The BEST Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

I can't take credit for these cookies -- it's not my original recipe.  But when I was staying at the Fairmont Georgetown, in Washington, D.C. for a work project, turn down service brought these cookies to my room with the recipe attached.  I tucked them away, with plans to make them once I was back at home.

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Quick Hit: Oatmeal Raisin Cookies (and how you eat just one)

When Winter rolls around, I want to live in the kitchen.  One, because I feel like a hibernating bear that wants to consume copious amounts of food and two, because I really enjoy baking when the temperature dips. There's something delightful about having snow on the ground and the smells from the oven swirling through the kitchen... Read on this recipe and a tip on how you CAN eat just one.

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Baking a Bundt

Today is National Budnt Cake Day -- there's a holiday for everything, isn't there? Although I'm by no means complaining.  Before I share photos and the recipe, I have to warn you that this is NOT: vegan, Paleo, sugar-free, gluten free, low fat or healthy.  It's a full-fat, buttery cake and it's delicious.

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Healthy Chocolate Mousse

Sounds like an oxymoron, but I promise you, it's creamy, delicious and yes... even healthy! And, just in time for the weekend.  Happy Friday everyone! The ingredients also sounds a little, um, abnormal for dessert, and trust me when I tell you that I had the same reaction to the odd list.  But once I got over the foods not usually seen in desserts and just tried it, I really enjoyed it and have made it a few times now. The secret ingredient is... ready? Avocado!  It sounds odd and the combination of the green with the chocolate-brown sounds a bit strange, but mark my words, if you like chocolate mousse, you will LOVE this recipe!

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A Cup of Chocolate Cake

Sometimes a girl (or guy) just needs a little chocolate. As one who loves to bake, I enjoy being in the kitchen and whipping up something sweet, sometimes spending hours baking, cooking, creating.  But, there are many who don't enjoy the process but love the end result.  If that is you, this is a recipe right up your alley!

From start to finish, it takes 5 minutes.  That's it.  You need a coffee mug, ingredients, a microwave and you're set... ready to bake.  Does it get easier?

5-minute Mug Cake Ingredients:

  • 1 egg
  • 3 T milk
  • 3 T neutral oil (I used vegetable)
  • 3 T flour
  • 4 T sugar (I used Sugar in the Raw)
  • 2 T cocoa powder
  • 3 T semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • splash of vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt

Add wet ingredients, including the egg, to the mug and mix well.  Add the dry ingredients and mix.  Add chocolate chips and the vanilla extract.  Mix.

Put the mug into your microwave and cook for 2-minutes.  The cake will rise up over the top of the mug, but won't spill over.  Just in case, I put the mug on a small plate before putting into the microwave.

Remove the mug from the microwave and let it cool for a few minutes before turning it out onto a plate.  You could also eat right from the mug, but let it cool down a bit, as the chocolate chips are ooey gooey and still hot.

The recipe says it's meant for one, but even with my sweet tooth, I couldn't finish it all myself -- It's that rich and delectable.  It would also be perfect as the bottom layer of an ice cream sundae.

*Recipe adapted from Lucky Peach