Chocolate Orange Truffle Cookies


Picture a chocolate cookie with a slight crisp resistance when bitten and a rich, fudgy center. Then imagine it laced and scented with winter citrus. Yep. It’s that kind of cookie. These come together quickly, take a short spell in the fridge and then are baked off in ten minutes. Not too long from start to finish, most of the ingredients…

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Calistoga


Little fairies sprinkled gold dust over my life in early December and suddenly I was in Calistoga, California rubbing shoulders with some of my favorite bloggers. Consider this your weekend guide if you’d like to eat your way through this magical land. We stayed at the Calistoga Guest Ranch and this was the view outside of my room. Just green.…

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Dark Chocolate Cake With Champagne Buttercream


Yes, it’s true. January brings with it lots of responsibility. The presents and cheer of December are faded memories that went into the trash with the wrapping paper and tinsel. But fear not. Whilst we’re knee-deep in juices and cleanses and new exercise routines, we have at least one special occasion that requires (no, DEMANDS) indulgence. And that, my friends, is the…

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Top 10 Reader Recipes of 2016


Soooo…it looks like we really are simpatico. We all like sweets. Hella cookies. Sugar + brown butter is our jam. Are we still saying ‘jam’ in 2017? This past year has been a crazy ride. Some major highs peppered with a couple of lows. We lost Esther…one of our favorite chickens. Will I ever make peace with the raccoons on my…

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Peppermint Sandwich Cookies


You guys, I thought we needed one more cookie this holiday season…and I’m excited this one is it. She’s a keeper. Lightly crisp, hella chewy. And this peppermint cream…I’d like to slather it all over my body and wear it to Christmas day. Do you think anyone would mind? OK…nary a present has been wrapped…so we’re keeping it short. Again.…

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Triple Peppermint Brownies


What’s that you say? More peppermint? More chocolate? Powdered sugar that looks like snow? No problem. We got this. These are simple, come together fast and are loaded with holiday jazz hands. Think hella ooey gooey…my favorite kind of brownie. You see that beautiful knife up there? Yep, that Henckles one. It is one of my most favorite chef’s knives and I’m giving one away…

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Buttermilk Gingerbread Cake With Spiced Citrus Buttercream


So, my KitchenAid mixer broke on Saturday. Devastated. Just wanted to get that out of the way because it’s pretty much all I can think about. And my computer start-up disc is full and Photoshop keeps telling me my ‘scratch disc’ is full. Which I’m now pretty sure are the same thing. I think. I’ve spent the entire day transferring things…

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Chocolate Peppermint Crinkles


Every year I do some type of Christmas cookie that combines peppermint and chocolate. 2016’s creation is this little Chocolate Peppermint Crinkle number pictured above. Look at her… I’m being totally modest when I tell you she’s amazing. But it’s not just one cookie recipe I get to share with you today… There are seventeen others. Wait, what?!? I know…who knew life…

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Chai Pumpkin Tart With Gingersnap Crust


Thanksgiving is my holiday. I give the kids Halloween and Christmas…candy, costumes and presents. But Thanksgiving is my absolute favorite holiday. I love cooking everything, I love how everything tastes…I love how the whole purpose is to get together, break some bread, clink some glasses and be grateful. It’s the best kind of day. I want to share some quick tips…

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Cranberry Spice Breakfast Buns


I love entertaining around the holidays!! I say yes to everything and then I feel completely rushed and overbooked. Does anyone know what I’m talking about? So when I was creating these breakfast buns my number one priority was for them to taste delicious. Obviously. But it was also extremely important that they be quick + easy. Because we’re going…

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Cranberry Bark Peace Cookies


I like to keep things light and fluffy around here, but I’m not feeling especially so this week. BUT, instead of waxing on about everything you’ve already heard or read, I’ll refrain and just say, let’s spread a little love. A little peace. A little laughter. These cookies will put a smile on anyone’s face. Pour yourself some tea. This…

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Cranberry Pecan Baked Apples


We’re not making baked apples nearly as often as we should. I know this. For fact. It’s just not a go-to dessert and I’d like to change that. First, because it is next-level deliciousness. Second, because it’s one of the easiest desserts you’ll ever make. I’m proposing these as a sweet treat to get us through until Thanksgiving (because we need something…

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Brown Butter Muscovado Banana Bread


I’m having one of those so-much-to-say-I-have-nothing-to-say moments. Maybe it’s because it’s getting cooler? The sky a little darker? Or perhaps because I have a moment to breathe. I was going to talk about how busy I’ve been. We’ve been. How I haven’t taken two seconds to  pause. None of us have. How grateful I am for the work I’ve been getting.…

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Halloween Candy Cookies


First, let me just say this cookie is life changing. Who else always has a ton of leftover Halloween candy? If I don’t buy too much candy to hand out, then my kids bring home ridiculous amounts of candy that haunts us for weeks and sometimes months. Dentists say it’s better to OD on candy over a few days rather than every day…

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Brown Butter Pumpkin Donuts


I really resisted the whole baked donut thing. For a long time. Cast them aside as imposters. Heretics. Then one day as I was mindlessly perusing Bed, Bath & Beyond I spied a donut tin heaped on top of a messy pile of towels and tooth brush holders and shower caps. I held it up and inspected it. I had visions of me…

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