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Double Chocolate Cookies with Sea Salt

 Double Chocolate Cookies with Sea Salt via The Baker Chick

What is your go to bitter cold/too frigid to go outside activity? Without a doubt, when it’s a nasty day outside and I’m cooped up with Hugo, my favorite thing to do is crank up the oven and bake some cookies. Thick, chewy, sweet & salty cookies with a tall glass of milk, to me- perfection.

These here cookies are just that- perfect. The edges are crispy, the middles are super chewy, and they have rich dark chocolate taste. Andy called them “brownie cookies,” and I’d have to agree that’s almost exactly what these are. Chewy, gooey, dunk them in milk goodness.  Double Chocolate Cookies with Sea Salt via The Baker Chick


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Mini Flourless Chocolate Cakes

 Mini Flourless Chocolate Cakes via The Baker Chick

Valentine’s Week is officially here! Chances are you fall into one of the following camps- into V-Day or not into V-Day. I’m not really into the holiday in general, but I’m extremely into chocolate and any holiday that celebrates with hearts and sugar may be my  favorite.  I couldn’t let a year go by without something over-the-top rich and decadent for this occasion so I hope you’re as excited as I am!

 Mini Flourless Chocolate Cakes via The Baker Chick

 Mini Flourless Chocolate Cakes via The Baker Chick


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Sweet and Salty Layer Cake

 Sweet and Salty Layer Cake via The Baker Chick

Have you ever had a dream about a cake? I actually have dreamed about several desserts in the last few years and this beauty was one of them. I woke up super excited to make a cake that involved ground up potato chips and pretzels in the frosting! Yup- this chocolate cake is topped with thick caramel sauce, and a sweet & salty frosting concoction that has the most amazing flavor. Sweet,salty, almost savory with some delicious crunchy bits. This cake was everything I imagined it would be and more.  Sweet and Salty Layer Cake via The Baker Chick


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Frosted Chocolate Peanut Butter Reindeer Cookies

 Frosted Chocolate Peanut Butter Reindeer Cookies via The Baker Chick

I just can’t stop with the super festive recipes you guys. I’m just having way too much fun with it! Also, by some miracle, Hugo is in a self-sufficient phase, happily playing by himself for huge chunks of time. (Yesterday he chased an empty coffee can around the apartment for almost 30 mins!) This lucky phase has allowed me lots of time to bake- these fun cookies being my most recent project.

The first thing to note about these is that they are SO good. Even without the fun decor and festive reindeer ears- this is a kick-a chewy peanut butter cookie with thick & creamy chocolate frosting that makes them even better. It’s the same recipe I used for the Peanut Butter Chocolate Football Cookies and I can guarantee I’ll use it as a base recipe again and again. It is by far my favorite peanut butter cookie recipe ever. Frosted Chocolate Peanut Butter Reindeer Cookies via The Baker Chick


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Dark Chocoalte Peppermint Layer Cake

 Dark Chocoalte Peppermint Layer Cake via The Baker Chick

I think it’s high time for some chocolate peppermint action up in here don’t you? No Christmas season is really complete without the presence of a festive candy cane or two and this layer cake has a couple of those and so much more. It’s a showstopper if I ever saw one, and would be the perfect dessert for a holiday party or special dinner.

Let me break this beauty down for you: rich dark chocolate cake, dark chocolate peppermint ganache (which adds the most amazing fudgieness,) and sweet peppermint cream cheese frosting.  Each bite of this cake is equal parts decadent and refreshing, (in that after dinner mint sort of way. )

 Dark Chocoalte Peppermint Layer Cake via The Baker Chick


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Chocolate Chip Banana Bread In A Jar

 Chocolate Chip Banana Bread In A Jar via The Baker Chick

We can hopefully all agree that homemade gifts are some of the best. When you are good in the kitchen, nothing feels better than spreading the love and giving something delicious that you made- am I right? I’m giving people baked goods all year round, but this recipe is extra special. It is so compact, so perfectly portioned and packaged that handing them out made me giddy. Why have I never thought to bake something in a jar before?? It works so well and is just so darn cute. Chocolate Chip Banana Bread In A Jar via The Baker Chick


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Candy-Covered-Chocolate-Dipped Pretzels

 Candy Covered Chocolate Dipped Pretzels via The Baker Chick

This is one of those weird “revamping a recipe from 3 years ago” posts. I first shared these a few days after Andy & I got engaged actually, right after I came back from the Foodbuzz Festival in San Francisco. (I won Best New Blog there which explains some of the old comments.) I have made these many times since and thought the recipe/photos could use some updating :)

I am officially in the Christmas confection zone. I have to say October-the end of December is the most fun time to be a (mostly) dessert blogger. I am brimming with ideas to fill this space for the rest of the month so stay tuned! I decided to kick off with a super easy and super impressive holiday treat. Candy Covered Chocolate Dipped Pretzels via The Baker Chick


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Peanut Butter Banana Cream Pie

 Peanut Butter Banana Cream Pie via The Baker Chick

Are you ready for some Thanksgiving inspiration?? I am officially kicking on Thanksgiving week over here starting with the first of 3 pie recipes you’ll get between now and T-day. In store for you is a pumpkin pie, a delicious fruity one, and this chocolate, banana, peanut butter perfection.

I love a classic no nonsense Banana Cream Pie, but thought jazzing it up with some chocolate and peanut butter wouldn’t hurt anyone, (and man was I right!) Peanut Butter Banana Cream Pie via The Baker Chick


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Spooky Ghost Cupcakes

 Spooky Ghost Cupcakes via The Baker Chick

I have always loved Halloween, but it is just so much more fun with a kid. I mean don’t get me wrong, I love “adult Halloween,” but with a child there are just SO many fun activities and occasions to dress them up. With a baby, it just feels like a huge game of dress-up as they obviously have no idea what’s happening but hopefully roll with the punches.

Our kick-off to Halloween week was a fun party on Saturday with a spooky “Glow-in-the-dark” theme. I offered to make cupcakes, and since the whole party centered around black lights and that creepy “bright white” theme, I decided to contribute these cupcakes.

They are so simple really, start with your favorite cupcake recipe- (chocolate is of course best for that high contrast in color.) I made a batch of 7-minute frosting because I wanted it to be two things- bright white, and very stiff. I didn’t want any buttercream that could get smushed or slide around. I wanted swirly ghosts that would stay where I put them. (And they did!) Then I used mini and regular chocolate chips for the face! Easy as can be!

And speaking of babies on Halloween… Spooky Ghost Cupcakes via The Baker Chick