Chocolate Covered Strawberries

These Chocolate Covered Strawberries are a perfect romantic dessert for Valentine’s Day or at the end of any dinner for two! They’re also a simple treat to prepare in advance and serve at parties. I enjoy celebrating Valentine’s Day. I don’t think it needs to be a big ordeal involving gifts and cards. It doesn’t even have to involve going out to dinner. In fact, my favorite way to enjoy the holiday is by having a quiet, romantic dinner for

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Andes Mint Cookies

If you love Andes Mints, you are going to go crazy for these melt-in-your-mouth Andes Mint cookies. They’re full of peppermint and rich chocolate flavor. While excellent for the holiday season, I plan on making and serving these all year long! Several weeks ago, I had the honor of attending my younger cousin’s wedding, which was held at a beautiful and rustic winery. There were sweet touches everywhere. One of my favorite (and literally sweet) details was the “Candy Bar.”

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S’mores Bark

With only THREE ingredients, this amazing chocolate S’mores Bark recipe is going to be a total hit with your holiday guests. Who needs a campfire? Indoor s’mores are where it’s at! I’ll be honest, chocolate bark isn’t always my thing when it comes to holiday desserts. I’m much more of a cookie gal, as you’ve probably noticed. (In case you missed them, be sure to check out my recent posts for frosted eggnog cookies and soft gingerbread cookies with chocolate).

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Peanut Butter Nutella Mousse with Chocolate Cookie Crumble

This Peanut Butter Nutella Mousse with Chocolate Cookie Crumble is incredibly easy to prepare and beyond delicious! It’s the perfect dessert! Peanut Butter Nutella Mousse with Chocolate Cookie Crumble. That’s one heck of a dessert title, isn’t it? This recipe sounds a bit fancy pants, but I promise it’s not. In fact, this is the kind of dessert I wish I’d had in front of me back in college when I was sitting around watching The Simpsons and listening to

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Perfect Chocolate Malt Layer Cake

Chocolate Malt Layer Cake is dense, moist and totally decadent. Chopped malted milk balls add flavor and crunch. You need this dessert! There are many sweet flavor pairings I adore, and chocolate + malt is right at the top of that list. Maybe it’s the nostalgia factor, because I can still clearly remember the first time I tried malted milk balls in the fifth grade. There’s something about childhood food memories that makes the flavors taste that much better, you

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Bittersweet Brownies with Matcha Frosting + The Stigma of Bipolar Disorder

Matcha adds a unique flavor to a creamy buttercream in these Bittersweet Brownies with Matcha Frosting.  “Never give someone a reason not to hire you” – a well-meaning friend.  Frozen. How many times have I used that word to describe myself in the past few months? I’ve lost count. I said it when I wrote a post discussing how sad I am about the state of things in the US right now. I turned off commenting on that post because it felt like the

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Chocolate Layer Cake with Macerated Strawberries

You’re going to love this decadent chocolate cake with macerated strawberries! Talk about a special treat for your next dinner party. Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! California Strawberries asked me to created a classic, decadent chocolate layer cake that was bursting with fresh berries. How could I say no to that? If you’re looking for a showstopper, look no further. This cake isn’t just perfect for February 14th. It’s perfect all year round for chocolate and strawberry lovers.

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Salted Chocolate-Swirled Tahini Cashew Bars

These decadent Salted Chocolate-Swirled Tahini Cashew Bars are soft, rich, and a perfect balance of flavors. Perfect for parties! I suppose these are technically blondies, but I get a bit confused by the terminology I see floating around these days. It doesn’t take much perusing to find recipes for lemon “brownies” (sans chocolate) or “blondies” that are actually loaded with chocolate. Between the chocolate topping, the tahini, the cashew butter, and the salt, I decided the title was already long enough

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Chocolate Tart with Toasted Coconut and Sea Salt

This Bittersweet Chocolate Tart with Toasted Coconut and Sea Salt is rich, decadent and perfect for parties. People will beg you for the recipe! Over the years I’ve shared many recipes for tarts, galettes and pies. I often write about techniques for working with dough, but I’d like to try and visually demonstrate some of the methods I’ve been describing. Eventually maybe I’ll work my way up to video tutorials, but one step at a time! My friend recently hosted a

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Yellow Sheet Cake With Chocolate Sour Cream Frosting

Yellow Sheet Cake with Chocolate Sour Cream Frosting is a perfect cake to serve at parties! Your guests will love it! I share a lot of layer cake recipes here. It’s my thing. If you’ve visited this site before, you’ve probably seen my chocolate espresso layer cake or my cardamom vanilla bean layer cake. I find them relaxing to prepare and beautiful to gaze upon. But there are many steps involved, and I use a lot of specialty equipment. The truth

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