The Ultimate Kitchen Sink Holiday Cookies

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The countdown to Christmas has officially begun, and I am sure everyone is excited about planning holiday gatherings at home, working on Christmas presents, racking their brains for gift ideas and more. Baking is one more activity that takes center-stage during the holiday season. In fact, I think I have been churning out baked goodies every week now, starting from Halloween onwards, and I don't … [Read more...]

Chocolate Pinwheel Christmas Cookies

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Pinwheel Cookies are one of the most fancy yet simple cookies that one can make, and you don't need to wait for a holiday or special occasion to bake these beauties. These two-toned cookies are an instant hit at any party or celebration. Take them to a potluck and people will thank you for your dish. Wrap them in fancy paper napkins and hand them out at a Backyard Bash. Or just fill them in a … [Read more...]

Peppermint Mocha Frappuccinos

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As soon as October approaches, the holiday season starts creeping upon the people in United States, and the weather turns to mildly chilly with occasional bouts of sunshine. And right now, Autumn is shining upon us in full glory on this northern coast of California. I love Fall, because it's neither too cold nor too warm, and this is the best weather to enjoy chilled Frappuccinos or heart-warming … [Read more...]

Chocolate (Chip) Chunk Cookies

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As Summer rolls in, there are lot of potlucks and picnics planned in the calendar. And with graduation parties, school picnics and summer concerts and events, there are plenty of opportunities to try out some new recipes, be it for yourself, or to entertain someone else. My daughter's pre-school class had a parents-kids conference where they asked us to bring tidbits and munchies from home. Both … [Read more...]

Mousse-Filled Chocolate & Raspberry Cups

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Chocolate muffin cups filled with chocolate mousse and raspberries I've been eying several Chocolate Cup recipes lately, some involving balloon cups, and some involving simpler things like muffin pans or silicone molds. As the latter seemed more easier to proceed with, I prefer it for a quick and clean approach if you decide to make these amazingly simple breath-taking dessert featuring chocolate … [Read more...]

5-Minute Microwave Fudge Recipe

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As January draws to a close and February rings in, Love is in the air, literally, and all around me people have started planning for Valentine's Day celebrations. As you grow older, Valentine takes on a new meaning, but that still doesn't stop you from enjoying this special moment of love and appreciation towards your partner. A dinner together, a memorable evening, or just sharing dessert from … [Read more...]

Hot Cocoa Mix-In-a-Jar

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I spent the last two hours browsing the internet for Christmas gifts, and boy, it is hard work! Luckily, I have to do this only for the kids on the list. For all the adults, I can just use my culinary skills to create edible foodie gifts that they can enjoy during the holiday season. I was very keen on doing a gift-in-a-jar kind of thing this season. So instead of packing cookies or candies in a … [Read more...]

Layered Chocolate Cake

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Who doesn't like chocolate Cake, especially when its homemade, and has rich layers of creamy chocolate butter-cream frosting, and a moist dark chocolate cake center that melts in your mouth! Its no wonder that Layered Chocolate Cake still remains to be at the top of the Perfect Birthday Cake list! Inspired by Dorie Greenspan's Layered Birthday Cake in her prestigious cookbook Baking: From My Home … [Read more...]

Chocolate Truffles – Recipe & Variations

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Truffle Recipes for Valentine's Day   There are some things that go hand-in-hand with Love - flowers, cards, gifts, diamonds and chocolates, especially Truffles, which have been a symbol of Love for ages and eons! So your Valentine Day celebration would indeed be incomplete without a round of deliciously smooth and chocolatey truffles for dessert. Just look at these seductive Chocolate … [Read more...]

5 Deliciously Addictive Fudge Recipes

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Just like cookies are an essential Holiday tradition, so is making Christmas Candy, and old-fashioned Chocolate Fudge tops the list, as it never fails to impress your guests. In fact, you can make a large batch, then pack a few pieces in a gift box, deck it with a ribbon and a Christmas message, and you have the perfect Gourmet gift to share with friends and family. The old-fashioned Fudge recipes … [Read more...]