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Powdered Donut Cake

Monday, November 2, 2020
Powdered Sugar Donut Cake

I am highly enjoying Yossy Arefi’s new cookbook, Snacking Cakes, a lovely collection of simple, every day cakes. I’ve tried several recipes from the book now: Vanilla Buttermilk Cake, Minty Chocolate Malt Cake, and Cherry Coconut Almond Cake, and all of them were delicious. But my favorite so far is this Powdered Donut Cake, described as: “Heavy on the butter and nutmeg, this cake has all the flavors…

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Another book update!

Wednesday, September 30, 2020
Pan-banging Chocolate Chip Cookies

I have been getting a lot of messages asking about the availability of both my cookbooks – they are showing up OUT OF STOCK almost everywhere. Many of you have purchased my books this past month and once again I am shouting from the rooftops THANK YOU!! Thank you so much for your support of my blog, books, and recipes the last 10 years. I am overwhelmed with…

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Tart

Saturday, September 19, 2020
Peanut Butter Chocolate Tart

Edd Kimber’s latest cookbook, One Tin Bakes, is a wonderful book that reduces the required bakeware to just one tin; each and every recipe in the book is baked in a 9 x13 inch baking pan. I am really enjoying this book, and have so many things in it on my baking wish list: Raspberry and Rose Cheesecake Buns, Whisky and Rye Peach Pie, Brown Butter Apricot Crumble…

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Chocolate Orange Sablés

Friday, September 18, 2020
Chocolate Orange Sables

This month I have 6 new cookie recipes in the Holiday Cookies issue from Bake From Scratch! My favorite contribution is Chocolate Orange Sablés (recipe below), but I also have Cheesecake Bars with Chocolate and Caramel, Cranberry Streusel Bars, Ginger Sugar Cookies, Pumpkin Blondies, and Chocolate-Peppermint Pan-Banging Cookies. Meringues with Cacao Nibs and Carmel Swirl (a recipe from 100 Cookies), is also included. I highly recommend picking up…

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Neapolitan Cookies #70

Wednesday, September 16, 2020
Neapolitan Cookies

This cookie was inspired by pastry chef Matthew Rice’s Neapolitan cookie, which I stumbled upon while searching Pinterest for the color pink. This cookie popped up, and I was intrigued by the pretty colors and flavors of Neapolitan ice cream all rolled together. I headed straight to the kitchen. To make these Neapolitan Cookies, I used my sugar cookie recipe (#6 in 100 Cookies) as a base and came…

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Marshmallow Brownies with Peanut Butter #26

Monday, September 14, 2020
Marshmallow Peanut Butter Brownies

Marshmallow Fluff + Peanut Butter + Brownies = Yes, please. And you don’t need any kind of mixer to these – just a bowl and a whisk!  Marshmallow Brownies with Peanut Butter  are a combination of rich and chewy, chocolatey brownies with marshmallow fluff and a peanut butter filling swirled throughout the top. From 100 Cookies Notes This recipe is a variation on My Favorite Brownies recipe. This…

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100 Cookies Update!

Saturday, September 12, 2020
100 Cookies Giveaway

I’ve had a lot of people reaching out to me that my book, 100 Cookies, is currently out of stock online. My book has been reprinted and more COPIES ARE HERE! Book shipments are slowed somewhat because of COVID, but the books on the way. If you ordered from Barnes and Noble, please check if your book order was cancelled – because the book was out of stock some…

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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…