Maple Pecan Pudding

Maple is one of my favorite fall flavors. It’s a welcome change from all things “pumpkin spice,” and lends itself well to unconventional autumn desserts. Here, I’ve updated a favorite childhood recipe for vanilla pudding, swapping brown sugar for maple syrup (for an interesting history of the sweetener, click here) and sprinkling toasted pecans on … Continue reading Maple Pecan Pudding

Chocolate Chai Cupcakes

I first made these cupcakes, based on a delicious vegan cake recipe from the blog Nora Cooks, for my sister-in-law’s birthday. I’d set out to bake a two-layer cake, but scrapped that plan when I couldn’t locate a second springform pan. I prepared one 9-inch cake and a dozen cupcakes instead. The batter is unbelievably … Continue reading Chocolate Chai Cupcakes

5-Ingredient Tahini (or Almond Butter or Peanut Butter) Cookies

5-Ingredient Tahini (or Almond Butter or Peanut Butter) Cookies My 18-month-old twins are obsessed with almond butter, and love to “help” me bake cookies, so I was thrilled to stumble across a super simple, 3-ingredient almond butter cookie on the blog Skinny Taste. The flourless cookies were a hit with my whole family (especially the … Continue reading 5-Ingredient Tahini (or Almond Butter or Peanut Butter) Cookies

Cookies and Cream Cake

With a thick, mousse-like layer of chocolate whipped cream, crunchy homemade chocolate wafer cookies, a swirl of chocolate and vanilla ice cream, and dark chocolate shavings, this decadent ice cream cake is sophisticated, not too sweet, yet still a hit with kids; I served it to celebrate my husband’s graduation from medical training, and my … Continue reading Cookies and Cream Cake

Double Chocolate Cookies

This is an extra-chocolatey spin on Nestle Toll House’s famous, original chocolate chip cookie recipe, the first chocolate chip cookie in America (click here for the interesting history behind it.) I added cocoa powder and used mini dark chocolate chips, sprinkling a few extra on top for a decorative finish. To compensate for the cocoa … Continue reading Double Chocolate Cookies