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Easy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins for Fall

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

Let’s celebrate the season with the satisfying autumnal combination of pumpkin, spices, and chocolate–specifically dark chocolate. These delightful muffins have all three, in addition to toasted pecans and plenty of dark brown sugar. I use an equal mix of all purpose and spelt flours, but you can also substitute the spelt flour with whole wheat pastry flour or just as easily use all regular, all purpose flour. That’s how these muffins roll. They’re easy like that.

Now, let’s talk about chocolate chips. Here are my favorites for baking and/or eating directly out of . . . → Read More: Easy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins for Fall

Kerrin's Multigrain Chocolate Chip Cookies

Multigrain Chocolate Chip Cookies

Really, what is better than a fresh gooey chocolate chip cookie straight out of the oven? Air conditioning? Well, yes. But…it’s not the chocolate chip cookie’s fault that August 4th is National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day! Do not blame the cookie if the weather is too hot to even think about turning on the oven.

That said, and as I write this on the 3rd, we’re about to break records for the hottest day ever on Earth in the Pacific Northwest (108 degrees F in Portland), so let’s think back to a cooler . . . → Read More: Kerrin's Multigrain Chocolate Chip Cookies

Christmas Cookies: Double Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

Christmas Cookies: Double Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

Generally, my cookie repertoire is fairly boring – chocolate chip, peanut bitter, an occasional oatmeal raisin. But sometimes, especially during the holidays, I like to mix it up a bit. These Double Chocolate Peppermint Cookies do just that and are quite festive as well! Of course, now I have a bunch of extra candy canes lying around the house, which will probably mean making some peppermint bark.

The original recipe called for the melted chocolate to be drizzled on top of the cooled cookies, but I think it makes . . . → Read More: Christmas Cookies: Double Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

Valentine's Day Dessert: Sour Cream Raspberry Chambord Cheesecake & a Day at Darigold

Valentine's Day Dessert: Sour Cream Raspberry Chambord Cheesecake

Valentine’s Day Baking Tips & Tricks at Darigold in Seattle I was recently invited to a dairy baking demonstration at Darigold headquarters in Seattle. And of course, when someone invites you to spend the day in Seattle tasting fancy desserts and pastries made with mountains of cream and butter, the correct response is, “Yes! Of course I will attend!”

Upon arriving at Darigold, we had a butter and sour cream tasting, learned a bit about the company and then it was time for the demonstrations and dessert tastings. . . . → Read More: Valentine's Day Dessert: Sour Cream Raspberry Chambord Cheesecake & a Day at Darigold

FFwD: Nutella Tartine

Nutella Tartine

This French Friday with Dorie pick, for me this week, was the perfect recipe. It was super quick and chocolatey and aside from the nutella, I actually had all the ingredients already. Perfect!

Instead of brioche, I used challah as the recipe suggested as an alternative. But not just any challah — I had some cranberry challah rolls in the freezer. This was the perfect excuse to defrost one, slice it up, and slather it with goodness. Plus, I thought the cranberries added to the overall flavor.

Notes:

1. I kind of wish . . . → Read More: FFwD: Nutella Tartine