One of my New Year's resolutions is to learn how to bake. Like really bake — I'm talking insanely decadent desserts that take actual effort in the kitchen, not just cake mix and a tub of pre-made Betty Crocker's frosting (although let's be honest, Betty has that recipe nailed). 2015 is the year I learn how to make complex cakes, cookies that require more than two kinds of flour (lookin' at you Jacques Torres), and cheesecakes fit to be served at Cheesecake Factory (or at least close).
So, I scoured the Internet and found a bunch of dessert recipes that are slightly more difficult to make, and a thousand times more delicious and beautiful than anything you could purchase out of a box or a tube. 2015 is your year to bake, so make sure you have plenty of flour and sugar on hand. Oh, and butter (duh).
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Toasted Almond and Candied Cherry Ice Cream
Making ice cream is definitely a process, even if you own an ice cream maker. However, if you’re over paying crazy prices for a gourmet pint from Whole Foods, learn how to make your own! This recipe combines just the right amount of nutty flavor and tart sweetness. Find the recipe on Brown Eyed Baker
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Valentine's Day Cheesecake
It’s not that cheesecakes are hard to make, they’re just hard to maintain. When you bake a cheesecake, you have to follow the very, very specific instructions, otherwise your cake will crack down the middle and be a hot mess. This simple (but pretty) recipe from Dessert Now, Dinner Later is just what you need to get started on your cheesecake endeavors.
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Melting Snowman Oreo Cookie Ball Recipe
For some reason, every single time I’ve tried to make truffles, they have turned into balls of chocolate-y disaster. Hopefully, in 2015 I will perfect my technique. These step-by-step instructions by Cookies and Cups show you how to make the cutest (and the most tasty) little truffle snowmen.
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24 Hour, 24 Dollar Chocolate Chip Cookies (Jacques Torres' Recipe)
Oh, Jacques Torres. You and your coveted chocolate chip cookie recipe that calls for like a thousand obscure ingredients. Supposedly these are the “best cookies ever,” according to every single media and cooking outlet. Let’s put that assertion to the test this year, shall we? Get the recipe from Hummingbird High.
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Mini Salted Caramel Chocolate Pies
OK, so this recipe is actually very easy. However, the results look astonishingly beautiful, as though you bought them from an exquisite, exclusive bakery. This recipe from My Baking Addiction gives you the choice to buy pre-made pie shells, but you can always try making your own!
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Coffee & Doughnut Holes
While I guess you can call this “breakfast,” I would enjoy it after dinner, too. In fact, I would enjoy it FOR dinner (and maybe lunch). Doughnuts, especially doughnut holes, are delicious — so why don’t you learn how to make your own? This recipe by Crepes of Wrath will show you the way.
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