Homemade Samoas

We’re right in the middle of Girl Scout cookie time, which is normally one of my favorite times of year becuase honestly, even though they’re horrible for you, those cookies are pretty addictive. But now that I know how disastrous palm oil (which is used heavily in Girl Scout […]

Peanut Butter – Chocolate Whoopie Pies

I’ve already made peanut butter chocolate whoopie pies, but those were chocolate with peanut butter frosting. This time, thanks to the Whoopie Pie book I got for Christmas, it was time to try those flavors the other way around. I think my one major mistake was using natural, unsweetened […]

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake

I LOVE baking for other people’s birthdays. Especially when those other people like the same kind of cake as I do AND they invite me to their party. As you can see, this cake is covered with chopped up peanut butter cups and the most amazing velvety smooth peanut […]

Mocha Crinkles


As I was putting together my holiday cookie tin I realized there was a severe problem. Not enough chocolate. And then I realized there was another severe problem. I was already out of butter. Fortunately there are a few cookies you you can make without butter, and this is […]

Peppermint Bark


This is so simple it’s ridiculous, but it’s an awesome, crowd-pleasing, 3-ingredient treat that is festive and GOOD! I was up at 7 AM yesterday to begin my baking marathon. First step? 1 pound of butter into the mixer (not for this recipe…for some cookies) I think I went […]

Mint Chocolate Brownie Bites

brownie bites

One of these days, I’m going to make healthy “cookies” – like with dates and walnuts and carob and stuff. But this weekend, I was in a Christmas baking mood, and the discovery of these little gems (for only $2 at Target!) inspired me to throw together some brownies […]

Pumpkin-Oatmeal-Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Cookies are probably the last thing anyone needs the day after Thanksgiving, but I’m not quite ready to say goodbye to pumpkin, and with no pie left, I have to have something for dessert after my leftovers! Thanksgiving started with a very hilly, very COLD (okay yes I’m lame […]

Chocolate Chip Muffins with Peanut Butter Swirl

I feel like muffins come in 3 categories. Healthy, Seems Like it Should be Healthy, and Let’s Be Honest This is Actually a Cupcake. These fall into the last category, but sometimes life just calls for ridiculously indulgent treats for breakfast. I made these for my usual Friday take-to-work […]

Chocolate Peanut Butter Whoopie Pies

I will never get sick of the chocolate and peanut butter combination. I was reminded of this fact the other day at Trader Joe’s, when they were sampling peanut butter cups that were about fifty thousand times better than Reese’s. We almost bought some, but baking whoopie pies just […]

Cocoa Sour Cream Coffee Cake

Well, I survived my first week of teaching 8th grade, and honestly, it was easier than I thought it would be. Part of me is still in shock that I was actually able to land a teaching job, especially given the fact that California still hasn’t passed a budget […]

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