Black-Out Cupcakes (+ giveaway!)

Black Out Cupcakes -

First things first:  yes, those are chocolate cupcakes topped with pudding and THEN coated in chocolate cake crumbs. This recipe comes out of Kathleen King’s book Baking for Friends.  You know Kathleen King, she’s the mastermind behind Tate’s Bake Shop in the Hamptons.  I first heard about Tate’s Bake Shop while watching an episode of [ Click to continue Reading! ]

Thanksgiving 2012

Pumpkin Dessert Collage

Happy Thanksgiving week, y’all!  I’m hoping that Thanksgiving will turn into a week-long holiday if we start using the phrase ‘Thanksgiving Week!’  Do it with me! Pumpkin Whoopee Pies, Pumpkin Bourbon Balls, Pumpkin Creme Brulee, Pumpkin Cheesecakes.   Pumpkin Chai Cupcakes, Pumpkin Shortbread, Pumpkin Biscotti, Pumpkin Donuts with Honey Glaze, Pumpkin Pie. I have quite [ Click to continue Reading! ]

Pumpkin Bourbon Balls

Pumpkin Bourbon Balls -

If you’ve never had a bourbon ball, it’s safe to say you’ve never spent the holidays in the South.  And for that, I’m sorry.  But but but, I’m here to remedy that.  Bourbon balls are easy to make (no baking required) and are addictively delicious.  They consist of crushed nilla wafers (the greatest store-bought cookie [ Click to continue Reading! ]

Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake

Mini Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake -

I’ll just come right out and say it:  this is my favorite recipe on the site so far.  And it’s not even really a new recipe:  I took my recipe for 1 dozen chocolate chip cookies, pressed the dough into my grandmother’s 6″ pie pan and baked it for 30 minutes.  It’s perfect as-is, but [ Click to continue Reading! ]

Chocolate Mint Cupcakes

Mint Chocolate Cupcakes -

If our neighborhood kids have any hope getting candy from us this year it’s solely because I made these cupcakes to distract Mr. Dessert For Two from the Halloween candy bowl.  We have discussed his unusual predilection for mint (including peanut butter and mint jelly sandwiches).  I’m afraid I’ve been abusing my powers with mint. [ Click to continue Reading! ]

Pumpkin Cheesecake

Pumpkin Cheesecakes -

The minute I scaled down cheesecake to serve two people and made those mini New York cheesecakes, my mind started spinning with ideas for variations.  Since it’s Pumpkin month (I guess some people call it October, to each his own), pumpkin cheesecake with maple whipped cream had to be made. The crust is effortless:  drop [ Click to continue Reading! ]

Dinner For Two: Tuna Noodle Casserole

Tuna Noodle Casserole -

I think the difference between high-end restaurant food and a good home-cooked meal is a sauce.  A well-made, carefully seasoned sauce. I used to be okay with my risotto method.  I always sought out Carnaroli rice, deglazed with a very drinkable wine, and finished with a generous pat of butter.  It was good—predictable, but good. [ Click to continue Reading! ]

Pumpkin Crème Brûlée

Pumpkin Creme Brulee -

Back away from the Halloween candy aisle.  Yes, you!  You’re an adult!  Candy is for kids.  Crème brulee is for adults. Every time I make crème brûlée for two, I can hardly find the words to talk about it.  It’s creamy.  It’s crunchy.  It’s perfection. So let’s stop chatting and let’s start baking.  Ladies and gentlemen, [ Click to continue Reading! ]

Banana Cream Cookies

Banana Cream Cookies -

This house needs an intervention. We (Mr & Mrs Dessert For Two) are addicted to work.  We lack the ability to sit still, relax and take it easy.  We work hard Monday through Friday at our day jobs, and then on the weekends we tackle to-do lists that are often the length of a Southern [ Click to continue Reading! ]

Dinner For Two: Spinach Lasagna Roll-ups

Spinach Lasagna Roll-ups -

It’s about time for another Dinner For Two recipe, right?  I’ve been making a lot of meals for two lately, because I made a change in the way I approach dinner.  I used to spend about $100 a week on groceries— for just the two of us!  Isn’t that ridiculous?  My theory was:  buy whatever looks [ Click to continue Reading! ]