• Green Tea Shortbread with Lemon Curd and Pistachio Brittle

    Green Tea Shortbread with Lemon Curd and Pistachio Brittle

    May 14th, 2016

    I made this dessert last year when I was trying to (unsuccessfully) impress the people from The Food Network.  I wanted (breathlessly) to be on their Spring Baking Challenge and in the process of pretending I was The Baking Shizit, I made a crapload of spring desserts that I’m now ready to share with you- because […]

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  • Sesame Snap Candy

    Sesame Snap Candy

    April 2nd, 2016

    Who doesn’t like toasted sesame seeds?  (If you don’t, then what’s your problem?  If you have diverticulitis, then you’re allowed to not like sesame seeds, what with the intestinal discomfort and all.  Otherwise, get on board.) As a kid back in the Land of Canada, I’d eat these candy things called Sesame Snaps like they […]

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  • Milk Chocolate Pecan Toffee

    Milk Chocolate Pecan Toffee

    September 12th, 2015

    This is the recipe that will make you an instant celebrity in your circle of family and friends.  (You might already be a celebrity to these insulin-spiked folks if you’ve been making my World’s Greatest Fudge Brownies, so just get ready for your celeb status to skyrocket into Kardashian territory.) This toffee candy has been […]

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  • Lemon Pistachio Ginger Brittle

    Lemon Ginger Pistachio Brittle

    September 5th, 2015

    Two essential words, my baker friends: FROOT LOOPS. It’s inexplicable, I know, but somehow this incredible concoction of cooked sugar, lemon, pistachio and candied ginger cracked the code of what Froot Loops cereal tastes like. Exactly. So I don’t know about you, but I’m getting my candy thermometer ready to make another batch, because any […]

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  • Peanut Nougat Chocolates

    Peanut Butter Nougat Chocolates

    February 4th, 2015

    I need you to know that there’s no turning back after making these chocolates. You can’t expect to make them, eat them, and live your life like you did the day before.  No.  Something will happen, some sort of inexplicable shift, some sort of transformation.  You won’t be able to stop thinking about them, and […]

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  • Buttery Peanut Brittle

    Buttery Peanut Brittle

    December 17th, 2014

    This post is dangerous. I’m telling you now, so consider yourself warned. You might have forgotten how freaking amazing peanut brittle is, and even if you haven’t forgotten, you haven’t tasted this.  And I speak from unfortunate experience that you simply cannot eat one piece of this brittle in one sitting.  (Or one ‘standing’, which […]

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  • Cherry Jelly Candies

    Tart Cherry Fruit Jellies

    December 13th, 2014

    I have always wondered how to make these jelly candies, and now that I’ve made them I kind of wish I didn’t know how. Why, you might ask?  Because they are immensely easy, and immensely freaking amazing.  And now I have another thing I can just whip up and eat too much of.  Hm. (Seriously- […]

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  • Root Beer Float Fudge

    Root Beer Float Fudge

    December 10th, 2014

    Yes, this is totally possible and yes, this is totally amazing, so get out your candy thermometer and start cooking up some sugar to make this fudge instantly.  Here’s the deal: you make root beer flavored fudge (obviously), and then stir in marshmallows to basically recreate the whole float feel and taste.  Brilliant. Two Important Questions […]

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  • Chocolate Chunk Marshmallows

    Chocolate Chunk Marshmallows

    November 26th, 2014

    Yep, the oven is still broken. So that means more candy recipes… which is really a delightful thing because who in their right mind doesn’t love a good bit of candy?  I needed the perfect reason to pull away from cakes and breads and brownies (what a horrible thing to type!  I’ll never pull away […]

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  • Hokey Pokey Sponge Toffee with Dark Chocolate

    Hokey Pokey Dark Chocolate Sponge Toffee

    November 19th, 2014

    Wondering what hokey pokey is?  Oh, you’re going to want to know. It’s a lot more than a goofy song that we all know and love (to hate)… (but really- Urban Dictionary online actually defines Hokey Pokey as “a satanic ritual which requires one to put the right foot in and then the right foot […]

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  • Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

    Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

    May 14th, 2014

    This is the fancified version of the Reece’s Peanut Butter Cup. So buckle up. (No one needed to improve on the Reece’s masterpiece, but let it be said: making them with fancy dark chocolate and freshly ground organic peanut butter takes the accessible version of this treat to Foodie Land and back.  It’s really an […]

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  • Sea Salt & Bourbon Caramels

    Sea Salt & Bourbon Caramel

    November 23rd, 2013

    Have mercy. You might already know that I have a thing for caramel.  And I also have a full-blown salt addiction (which I’ve asked my doctor about and we’re okay with the problem for now).  So the current sea salt caramel craze has my name written all over it.  And while I’m not a fan […]

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  • Rolo Cupcakes

    Mini Rolo Chocolate Cupcakes

    October 16th, 2013

    I’m so excited by these cupcakes.  And I think you are, too, judging by how your pulse quickened a bit after reading the title of this post.  Look at the picture.  See that gooey Rolo tucked into the best chocolate cake batter ever?  See it in all its tempting glory?  Yes, I know.  It’s almost […]

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  • Dark Chocolate Banana Truffles

    Dark Chocolate Banana Truffles

    September 25th, 2013

    Wow. Gooey and chewy and sweet on the inside.  Crunchy dark chocolate coating on the outside.  (I know you’re sold.  You could stop reading now and just skip to the recipe, based on that succinctly wooing description, I know.) Another wow: this is the easiest recipe you’ll make since the Quickie Toffee Graham Cracker Cookies were […]

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  • The Astonishing Chocolate Bar Cake...

    The Astonishing Chocolate Bar Cake

    August 17th, 2013

    This cake doesn’t even need an introduction, because: a) it’s entirely obvious it’s the most colossally incredible cake you will ever come across, and b) by making you read silly things like words I am wasting the precious time you could be using to START BAKING THIS MASTERPIECE.  (Yes, I do mean to be yelling […]

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  • Penuche Pecan Fudge

    Penuche Pecan Fudge

    July 14th, 2013

    Making fudge is highly annoying but immensely rewarding.  (Kind of like I imagine what it would be like to have kids.) Who doesn’t like fudge?  (Crickets should be chirping, highlighting the silence associated with no one speaking up about not liking fudge.) And since we all like fudge, why not make it with brown sugar?  That’s the […]

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  • Roasted Cinnamon-Sugar Pecans

    Roasted Cinnamon-Sugar Pecans

    May 4th, 2013

    Oh, yes- you’re going to love me for this recipe. You’re welcome, you’re welcome, you’re welcome. Have you ever walked through O’Hare airport in Chicago and been swept off your feet by the smell of roasting nuts?  And not just any kind of roasting nut, but nuts coated in a swath of sugar and cinnamon? […]

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  • Coconut Ganache Nests

    Coconut Ganache Nests

    March 31st, 2013

    Mini Eggs. Need I say more? Sometimes you just need to create a dessert to highlight something special.  Like how I made the Baked Kahlua Pineapple Flutter– it was really all about the Kahlua.  Or the Bittersweet Chocolate Oatmeal Bars– we all know the oatmeal was used merely to envelop the massive layer of thick, […]

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