Desserts

Blackberry Muffins

Method 1 Preheat oven, prepare muffin pan: Position rack in center of oven. Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C). Grease a standard 12 muffin pan or line with paper muffin cups. (Actually, with the berries you’ll have more batter than just for 12 muffins. This batch made 18 muffins.) 2 Combine dry ingredients: Whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon ...

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Soft and Chewy Lemon Cookies

Print Photography Credit: Irvin Lin Unlike other lemon cookies, which have just the barest hint of lemon flavor, these cookies pack quite a lemony punch, but without tasting too sour or too artificial. The secret is to use three different types of lemon flavoring in the dough: lemon zest, lemon juice and lemon extract. Most lemon cookies also tend to ...

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Peanut Butter Buckeyes

Print Photography Credit: Irvin Lin The combination of chocolate and peanut butter is an obvious winner for anyone who has ever tasted a peanut butter cup, and buckeyes are no exception. Named for their resemblance to the nut of the buckeye tree, these chocolate-dipped peanut butter treats are easy to make at home with every little work. Even though I ...

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Magic Bars

Print Photography Credit: Irvin Lin These bars go by a few different names, like 7-Layer Bars or Hello Dollies, but I’ve always known them as Magic Bars. They are a pure Midwestern treat for me, often brought to potlucks to round out a shared meal. All the names for the same dessert might seem confusing, but luckily, there’s nothing confusing about ...

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Berry Tart

1 Make the tart dough: In a food processor, add the flour, powdered sugar, and salt. Pulse a couple times to combine. Add the cubed cold butter and pulse several more times until the largest piece of butter is the size of a pea. Add the egg and vanilla extract. Pulse a few more times until the dough begins to form clumps ...

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Blueberry Cake

Print Have an abundance of blueberries? When they are in season you really have to enjoy them while you can, right? Here is a lovely blueberry cake that makes the most of fresh blueberries (though you can use frozen if you want). In fact, it almost seems like there is more blueberry than cake in this cake; that’s a problem ...

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Best Chocolate Brownies

Method 1 Preheat oven and line baking pan: Preheat oven to 325°F (160°F), with a rack in the lower third of the oven. Line the bottom of an 8-inch square baking pan with foil or parchment paper in such a way as there is an overhang on two opposite sides to make it easy to lift the brownies out when they’re ...

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Strawberry Rhubarb Cobbler

Print Several weeks ago, strawberries and rhubarb both began to show up in quantity at the store. Strawberry rhubarb pie is one of my favorite desserts on the planet. But it’s a pie. And being a pie, it can take some work (especially if you use a homemade crust). So I set my sights on a cobbler, which is much easier ...

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Lemon Meringue Pie

1 Pre-bake the pie shell: Preheat oven to 375°F. Line a frozen pie shell with aluminum foil so that the foil extends over the edges (will make convenient handles). Fill two-thirds of the way with pie weights or dry beans. Bake for 20 minutes. Then remove the foil and the pie weights. Poke the bottom of the crust in several ...

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Guinness Brownies

Print I don’t know how they celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in the emerald isle, but it amuses me to no end that here in the states we get decked out in green (lest we invite a pinch), make corned beef and cabbage, and enjoy Ireland’s most celebrated foamy export—Guinness extra stout. You know St Pat’s is close at hand when ...

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