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Samoa Scones with Toasted Coconut and Chocolate Glaze

This is a scone version of the Samoa Girl Scout Cookie. (The original Coconut Scone recipe can be found here). They feature coconut in three ways: coconut milk (instead of regular milk), shredded coconut, and coconut extract. In order to “Samoa” it, I added chocolate chips to the mix, and topped it with chocolate drizzle and toasted … Continue reading

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Chocolate Mint Dreams by Taste of Home

Our new favorite to Christmastime cookie (by Taste of Home). It’s a sandy chocolate cookie, with a minty icing and a drizzle of chocolate. What else can I say? Chocolate Mint Dreams Ingredients 3/4 cup butter, softened 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted and cooled 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1 cup miniature semisweet chocolate … Continue reading

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“From-a-mix” Chocolate Sandwich Cookies with Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting

About this time of year, many of us find ourselves baking cookies, brownies, and bars to bring to end-of-the-year events. I went searching for some easy treats and found a brownie mix cookie. It reminded me of an old recipe from a friend, a chocolate cookie made from a cake mix, all sandwiched together with … Continue reading

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Happy Valentines: Fudgy Chocolate Cakelets

flourless chocolate cake

Spur of the moment, I decided to bake a special Valentines dessert for my family thirty minutes before dinnertime. I wanted something chocolaty that would be on the table in 30 minutes. “Fudgy Chocolate Cakelets” is the answer. It took 10 minutes to whip up. Not only is it quick, it’s HEAVENLY (yes, I’m shouting). … Continue reading

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The Quest for THE Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

There is one thing I take very seriously. Cookies. In particular, chocolate chip cookies. It all started with the saucer-sized cookies my dad used to make when I was in preschool. Then on to my cookie-baking kick in high school, mostly consisting of Toll House and whatever recipe was found on the margarine box or … Continue reading

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Orangettes: Candied Orange Peel Dipped in Bittersweet Chocolate by Serious Eats

Does anyone remember the Pepperidge Farm Orange Milano cookies? They remind me of home. These Orangettes taste like an Orange Milano cookies. They are candied orange peels dipped in bittersweet chocolate. The orange peels transform from inedible throwaways to the taste and texture of orange candy. Really, they’re orange peels. The peels are blanched repeatedly to remove … Continue reading

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“Superman” Cake: Yellow Cake with Chocolate & Peanut Butter Frosting

The hubs is now home after a month-long deployment. I asked the kids what to make him besides the Welcome Home banner. Their answer: a cake, a Superman cake to be exact. But there wasn’t time for that! Instead I combined two of his favorites: chocolate & peanut butter. I made a boxed yellow cake mix … Continue reading

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A Lactose-Free Birthday (Chocolate Hazelnut Tofu Pie)

I’m planning a birthday celebration for a dear one, who has no tolerance for lactose. I combined three recipes to make one decadent dessert, which has an intense chocolate flavor, the consistency of cheesecake, and is, best of all, dairy free. It all started when I found this chocolate-raspberry tofu pie on EatingWell.com. I replaced the raspberries with hazelnuts, one of … Continue reading

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