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Blueberry Cream Cheese Cupcakes. After I stopped working in a bakery, it took me awhile to began to appreciate cake again.

Blueberry Cream Cheese Cupcakes

Working in a bakery does have its perks, primarily in the form of an abundance of day old cookies, cakes, and pastries, but the perks can soon begin to feel smothering. It started when I felt bad about tossing out food too old to sell (but not too old to enjoy). I would "save" a pastry from the trash every now and again, as it found its way onto my lunch plate. In a few short weeks, I gained the baker's obligatory ten pounds and began to realize that my mission may not be such a good idea to pursue. Even so, it wasn't unusual to nibble on a cookie fresh from the oven or eat a day old scone with a cup of coffee to start my early mornings. Eventually, as the story often goes, I grew mighty tired of eating anything baked. Cake scraps were easily the most abundant treat in the bakery. How to Make Brownie in a Mug. Fudge Brownies. Love brownies.

Fudge Brownies

Love their shiny, flaky top that shatters into micro-thin shards that shower onto your fingers as you eat. Love their dark, gooey center. Their “chocolate nirvana” flavor. Sometimes can’t deal with the bake, wait to cool, cutting into squares messiness and fuss of brownies. Want something I can enjoy within 5 minutes of its exit from the oven. Every time I make these cookies (which, truth be told, is quite often), I think of a former colleague, Ana, who left King Arthur last year in order to be a full-time mom to her 2-year-old twins. The test kitchen bakers loved Ana. Ana still visits occasionally, 2-year-olds in tow. And when she does, she’ll invariably nose out any chocolate, and treat us to her classic reaction: “Perfect! These cookies are basically brownies: flat, round, 2 ½” brownies. First task: Combine the chocolate and butter. Melt in the microwave till softened… …then stir till smooth. Stir the chocolate into eggs and sugar, which you’ve beaten together.

Cookies In A Jar. Yeehaaa… yum yum… it’s Cowboy Cookies.

Cookies In A Jar

Or, in this case, Cowgirl Cookies. A friend introduced these to me and I love them. Especially the name. Cowboy Cookies. Cowboy Cookies. But why stop there. They’re smooth Ball jars made especially for crafts. But which one should I give her? Oh and note to self: Use a ruler when attaching labels next time. Groovy Cake. A groovy, tie-dye cake — with colors inside and out — would be fun for an end-of-the-summer party!

Groovy Cake

This cake is a showstopper, but actually just uses a basic marbling technique. You tint four bowls of the batter different colors, put drops of the colored batter on top of the white batter in the cake pan and pull a knife through it, which gives it the “groovy” look. The frosting is simple, too, just use gel tubes to make hexagon shapes and then a pull a toothpick through them, starting in the center. Skittles around the bottom make it extra colorful! Chocolate Cake Recipes. Chocolate Molten Cupcake with Powdered Sugar & Strawberries.

Cookie Dough Recipes. Slutty Brownies. Now I don’t want to over sell this, so I’m going to be conservative and simply say, that these are… The Best Brownies In The WORLD.

Slutty Brownies

I know, big statement. They’re called Slutty Brownies because they’re oh so easy, and more than a little bit filthy. They’re best served warm from the oven, with good quality vanilla ice cream (devastatingly I didn’t have any in the freezer this time, so I guess I’ll just have to make them again). They take about 45mins to make, including baking time. The ultimate comfort food, whipped up within the hour. You will need… 1 Box of cookie mix, 1 Box of brownie mix, 2 Eggs, 2 Packs of Oreos (double stuffed ones are even better if you can find them) Some oil & your favourite ice-cream (optional) Preheat your oven to 350F, 180C, gas mark 4. Line a baking tray with grease proof paper.

Squidge (technical term) the cookie dough into a lined baking tray, until it covers the bottom. Cover this layer with your Oreos. Mix up your brownie batter. & pour over your Oreos. Cake Batter Blondies. I don’t say this very often.

Cake Batter Blondies

But this is one of the most delicious things I’ve ever eaten. Remember how I made dense, fudgy brownies by using a boxed chocolate cake mix? Well, let’s just say that I haven’t been able to stop imagining doing the same with a yellow cake mix ever since. I thought, if this method can get me to actually love chocolate, how insanely good would a cake version be?? So, chocolate-lovers, this isn’t entirely for you. Cake batter blondies. ingredients: 1 box yellow cake mix1/4 cup canola oil1 egg, beaten1/4 – 1/2 cup milk1/4 cup rainbow sprinkles1/2 cup white chocolate chips (optional) directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees.