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by Sarah Steimer

Double chocolate-almond cookies

I’m pretty much almost always craving chocolate, and I think there is little else in the world that pairs better with chocolate than a little salt and some nuts. And wine. But that’s separate.

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by Sarah Steimer

Chocolate-mint puppy chow

A little early St. Patrick’s Day offering, right? These chocolate-mint muddy buddies are perfect for any time of year, but they’re certainly seasonal in a sort of St. Paddy’s or Girl Scout sort of way.

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by Caitlin Saniga

Mocha muddy buddies

Java addicts, this mix is for you! A hint of peanut butter seems to add only to the consistency, not the flavor, here — which leaves these muddy buddies with a rich, dark chocolaty, coffee flavor. Just a whiff of this stuff will perk you up!

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by Sarah Steimer

Salted pretzel muddy buddies

This recipe really isn’t far off from the traditional muddy buddies formula. But as we get older, we sometimes tend to crave salt more than we crave sweet. Think of this recipe as a slightly more mature version of the classic. Another great add-in? Peanuts! (Something I thought of a bit too late.)

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by Sarah Steimer

Orange-cornmeal spiral cookies

I had been thinking of making polenta cookies, but got the urge to bake before I bought any polenta. The next best thing? Cornmeal. I love the smell (citrus/floral), texture (slightly soft yet gritty) and taste (awesome) of these cookies. They’re the perfect little companions to tea. Or wine.

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by Caitlin Saniga

Oatmeal raisin cream pie cookies

I was feeling nostalgic over the weekend and decided to make something along the lines of the classic Little Debbie’s Oatmeal Creme Pies, like the ones my mom used to pack in my lunch in grade school. These came out better than expected, flavor-wise (definitely better than Little Debbie’s), but they took a little work to achieve the proper cookie sandwich appearance. A couple of tips: If your cookies come out of the oven rounded on top, they won’t fall flat, which means they won’t sit flat when you flip them upside down and slather cream filling on them. Take the opportunity when they’re still warm to gently press them flat. That way, they’ll maintain their nice, rough texture while achieving functionality. Also, don’t spread on the filling until the cookies have cooled completely. Otherwise it will soften, and the weight of the top cookie will squeeze it out of the middle, which is lame.

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by Caitlin Saniga

Buckeyes

Like just about any recipe I make with peanut butter and chocolate, I dedicate this one to my sister, Holly, who is a PB-choc fanatic. Also, she’s an Ohio State Buckeye! These buckeyes are so simple to make, I’m sure she could whip them up in her college apartment. Nudge, nudge, Holly.

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by Sarah Steimer

Raw chocolate fudge with walnuts

This was my favorite fudge of the batch! Like Caitlin’s peppermint fudge from yesterday, this used a couple of special ingredients to stay a little more fluffy and less dense than fudge made with condensed milk.


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by Caitlin Saniga

Peppermint fudge

Lots of fudge recipes use sweetened condensed milk as a smooth, creamy base, but I liked that this recipe used melted marshmallows and whipping cream instead. The texture seems lighter and chewier, which I liked. And if you’re wondering how in the world even a sharp knife might cut through hard candy, just have a little faith and sharpen your knife immediately before you start. It’s easier than it sounds …

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by Sarah Steimer

Peppermint cookies with chocolate drizzle

I found a basic shortbread recipe and just played around with flavors that I enjoy. In this case, it was peppermint and chocolate!


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