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Favorite Recipes Index

Welcome to the new visual index!  This page does not include every recipe from the site — not even close.  These are just recipes that I’ve chosen as favorites because I tend to make them over and over and/or they have received good reviews from other bakers.

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 these a lot lately for bake sales. Their size and shape make them really impressive, but they don't stay fresh very long so…

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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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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: This is an old recipe which I'd completely forgotten about until I updated my index. I put an "A" in front of the title so it would show up…

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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 - 22 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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Almond Toffee

Almond Toffee Revisited

Posted on Oct 27th, 2009 - By Anna - 90 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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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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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 cake is so good.  It has a full 2 cups of applesauce, but you don’t taste the apples so much as the cinnamon, cardamom and chocolate. …

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Apricot Orange Bar

Apricot-Orange Bars

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

This recipe by Julia Hasson is from an old issue of Bon Appetit. On a scale of 1-10, these bars are a 15. I've pasted the recipe below, but you can…

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Austin Texas Jalapeno Cranberry Bread

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

If you're looking for that perfect last minute quick bread -- something to serve along with the meal or to set out with the leftovers, here's a fun…

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Red Velvet Cake

B. Smith’s Red Velvet Cake

Posted on Dec 16th, 2008 - By Anna - 21 Comments

This cake is adapted from one attributed to B. Smith, a fashion model who parlayed her career into that of a restaurateur.   In my teens, I had the…

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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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Pastry Cream

Basic Pastry Cream #1

Posted on Sep 8th, 2013 - By Anna - 11 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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Deep, Dark, Fudge Brownies

Best Fudge Brownies Ever

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

Adapted from the back of a bag of King Arthur brand flour, these brownies are excellent!  To get really dark brownies I used Hershey's Dark, but you…

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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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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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oatmeal cookies

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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Giant Oatmeal Raisin

Big Fat Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Posted on Feb 9th, 2012 - By Anna - 19 Comments

For Teacher Appreciation week, I wanted an oatmeal cookie to go along with the giant Levain bakery chocolate chip copycat. Pin It This…

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Blueberry Bread

Blueberry Sour Cream Loaf Cake

Posted on Jul 21st, 2014 - By Anna - 3 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 better!  Now…

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Brownie Bark

Brownie Bark

Posted on Oct 5th, 2012 - By Anna - 41 Comments

Last week my friend Nancy (Tag Sale Tastes) and I were discussing our favorite brands of packaged cookies.  I told her my favorite cookie was an…

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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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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

This is one of my favorite caramel brownie recipes. The original version of the recipe is in The Pastry Queen: Royally Good Recipes from the…

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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. It was created by Alison Campbell of Austin. The full recipe makes…

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Fudge Brownies

Chewy Fudgy Brownies

Posted on Jun 9th, 2008 - By Anna - 43 Comments

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

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Chewy Vegan Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Chewy Vegan Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Posted on Jun 10th, 2008 - By Anna - 101 Comments

This is one of my most requested vegan oatmeal cookies.  I hope you like them!  If you do, check out a few of the other vegan recipes I linked to…

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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 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 Cookie Cheesecake Bars

Posted on Jan 15th, 2014 - By Anna - 17 Comments

Here's a recipe for anyone who likes chocolate chip cookies and cheesecake. That means everyone, right? Well maybe not, but I have a feeling these…

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Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Pretzel Twists

Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Pretzels

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

These delicious candy/cookies were inspired by a recent trip to Make it Sweet, a cake decorating shop in North Austin which I finally got to visit. …

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Eagle Brand Condensed Milk Chocolate Cream Pie

Chocolate Cream Pie with a No-Bake Graham Crust

Posted on Nov 19th, 2013 - By Anna - 2 Comments

Our oven is still out of commission. We've replaced a sensor, a broil element and had the control board examined by control board specialists, but…

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Chocolate Glazed Triple Layer Cheesecake

Chocolate Glazed Triple Layer Cheesecake Updated

Posted on Dec 24th, 2013 - By Anna - 11 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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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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marble 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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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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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 cake recipe yesterday 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 - 4 Comments

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

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Cook’s Illustrated Fluffy Yellow Cake — Best Yet!

Posted on Apr 13th, 2010 - By Anna - 12 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 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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Cracker Candy

Cracker Candy

Posted on Jun 16th, 2006 - By Anna - 16 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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Biscotti Thins

Cranberry, White Chip and Pecan Biscotti Thins

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

This is one of my all-time favorite cookie recipes, though I can’t say I've ever made it the same way twice. These thinly sliced biscotti…

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Cranberry-Pecan Cookies

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

I tested a lot of cranberry oatmeal cookies but kept coming back to this one. It’s from Greg, aka “Oatmeal Cookie Guy” who devoted his whole…

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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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Small Kitchen

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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Crispy Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies

Posted on Jan 24th, 2013 - By Anna - 19 Comments

One thing I noticed while making batches of cookie bark is that baking at a low temperature for a longer amount of time almost always results in an…

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Crunchy Chocolate Chip Cookies

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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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, so luckily I had just enough ingredients to make a small batch of Chocolate Espresso…

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Date Nut Meringue Cookies

Date Nut Chocolate Chip Meringues

Posted on Sep 26th, 2013 - By Anna - 5 Comments

I probably should have held off until December to post this because it's the perfect "cookie exchange" cookie, but I'm not that patient and life is…

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Davids Chocolate Fudge Cookies

David’s Double Fudge Cookies

Posted on Aug 19th, 2014 - By Anna - 10 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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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, it features…

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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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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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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…

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peanut butter marshmallow brownies

Easy Peanut Butter Marshmallow Krispie Topped Brownies

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

Okay, I wasn’t going to do it, but here it is – another recipe for today. I should have saved it for tomorrow, but I couldn’t wait to post it…

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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

Updated!  I have a NEW favorite chocolate frosting and I am posting it here for safekeeping.  The old version (below) is good, but requires actual…

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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

Graduation is around the corner. And if you’re looking for recipes that use school colors, here’s the perfect bar cookie. Unfortunately, I…

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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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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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Fine Cooking Fudge

Posted on Nov 3rd, 2009 - By Anna - 27 Comments

Results are in! The fudge recipe from December's Fine Cooking is a winner! I had a few issues which arose from trying to halve the recipe, but…

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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 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 recipe comes from Taste of Home via a blog called…

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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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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. For now, here's a photo of the…

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Cookies

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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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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gluten free fudge brownie

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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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 I think what I liked best was the fact that they contained an unusual…

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Gluten Free Oatmeal Cookies

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

In honor of Martha Stewart's birthday this weekend, I tried a recipe from the Martha Stewart website. Have you seen it lately? It's been redesigned…

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Gluten-Free Double Chocolate Cookies with Coconut Flour

Posted on Jul 7th, 2012 - By Anna - 8 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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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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Chocolate Chip Cookies Chewy

Gourmet Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

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

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

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Hershey Bar Pie

Hershey Bar Pie

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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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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Chocolate Marshmallow Cookie Whippet Clone

Homemade Whippet Cookies

Posted on Jul 9th, 2013 - By Anna - 17 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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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 pumpkin muffins. My intention was to use an…

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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 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 around to trying it today.…

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chocolate chip cookies

Joanne Chang’s Chocolate Chip Cookies

Posted on Jan 24th, 2011 - By Anna - 41 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

The Julie/Julia movie is coming out in August. Have you seen the trailer? I made myself watch it this morning, and wow -- does it look good. In fact,…

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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 this afternoon and Fuzz’s friends gave…

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Jumbo Chocolate Chip Cookies With a Secret Ingredient (Okay, it’s Molasses)

Posted on May 7th, 2013 - By Anna - 18 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 Pumpkin Muffin

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 muffin. This one includes a…

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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 Favorite Blondies (Pretty Much the Best Ever)

Posted on May 16th, 2009 - By Anna - 29 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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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 - 0 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 Rocky Road, then Monday my friend Amy sent me a recipe with a note saying “When I was teaching, a parent…

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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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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 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 - 8 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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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 - 13 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 - 68 Comments

There are other versions of giant chocolate chip cookies which you can decorate and cut with a pizza cutter, but this is our…

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Malted Milk Blondies

Malted Milk Blondies

Posted on Feb 23rd, 2009 - By Anna - 20 Comments

Hey Ho! Cookie Madness is starting the week with some malty deliciousness from Baked: New Frontiers in Baking. For those of you not familiar with the…

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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, here's a fun way to use it.  This caramel corn is less buttery than others, but…

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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 and Marble Cake Review

Posted on May 30th, 2014 - By Anna - 5 Comments

Today's recipe is from my friend Megan at Megan's Sweet Life. Megan, who recently moved to Texas, was kind enough to try my marble cake. I was so…

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Melted Marshmallow Brownies

Posted on Jun 21st, 2013 - By Anna - 10 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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Mexican Chocolate Chunk Cookie

Mexican Chocolate Chunk Cookies with Ibarra

Posted on Jan 12th, 2009 - By Anna - 3 Comments

The texture and cinnamon flavor of real Mexican chocolate is what makes these cookies special. I use Ibarra brand, which you can usually find in the…

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Minnesota State Fair Winning Brownies! — Chocolate/Banana

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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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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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 Bark

Posted on Dec 13th, 2012 - By Anna - 12 Comments

Back in October, before cookie season really started, I posted a recipe for Brownie Bark. If you haven't tried it and are in the midst of holiday…

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Monster Cookies

Monster Cookies

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

Monster cookies made the news this week, only they weren’t called Monsters. They were Ann Romney's Oatmeal Peanut Butter M&M Cookies, one of…

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Thin and Crispy Cookies

More Thin & Crispy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Posted on Feb 5th, 2009 - By Anna - 45 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 pastry cream, here's another recipe that might come in handy. My  favorite angel food cake recipe plus the…

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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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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 cupcakes all week, but thanks to Sue and The Silver Palate Cookbook, the search has ended.  Sorry in advance to…

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No-Fail Pan Cookies

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

I have a cake recipe to post today, but for all of you searching for a quick super bowl snack, here’s a good one. This is a simple pan/bar…

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Cream Cheese Braid

No-Knead Cream Cheese Braids

Posted on Dec 14th, 2013 - By Anna - 6 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!  I found it while looking…

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Old Fashioned Oatmeal Cookies

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

The mixing technique for these cookies is a little different. First, you soak the raisins in a mixture of eggs and vanilla for one hour. Next, you…

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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 - 22 Comments

Update: I'm adding this recipe to the all-time favorites list because it is so easy and good. Lately, I've been making these with a mix of Trader…

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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 used to be my go-to brownie recipe. It’s a scaled-down and fiddled-with recipe from Barefoot Contessa, who based her recipe on one from…

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Packaging Cupcakes

Posted on Apr 2nd, 2011 - By Anna - 62 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 - 14 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 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 Candy Bar Blondies

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

One of the nice things about fall is that the baking aisle expands somewhat and stores in my area start carrying new products.  Case in point, the…

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Peanut Butter Fudge Crunch Bars

Peanut Butter Fudge Crunch Bars

Posted on Aug 19th, 2008 - By Anna - 32 Comments

Happy Tuesday! It’s an exciting day for us because at 4:00, we find out who Fuzz’s teacher is and who will be in her class. Fun! But…

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Ice Cream Cake

Peppermint Ice Cream and Free Eagle Brand Condensed Milk Coupons

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 recipe even if…

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Perfect Chocolate Cream Pie

Posted on Nov 15th, 2011 - By Anna - 10 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

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 - 19 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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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…

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Pineapple Cheesecake Squares

Pineapple Cheesecake Squares

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

This recipe is adapted from The Wellesley Cookie Exchange. The original recipe does not call for a food processor, but if you have one, I highly…

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Pineapple Icebox Cake

Posted on May 24th, 2013 - By Anna - 10 Comments

One of the best things my grandmother made was a dessert called banana split cake. It wasn't really a cake at all, but a layer of cookie crumbs…

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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

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 Fuzz and I visited the Museum of Natural History,…

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Dawn's Apple Pie

Prize Winning Apple Pie and Best Crust Ever

Posted on Oct 1st, 2009 - By Anna - 61 Comments

Every once in awhile, and for me almost never, a recipe comes along that's so good you can close the book, put it some place safe, and never worry…

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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. Pumpkin Carrot Cake Recipe…

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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 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 - 34 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 - 14 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 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. I'd forgotten…

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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 Muffin

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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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

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

The recipe is from an old post here on Cookie Madness, but I cleaned it up and took a new picture. I put the marshmallows and chocolate on near the…

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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, the original…

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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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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 - 46 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, Todd and I would drive almost an hour to get there, then sit around in the packed lobby listening…

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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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Macaroni and Cheese

Small Batch Macaroni and Cheese

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

This recipe is for macaroni and cheese. I love it, but don’t make it very often because Todd’s not a cheese fan and until recently Fuzz has…

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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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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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Sue’s Butterscotch Pie

Posted on Aug 17th, 2012 - By Anna - 10 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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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 - 22 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…

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The Best 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. This is for everyone who is frustrated by the fact that it’s so easy to make a good…

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The Ultimate Black Bottom Cupcake

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

This morning's big goal was to come up with the ultimate Black Bottom Cupcake recipe.  I'm not sure it's the "ultimate"  but it's a pretty…

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Three Layer Chocolate Cake

Three Layer Chocolate Cake With Frosting

Posted on Dec 28th, 2013 - By Anna - 7 Comments

It’s been a while since I posted a chocolate layer cake, but I promise you this recipe will make up for lost time. It's our new favorite. At…

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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 on Thanksgiving. I’d planned on…

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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 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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Brownie

Triple Espresso Brownies

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

Yo Ho! It’s Talk Like a Pirate Day, so I’ve pillaged and plundered Pillsbury’s website for a recipe. "X" Marks the Spot! This one’s a…

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Marble Cake

Triple Layer Mocha Marble Cake

Posted on May 17th, 2012 - By Anna - 37 Comments

If you like marble cake and want to make it completely from scratch, here's a good recipe. I created it by combining two of my favorite scratch cake…

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Troy Chocolate Cake Recipe

Troy Chocolate Cake

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

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

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Turkey Poblano Soup

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

Happy Thanksgiving! No cookies today, but here's a recipe that might come in handy tomorrow. Turkey Poblano Soup Recipe Type:…

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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…

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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 - 18 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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Brownies

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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Kelapo Coconut Oil

Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies with Kelapo Coconut Oil

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

It's safe to say coconut oil is my new favorite baking product. It won't replace the flavor of butter, but I love how coconut oil makes pie crusts…

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Vegan Spelt Chocolate Chip Cookies

Vegan Spelt Chocolate Chip Cookies

Posted on May 22nd, 2007 - By Anna - 34 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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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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Caramel Cake

Yellow Cake with Caramel Frosting (Southern Caramel Cake)

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

Check out my birthday cake!  It may not look very festive, but it definitely brightened the day because it was my first attempt at a true Southern…

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Yellow Cake

Yellow Cake With Chocolate Frosting

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

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

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Copy Cat Brownie

Zingerman’s Brownie Clone (Magic Brownies)

Posted on Apr 23rd, 2008 - By Anna - 10 Comments

This recipe was recommended to me (over and over and over again) by Randi. Randi put dulce de leche in them and called them Buenos Aires brownies,…

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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.  Instead of…

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