The Simple Yet Essential Chocolate Chip Cookie

I’m kind of a sucker for cookies. Thin and crispy, moist and crumbly, slightly burnt, undercooked… I’ll eat them all. Especially chocolate chip cookies, and this is the perfect recipe. Soft, chewy, and the way all cookies should be: a cinch to make.
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Find the recipe for these perfect chocolate chip cookies here. Enjoy!

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The Perfect Bite: Caramel Shortbread Squares

Let’s just say this post has been a long time coming; this is definitely a favorite in my immense arsenal of dessert recipes. If there’s one thing to make when you want to impress, perhaps before asking for a big favor, it’s these irresistible bites of thick and gooey caramel sandwiched between buttery, crumbly shortbread and velvety chocolate. I like to use dark chocolate to help balance out the sweetness of the caramel, and if you’re feelin’ fancy, a sprinkle of flaky sea salt on top won’t hurt one bit.

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Find the recipe for caramel shortbread squares here. Enjoy!

The Elusive Macaron

My favorite sweet, hands down, is a macaron.  A perfect shell on the outside, chewiness on the inside, and bursting with whatever filling your heart desires.  It was actually only a little over a year ago that I tried a macaron, but ever since that first bite I was madly in love.  A bit pricey, yes, but oh-so worth it.  But… what if I were to try making my own?

For my first few attempts at macaron-making, I used the adorable I ♥ Macarons by Hisako Ogita as my guide.  This book has some wonderful tips and flavor combination ideas, but sadly the base macaron recipe didn’t work out too well for me.  I turned to the internet for some research and stumbled upon this post on the lovely blog The Traveler’s Lunchbox. I gave Melissa’s instructions a try and voilà!  My new go-to macaron recipe.  I have yet to try more adventurous flavor combinations, but I thought I’d share a few photos of my first successful macaron batch– chocolate with Nutella filling.