Oatmeal Butterscotch Cookie Pies with Nutella Buttercream {World Nutella Day}

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Happy World Nutella Day! Each year on February 5, the organizers of this wonderful foodie day encourage chocolate hazelnut lovers the world over to post their tastiest recipes featuring Nutella.

Last year I brought Nutella granola to the party…but this year I wasn’t feeling quite so healthy. ;)

These cookies combine the chewy, bright sweetness of butterscotch and oatmeal with the deeper richness of a Nutella buttercream filling. Don’t say I didn’t warn you–these little pies pack quite a punch!

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Triple Chocolate Quick Bread {{Giveaway}} [closed]

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One of my favorite things about Valentine’s Day is the chocolate. PSA to my boyfriend (as if he didn’t already know): a holiday that encourages the consumption of chocolate in any form provides you with a guaranteed way to make me smile.

I know we’re still a couple of weeks out, but I figure some of you out there might be trying to plan a treat to make for the ones you love on February 14. Dare I suggest this triple chocolate quick bread? You can serve it as a sweet breakfast-in-bed item, or break it out for dessert (top it with a scoop of ice cream–calories consumed on holidays don’t count).

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Mini “I Do”-nuts: A {Virtual} Bridal Shower!

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“Mawwaige, mawwaige! Mawwaige is what bwings us togetha today!” (If you haven’t seen The Princess Bride, I don’t know if we can be friends. Educate yourself.)

Anyway. Today we’re celebrating the darling Christina of Dessert for Two! She and her hubby-to-be are freakin’ adorable, and a bunch of her fellow bloggers decided to throw her our own version of a shower to celebrate them getting hitched. :)

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Brown Butter Kitchen Sink Cookies

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I’m a stress baker.

You can all sympathize, right? I’m thinking specifically of my senior year of college, just before winter break, when I had one massive exam the next day. Let’s be clear–I was an English major. We didn’t do exams. We did papers. Write you 15 gorgeous pages on Joyce’s Ulysses? Sign me up. Multiple-choice questions, concept IDs, and timed short answer questions?! Not. So. Much.

So there, I was, trying to memorize a semester’s worth of political philosophy in one night, and what was I doing? Melting butter, measuring sugar, covering our apartment kitchen in flour, and adding an extra handful of chocolate chips.

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Mocha Pinwheels and the Twelve Hours of Baking

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My heart is still hurting. I, along with many other bloggers, joined in a Day of Silence yesterday for the victims of the unspeakable tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut, but it still doesn’t feel like enough. I know that I’ll never be able to comprehend the grief of all those affected, but my thoughts and prayers and tears have been with them since Friday. I can only hope that my children will live in a world a little less fearful than this one.

In honor of the spirit of family, friends, and love that is still so much a part of this season–now perhaps more than ever–I’m honored to bring you a guest post from a very special friend. Frequent readers will remember Cayce from our cake baking adventures, cupcake tastings, and her impending wedding, and today she’s sharing with you one of her family’s most treasured traditions (as well as a recipe): The Twelve Hours of Baking.

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Butterscotch Chocolate Chip Cookies–Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap 2012

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More cookies!! I told you it’s my favorite time of the year. :)

So, last year I went light and bright with my flavors for the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap…but this year, we went deep, dark, and chocolatey!

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