Apricots and White Chocolate, Walnut Oatmeal Cookies

Apricots and White Chocolate, Walnut Oatmeal Cookies recipe |

Oatmeal cookies. Just about any way you dress them, they make you feel like you're eating wholesome goodness just because it has "oats" in it. The pairing of the slight tang of the dried apricots with the subtle sweetness of white chocolate chips makes for a tasty combination in this oatmeal cookie classic.

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Chocolate covered frozen Banana Bon-Bons with Pistachios

Chocolate covered frozen banana bon-bons with pistachios recipe |

It will be your little secret that these hand dipped, chocolate covered frozen banana bon-bons with pistachios are full of potassium and antioxidants! The dark chocolate with a dribble of either butter, coconut, vegetable or canola oil creates a firm chocolate shell outside a creamy frozen banana bite. You almost can't believe that it's really just a banana and not ice cream or some yogurt concoction under the shell!

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Double Chocolate Ricotta Muffins with Kumquats & Walnuts

Double Chocolate Ricotta Muffins w/Kumquats & Walnuts recipe |

I've been on a chocolate binge these last months. Really. Crave chocolate more than I ever have and noticed that I don't have a lot of chocolate recipes on Teenie Cakes that reflects my adoration for the ingredient. Will be changing that. These are quick to whip up double chocolate muffins that use cocoa powder in the batter and then some chocolate chips or chocolate chunks. The ricotta cheese gives a lovely moist texture...but the real star to these muffins are the kumquats. Chocolate and kumquats - the perfect pairing!

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Meyer Lemon Friands (Tea Cakes) & Lemon Cakes for Sansa Stark

Meyer Lemon Friands - Tea Cakes recipe |

There's still plenty of Meyer Lemons to use up, both in the refrigerator and still on our tree. What could be more light, fresh, and screams spring-time than bright, beautiful Meyer Lemons? Making use of both its precious juices and zest, I'm incorporating those ingredients in these tender French cakelets, the friand.

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Apple Pecan Cake

Apple Pecan Cake recipe |

This is a great cake for any time of the year. The recipe includes ingredients that you'll readily have in your refrigerator or pantry (for the cook or baker). Ingredients like an apple, pecans, yogurt, and applesauce makes for a more healthful but moist treat of a cake...

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Cream Puff (Choux Pastry) Nibblers

Cream Puffs - Drizzling Chocolate Glaze |

The tradition started when I was a kid growing up in Southern California. Eclairs from a downtown bakery for Christmas Eve festivities. I'll always remember that happiness and anticipation when my Mom and Dad would come home from the bakery with a couple of large, pink bakery boxes. One eclair for each person. The agony was in the waiting for dessert time and wishing those eclairs were made larger! Years later I would continue that love affair and learn the art of making the delicate and versatile pâte à choux to make my own cream puffs and eclairs...

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