Chocolate Chip Pretzel Granola Bars

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I usually keep a box of granola bars at my desk at work.  They’re the perfect 3:00 snack before my afternoon run.  I’ve just run through a whole box of Clif Coconut Chocolate Chip Clif bars, and before that it was a box of Coconut Cream Larabars.  I appreciate the convenience of picking up a box of granola bars, but I knew they had to be pretty easy  make at home myself. I’d picked up the new Peanut Honey Pretzel Luna bar last weekend, and I liked it a lot, but decided to adapt it with some of my favorite … Continue reading

Coffee Heath Bar Crunch Cookies

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After a long run last weekend, we celebrated Aron’s birthday with a Coffee Heath Bar ice cream cake.  It was a delicious way to refuel after 10 miles.  Later that week during one of my regular runs, I had a brainstorm.  Coffee heath bar cookies!  You can’t really have ice cream cake on hand at all times, but cookies?  Those are fair game.  Vanilla Heath Bar Crunch is actually my favorite Ben and Jerry’s flavor, but Coffee Heath Bar is a close second.  Plus I loved the idea of coffee flavor in the cookies.  Perhaps these are a better before … Continue reading

Simple, Customizable Granola Recipe

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I love granola.  For breakfast, for snack, and with enough chocolate chips, even for dessert.  But I change my mind a lot when it comes to granola.  Sometimes I want it extra chocolate-y, sometimes I want it full of fruit and nuts.  Sometimes I like a kick of ginger to my granola, and that just doesn’t mix well with peanut butter chips.  So I needed a granola recipe that I could easily customize depending on my mood and chocolate cravings. I decided to just make a very simple base granola recipe and add mix-ins later based on whatever I felt … Continue reading

Salted Chocolate Cloud Cookies (gluten-free)

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So, I thought I was cookie-ed out.  It was after Christmas, and I’d eaten my weight in my mom’s Grand Marnier sandwich cookies, apricot jam stuffed half moons, O’Henry bars, and Seven Layers of Goodness.  But then I really wanted to make macarons.  These little cookies are just adorable, and a Berkeley bakery makes a delicious salted caramel version that I desperately wanted to create in my own kitchen.  These salted caramel macarons are like the subtle French counterpart to my supremely American, dense, chocolatey, salted caramel whoopie pies.  There is nothing subtle about whoopie pies. Now I don’t have … Continue reading

Christmas Cookies

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I’m home in Boston for Christmas.  It is Christmas, even though it’s a freakish 50 degrees with not a bit of snow in sight.  Still, there are many other signs of Christmas: lights, a tree covered in ornaments, and cookies.  So, so many cookies.  Every year that I can remember my mom has made Christmas cookies.  It’s a project that encompasses the entire season.  Butter and sugar are stocked in bulk.  Everyone has their favorite, and no one’s favorite could ever be eliminated, though new cookies are added every year.  Mom scaled back this year, but still made 13 kinds … Continue reading

Dark Chocolate, Espresso and Black Pepper Cookies

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Martha Stewart knows her cookies. (recipe here)  These are delicious with coffee, dipped in cocoa, or hot off the cookie sheet.  They’re worth any minor finger burns you get in the process. The recipe makes approximately four dozen cookies full of a round chocolately espresso goodness that’s complemented by the bite of the pepper.  You roll the dough into a 2” diameter log, put it in the fridge for at least an hour, and then slice off rounds.  I couldn’t get the dough to roll into a perfect cylinder, so my cookies were more oblong then round.  If you bake … Continue reading

Salted Caramel Whoopie Pies

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Salted caramel has been the flavor of 2011 for me.  Salted caramel mochas at Starbucks, the salted caramel cupcake at James and the Giant Cupcake, and sea salt caramel candies, which I still haven’t made at home yet.  So when I wanted to do a spin on the traditional whoopie pie, I didn’t try too hard to come up with something new and creative.  I just went with my favorite flavor combination. This recipe makes little whoopie pies.  You could just as easily get 4-6 large ones out of this, but I like the smaller whoopie pies.  I subscribe to … Continue reading

Healthy, Vegan, Gluten-free, AND Tasty Cookies

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Somehow, it’s December.  It totally snuck up on me.  I was just in Boston for Thanksgiving, and in 3 weeks I’ll get back on a plane and heading home for Christmas.  We are completely attached to our traditions in my family, and Christmas cookies (much like stuffing) are an unshakeable and completely irreplaceable tradition.  This is the part where I assert that my mom makes the best Christmas cookies.  I think last year she made 17 different kinds, and they are all always amazing.  We subscribe to the theory of small cookies, 2-3 bites at most, so you can try … Continue reading

Apple Cranberry Turnovers

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I had some pie crust leftover from the Butternut Squash and Goat Cheese Tarts I made.  The pie crust recipe came together so easily, and was so flaky, I knew that I couldn’t let the rest of it go to waste.  I thought about using it to make these mini apple pies, which are my current dessert obsession, but I had a fair amount of dough and decided to try my hand at apple turnovers instead.  I seem to have decided that the calories in any dessert are exactly equal to the amount of calories burned while making said dessert.  … Continue reading

Individual Apple Pies with Puff Pastry

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Here’s that simple apple pie recipe I was talking about to use up your extra puff pastry.  I adore apple pie.  My grandmother in Vermont makes the very best apple pie. (I’m not biased at all.  I’ve eaten a LOT of apple pie!)  In elementary school, we had to write spelling sentences , one for each spelling word.  I remember the week that “best” was a spelling word because my sentence was “My grandmother makes the best apple pie in the whole world.”  My teacher wrote on my paper “No, my mother makes the BEST apple pie.”  That started an … Continue reading