Red Wine Chocolate Cupcakes with Red Wine Glaze

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The classic pairing of red wine and chocolate combine to form these decadent Red Wine Chocolate Cupcakes. I feel like I should start with a warning here. This blog is going to get a little dessert heavy in the coming weeks as we lead up to Purim. Too late, you say? I know, I know. I've been posting a lot of purim goodies lately, and I've got more of them up my sleeve! Starting today, with these crazy awesome cupcakes. We all know that drinking on purim is a tradition - wait, a mitzvah - so that makes these cupcakes downright righteous. If you're making these for kids, opt for a non-alcoholic glaze (like this insanely delightful chocolate glaze). Don't worry about the alcohol in the … [Read more...]

Peanut Butter Filled Brownie Hamantaschen

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A cross between a hamantasch and a peanut butter cup, these Peanut Butter Filled Brownie Hamantaschen will be the most delicious cookie you've tasted! I don't say this lightly, but I've invented the most delicious hamantaschen ever. I know, it's a big claim to make, but let's talk about the awesomeness of these cookies. Nowadays, everyone is scrambling to invent the cutest, prettiest, most exciting hamantaschen ever. And the ideas keep exploding. But here's the thing. I like pretty food. I like exciting food. Hey, I even like cute food. But for me, that's always secondary. First, in my book, will always be taste. If it tastes great, it's great. If it looks awesome - that's a … [Read more...]

Chocolate Crepes with Strawberry Filling

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Chocolate Crepes with strawberry filling, topped with ice cream, make a perfect special-occasion dessert! Wow. It's been a while since I last posted a recipe here, huh? Good thing it was a good one, amIright?  Well today's recipe is an awesome one too. It's one that I developed because I totally listen to your recipe requests. One request I had gotten all the time is "please post cookie recipes that are made with oil!" (As opposed to margarine or butter.) So I did. Another request I get all the time: to post recipes for a beautiful dessert, perfect for special occasions. Well, it don't get more beautiful, more perfect for special occasions than these delightful Chocolate Crepes. … [Read more...]

S’mores Pie

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  Gooey Chocolate in a graham cracker crust topped with marshmallow frosting - S'mores Pie is the ultimate in easy desserts! A couple of weeks ago, I wanted to make a special treat for a special occasion. But I was tired. So I had this whole internal debate - should I make a fancy dessert, or should I skip the special occasion and go to sleep. Back and forth, back and forth. I was just too tired to do anything fancy. And before you ask, no, a simple dessert just wouldn't cut it. Then finally, I came up with the (obvious) solution. Make a dessert that looks fancy, but is actually pretty simple to make. Perfect, right? So I came up with this s'mores pie. Super easy, but I mean, … [Read more...]

Skinny Mocha Frappe

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  Trying to lose weight? This Skinny Mocha Frappe recipe will help you stick to your resolutions! So 2014 is here, and lots of us are probably trying to eat healthy, lose weight, yada yada yada. If you've been reading this blog for a while, you know that I'm in the middle of week 4 of my new diet. It's been great so far, and I am definitely adjusting to the whole "eat healthier" thing, but everyone needs a treat now and then, right? Well, my diet might be structured, but I had to come up with a way to treat myself within my diet plan. So I came up with this drink. You know the one you spend $5.95 on at a cafe or restaurant? Yep, same thing. Except it costs pennies in … [Read more...]

Nutella Crunch Cookies

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Nutella crunch cookies combine all of the best things about chocolate and cookies in one delicious bite! I know, I just posted about my new diet, and now I am posting cookies. It's a tough and confusing life I lead, but I sure am glad to have you join me for the ride! Now, let's talk cookies. Wait, first, let's talk about my total obsession with Nutella. A friend of mine with a nut-allergic kid complained to me about my nutella obsession recently, but I just can't help myself. The stuff is delicious. Plus we all know that cookies are delicious. What do you get when you combine the two? Well, let's put it this way: not something you want around when you're on a diet! These cookies are … [Read more...]

Baked Mini Cookies and Cream Donuts

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***Before we start – have you signed up for my email newsletters? You’ll get new recipes, cooking tips, menu suggestions, kitchen deals  – and more! Click here to signup.*** I have to admit, my feelings about baked donuts used to be very mixed. If you look doughnut up in the dictionary (and I sure did) you'll see that the definition reads: dough·nut noun -(ˌ)nət : a piece of sweet fried dough that is often shaped like a ring Notice the part where it says...fried? And notice how it totally doesn't say "baked"? Yeah, me too. And being a bit of a stickler for things like this, I really didn't like the idea of calling a baked dessert a donut. Or a doughnut. Then I went and did … [Read more...]

Melt-In-Your-Mouth Hanukkah Gelt Cookies

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***Before we start – have you signed up for my email newsletters? You’ll get new recipes, cooking tips, menu suggestions, kitchen deals  – and more! Click here to signup.*** 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 … [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!}

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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...]