Brownie Lava Bites

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Pssst, remember lava cakes? The menu mainstay of classy dessert joints for the past decade or so? For awhile it seemed they were everywhere—you couldn’t pick up a menu without seeing yet another variation of a lava cake. They may have become cliché, but I never truly got tired of them—how could you get tired…

Tuesdays With Dorie: French Strawberry Cake

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I’ve fallen off the Tuesdays with Dorie wagon lately. (Not to throw my beloved new baby under the bus, buuuut…it’s pretty much entirely his fault. He may be cute, but self-sufficient and conducive to work he is not.)  A little break is necessary sometimes, but I don’t quite feel like myself when I’m not baking…

Pistachio-Rose Tarts

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Pistachio is a flavor I’ve come to appreciate only recently, now that I’m an adult. When I was younger, I knew pistachio as simply “that ice cream flavor that looks like mint chip but– annoyingly, emphatically– is NOT mint chip.” (Seriously, why do they do that? It’s cruel.) However, now that my tastebuds are all…

Meringue-Topped Blondies

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Meringue has never done much for me. I could take or leave a lemon meringue pie, and those crunchy meringue “cookies” that come in big tubs? Get those out of here and quit insulting me. But with this blondie recipe, I think I’ve finally found a legitimate use for meringue. It turns out that when…

Pumpkin Ice Cream Pie

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I know what you’re thinking, and I will save you the trouble and ask the question myself: who in their right mind posts a pumpkin recipe in May? MAY! Let me answer that by pointing to the giant knot on my head where a giant Tupperware of frozen pumpkin puree came flying out of my…

Lemon Poppy Seed Scones

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It’s a sad fact of my life that I love breakfast foods, but rarely have the chance to make and enjoy them in the mornings. These days I’m lucky if I have the time to slice a few berries for my cereal bowl before you-know-who wants breakfast of his own. Actually taking the time to…

Junior Mint Cookies–And A New Arrival

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Hello! Hi! Howdy! I’ve been away a solid month and I have missed you all. Here’s a little project I was working on in my absence: Our little sugarbaby is 4 weeks old today! He’s sweet-natured, loves to eat (just like his parents!), and is, in our entirely biased opinions, completely adorable. He’s also more…

Lick-The-Knife-Clean Chocolate Spread

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As part of my candy-writin’ job at About.com, I get a lot of emails from people I don’t know. A lot. Most of them are perfectly lovely and are a pleasure to answer. Some are completely baffling. Some are a bit insulting, in the please-provide-me-with-free-consulting-work sort of way. And some—my very favorite type—provide inspiration for…

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