Gluten-Free Mudslide Cookies

gluten-free mudslide cookies
After a bit of a hiatus, I’m back in the kitchen! It has been a crazy few months. Let me fill you in. I have a brand new job as an account manager at a marketing company and have been learning a lot about horses, Wiffle ball, and tour operators in the process. And oh ya, I have a gluten allergy. When and how this happened I don’t know, but I am embracing it and taking it as an opportunity to test out some gluten-free goods, including these gluten-free mudslide cookies.

Yelp must know of my recently discovered gluten allergy based on the number of searches I have done for nearby gluten-free pizza in the last month. Omission Pale Ale and IPA have made being a gluten intolerant beer lover possible. Thank you.

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Mini Chocolate Syrah Cupcakes

It’s almost Valentine’s Day. Some of you may be lovers of this holiday and some of you may be fighters. This year I am a lover. Two reasons:

1. Mini Chocolate Syrah Cupcakes
2. A very adorable, forward thinking boyfriend.

This cupcake recipe seamlessly blends two of my (and probably your) favorite things; red wine and cupcakes… and chocolate.

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Let Me See Them Tootsie Rolls

Homemade Tootsie Rolls
This week has been filled with many a birthday. Thursday would have been my mom-mom’s 84th birthday (the original baker). My bestie turned 26 on Saturday and the boyfriend is turning 28 today. Happy birthday good lookin’!

I love celebrating birthdays with the honoree’s favorite treat. Tootsie rolls just so happens to be one of my dearest friend’s favorite candies of all time. Since she is cramming for law school finals (you go girl!) and not able to celebrate like the wild 26 year old she is, I decided to send her a loving birthday care package cram-packed with classic homemade tootsie rolls! Continue reading “Let Me See Them Tootsie Rolls”

Chocolate Swiss Meringue Buttercream

Chocolate Swiss Meringue Buttercream
Let’s talk frosting. If it comes from a white plastic can with a giggling dough man or is an uneasy shade of neon blue, I want nothing to do with it. This is how I discovered meringue style buttercream like this recipe for chocolate swiss meringue buttercream. Continue reading “Chocolate Swiss Meringue Buttercream”

Your Classic Chocolate Cake

Classic Chocolate Cake
It’s National Chocolate Day. Time to celebrate with some classic chocolate cake.Now for those of you that don’t know, I am on a lifelong quest to find THE BEST of all of your classic recipes from chocolate chip cookies, to blueberry muffins, to banana bread. There are so many variations of each of these recipes out there, but I know there must be some divine combination of ingredients that culminate in ultimate perfection for each recipe.
At this point in time I think I may have found THE chocolate cake. This recipe was discovered through epicurious.com and chosen as reigning king by my willing band of taste testers several years ago. It is my go-to for birthday parties, anniversaries, and even weddings.

I would describe this classic chocolate cake recipe as a devil’s food cake-style cake. It is moist, deep in chocolatey flavors, yet airy in its texture. However this cake is no lightweight. Despite its airy texture, this cake is solid and can hold up to carving or any other shape you choose to bake it as.

For today though, let’s keep it basic.

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