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chocolate dipped fresh fruit

I’ve dipped a multitude of goodies in chocolate.  My favorite is fresh fruit.  Not just strawberries, but blueberries and raspberries and especially pomegranates.  I might be alone here since whenever I make them I seem to be the only one standing over that platter insisting that “you need to try these!!”   That feeling of…
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triple chocolate banana bread

Wowee.  This is delicious.  Rich in flavor and color and texture – you can’t  miss this one. I mean it.  Best chocolate banana bread ever.  As mentioned in the post from Liv for Cake (below) you can certainly skip the chips and ganache for a less chocolatey experience.  And/or add walnuts to cut some of…
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chocolate pudding alice medrich (no eggs)

Oh, this pudding is DELICIOUS.  I absolutely LOVE it.  Really really good and quite easy to make! It is so thoroughly chocolatey and not at all cloying like some puddings seem to be.  This one is different from the other chocolate pudding recipe on the blog in many ways, but most importantly, there are no…
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holiday brownies

So my mom texted this AM, asking which brownie recipe to make for my dad because he needs to put on weight.  I immediately thought of these goodies.  Looking at the blog, I realize that I had yet to finish the write up.  And when I looked closer at my draft, I realized that my parents…
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puff pastry chocolate treat

I planned to make this little treat for my New Year’s brunch, but ran out of time so Rob jumped in and made it!  He will argue that he put it together, and didn’t bake anything – but even so, it shows you how easy this is.  (No offense meant for Rob, he just doesn’t…
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chocolate cake

Eric really loved this cake!  And that worked out perfectly because I made it for him.  For his 50th!  I took a chance (well, not really because Ina Garten is never too a risky choice).  She loves this cake, said it was one of her favorites, and it seemed fairly easy to whip it up…
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jimmies (chocolate sprinkles)

By now you know that I love ice cream and jimmies.  And not just any jimmy but real jimmies.  I’m sharing this with you so you too can enjoy the happiness I derive from my ice cream eating experience.  A lot of it has to do with the ice cream I know…but seriously (as serious…
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ice cream cake

If you make a cake that falls apart, save it. If you make a cake and it is undercooked in the middle, save the edges. If you make a cake that isn’t fabulously moist, save. If you make cookies or brownies that are dry, save If you have left over meringues, save as well. (You can…
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chocolate pecan (ground up) torte

Oh, so scrumptious and rich and chocolaty and a new love affair with my ice cream!  This torte is worth every calorie.  Dense and moist with it’s curious texture (ground pecans), this one surprised me.  Rob loved it and so did friends.  This, with his chocolate sorbet turns his lips brown and smiling.  And me…
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brown butter brownies

Baked these brownies for a charity and they wrote to say how much they looooovvved them!  The mattress delivery men were eyeing the brownies as they went up and down the stairs…and were happy to leave with their goodie bags.  They said best brownie they ever had.  Wow.  (Although these are very good, I’m thinking…
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triple chocolate chip cookie

I really really really like these cookies.  A lot a lot a lot.  Right up my alley with milk, white and semisweet chocolate – these, in my vanilla ice cream…well, my mouth is watering right now as I think about it.  I’m not sure what the others thought because honestly, I wasn’t listening because I…
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chocolate chocolate tea cake (moist and good!)

Yum yum yum – everyone said this is good!  Especially me as I nibbled and nibbled.  So good in my ice cream the other night.  Really good!  This was an especially sweet success after many baking failures this month.  Sylvie said this was the best thing I’ve made in a long while.  (Which was of…
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bittersweet decadence cookies

“This is the most amazing cookie I’ve ever had.” “Lisi, you are the best” (obi my favorite comment :)) “The chocolate!” “I’ve never had anything so delicious.” “Lisi – please make these again.” “Mom, where did all the cookies go?” “Oh My God!” “No more cookies???” Do I need to say more?  I mean – seriously no other…
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NOEMA chocolate

This chocolate is made without peanut, tree nuts, dairy, egg, soy, wheat, fish and shellfish, as well as sesame.  NOEMA stands for None Of the Eight Major Allergens.  You can be worry free if you or your family suffers with allergies.  The equipment is brand new and has never touched any of the ingredients above. Check…
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chocolate bundt cake

I really really liked this cake a lot.  A lot a lot.  I don’t usually love plain old chocolate cake but I must say again…liked it a lot!  Rob said “good cake!” and he is a hard one to please in that his cake should be moist, rich with chocolate flavor and well – that’s…
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things i love

Chocolations I love Chocolations in Mamaroneck.  Combine high quality chocolate, a warm and generous owner and chocolate maker, great staff and decent prices… well, what’s not to love?  They have so many delicious shaped chocolates (you can order almost any shape you want), barks, truffles and dipped yumminess that it is hard to pick.  I…
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flour-less chocolate cake (la bete noire)

The black beast lives up to its name.  Great for Passover – or really anytime (I made it for Rob’s birthday).  This cake is delicious, rich and satisfying.  It may seem daunting for a second (the water bath and layers of foil) but it is really easy.  Don’t be afraid and try.  I followed the…
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oreo ice cream (not exactly homemade btw)

Growing up I was always looking for sweets to eat.  Unlike my brother who could manage his dessert quantities, I could not.  My mom took to hiding the goodies which resulted in my own secret treasure hunt when I was alone in the house.  Or picking on all the sweets that were not hidden.  The…
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chocolate covered pretzels

Another love – the chocolate covered pretzels from Enjou Chocolate.  These are my favorites because the chocolate is sooooo good and the pretzels are firm and fresh.  And although dipped generously, it is not overdone.  As usual, pricey – but def worth it! You can find them here.     Pin It

things i love – chocolate drizzled pop corn

So I make this myself and I love love love it.  But I know that many don’t feel like tempering chocolate so this makes it easy…buying it! Stever’s (they make those ridiculous marshmallows) makes an awesome drizzle popcorn.  First, the popcorn is fresh which is important.  Second, the milk chocolate is just so tasty and…
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guittard superchips

I love these chips.  My sis in law Kathy introduced us (me and chip) about a year and a half ago.  They are bigger than a Nestle chip, but flatter and stay softer in baked goods.  But I do love Nestle and Ghiradelli and many more! I searched the web (because I can’t find them…
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super s’more crisps

Sweet, marshmallowy, graham crackery and full of rich milk chocolate – these are quite good!  I found myself muttering “ridiculous, ridiculous”  as I kept going back for another bite and another.  I could not stop.  Obviously not a hit with Rob – my bittersweet chocolate loving spouse – but everyone else in the house loved them….
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warm double chocolate brownie cakes

I’ve been meaning to bake these for 5 years.  Clipped from the February 2009 issue of Food & Wine magazine — Valentine’s Day seemed like the perfect occasion.  Made with milk chocolate and cocoa powder, butter and eggs – these are fairly simple and quite delicious.  If the milk chocolate bums you out, you should…
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things i love – Lilac Chocolate covered graham crackers

We have taste tested many many many chocolate covered graham crackersand these ones from Li-Lac are probably our favorite.  Even better than mine! There is something about their chocolate that keeps us enchanted.  The coating is especially thin (like their All American Bars) yet very satisfying.  The whole big graham is coated so that too…
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nutella blondies

Nice too for Valentine’s Day.  I was able to write these up quickly because they are soooo easy (seriously – 10 m) and a decadent treat for your loved one(s). Nothing fancy here but a solid mass of goodness in a square shape.  Easy, rich, and so very pretty these will hit your speed spot….
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choc espresso brownies (one bowl)

You have seen these before but with so many people turned off by white chocolate (although I’m serious when I say good quality white chocolate is delicious) I decided to make these with my semi-sweet super chips.  (Any semi sweet chips will do.)  And yummy yum yum.  Judy, Rob and I loved them.  (Although I…
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things i love – Lilac Chocolate All American Bar

All  American Bars from Li-Lac Chocolates. These are delicious.  Beyond good.  Greg and I have taste tested many or these bars often called “all american bars” or “s’mores” or “marshmallow bars” and well, these ones from Li-Lac Chocolate win.  There is something about the marshmallow,  it is light, fluffy and moist and not cloyingly sweet.  The…
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things i love!

Stevers Candies chocolate marshmallows.  These are scrumptious!  Truly.  A family fave. Eyes light up when I bring these gems out for company.  Friends eagerly ask “did you make these!?”  I reluctantly tell the truth and say no…I didn’t, but they are better than any candy I could ever make. I often order gift boxes for…
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cakey brownies

My “favorite fudge” brownies are great.  So great – they are, not bragging, but just the truth.  In ice cream still great but later, in bed, I’m not thrilled.  Too rich.  So when Melissa decided to make a sundae bar for New Years – I decided it was time to find a cakey brownie suitable…
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chocolate ice cream milkshake

So Greg had his appendix taken out!  He didn’t eat 2 days prior to the surgery and the day after.  Already lean, I was willing to make anything for him.  Chocolate ice cream milkshake was what he wanted so off I went to find a good recipe.  This was delicious.  I actually haven’t made a…
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ghiradelli caramel cookies

“Now this is a good cookie” Judy said very calmly and matter of fact.  Beth agreed and both said blogworthy, but I already knew that. Sylvie was bummed that she didn’t get a taste – so I made a few more as she went out to her double header.  While she was gone, well, I…
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one bowl chocolate, espresso, and white choc chunk brownies

Gosh I made these sooo long ago – and have been just too lazy to write them up – and I’m sorry because they are delicious.  Really really scrumptious, rich, moist, fudge-like, decadent and well – truly different from other brownies.  And oh, they freeze really well.  Crazy well.  I served them recently (from the…
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bittersweet chocolate flourless cake

This flourless chocolate cake is so good – moist, light, rich (I know that doesn’t make sense, but it is oddly true) and chocolatey.  Intensely chocolatey.  The lightness comes from the egg whites that are folded in at the end, and the chocolate, from the bittersweet chocolate.  Just a few ingredients but the result is wow. …
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guittard choc chip cookie

The first time I baked these Andy said, “These are the best chocolate chip cookies of all time!”  The second time (tonight) I surprised him by making them on the DL and boy, the delight on his face – it reminded me when he was two as his eyes lit up when Sylvie was born….
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fudge chocolate cookies w/white chips

Yum.  As always – it seems that whenever you mix chocolate with butter and a few other ingredients the result is always delicious.  Always.  These tempting cookies were so up my alley.  I know I’m in the minority with my like of white chocolate.  But I do like it a lot.    Well, only GOOD…
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chocolate molten cookies

Rob said, “this is a good cookie” after taking his first bite of these special nuggets.  And he repeated it over and over again each time I baked them off.   Pure chocolate.  Dark, rich and if eaten the day they are made, are yes, truly molten.  (Following days just pop in micro for 4…
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hot chocolate #2

Ok, this is hot chocolate number 2.  Sylvie’s favorite – rich, thick, chocolaty goodness!  As you know we had a hot chocolate tasting and this one was also delicious.  What else can I say?   Enjoy – italian hot chocolate: 5 tablespoons dutch-processed cocoa powder 2 tablespoons sugar 6 ounces dark chocolate (at least 70%),…
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hot chocolate #1

We were lucky enough to go to Paris and to Angelina’s Cafe this summer.  We arrived at the hotel, decided to grab a quick snack and ended up at Angelina’s day one.  Well…four hot chocolates later (we shared four for 5 of us) we were very satisfied, full, and buzzing. Each day we visited many…
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robert’s chocolate cookies (bittersweet)

Dark, rich, and decadent and made with big chunks of bittersweet chocolate — these cookies are for serious chocolate lovers only.  I needed a good solid chocolate sweet to go with all my fruity desserts the other night.  I scoured my books and blogs and finally decided on a recipe from Alice Medrich’s Cookies and…
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white chocolate bittersweet choc

So these too were scrumptious.  Last Friday I went on a tear and decided to try some new things for My Sister’s Place.  The s’mores, these cake bars and oatmeal molasses cookies.  All three were hits.  This one especially!  Andy said “these are the BEST mom, they are sooo good with the biggest chunks of…
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ice box zebra delight

This is a very old fashioned dessert – but it has never ever lost its appeal.  Mark said “This is slice number four…I’m going to have to ride (my bike) 100 miles tomorrow morning!”  And Mike was lamenting the absence of my ginger cookies but sang a different tune when he sampled this treat.  He…
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s’mores cookie bar

So these are for me.  100 percent completely over the top sweet, gooey and just packed with chips and deliciousness.  I realized I was muttering to myself the other day as I was sampling another piece…I heard someone saying this is ridiculous, ridiculous – and realized it was me!  Matt really loved these too –…
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pumpkin choc chip muffins (healthier side)

We all just LOVED these muffins!  So did Sylvie’s new camp friend Kate who came by to meet us — oh, and her mom and her sister too!  Verrry successful.  I froze a bunch of these to save for another day, but throughout the day (and next day) Andy continually defrosted them one by one….
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bittersweet chocolate soufflé (you can make in advance!) and flourless for passover

Big hit.  Big Big hit.  Sooo delicious.  Pure chocolate, pure happiness.  Rob ate one, and said – you know, I could easily eat the whole tray and I mean it.  Sylvie, Andy and Greg all said so good mom…so so good.  I gobbled mine up fast – as if someone was trying to steal it…
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milk chocolate cookies

Yeah yeah another chocolate chip cookie.  I know, too many on the site, but I can’t help it!  I love them.  And I love these.  Everyone did.  Less sweet than normal chocolate chippers (to balance the milk chocolate) these are supremely addictive.  And when you over treat yourself, you don’t feel as sick!  These are…
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Toll House kookie brittle

Yummy!!!  Crunchy, buttery, chocolaty, salty and nutty – well, that says it all!  A shortbread version of a Toll House Cookie.  Without eggs and a bit less sweet this is a great alternative to the classic cookie.  So VERY easy to make, and pretty to look at – another great choice for a cookie platter…
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chocolate banana muffins

These were really yummy.  They are called muffins, but really more like mini chocolate banana cakes.  Moist and super tasty, these were a hit with all.  Even those who don’t love banana liked these little guys.  It took Sylvie a while before she could taste the banana, but my friend Suzanne said her girls knew…
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banana oatmeal chocolate chunk cookies

“Mmmmm…..perfecto” Greg exclaimed after eating one of these DELICIOUS cookies.  He’s not one to exclaim loudly – but this time he did!  Sylvie said this is “the best ever!”  And Andy too, said “really good” and as usual…”can I please have another?  Please?”  I was being stingy because these were for the kids at My…
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chocolate decadence cake

Chocolate chocolate decadence.  Delicious, delightful and rich.  Rob loved it and was thankful for a chocolate dessert in the midst of summer crisps and cobblers.  The kids too I think, unless I’m making that up.  (Made this a long time ago and lost my notes!)  I was a bit lazy this summer…my vertigo was mostly…
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chocolate decadence cookies

Wow.  Wowee.  Awesome.  Fabulous Chocolate.  These are “amazing” Ali said as she sampled the other night.  Rob too said delicious – they taste like your brownies.  Karen was excited for her sample – asked if she had to share (no) and immediately wrote and said “Lisi, delish!”  These are dense and soft inside yet lighter…
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sarabeth’s chocolate cookies

“These are the best cookies you’ve ever made,” Andy exclaimed.  He doesn’t remember all the old ones that were also The Best but that’s ok, it is good to live in the moment. Kind of reminds me of my mom – but with pizza – wherever we go it is the best ever (as long…
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toll house cookies

Spring has been so busy that I’ve been neglecting this blog – and this is kind of a cheat since most people bake these – but I’ve got to tell you that the Toll House recipe is one that I go back to time and time again.  This past weekend, in the midst of a…
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ice cream cake (using a failure)

What a megaflop (Sylvie’s word)!  But no worries…you can easily turn a calamity into a triumph (again, she’s using the thesaurus).  On Sunday, Sylvie and I decided to bake together.  I directed, she executed, and we were happy with the scents and smells of rich chocolate filling the kitchen.  We were all smiles until the little brownie…
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seven-layer bars

Serious scrumptiousness.  Rich, sweet and addictive.  Seven layers of delight. I can’t stop picking at them.  I keep talking to myself, oh, I’ll just have a nibble even though it is 10 AM, then oh, what’s another little sliver at noon (before lunch is big for me), then another sliver around 4 and before I…
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chocolate chip crumb cake

It was Zach’s birthday and we decided that we should all sing and celebrate together.  And although Jodi told me repeatedly that I didn’t have to bake (Lauren made a cake at a bday party that she would bring), I really wanted to because Zach (and Lauren) are probably my biggest fans.  I whipped this…
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pancake cake

This is one BIG pancake!  A pancake cake!  Dense, moist and truly tasting like pancakes, this was a funny treat.  Perfect for Andy’s birthday.  I decided to treat him to a breakfast dinner that included my mom’s candied bacon and chocolate chip pancakes.  Sylvie reminded me of this recipe that we saw years ago during my discovery…
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coffee brownie crackle swirl ice cream (using store bought ice cream)

I cheated with this ice cream.  I did.  Didn’t have time to make home-made but wanted something special and different.  You can really be creative at home with mix ins and ice cream.  Use your mixer to help you incorporate the extras.  I loved loved loved this treat.  Not too much coffee flavor since I…
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fudgy puffy chocolate cookies (changed the name so you don’t confuse these with my traditional meringues)

Chocolate-y, gooey on the inside and crispy on the outside, these meringue cookies are scrumptious.  Extra good.  Unlike many meringues, these are a bit soft in the center, very flavorful, and are not as cloyingly sweet as meringues can often be.  We all loved these.  Me, Rob, Greg, Andy, and Sylvie – I think I…
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chocolate malted sauce & milkshake

This chocolate sauce is DEE-licious.  So so good.  So easy to make.  Milk chocolate and Ovaltine make this special and different from your regular hot fudge sauce.  It is not too thick and no – not too sweet despite the fact that it is milk chocolate.  I promise. Try it next time you are serving…
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valentine Peeps

So I know, I did Valentine chocolates last year, but last year I didn’t have Valentine Peeps!!  And this year I do, and my family is happy.  As I’ve said before, Peeps and chocolate are ridiculously good.  Seriously one of my favorite confections.  Marshmallows are similar, but there is something special about the sugary texture of…
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chocolate molten cake

Don’t look at the photo and judge poorly.  The ice cream kind of squished the cake down.  Also, my cakes were a little undercooked (but yummy) and Zach ate the perfect one before I could photograph it!  Anyway, in my opinion, nothing can beat a chocolate molten cake that is rich, dark, decadent, and oozing…
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chocolate covered strawberries

coconut tart with chocolate smear (non dairy, flourless and also butter-less))

Rob loved this.  Loved it.  A lot.  He ate slice after slice as it sat on our counter throughout the weekend.  He thought it tasted very rich and creamy despite the lack of butter or cream.  Ali and family too thought delicious – like a Mounds bar.  I’m not a coconut fan, so honestly very…
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pumpkin choc chip cookies

So these are really good!  And so very different from any other pumpkin cookie recipe (or any cookie recipe) that I’ve ever made. Try them for Thanksgiving and I’m sure your guests or hosts will be smiling.  The nice thing about these is that they really are chewy and cookie-like and not so cake-y like…
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nutella fudge mini-cupcakes

Splendid little nuggets of goodness.  I mean ri-dic-u-lous!  If you are a Nutella fan then these are for you!!  Sylvie and I ate these right up.  I’m hoping Nutella fan Cousin Daniel did too (sent him a package).  If you are Nutella lover, try this recipe!  Nutella, eggs, flour and salt make Nutella flavored magic….
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peanut butter/milk chocolate chip moist & chewy cookies

These are CRAZY good and so different from any other peanut butter cookie I’ve ever had.  Many agreed – Beth said “beyond yummy pb cookies.”  and friend Rob said the cookies had the perfect amount of peanut butter flavor and chocolate.  Karen and Scott loved them and mentioned that I must have been channeling their…
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heartland turtle bars (amazing)

The best reviews so far!  True love.  Crazy love. Rob said really good.  Then about 5 minutes later turned to me and said “I really like those bars.”  (And this means that he was thinking about them for 5 whole minutes.)  Sylvie said OMG I love these!  Alisa followed my lead and mixed them with…
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double fudge frosted brownies

Wow.  Really really good.  Really delicious! Everyone LOVED these.  I know, I know, I really do know, another brownie!  I couldn’t help it.  I can’t.  I needed a special treat for a family in need – and decided that the double fudge frosted brownies from my new book, Diner Desserts, looked like a match.  My…
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smores cookie bars

I stumbled upon these on noshwithme.com and I’m so happy that I did!  Hilary’s write up was cute and I was eager to try.  These were a hit with most – especially kids.  Adults had varied comments…please, more chocolate, or how about semi-sweet or dark chocolate and others said please less fluff, but the general…
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buttermilk chocolate cookies (that melt in your mouth!)

I know I have many a chocolate cookie and brownie on this blog – but I think you can never have enough chocolate choices!  I read about these in Nicole Weston’s BakingBites blog and her write-up was so compelling that I had to bake them.  Another success.  “Incredible” Greg’s friend Matt said as he and…
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brownie pudding

This is heaven.  Serious chocolate heaven.  I know I say that a lot – but I REALLY mean it (not that I haven’t before!)  And this photo does not do it justice.  It was taken at the end of the night after one glass of wine too many.  Oh well, unimportant because this will make…
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daryel’s white chocolate, mac nut, coconut, tart cherry or cranberry cookies (yes, he knows it’s a long name!)

Visiting day at my daughters camp means we visit then bring her home the following day.  My initial hotel reservation was lost, so I scrambled madly for a new place to stay which was not easy at all.  I must have called 25 inns, hotels, and motels…and miraculously found a room at The Greenwood Mountain…
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chocolate clouds

Light and airy these meringue-like chocolate cookies are tricky because you can’t just eat one!  So be prepared to loose control.  Rob really loved these.  He loved the full chocolate flavor combined with the delicate texture.  Lauren too was a big fan – she was very happy since the chocolate whoppers were just too rich…
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golden fudge cake

“Really good” and “really really really good” and “oh my this is really delicious Lisi!” were the varied comments (actually not varied – but overall great accolades) for this cake!  My father visited this past weekend and I wanted to make him a cake he would love for his birthday.  True love – ate it…
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marble cupcakes

I wanted to make a treat that would make both vanilla and chocolate lovers happy so I made these delightful marble cupcakes.  Andy, Greg, Sylvie – they all loved these and really enjoyed picking the one that suited them best.  Sylvie and her friend Melissa both picked plain (no icing which was shocking to me)….
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chocolate whoppers

Deeelicious!  All of us were in the mood for some chocolate.  I mean rich, heavy, serious chocolate. Chocolate that you can really bite into.  Maida Heatter’s Chocolate Whoppers fit the bill.  Andy’s eyes lit up as he surveyed the counter top – he was in heaven as he took his first bite (and too many…
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(gluten-free) chocolate chip peanut butter cookies

It seems like all of a sudden I have friends with kids or relatives who are on gluten free diet.  A reader recently too – asked me for some gluten-free recipes.  So I asked my friend Jill – who knows a lot about a lot – and she shared this very easy chocolate chip peanut…
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flourless (and butterless) crazy delicious chocolate cookies

These cookies are phenomenal.  Seriously beyond anything that I’ve had in a while.  I’m so excited to share them!  They are flourless which is great for anyone who is gluten free (or for next years Passover.)  They are so rich and dreamy I had to double check again and again when I realized that there…
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chocolate chip (whole wheat) muffins

Greg kept saying…are these healthy?  Are they?  I said no not healthy at all (since he as an immediate aversion to anything whole wheat).  He sat down, took a bite and said, mmmm…good.  “These are good.”  I came clean.  Told him they were made with white whole wheat flour – and he said really?  Really?  And he…
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chocolate covered Peeps

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again…there is something truly joyful about a chocolate covered Peep!  Plain Peeps, nothing special, but dipped delectably in milk or dark (Rob’s favorite) chocolate — they transform into something spectacular.  I played around this time and planted the dipped peep on a bed of mini m&m’s and wow…
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matzoh bark and chocolate covered matzohk

Chocolate matzoh bark.  So delicious and tasty.  I’m not supposed to eat or drink chocolate, caffeine or alcohol (so sad, advice for vertigo)…but I know this is good (I confess, I had to nibble!)  The salty matzoh, the chocolate, fruit and nuts, it is all so seriously good.  Same thing goes for chocolate dipped matzoh.  Different…
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chocolate/caramel matzoh candy with sea salt

Many of my friends (and kids friends) keep Passover, so I wanted to try this recipe that I’ve heard about throughout the years.  I like the idea of a handy treat for those who celebrate.  My friend Stephanie happily shared the recipe from her “Passover Stuff” book and I must tell you that this is really good…
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burnt caramel pots de creme (with a little chocolate!)

Delicious.  Scrumptious.  Soothing.  These little pots de creme are worth your time and effort!  I made a healthy lunch for my friend Lori and after, I offered her a bite and she said “OhMyGod.  This is seriously Amazing!  Really.”  She proceeded to eat about half and happily exclaimed that her workout allowed this indulgence.  Alisa too –…
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mendiants (chocolate rounds of goodness)

Be creative and have fun!  Little chocolate pools covered with nuts, fruits, seeds and berries.  Bite sized treats for your friends and family.  These are GREAT for a party – you can make weeks prior and they present so well.  And most everyone loves a bit sized morsel of goodness.  I happen to LOVE pretzels and…
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heath bar, m & m, cocoa nib or chocolate chip cookies

I happen to enjoy a good Toll House cookie and it is usually my go-to chocolate chip choice.  But I think I found another great one!  This recipe was listed as one of Joy’s favorite cookies in her blog… Joy the Baker.  I was curious about it because the cookie is made with bread flour and a…
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oreo chocolate drizzle & graham cracker white chocolate drizzle ice cream

So if you read this regularly you know that for dessert I generally eat a small amount of ice cream later in the evening in one of my little mugs.  Magic in a mug.  My little baby magic mugs (given to Greg when he was a baby) are pictured today.  Time to share.  Now it can’t be…
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(delicious) devils food cake

It was Dani’s and Melissa’s birthday so I asked…what can I make for you?  Melissa said your meringues please and Dani said anything chocolate!  So I made the meringues easily enough – then found this devils food cake in Rose’s Heavenly Cakes that looked perfect.  (Funnily enough Rose adapted it from chef Joanna Chang who owns Flour in Boston and worked…
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chocolate chip rice krispie treats

OK, yes we all know how to make these – but my kids (or their friends) sometimes mention that mine taste better than those they buy at the bake-sale.  I often say it’s because I bake with looove and give them a big smile.  Truthfully though, the love comes from a little kosher salt and vanilla – and the added…
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chocolate popcorn

In my teens I loved go to the movies with my (then) new friend Pam (now old friend).  We both loved the movie theater popcorn and we both loved peanut and plain m&m’s – and we usually got it all and shared.  One day as we sat down, Pam turned to me, giggled and dumped the extra large packs…
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chocolate yogurt muffin cakes

These muffins are moist and delectable – and great for a brunch treat.  They are very easy to make and you probably have most of the ingredients on hand right now.  I happen to love muffins with a textured top and the added chips and sugar (placed on top before you bake them) gives them a…
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white chocolate cherry oatmeal cookies

I happen to really like white chocolate.  Sometimes I have to whisper that when there are serious dark chocolate eaters around (but I really like dark chocolate too).  I like it all.  I know I’m not alone – my friends Wendy and Jessie always search for white chocolate goodies in my pantry.  The combination of oatmeal, dried cherries and white chocolate spoke to…
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dark chocolate sorbet

Years and years ago – Rob and I had our first meal at Picholine in NYC.  The meal was awesome, but the chocolate sorbet was sublime.  We became somewhat friendly with the chef, Terrance Brennan, because my mom is terrifically chatty and loves discussing food and meeting new people.  By our 5th visit, she told the…
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cocoa brownies (w/chewy shiny top)

Another brownie – I know…but they are all so good and different.  I promise.  These brownies were a HUGE hit with kids.  (Great for a Hanukkah party if you’re celebrating.)  All who tried absolutely loved them.  Zach and Lauren were fighting over the edges, Will and  Hanna  loved them too as well as Greg and Sylvie.  Andy…
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(very) chocolate chippy crumb cake

When I started this blog I figured I’d finally attack the more difficult desserts that I never make time for.  But I’ve found that it is just as fulfilling to make something simple that my family and friends love.  Well, this little cake is just that.  Simple and filled with tons of mini chocolate chips…
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triple chocolate macadamia nut cookie bark

I saw this recipe and immediately thought of a platter filled with both these cookies and the rocky road cookie bark.  One dark, one light, both free form cookies.  Success!  These are more chewy and dense than a regular cookie and the macadamia nuts really make them pop with flavor and texture.  (Although they are good with…
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(my favorite) brownie sundae with carmalized bananas

OK, so you’ve seen this photo when I wrote about the coffee ice cream, and the caramelized bananas…but you haven’t heard me talk about the sundae itself.  Well, pretty self explanatory really.  Right?  Just look at the picture.  What is better?  Ice cream of your choice atop the glazed nutty brownie…with freshly whipped cream and…
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blondies

I just love love love blondies.  And they make everyone in my family happy.  Greg will eat them because they are not too chocolaty, Andy likes them because there is chocolate in them (although he is really developing a palate for other flavors :)), Sylvie who really likes it all (like me), Rob too enjoys a…
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glazed nutty brownies

I’m always on the lookout for a good frosted brownie.  Always.  I love my fudgy brownies  and they are my “go to” brownies…but Rob loves and often asks for a frosted one.  I made these thinking they were frosted, but they were really glazed – so I’m actually still on the lookout for Rob.  But…
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frosted espresso brownies

These are incredible.  They are very very strong in coffee flavor – made with ground espresso beans that give them great chewy/crunchy texture.  Lauren – a 10 year old exclaimed that “they taste like Starbucks.”  I love them – the icing is sweet and delicious and although the brownies are very rich, they are addictive.  I nibbled…
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danish pancakes

If you read this regularly, you know that Andy, my 10 year old, is a huge fan of chocolate in the morning.  Last year he came home very happy and full after a sleepover with his twin friends Zach and Davis.  He excitedly told me that their father made these Danish pancakes – and that they…
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chocolate brownie cookies

Look at the milk chocolate malted ice cream sandwiches with chocolate brownie cookie post for a full write up of these delicious cookies…           chocolate brownie cookies (barely adapted from The Last Course by Claudia Fleming): 1/4 cup all purpose flour 1/4 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt 2 large eggs, room…
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milk chocolate malted ice cream sandwiches with chocolate brownie cookies

These ice cream sandwiches are delicious.  My son Greg asks for them often – and since it is a little work (not crazy work) to make the ice cream, I often blow his request off.  But he was very happy last night.  He turned to me… gave a quiet groan of delight, looked me in the eyes and simply thanked…
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chocolate chip meringue bars

These bars were my favorite childhood dessert.  I recently asked my mom for the recipe – but being that she is so neat and tidy (which is great), she often throws things away (not so great).  I suffer the same affliction at times.  Anyway, luckily my very good friend Michelle also loved these as a…
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chocolate buttermilk waffles

Sometimes the recipe that comes in the instruction manual is actually pretty good!  In this case, very good.  You may know (from a previous post) that I’m always on the lookout for suitable breakfast foods for Andy.  Andy who doesn’t eat cereal and who really likes chocolate and isn’t all that hungry in the morning. …
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halloween peeps

A plain Peep is not something that I love.  However…a chocolate covered Peep is divine.  Seriously.  I did a short stint at Chocolations (a local chocolate shop) last year and Maria, the owner, was dipping Easter Peeps in chocolate.  Well, that was it.  Done. Count me in.  My early resistance to Peeps was no more.  I…
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blackout cake

When I asked Ali (my friend and neighbor) what I could bake for her birthday, she looked hard and focused and said “chocolate.”  I said like chocolate chocolate crazy chocolate?  And she replied with a good happy grunt.  So I started to hunt for a cake recipe that would suit both of us since I was…
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rocky road cookie bark

This stuff is heaven.  I really truly mean it.  Moist, very chocolaty cookies, filled with various chips, nuts and marshmallows all creating a mouthwatering texture and taste that seriously rivals most cookies I’ve eaten.  The free form shape adds to my delight (for reasons I can’t explain).  I made these for the last school fair…
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(my favorite) fudgy brownies

I’ve been making these brownies for as long as I can remember.  And they are truly fabulous.  Seriously yummy, fudgy and wet.  The recipe has been written up many times – always titled Katharine Hepburn’s Brownies.  Hard to believe, but I find the original recipe too sweet (I think because I add so many chocolate chips…
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nutella-swirl pound cake

Daniel, my nephew,  loves Nutella.  His eyes light up when he sees that jar.  So when I saw a write-up for a new cookbook that featured Nutella-Swirl Pound Cake, I knew I had to make it for him!   I decided to double the recipe so I could keep one and also give one  to Gilda’s…
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