Browned butter jam bars

As I’ve said before, baking non chocolate desserts is always somewhat of an interesting challenge for me.  Since chocolate automatically makes pretty much anything better, removing the chocolate ingredient from the equation forces creativity and can result in some innovative and truly delicious baked goods.  I happened to randomly have some jam in my cupboard … Continue reading

Snickerdoodle cherry muffins

Happy holidays to everyone!  I must admit that I haven’t done the usual “bake 10 kinds of cookies” for Christmas this year – with my re-adjustment to Australia, I’ve been so happy to be able to bake and cook that I haven’t really focused on holiday-themed baked goods at all (yes, this is out of … Continue reading

No bake cheesecake

As I said early on in this blog’s tenure, I enjoy baking for birthdays because it pushes me outside of my typical “I like to bake things involving chocolate” comfort zone.  One of my lovely friends in Sydney whose birthday I sadly missed requested a very specific type of cheesecake: a traditional Continental one but … Continue reading

Chocolate chip muffins

Muffins.  They are really just cupcakes that are cleverly disguising themselves as breakfast food.  Who wouldn’t want what is essentially a chocolate chip cookie in breakfast form?  I had yet another birthday to bake for and saw this recipe a while ago, so figured I’d try my hand at a good old traditional chocolate chip … Continue reading

Chocolate chip cookie dough truffles

Sorry for what feels like a fairly long silence…in the past week I’ve traveled to Seoul and been really busy at work so haven’t had a chance to keep posting blogs, but I shall attempt to be better in the next week.  I have quite the backlog of recipes that I made from my ecstatic … Continue reading

Pumpkin chocolate chip bars

Canned pumpkin.  It is one of the most delightful add-ins to any baking recipe ever, and they do not have it in Australia. (Um, how am I am going to make pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving?  I will literally have to make my own mashed pumpkin.  Craziness.)  So of course on my recent trip to the … Continue reading

Flourless chocolate cookies

My to-do list before leaving for Manila went something like this: pack, do errands, create new workout playlists, bake, etc.  Baking had to be on it as I knew I wouldn’t have a chance to do it again for a while.  Additionally, I’d promised a friend at work that I’d bake for her half birthday … Continue reading

Blondies with milk chocolate chips

I bake for birthdays with zealous intensity.  I believe that your birthday is a day when you should be the center of the universe and everyone should pay attention to you and make you feel special.  Thus, I really feel that baking for someone is the least I can do.  I like to cater to … Continue reading