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Banana Chocolate Chip Layer Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting

 Banana Chocolate Chip Layer Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting via The Baker Chick

You guys are in it for the pictures and recipe right? I mean I’m sure some people read what I write, but I don’t blame you for skimming my actual post and just checking out the goods- I’m guilty of it sometimes too. I guess what I’m trying to say is that I’m exhausted from a little nugget who got up at 4 AM today and I’m a bit brain dead- for that reason I’m going to keep this brief. :) Banana Chocolate Chip Layer Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting via The Baker Chick


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Peppermint Patty Cupcakes

 Peppermint Patty Cupcakes via The Baker Chick

Hey guys guess what? This is my first post of something that I baked after having a baby! I’m pretty darn proud of myself. (Though I really can thank my Mother-in-law whose visit last week is likely how I managed this.) Anyway- I’m a mom now (!!!)  and finding time to bake things usually entails crossing my fingers that Hugo stays sleeping in his little chair while I try to make things happen in the kitchen. So far I think *maybe* I can actually keep up this baking/blogging thing- but every day brings new changes and challenges so you never know. Peppermint Patty Cupcakes via The Baker Chick


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Flourless Chocolate Cookies

 Flourless Chocolate Cookies via The Baker Chick

Anything called “flourless chocolate” always hooks me from the get go. I love a rich and dense flourless chocolate cake, or tart or cupcakes and these cookies are no exception. They seem too good to be true. No gluten? No dairy? Other than the chocolate and powdered sugar- they actually seem dare I say “healthy-ish”? I mean without butter/oil/flour it’s a step beyond regular cookies right? I think so…especially when you bite into one and discover the texture. Crispy edges, chewy, fudgy centers and loads of chocolate- what is not to love? Flourless Chocolate Cookies via The Baker Chick


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Peanut Butter Sweetheart Cookies

 Peanut Butter Sweetheart Cookies via The Baker Chick

I’m always on the hunt for festive Valentine’s Day recipes that don’t necessarily require pink and red food coloring to be involved. I’m not opposed to it don’t get me wrong, but it’s nice to have the option of a more natural looking treat that still packs a festive punch. These cookies are not only a favorite for their winning flavor combo and perfect cookie texture, but they’re just so darn cute aren’t they? Peanut Butter Sweetheart Cookies via The Baker Chick


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Beer Caramel Pretzel Cookie Bars

 Beer Caramel Pretzel Cookie Bars via The Baker Chick

As a baker, the things that come out of my kitchen usually fall into two different categories. 1- Recipes I’ve seen elsewhere online and desperately want to try with my own adaptations or twists, and 2- Recipes that I have an idea of in my head and kinda figure out as I go. The perfectionist side of me always feels better about the first type, but sometimes I just need to let the creative juices flow and see what happens.

Given that I’m sweet & salty obsessed, I wanted something gooey with a warm chocolate chip cookie base, chewy, malty beer-caramel and crunchy pretzels. I know it may all sound kinda weird together, but it seemed like the perfect combo to bring to the Packers playoff game a few weeks back and I was convinced I could make it work in a delicious way.

 Beer Caramel Pretzel Cookie Bars via The Baker Chick


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Chewy Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

 Chewy Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cookies via The Baker Chick

Is it too soon for cookies again? I sure hope not. I made these cookies around the holidays, but they got lost in the hustle and bustle and I didn’t get a chance to share them. They were so good, (really too good,) that of course I have to spread the love, (especially if you love chewy chocolate peanut-buttery goodness half as much as I do.) Chewy Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cookies via The Baker Chick


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Chocolate Hazelnut Crepe Cake with Orange Frangelico Syrup

 Chocolate Hazelnut Crepe Cake with Orange Frangelico Syrup via The Baker Chick

As much as I love easy, one-bowl, no muss no fuss desserts, sometimes  a show-stopping decadent treat is called for don’t you think? Or at the very least, a dessert that appears complex and advanced, but is really easy as can be. Thats how I feel about crepe cakes. 20 layers of delicate crepes, with filling in between each, and loads of “wow” factor. Can you believe you don’t even have to bake anything to create this lovely concoction? It’s as easy as cranking out 20 crepes, spreading the filling in between each one and drizzling some syrupy goodness on top. And PS- if you haven’t tried the hazelnut + orange flavor combo yet you are majorly missing out- it is so good! Chocolate Hazelnut Crepe Cake with Orange Frangelico Syrup via The Baker Chick


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Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix

 Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix  via The Baker Chick

If you read Wednesday’s post about my baby shower, you may have noticed the cute baking-themed favors that we gave all our guests. My sister came up with the  idea of doing a cookie mix favor, and it seemed like the perfect gift to thank my friends and family for coming to celebrate my Baker Baby! Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix  via The Baker Chick


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Peanut Butter Cheesecake Brownies


 Peanut Butter Cheesecake Brownies via The Baker Chick

I realized something last week which was utterly shocking and embarrassing, and needed to be remedied immediately. I haven’t posted a chocolatey recipe since June. JUNE. That is a really long time. It was actually Andy’s Classic Chocolate Birthday Cake and I vividly remember having to cover my face with a dish towel during the frosting of it because my first trimester and chocolate didn’t go together very well. The smell did horrible things for me, but since he wanted chocolate cake I made it happen for him. I suppose that memory kept me far away from chocolate all during the rest of my first and second trimester too, until last week when I really wanted some and realized that it has been so long. (PS- I am going to be in my third trimester in a couple weeks. That absolutely blows my mind.)

 Peanut Butter Cheesecake Brownies via The Baker Chick