pan-banging sugar cookies! This is a recipe from my new cookbook, 100 Cookies, which comes out August 25th. Along with the recipe, I am excited to announce that I am partnering with Nordic Ware for a giveaway over on Instagram in celebration of the book. I am a huge Nordic Ware fan and love and use all their pans in my kitchen.  The giveaway package includes one of…

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pan-banging chocolate chip cookies

Monday, April 20, 2020

The original Pan-Banging Chocolate Chip Cookie, as featured in the NYTimes. This recipe first appeared in my Vanilla Bean Baking Book.    TROUBLESHOOTING 1. What even is pan-banging? Bakers tapping their cookie pans in the oven isn’t new, of course, but the pan-banging technique I use here is unique in that the pan is tapped in the oven every few minutes, creating ripples on the edge of the…

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Whole Meyer Lemon Meringue Bars

Wednesday, April 15, 2020
whole meyer lemon meringue bars

I’ve been working hard the last few weeks on finishing up projects, finishing book edits (my cookie book comes out October 2020!), working on posts for Breadin5, and helping my kids with distance learning (which seems like another full-time job). I haven’t had much time to bake from some of the beautiful cookbooks I received the last few months, but I finally was able to sneak in some…

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Cinnamon Rolls

Friday, December 20, 2019
cinnamon rolls

    **I’m re-posting my Cinnamon Roll recipe to the front page, after it was featured on The Kitchn today. I’ve included the sweet dough recipe and an option to print the recipe below. ** I’m posting the cinnamon roll recipe from my book here today, as many of you have been looking for it after the Pancake Princess declared it winner of her Cinnamon Roll Bake Off…

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Cheesecake Cookies

Saturday, December 7, 2019
Cheesecake Cookies

This past week I was on Twin Cities Live for their 12 Days of Cookies that airs each year around the holidays. I made these cheesecake cookies, and wanted to include them here as well because they are so delicious. On the show I didn’t add the chocolate drizzle, but I made them again this weekend and liked the added touch. They are good either way (you could…