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10 Gooey Buns for National Sticky Bun Day

Yes, National Sticky Bun Day is real, and yes, it’s clearly one of the finest gastronomic holidays ever created. Can you think of a better reason to celebrate the very random date of February 21st during the dead of winter? That said, it’s time to break out those oven mitts and pay tribute to the stickiest day of the year with this glazed and gooey roundup of recipes from Cooking Channel and bun-loving bloggers around the web.

1. Blackberry-Hazelnut Sticky Buns (above) — Coming soon to a breakfast nook near you: Muscovado sugar-glazed, blackberry-dotted buns that are so sweet you’ll want to sing old-timey folk songs about them from the nearest mountaintop.

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Hump Day Snack: Chipotle-Chocolate Bark

Need a last minute V-day gift this week or a spicy-sweet pick-me-up that’s just for you and you alone? Chocolate bark is the snazzy yet simple solution on both fronts. It’s easy to make, requires just a handful of ingredients and is endlessly customizable to your taste. Plus, it looks purty when haphazardly broken into shards and piled in a tin. The recipe for this Valentine-appropriate marbled bark layers chipotle powder-laced dark chocolate with pink and white chocolate melting wafers, all dotted with chopped almonds and a sprinkling of flaked sea salt. You can sub in your favorite nuts or another spice instead, but the chipotle powder adds an unusual smokiness and slow heat that rises in the back of your throat (in the best possible way).

For even more chocolate-packed treats to sink your teeth into this week, try these other desserts that beg to be devoured in double (or triple) portions:

Sifted: Rose-Shaped Sweet Rolls, Four-Cheese Ravioli Hearts + More

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  1. Some valentines might prefer their roses on the doughy side, so treat them to this buttery bouquet of sweet rolls with a warm caramel nut sauce (from Seasons and Suppers) in place of store-bought blooms.
  2. Prove your pasta-making prowess with homemade four-cheese ravioli hearts and a porcini mushroom sauce from Tracey’s Culinary Adventures, and your sweetheart will surely swoon.
  3. Nothing says romance like a crisp-skinned, wine-glazed roast, and Adventures in Cooking drives it home with their cozy winter recipe for roast chicken with persimmons and sage.
  4. Prime citrus season is upon us, which means it’s time to start squeezing those grapefruits in preparation to make Blogging Over Thyme’s tangy grapefruit-curd-filled doughnuts.
  5. Gimme Some Oven brings you the perfect project for fans of conversation hearts with a candy-coated strawberries-and-cream layer cake.

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Hump Day Snack: Whisky-Sriracha Candies

Sugary, dental mishap-inducing conversation hearts are indisputable classics, but they’ve been around for over 100 years, and since any candy might be a little stale after being in rotation that long, it’s time to introduce a new option to the Valentine’s Day parade of hearts. Add a little heat to the candy equation this holiday with these sweet-and-spicy whisky-sriracha hearts, made über easily in a silicone candy mold. Their flavor is similar to hot cinnamon candies, yet much more rich and intense thanks to the tipple of whisky. Finally, a considerably less saccharine  heart-shaped treat that will satisfy spice-seekers.

For more Valentine’s Day-appropriate dishes from Cooking Channel, polish up that sweet tooth and set your sights on these fine recipes:

Sifted: Comfort Food Breakfasts, Chicken-Fried Potatoes + More

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  1. Another snow day? Perfect excuse to linger in the kitchen a little longer and griddle up a batch of Half Baked Harvest’s rice krispie treat pancakes with browned butter syrup.
  2. Sally’s Baking Addiction says that it’s ok to start your day with your favorite sweet duo, ideally in her chocolate peanut butter lovers’ granola, so you can get your fix on the go.
  3. Further proof that everything is better chicken-fried, Spoon Fork Bacon’s chicken fried potatoes are battered in herbs and spices and served with buttermilk-ranch dipping sauce.
  4. Cold weather is an ideal excuse to break out the ol’ slow cooker. Put it to good use and brew up a cozy pot of The Midnight Baker’s steak and ale cheese soup.
  5. Meyer lemon season is in full swing during the chilly winter months, so buy a bushel of the sweet citrus and try out My Baking Addiction’s recipe for meyer lemon meltaways.

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  • Cooking Channel has your comfort food cravings covered with an endless array of piping-hot soups and stews to help warm you up this winter.
  • Kick the boxed mac and cheese to the curb and settle in with 35 inspired ways to eat the creamy, childhood classic. Double the cheese, please.

Touchdown Taco Dip and Football Chips

Super Bowl Sunday is so close you can almost taste the requisite pigs in a blanket, so in the spirit of football-related snacks everywhere, we bring you this glorious guacamole gridiron. Multi-layered and spiked with taco seasoning, the speedy dip recipe includes instructions for producing pigskin-shaped chips, made from baked flour tortillas. Keep your party guests in the dipping game by piping sour cream yard-line markings over the guacamole layer, then get straight to the most important spectator sport of all: ranking the best game-time commercials this season.

For more delicious dips to pair with your game-day chips, try some of Cooking Channel’s savory selections below:

Hump Day Snack: Snow Ice Cream

As the East Coast gets walloped with yet another polar vortex tantrum this week, it seems as if there’s no better time to make use of the powdery precipitation, before it’s turned into grimy gray slush underfoot. In the spirit of resourcefulness and quick-fix dessert tricks, why not scoop up a few cups of fresh snow and turn it into ice cream? Granted, those living in heavily-trodden metropolitan areas might find this recipe especially unsavory, but there’s no book that says a little outdoor-sourced ice cream will kill you, provided you eat it in moderation. So throw caution to the wind and send the kids out into the backyard for some freshly fallen, clean white snow (beware any snow of more unnatural hues). Mix it up with a little milk, sugar, vanilla and salt and top it off with extra sprinkles to help you forget where it came from. Use this 5-minute snow cream recipe as a guide and then spend the rest of your afternoon trying out Cooking Channel’s variety of snow-speckled sweets:

Hump Day Snack: Soft Pretzel Footballs

Happy mid-January: a time of wavering resolutions and intense longing for endless carbs and sugar-crusted sweets. The good news is the Super Bowl is only 18 days away, which gives you a perfect excuse to indulge in a cheese-and-bread bowl or two in honor of the home team. To help you prep for that glorious day of snacking, here’s an easy football-shaped soft pretzel recipe that uses store-bought pizza dough to speed things up. A quick dip in a beer-and-baking-soda solution before baking gives these twists a deeper flavor and a nicely browned crust — no lye required. Set them up with a duo of mustard and cheese sauce and let the carb-loading games begin!

Feast your eyes on more pretzel-centric recipes from Cooking Channel below:

Hump Day Snack: Igloo Cake

Polar vortex in the house! If you’re lucky enough to be huddled inside your well-heated home right now, embrace the general state of frigidness outside by crafting this arctic tundra-inspired dessert. With all the temperature record-breaking going on this week, it’s just another excuse to celebrate with cake, and let’s face it, winter can always benefit from more cake. Use half a donut for the doorway, ice cream cones for sparkly shrubbery and round out your edible igloo with icy tiles of sugar-crusted white chocolate. Take that, weather. Get the recipe for this eskimo-friendly cake and then cozy up with some of Cooking Channel’s comforting winter recipes:

Hump Day Snack: French Toast in a Mug

Today’s the start of a spankin’ new year of snacks, and since you’re probably still recovering from last night’s champagne-fueled shenanigans, you’ll need to ease into the day with a quick-fix breakfast. Craving French toast but don’t have the stamina to break out the griddle and spatula? No sweat, just whip out your finest microwaveable mug and stuff it full of cubed bread, an egg, some milk and a dash of cinnamon and vanilla. After a few zaps in the microwave, you’ll be rewarded with a single serving of French toast for slathering with syrup or whipped cream. Scarf it down and then head back to bed, dreaming of all the mug meals ahead of you in 2014. Start with this speedy, hangover-friendly recipe and then hit up Cooking Channel’s collection of muggable treats, both sweet and savory:

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