Anatomy of a Perfect Chocolate Cookie

So I was asked to make ‘chocolate chocolate cookies’ and quickly found that there are as many variations on that as there are on chocolate chip cookies, including with and without flour (both good). I finally found one I loved at the website Crispy Waffle (love that name). Making it a few times consecutively IContinue reading “Anatomy of a Perfect Chocolate Cookie”

Gluten-free Oatmeal Craisin Cookies

I am continually challenged to bake things so that I may serve a constituency that may be have issues with meat products and/or wheat products, so I am always looking to solve the ‘this is good but not as good as the meat/wheat version.”  If we are going to bake something, it’s going to haveContinue reading “Gluten-free Oatmeal Craisin Cookies”

Go To Meringues!

I love meringues because once you get the hang of it, they’re pretty easy to get right, and they can literally be whipped up pretty quickly (even though they take a while to finish).  For a dessert, they’re relatively low-calorie, they’re naturally gluten-free and people can eat lots of them.  You can’t say that aboutContinue reading “Go To Meringues!”

Vegan Carrot Cake (with Vegan “Cream Cheese” Frosting)

The amazing thing about this cake is that it was probably as good as any non-vegan dish I’ve ever made. It’s a modified version of the Cook’s Illustrated recipe for Simple Carrot Cake.  When trying to determine the best way to make the carrot cake vegan, I saw many recipes that used lots of ingredientsContinue reading “Vegan Carrot Cake (with Vegan “Cream Cheese” Frosting)”

Blueberry Muffins…et tu?

Summer in Massachusetts means berries (it means other things but this is a baking blog). Because strawberries aren’t great for casual baking (except for Strawberry Rhubarb pie, which is how all of this got started) it’s all about Blueberries.  Blueberry Muffins are so common that I wouldn’t blame you if you weren’t excited about them. Continue reading “Blueberry Muffins…et tu?”

Perfect Rice Krispy Treats!

In this blog, we always strive to make the routine extraordinary, and Rice Krispy treats are a case study.  No one would argue that they are not a decades-old fan-favorite,  a staple for the egg and gluten-free and probably the most popular ‘bring-your-own’ at PTAs and bake sales across the country.    There are a few issues thatContinue reading “Perfect Rice Krispy Treats!”

Chocolate Stout Cupcakes with Vanilla Maple Frosting

Though Ireland is rich in heritage, I must say that my experience with both the nation and the holiday has been limited to savory experiences.   Needing to come up with something for an office pot luck, I turned to the world of baking to find something good to bring.   Apparently, putting Guinness StoutContinue reading “Chocolate Stout Cupcakes with Vanilla Maple Frosting”

Oatmeal Cookies: Third Time’s a Charm

Many of my readers know about my white-whale like obsession with making an oatmeal cookie like those found at Petsi’s, a bakery in Somerville, MA.  I have detailed in previous cookie recipes I have written here and here.  In those recipes I discuss how I discovered the missing ingredient was butterscotch extract (heartbreakingly discontinued byContinue reading “Oatmeal Cookies: Third Time’s a Charm”

Chocolate Macaroons

Of course, there were always coconut (plain) and chocolate macaroons for Passover when I was growing up and I always loved chocolate better until I discovered home-made coconut macaroons dipped in chocolate that were so much better. Taking a page out of a recipe from the Barefoot Contessa, I added some chocolate to a halfContinue reading “Chocolate Macaroons”