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Chocolate Orange Olive Oil Cake, a marbled marvel

This chocolate orange olive oil cake is a winner. It’s a spin on a cake that appeared in chocolate-guru Alice Medrich’s book Bittersweet (still totally worthwhile for anyone serious about baking with chocolate). That version, which she called her tiger cake, was a marbled olive oil cake with chocolate and white pepper. And I made …

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Classic Brownies, rich and fudgy

It’s tough to beat a classic brownie for sheer chocolate pleasure. At least as long as it is a fudgy brownie rather than a cakey one (and who are those mysterious people who prefer cakey brownies?) and is sufficiently bold with chocolate flavor. There are about eleventy-billion brownie recipes out there, many of them good-to-great …

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Chocolate Sandwich Cookies with Citrus-Clove filling

These cookies. Oh, these cookies. They’re familiar, in that they’re crisp chocolate wafer sandwich cookies, a little bit like Oreos but you can use better chocolate to make them richer and deeper and more chocolatey. The surprising part is the filling, which is white chocolate that gets flavored with drops of clove and orange and …

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Classic Ice Cream Sandwiches, soft and chocolatey

It turns out that when I get anxious, I make ice cream. Pints and quarts of fruity sherbet, chocolate-dipped salted caramel ice cream bars, Bronte pistachio gelato, and soft and chewy chocolate ice cream sandwiches. My freezer is so full of the stuff, I can barely close the door. When you find me in the …

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