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A jar of caramel sauce with a spoon drizzling it into the jar.

Quick Homemade Brown Sugar Caramel


Welcome to my favorite caramel for the past decade: Quick Homemade Brown Sugar Caramel for the win! I love this recipe so much for it’s rich flavor *and* its simplicity in throwing together. It doesn’t get less fussy than this. I absolutely love adding caramel to desserts such as these Salted Caramel Brown Butter Blondies (this is an old recipe…

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Easy Buttery Graham Cracker Crust


This easy, buttery graham cracker crust recipe is perfect for cheesecakes, mini cheesecakes, tarts and basically any recipe that needs (WANTS) a graham cracker crust! I’m not always in the mood to fuss with a regular pastry crust and an easy graham cracker crust comes in clutch when I want something quick and fabulous! I use graham cracker crusts in…

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Overhead shot of chocolate cake with white icing and colorful sprinkles on top

My 10 Favorite Easy Baking Tips for Perfect Cakes


I’m super excited to share my 10 favorite, EASY baking tips for perfect cakes, EVERY TIME! I love cake so much that I wrote a book about it: The Cake Book! And I’m super excited to share all of my favorite cake baking tips and secrets, for perfect, beautiful cakes, every time. These cake tips focus mostly on classic one-layer…

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Secrets to Perfect Cookies: My 10 Favorite Tips For Better Cookies Today


I’m spilling the secrets on all of my favorite perfect cookie tips so you can bake better cookies starting today! When writing The Cookie Book I had an entire section dedicated to helping you bake perfect cookies every time. Unfortunately, that section was cut by my editor (as often happens in publishing: it was either that or cut some recipes…

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Classic chocolate French macarons are paired with a dreamy marshmallow filling. Each macaron is smeared in a mexican hot chocolate glaze for mega flavor!

Chocolate French Macarons with Marshmallow Filling


These chocolate French macarons are crispy, chewy and perfectly chocolate-y — this is the best recipe for chocolate macarons! The filling is one of my favorite marshmallow fillings with an added (and optional) slightly spicy chocolate glaze for Mexican hot chocolate vibes (or leave it plain). Lots of technique tips for easily making these in your home kitchen! When I…

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Two bottles of homemade vanilla extract; one bottle is lighter in color and the other is an amber color.

How to Make Homemade Bourbon Vanilla Extract


Homemade bourbon vanilla bean extract will add jazz hands to all of your baking projects! So many desserts use vanilla extract to elevate their final flavor (hellooo Mega Vanilla Chocolate Chip Cookies!) and I used a ton of it when I was recipe testing The Cookie Book and The Cake Book! I use it liberally in many, many (most?!) recipes!…

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Sourdough Bagels | DisplacedHousewife Rebecca Firth; Recipe from Emilie Raffa's book Artisan Sourdough Made Simple

Sourdough Bagels


As I write this post, my sourdough starter is sitting on the counter in the kitchen growing and getting bubbly so I can mix together the dough for these Sourdough Bagels to bake off in the morning. Heaven. This recipe comes from Emilie Raffa’s book Artisan Sourdough Made Simple (she calls them Sunday Morning Bagels in her book) and she…

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How To Make a Sourdough Starter

How To Make a Sourdough Starter


I have been dying to write a ‘how to’ make a sourdough starter post/guide while simultaneously avoiding it!! It’s been in my queue of things to do for well over a year and so here we finally are! The desire to make bread from scratch is REAL right now. The process is so soothing + satisfy…and NOT having to run…

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Crème Fraîche Chocolate Chunk Cookies Recipe | Displaced Housewife

Crème Fraîche Chocolate Chunk Cookies


Aren’t you sick of cookies?!? It’s a question I get asked a lot since The Cookie Book came out and the answer is nope, not even a little bit. If you had witnessed how many cookies I consumed while testing this recipe, you would already know the answer to this question. I couldn’t stop. This is a really good cookie. It’s…

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Raspberry Jam Streusel Muffins + Pre-Order Giveaway!


THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED!!!!First order of business, we have our first Cookie Book pre-order giveaway happening now!! We’re giving away: 1 set of my favorite madeleine tins, 1 jar of The Cookie Book Luxe Sprinkles (these are AMAZING!!!), my favorite 1 tablespoon cookie scoop (perfect for Madeleines) and a black canvas Get Stuffed Cookie Book bag (named for the…

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Pecan Manchego Multigrain Crackers


Why haven’t we all been making our own crackers? This is the easiest (dare I say, foolproof?) dough that you will mess around with. It’s completely flexible…you pick the nuts, the cheese, the flours and make it your own. Crackers are one of those things that I never seem to have a fresh box of when I want them (does…

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Five Spice Fig Jam


This post has so many ties to Beijing. Not that I had an affinity for figs while I was there. Nor did I make fig jam while living in China. But autumn was my most favorite season in Beijing, with spring running a close second. Winter was cold and dry and summer was steamy, hot and wet. In fall, everyone was back from…

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