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Lulu the Baker: The Tale of the Carmelitas

Lulu the Baker: The Tale of the Carmelitas
We live in a big-but-not-huge town. We have a P.F. Chang's and a Pottery Barn and two malls and two full-price movie theaters. But we don't have a Williams-Sonoma. Instead, we have a few delightful, locally-owned kitchen stores. One of them holds a monthly baking contest, and these Carmelitas were supposed to be my ticket to local baking contest greatness. See, a Carmelita is not your ordinary, run-of-the-mill treat. When I got my kitchen store newsletter in January, I started planning out my strategy. The email naming the winner took a few extra weeks to be sent--no lie--and I was on pins and needles the whole time. Epilogue: If I sound just a wee bit crazy, get a load of this! CarmelitasAll of the crazy obsessiveness boils down to this: Carmelitas are to-die-for. 32 caramel squares, unwrapped 1/2 cup heavy cream 3/4 cup butter, melted 3/4 cup brown sugar, packed 1 cup flour 1 cup rolled oats 1 teaspoon baking soda 6 ounces semisweet chocolate chips

Chocolate Swirl Biscuits & bakerella.com Make these in the morning. You’ll be glad you did. I was flipping through some of my cookbooks the other day and became mesmerized by a recipe for these biscuits from the book Deep Dark Chocolate. It’s filled with decadent recipes using dark chocolate. And with a title like that I would normally go for something all chocolate, super rich and fudgy. And I almost always pick a recipe accompanied by a photo. Swirled chocolate in a biscuit. I’m all in. These are pretty quick to make. Chopped dark chocolate. Get it. Beginnings of the biscuits. Flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and buttah. Stir in some milk and the dough will start to come together. Flour your work surface and hands and form the sticky dough into a ball that you can then start to flatten and roll. Roll into a rectangular shape. Spread some softened butter on top. Sprinkle with a bit of sugar. And a little chocolate. And roll it up all jelly roll style for chocolaty swirls. Then cut the roll into equal sections. Like so. That’s ok.

Homemade Snickers Bars | How Sweet It Is - StumbleUpon Insanity. That’s what this is. Pure In.San.It.TEEEEE. You know those days when you’re in desperate need of sugar and you’ve already downed more gummy vitamins than recommended while seriously considering how many more you can ingest without causing severe harm to your internal organs? Well… in that case you should make some homemade snickers bars. And I KNOW you know what I’m talking about. I spent the majority of my pre-pubescent and adolescent years scheming just how I would be able to steal my brothers’ Halloween candy. Then I went through a SERIOUS phase of those Snickers ice cream bars. And that you can eat a million of them. These days, it’s rare that I crave actual candy, often preferring some chewy cookies or super rich cheesecake or a bar of amazing chocolate that costs thrice as much as the recent organic meyer lemons I purchased. They are the peanut butter to my jelly. The salt to my pepper. The broccoli to my… wait, no. But now Nikki is like my bestest friend ever. nougat layer

+The Church Cook: Hazelnut Chewies Deep-Dish Cookie Pie - StumbleUpon And than a warm chocolate chip cookie? If you answered, “Katie, is better than a warm chocolate chip cookie,” you’ve obviously never met a cookie pie. (Above, topped with a super-healthy ice cream recipe I’ll post next week.) This pie is everything you’d want in a cookie. Except, oh yes, it happens to be ! I could sit here and tell you about how I was in charge of dessert for our neighborhood Memorial Day party. But really, you don’t want to know all of this, do you? Side note: If you make 1/4 of the recipe, you can put it in a mini springform pan for a baby pie, like the one above. (gluten-free!) One of my Special Diet Recipes . 2 cans white beans or garbanzos (drained and rinsed) (500g total, once drained) 1 cup quick oats (or certified-gf quick oats) 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce 3 tbsp oil (canola, veg, or coconut) 2 tsp pure vanilla extract 1/2 tsp baking soda 2 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp salt 1 and 1/2 cups brown sugar (EDIT: click for a Sugar-Free Version .) 1 cup chocolate chips

Desserts That Are Almost Too Cute To Eat & Pretty Please Us Blog: Your guide to fashion, beauty, style & everything else in between. Hi, my name is Himani and I’m a sugar addict. But the only thing that holds me back from devouring a sinful concoction is if it looks super cute. You know… because cute desserts deserve to live longer than the ugly ones (I’m going to some sort of sugar-y hell for that one). Football themed Chocolate Covered Strawberries (purchase) or (make your own). Pink Ombré Cake (how to) Bride & Groom Cookies (purchase) Glittering Sandwich Cookies (how to) Snowman Shots. Rudolf Cake Pops (how to) Lastly, Tiffany’s inspired cake pops! Here are some lunchbox creations you’ll feel guilty about chomping down! Want some more delicious recipes? Check out our healthy pizza recipe now!

Good Ol' Homemade Brownies & Buns In My Oven - StumbleUpon This may be a cooking blog, but I find myself sharing some of my deepest, darkest secrets (never having tried oatmeal before, for instance) here. So far you all have accepted me and all the horrible things I’ve kept hidden for years and years. I can only hope that you will continue to stand by my side as I reveal this next bit of private information about myself. I prefer my brownies to be made from a box mix. I’m sorry, okay? Except, well, I’ve recently discovered a brownie recipe so beautiful and delicious and rich and fudgy and chocolatey and oh goodness, I should just go ahead and admit it. Just go ahead and scroll back up there and look at those brownies! This recipe starts out by melting butter and sugar together in a sauce pan, and I know, there are lots of one bowl brownie recipes out there, but these guys are worth the extra dirty dish. You’ll need to prepare yourself for this next part. Alright, so one lick won’t hurt anyone. Look! Print Save Ingredients: Directions: Brookies!

Death By Oreo Cupcakes They are probably the best Oreo cakes I have ever tried. A lot of cake's that I have experimented with before are like a vanilla cake with bits of Oreo in them, which didn't really give them enough Oreo flavor. But these were a lot better. I used a dark chocolate fudge cake mix instead of just a regular chocolate cake mix, which went really well with the cookies and gave the cakes just a little more flavor. Ingredients 1 package Oreo Cookies, regular size 1 package Mini Oreo Cookies, for decoration (optional) 1 package chocolate cake mix (mix according to directions on box) 8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature 1/2 cup butter (1 stick), room temperature 3 3/4 cups powdered sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract cupcake liners Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream together butter and cream cheese. foodsnots.com

TENDER CRUMB: My FAVORITE Chocolate Chip Cookie - StumbleUpon I have experimented with countless recipes searching for that perfect chocolate chip cookie. The characteristics of the perfect cookie are a very personal matter, and here are my preferences: texture: chewy w. medium thickness --- everyone has their preference, and this is mine! chocolate to cookie ratio: 50/50 --- I really enjoy having a lot of chocolate in every bite chips vs. chunks: chunks --- I like sizeable pieces of chocolate in my cookie. type of chocolate: bittersweet --- I like using Valrhona 61% extra bitter nuts or other add-ins: NONE!! With the above criteria in mind, this recipe is the closest I've come to experiencing CCC perfection. - Don't substitute the pastry and bread flours w. - Hand chopped chocolate chunks, NOT premade chips - I will purchase a hunk of the best bittersweet chocolate that I can afford and hand cut them into chunks. - Chill the cookie dough at least 24 hours (I let my dough sit anywhere from 2-3 days) before baking.

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