Chocolate Guiness Cupcakes

If only all beers came in cupcake form. No matter how many times I try James’ beer – I just can’t get into it. However, I can definitely get into these cupcakes. The beer compliments and enhances the chocolate flavor. Guinness + chocolatey baked goods = bliss. These cupcakes are moist, fluffy and rich with…

Chocolate Layer Cake

Hold on to your hats ladies and gentleman — this cake is rich! If there could be a theme song to play while eating it, it would have to be “Puttin’ on the Ritz.” This music video is pretty strange and has no bearing on how good this cake is. The cake uses 99% and…

Chocolate Cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

A one-bowl cupcake recipe that delivers on the promise of being very chocolatey and really good. James called them “a sugar seizure,” but I think it’s because the frosting had one-cup-too-much of sugar (the recipe below reflects the change). I made these for Halloween hence the green frosting in the background. I also attempted to…

Chocolate Coconut Walnut Cookies

Impromptu baking moments yield the best results. For example, this cookie. I opened my cabinet, finished off a bag of dark chocolate and white chocolate chips, folded in some coconut and who doesn’t like a little crunch in their cookie? One google search, a few 10-minute batches later we chowed down on these deliciously soft…

Chocolate Coconut Blondies

HAPPY GRADUATION DAVID!!!! On that note…. Imagine a blondie infused with bittersweet dark chocolate and coconut. You probably could have guessed that from the title, but the title is so boring compared to the rich goodness that this recipe offers. Next time I would either double the batter or cut down on the chocolate since…

Spiced Chocolate Chip Pecan Cookies

Did you know that a box of Harris Teeter butter offers a great recipe for chocolate chip cookies? It’s amazing what’s out there if you just look. Who knew that of all the chocolate chip cookie recipes, this one would provide such a soft, rich and chewy outcome. It’s also a basic recipe so you…

Happy (Belated) Purim: Chocolate Hamantaschen

First let’s talk about Purim (which took place March 10, ’09). The history: A holiday not in the Torah, but from the Book of Esther. The story is in and read from the Megillah. Esther married the King of Persia (without him knowing she was Jewish). The king’s aide, Haman, wanted to kill the Jews….

Dark Chocolate Kahlua Truffles

It’s been a few days since Valentine’s Day, but James and I are still enjoying these truffles I made Saturday afternoon. Apparently they last a few weeks in the fridge and a month or two if kept in the freezer; so we’re enjoying them one night at a time just hoping they never run out….

Bittersweet Chocolate and Pear Cake

This is an incredible combination of delicious pear fruityness and dark chocolate goodness all wrapped up in a delightful cake. The key is to slice the pears very thin, almost like a tarte tatin, and then layer the slices between the chocolate. I had never baked with pears before so this first attempt turned out…

Dark Chocolate Bourbon Bundt Cake

I first made this cake the day after my grandfather died. So this post is in honor of Grandpa Danny (1927 – 2009) Ingredients Recipe courtesy of Orangette 2 sticks (8 oz.) unsalted butter, softened, plus more for the pan 2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for the pan 5 oz. unsweetened chocolate ¼ cup…

Superbowl Snack Preview

The big game! Yay! Now I’ll admit: it’s Friday and I don’t know who’s playing this Sunday (I think the Steelers? And who else?). However, I like watching football. I may not know players’ names or what call means what, but I am completely in awe of the athletic ability on display. I may not…

White Chocolate Covered Pretzels

These are my favorite snacks that I haven’t had enough of in my life. The combination of salty and sweet is a pure delight. Plus, the recipe is super easy! What’s not to love? Ingredients An Emily Original! 1 bag of thin original pretzels 1 1/2 bags white chocolate chips 1/2 cup water 2-3 tubes…