S’mores Madeleines

smores madeleines dipped in dark chocolate and topped with marshmallowGolden S’mores madeleines baked with graham cracker cookie crumbs right in the batter then dipped in dark chocolate.  Don’t forget the mini marshmallow.  The ultimate camp fire treat, it’s my summer makeover for the classic French cookie.

Look away pastry connoisseurs.  It’s about to get ridiculous.  And yummy.

I know I shouldn’t mess with the madeleine.  I mean, it’s pretty perfect in it’s classic form.  Lightly sweet, spongy, and particularly comforting when it’s still warm from the oven.  I’ve made a few changes before, like these madeleines.  And most recently, these lovelies.  I still stayed true to the genoise batter(folding sifted flour into your egg and sugar mixture, followed by cooled melted butter.  Totally backwards!), because it’s what makes a true madeleine, right?  So don’t fret Frenchies!  I’ts still your lovely little cookie!   Just extra delicious.

smores madeleines dipped in dark chocolate and topped with marshmallow

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Cannoli Cupcakes With Chocolate Mascarpone

cannoli cupcakes filled with chocolate chip cannoli filling and topped with chocolate mascarpone frosting and pistachiosThe Godfather would be quite pleased with these Cannoli Cupcakes.  Buttery brown sugar cupcakes filled with smooth and creamy chocolate chip ricotta cannoli filling and topped with decadent chocolate mascarpone frosting.

I’ve been on a Dean Martin and Rosemary Clooney binge lately.  I’m quite sure it has been my source of inspiration for these beauties.  Oh, and the cannoli.  Authentic cannolis are amazing.  The crunchy buttery shell with the contrast of the sweet, smooth ricotta.  You can’t go wrong.  If you haven’t had a cannoli guys, you’re missing out.  If i’ts a good one, it will change your world.  I only say that because sweets are my life.

And life is good.

cannoli cupcakes filled with chocolate chip cannoli filling and topped with chocolate mascarpone and pistachios

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Lemon Raspberry Coffee Cake & Sweet Basil Whipped Cream

Lemon-Raspberry-Coffee-CakeLemon Raspberry Coffee Cake with Sweet Basil Whipped Cream.  Brighten your morning with this tart coffee cake bursting with sweet raspberries.  The perfect summer treat with your coffee or tea.

One thing you should know about me is I’m obsessed with the Holidays.  Christmas to be exact.  So although my heart is already longing for cooler weather, pumpkin lattes, and sweet potato pie, I made this vibrant Lemon Raspberry Coffee Cake to embrace summer.  When I envision coffee cake I see lots of cinnamon streusel, walnuts, allspice, and all things wonderful.  Maybe even a little pumpkin for Autumn.

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Dark Chocolate Cupcakes With Whipped Chocolate Ganache


Perfectly sinful deep dark chocolate cupcakes with whipped chocolate ganache.  Grab a cup of milk because these are super rich and super chocolaty! 

 So let’s get back to what matters in this world.  Chocolate.  Yes, I know…You’re thinking this is just another recipe for boring chocolate cupcakes.  Let me just say, this is chocolate people!  Chocolate is awesome!

Sorry, this is a sensitive subject for me.  I get a little passionate sometimes.

These are definitely not boring.  They taste like the moist center of a dark chocolate brownie, but ingeniously packed into a little cupcake.  That, ladies and gentlemen is enough to get me giddy and ready to bake!   Chocolate ganache is  whipped into a lovely light frosting to give the perfect amount of sweet and fluffy texture in each bite.  Even though I’m raving about how rich these are, they won’t suffocate your face with chocolate flavor.  You can have one without milk and still breathe.  Although, suffocation by chocolate sounds awesome.  But that’s me.

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Vanilla Madeleines Filled With Fresh Raspberry Mousse

Vanilla-Madeleines-With-Raspberry-FillingVanilla Madeleines filled with fresh, tart, raspberry mousse and delicately topped with whipped dark chocolate ganache.  Take these simple french tea cakes to the next level.  I promise you won’t stop eating them!

Simply put, french pastries are awesome.  There are so many different kinds it’s pretty amazing.  You have the Tarte au Citron.  The Chocolate Eclair.  The Macaron (which I have yet to master).  I could go on for probably forever, but at the top of my list of favorites is the simple little delicate cookie daintily named the Madeleine.  Even the name is beautiful.  So beautiful that children are named after this gorgeous little cookie.  Actually, I’m pretty sure Madeleine is derived from Magdalene, but if I was a new mommy again I would name her after a cookie.  No regrets.


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Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes


Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes.  Rich buttery chocolate chip cookie dough baked right in the center of these little devils.  The perfect indulgence for the girl next door.  Simple, sweet, and a little naughty!


This past month has been a little insane to say the least.  Sick kids, a teething 11 month old,  9 year wedding anniversary, comic book convention, and on top of it all…buying and moving into a new home.  I’ve loved every minute of it.  Except for the sick kids of course!  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard, “When are you bringing cupcakes to work again?”

That makes my heart smile.


So to kick off the blog again, I’m showcasing some outrageously addictive Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes.  Talk about sinful.  These little cupcakes look unassuming, even innocent.  Until you take that first bite, and you think to yourself “Holy crap, I’m in trouble.”

The recipe comes from Kevin and Amanda and they post some great photos that show a step by step process.  Pictures make everything easier!


So dive in and forget the little yellow polka dot bikini. 

Double Chocolate Chip Cookies with Dulce de Leche Frosting


 Double Chocolate Chip Cookies with rich dulce de leche frosting.  Warm caramel flavor mingles with dense dark chocolate in these delectable cookie sandwiches.

So I couldn’t stay away from my love for too long.  I dabbled in some white chocolate (aka naked chocolate) recipes, hit up on some strawberry and raspberry desserts, and dove into lemon paradise, but it’s so nice to come back to my one and only.  All my co-workers know my undying love for chocolate.  Every single day I pack a little zip lock bag full of dark or semi sweet chocolate chips.  You know, in case of an emergency.  I eat some at every meal.  Not lying.

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner baby.

Oh, and second breakfast.  Don’t forget second breakfast.  And Elevenses.


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White Chocolate Raspberry Mousse Cupcakes


Decadent White Chocolate Raspberry Mousse Cupcakes for your sweetheart!  Luscious raspberry mousse fill these tender white chocolate cupcakes.  Lovingly frosted with a super light and airy vanilla butter cream and topped with tart raspberry icing.

My husband and I have never really been one’s to celebrate Valentine’s Day.  Number one, we have a rambunctious 3 year old and a wee 9 month old.  It’s a little hard to get away for a romantic evening.  Also, its kind of difficult to get in the “mood” when you have dried poop in your hair.  (Not even exaggerating there.  It’s happened to me not once.  Twice.)

Number 2, my birthday falls on the 13th.  My husband totally lucked out on that one.  My birthday kind of cancels out the day devoted to cheap candy and cheesy love cards.  Which is fine with me…I like to celebrate my birth more than Valentine’s Day.  As long as I get a little bit of that cheap candy.


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Sticky Turtle Cookie Trifle


If you’re a baker you most likely have a few leftover chocolate chip cookies or cupcakes that never made it to the frosting stage.  Sure, you could just pick at them until they’re gone, bring them to the office for your coworkers to devour, or freeze them for another day.  Instead of gingerly snacking on the rest of the leftovers throughout the week, I decided to stuff my face right now with an incredibly easy and super gooey delicious mash up.  I used some leftovers from my Chocolate Alfajor Cupcakes and some of my Caramel Triple Chocolate Chip Cookies.


Like I said, it was ridiculously easy to throw together.  This would be great if you have guests coming over for dinner and wanted to serve a nice little treat at the end.  It presents itself beautifully and looks like there was quite a bit of effort put into it.  Little do they know, its just some leftover goodies layered with caramel and whipped cream.

“Here madame, is your dessert made of my leftover cookies that were about to expire. Enjoy.”

No one has to know right?

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Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Sandwiches with Sweet Tea Frosting


Super chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Sandwiches with Sweet Tea Frosting.  These totally kick Little Debbie in the butt!  

So, I almost had a mini heart attack yesterday.  I’m very new to this whole hosting on the internet thing and blogging.  It’s a scary frontier and I’m always learning something new about it everyday.  Well, I wanted to set up my Google Webmasters account and verify ownership – I’m sure all you bloggers know what I’m talking about.  It’s a cool way to see who links to my blog and see if anyone out in the world is talking about little ol’ me.  As I was going into my hosting account and adding the Google text I accidentally changed the DNS pointer.  Sounds harmless…


My webpage stopped working.  Anyone who is internet savvy or has been blogging for a while is probably thinking “No big deal.  It’s not broken.  Only put on hiatus for a little bit.”  Well, I thought I LOST everything.  Yes, I’ve only been blogging for a little over a month, but hey, this little yummy blog has become my baby!  So after talking to techs from my hosting company on the phone, they informed me (through crazy technical internet space language) that, “No…You did not lose your measly two months of blog content.  You just have to wait for the site to propagate.”  Whatever the heck that means…

So in conclusion:  Do not get cocky with the interwebs and think you can successfully change a little code and things be okay.

Lesson learned.


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