I am a chocoholic and not afraid to admit it. I'll take a dark, rich, oozy dessert over a fruit-based one any day. So while this "chocolate cobbler" is really no cobbler at all, it doesn't mean I'm not going to eat it. And like it. I don't judge!
When you want something for dessert that's more than a chocolate bar or ice cream, but still easy enough to make that you can eat it ASAP, mug cakes are your friends. Most of these take less than 2 minutes to make in a microwave. Yeah, that's right.
Q: My supervisor recently gave me a smallish container (maybe a cup total) of maple sugar he bought on vacation, saying that I'm the baker in the office so he thought I would know what to do with it. I've never seen maple sugar before, but I'd like to feature it in a dish, preferably a baked good, so I can bring it to the office to share. Any ideas?
Did you know that we're in high cookie season? No, it's not Christmas; those powdered and jeweled cookies won't come around for a few months yet. As much love as cookies get during the winter holidays, I feel that that's only one moment of glory. Full cookie season is right now, in the fall, as folks go back to school and work, lunchbox in hand. A cookie, you see, is my idea of a lunchbox mash note.
Today I have the sweetest of all lunchbox love notes for you — maybe my all-time favorite cookie recipe — a buttery, chewy oatmeal cookie topped with a dollop of chocolate fudge. It's almost as good as a kiss.
Baked tofu is magical. When hot from the oven, it's crispy on the outside and creamy in the middle — amazing tossed into a stir-fry or just eaten as a snack with whatever dipping sauce happens to be handy.
After the tofu cools, it becomes wonderfully firm and chewy. Now it's perfect for tossing with a lunch salad, crumbling into a sauce, or even slicing into a sandwich. Don't bother buying baked tofu again: Here's how to make it yourself, and make it even better.
Fall is my favorite season for spending time in the great outdoors, because it means steaming hot cocoa and hearty chili cooked over an open flame. But if you don't have a campfire nearby, this s'mores pie is the next best thing. A graham cracker crust holds sweet chocolate custard and light-as-air marshmallow cream. After a quick toast with a kitchen torch, you may never bother with original s'mores again!
When Sister Schubert's Parker House rolls appeared in grocery stores everywhere, cooks around the country rejoiced. Even the most seasoned bakers had to admit that hers were as good, if not better, than most homemade. The sausage-stuffed rolls are my personal favorite, because in my house they signify the arrival of fall. And although I will always have a love for those delicious store bought rolls, this recipe may have just kicked them out of my freezer for good.
Growing up, my mom always made cream cheese frosting to have with our birthday cakes and cupcakes and so, to this day, that's what I most prefer. Buttercream often comes off as a bit greasy to me and not all that interesting flavor-wise whereas cream cheese frosting has that wonderful tanginess. But lately, I've been swayed on occasion by this delicious (and simple) recipe.
Puppy chow is dangerous stuff. I had never even heard of the snack until my friend Beth, an Iowa native, left some at my house after a holiday gathering and I found myself eating handful after handful of the sweet, crunchy, nutty mixture. Why wasn't there a warning label? It didn't last the night.
So when I was coming up with a menu of slightly upscale versions of lowbrow snacks for an outdoor movie party, puppy chow seemed like the right fit, especially since I was co-hosting the party with Beth, the friend who had introduced me to the treat in the first place. And adding Nutella? Well, that's always the right fit. The result is a snack that is as crunchy and addictive as the original, but less tooth-achingly sweet, with the perfect balance of toasty cereal, sweet hazelnut, dark chocolate and a little salt — just enough to keep you going back for handful after handful.