Favorite Recipes Index

Welcome to the Favorite Recipes Index!

The Cookie Madness Favorite Recipes index does not include every recipe from Cookie Madness, but rather ones I’ve carefully selected based on how often I go back to them or how stellar they were the first time. These are the recipes I make over and over and which have received good reviews from other bakers. If you have a recipe you think belongs in the Favorite Recipe Index, let me know. For now, please enjoy these most trusted recipes.

New York Times Chocolate Chip Cookie

(The Latest) New York Times Chocolate Chip Cookies

Posted on Jul 10th, 2008 - By Anna - 35 Comments

Update: I've been making what I call "The New York Times Chocolate Chip Cookies" a lot lately for bake sales. Their size and shape make them really…

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10 Peanut Butter Treats for National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day

Posted on Mar 1st, 2010 - By Anna - 11 Comments

One of Todd’s co-workers has a peanut allergy and can’t eat a lot of the goodies I send to work. Over the weekend, I started feeling bad about…

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Pecan Pie

2008 Thanksgiving Pecan Pie

Posted on Nov 22nd, 2008 - By Anna - 9 Comments

This is one of my favorite pecan pie recipes. The pecans are toasted, the butter is slightly browned, the pie uses both types of corn syrup and it's…

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Chocolate Chip Bars

A Big Batch Chocolate Chip Bar Recipe

Posted on Feb 18th, 2011 - By Anna - 12 Comments

If you like the idea of the chocolate chip bars I posted yesterday but don't want the whole wheat, here's an excellent chocolate chip bar from my…

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Valentine's Cookie

A Lazy Mom’s Cut-Out Sugar Cookies

Posted on Feb 8th, 2008 - By Anna - 26 Comments

Update: "Lazy Mom's Cut-Out Sugar Cookies" is old recipe which I'd completely forgotten about until I updated my index. I put an "A" in front of the…

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A Really Good Chocolate Bundt Cake

Posted on Aug 10th, 2009 - By Anna - 33 Comments

The September issue of Food & Wine arrived Saturday, and flipping through the pages I found a Cookie Madness must-try recipe, another chocolate…

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Agave Honey Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Agave Honey Oatmeal Cookies

Posted on Jan 12th, 2009 - By Anna - 18 Comments

If you happen to have some agave nectar and are looking for ways to use it, here’s a recipe you might like. I made a batch a few days ago and think…

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chocolate chip cookies with brown sugar

All Brown Sugar Chocolate Chip Cookies

Posted on May 5th, 2011 - By Anna - 26 Comments

I had the urge to bake cookies for my hair dresser this morning, but at the last minute I discovered I was out of granulated sugar. What to do? Use…

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almond milk chocolat pudding

Almond Milk Chocolate Pudding

Posted on May 9th, 2012 - By Anna - 40 Comments

We’re not milk drinkers, but I buy it anyway for recipes and the occasional bowl of cereal.   Inevitably, it goes sour and I end up…

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Alton Brown Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Posted on Jan 4th, 2006 - By Anna - 25 Comments

I make the Alton Brown Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies for people who like their cookies dense, chewy and kind of soft (but not cakey). The recipe calls…

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lemon meringue pie

An Easy Lemon Meringue Pie Plus a Great Crust Recipe

Posted on Oct 20th, 2013 - By Anna - 8 Comments

Pie season is here, so I’ve been testing recipes for pastry dough trying to determine which one is really my favorite. There are so many variations…

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anise biscotti

Anise Biscotti for the New Year

Posted on Dec 27th, 2015 - By Anna - 9 Comments

Thanks to Santa, I am now the proud owner of a bottle of anise extract.  I was told he purchased it at The Spice House, a local spice store that…

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apple coffee cake

Apple Coffee Cake

Posted on Oct 21st, 2015 - By Anna - 10 Comments

A few weeks ago I traded my neighbor a loaf of King Arthur’s Harvest bread for a big slice of homemade apple coffee cake. It was one of the best…

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apple bars

Apple Crumb Bars — Small Pan

Posted on Oct 21st, 2007 - By Anna - 16 Comments

This is a small batch, 8 inch pan size recipe for apple bars.  If you cool them and chill them as directed, they cut easily and stay together very…

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Applesauce Chocolate Chip Cake

Applesauce Chocolate Chip Cake

Posted on Nov 13th, 2007 - By Anna - 9 Comments

This recipe for "Applesauce Chocolate Chip Cake" is so good.  It has a full 2 cups of applesauce, but you don’t taste the apples so much as the…

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Apricot Orange Bar

Apricot Orange Bars

Posted on Nov 26th, 2005 - By Anna - 19 Comments

Apricot Orange Bars from Julie Hasson is a recipe adapted from an old issue of Bon Appetit. On a scale of 1-10, these bars are a 15. I've pasted the…

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cranberry jalapeno bread cut

Austin Texas Jalapeno Cranberry Bread

Posted on Nov 23rd, 2010 - By Anna - 10 Comments

Jalapeno Cranberry Bread -- a Most Requested Recipe If you're looking for that perfect last minute quick bread -- something to serve along with the…

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Baked Cake Doughnuts

Baked Cake Doughnuts

Posted on Oct 9th, 2015 - By Anna - 3 Comments

All the other baked donuts can move over now, because this one is the new favorite. "Baked Cake Doughnuts" were made with the recipe that came with…

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Baked Potato Chips

Posted on Feb 7th, 2010 - By Anna - 25 Comments

I took a day off from baking sweets yesterday, so today' I'm going to share something a little different. This is a recipe for one of our favorite…

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Baking Sticks Chocolate Chip Cookies

Posted on Apr 13th, 2009 - By Anna - 25 Comments

Today’s  cookie  recipe came from a rather unexpected source -- the back of the “I Can’t Believe it’s Not Butter Baking Sticks” box. I…

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balsamic pickled eggs

Balsamic Pickled Eggs

Posted on Mar 27th, 2016 - By Anna - 4 Comments

I'd never heard of balsamic pickled eggs until a few months ago when one turned up in a club sandwich I'd ordered at an Irish pub. The brown tinted…

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Pastry Cream

Basic Pastry Cream #1

Posted on Sep 8th, 2013 - By Anna - 12 Comments

When it comes to pastry cream, I tend to jump from recipe to recipe.  It's generally not a problem until I have a big pastry cream failure and…

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Cream Puff

Basic Pastry Cream #2 — This Might Be The One

Posted on Sep 9th, 2013 - By Anna - 8 Comments

I thought I'd be making bowls upon bowls of pastry cream since I'm searching for a favorite, but thanks to Katrina's friend Paige, I may have found…

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Basic White Bread

Basic White Bread Without a Bread Machine

Posted on Jul 16th, 2013 - By Anna - 9 Comments

This bread was inspired by a situation that occurred a few weeks ago. Fuzz had a friend over for an all-day visit, and when lunch time rolled around,…

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Almond Toffee

Best Ever Almond Toffee Revisited

Posted on Oct 27th, 2009 - By Anna - 92 Comments

If you lived close by, we could meet at your house, pull out all the gear, arrange the ingredients and walk through this recipe together. I’d guide…

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Deep, Dark, Fudge Brownies

Best Fudge Brownies Ever

Posted on Nov 14th, 2006 - By Anna - 40 Comments

The Best Fudge Brownies ever (okay, maybe not "ever" but close) are from the back of a bag of King Arthur brand flour, these brownies are…

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key lime pie

Best Key Lime Pie

Posted on Jun 2nd, 2010 - By Anna - 25 Comments

I found this recipe a few weeks ago and was really excited about trying it since we love key lime pie. Unfortunately, all my pie plates were in…

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Mary Jo-Bowen Best Ever Pound Cake

Best Pound Cake Ever

Posted on Jul 23rd, 2008 - By Anna - 15 Comments

This was posted in the comment section a few weeks ago by Katy, who says it’s the best pound cake ever. Another reader, Jill from Salado, tried it…

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banana bread

Beth’s Banana Bread

Posted on Apr 28th, 2014 - By Anna - 0 Comments

I baked this banana bread as a last minute treat for my sister-in-law's family to take with them on an airplane ride back home. When they reached…

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Coca Cola Banana Bread

Beth’s Cola Banana Bread

Posted on Apr 29th, 2014 - By Anna - 1 Comment

My sister-in-law, Beth, and her family stayed with us over the holidays. A good time was had by all, and it was sad to see them go.  However, they…

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Loaded Oatmeal Cookie

BHG Loaded Oatmeal Cookies

Posted on Feb 18th, 2009 - By Anna - 23 Comments

I wasn’t sure how the brownies would turn out, so I decided to make a quick batch of the Loaded Oatmeal Cookies from BHG. I had some doubts. With…

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Cookies for the Fourth of Juyly

Big Batch Triple Chip Cookies

Posted on Jul 4th, 2012 - By Anna - 15 Comments

Happy Fourth of July! Our holiday got off to a good start last night when we discovered the upstairs balcony was a prime viewing spot for the…

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Big Fat Cranberry Oatmeal Cookie

Big Fat Maple Cranberry Walnut Oatmeal Cookies

Posted on Oct 24th, 2007 - By Anna - 24 Comments

This cookie is based on a recipe from Elinor Klivan’s book “Big Fat Cookies” and as you'd guess, the cookies are quite large. Fat? Not really,…

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Biscotti Thins

Biscotti Thins with Cranberries and Pecans

Posted on Jul 7th, 2014 - By Anna - 9 Comments

Biscotti Thins -- Thin, But Not Too Rich! Biscotti Thins are one of my favorite cookies, and this my all-time favorite recipe. However, I can’t…

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blueberry crostata

Blueberry Rustic Tart

Posted on Aug 12th, 2015 - By Anna - 2 Comments

There's a joke at our house that a rustic tart is just a lazy version of pie. It doesn't require a pie dish, the rolling and crimping process is…

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Blueberry Bread

Blueberry Sour Cream Loaf Cake

Posted on Jul 21st, 2014 - By Anna - 5 Comments

This cake was a result of my attempt to bake our favorite blueberry muffin recipe in a loaf pan.  I was going for blueberry bread, but the result…

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Boston Cream Cheesecake

Boston Cream Cheesecake

Posted on Jul 23rd, 2012 - By Anna - 14 Comments

If you can't decide between cheesecake or regular cake and like the attributes of Boston Cream Pie, this dessert has it all! The recipe is…

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Boston Cream Poke Cake

Boston Cream Poke Cake

Posted on Mar 15th, 2012 - By Anna - 16 Comments

After making a gelatin poke cake and going on and about how I didn't like the lime flavor, I moved on to the pudding variation.  Much…

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brown sugar chocolate cake

Brown Sugar Chocolate Cake Cupcakes

Posted on Apr 7th, 2016 - By Anna - 1 Comment

Thanks to the reader who recommended Gale Gand's brown sugar chocolate cake! After reading the recommendation I felt sure I had tried it at some…

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Brown Sugar Snickerdoodles

Brown Sugar Snickerdoodles

Posted on May 19th, 2015 - By Anna - 7 Comments

I never thought I'd pick a snickerdoodle over a chocolate chip cookie, but a few years ago Todd brought home some snickerdoodles which gave chocolate…

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Brownie Bark

Brownie Bark Recipe

Posted on Oct 5th, 2012 - By Anna - 42 Comments

Brownie Bark -- Warning, it is Addictive. Last week my friend Nancy (Tag Sale Tastes) and I were discussing our favorite brands of packaged…

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Cinco de Mayo Brownies

Brownies for Cinco de Mayo

Posted on May 2nd, 2008 - By Anna - 6 Comments

"Ay Caramba!" Only 3 more shopping days until Cinco de Mayo. Maracas. Check Pinata. Check Tequila. Check Mariachi Band. Check Brownie Mix.…

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bulk bin bars

Bulk Bin Bars

Posted on Apr 19th, 2015 - By Anna - 0 Comments

I haven't cloned Kind bars yet, but if I were going to then this is the recipe I'd start with. Also known as Birdseed Bars, these are hodgepodge of…

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famous marshmallows

Butter’s Famous Marshmallows

Posted on Apr 15th, 2015 - By Anna - 19 Comments

I've tried a lot of marshmallow recipes, but this one tops them all. It's from Butter Baked Goods: Nostalgic Recipes From a Little Neighborhood…

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buttermilk pie

Buttermilk Pie

Posted on Nov 22nd, 2014 - By Anna - 4 Comments

Buttermilk Pie -- An Unexpected New Favorite Buttermilk pie was never high on my list of desserts until a few years ago. My sister-in-law brought…

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Butterscotch Oat Bars with Toasted Pecans

Posted on Jul 10th, 2007 - By Anna - 16 Comments

Did you know today was National Butterscotch Day? It's not. I just made that up, but if it were, these Butterscotch Oat Bars would be a good cookie…

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Cindy McCain Cookies

Butterscotch Oatmeal Cookies

Posted on Nov 6th, 2008 - By Anna - 15 Comments

For the past 16 years Family Circle has challenged prospective first ladies to a cookie bake-off, and up until this year, every winning cookie has…

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Caramel Filled Brownie

Caramel Filled Brownies

Posted on Apr 21st, 2007 - By Anna - 23 Comments

Caramel filled brownies are an all-time favorite, and this is probably my most requested recipe. The original version of the recipe is in The…

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Caramel Cake

Caramel Icing and Caramel Cake

Posted on Dec 29th, 2012 - By Anna - 26 Comments

Caramel Icing Is What Makes The Cake! Check out my birthday cake!  It may not appear very festive, but it definitely brightened the day because it…

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peanut butter cheerios

Cheerios Peanut Butter Cookies

Posted on Apr 16th, 2016 - By Anna - 2 Comments

This is an old recipe I'd completely forgotten about until last week. Unlike the Cheerios Chocolate Chip Cookies which I've made multiple times…

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Chef Kate’s Goop Blondies

Posted on Jul 26th, 2009 - By Anna - 15 Comments

This morning I finally tried Chef Kate’s Blondies – a popular recipe from Goop. They were terrific, but I did scale the recipe down a bit because…

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Chai Meringue

Chewy Chai Meringue Cookies

Posted on Dec 3rd, 2007 - By Anna - 16 Comments

If you like meringue-type cookies, here’s a recipe to add to your collection. Chewy Chai Meringue Cookies were created by Alison Campbell of…

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Fudgy Brownie

Chewy Triple Fudge Brownies

Posted on Jun 9th, 2008 - By Anna - 45 Comments

In honor of Fuzz’s first day at Brownie Day Camp, I made a quick batch of fudge brownies – but not just any brownies. I used an old Cook's…

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Chewy Vegan Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Chewy Vegan Oatmeal Cookies

Posted on Jun 10th, 2008 - By Anna - 102 Comments

Vegan Oatmeal Cookies -- a Cookie Madness Favorite Vegan oatmeal cookies are are one of my most requested treats.  I hope you like them!  They're…

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Chicago Public School Butter Cookies

Chicago Public Schools Butter Cookies

Posted on Jun 18th, 2015 - By Anna - 15 Comments

Our family just moved to the great city of Chicago. We love it, and we've been so busy! There's always something to do here and it's so easy to get…

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Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies

Chippy Peanut Butter Cookies

Posted on Nov 24th, 2013 - By Anna - 13 Comments

I needed an excuse to try out my new bag of Trader Joe's Peanut Butter Chips, and Katrina gave it to me in the form of this cookie! The…

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Chocolate Chip and Peanut Butter Bars

Chocolate & Peanut Butter Chip Bars

Posted on May 11th, 2012 - By Anna - 6 Comments

Thanks for all the suggestions on what brands and what type of almond milk to buy. I've officially finished the first carton and am ready for more,…

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Chocolate Babka

Chocolate Babka Mini Loaves

Posted on Dec 3rd, 2015 - By Anna - 6 Comments

Today's baking inspiration came from Epicurious in the form of chocolate babka. Wow, was it ever good! After looking at multiple photos of…

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Chocolate Cake Roll With Cappuccino Cream

Chocolate Cake Roll With Cappuccino Cream

Posted on Feb 13th, 2014 - By Anna - 4 Comments

It's a jelly roll cake, and I'm so excited to share this recipe! Every time I post one I have to mention that I find jelly rolls intimidating, and…

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Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bar Cookies

Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars

Posted on Jan 15th, 2014 - By Anna - 20 Comments

Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars From Scratch! Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars are for anyone who likes chocolate chip cookies and cheesecake. That…

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Thin Chocolate Chip Cookie

Chocolate Chip Cookies Like Tate’s Bake Shop

Posted on May 30th, 2009 - By Anna - 6 Comments

Update:  The Tate's Bake Shop recipe has become one of my favorite over the years when I want to make very thin cookies, but getting consistently…

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Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Chip Cookies Made With Oil

Posted on Jun 28th, 2008 - By Anna - 51 Comments

This morning I spent almost 2 hours trying to figure out some “simple” things in Photoshop. I am terrible not the greatest nor the worst with…

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Chocolate Chip Molasses

Chocolate Chip Cookies With Molasses

Posted on Jul 6th, 2006 - By Anna - 12 Comments

I think I've posted this recipe before, but since we're talking about molasses, here's a great chocolate chip cookie with molasses. This recipe comes…

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cookies with pudding mix

Chocolate Chip Cookies with Pudding Mix

Posted on May 30th, 2008 - By Anna - 32 Comments

Whoa! I sure am late with today’s recipe. You guys are probably at Happy Hour already! But better late than never, and have I got a cookie…

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chocolate chip sweets

Chocolate Chip Sweets Pumpkin Bread

Posted on Oct 2nd, 2015 - By Anna - 3 Comments

Today's recipe is from Tracey Zabar’s new book, Chocolate Chip Sweets: Celebrated Chefs Share Favorite Recipes. It’s a spicy pumpkin bread full…

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Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Pretzel Twists

Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Pretzels

Posted on Sep 6th, 2013 - By Anna - 11 Comments

Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Pretzels were inspired by a recent trip to Make it Sweet, a cake decorating shop in North Austin which I finally got…

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Chocolate Glazed Triple Layer Cheesecake

Chocolate Glazed Triple Layer Cheesecake Updated

Posted on Dec 24th, 2013 - By Anna - 12 Comments

Happy Holidays! I hope you are enjoying time with friends and maybe having some fun in the kitchen as well. I've been a little apprehensive toward…

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chocolate stout cake

Chocolate Guinness Layer Cake

Posted on Jan 15th, 2008 - By Anna - 29 Comments

Today’s cake is the result of both my being too lazy to go to the store and the good fortune of having some Guinness in the refrigerator. It’s a…

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Hazelnut Chewies

Chocolate Hazelnut Chewies

Posted on Jun 2nd, 2014 - By Anna - 4 Comments

I've been making these cookies for years, but in the past couple of months they've become a family favorite. Similar to meringues, but a lot quicker…

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Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake

Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake with Sour Cream Frosting

Posted on May 20th, 2013 - By Anna - 11 Comments

In case you missed the news, yesterday was not only National Baking Day, but National Devil's Food Cake Day.  And while I admit to not taking full…

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marbled brownies

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake Marbled Brownies

Posted on Jan 23rd, 2008 - By Anna - 11 Comments

It’s been a great day. The housekeepers came, I finished some chores I’d been avoiding, and I got an email asking if I'd bake something for…

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pretzel toffee

Chocolate Pretzel Toffee

Posted on Dec 23rd, 2015 - By Anna - 2 Comments

Maybe it’s my imagination, but it seems like pretzel toffee, Saltine cracker toffee and matzo toffee have become more popular than ever. No…

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sea salt caramels

Chocolate Sea Salt Caramels

Posted on Jul 7th, 2015 - By Anna - 2 Comments

I’ve always put more time and effort into toffee than caramel, but lately I’ve been craving the latter and trying various recipes. By far, this…

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chocolate pumpkin bundt cake magazines

Chocolate-Pumpkin Bundt Cake

Posted on Oct 20th, 2009 - By Anna - 20 Comments

I came home from vacation ready to bake, but there were piles of laundry and personal matters to attend to. Experimenting in the kitchen wasn’t an…

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Chubby Chocolate Whopper Blobs

Posted on Aug 9th, 2015 - By Anna - 5 Comments

If you want "the best of the best" in chocolate cookies, this is the recipe for you. But there's one caveat -- you have to like nuts. Along with…

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Crunch Crust Brownies

Cinco de Mayo Brownies

Posted on May 5th, 2014 - By Anna - 1 Comment

Happy Cinco de Mayo! I have another recipe in mind for today, but I just realized I am out of nuts and have to make a grocery store run.  So until I…

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cinnamon toast thins

Cinnamon Swirl Bread and Cinnamon Toast Thins

Posted on Apr 15th, 2013 - By Anna - 12 Comments

After testing at least five different recipes for cinnamon swirl bread, I think I've finally found a favorite. And while my original goal was to find…

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Coconut Tres Leches Cake

Coconut Tres Leches Cake with Mexican Vanilla

Posted on Apr 30th, 2013 - By Anna - 6 Comments

I found this coconut tres leches cake recipe while organizing my big box of recipe clippings. The recipe was clipped from Taste of Home, where it had…

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Coffeehouse Caramel Macchiato Cheesecake

Posted on Dec 12th, 2012 - By Anna - 3 Comments

Thanks to everyone who entered the Smucker's giveaway. I enjoyed reading all your comments (as usual) and wish I could give the prize to everyone,…

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Colossal Ginger Cookies

Colossal Ginger Cookies

Posted on Oct 13th, 2005 - By Anna - 5 Comments

If you want huge, thick ginger cookies that are soft in the middle but have crispy edges, give this recipe a try. I've been making these for years…

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Cook’s Illustrated Fluffy Yellow Cake — Best Yet!

Posted on Apr 13th, 2010 - By Anna - 13 Comments

Over the weekend I baked three different yellow cakes. All were variations on basic 1-2-3-4 cake and of the three, my favorite was Magnolia’s. But…

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Cookie Dough Truffles

Cookie Dough Truffles

Posted on Mar 25th, 2015 - By Anna - 5 Comments

For a while, cookie dough truffles were everywhere -- especially on Pinterest, where eggless versions of raw cookie dough balls dipped in chocolate…

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Cookie Packaging

Posted on Sep 26th, 2007 - By Anna - 7 Comments

It's time to think start thinking about how to pack holiday cookies.  In my case, that means putting an order in with Paper Mart.  They don't…

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cranberry nut bars

Cranberry Nut Bars From Leftover Cranberries

Posted on Nov 29th, 2015 - By Anna - 6 Comments

This batch of Cranberry Nut Bars started as a way to use up half a bag of fresh cranberries leftover from Thanksgiving. I wasn't expecting them to be…

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cranberry cookie

Cranberry-Pecan Cookies

Posted on Jan 12th, 2009 - By Anna - 1 Comment

I tested a lot of cranberry oatmeal cookies but kept coming back to these Cranberry-Pecan Cookies. The recipe is from Greg, aka “Oatmeal Cookie…

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Crazy Cookie Bars

Crazy Cream Cheese Cookie Bars

Posted on Feb 16th, 2013 - By Anna - 6 Comments

These bars are a little over the top, but if you like the idea of Magic Cookie Bars combined with cheesecake, they’re worth a try. I was going for…

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Creamy Lemon Blueberry Bars

Creamy Lemon Blueberry Bars

Posted on Jun 25th, 2008 - By Anna - 57 Comments

Today’s recipe was inspired by The Leavening Agent who posted a great photo of a blueberry bar. She didn’t include the recipe, so I checked a few…

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Creme Brulee

Crème Brulee for Two

Posted on Sep 2nd, 2014 - By Anna - 5 Comments

A friend of ours who is coming to dinner requested Crème Brulee for dessert, so naturally I had to practice.  Not that it requires much practice…

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Crinkly Butterscotch Pecan Cookies

Posted on Jan 9th, 2010 - By Anna - 25 Comments

We spent the morning at home cleaning, and that included the pantry. I had half a bag of butterscotch chips along with some butter flavored Crisco I…

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Cheerio Cookies

Crispy Chocolate Chip Cheerio Cookies

Posted on Apr 5th, 2010 - By Anna - 17 Comments

Apartment life is going well. Our neighbors are college students, retirees and families with kids. Judging from all the barking dogs and cats in…

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tiny cookies

Crispy Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies

Posted on Jan 24th, 2013 - By Anna - 23 Comments

Crispy Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies -- Crisp All The Way Through One thing I noticed while making batches of cookie bark is that baking at a low…

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Crunchy Chocolate Chip Cookies — Small Batch

Posted on Apr 8th, 2008 - By Anna - 22 Comments

If you like your chocolate chip cookies crunchy, here's an excellent recipe adapted from The King Arthur Cookie Companion. For best results, weigh…

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crunchy oatmeal chocolate chip cookies

Crunchy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Posted on Feb 14th, 2009 - By Anna - 18 Comments

Today’s recipe is from Cindy, who answered my request for a cookie made with a lot of shortening. I wanted to test-drive the fancy new $6.00…

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Hearty, Crunchy Oatmeal Cookie

Crunchy, Hearty Oatmeal Cookies

Posted on Oct 22nd, 2006 - By Anna - 16 Comments

A hidden gem! The shortening is key for the great texture, but you can substitute butter for a slightly less flaky, crispy,…

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Salted Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Current Favorites

Posted on Jan 17th, 2011 - By Anna - 20 Comments

The Girl Scouts are meeting here today so I baked a hodgepodge of favorites known to be popular with fourth grade girls -- chocolate chip, oatmeal…

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Sugar Cookies

Cut-Out Cookies with No-Fail Icing

Posted on Dec 21st, 2008 - By Anna - 28 Comments

Pulling a sheet of cut-out  cookies from the oven and having to tell a couple of seven year old girls “Sorry ladies, your cookies did not turn…

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espresso cookies

Dark Chocolate Espresso Cookies

Posted on Oct 21st, 2008 - By Anna - 12 Comments

I didn’t have the energy to go to the grocery store today, but luckily I had just enough ingredients to make a small batch of Chocolate Espresso…

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Davids Chocolate Fudge Cookies

David’s Double Fudge Cookies

Posted on Aug 19th, 2014 - By Anna - 17 Comments

Today's recipe was given to me by a reader named David who says that without a doubt, these are the best cookie he's ever eaten. He got the recipe…

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Baked Brownies

Deep Dark Baked Brownies — Baked NYC

Posted on Jul 22nd, 2009 - By Anna - 18 Comments

I'd planned on making the Reine de Saba from Bon Appetit, but now I'm kind of in the mood for these -- Oprah's Favorite Brownies from Baked…

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Photo of Deep Dish Brownies

Deep Dish Brownies

Posted on Jun 8th, 2009 - By Anna - 24 Comments

Last night’s conversation about the Chex contest led to another discussion about favorite recipes – specifically, ones you consider your own. My…

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Deluxe 8 Inch Pan Brownies

Posted on Mar 21st, 2012 - By Anna - 21 Comments

Today's brownie recipe is adapted from a contest winner from Southern Living magazine. A $1,000 "brand winner" in the desserts category, this recipe…

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chocolate chip pudding cookies

Deluxe Chocolate Chip Pudding Mix Cookies

Posted on Apr 3rd, 2015 - By Anna - 3 Comments

Most of my favorite chocolate chip cookies are big, thick, dense, bakery style cookies that weigh in at around 3 to 4 ounces. A good example is the …

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Top 10 Recipes

Diner Style Chocolate Cream Pie

Posted on Oct 31st, 2015 - By Anna - 1 Comment

Happy Halloween!  To celebrate, here's a not-too-scary new "diner style" chocolate cream pie.  I'm calling it diner style because the first…

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Ding Dong Cake

Ding Dong Cake and Favorite Chocolate Frosting

Posted on Mar 14th, 2012 - By Anna - 7 Comments

Years ago I made a cake inspired by the Ding Dongs. I don’t remember much about it other than the filling was made with flour, sugar and Crisco and…

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double chocolate biscotti

Double Chocolate Biscotti Recipe

Posted on Dec 12th, 2005 - By Anna - 3 Comments

My friend Karen Tedesco tipped me off to this double chocolate biscotti recipe. The original version is from an old issue of Gourmet…

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White Lily Cookies

Double Chocolate Cookies with White Lily Flour

Posted on Feb 4th, 2013 - By Anna - 16 Comments

Last week I found a sweet deal on White Lily Flour --  two 5 lb bags for $7.00.  I put in an order and the flour appeared on the doorstep two days…

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toffee cookies

Double Chocolate Toffee Cookies

Posted on May 14th, 2015 - By Anna - 1 Comment

I've been on a Heath Bar kick which meant this recipe needed a revival. It's a fairly old one, and I kind of forgot about it over the years even…

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Palmetto Auxillary Cookbook

Earl’s Chocolate Pie

Posted on Dec 27th, 2010 - By Anna - 6 Comments

Today's recipe is from one of my new Christmas presents, "Sharing Our Best" by the Volunteer Auxiliary of Palmetto Baptist Medical…

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Fudge Brownies with Cocoa Powder

Easy Cocoa Powder Fudge Brownies

Posted on Mar 30th, 2016 - By Anna - 7 Comments

Just when I think I've found the perfect fudge brownies, another good recipe comes along. These chewy cocoa powder fudge brownies are sure to be a…

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coconut cream pie

Easy Cream of Coconut Pie

Posted on Jul 6th, 2011 - By Anna - 19 Comments

If you haven’t heard, it’s hot here in Texas. So given the weather and the fact I stumbled up on this fun sounding recipe in an old brand name…

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King Cake

Easy King Cake

Posted on Jan 29th, 2007 - By Anna - 29 Comments

I'd never heard of  King Cake until well into my twenties when a co-worker from New Orleans brought one to work.  As per tradition, her father…

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Salty Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Epicurious Salty Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Posted on Jan 17th, 2013 - By Anna - 14 Comments

This is the type of day where I most definitely should not have sweet and salty treats in the house, but I couldn't resist! These Salty Chocolate…

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Chocolate Cream Pie

Evaporated Milk Chocolate Cream Pie

Posted on Jul 25th, 2014 - By Anna - 3 Comments

Over the past few years I've made a lot of chocolate cream pies, and one thing I discovered was that I really like the ones made with evaporated…

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Chunky granola

Extra Chunky Granola

Posted on May 18th, 2012 - By Anna - 21 Comments

If there’s a blog dedicated to granola, don’t tell me about it because I’ll be compelled to try every recipe and will subsequently be buried in…

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Extreme Fudgy Peanut Butter Brownies

Posted on Sep 15th, 2011 - By Anna - 12 Comments

I'll never be the Queen of Cake Balls, but I make a pretty good brownie and am always up for new ideas -- especially if they involve peanut…

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Bran Muffin

Favorite Bran Muffin

Posted on May 14th, 2010 - By Anna - 12 Comments

I think I’ve found my favorite bran muffin. The recipe was sent over by a friend who said it was bakeshop quality – just like you’d get at…

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Favorite Frosting

Favorite Chocolate Frosting

Posted on Apr 15th, 2010 - By Anna - 2 Comments

This is my Go-To Favorite Chocolate Frosting Updated!  I have a NEW favorite chocolate frosting.  The old version (below) is good, but requires…

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Favorite Christmas Cookies for Cookie Exchanges and Parties

Posted on Dec 5th, 2013 - By Anna - 12 Comments

With December in full swing, I thought I'd share some of my favorite and most reliable cookie recipes. Some are old and a few are new additions to…

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Coconut Cream Pie

Favorite Desserts of 2010

Posted on Dec 28th, 2010 - By Anna - 13 Comments

I took a day off from baking today (not counting the oatmeal cookies I baked) and decided to post a round-up of some of our favorite desserts from…

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M&M Bars

Favorite M&M Bars

Posted on Apr 26th, 2012 - By Anna - 14 Comments

Definitely My Favorite M&M Bars -- And I've Tried a Lot Graduation is around the corner. And if you’re looking for recipes that use school colors,…

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Favorite Maple Recipes

Favorite Maple Recipes

Posted on Sep 21st, 2015 - By Anna - 1 Comment

The first day of autumn is September 23, and to celebrate I bought a bottle of maple syrup. It's going to be getting a lot of use out of it over the…

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Favorite Pie Crust Recipes

Favorite Pie Crust Recipes

Posted on Nov 13th, 2014 - By Anna - 3 Comments

Favorite Pie Crust Recipes -- Because I Could Never Pick Just One A friend asked me to name my favorite pie crust recipes, so here's a list of my…

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Dawn's Apple Pie

Favorite Pies for Thanksgiving

Posted on Nov 10th, 2012 - By Anna - 12 Comments

We're still finishing up the Peppermint Cheesecake, so rather than make something new, I've put together a list of our favorite Thanksgiving pies.…

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Favorite Red Velvet Cake

Posted on Jul 21st, 2015 - By Anna - 4 Comments

It's hot here in Chicago and I should probably be making icebox pies, but instead I'm obsessed with red velvet again and wondering if my favorite…

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Feta and Spinach Stuffed Stromboli

Posted on Apr 8th, 2014 - By Anna - 3 Comments

Well, it appears I have a Mediterranean theme going on. Yesterday's recipe was Olive Brittle and today's is Feta and Spinach Stuffed…

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Five Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies

Posted on May 14th, 2011 - By Anna - 16 Comments

My house is a mess right now. I have this fantasy of calling a maid service to come clean up it up,  but it's messy to the point where I need to…

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Flourless Chocolate Pecan Cookies

Flourless Chocolate Pecan Cookies

Posted on Dec 12th, 2014 - By Anna - 1 Comment

Flourless Chocolate Pecan Cookies may not seem very holiday-ish, but here in Texas they sure are. The holiday season is also pecan season, so…

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Flourless Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies

Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies

Posted on Dec 22nd, 2008 - By Anna - 14 Comments

Top 5 Update: A no-brainer peanut butter cookie recipe that actually tastes good. Today’s Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies recipe comes from…

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Lemon Meringue Pie Slice

Fool-Proof Lemon Meringue Pie

Posted on Jul 28th, 2010 - By Anna - 18 Comments

My dad came over last night to see the new house and grill steak. He was a little irritated that I’d thrown out the old charcoal grill and that we…

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Millionaire Pie

Frozen Millionaire Pie

Posted on Aug 30th, 2014 - By Anna - 2 Comments

This pie is a family favorite, yet there are so many variations I'm not sure I've ever made it the same way twice. This version, our special Labor…

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Fruit and Cream Cake

Fruit and Cream Tunnel Cake

Posted on Aug 8th, 2014 - By Anna - 5 Comments

When my adventures in Basque cake making were over, I had some pastry cream left and felt like experimenting.  Just for fun, I spooned a line of…

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Fuzz’s Pumpkin Bread

Posted on Oct 27th, 2008 - By Anna - 27 Comments

This is some pumpkin bread from yesterday, and I'm going to take a better picture of it later. Updated: I did! For now, here's a photo…

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Get Well Soon! Cookies

Posted on Dec 4th, 2008 - By Anna - 31 Comments

Top 5 Update: The dough is perfect for packing with candy and these taste really good. Plus, a reader entered these in a contest and won a…

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Giant Coconut Macaroons

Giant Coconut Macaroons

Posted on Jul 29th, 2015 - By Anna - 5 Comments

My favorite coconut macaroon recipes have always been Condensed Milk Macaroons and Chewy Chocolate Macaroons , but I have a new favorite --…

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Jumbo Peanut Butter Cookies with Brickle

Giant Peanut Butter Brickle Criss-Cross Cookies

Posted on Dec 28th, 2012 - By Anna - 4 Comments

I'm suffering from post-holiday malaise this week, so instead of apologizing for yet another peanut butter cookie, I'm just going to say that peanut…

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Giant Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Posted on Aug 17th, 2015 - By Anna - 3 Comments

I haven't posted much lately because I've been making the same things over and over. These past few days it's been small batch big and flat…

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Gigantic Peanut Butter

Gigantic Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Posted on Nov 16th, 2005 - By Anna - 5 Comments

Here's a recipe for Gigantic Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies, and as you can see this is an old post with photo that desperately needs…

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Gingersnaps — Spicy and Crunchy

Posted on Oct 12th, 2011 - By Anna - 8 Comments

I love crunchy gingersnaps but tend to jump from recipe to recipe, and half the new recipes I try end up being chewy. Today, rather than try a new…

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Gluten Free Almond Butter Brownies

Posted on Apr 11th, 2012 - By Anna - 33 Comments

Prepare for deep, dark, chocolate decadence! Yes, these are gluten free, but I'd make them again and again for anyone. Read on for the…

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gluten free brownies

Gluten Free Brownies (or Not)

Posted on Feb 5th, 2015 - By Anna - 2 Comments

These are not ordinary brownies, but rather a cross between a brownie, chocolate soufflé and fudge. They are deceptively light and a little piece…

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Chickpea Brownies

Gluten Free Chickpea Brownie Bites

Posted on Sep 11th, 2010 - By Anna - 13 Comments

Years ago I tried black bean brownies. I enjoyed the flavor and texture, but what I liked best was the fact they contained an unusual ingredient and…

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Gluten Free Oatmeal Cookies

Gluten Free Oatmeal Cookies

Posted on Aug 5th, 2013 - By Anna - 10 Comments

Gluten Free Oatmeal Cookies Without Special Baking Mix! In honor of Martha Stewart's birthday this weekend, I tried a recipe from the Martha Stewart…

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Gluten-Free Double Chocolate Cookies with Coconut Flour

Posted on Jul 7th, 2012 - By Anna - 12 Comments

If you're looking for new ways to use coconut flour, I highly recommend these gluten-free double chocolate cookies. The recipe is from…

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Pie Crust

Good Pie Crust Recipe

Posted on Nov 17th, 2007 - By Anna - 9 Comments

I like experimenting with new pie crust recipes and have been hesitant to post a favorite. However, it’s pie season and I’ve found myself turning…

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chewy chocolate chip

Gourmet Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Posted on Jan 12th, 2009 - By Anna - 0 Comments

Update: This may be my all-time favorite recipe for chewy chocolate chip cookies. I make a ton of different cookies, but when it's time for a bake…

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Halfway Cookies

Half Batch Halfway Cookies Version 2 (More Butter)

Posted on Aug 16th, 2010 - By Anna - 8 Comments

Yesterday I wrote about an old recipe called “Halfway Cookies” and pointed out how recipes were similar, but had different amounts of butter in…

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Halfway Cookies

Posted on Aug 15th, 2010 - By Anna - 20 Comments

Halfway cookies are really bars. I haven't figured out the origin of the name, but I like the theory that they’re “halfway to being cake”…

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Hershey Bar Pie

Hershey Bar Pie Recipe

Posted on May 21st, 2007 - By Anna - 12 Comments

I collect recipes. Some are typical, others are crazy, and there are some that I hold on to because they were given to me by my grandmother or mother…

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Hershey’s Baking Melts Peanut Butter Candy Bar Blondies

Posted on Oct 29th, 2012 - By Anna - 16 Comments

Update: This is an old review. The Peanut Butter Candy Bar Blondies are still good, but the Hershey's Baking Melts have been discontinued. One…

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Hidden Flag Cake

Hidden Flag Cake with Whipped Cream Cheese Icing

Posted on Jun 30th, 2012 - By Anna - 17 Comments

The last time Fuzz returned from camp, I welcomed her home with red, white and blue sugar cookies. This time I got a little fancy! Or tried…

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Vanilla Ice Cream

Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream

Posted on Mar 28th, 2011 - By Anna - 17 Comments

When it comes to ice cream recipes, Bruce Weinstein’s Ultimate Ice Cream Book is my go-to guide. His Mint Chocolate Ice Cream is a family favorite,…

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Chocolate Marshmallow Cookie Whippet Clone

Homemade Whippet Cookies

Posted on Jul 9th, 2013 - By Anna - 18 Comments

It would have made more in character had I gone to Quebec with the intention of finding Whippets, but the truth is I’d forgotten about the famous…

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Honey Trail Mix Bars

Honey Trail Mix Bars

Posted on Aug 20th, 2013 - By Anna - 2 Comments

If you've been searching for the perfect chewy granola bar, here's a recipe worth saving. It's adapted from Olivia Dupin's fabulous cookbook The…

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Hot Cocoa Cookies

Hot Cocoa Cookies

Posted on Oct 18th, 2015 - By Anna - 8 Comments

If you ever find yourself looking for ways to use hot cocoa powder, here's a good one from the side of the Jet Puffed Mallow Bits canister. Or sort…

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Iced Pumpkin Muffins

Posted on Sep 30th, 2010 - By Anna - 17 Comments

After making yesterday's pumpkin cheesecake brownies, I decided to use the leftover pumpkin in a batch of iced pumpkin muffins. My…

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carrot cake cookies

Inside Out Carrot Cake Cookies

Posted on Aug 5th, 2015 - By Anna - 8 Comments

Years ago Epicurious published a recipe called Inside Out Carrot Cake Cookies. The majority of reviewers said they’d make the cookies…

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Spiced Walnuts

Irresistible Spiced Walnuts and Cashews

Posted on Nov 22nd, 2013 - By Anna - 3 Comments

Of all the things I've read this week, the article about a large scale study citing the health benefits of nuts was my favorite. And peanuts were…

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Italian Cream Cake

Italian Cream Cake

Posted on Apr 28th, 2010 - By Anna - 40 Comments

I’d like to learn the origin of Italian Cream Cake, but so far all I know is it's about as Italian as German Chocolate Cake is German. It’s very…

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Brown Sugar Bourbon Pound Cake

It’s 5:00 Somewhere — Brown Sugar Bourbon Pound Cake

Posted on Dec 30th, 2007 - By Anna - 16 Comments

This Brown Sugar Bourbon Pound Cake had been on my "Make Soon!" list for the past 5 years. I’m not sure why it took me so long, but I finally got…

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chocolate chip cookies

Joanne Chang’s Chocolate Chip Cookies

Posted on Jan 24th, 2011 - By Anna - 43 Comments

This week I posted a link to an article in The Atlantic. I guess a lot of people read The Atlantic because after I posted that one, a few people…

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Julia’s Best Ever Brownies

Posted on May 4th, 2009 - By Anna - 29 Comments

Best Ever Brownies are from Julia Child's recipe in Baking with Julia, and what’s interesting about the recipe is the technique. Half of the…

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Jumbo Chocolate Banana Muffins

Posted on Dec 29th, 2009 - By Anna - 11 Comments

If you like the banana chocolate combo, here's another muffin recipe for you. I made half a batch of these Chocolate Banana Muffins this afternoon…

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Jumbo Chocolate Chip Cookies With a Secret Ingredient

Posted on May 7th, 2013 - By Anna - 22 Comments

After making a batch of big, soft, ginger cookies and admiring the lovely cracks and crevices, I decided to try converting my ginger cookie recipe to…

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Chocolate Muffin with Pumpkin

Jumbo Chocolate Muffins with Pumpkin

Posted on Jan 1st, 2010 - By Anna - 10 Comments

I promise to put away the jumbo muffin pan and move on, but here’s one more really good variation on KA’s chocolate muffins. This recipe for…

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Rice Krispy Treats

Jumbo Rice Krispies Treats

Posted on Feb 11th, 2011 - By Anna - 0 Comments

Whether it’s a bake sale, class party or pot luck, one thing you can count on is that Rice Krispies treats will disappear. The fact that they’re…

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Sour Cream Coffee Cake

Junior League of Palo Alto Sour Cream Coffee Cake

Posted on Jun 10th, 2007 - By Anna - 1 Comment

Today I made a very good sour cream coffee cake using a recipe from the second private collection (dated 1984) of the ladies of the Palo Alto Junior…

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Katy's Blondies

Katy’s Favorite Blondies

Posted on May 16th, 2009 - By Anna - 30 Comments

I hope everyone is having a nice Saturday. It’s dark and rainy here, which is okay by me since it’s a perfect excuse for baking more blondies.…

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Kerrygold Butter

Kerrygold Butter Pound Cake

Posted on Sep 29th, 2015 - By Anna - 8 Comments

This "Kerrygold Butter Pound Cake" was originally supposed to be Imperial Pound Cake, a vintage pound cake made with margarine. I did indeed bake the…

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Key Lime Bundt Cake with Margarita Icing

Posted on May 7th, 2009 - By Anna - 24 Comments

This cake was inspired by a recipe on Barbara’s blog, Traveling Aprons. Barbara had posted a key lime pound cake recipe which she credited to a…

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Key Lime Pie

Key Lime Pie Without Egg Yolks

Posted on Dec 11th, 2013 - By Anna - 2 Comments

Today's recipe is a Key lime pie made without egg yolks.  Who knew?! I can't believe it took me so long to try this version, but I'm glad I did…

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Lake Travis Mud

Posted on Feb 10th, 2010 - By Anna - 23 Comments

I’d planned on taking a break from making Rocky Road type candy, then Monday my friend Amy sent me a recipe with a note saying “When I was…

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Latest Top 5 Chocolate Chip Cookies

Posted on Mar 2nd, 2010 - By Anna - 25 Comments

Yesterday I wrote about chocolate chip cookies with pudding and said they were a little cakey for my tastes and not quite chewy enough. They were…

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pumpkin swirl brownies

Layered Pumpkin Cheesecake Brownies

Posted on Sep 29th, 2010 - By Anna - 43 Comments

We really enjoyed David Lebovitz’s cream cheese brownie recipe and I will definitely make them again, but I had to test another idea. I wanted…

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Lemon Icebox Pie

Lemon Icebox Pie

Posted on Jun 14th, 2015 - By Anna - 6 Comments

If you're on the hunt for something summer-y, refreshing and simple, search no more! This lemon icebox pie is a keeper -- it's satisfying, easy, and…

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Lemon Pound Cake

Lemon Pound Cake

Posted on Nov 6th, 2015 - By Anna - 3 Comments

If you thought the lemon flavored 7-Up cake looked good but don't feel like making a cake from scratch, let me introduce you to my great…

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Lemon Squares with European Style Butter

Posted on Jun 4th, 2009 - By Anna - 12 Comments

After a fairly disastrous attempt to make wheat free, dairy free, egg free, banana muffins, I decided to make something less frustrating.  I made…

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Lemon Supreme Pie

Lemon Supreme Pie

Posted on Apr 19th, 2008 - By Anna - 10 Comments

This recipe is originally from Taste of Home, where its creator says she modeled it after her favorite pie from a “local coffee shop” which based…

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lemon pudding cake

Louise’s Lemon Pudding Cake

Posted on May 10th, 2010 - By Anna - 22 Comments

Like chocolate pudding cake that forms two layers as it bakes, this lemon version undergoes the same transformation. As a chocolate lover, I thought…

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Fairmont Hotel Banana Bread

Low Temperature Banana Bread

Posted on Jan 28th, 2013 - By Anna - 12 Comments

Just when you think you’ve tried every banana bread recipe in the book, along comes this one from The Fairmont Hotel. Carolyn from Canada has been…

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M&M Giant Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake

Posted on Aug 21st, 2008 - By Anna - 69 Comments

Why bake a regular cake when you can make a chocolate chip cookie cake? Chocolate chip cookie cake recipes are easy to find, but this is my all-time…

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Maple Cashew Caramel Corn

Maple Cashew Caramel Corn

Posted on Jul 3rd, 2013 - By Anna - 6 Comments

If you're lucky enough to have some pure maple syrup in the kitchen, this Maple Cashew Caramel Corn is a fun way to use it.  This caramel corn is…

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marble cake

Marbled Pound Cake #2

Posted on Sep 19th, 2008 - By Anna - 14 Comments

Update: I finally updated this recipe. The first time I made it the chocolate sank a bit. In fact, it sank into the shape of a smile. Unfortunately,…

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pumpkin muffins

Marbled Pumpkin Cheesecake Muffins

Posted on Oct 22nd, 2007 - By Anna - 35 Comments

I made these pumpkin cheesecake muffins last night with the intention of wrapping them individually, freezing them, and sending them to school as my…

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Giant Oatmeal Cookies

Megan’s Favorite Oatmeal Cookies

Posted on May 30th, 2014 - By Anna - 7 Comments

Megan's Favorite Oatmeal Cookies from Megan's Sweet Life are definitely one of my new favorites. Megan, who recently moved to Texas, was kind enough…

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Melted Marshmallow Brownies

Posted on Jun 21st, 2013 - By Anna - 12 Comments

I've made plenty of marshmallow brownies, but they've always involved scattering the marshmallows on top a few minutes before removing the brownies…

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Meringue High Class of 2009

Posted on Aug 26th, 2009 - By Anna - 21 Comments

What a long crazy trip it’s been.   Seniors Forever! This is the Meringue Class of 2009. Let’s look back on all the Cookie Madness meringues…

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Mini Chocolate Chip Cream Cake

Posted on Feb 2nd, 2016 - By Anna - 4 Comments

This cream cake is my new favorite, and one of the reasons I like it so much is that it doesn't require an electric mixer. You'd think without a…

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peanut butter cup brownies

Mini Peanut Butter Cup Brownies

Posted on Mar 5th, 2016 - By Anna - 3 Comments

I probably should have posted this on March 1, National Peanut Butter Lovers' Day, but at the time I was focused on pie crust made with muffin mix…

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Mini Urban Legend Cookies

Mini Urban Legend Cookies

Posted on Nov 23rd, 2015 - By Anna - 1 Comment

It's Thanksgiving week and I should probably be posting pie recipes, but the recipe I really want to share is for these Mini Urban Legend Cookies.…

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Minnesota State Fair Winning Chocolate Banana Brownies

Posted on Sep 1st, 2009 - By Anna - 37 Comments

A few weeks ago I got an email from Gloria who’d been tinkering around with a brownie recipe for the Minnesota state fair. Since about a third of…

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Mixed Nut Biscotti Dipped in White Chocolate

Posted on Dec 30th, 2015 - By Anna - 6 Comments

After making a couple of batches of the new Anise Biscotti, I wanted to see how it compared to my old standby biscotti which uses a similar method…

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Mocha Fudge Brownie Ice Cream

Mocha Latte Fudge Swirl Ice Cream

Posted on Jul 3rd, 2014 - By Anna - 2 Comments

Happy Day Before Fourth of July! To celebrate, here's a dessert you can make tomorrow morning and serve before fireworks start. Or forget about July…

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Molten Lava Cookies

Molten Chocolate Cookies

Posted on Sep 14th, 2008 - By Anna - 13 Comments

Here's a cookie recipe from the back of the Guittard Semi-Sweet chocolate Bag. The original recipe for "Molten Chocolate Cookies" makes 16 cookies,…

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Chocolate Cake

Mom’s Chocolate Cake

Posted on Nov 28th, 2010 - By Anna - 14 Comments

My mom's birthday always falls near Thanksgiving which means our feast includes birthday cake.  This year, because the recipe caught my eye and…

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Monster Bark

Monster Cookie Bark

Posted on Dec 13th, 2012 - By Anna - 13 Comments

<h2>Monster Cookie Bark -- Monster Cookies in Bark Form</h2> Back in October, before cookie season really started, I posted a recipe for…

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Monster Cookies

Monster Cookies Made With Flour

Posted on Jun 27th, 2012 - By Anna - 18 Comments

My Favorite Monster Cookies Monster cookies made the news this week, but they weren't called Monster Cookies. They were called Ann Romney's Oatmeal…

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chocolate chip cookies

More Amazing Hard Boiled Egg Chocolate Chip Cookies

Posted on Apr 10th, 2009 - By Anna - 15 Comments

Until I settle on an Easter recipe, here's one that might come in handy. The original version made two cookies and used half a hard boiled egg.…

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Thin and Crispy Cookies

More Thin & Crispy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Posted on Feb 5th, 2009 - By Anna - 47 Comments

Today I made Alexis Stewart’s chocolate chip cookies and they were great! In the past, the recipe didn’t work for me. The cookies were so thin I…

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Angel Food Cake

My Favorite Angel Food Cake

Posted on Sep 10th, 2013 - By Anna - 5 Comments

If you plan on diving into the world of egg yolk-rich pastry cream, no doubt you will have egg whites to spare.  To use up those egg whites, here's…

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My Favorite Blueberry Muffin Recipe

Posted on Jul 11th, 2009 - By Anna - 25 Comments

These are crowd-pleasing muffins. They don’t have big crowns, but they’re sweet, have a cake-like texture, and most people seem to like them.…

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Big Chewy Sugar Cookies

My New Favorite Sugar Cookies

Posted on Oct 28th, 2013 - By Anna - 6 Comments

I love trying new sugar cookie recipes, but for the past few weeks I've been making the same one over and over again. Normally I prefer crunchy sugar…

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National Chocolate Chip Day

National Chocolate Chip Day

Posted on May 15th, 2015 - By Anna - 2 Comments

I think we all know there's really no "best ever" or "perfect" chocolate chip cookie, but why discontinue such a pleasurable quest? May it never end!…

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Earl's Chocolate Pie

New and Improved Earl’s Chocolate Pie

Posted on Dec 12th, 2013 - By Anna - 1 Comment

My old photo of Earl’s Chocolate Pie was in desperate need of a makeover, and in some ways so was the recipe even though it's become one of my…

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Carrot Cupcakes

New Favorite Carrot Cupcake

Posted on Apr 3rd, 2013 - By Anna - 10 Comments

I thought I'd be testing carrot cupcake recipes all week, but thanks to Sue and The Silver Palate Cookbook, the search has ended.  Sorry in…

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New York Cheesecake — My Favorite Recipe

Posted on Dec 24th, 2011 - By Anna - 12 Comments

New York Cheesecake -- This is the One! If you haven't perfected classic New York cheesecake, here's a recipe worth trying in the new year. I've…

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No-Fail Pan Cookies

Posted on Feb 3rd, 2008 - By Anna - 20 Comments

I have a cake recipe to post later today, but for all of you searching for a quick super bowl snack, here’s a good one for pan cookies The…

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Cream Cheese Braid

No-Knead Cream Cheese Braids

Posted on Dec 14th, 2013 - By Anna - 8 Comments

I'm pretty excited about today's recipe because it's sure to become a mainstay at our house.  I hope you like it, too!  The recipe is called "Cream…

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Not The Neiman Marcus Cookie

Posted on Sep 19th, 2012 - By Anna - 4 Comments

This recipe is based on an urban legend. It goes something like this: A woman enjoys a cookie at a restaurant and asks the server for the…

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Nova Scotia Blueberry Cake

Nova Scotia Blueberry Cream Cake

Posted on Sep 14th, 2008 - By Anna - 22 Comments

A few days ago, I asked for help identifying a recipe with a layer of cake, blueberries and cream. It was a dessert someone brought to a teacher’s…

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Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies with Toffee

Posted on Jun 4th, 2015 - By Anna - 3 Comments

Back in January King Arthur Flour named this Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe as their cookie of the year. Like a lot of people, I have…

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Oatmeal Cookies

Posted on Sep 7th, 2006 - By Anna - 11 Comments

I have a lot of good oatmeal cookie recipes. In fact, I can't pick a "best" because my favorites vary given my mood. But for those of you looking for…

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oatmeal cranberry crunch

Oatmeal Cranberry Crunch Cookies

Posted on Dec 7th, 2015 - By Anna - 4 Comments

The first time I made Oatmeal Cranberry Crunch Cookies was for an informal get together with some lady friends. There were lots of desserts and…

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oatmeal cookies

Old Fashioned Oatmeal Cookies

Posted on Jul 21st, 2008 - By Anna - 29 Comments

The mixing technique for Old Fashioned Oatmeal Cookies is a little different. First, you soak the raisins in a mixture of eggs and vanilla for one…

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oatmeal cookies

Old Fashioned Oatmeal Cookies

Posted on Jan 12th, 2009 - By Anna - 0 Comments

Some people attribute this cookie’s deliciousness to the first step – soaking the eggs, raisins and vanilla together for an hour before…

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OMGs and Clodhoppers for Canada Day

Posted on Jul 1st, 2013 - By Anna - 6 Comments

Happy Canada Day! We just got back and I miss it already. Ottawa and Montreal were great, and Toronto is next on the list; but for now, here's a…

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Mocha Cake

One Bowl Chocolate Mocha Cake

Posted on Jul 30th, 2010 - By Anna - 18 Comments

Thanks for sharing your favorite types of coffee on the Starbucks Giveaway Post! I’ve been reading them for the past day and thinking how…

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One Pan Brownies

One Pan Brownies (Triple-Chocolate Fudge Brownies)

Posted on Jul 27th, 2008 - By Anna - 21 Comments

Update: I'm adding the Triple-Chocolate Fudge Brownies recipe to the all-time favorites list because it is so easy and good. Lately, I've been making…

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Orange Poppy Seed Bread

Orange Poppy Seed Bread

Posted on Jun 16th, 2015 - By Anna - 7 Comments

I tried this orange poppy seed bread recipe because there's a lack of orange flavored goodies on Cookie Madness, and occasionally I meet people who…

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Oreo Cheesecake

Oreo Cheesecake

Posted on Jul 7th, 2013 - By Anna - 2 Comments

I'm a little bit behind on posting recipes this week, but this one is worth the wait! It's what I served on The Fourth of July plus a few other…

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Chocolate Layer Cake

Oreo Mousse Filled Chocolate Trifecta Cake

Posted on Jan 24th, 2014 - By Anna - 4 Comments

This cake was inspired by Buddy Valastro, who is currently promoting his new line of Cake Boss mixes and accessories. I had the pleasure of speaking…

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Oreo Stack Clone 2

Oreo Stack Brownie — Better!

Posted on May 7th, 2012 - By Anna - 16 Comments

Remember the Oreo Stack Brownie from last week? The one I tried to copy based solely on appearance and what someone said about the flavor and…

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Oreo Stack Brownie

Oreo Stack Brownies

Posted on Apr 30th, 2012 - By Anna - 22 Comments

This is a copycat version of a bar cookie I saw at Starbucks. Having had a fun day hanging out with Fuzz, shopping for camp stuff and perusing the…

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Oreo Brownies

Outrageous Oreo Brownies

Posted on Sep 10th, 2008 - By Anna - 26 Comments

This recipe for Outrageous Oreo Brownies used to be my go-to brownie recipe. It’s a scaled-down and fiddled-with recipe from Barefoot…

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vanilla bean cupcakes

Packaging Cupcakes

Posted on Apr 2nd, 2011 - By Anna - 65 Comments

Happy to have another opportunity to serve them, I decided to make the delicious vanilla bean cupcakes for today’s Bake for Japan event.  But I…

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Chocolate Chip Bars

Pat’s Chocolate Chip Bars

Posted on Oct 26th, 2008 - By Anna - 15 Comments

Today’s recipe was given to me by a really good cook named Pat. She bakes her chocolate chip bars in a 15x10 inch pan, but you can also make half…

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peanut butter and jelly cookies

Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookies

Posted on Oct 12th, 2015 - By Anna - 8 Comments

I made these thick, soft, crumbly peanut butter and jelly cookies a few days ago and can't get them off my mind. The recipe is…

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Peanut Butter Blowouts

Peanut Butter Blowouts

Posted on Aug 10th, 2013 - By Anna - 12 Comments

For many years, my favorite chunky peanut butter cookies were these Get Well Soon Cookies; but this morning I was tempted to try another…

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Peanut Butter Fudge Crunch Bars

Peanut Butter Fudge Crunch Bars

Posted on Aug 19th, 2008 - By Anna - 33 Comments

Thanks to those of you who over the past few weeks have given me peanut butter recommendations. I’ve tasted my way through a few and have found one…

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peanut butter marshmallow

Peanut Butter Marshmallow Krispie Topped Brownies

Posted on Jan 10th, 2008 - By Anna - 46 Comments

Marshmallow Krispie Topped Brownies -- A Hit With Everyone Update: When I first made the Marshmallow Krispie Topped Brownie back in 2008, I had no…

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Peanut Butterscotch Cookies

Posted on Sep 12th, 2007 - By Anna - 4 Comments

Peanut Butterscotch Cookies are sweet, salty, and crunchy. As someone who appreciates a crunchy cookie from time to time, this recipe is one I refer…

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Ice Cream Cake

Peppermint Ice Cream Cake and Eagle Brand Condensed Milk

Posted on Oct 23rd, 2012 - By Anna - 55 Comments

Update:  I can tell it's baking season because we already have the 50 comments.  Thanks to EVERYONE for playing along.  Enjoy the Peppermint Ice…

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chocolate cream pie

Perfect Chocolate Cream Pie

Posted on Nov 15th, 2011 - By Anna - 17 Comments

So I recently acquired another outstanding cookbook -- Perfect Pies: The Best Sweet and Savory Recipes from America's Pie-Baking Champion. The "pie…

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perfect cream cheese pound cake

Perfect Cream Cheese Pound Cake

Posted on Feb 28th, 2013 - By Anna - 18 Comments

A few weeks ago I stopped by a local thrift store to look around. There were the usual old clothes, used jewelry and old appliances from the '70s,…

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Perfect Pound Cake

Perfect Pound Cake with Vanilla, Butter & Nut Extract

Posted on Sep 25th, 2013 - By Anna - 11 Comments

I’ve made a lot of pound cakes, and while this one isn’t the densest and heaviest, it’s one of my favorites. It’s tight crumbed, slices…

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Perfectly Chocolate Cake

Perfectly Chocolate Bundt Cake

Posted on Feb 3rd, 2013 - By Anna - 20 Comments

If you're looking for a last minute Super Bowl cake, I've got you covered! This is the fastest, most convenient, and economical cake I know…

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Best Apple Pie Ever

Pie Crust Recipe

Posted on Nov 20th, 2009 - By Anna - 13 Comments

This week I’ve been practicing my pie crust making technique. Even though I know the basic rules of tender crust (use cold ingredients and don’t…

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Pineapple Cheesecake Squares

Pineapple Cheesecake Squares

Posted on Apr 7th, 2008 - By Anna - 15 Comments

This recipe for Pineapple Cheesecake Squares is adapted from The Wellesley Cookie Exchange. The original recipe does not call for a food processor,…

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pineapple icebox cake

Pineapple Icebox Cake

Posted on May 24th, 2013 - By Anna - 11 Comments

Pineapple Icebox Cake -- My Grandmother's Specialty One of the best things my grandmother made was a dessert called banana split cake. It wasn't…

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pita bread

Pita Pockets

Posted on Jan 12th, 2011 - By Anna - 18 Comments

I'm still a novice when it comes to yeast breads, but this week I had a small victory.  My pita bread puffed up! I’ve made pita before, but in…

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Michelle Obama's Black and White Cookies

Presidential Cookies — Two Recipes

Posted on Nov 5th, 2012 - By Anna - 21 Comments

In honor of Election Day and the fact The Daily Cookie debuts tomorrow, I am revisiting Family Circle’s First Lady Cookie Recipe contest. Remember…

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Pretty Peppermint Brownies from Sunset

Posted on Dec 15th, 2009 - By Anna - 21 Comments

I'm not particularly crafty, but these ganache & peppermint brownies from Sunset were so cute I figured I'd give them a try. You start by…

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Pretzel Bread

Pretzel Bread

Posted on Dec 25th, 2012 - By Anna - 6 Comments

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! We're relaxing at home after a whirlwind trip to New York where we visited The Museum of Natural History, a few…

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Dawn's Apple Pie

Prize Winning Apple Pie and Best Crust Ever

Posted on Oct 1st, 2009 - By Anna - 62 Comments

Prize Winning Apple Pie is Definitely Worthy Every once in awhile, and for me almost never, a recipe comes along that's so good you can close the…

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Pumpkin Carrot Cake

Posted on Nov 19th, 2007 - By Anna - 7 Comments

An easy carrot cake adapted from Nestle's Very Best Baking site. Pumpkin adds a little flavor and moisture. I like this recipe because it's a…

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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies with Oil

Posted on Oct 9th, 2008 - By Anna - 36 Comments

This recipe, which is loosely based on one from alt.cookies.yum.yum.yum was pretty good! It’s also on the wholesome side given the pumpkin, good…

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Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

Posted on Sep 27th, 2011 - By Anna - 12 Comments

Hey, the DOW is up today (or at the moment, at least). I'm celebrating with some Whoopie Pies. A better excuse would be that it's starting to feel…

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quick cinnamon rolls

Quick Cinnamon Rolls With No Yeast

Posted on Jan 5th, 2015 - By Anna - 26 Comments

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…

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bread sticks

Quick Soft Breadsticks

Posted on May 28th, 2010 - By Anna - 16 Comments

We don’t go often, but yesterday Fuzz and I spent the entire afternoon at the mall. Fuzz needed an outfit for a piano recital, and after a few very…

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Lemon Squares

Quite Possibly The Best Lemon Squares Ever

Posted on Sep 15th, 2008 - By Anna - 35 Comments

I was hoping to go to Central Market this morning, but got bogged down with Monday chores and couldn’t leave the house. Luckily, I had all the…

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Razz-Ma-Tazz Bars

Razz-Ma-Tazz Bars

Posted on Aug 5th, 2006 - By Anna - 23 Comments

For some reason, the only time I think about making Razz-Ma-Tazz bars is when I have white chips that need to get used up. This is sad, because…

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Red Velvet Cake

Red Velvet Cake

Posted on Nov 5th, 2010 - By Anna - 16 Comments

It’s been a while since I posted a red velvet cake, so here’s the recipe for the one I made yesterday. It’s similar to the original Waldorf…

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red velvet cheesecake

Red Velvet Cheesecake Cups

Posted on Feb 12th, 2011 - By Anna - 10 Comments

Yesterday I made a batch of black bottom cupcakes and red velvet cupcakes before it occurred to me that I could have just made these red velvet…

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red velvet cupcakes

Red Velvet Cupcakes

Posted on Feb 13th, 2011 - By Anna - 0 Comments

I divided this into two lists since some of the cakes were baked as cupcakes and others were baked as full cakes. My worry was that certain cake…

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Cat Eye Droop

Red Wine Chocolate Cherry Cookies

Posted on Mar 20th, 2008 - By Anna - 15 Comments

Something’s wrong with my cat’s eye, so I’m taking him to the vet to get it checked out. I’ll let you know the diagnosis when we get back,…

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rocky road fudge brownie

Rocky Road Fudge Brownie Muffins

Posted on Jun 3rd, 2008 - By Anna - 14 Comments

Back in April, our school had a bake sale, and one of the best selling items was a brownie baked in a muffin tin. I didn’t get to try one, but the…

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Rugelach Recipe Reviews

Posted on Dec 22nd, 2009 - By Anna - 20 Comments

Italian wine cookies weren’t the only great cookie at the Austin food blogger cookie swap. The Cosmic Cowgirl made some amazing rugelach – the…

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S'mores Bars

S’mores Bars

Posted on Sep 20th, 2009 - By Anna - 18 Comments

Speaking of S'mores Bars, this is my all-time favorite version of the  recipe -- almost as good as real S'mores and much easier to cut and…

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s'mores cookies

S’mores Chocolate Chip Cookies

Posted on Apr 21st, 2009 - By Anna - 20 Comments

The recipe for S'mores Chocolate Chip Cookies is from an old post here on Cookie Madness, but I cleaned it up and took a new picture. What made this…

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Sadie’s Peanut Butter Cookies

Posted on May 12th, 2009 - By Anna - 7 Comments

This recipe was given to me by Val who got it from her friend Sadie in Canada. Over the years we’ve made adjustments. For instance, Sadie's…

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Cracker Candy

Saltine Cracker Candy Recipe

Posted on Jun 16th, 2006 - By Anna - 17 Comments

I didn't feel like baking yesterday, but wanted something homemade. Remembering the Saltines we'd bought last weekend, I decided to make Cracker…

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Samoas Bar

Samoas Bars

Posted on Mar 29th, 2012 - By Anna - 10 Comments

In our region, these popular Girl Scout cookies are called Caramel Delites, but we call them Samoas anyway. It's just a more interesting name, plus…

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School Colors Brownies

School Colors Brownies

Posted on Sep 9th, 2015 - By Anna - 8 Comments

Today's brownies were inspired by two things -- some brownies I saw at Disney World and my daughter's first day of school.  Wow, time sure flies.…

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Irish Cream Cake

Scratch Irish Cream Cake

Posted on Mar 9th, 2011 - By Anna - 10 Comments

Yesterday's Irish Cream Cake was fun, but I wanted to create a scratch version and this was the result. Todd and I agreed it was better than the…

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Secret Ingredient Sugar Cookies

Posted on Feb 27th, 2010 - By Anna - 50 Comments

A friend sent me this recipe in the mail. She got it from a friend who mailed it to her along with this note. What’s not to love about a…

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Shiner Bock Beer Bread

Shiner Bock Beer Bread

Posted on May 28th, 2011 - By Anna - 6 Comments

When Austin got its first Salt Grass Steak House, we'd drive almost an hour to get there, then wait another half hour in the packed lobby listening…

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shiny chocolate cookies

Shiny Happy Chocolate Cookies

Posted on Jan 7th, 2009 - By Anna - 44 Comments

Today’s cookie is another example of how beating the eggs can make a shiny cookie; and it’s also representative of just how much chocolate you…

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Brown Sugar Biscotti

Small Batch Cinnamon Butterscotch Biscotti

Posted on Apr 4th, 2008 - By Anna - 9 Comments

Here’s the second biscotti recipe of the day. Like the previous biscotti, this Cinnamon Butterscotch Biscotti doesn’t have any oil or butter so…

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Macaroni and Cheese

Small Batch Macaroni and Cheese

Posted on Jul 13th, 2010 - By Anna - 7 Comments

This recipe is for "small batch" macaroni and cheese or enough to serve 2 to 3 people as an entree or 4 as sides. I love it, but don’t make it very…

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vegan molasses

Small Batch Vegan Molasses Cookies

Posted on Dec 28th, 2007 - By Anna - 24 Comments

I've made these vegan molasses cookies dozens of time since posting this recipe.  Generally, they are delicious and don't require much…

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Snickerdoodle Bark

Snickerdoodle Cookie Bark

Posted on Jun 17th, 2013 - By Anna - 13 Comments

This weekend I got an email from my friend Nancy telling me about some cinnamon flavored cookies she’d found at her local gourmet store. Since…

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Sonoma Crush Vanilla

Sonoma Syrup Company Vanilla Bean Extract “Crush” Review and Tahitian Vanilla Ice Cream

Posted on Sep 18th, 2013 - By Anna - 4 Comments

I've added a new vanilla to the collection. Lisa recommended this in the comment section a while back, and I just happened to stumble upon it…

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Chocolate Chip Sour Cream Scones

Sour Cream Chocolate Chip Scones

Posted on Jul 3rd, 2010 - By Anna - 16 Comments

We’re so happy to have Fuzz home from camp. Now she can help us shop for washing machines, line shelves and pack. "Welcome home, little buddy!…

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chocolate quick bread

Sour Cream Chocolate Quick Bread

Posted on Mar 12th, 2016 - By Anna - 12 Comments

This chocolate quick bread was inspired by a little sandwich store near my house that always has about half a dozen quick breads on display. Some of…

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Starbuck's Via Double Chocolate Cookies

Starbuck’s VIA Double Chocolate Cookies

Posted on Jun 11th, 2011 - By Anna - 19 Comments

One of my pet peeves while traveling is hotel rooms without coffee makers. From the hotel’s point of view, there are probably a million reasons not…

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butterscotch pie

Sue’s Butterscotch Pie

Posted on Aug 17th, 2012 - By Anna - 11 Comments

This is our favorite butterscotch pie recipe, and since the last time I posted a 7 inch version, I decided to re-post the recipe for a more useful…

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super nutty peanut butter

Super Nutty Peanut Butter Cookies

Posted on Jul 5th, 2015 - By Anna - 7 Comments

I've tried a lot of peanut butter cookie recipes, but this one is my new favorite. It's called "Super Nutty Peanut Butter Cookies" and it's…

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baked tortilla chips

Sweet & Spicy Baked Tortilla Chips

Posted on Sep 3rd, 2015 - By Anna - 0 Comments

This very simple recipe is the reason I buy whole wheat flour tortillas instead of regular flour tortillas.  There's something about the flavor of…

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Ten Easy Cookie Exchange Recipes

Posted on Dec 9th, 2015 - By Anna - 3 Comments

As of now I don't have any plans to attend a cookie exchange, but for those of you who do, here are ten easy cookie exchange recipes perfect for last…

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Chicago Public School Butter Cookies

Ten Standout Recipes from 2015

Posted on Jan 2nd, 2016 - By Anna - 6 Comments

This was a pretty wild year with lots of ups and downs.  New cities, schools and jobs don't come without stress, and looking back I wonder how I got…

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Texas Cookie

Texas Cookies

Posted on Aug 23rd, 2010 - By Anna - 16 Comments

As usual, I stumbled upon this recipe while looking for something else. If you’re curious, it was Cheese Danish. I thought I’d master Danish…

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Texas Sheet Cake

Texas Sheet Cake

Posted on May 10th, 2010 - By Anna - 11 Comments

Texas Sheet Cake is quite popular here, and for good reason. It takes about 20 minutes to bake, doesn’t require an electric mixer, and because you…

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Blueberry Pie

The Best Blueberry Pie Yet!

Posted on Jul 15th, 2010 - By Anna - 20 Comments

Update:  This is still a great pie!  I've made it multiple times since 2010 and we love it.  Here's a photo of a full sized slice.  If…

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salty oatmeal cookies

The Best Oatmeal Cookies!

Posted on May 12th, 2008 - By Anna - 31 Comments

The recipe is actually from Cook’s Illustrated, but you can find the adapted version plus a few more pictures here. I didn’t make any changes,…

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Best Ever Vanilla Cupcakes

The Best Yellow Cupcakes

Posted on Apr 20th, 2012 - By Anna - 45 Comments

Oh no, not another vanilla cupcake recipe! Yes, indeed. But this recipe is for "the best" yellow cupcakes. Okay, "best" is subjective, but…

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The Ultimate Black Bottom Cupcake Recipe

Posted on Mar 10th, 2010 - By Anna - 31 Comments

The Ultimate Black Bottom Cupcake Recipe? I think this is it. Or at least, it's a pretty decent hybrid. It's a combination of Magnolia…

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Tin Roof Pie

Tin Roof Sundae Pie

Posted on May 16th, 2014 - By Anna - 2 Comments

Rocky Road ice cream was invented in 1929 by William Dreyer, who is also credited for coining the term "rocky road" --  an allusion to The Great…

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Chocolate Chip Cookies

Toasted Pecan Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies

Posted on Nov 27th, 2012 - By Anna - 21 Comments

Yesterday I made our neighbors a batch of cookies as a thank you gift for helping me take care of a lost dog. I’d planned on making chocolate chip,…

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Top 10 Pies for National Pie Day

Posted on Jan 23rd, 2014 - By Anna - 6 Comments

January 23 is National Pie Day!  Not that you need an excuse to make pie, but if you do -- here are 10 recipes I recommend.  Enjoy! This Quick…

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Chocolate Layer Cake

Top 10 Recipes 2014

Posted on Jan 2nd, 2015 - By Anna - 15 Comments

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.…

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Chocolate Chip Cookies

Top 5 Cookie List

Posted on May 12th, 2009 - By Anna - 37 Comments

These are just my current favorites and the list could change at any time. But these are the recipes I fall back on or recommend to…

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Chocolate Chip Cookie

Top Chef Just Desserts Chocolate Chip Cookies by Eric

Posted on Oct 30th, 2010 - By Anna - 47 Comments

Today’s cookie is from the latest episode of Top Chef Just Desserts. The challenge: Dessert Wars! Where contestants broke into two teams and…

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Best Ever Vanilla Cupcakes

Top Recipes

Posted on Apr 27th, 2012 - By Anna - 6 Comments

It's been a while since I posted a Top 10 list, so to make up for lost time, I've increased the count to 15. Here are 15 of my favorites from the…

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Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies

Top Ten Recipes of 2013

Posted on Jan 2nd, 2014 - By Anna - 10 Comments

Out with the old and in with the new!  I hope your 2014 is off to a good start and that you have a myriad of interesting things in the works. Me,…

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Trader Joe's Dark Chocolate Brownies

Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Brownies

Posted on Jul 30th, 2015 - By Anna - 4 Comments

Here's my latest, greatest, fudge brownie recipe. It calls for beating the eggs thoroughly so you get brownies that are dense yet seemingly light at…

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chocolate brownie cookies

Triple Chocolate Brownie Cookies

Posted on Jan 20th, 2010 - By Anna - 16 Comments

What's so great about brownie cookies? Instead of being super rich like a lot of other double chocolate cookies, these cookies have a light, whipped,…

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Triple Espresso Brownies

Posted on Sep 19th, 2007 - By Anna - 9 Comments

Update: I'm re-reading this post years later and apologize for how annoying it is. I actually can't stand Talk Like a Pirate Day. That being said,…

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Marble Cake

Triple Layer Mocha Marble Cake

Posted on May 17th, 2012 - By Anna - 38 Comments

Marble Cake -- My Latest Cookie Madness Obsession If you like marble cake and want to make it completely from scratch, here's a good recipe. I…

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Troy Chocolate Cake

Troy Chocolate Cake

Posted on Feb 29th, 2008 - By Anna - 18 Comments

I don’t usually serve chocolate cake as an after school snack, but it’s Friday and Fuzz has had a rough week so I decided to bake her a little…

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turkey poblano soup

Turkey Poblano Soup

Posted on Nov 24th, 2011 - By Anna - 3 Comments

Turkey Poblano Soup -- A Most Requested Recipe Happy Thanksgiving! No cookies today, but here's a Turkey Poblano Soup recipe that might come in…

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Pecan Pie With Browned Butter

Two Favorite Pecan Pies

Posted on Nov 16th, 2010 - By Anna - 19 Comments

I’m trying to nail down this year’s Thanksgiving menu and finding it difficult to choose between two favorite pecan pies: The one I discovered a…

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Chocolate Cupcakes

Ultimate Chocolate Cupcakes

Posted on Aug 2nd, 2010 - By Anna - 31 Comments

A few weeks ago I bought the current issue of Cooks Illustrated. I usually flip through the pages before buying to make sure I’m interested in…

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Creamy Cheesecake

Ultra Creamy Deluxe Cheesecake

Posted on Jul 26th, 2008 - By Anna - 20 Comments

The cheesecake was a success and 100% free of cracks. Todd liked it and Emma seemed to, but after trying it, I knew why it had been so long since…

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Updated Palm Beach Brownies

Posted on Nov 10th, 2013 - By Anna - 15 Comments

This is one of my favorite brownie recipes, but I'm always trying new ones which means I don't bake these very often.  When I do, it’s usually…

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vanilla bean cupcakes

Vanilla Bean Cupcakes

Posted on Mar 31st, 2011 - By Anna - 35 Comments

Today’s recipe is another one I plan to make for Austin Bakes for Japan. Inspired by Stef and her vanilla bean buttercream (she said it tastes like…

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Vanilla-Rich-Chocolate Chip Cookies

Vanilla-Rich Chocolate Chip Cookies

Posted on Oct 9th, 2011 - By Anna - 20 Comments

If you’re in the mood to try a new and very good chocolate chip cookie recipe, I have one to recommend. It's the new "Vanilla-Rich Chocolate Chip…

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Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Posted on Jan 25th, 2012 - By Anna - 28 Comments

Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies With Kelapo Coconut Oil It's safe to say coconut oil is my new favorite baking product. It won't replace the flavor of…

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gingerbread biscotti

Vegan Gingerbread Biscotti

Posted on Nov 27th, 2010 - By Anna - 9 Comments

Vegan Gingerbread Biscotti Has Invaded My Cookie Jar! It took a year for me to do it, but I finally tried the fourth gingerbread biscotti recipe on…

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Vegan Spelt Chocolate Chip Cookies

Vegan Spelt Chocolate Chip Cookies

Posted on May 22nd, 2007 - By Anna - 35 Comments

Spelt is an ancient grain with many health benefits. It's used in this cookie from Viva le Vegan! a wonderful and very informative cookbook by…

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White Chocolate Macadamia Cookies

White Chocolate Chunk Macadamia Cookies

Posted on May 9th, 2010 - By Anna - 16 Comments

Happy Mother’s Day! For all you moms out there who are baking for your family and would rather be doing that than getting spa treatments or…

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Coconut Cream Pie

White Chocolate Coconut Pie

Posted on Oct 18th, 2010 - By Anna - 16 Comments

This White Chocolate Coconut Pie is adapted from recipes I found in La Belle Cuisine and Lora Brody's Chocolate American Style .  It's different…

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vanilla butter cupcakes

White Lily Butter Yellow Cupcakes

Posted on May 29th, 2015 - By Anna - 1 Comment

I'm trying to simplify life a bit and one small step is narrowing down my white and buttermilk cupcake recipes to just one. Ha! Kidding. I'd narrow…

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Martha Stewart's Yellow Buttermilk Cupcakes

Yellow Buttermilk Cupcakes

Posted on Feb 18th, 2013 - By Anna - 8 Comments

To celebrate President's Day, Fuzz and I made a batch of Yellow Buttermilk Cupcakes from Martha Stewart's Cupcakes. Compared to some of…

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Yellow Cake

Yellow Cake Recipe With Frosting

Posted on Mar 29th, 2014 - By Anna - 9 Comments

Have you ever made a yellow cake recipe and been disappointed to find it was actually more of an off-white? Or worse, have you ever made an off-white…

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Zero Bar Cookies

Zero Bar Cookies

Posted on Aug 7th, 2012 - By Anna - 18 Comments

Today’s recipe is a cookie tribute to a candy bar loved by dads across the country -- the Zero Bar. Or at least that’s the hasty…

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Copy Cat Brownie

Zingerman’s Magic Brownies Clone

Posted on Apr 23rd, 2008 - By Anna - 9 Comments

This Zingerman's Magic Brownies clone recipe was recommended to me (over and over and over again) by Randi. Randi put dulce de leche in them and…

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Apple Carrot and Zucchini Bread

Zucchini, Apple and Carrot Bread

Posted on Jul 1st, 2014 - By Anna - 4 Comments

I was very impressed with the shape and texture of yesterday's Zucchini Bread with Cream Cheese Filling and decided to try a variation -- a Zucchini,…

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