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    MARSHMALLOW TREATS: THE PERFECT RECIPE

    simply love a good marshmallow treat. I was a marshmallow treat virgin until college. How sad was that? I’ve been missing out tremendously, but decided to make up for it by making them as often as I can. I’ve sifted through some recipes for basic marshmallow treats. It shouldn’t be that difficult, right? But one recipe called for 1/3 tablespoons of butter and another called for 1/4 (half a stick). Different recipes also called for different cups of rice cereal, too. So I decided to experiment with the food measurements and went by this one: Betty’s Tried and True Marshmallow Treats Recipe: Ingredients 8 cups of rice cereal (preferably Rice…

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    CHOCOLATE AND PEPPERMINT CUPCAKES

    I lost a bet in the beginning of the NFL 2011 season. Now I owe Marco cupcakes. I used whatever ingredients I had on hand. What’s this: Junior Mints and chocolate. Done. Side note: I also concocted a great tasting frosting recipe by combining chocolate buttercream and cream cheese frostings and it made a very silky and delicious topping. You should try INGREDIENTS: 1 1/2 c. flour 1 c. granulated sugar 1 tsp. baking soda 1 tsp. salt 1/3 c. cocoa powder 1/2 c. oil 1 c. water 1 tsp. peppermint extract (yeah no eggs, isn’t that awesome) DIRECTIONS: 1. Mix all ingredients together until moist and well blended. 2. Put…

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    PMS GOODNESS: CHEESECAKE BROWNIES

    I have been baking. Just not a lot. Cupcakes and cookies here and there. But I haven’t baked for myself until now. I was in the mood for brownies (my go-to PMS dessert) and well, I wanted to give it an extra ooomph by adding a cheesecake element. Using Dorie’s recipe, I modified it by not adding espresso (since I do not drink coffee) but used coffee extract instead.  It did take 3 hours to make the dessert. 1 hour to prepare the layers of sinful goodness (brownie batter, cheesecake batter, and sour cream frosting) and 2 hours to completely chill. But the end result was the perfect PMS dessert. If…

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    BANANA AND CHOCOLATE BREAD

    I had three leftover ripe bananas and a bag of chocolate chunks. What to do. What to do. Aha, nothing better than fresh banana bread. I used a tried and true basic recipe, but modified it. For example, I added one cup (half bag) of Trader Joe’s semi-sweet chocolate chunks. I also added banana and vanilla extract for more distinct flavors. I decreased the baking time from the suggested 1 hour and 20 minutes to 1 hour and 10 minutes for much moister bread. I used coconut milk instead of buttermilk. The result? A beautiful loaf of banana bread with chunks of chocolate sweetness.  Severin and I have inhaled slices for our…

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    VERY CHOCOLATE CAKE

    I’ve made this chocolate cake several times already for two different birthdays. Some said it was the best chocolate cake they’ve ever had. Also, it’s my favorite so far. It’s a no-frills very chocolatey cake. Here is the recipe: Betty’s Chocolate Cake INGREDIENTS: 2 cups white sugar 1 3/4 c. all-purpose flour 3/4 c. unsweetened cocoa powder 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1 teaspoon salt 2 eggs 1 cup milk 1/2 cup vegetable oil 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1 cup boiling water 3/4 c. butter 1 1/2 c. unsweetened cocoa powder 5 1/3 c. confectioners’ sugar 2/3 cup milk 1 teaspoon vanilla extract DIRECTIONS: 1.…

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    CHOCOLATE CUPCAKES WITH PEANUT BUTTER FROSTING

     I have been craving peanut butter everything lately. I decided to incorporate peanut butter into a cupcake form. And what better way to do that than to combine two of the greatest flavors: chocolate and peanut butter? It’s absolutely magical and delicious. Bake your favorite chocolate cupcake recipe and then make this frosting: Ingredients 1/2 cup butter, softened 1 cup creamy peanut butter 3 tablespoons milk, or as needed 1 1/4 cups confectioners’ sugar Directions Place the butter and peanut butter into a medium bowl, and beat with an electric mixer. Gradually mix in the sugar, and when it starts to get thick, incorporate milk one tablespoon at a time until all…

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    HOW TO MAKE SOFT OATMEAL COOKIES

    I haven’t baked in awhile, so I decided to invite my friend, McKenna, to stop by my kitchen and have a video baking party. It’s my first time doing a baking video tutorial, so forgive me if I’m slow to the game. Hope you enjoy our personalities (and my crazy laugh). And that is Yoshi in the last part of the clip, chewing on his bone. The recipe can be found here.

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    FUDGE BROWNIES WITH PEANUT BUTTER OREOS

    Yes, once in awhile, something comes over me and I have to bake something creative from an original recipe. In this case, it’s the original fudge brownie recipe. And I decided to crush Peanut Butter Oreo cookies on top. Simple and delicious. FUDGE BROWNIES WITH PB OREO COOKIES Ingredients 1 cup butter 4 (1 ounce) squares unsweetened chocolate 2 cups white sugar 4 eggs 1 cup all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/2 teaspoon salt 2 cups crushed Peanut Butter Oreo Cookies (optional) Directions Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9×9 inch baking pan. In 3-quart saucepan over very low heat, melt butter or margarine and chocolate, stirring…

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    MACARONS AND SALTED CARAMEL

    Macarons are the new cupcake. Well, so I say. After my recent trip to Paris, France in September, I was intrigued on how to make this meringue cookie. I took a baking class at Gourmandise School of Sweets and Savories in Santa Monica, California and Dallas Texas and within three hours, I was able to crank out some beautiful, insanely-delicious macaron More or less, it comes down to the technique of folding the ingredients without *flattening* the texture. I was able to man handle the folding and turn the ingredients into ribbons, which resulted into perfect macaroons in the oven. Clemence, our wonderful instructor, showed us how to make the most delicious…