flourless chocolate cookies (gluten and dairy free)

flourless chocolate cookies

Am going to try my hardest to keep this brief, in the hopes that you will find yourself sooner – rather than later – in your kitchen making these cookies. The background on these babies is this: in early september, I found myself here, eating one of these. Not really my thing, frankly, as i tend to find uber-chocolate-y cookies just too chocolate-y and I rarely seek out gluten-free items (like never), but I was with a friend, sharing goodies, she was intrigued, and so we tried it. It was very chewy (which I love), but just too chocolate-y (yes, there is such a thing). The texture was amaze-balls, however, (you’d never have know it was gluten-free) and it was thick, with a crispy exterior. I wouldn’t call the interior molten exactly, but it might have been had we been eating the cookie warm. read more

caramel chocolate krispy tart

caramel chocolate krispy tart

Chocolate caramel tarts and I have kind of a long history. About 10 years ago I read about this caramel chocolate bar, in bon appetit, and became mildly obsessed. The recipe – like all those I hold near and dear – was super easy, calling for a simple shortbread crust, a thick layer of sweetened condensed milk-based caramel, and a chocolate topping sprinkled with sea salt. I made this recipe a lot, and even developed a version of it (the “twix bar”) for baked. Cut to, a couple of thanksgivings ago, when my cousin shared her recipe for apple sour cherry pie with me, and inadvertently included her recipe for a chocolate, pecan, and caramel tart in her email.  read more

(good) morning glory muffins

(good) morning glory muffins

To tell you the truth, these morning glory muffins are sort of/kind of to die for. Like unbelievably moist and flavorful, with little bursts of currant goodness, and great texture (from both darkly-toasted pecans and sweetened shredded coconut). I have had my mother-in-law’s recipe for them (which looks a lot like this one) for years, as my husband has always sworn they were delicious, but I was resistant to trying them for two reasons: one, I have always thought of a morning glory muffin as kind of a healthy, hippy muffin of sorts and in general baked goods of that ilk tend not to be my thing; and, two: (full disclosure) I don’t always listen to my husband.  read more