Chocolate, Tahini and Buckwheat Marble Cake with Chocolate Glaze

Gosh, it seems so long ago when food blogging started. But once word got out, others started jumping in. Not only were there new and even more diverse voices from around the world to be heard, but the next geners were better with their cameras than the rest of us were, setting the standards for the future. (For me, it was quite a learning curve….

Gosh, it seems so long ago when food blogging started. But once word got out, others started jumping in. Not only were there new and even more diverse voices from around the world to be heard, but the next geners were better with their cameras than the rest of us were, setting the standards for the future. (For me, it was quite a learning curve. All I used to know how to do was bake cookies and cakes!) One who really stood out was Aran Goyoaga of Cannelle et Vanille. Her photographs were stunning, she was also from the Basque region, from a family of pastry chefs, so her recipes were solid too.

As people like Pim of Chez Pim went on to open a series of amazing Thai restaurants and earning a Michelin star, Clotilde became a personal coach, Adam of Amateur Gourmet moved to LA to be a screenwriter, Graham of Noodle Pie became an editor and writing coach, Elise, who moved back home with her parents and learned how to cook, sold her massively successful blog, and Matt of MattBites became a much sought-after food photographer, and Aran opened her own photography studio and wrote three cookbooks, including her newest Canelle et Vanille Bakes Simple. Whew!…has time flown by or what?

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Chocolate Chai Cheesecake Bars

Indulge in a square of lightly spiced and deeply chocolate cheesecake, with distinct layers of chocolate cookie crust, silky smooth chocolate cheesecake infused with chai spices, and a decadent chocolate ganache to finish it all off. Sugar and spice and everything nice… that’s definitely what these cheesecake bars are made of. Simple to prepare and […]

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Indulge in a square of lightly spiced and deeply chocolate cheesecake, with distinct layers of chocolate cookie crust, silky smooth chocolate cheesecake infused with chai spices, and a decadent chocolate ganache to finish it all off.

Sugar and spice and everything nice… that’s definitely what these cheesecake bars are made of. Simple to prepare and even easier to eat (no fork required), you’ll love everything about this decadent treat.

Chocolate Chai Cheesecake Bars cut into squares, on natural parchment and a wood background

If you haven’t already noticed, I love bar-ifying recipes that aren’t typically served as squares. From cookies to coffee cake and even pumpkin pie, squares are quickly becoming my favorite serving shape. Needless to say I’ve definitely been getting my money’s worth out of my trusty 8-by-8 pan.

These chocolate chai cheesecake bars (or, as they’re known colloquially, Ch³ Bars) are adapted from my triple chocolate cheesecake recipe, scaled down and infused with sultry chai spices and transformed into easy-to-eat bars.

Overhead, cut squares of Chocolate Chai Cheesecake Bars, one sitting on its side to show the layers

What is Chai?

Originating from India, chai literally means tea (derived from ‘cha’, the Chinese word for tea, so when you go around saying ‘chai tea’ you’re actually saying ‘tea tea’ FYI). Chai has become a word that is used on its own to describe what is more technically known as masala chai, a fragrant blend of spices infused into a tea-like beverage (often with black tea, but that’s not always the case).

The actual spices that you’ll find in masala chai varies greatly depending on the maker. Most include cardamom, cinnamon, ginger and cloves, with some blends containing coriander, star anise, and even black pepper.

In this recipe, the fragrant chai spices meet with dark, bittersweet chocolate in multiple forms for a unique, multi-faceted flavor. Cardamom isn’t a spice you usually see paired with chocolate, which is a shame, as it proves to be a truly transcendent pairing (and considering I’m not usually a huge fan of cardamom, that’s saying something).

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The No-Bake Oreo Dessert That’s Legendary in My Family

Oreo Dessert is the yardstick for all other desserts in my family. “Oh, this triple-tier chocolate cake covered in perfect buttercream is good and all…but it’s no Oreo Dessert.” Or: “I ate the most amazing dessert at the most amazing restaurant last …

Oreo Dessert is the yardstick for all other desserts in my family. “Oh, this triple-tier chocolate cake covered in perfect buttercream is good and all...but it’s no Oreo Dessert." Or: “I ate the most amazing dessert at the most amazing restaurant last night...but it was no Oreo Dessert.” It’s not an Oreo cheesecake or sheet cake or trifle—it’s a layered ice cream dessert. It only requires six ingredients, one of which is store-bought ice cream cake. Sure, you could make your own ice cream, but that kind of defeats the purpose of this easy-peasy, no-bake ice cream cake. The only other ingredients you need to make it are Oreo cookies (of course), butter, German sweet chocolate, granulated sugar, and a can of evaporated milk.

My mom got the recipe years ago from my late Aunt Vicki, who got the recipe from a church or community cookbook. My mom copied it down on an index card (remember those?), and our attempts to find that cookbook have always come up short. I’m glad, actually, because it seems much more legendary that way. Somehow, I think a stained index card with a handwritten family recipe is almost a guarantee that it will work out magically.

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Gluten-Free Biscotti with Ginger & Chocolate

Surely we’re not the only ones who first experienced biscotti as kids, secretly stolen out of an old tin at grandma’s house? Oh, the memories. Well, prepare to be transported, friends, because these gluten-free biscotti have all the crunchy, sweet good…

Gluten-Free Biscotti with Ginger & Chocolate

Surely we’re not the only ones who first experienced biscotti as kids, secretly stolen out of an old tin at grandma’s house? Oh, the memories. Well, prepare to be transported, friends, because these gluten-free biscotti have all the crunchy, sweet goodness of a classic biscotti, but with a sophisticated twist!

Inspired by our Orange Almond Biscotti, these 10-ingredient cookies are sweet and spicy (Hello, chocolate and candied ginger!) and full of all the best delicate flavors of the classic Italian treat.

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Single-Lady, Chocolate Chip Cookie (Vegan with GF + PB cookie variations)

Damn, that’s a long title, but I think that the cookie deserves it to be honest: You can make yourself a deep-dish, semi-healthy cookie/blondie thing for only you (so you can fix that late night cookie craving), it basically only takes 15 minutes…

Damn, that’s a long title, but I think that the cookie deserves it to be honest: You can make yourself a deep-dish, semi-healthy cookie/blondie thing for only you (so you can fix that late night cookie craving), it basically only takes 15 minutes and one dish (you mix it up in the dish it’s baked …

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Healthy(ish) Single-Serve Brownie (Vegan)

A single serving brownie, ready in 10 minutes?? The perfect antidote to a random chocolate craving?? YES indeed it is. As with my single serving deep-dish cookie recipe, this one is SO easy and bloody delicious. The method is simple: warm the coconut o…

A single serving brownie, ready in 10 minutes?? The perfect antidote to a random chocolate craving?? YES indeed it is. As with my single serving deep-dish cookie recipe, this one is SO easy and bloody delicious. The method is simple: warm the coconut oil and syrup in the baking dish you’re going to use by …

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Bars

These no-bake peanut butter & pretzel bars are exactly the fix you need when it’s SUMMER and too hot to turn the oven on. They come together really quickly and are quite rich so will last you a while as they’re essentially a peanut butt…

These no-bake peanut butter & pretzel bars are exactly the fix you need when it’s SUMMER and too hot to turn the oven on. They come together really quickly and are quite rich so will last you a while as they’re essentially a peanut butter cup in bar form, with pretzels thrown in. These are …

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Brownie Mosaic Cheesecake

Brownie Mosaic Cheesecake
A luscious cheesecake with cubes of brownies baked right inside, with an Oreo crumb crust and chocolate ganache topping.
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Brownie Mosaic Cheesecake

A luscious cheesecake with cubes of brownies baked right inside, with an Oreo crumb crust and chocolate ganache topping.

READ: Brownie Mosaic Cheesecake