Cookie Dough Truffles

Cookie Dough Truffles

For a while, cookie dough truffles were everywhere — especially on Pinterest, where eggless versions of raw cookie dough balls dipped in chocolate ran the gamut from dough balls made with yogurt to cannabis. During their peak level of popularity, I wasn’t particularly interested in cookie dough balls and ignored the recipes in favor of…

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Granola Made With Condensed Milk

Granola Made With Condensed Milk

I bake a lot of half-batch recipes, and one of the consequences is I’m often left with half a can of this or a half can of that.  A lot of times, it’s condensed milk.  I wish they’d sell it in 7 oz cans or tubes, but for now I’ve grown used to finding a…

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Rye Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies

Rye Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies

Hal’s Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies were a big hit with our friends. The spices and powdered sugar were one reason, but the texture also made the cookies special. They were lumpy, bumpy, had crispy edges, were chewy in the center, and kind of dense — not cakey at all. As much as we liked HAL’s,…

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Hal’s Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies

Hal's Favorite

I’m pretty open minded when it comes to chocolate chip cookies, but adding cinnamon and ginger and rolling them in powdered sugar is where I draw the line. At that point they’re just spice cookies, right? Or at least that’s what I thought when I first saw Hal’s Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies. I’m glad I…

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Light Corn Muffins

Corn Muffins

If you prefer your corn muffins slightly sweet yet not dessert-like and light enough to accompany chili or soup without being too filling, here’s a recipe worth trying. I made these to serve alongside some really good vegetarian chili.

Triple Chocolate Muffins

Triple Chocolate Muffins

This recipe is from an old issue of Cooking Light. I knew I’d saved it for a reason, so I flipped through quickly and found Triple Chocolate Muffins – the perfect recipe for a cold and dreary day in Austin. These were so delicious and they baked up with very high tops.

One Cup Cookies

One Cup Cookies

Also known as “Everything Cookies” or “Kitchen Sink Cookies”, the cookies I made today were named “One Cup Cookies” because the recipe calls for 1 cup of everything.

Scottish Shortbread Fingers

Scottish Shortbread

My grocery store has been trying to unload some about-to-expire Plugra butter by selling it for $1.58 per pack (8 oz). At first I wasn’t sure whether to bother with the sale since the butter’s freshness date was up in two weeks, but I came to my senses and bought a couple of packs anyway….

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Chocolate Covered Marshmallows

Chocolate Covered Marshmallows

This week I discovered how to get on my 13 year old daughter’s good side. I put a chocolate covered marshmallow square in her lunchbox and she’s been nice to me all weekend! Okay, so it’s only Saturday and she’s been at a school event most of the day, but I’ve gone a full 24 hours…

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Chocolate Marshmallow Squares

marshmallow peanut butter chocolate squares

This recipe is a twist on an old favorite called Lake Travis Mud. The mud, which is one of my favorite easy candies, uses mini marshmallows, but these chocolate marshmallow squares use large marshmallows so you get a higher ratio of marshmallow to chocolate, making each piece a little lighter. So yes, these are pretty…

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Mini Black Bottom Cupcakes

Mini Black Bottom Cupcakes

My first taste of a Black Bottom Cupcake was at an an Easter Egg Hunt in 1978. It certainly made an impact, and I remember searching for the recipe and making it for my teachers. Things haven’t changed much because I’m still making Black Bottom Cupcakes for teachers! And one thing I’ve learned is that…

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No Fail Five Minute Fudge

No Fail Fudge

The first time I made No Fail Five Minute Fudge, it took longer than five minutes and was a complete failure.  At first I  blamed the recipe, but the truth is it was my fault.

Sriracha Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Sriracha Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

I’ve put some weird things in peanut butter cookies, but it never occurred to me to to add sriracha sauce. With its robust peppery flavor and a hint of garlic, why would I put it in sweets? But then along came the Sriracha Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies from Red Hot Sriracha: 50 Recipes that Will…

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Cottage Cheese Dinner Rolls

cottage cheese dinner rolls

Adding dairy to bread dough is one trick bakers use to make breads light and tender. In this case that dairy ingredient is cottage cheese, and based on yesterday’s results, I’d say the trick works! These cottage cheese dinner rolls rose like crazy, were pillow-y soft and had an interesting flavor.

Crescent Roll Cream Cheese Coffee Cake

Cream Cheese Crescent Roll

This recipe goes by many names, which means it’s well loved. That, or it’s running from the law!  Nah, It’s a law-abiding good citizen of a cake, but it does have more than one title.  You can find it by looking for  Cream Cheese Squares or Cream Cheese Danish Casserole Or Sopapilla Cheesecake Bars. Some versions…

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Chocolate Covered Cherry Cake

Chocolate Cherry Bundt

I’m so happy to share this Chocolate Covered Cherry Cake! It’s from Texas Co-op Power, and it is perfect for Valentine’s Day. It tastes good of course, but it’s also a pleasure to make and has very low margin of error. It’s basically a dump and stir cake, though you will probably want to employ…

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