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Fudgy Brownies with a Crunchy Shell

So I was experimenting with another recipe from The America's Test Kitchen Family Baking Book.  It ended up tasty enough that I was asked for the recipe. These brownies ended up fudgy in the middle with a kind of crunchy shell on top. I ended up with this:

Stacey's Fudgy Brownie with Crunchy Shell Ingredients
4 oz semi-sweet 62% Scharffen Berger chocolate
2 oz unsweetened 99% Scharffen Berger chocolate
8 tbs (1 stick) unsalted organic butter
1/3c unsweetened cocoa powder, organic (Dagoba)
1 1/2c granulated sugar, organic
3 eggs, organic
2 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 tsp salt
1c flour, organic
3/4c milk chocolate chips (Guittard)

9x9" baking pan

Adjust oven rack to higher middle position and preheat to 350F.  Line a 9x9" baking pan with foil and grease it - leave enough foil on the edges so that you can use it to lift the brownies out later.  I used olive oil, but you can use butter or any other type of oil you like.

Put the chocolate (not the chips), butter, cocoa powder …

Cheesy Green Onion Dinner Rolls

I had some extra green onion, so I'm not really sure how many stalks it was.  Sorry about that.  In any case, I also had some mozzarella cheese and a hankering for dinner rolls.  I started with the Fluffy Dinner Rolls recipe from The America's Test Kitchen Family Baking Book, but then I altered it some.

Stacey's Cheesy Green Onion Dinner Roll Ingredients
1 1/2 cups whole milk, organic
1/4 cup honey, organic
6 tbs unsalted butter, organic
1 tbs olive oil, organic
1 large egg, organic
4 cups (plus another 1/2 cup for later) bread flour, organic
1/3 cup whole wheat flour, organic
1/4 cup pumpernickel rye flour, organic
2 1/4 tsp yeast
2 tsp sea salt
8 oz mozzarella cheese, grated
1/3-1/2 cup green onions, chopped

1 more egg for egg wash

Standing mixer
13x9" baking dish lined with foil, foil greased with olive oil

Microwave the milk, honey, butter, and oil together in a large glass measuring bowl at 30 second intervals until all the butter is melted and the mixture is at …

Lemon Frosted Waffle Cookies

I wanted to make something special for a little family get-together that my parents were having for July 4th, so I came up with this:

Stacey's Lemon Waffle Cookie Ingredients
1/2 c unsalted butter, organic (1 stick)
1/4 c granulated sugar, organic
1/4 tsp sea salt
1 tsp vanilla
2 tsp lemon juice
2 eggs, organic
1c unbleached white flour, organic
1/4 tsp baking powder
1 tbs whole milk, organic
1/4c turbinado sugar, organic

Stacey's Lemon Vanilla Frosting Ingredients
2 tbs unsalted butter, organic
1 cup powdered sugar (maybe more)
1 tbs whole milk, organic
1 1/2 tsp vanilla bean paste
1 tbs lemon juice + citric acid powder
Pinch salt

For the waffles:
Melt the butter until soft.  Mix with the granulated sugar, sea salt, eggs, lemon juice, and vanilla.  Then mix in the flour and baking powder.  Once combined, add the milk.  Mixture should be thick.  Begin heating the waffle iron.  I'm pretty sure I have an older version of this one, which I LOVE, but mine came from Costco.  Put …

Super 4x Chocolate Chip Cookies

Recently, I decided to go on a diet, but I was going to let myself have a free day here and there.  This seems to have changed my outlook on what to make for events since I wanted to make things that only I cared about eating, and didn't care as much about my audience.  However, it appears that this recipe was a me-pleaser as well as a crowd-pleaser.

Stacey's Super 4x Chocolate Chip Cookie Ingredients
1 1/4c granulated sugar, organic
1c brown sugar, organic
2.5 sticks of butter
1 oz 99% unsweetened chocolate (I used Scharffen-Berger)
2/3c unsweetened cocoa powder, organic (I used Dagoba)
2 eggs, organic
2 tsp vanilla bean paste

1/4c cornstarch
2 1/2c all purpose unbleached flour, organic
1 1/4 tsp baking powder
1 1/4 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp salt

2/3-1c white chocolate chips (Guittard)
2/3-1c milk chocolate chips (Guittard)
2/3-1c semi-sweet chocolate chips (Guittard)

Microwave the butter, unsweetened chocolate and cocoa powder in a heat safe bowl at 30 second intervals, stir…

Nutty Lemon Sandwich Cookies

I wanted to make something non-chocolate for the holidays. Yes, I know, there's white chocolate in there, but white chocolate isn't really chocolate, right?  It has cocoa butter in it, but no chocolate solids, so I figure that's fine for someone not wanting chocolate.

Stacey's Nutty Cookie Ingredients
1 c (2 sticks) unsalted butter, organic
1 c brown sugar, organic
1 c white sugar, organic
1/4 c peanut butter, organic
2 tbs sunflower seed butter (found this at Trader Joe's)
1 tbs Vanilla Bean Paste
2 c almond meal/flour
2 c unbleached white flour, organic
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp baking powder

cookie sheet(s)

Stacey's Nutty Lemon Filling Ingredients
6 oz Guittard white chocolate couverture (you could probably use white chocolate chips or any white chocolate block)
2 oz heavy cream, organic
1 tsp Vanilla Bean Paste
1 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 tsp citric acid, powdered


First I made the filling since it needs to sit and thicken over time. Melt…

Better Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Yes, I know, there's already another one. But I like this recipe better. I made these for my wedding.

Stacey's Pumpkin Cupcake Ingredients
2 c unbleached flour, organic
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp freshly ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp ground ginger

1 (15 oz) can pumpkin, organic
1 c granulated sugar, organic
8 tbs unsalted butter, organic
2 eggs, organic
2 tsp vanilla bean paste
1/2 c milk, organic

cupcake pan
cupcake liners
OXO Good Grips Large Cookie Scoop

Stacey's Cream Cheese Frosting Ingredients
1 (8oz) pkg cream cheese, organic
1 1/4 sticks (10 tbs) unsalted butter, organic
2 tsp vanilla bean paste
1/4 tsp salt
2 c confectioners sugar

Preheat oven to 350F.  I prefer to use a mixer for this recipe than to hand stir.  The pumpkin comes out all clumpy and it's murder on my arm to try and stir it by hand.  Since I made 4x this recipe for my wedding, I really needed the standing mixer.

First melt the butter in the microwave a…