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Salty Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Cookies

  From Ina: Oatmeal cookies or chocolate chunk cookies—which would my friends like best? How about both together? Some dried cranberries for tartness and a sprinkle of sea salt make these my all-time favorite cookies. ½ pound (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature ¾ cup light brown sugar, lightly packed ¾ cup granulated sugar [...]

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Apricot, Walnut, and Lavender Cake

  From the author: The combination of walnuts, apricots, and lavender is as French as a good baguette with butter and ripe Brie, and it is every bit as invincible. I seriously urge you to try this cake, and not just as a French classic. It has a moist and soft crumb and a delicate [...]

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Dark Chocolate Espresso Madeleines

  From the moment I bought my first madeleine pans and started creating my own recipes, I tried to pack as much chocolate into the batter as I could. This trait served me well when I entered the Ghirardelli Chocolate Company Great American Chocolate Cookie Contest at the San Francisco Fair in 1980 and won [...]

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Hello Kitty Cake Pops

  Moist and decadent bites of chocolate cake are covered with a candy coating shell and decorated to look like Hello Kitty. These treats-on-sticks make great party favors and add an extra dose of cuteness to any dessert table. 1 8-inch Chocolate Cake layer, baked and chilled 1 cup Cream Cheese Frosting 1⁄2 cup Royal [...]

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Raspberry Cream Cheese Brownies

From the author: Brownies were the first thing I learned how to bake. I distinctly remember the experience. The unsweetened chocolate products were all kept on the lower baking shelf, well within reach of my grubby eight-year-old hands. The sweetened chocolate chips and candy pieces were kept on a higher shelf, way out of reach. [...]

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Mug Apple Crumble

  INGREDIENTS 1/2 apple peeled and diced 1 tsp lemon juice 1 tsp vanilla sugar or maple syrup 1 pinch of ground cinnamon 1 tbsp water CRUMBLE 1 slice of slightly salted butter 1/2 cm (1/4 inch) thick (15g/1/2oz) 1 tbsp fine oat flakes 2 tbsps cane sugar 2 chopped blanched almonds METHOD To make [...]

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The Great Lobster Cookbook by Matt Dean Pettit

  When I think of making lobster at home, I think of a large pot and boiling water, but thanks to Matt Dean Pettit my world was flipped upside down. Matt Dean Pettit, chef and owner of Rock Lobster Food Co., has created The Great Lobster Cookbook, a collection of more than 100 simple and [...]

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White Chocolate and Rosemary Truffles

  These rich and interesting truffles offer a delicate balance of white chocolate with aromatic rosemary. I find that the rosemary tempers the sweetness of the white chocolate so it doesn’t end up too sickly. See what you think. PREPARATION: 40 minutes COOKING: 5 minutes MAKES: about 30 Scant ½ cup heavy cream A large [...]

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Hokey Pokey Candy

  This recipe brings out the child in me: I still love watching the mixture fizz and bubble—volcano-like—as the baking soda reacts with the hot sugar syrup to make this wonderful honeycomb. PREPARATION: 25 minutes, plus setting COOKING: 10 minutes MAKES: 12oz 4 tbsp corn syrup Scant 1 cup granulated sugar 3 tbsp unsalted butter, [...]

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Candy Penguins

  *These adorable candy penguins come from Candy Aisle Crafts by Jodi Levine* Mama and baby penguin cuddle next to a pile of rock candy ice. Note that for the penguin baby, you use only one black gumdrop for the body and a black Haribo Raspberry for the head. Add the beak by scraping away [...]

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