Banana Cream Pie

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Once I started making chocolate cream pie, I got requests for banana cream pie from a couple of my five siblings. If I remember correctly, Michael and Suzanne were both big fans. I would make at least two chocolate and one banana to sit beside my mom’s pumpkin pies. I think she made three or four. It was a lot of pies, but with in-laws, nieces, and nephews, there were a lot of us. A few of us really liked to have it for breakfast the following day, and, of course, the rest was eaten with turkey dinner leftovers. We were never wasteful with the pies.

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berry crisp

Berry Crisp

If you need something to do with all those berries you buy at the farmer’s market this weekend, a simple but delicious berry crisp is always a good idea. I can’t think of any kind of berry this wouldn’t work with though I’m partial to blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, and marionberries. As much as I love fresh strawberries, I don’t love them cooked, so I probably wouldn’t use them in a berry crisp, but that shouldn’t keep you from doing it if you like that sort of thing. You could even throw some cherries in there. The berry police won’t care.

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peanut butter cookies

Peanut Butter Cookies

The use of mostly brown sugar and the addition of a little cornstarch produced soft, slightly chewy peanut butter cookies that lend themselves well to ice cream sandwiches (detailed in a separate post.) I would imagine they would also be lovely sandwiching a creamy frosting or rich ganache. The possibilities abound. Also, the few that were stolen by teenagers were immensely enjoyed on their own while I was preparing them for the ice cream sandwiches.

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cocoa sandwich cookies

Cocoa Sandwich Cookies

If you are looking for a soft cookie with a deep chocolate flavor that won’t get lost in your ice cream sandwich, look no further than these cocoa sandwich cookies. Knowing how the freezing process can suppress flavors, I was deliberate in developing a cookie that would be up to the task. Therefore, I titled it a sandwich cookie because the bold flavor will do best with a filling, be it ice cream, frosting, or ganache.

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Snickerdoodles

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One of the great things about being a mom is that your kids have friends, and then you get bonus kids in your life. If you’re really lucky, those kids have moms you like and you get your own amazing friends out of the deal. I’ve pretty much hit the jackpot in that area. Anyway, one of those bonus kids loves these snickerdoodles. My girls actually roll their eyes when I make them and say, “You’re just making them for Ava.” Yes, that’s true, I usually am. She is, however, not the original bonus kid I made them for. Years before Ella and Hailey were born (about seven and a half to be exact), my best friend’s son, Cooper, came along. He has called me Auntie since he could talk, and he loves snickerdoodles, so, naturally, I had to add them to my repertoire.

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chocolate bread people

Double Chocolate Holiday Cakes

I had a hard time coming up with a name for these. They really fall somewhere between the categories of cake and cookie. Sturdy like a cookie but soft and thick like cake. Semantics aside, they are really delicious, especially dipped halfway in semi-sweet chocolate. Kind of like a superior version of a snack cake you might find at the convenience store. A high-end Ho-Ho if you will.

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Double Chocolate Cupcakes

Double Chocolate Cupcakes

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Ella and Hailey turned thirteen last weekend, so I took the opportunity to improve my double chocolate cupcake game. In the past, they’ve been good but not great, and they needed some thought and effort beyond just using my standard chocolate layer cake recipe. I’m happy to report, the slight tweaking of ingredients and the addition of the mini chocolate chips did the trick. Super chocolatey and moist (sorry, I know moist is a cringy word for some, but there is no better synonym – I looked), they passed the Ella test with ease. 


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