Milk Chocolate Fudge

milk chocolate fudge

I was a little skeptical towards a milk chocolate fudge recipe. Wouldn’t milk chocolate make it too sweet? But when Sue, whose taste I trust implicitly, mentioned this milk chocolate fudge was her favorite, I gave it a try. It may be my favorite too! It’s not overly sweet and the dairy flavor of milk chocolate…

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Honey and Bran Chocolate Chip Cookies

Honey Bran Chocolate Chip Cookies

I like the idea of slightly healthier packaged cookies and keep saying I’ll buy a box of the Fiber One Chocolate Chip, but then I  feel guilty thinking I should just try making them myself.  So I did!   These Honey and Bran Chocolate Chip Cookies were the result, and they’re pretty good.  Plus when…

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Bourbon Caramel Corn

bourbon caramel corn

This recipe is for all the bourbon lovers out there who want to try Kentucky’s finest in popcorn form.  Not that there aren’t other versions of bourbon caramel corn, but this is the one I ended up going with, and we just couldn’t stop eating it.

Pina Colada Popcorn

Pina Colada Popcorn

Here’s a question: Do people still buy pudding mix to make actual pudding or is most pudding mix purchased to use as an ingredient? When was the last time you bought a box of instant pudding mix and just whipped it up for dessert? I’d like to see some charts and graphs! Okay, not really….

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Kahlua Popcorn

Kahlua Popcorn

If you like the flavor of Kahlua or just want to get drunk on popcorn, no worries! The Internet’s got covered. I found this Kahlua Popcorn recipe in a few different places, and while I was just kidding about the “drunk” park, it’s a recipe worth making if you’re a fan of coffee liqueur or…

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Coconut Oil Brownies

Coconut Oil Brownies

Coconut oil brownies were inspired by one of my goals for this year: updating old, good, and maybe-forgotten-about recipes. There are a lot of those here because when I first started Cookie Madness it was basically a web log of experiments and new found recipes rather than a carefully curated collection. To keep up with…

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Walnut Bread

Walnut Bread

With a freezer full of fudge, caramel corn, cookie dough, cheesecake and lime icebox cake, I couldn’t justify making another dessert and decided to tackle something more useful. This yeasted walnut bread hit the spot. It has a hint of sweetness and goes perfectly with peanut butter — unlike the Walnut Bread from Southern Burgundy which…

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Blackberry Cobbler for Two

blackberry cobbler for two

A few weeks ago my friend Randall shared his grandma’s recipe for peach cobbler. I fully intend to make it with peaches, but blackberries were on sale, so I followed the lead of my own grandma and made blackberry cobbler. But unlike my grandma, who made her famous cobbler in a 9×13 inch pan and…

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Key Lime Icebox Cake

key lime icebox cake

This no-bake key lime icebox cake is perfect for summer, but that didn’t stop me from making it in January. Why not? It combines two of our family’s favorite desserts – Key lime pie and icebox cake.

Quick Cinnamon Rolls With No Yeast

quick cinnamon rolls

Thanks to a mysterious stranger who left a note in a secondhand copy Cook’s Illustrated, my quest for the perfect cinnamon roll has ended. This might sound too good to be true, but these quick cinnamon rolls with no yeast come together in about the time it takes to make biscuits. They are deeply flavored…

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Top 10 Recipes 2014

Chocolate Layer Cake

Following up on the top 10 recipes for 2013, here are the top 10 recipes for 2014. These were the highlights of a slow, yet interesting year. #1. In January I made Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars. Some versions call for packaged cookie dough, but this recipe uses a scratch dough. #2. February was kind of…

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Skaarup’s Fudge

skaarup's fudge

This morning I was reminiscing on the olden days of the Internet and a fudge making website by T.P. Skaarup came to mind. I never knew Skaarup’s real identity and never really delved into it much to be honest, but I appreciated his/her enthusiasm and enjoyed reading Skaarup’s notes. At some point I lost track…

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Peanut Butter Caramel Corn

Peanut Butter Caramel Corn

As promised, here’s a recipe for a peanut butter coated caramel corn. I drizzled chocolate on half of it, and a mixture of melted peanut butter chips & coconut oil on the other. It turned out exactly as I was hoping and had a nice, crispy texture.

Chocolate Drizzled Popcorn

Chocolate Drizzled Popcorn

I’ve eaten my weight in caramel corn this week, to the point where I could say the baking theme for the 2014 holiday season was/is (still not over!) candied popcorn.  It’s addictive in a sense that it’s hard to stop eating, but also in that it’s hard to stop making multiple variations! What can you…

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Pecan Pretzel Caramel Corn

Caramel Corn

Last week during our usual walk around South Austin, Todd and I stumbled upon a pecan tree that had just dropped a few pecans. We picked up a few and kept walking until we hit another tree…then another, and another. Each tree seemed to have dropped more nuts next than the next! We picked up…

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Tex Mex Chocolate Cookies

Tex Mex Chocolate Cookies

Tex Mex Chocolate Cookies — Blast from the Past! Tex Mex Chocolate Cookies are a family favorite, and since the cold weather has bolstered our cravings for warm flavors, I made a batch yesterday.  They’re so good!  I used to make these cookies all the time, but at some point I took a break and during…

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