Melt-In-Your-Mouth Hanukkah Gelt Cookies

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How is it that Chanukah is almost here already. Didn't we just cook up a storm for Rosh Hashanah? Well like it or not, Hanukkah is right around the corner. Luckily, I've got a bunch of new and totally delicious recipes up my sleeve to share with you! I'm going to start off with this fabulous cookie recipe. The inspiration for this idea came from these cookies, which were (and continue to be) a total success. They're delicious and easy and totally scream "chanukah!" So I decided to come up with this new version. I made a melt-in-your-mouth cookie dough - with cream cheese in it, of course. And then I press a hanukkah coin right into the middle of it. How adorable is that? Get on these … [Read more...]

Marbled Pumpkin Bundt Cake with Brown Sugar Glaze

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I feel like I spend a lot of time describing recipes as "the best" or "the most popular" or maybe "the most successful" of the sort that I have ever made. My editor mentioned it to me recently. "You know, Miriam, if you keep telling your readers that the recipe is "the best you ever made," they might stop believing you. How many bests can you have?" Well, I don't know what it is with me and all of these superlatives, but this recipe? It deserves it. You'll have to trust me where this cake is concerned. Firstly, pumpkin has a magical effect on baked goods. It turns the treat moist and soft and so plain delicious. Add spices, chocolate and some other goodies, and you're left with a bundt … [Read more...]

Chocolate Sugar Cookies and a Second Blogiversary! {Giveaway!}

Chocolate Sugar Cookies for a blog birthday!

Honestly, I never thought today would come. Not the date, that's a given. Not Wednesday, that's just...Monday III. No, when I say that I never expected today to come, I mean this post. Right now. Right here. Me, celebrating the second anniversary of the date that I pressed "publish" on my first ever post. Last year, on my first blogiversary, I talked about how much I deliberated before I started my blog. And I discussed how utterly amazed I was when people started to come, to read, and to cook. And over the last 12 months, my amazement has grown, just like the blog. It's amazing how many of you come visit my tiny little corner of the internet. I'm awed and flattered to be a part of so … [Read more...]

Oatmeal Peanut Butter M&M Cookies

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These dense and crunchy Oatmeal Peanut Butter M&M Cookies are a party in your mouth! Read on... I can't even tell you how many times I intended to post this recipe. I made it a whole bunch of times. And each time these adorable looking cookies got rave reviews. But somehow I never managed to write down the recipe. And worse, never got to photograph these cookies. And so for months, these cookies went un-posted. And that's a shame, because they're really delicious. So I sacrificed for all of you. I baked up yet another batch of these cookies. On a fast day, of all days. Big mistake. These smell amazing when they bake, and my entire family was quite unhappy with me, forced to smell … [Read more...]

S’mores Truffles

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So tonight's post was going to be onion rings. Those of you who follow me on Facebook know that I was seriously craving them this afternoon. Admittedly, I frequently crave onion rings. French fries are good, but onion rings? Totally blissful. But then I made a very mature decision. Instead of making onion rings, I went to the gym. I know, I know, I hardly recognize myself. Exercise over onion rings. I feel so virtuous about this I practically desserve ice cream. Moving along though. Obviously I don't have onion rings to share with you tonight. Don't worry, I didn't give up on them. I will be making onion rings eventually. But for now, I decided to share a fabulous little treat I cooked up … [Read more...]

Secret Ingredient Chocolate Cupcakes with Chocolate Sour Cream Frosting

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A hundred years is a long time. I mean, I wouldn't really know. I haven't been alive long enough. Neither has my father. Or my grandfather. But Hellmann's is about to celebrate 100 years of business, and when they asked me to help them celebrate, I couldn't say no. Firstly, like I said, 100 years is super cool. Also, I use one brand of mayonnaise and one brand only. Obviously, that's Hellmann's. And lastly, they are partnering up with Mario Batali, who I am a teensy bit obsessed with, (like, if one chef would cook me a kosher meal, I would probably pick him) to celebrate this milestone. In honor of their big 100, Mario Batali recreated a number of Hellmann's classic recipes. They asked me … [Read more...]

Cheesecake Recipe Roundup!

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I don't know about you, but I love cheesecake. All flavors, all shapes, all varieties. If it's creamy and cheesey, I. Am. In. Well the holiday of Shavuot is coming (for those of you who aren't familiar with it, click here). If there's ever a time to go crazy making cheesecake, it's for a holiday where it's traditional to eat cheesecake (among other dairy treats!). So whether you are celebrating this holiday, or just love a good slice of cheesecake, I have gathered up over 65 of the best cheesecake recipes from all over the internet. I've divided the recipes up into catergories, so scroll down, click over, and enjoy! (Links to the recipes in the photos are directly below the picture.) And … [Read more...]

World’s Best Healthy Oatmeal Protein Cookies

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Hey friends. I haven't been posting much lately, but I blame that on a combination of a humongous magazine deadline and serious dieting. I'm finally done with my deadline, so I figured I'd share one of my greatest diet recipe triumphs ever. Ok, so I know that diet and cookies don't seem to belong in the same sentence. And in most cases I'm inclined to agree. But sometimes even a serious dieter needs a treat, and if you're going for a treat, this is a less guilt inducing option than most cookies. There's a secret ingredient in these cookies that gives them a phenomenal texture and an added bit of protein. Don't let it scare you off though, because these cookies taste dee-lish-us. Healthy … [Read more...]

S’mores Surprise Cookies

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Good news friends! Y'know how it's been wintery all spring? Don't get me wrong. I totally don't like to be too hot. But when I'm bundling up and wearing my coat in April...that kinda sucks. And since springtime rolled around, I've been waiting for some decent weather to come this lovely way. And finally it is! Today, I went out without a coat! And later in the week, there's a forecast for EIGHTY degrees here in NY! Exciting, huh? Well when I think of warmer weather, I think of summer. And when I think if summer, I think of s'mores. And because I absolutely love cookies, naturally I'm bound to make a cookie out of a s'more. And then of course, I love surprises (who doesn't?!) so I made … [Read more...]

Flourless Chocolate Almond Tuiles

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**This recipe originally appeared in my monthly baking column in Ami's food magazine, Whisk.** So it's my third day in a row of passover baking, and I am already bored. Everything is so similar in texture when you don't use flour - or even matzah meal! I'm ready for something a little bit different, and I am sure y'all are too. I don't have time for a full post, but I did want to share this recipe. It was originally published last year in my column for Ami Magazine, but in case you missed it, totally make these. They aren't soft and chewy, rather thin, crispy, and wafer like. It's a nice change of pace - plus it would make a perfect crunchy accompaniment to some chocolate ice cream or … [Read more...]