Buttered Grits Cookies

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Oh, hiii there! Did you forget my name while I was gone? I sure hope not. I apologize for the long absense, but I just enjoyed an unplugged  vacation. How was your Christmas? How was your New Year’s? Really, tell me! Our Christmas was great. We spent part of our time in Dallas, and then flew to Georgia for the rest. I’d never been to

Soft + Chewy Gingersnaps

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It’s Day 2 of Cookie Week here on Dessert For Two, and we’re re-visiting an old favorite.  I shared this recipe a few years ago, but I think it bears repeating. These are the ginger cookies that dreams are made of:  soft and chewy with just enough crystalline crunch from the sugar coating.  These cookies say ‘Christmas’ to me more than any other cookie. They’re

Cranberry Orange Pavlova

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Some women want diamonds for Christmas.  Some women want pearls.  All I want is local produce.  We’ve really been missing the fresh produce from California.  I heard a rumor at work that the FFA kids in Kansas sell big cartons of local citrus and avocados around the holidays.  I dreamed about it.  I lusted after it.  Citrus and avocados in Kansas—could it really be true?

Black-Out Cupcakes (+ giveaway!)

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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 Barefoot Contessa on Food Network.  Once Tate’s was on my

Thanksgiving For Two {recipe collection}

Apple Cheesecake Crumb Pie

Just in case you’re planning an intimate Thanksgiving dinner for 2, I thought I would link up to all of my small fall-themed desserts. I almost had a Thanksgiving for two this year.  Two, being me and my favorite wine glass.  In California.  Not Texas.  My parents decided to ditch the family this year to go to a Dallas Cowboys football game on Thanksgiving Day.  When my

French Macarons (with Nutella)

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I bet this Texas girl would have never had the chance to taste a French macaron unless she moved to California.  Trends seem to take their time creeping down South, sometimes never making it at all.  There’s nothing wrong with that, but after taking one bite of a macaron, I don’t think I could have waited any longer.  My first macaron was from the Bouchon

Margarita Pie

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My friends would tell you that I have an annoying habit:  anytime someone mentions a margarita, I will always chime in and say “the frozen margarita was invented in Dallas!”  Every.single.time.  I can’t resist informing anyone who’ll listen that the most delicious cocktail was created in my home town.  I’m so proud.  In fact, I’ve even been known to bully people into ordering a frozen

S’mores Cupcakes

I feel like I am the last person to offer a riff on s’mores.  Are cupcakes even still trendy?  No matter, I’m sharing s’mores cupcakes with y’all today because they are delicious—sticky, but very delicious.  These soft chocolate cupcakes have chunks of graham crackers scattered throughout and brûléed marshmallow fluff that oozes down your fingers.  I feel like an 8-year old Girl Scout all over