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Handheld Desserts for Game Day

Once all the dips are devoured, you’ve weaned your supply of wings — and the chili has gotten, well… chilly — what sweets will you be serving to satisfy guests’ cravings?

In our book, brownies and cookies are as synonymous with the big game as the messy, savory stuff. And the easiest way to keep your focus during the fourth quarter is to munch on handheld desserts — no utensils or hand-eye coordination necessary.

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Mascarpone-Stuffed Strawberries

marscarpone strawberries

It’s the fourth of July, a day for shorts, fireworks, burgers and red, white and blue desserts, all in the name of independence. That flag cake, the one with the stars and stripes represented by strawberries and blueberries, it’s a bit overdone, wouldn’t you say? And it kind of takes a long time to place all of those berries in perfect lines. Update your standard July 4 dessert this year with a super-fast, no-cook red-white-and-blue treat that you can make in about 7 minutes.

And if you’re loyal to the flag cake, these little berries play well with others, so serve them alongside.

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Sweet & Salty with the Baked Boys

Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito

If you’ve been watching this season of Unique Sweets, then you’re already familiar with Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito, the owners of Brooklyn-based Baked bakery and guest contributors on the show.  We caught up with the dynamic dessert duo to get their take on the latest and the greatest in sweets.

You’ve traveled all around the country in the name of sweets. What’s one “trend” you see sticking around?

Matt Lewis: The salted sweet dessert. You’ve seen it evolve into other sweets, like bacon cupcakes. Anything with bacon in it is all about the salt factor. Brown butter is another, though it’s not always done correctly.

Renato Poliafito:And Americans are starting to catch on to using olive oil in their desserts.

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Cooking Channel Fans Call Out Favorite All-Star Recipes

Laura Calder's Shrimp and Zucchini Skewers

Laura Calder's Shrimp and Zucchini Skewers

Since Cooking Channel launched recipe ratings and reviews just over a month ago, fans have been pretty vocal about which recipes are their faves.

From Gabriele and Debi’s Pesto Lasagne to Bal’s sweet and nutty Vesan treat, Food People are chiming in about what they’re cooking and how they’ve made Cooking Channel recipes their own.

Here are a few recipes that caught our eye!

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Happy Doughnut Day!

Beer Donuts

Homemade IPA - Amber Ale Donuts

Chocolate, glazed, coconut, creme-filled, or flavored with amber ale — it doesn’t matter. Today’s National Doughnut Day and we’re celebrating them all. 

From homemade beauties to a run-through of our Pix Potluck backlog, we’re honoring the day of the doughnut with a round-up of our favorite doughnut love from Cooking Channel and beyond.

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A Birthday Cake Masterpiece

Chocolate Truffle Cake

Orange-spiked Chocolate Truffle Cake is a weekend project worthy of life's most special occasions. Happy birthday Cooking Channel!

Sarabeth's Bakery Cookbook

When I asked Sarabeth Levine, author of Sarabeth’s Bakery: From My Hands to Yours and our neighbor here in Chelsea Market, if she wanted to contribute a cake recipe to Devour in honor of Cooking Channel’s birthday, I pictured an everyday, quick and easy cake. What she delivered, her Chocolate Truffle Cake Recipe, she describes as an “edible masterpiece,” and I have to agree.

As an ambitious baker (remember the croissants Sarabeth helped me tackle?), this recipe makes my heart skip a beat. It holds so much promise, uses techniques I never dreamed of and the final product is absolutely beautiful and professional-looking. This cake isn’t messing around – it’s a weekend project that will make an amazing dessert for a very special occasion. Like a birthday. . .

Here’s how Sarabeth makes what could be an ordinary cake, extraordinary:

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Channel Your Inner Child, Tonight on Unique Sweets

Swiss Roll

Lulu's Cream-Filled Swiss Rolls tonight on Unique Sweets

Cream-filled chocolate rolls, red velvet cake, ice-cold popsicles — tonight’s all new episode of Unique Sweets takes a look at your favorite childhood sweets, but now they’re all grown up.

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Chocolate Matzo Brittle

Matzo Brittle may forever change the way I feel about matzo.

I was asked to bring a dessert to my family’s Passover Seder this year. This presented a bit of a conundrum: All use of flour and leavening agents is forbidden on Passover, so needless to say, the baked goods on the holiday table often leave something to be desired. I also needed something that I could make ahead and transport easily on the train from New York to Washington D.C.

Rather than attempting a batch of flourless cookies that go uneaten every year, I decided to embrace the dry, cracker-like, mostly flavorless bread of the holiday and make chocolate matzo brittle. I usually can’t stomach much matzo, but certainly I could improve it by smothering it with molten sugar, chocolate and nuts?

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Sifted: Special Cupcake Edition

Cupcake Linkage were liking:

  • Beautiful, bizarre and breathtaking… Food2’s Cupcake Challenge — Food2
  • Cupcakes Push Pops push the limits of the cupcake universe — Love From The Oven
  • Host a Cupcake Fondue Party! — Chickabug
  • Going undercover: Cupcakes in disguise — Our Best Bites

Got a sudden cupcake craving? Feast your eyes on one-of-a-kind cupcakes from Unique Eats.

Have your own recipe to share? Enter Cooking Channel’s first-ever Recipe Contest for a chance to win a trip to NYC!

The Easiest Italian Dessert You’ll Ever Make

I recently had this amazing trifle at Barbuto in NYC, and it was so delicious I decided to make my own version the other night. Easy, and absolutely divine, it’s a must try at home.

Here’s how to prep one yourself:

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