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Here’s the delicious breakdown:

Chewy and crisp lemony cookies

+ coconut white chocolate cream

+ toasted coconut =

Wowsers.

My sucky math skills and Inspector Gadget flashback don’t make these things any less addictive, delicious…I’m running out of yummy adjectives.

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That crispy sugared-almond topping right there…that’s the best part.

Sure, this banana bread is tender, moist, not too sweet, with little pops of banana in each slice.

But it’s that sugar-crisp crust that pushs this bread into nirvana-land.

The crispy, caramelized sugar crust and that bit of almond crunch is just spot on.

And I hate saying spot on.

I would rather say rock on.

Or party on.

Also, I got to use Greek yogurt in this thing. I just thought I’d throw it in there.

And it totally worked.

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My hunt for the perfect brownie is finally over.

These dark chocolate brownies are soft and fudgy, with a crackled top and a little bite around the edge.

And that thick, gooey, coconutty middle…it just gives them a bit of Almond Joy kick that tastes — and smells — fantastic.

I know everyone gets a little choosy — me included — when it comes to “The Perfect Brownie.”

But this particular recipe just does it for me — with or without the coconut.

The brownie has that thin crust on top.

It has the fudginess, the chewiness, those slightly crispy puffed-up edges.

It’s chocolatey AND it has that awesome cocoa flavor.

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I find eggs magical at times.

I love them for a lot of reasons, but I’m really loving what they did for these upside-down cakes.

The mini-Bundts are golden-edged, totally addictive and low-fat — two yolks. That’s it.

No butter. No oil.

And no crappy fat substitutes (like applesauce) to weigh the cake down.

The eggs worked their magic and turned a little bit of flour, spice and super sweet pear into addictive mini sponge cakes.

I’m not a big fan of “light” cakes and muffins.

Most of the time, they’re heavy as rocks, dry as paper and taste like nothing (or worse, something fake).

But that hasn’t kept me from trying to make one myself. One that actually tastes like cake.

Really good cake.

So I did a little riff on angel food cake — simplified it, left in a couple of yolks and added that yummy caramelized upside-down part.

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Soft, fluffy frosting over a moist butter cake shot with blueberries and just a hint of lemon —

it’s a cloud cake for any occasion.

The cake is tender, moist and so easy to make. Like the easiest. You don’t even need a mixer.

And then there’s the frosting…

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I’m kind of addicted to cornmeal things.

So when I made these warm, honey-buttered cornmeal drop biscuits, I had a few more than a couple.

These are based on a Dorie Greenspan’s recipe, which called for maple syrup (the real stuff). I tried them with the maple and really liked them, but found that the maple flavor didn’t shine through.

So I opted to bake in a bit of honey this time, brushing a little honey-butter over the biscuits when they came out of the oven, too.

Yummy. Kind of crumbly like cornbread, but better, more flavorful with the honey-butter.

Totally breakfast-worthy.

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Right at this moment, these little cookie pies are my favorite.

They’re Dorie Greenspan’s Jammers in teeny-tiny form and they are AWESOME.

The best cookie ever.

Although Dorie hasn’t posted the recipe for her Jammers, the writer behind the Lottie & Doof blog created his own version based on Dorie’s description of the cookie.

He says he became obsessed with recreating her Jammers and I can totally see why.

The “crust” is really just Dorie’s sablé cookie dough (buttery French shortbread) filled with jam (store-bought jam, or homemade jam or pie filling) and then topped with a sweet-and-crunchy streusel.

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These are just good and chewy cookies.

I have no history lesson on the snickerdoodles. I don’t care where they came from.

They’re addictive and damn delicious.

I keep coming back to these. It’s that tiny bit of almond extract that gives them a nice depth of flavor. Then there’s the salt and the cinnamon-sugar crust and the chewiness…

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Dark rum didn’t used to make me think of Christmas.

Now it does.

The Jamaican rum and spice in these buttery cookies make my whole house smell like the holidays.

They’re easy slice-and-bake cookies, which is a good thing around here.

I’m not big into rolling dough.

Not with antsy toddler hands and a hot kitchen.

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Or apple crunch cake. Fantastic and totally for fall.

The pandowdy is a layer of apple pie filling topped with a buttery, sugar-crisp cake layer dotted with toasted nuts.

It’s based on my mom’s old pandowdy recipe — the kind that takes pie filling, a boxed cake mix and butter.

I don’t go for boxed cake mixes, so I found a recipe at the Chickens in the Road blog to make my own mix from scratch.

I haven’t tried the mix in all-out cake form, but it worked beautifully in this recipe.

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