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German Brownie Torte. Three Safe-to-Eat Cookie Doughs: Chocolate Chip, Sugar, and Cake Batter! I’m siiiiick.

Three Safe-to-Eat Cookie Doughs: Chocolate Chip, Sugar, and Cake Batter!

If you follow Willow Bird Baking on Facebook or Twitter (you do, right?) , you’ve probably heard me whining about it lately (okay, maybe this isn’t the best way to encourage you to follow). It started with a sore throat and has turned into a beastly, phlegmatic ogre of a cold that has taken up residence in my chest and commenced hanging draperies and such. I have protested this development with various hot teas, soups, and my favorite home remedy suggested by readers: complaining.

Monkey Bread with Bourbon Crème Anglaise. It didn't totally blow up my radar, however, until only a few weeks ago.

Monkey Bread with Bourbon Crème Anglaise

I was celebrating a bachelorette with some of my favorite girlfriends at a too-cool-for-school Atlanta restaurant. We had already overindulged in one too many courses of food, but our waiter gently encouraged us to order the sampler platter of desserts. Never one to say no to sweets, I caved against my (stomach's) better judgement. I couldn't begin to tell you what else was on that giant tray of desserts. It was the monkey bread that took it all home for the gold.

I fell hard for monkey bread that night; I've been waiting patiently for the right time to recreate it. Monkey Bread with Bourbon Crème Anglaise Serves 6-8 For the dough1/4 cup warm water (105-110 degrees)1 envelope (2 1/4 teaspoons) active dry yeast1 1/4 cups whole milk 2 tablespoons unsalted butter1 egg, lightly beaten1/4 cup sugar1 teaspoon salt4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more as needed Combine the brown sugar and cinnamon in a medium bowl. Cranberry Orange Trifle with Candied Walnuts. Buttermilk Pound Cake, Cranberries, Candied Walnuts, Orange Mascarpone Cream Here is a holiday trifle that I couldn’t wait for Christmas to make.

Cranberry Orange Trifle with Candied Walnuts

The good news is that it’s perfect for Thanksgiving, too. This sumptuous dessert is sweet, tart, crunchy and creamy at once. Buttermilk poundcake is blanketed with layers of cranberry compote, orange infused mascarpone whipped cream and candied walnuts. (Do you see why I couldn’t wait?) Cranberry Orange Trifle with Candied Walnuts While there are several components to this trifle, each one may be prepared in advance, and each one is stand alone good, so feel free to use them on their own. For the buttermilk pound cake:1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature 3 large eggs, room temperature 1 teaspoon vanilla 1/2 cup buttermilk Preheat oven to 325 F. (170 C.) Combine all of the ingredients in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Churros con Chocolate. In Madrid, there is one dessert place that is a must-visit destination.

Churros con Chocolate

That is Chocolateria San Gines. This chocolate shop has one specialty and that is Churros con Chocolate. The chocolate is thick, rich and pudding-like, and the churros are light and crisp. The combination is pretty much the only thing on the menu and the waiters tend to assume that this is what you want when you walk in (a good thing when you don’t speak all that much Spanish). The shop is open almost 24 hours a day, serving up this specialty as a snack, as breakfast and as dessert. On my recent trip to Spain, of course I made it a point to stop in and I wasn’t let down. Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie n' Oreo Fudge Brownie Bar.

On Wednesday, I wondered what would happen if you combined Oreo Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies with Oreo Stuffed Brownies.

Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie n' Oreo Fudge Brownie Bar

On Thursday I found out. And on Friday… I had this. This beautiful, ridiculous, indulgent, outrageous, illegal in 48 states, totally wonderful ultimate layered cookie and brownie treat. Vanilla Bean-Coconut Cupcakes with Coconut Lime Frosting. There’s only one way to put this… When cupcakes enter our house, they just don’t stand a chance. If you want to have more than one, you better get while the gettin’s good because Mike is a huge fan of cupcakes.

Generally, he likes to keep things simple. A good chocolate cake topped with vanilla frosting is the way he likes his cupcakes. Nothing fancy and he’s happy as can be. So wasn’t in for a surprise when I bounced the idea of a coconut lime cupcake off him and he was all for it? If you like coconut then you’ve come to the right place. Even though Mike was open to the idea of a cupcake outside his norm, that didn’t mean that he would actually end up eating it. Coca-Cola Cupcakes - StumbleUpon. I don’t drink coca-cola.

Coca-Cola Cupcakes - StumbleUpon

But I do eat it. Weird. Yeah, I dunno. It’s way better eaten. Dippin' Dots Banana Split Ice Cream Recipe. Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies. Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies These Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies are rich, decadent and so perfect for Valentine’s Day!

Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies

Brownie and cheesecake batter are swirled together to make a festive and impressive dessert. Indianapolis, along with many other states in the Midwest, is coping with a huge ice storm that is supposed to cover us in over an inch of ice. Unfortunately the worst of the storm is supposed to come tonight. Molten Lava Chocolate Chip Cookie.

Need I say more?

Molten Lava Chocolate Chip Cookie

Just yum! Go make a couple of these! Made a batch of chocolate chip cookie dough. Baked most of them as these: Then I did this: Baked these two guys for 15 minutes, next time I'll only do about 12 minutes. Plenty of chocolaty deliciousness hidden inside. Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies.