Addicting Desserts

I love Anderson Cooper as much as he loves Crack Pie. The incredibly decadent dessert made famous by Mr. 360 himself during a recent guest stint on Regis and Kelly, and sold at Momofuku Milk Bar in New York City, is supposedly to die for. The way Cooper describes his obsession for the rich dessert is the way I wish he would wax poetic about his adoration for moi. Unfortunately, the cable news hunk is just not that into me… or my gender. Fortunately, I have my own to die for desserts to drown my sorrows in. They may not … Continue reading

Kicked Up Christmas Brownies

When a cookie just doesn’t cut it and cake is a bit too much, there’s the brownie. But, with the holiday season upon us a plain chocolate brownie just won’t do. Take a look at these kicked up recipes for Shortbread Brownies and adorable Christmas Snowmen Brownies: SHORTBREAD BROWNIES Ingredients: For the Crust: 1 cup butter or margarine 2 cups flour 1/2 cup sugar For the Brownie: 1/3 cup water 1/3 cup vegetable oil 1 egg 1 package of your favorite brownie mix Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 13-by-9-inch pan. To make crust: Cut butter into flour … Continue reading

Making Holiday Fudge and Other Chocolate Christmas Treats

You can’t go an entire holiday season without indulging in a little (or a lot) of fudge, right? (I’ll let my hips answer that one.) Actually, for years I lived a fudge-free life (save for the occasional slip up at a holiday party). But, then I found the simplest fudge recipe known to man. It makes creating fabulous fudge so easy it’s dangerous for people like me who have little will power when it comes to sweet treats. Add in my Super Simple Brownie recipe and the holidays are just a 10-pound accident waiting to happen. HOLIDAY FUDGE Ingredients: 12 … Continue reading

Desserts with Cherries and Chocolate

Friday is our playgroup’s big Halloween party. Whereas I already shared the recipe I plan to take, I thought it might be helpful to post a couple more kid (and adult)-friendly recipes that can be made in advance and travel well, in case you are still searching for a dish to pass at your Halloween party. The first recipe for Heavenly Freezer Brownies is ideal for chocoholics. Don’t let the name fool you; the brownies require an oven to bake before hitting the freezer. It’s a unique cooking concept that (in my opinion) enhances the texture of the brownies without … Continue reading

Sweet Treats for a Spooktacular Halloween Buffet

If you plan to forgo the trick-or-treating this year to host a Halloween party these next recipes will add a burst of color to your buffet table. The first recipe for Graveyard Brownies is a great way to get the kids involved in the party prep. Baking the brownies is extremely straightforward; it’s the assembly that requires creativity (that’s where your children’s help will come in handy). Your sugary cemetery will have your guests talking long after the party ends. The second recipe for Rainbow Popcorn is a bit more involved. It’s basically, sugar-coated popcorn, tinted orange and green for … Continue reading

Sweet Treats for Kids of all Ages

My daughter was very disappointed when I told her that we would not be baking a dessert to bring to the upcoming graduation potluck we’ve been invited to. In fact, I rarely offer to bring dessert to parties that feature guests of varying age groups because I can never find a recipe that I know will appease the masses. Most of the dessert recipes I have are either geared specifically to adults and include ingredients such as coffee or alcohol or they are kid-friendly, teeth tingling, super sugary creations that most adults shy away from. These days I offer to … Continue reading

Frugal Brownie Mixes

Just the other day, I posted an article about saving money on those expensive cookie mixes. Prepared food, such as cookie mixes can be a very expensive addition to your grocery bill. Well a comment by a reader asked if I had any ideas for frugal brownies intead of cookies. In fact, I do have a couple of tricks up my apron that allow me to save money on brownies. I did post an article back in February that gave some tried and true tips. It was called Frugal Tips for Brownies, and it mostly covered baking brownies from scratch, … Continue reading

Frugal Tips for Brownies

The whiff of baking brownies is one that sends every kid running for the kitchen. Believe it or not, you can actually save quite a bit of money on brownies with a secret frugal tip. Call it baking brownies the frugal way! The most economical way to bake brownies, of course is by scratch. You can find lots of tasty recipes over at the Food blog. Find a recipe that you like and then apply this tip to save money. Sure you could use a store bought mix to bake brownies, but unless you can combine coupons and deals (see … Continue reading

What $1,000 Will Buy You for Valentine’s Day

Are you looking for the perfect food related gift for Valentine’s Day? Well, if you’re especially. . .well endowed with funds. . .you can use that $1000 to buy any one of these scrumptious desserts. The Golden Opulence Sundae at Serendipity3 in New York City I’m not sure opulence is the right word. I think maybe it should be renamed the super duper overly, excessively and abundantly extravagant ice cream sundae. But this is Serendipity3 (most people just call it Serendipity’s) and they are, dare I say, the most well known ice cream shop of their kind in Manhattan. They … Continue reading

10 Ways to Go From Plain Brownies to Br-WOW-nies

I am not sure it is actually legal to put “boring’ in the same sentence with anything having to do with chocolate. I’m sure there’s a law somewhere. But if you are tired of the same old (dare I say it?) boring brownie recipe. . .here is a list of ways to put the pizazz into a regular brownie recipe or into a mix! 1. Chips Not potato chips but consider adding chocolate chips, white chocolate chips or butter scotch chips to the batter before baking. 2. Frosting Aside from giving your kids a massive sugar rush, frosting on top … Continue reading