Something Sweet

Christmas Cutout Sugar Cookies

by Janelle 12.06.2011
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To kick off my Christmas baking, I set out to make the very best Christmas Cutout Sugar Cookies. Everyone loves a rolled sugar cookie — a light, crispy and buttery treat that can be decorated in dozens of creative ways. After hearing rave reviews, I started out by using Alton Brown’s revered Sugar Cookies recipe […]

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Chocolate Cream Pie

by Janelle 11.28.2011
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If you are looking for the perfect chocolate pie to bake this holiday season, look no further than my Chocolate Cream Pie. A family-favorite, this deliciously creamy and chocolately pie is a guaranteed hit. Start out by baking a homemade pie crust made with Wondra for a more tender, flakier crust than regular flour. Then, […]

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Apple Flognarde… A Light French Clafoutis Dessert

by Janelle 11.24.2011
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Apple Flognarde is a delicious traditional French specialty hailing from the Limousin and Auvergne region in the southwest of France. A flognarde, similar to a Clafoutis which is made with cherries, is essentially a puffed “soufflé” baked with fresh fruit. Although you can make it with blackberries, peaches, figs, or blueberries, just to name a few, […]

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Mini Chocolate Meringues

by Janelle 11.22.2011
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Although making meringues seems daunting, I set out to make homemade meringues and prove how easy they are to make! Meringues are one of my favorite traditional French desserts, their light-as-air, puffed texture and beautifully piped design makes them an elegant and delicious treat. With only egg whites and sugar, meringues are a low-fat dessert […]

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Apple Bran Muffins

by Janelle 11.14.2011
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Continuing with the apple theme, I set out to make hearty apple bran muffins. I love bran muffins in general so I was excited to try making them with fresh-picked apples. For this recipe I used both shredded apple and small apple chunks, which bring a lot of texture and moistness to the muffins. With […]

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Cinnamon Applesauce

by Janelle 11.03.2011
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My boyfriend and I went apple picking at Stuart’s Farm in Westchester County, NY, and ever since I have been thinking of creative ways to use the bushels of apples we brought home. With almost 200 acres of trees, we were able to pick a variety of apples — Golden Delicious, Red Delicious, Empire, Mutsu, […]

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Low Fat Fudgy Ghost Cupcakes

by Janelle 10.24.2011
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If you are looking for a spooky, fun dessert for Halloween, look no further than my Low Fat Fudgy Ghost Cupcakes. With low-fat cake batter (recipe courtesy of Skinny Taste), made with Dark Chocolate Fudge Cake Mix, canned pumpkin and water (that’s it!) and my very own recipe for homemade whipped vanilla meringue frosting, these […]

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Carla Hall’s Lemon Pudding Cake with Orange Liqueur

by Janelle 10.21.2011
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ABC’s new daytime show, The Chew, has been killing it with to-die-for recipes rolling out every day. If you are a Top Chef watcher, you will remember Carla and her scrumptious and hearty comfort-food-style cooking. A true lover of sweets (she owns Alchemy cookies after all) it is no surprise this mouthwatering lemon pudding cake […]

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Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal Pecan Cookies

by Janelle 10.19.2011
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If you love oatmeal cookies and pumpkin you are in for a treat with these delicious Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal Pecan Cookies. With a recipe from one of my fave cooking blogs, Skinny Taste, I set out to make these scrumptious cookies. With no oil and very little butter, these cookies are made with pumpkin, oatmeal, […]

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Apple-Cinnamon Oat Squares Recipe

by Janelle 10.12.2011
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If you love steel-cut oatmeal but don’t have the time to make it in the morning (45 minutes to let it simmer, to be exact!), then this recipe is for you. Call it oatmeal on-the-go, these oat bars are incredibly healthy for you and delicious. Made with steel cut oats, chopped pecans, ground flaxseed, grated […]

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