Who says holiday baking is all about cookies? We had a hankering for some chocolate cupcakes, so searched for a new recipe to try. We typically go for a devil's food cake because it is more moist than most from-scratch chocolate cakes. But we are always on the lookout for a cake with real chocolatey flavor. And we found it!!
This recipe, very slightly adapted from Stefani at Cupcake Project, really does yield The Best Chocolate Cupcakes we've ever eaten. We topped it with their Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting and found that combo to be a chocoholic's dream.
These cupcakes are tender, moist and densely chocolate. They're even moist and tender several days later, not dry and ashy as chocolate cupcakes can sometimes be. Not that these little beauties will be around that long.
This makes 16 standard size cupcakes.
NutritionCalories: 218kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 54mg | Sodium: 121mg | Potassium: 76mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 180IU | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 1mg
Pears are often overlooked in the fall, in favor of their more flashy cousins, the apples. But they are a delicious fruit for eating and a lovely addition to baked goods, as well.
This Italian Ricotta Pear Cake, adapted from a recipe by Rosemary Malloy of An Italian in My Kitchen, is a tender, not-too-sweet cake that's perfect with tea or coffee for a snack, dessert or even with breakfast or brunch. It's the perfect fall cake to celebrate the subtle flavor of pears at the peak.
We made this cake several times with ricotta, which we often have on hand. The original recipe calls for mascarpone, which is sometimes more difficult to find, but would be just as delicious.
The cake will keep for several days on the counter, if it lasts that long! We haven't tried freezing it, but it should be able to be frozen for up to a month if well wrapped and sealed.
Calories: 387kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 89mg | Sodium: 114mg | Potassium: 250mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 495IU | Vitamin C: 1.9mg | Calcium: 121mg | Iron: 1.6mg
These copycat cookie bars are a dead ringer for some popular treats at a large coffee chain. Best of all, they have less than half the calories and fat of the originals - with an even better flavor! These chewy delights have cranberries and white chocolate chips inside, and are topped with a low-sugar cream cheese frosting, chopped dried low-sugar cranberries and a drizzle of melted white chocolate. They're sweet, but not ridiculously so, like the original.
These bars are perfect for afternoon coffee or tea, or to bring to the office for a party. Make a double batch. They'll go fast!
The recipe is adapted from one by the Cookie Rookie. We made significant changes to the baking time and adapted the ingredients a little. The 9x13 pan makes about 15 triangular servings. We didn't do a new calculation, but this size bar is around 115 calories (the original is a whopping 340). These are best kept refrigerated.
FOR THE BARS:
FOR THE FROSTING:
NUTRITIONServing: 1bar | Calories: 114kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 72mg | Potassium: 39mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 89IU | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 1mg
How do you like your pumpkin? How about in individual pumpkin cheesecakes - some with chocolate chips and some with homemade salted caramel and chopped, toasted pecans? That's what we made recently and wanted to share our recipe.
We made mini and bite-size cheesecakes in muffin and mini-muffin pans with paper liners. We love the smaller size. No water baths, no worries about cracked tops. And everyone gets their own!
We thought we'd also raise the crust bar a little and used ground Biscoff Lotus cookies for the crust. But you can substitute graham crackers or something similar.
This delicious recipe is adapted from one from Sally's Baking Addiction, a source we love for reliable and well-tested recipes.
These are perfect for Thanksgiving, a fall brunch, or an office party. They're so good, we recommend you make a double batch!
Topping (if not doing the chip version)
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