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Classic chocolate eclair recipe

Do you dare to éclair? Éclairs used to seem like one of those unattainable pastries—something you had no choice by to pay $8 for in a fancy French patisserie in New York or Europe if you wanted to cure your craving. Why, they simply couldn’t be made at home by a cheeseburger eating American girl with no formal training! …Or so I had myself convinced for years. This is, of course, 100% ridiculous. For all the fanciness of their name—éclair means lightning, by-the-way—they really are not all that hard to make. Sure, there are three steps, but even all together, they can still be tackled in around 2 hours. The filling can even be made ahead of time. Though they had originated in France around the turn of the 19th century, the first known recipe for éclairs appears in the Boston Cooking School Cook Book by Mrs. D.A. Lincoln, published…

Heart-shaped peanut butter cookies

Soft, sweet, and chewy, who can resist peanut butter cookies? This recipe is packed with peanut flavor, sure to satisfy that peanut butter craving. They taste as delicious dunked in ice cold milk as they do all on their own. Plus, you’ll fall in love with the little heart-shaped design. This is my go-to recipe for peanut butter cookies. While I don’t always take the extra time to make them into hearts, you simply have to this time of year. It’s so easy, and no cookie cutter or rolling out dough necessary. It makes them extra fun for kids and coworkers, plus, it gives you an excuse to get baking in the first place! You can put this creative twist on just about any peanut butter cookie recipe (some of the 3-ingredients recipes are a little too crumbly to hold up). How to make heart-shaped peanut butter cookies Step 1…

Krispy Kreme offers Conversation Hearts Doughnuts for Valentine’s Day

Conversation Hearts might be back with their little messages of love thanks to Spangler Candy Company, but Krispy Kreme doughnuts also have something to say. The delicious doughnut chain decided to launch a line of heart-shaped doughnuts, available now through Feb. 14. It can be hard to find the right words to express your love on Valentine’s Day, but offer the object of your affection a box of these pastel-colored, jelly-filled beauties, and he or she will surely know. “Finding the right word can be like, I don’t know… hard. But eating a doughnut is easy. So we printed the right words on the doughnuts for you so you can’t mess this up,” Krispy Kreme chief marketing officer Dave Skena said in a release. The decked-out doughnuts come in strawberry and kreme, cake batter, original kreme, and chocolate kreme, and include 24 sayings, like “All the feels,” “Be Mine,” “So…

Red Velvet Brownies with Cream Cheese Frosting

We swear we’re done eating junk after the holidays, and then BAM! Valentine’s Day goodies are everywhere. But I have to tell you, these red velvet brownies are totally worth it! If you’re a fan of red velvet, you’ll love these moist, chewy brownies. They’re 100 percent homemade, and ready in no time. Even the cream cheese frosting is homemade. Yes, you can leave your brownies bare, but red velvet and cream cheese are just meant to be together. If I can give you one tip, it’s when you go to cut your finished baked goods, clean your knife after each cut. Bonus points for warming it up a bit under the faucet first. A warm, clean knife will ensure your keeping the luscious crumbs and the cream, white icing in their separate layers. You can also make these in muffin tins for easy removal and less hassle. Red Velvet…

Sparkling New Year’s Eve Party Popcorn

Are you ready to ring in the New Year? New Year’s Eve is full of fun, friends, and of course, food! Most NYE parties don’t start until after dinner, so that means you’re free to bring—or supply—lots of simple finger foods and snacks. And what could pair more deliciously with a few drinks than some sweet, salty popcorn? But it is New Year’s Eve after all, so rules state that popcorn must be sparkly. We have that covered! Also see: How to tell your edible glitter is actually edible. This festive, sparkly popcorn is more of a procedure than a recipe. Just buy pre-popped Skinny Pop, or another brand of lightly salted popped corn, and throw it together right before your party starts. It’s also easy to make more during the night if you run out. Pro tip: It can also be made up to one month ahead of time…

10 ways to instantly upgrade your hot chocolate

Winter has arrived and that means it’s time to break out your fuzziest slippers, coziest sweater, and snuggle up to a piping hot mug of hot chocolate for a few guilt-free hours of Netflix and chill. But no matter whether you use a homemade recipe or open a packet of the powdery stuff, basic hot chocolate can be pretty boring—especially as the winter wears on. Upgrade your old, uninspired recipe with one of these exciting, delicious hot chocolate additions. Also try this Winter White Hot Chocolate with Cinnamon. What to add to hot cocoa Add-in any of these ingredients for a brand new hot chocolate experience: Cinnamon brown sugar  Sprinkle in a bit of cinnamon and brown sugar for a decadent hot chocolate you only thought possible in your winter dreams. Freshly-brewed espresso or coffee The coffee/hot chocolate classic combo never disappoints. Go for freshly made espresso or coffee if…

Easy cranberry ricotta cake makes the holidays merry

When is cake an acceptable breakfast choice? When it’s Christmas, or New Year’s, or bunch anytime, or basically any day in December. There’s nothing like this incredibly delicious cranberry-streaked cake to make your whole Christmas season feel special. The ricotta cheese makes this recipe super moist and the plentiful cranberries give it tons of juicy flavor. Add a thin crystalized sugar crust on top and you have yourself a dessert-for-breakfast delicacy that pairs perfectly with your choice of coffee, tea, or orange juice.  This cake would also be delicious with fresh raspberries in the summer.  [Prepworks Flour Sifter (seen above), $9.99.] Cranberry ricotta cake Ingredients 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 2 tsp baking powder 3/4 tsp salt 1 cup sugar + 1/4 cup sugar 3 eggs 1 1/2 cup whole milk ricotta 1 stick butter, melted (1/2 cup) 1/2 tsp vanilla extract 1 cup fresh cranberries + 1/2 cup fresh cranberries…

Cute Christmas Reindeer Cupcakes for Kids

These ridiculously moist chocolate cupcakes are made from scratch and completely adorable. Kids will love the fun, festive reindeer design, but adults with dig the rich, delicious chocolatey flavor. Bring them to a holiday potluck or send them with your kids to school. No matter the holiday occasion, your cupcakes are sure to gather compliments. Homemade cupcakes are always the best, but if you’re crunched for time, there’s no shame in the boxed cupcake mix game either. Just pick up a package of your favorite cupcake mix and frosting and bake according to the box. Let cool, and decorate per the instructions below. Happy holidays! Cute Christmas Reindeer Cupcakes for Kids Makes about two dozen+ cupcakes Ingredients 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour 2 tsp baking powder 1/4 tsp baking soda 3/4 unsweetened cocoa powder 1/8 tsp salt 3 tbsp butter, room temperature 1 1/2 cups sugar 2 eggs 3/4 tsp…

How to make homemade Nutella

I don’t buy Nutella that often because, quite simply, I can’t control myself. That sweet, nutty, chocolatey butter spread beckons me in the middle of the night, and before I know it, I’ve eaten several slices of toast heavily smothered in the stuff. (I could easily kill this 6.6 pound bucket — just hand me the bread!) It’s not super healthy, and it is super expensive (about $5 for a tiny jar!), but when I make my own, it becomes not so bad on either front. Check out this restaurant with an entirely Nutella menu. This homemade Nutella recipe is quick and easy to pull off if you have the right equipment. You’re going to need a high-powered food processor or blender along with a microwave and an oven or a toaster oven. As for ingredients, you’re going to need hazelnuts. They might be a little harder to find than,…

The 6 biggest mistakes you can make when baking pumpkin pie

Pumpkin pie, with its thick, pumpkin-y custard, fragrant spices, and flaky pastry crust, is about as delicious as Thanksgiving gets. Served with a dollop of homemade whipped cream, there is no Thanksgiving dish that arrives with such anticipation. Yet, even the most seasoned bakers know a truly perfect pumpkin pie is no easy task to pull off. Here are a few mistakes you need to avoid in order to make your best pumpkin pie ever: 1. You use fresh pumpkin I can hear you now, “But such-and-such variety of pumpkin makes a delicious pie, just like my grandma made!” Well, if you have a tried-and-true family recipe that you’re used to, then nothing is going to change your mind — nostalgia looms large on Thanksgiving. But for those who want to make a truly perfect pie every time, it’s important to practice consistency. Fresh pumpkins can vary wildly in size…