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Here Are The Recipes We Loved Recently (And Would 100% Make Again)

Here’s what our editors and writers are making in their own kitchens.

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1. Salted Coffee Brownie Cookies

Jesse Szewczyk / BuzzFeed

I first came across these cookies when they popped up on my Instagram explore feed and instantly became my new FOMO cookie. The picture was stunning with perfect flakes of salt and a crinkly texture — I knew I had to make them.

The recipe is actually quite interesting (and unlike the usual cookie-making method). You melt a ton of chocolate with some butter, then combine that with eggs, brown sugar, instant coffee, baking powder, and just the ~tiniest bit~ of flour. The batter comes out super soft, almost like cake batter, but firms up in the fridge. As they bake, you give the sheet pan a few taps to deflate them and create crinkles, and they come out super fudgy, soft, and chewy — like a meringue meets a brownie meets a cookie. I absolutely loved the texture and will definitely be making them again. — Jesse Szewczyk

Get the recipe here.



2. Sweet Potato and Spinach Breakfast Skillet

I am in LOVE with this sweet potato skillet for breakfast! It's from the Goodful Healthy Eating Challenge, and it's such a filling, quick, and easy meal for busy mornings. I didn't have spinach, so I used shaved brussels sprouts instead, but most greens would probably work as a good substitute. AND it's really balanced and nutritionally sound — lots of protein, carbs, and fat. 👌— Arielle Calderon

Get the recipe here.

3. Mexican Skillet Lasagna

While I cannot say with certainty that this qualifies as either "lasagna" or "Mexican," I can tell you that it's delicious. I made it after my coworker Tom recommended it, and it didn't disappoint. There's basically no prep work involved; you just open a few cans/containers and dump things into a pot. (This is my favorite type of recipe!) It comes together so quickly (it's GREAT for weeknights) and the leftovers hold up really well (another thing that is very important to me). It's also pretty cheap! I mean honestly, just a win all around. Definitely recommend!

(Note: I made it with twice the amount of chorizo because it was available by the pound, and I figured it wouldn't hurt to have four ounces per serving instead of two. I just added a bit more water to the pot to account for the increase in meat.) — Rachel Wilkerson Miller

Get the recipe here.



4. Hot Cocoa Cake

Maitland Quitmeyer / BuzzFeed

Several members of my family have gone to University of Michigan, and I have family that lives in Ann Arbor, so I am no stranger to the deliciousness in store at Zingerman's. So when I decided to bake a chocolate pound cake with my mom this past weekend and saw that this hot cocoa cake recipe from Epicurious is from the Zingerman's bakehouse cookbook, I knew it was bound to be tasty. And when I scanned the recipe and noticed that sour cream and coffee are two key ingredients, my little baker heart knew it was going to be moist (describing baked goods is the only acceptable use of the word) and richly chocolatey. AND I WAS RIGHT!

The recipe *looks* fussy, because the measurements are weird — like 1/2 cup plus 3 tablespoons cocoa power, really you're going to make me measure that out?! — but it really isn't. To be honest, I did *not* follow the instructions to mix the dry ingredients by hand (I used the slowest setting on a Kitchenaid mixer), and it turned out perfectly. It popped right out of the bundt pan without sticking, and I enjoyed my first slice that night. It really does taste like high quality hot chocolate, with an almost pudding-flavored center. It's delicious plain for breakfast (take it from me, cake for breakfast makes any humdrum Monday far better) or enjoy it with homemade whipped cream and berries for an easy-but-fancy dessert. Did I make way too many My Big Fat Greek Wedding bundt cake jokes during the baking process? Yes. Did that make it even more tasty? Probably also yes.

(P.S. you can buy the hot cocoa cake through their website and have it shipped right to you if baking isn't really your thing.) — Maitland Quitmeyer

Get the recipe here.

5. Mushroom Bolognese

Hannah Loewentheil / BuzzFeed

I generally try to avoid eating red meat, but my boyfriend is a serious carnivore, so whenever I cook dinner I try to find recipes that both of us will like. Enter: This mushroom "Bolognese" I found on the blog Gimme Some Oven. Instead of a traditional meat sauce, the recipe calls for diced mushrooms, carrots, and celery in a really delicious sauce made with marinara, red wine, and vegetable broth. You can make the whole thing in one pot in just about 30 minutes, so I'll be bookmarking this as a perfect weeknight meal. Plus, the mushrooms give the sauce a chewy texture and super umami flavor, so you won't miss the meat. — Hannah Loewentheil

Get the recipe here.



6. Deviled Avocados

Marie Telling / BuzzFeed

I'm always on the lookout for quick and easy dinners that are balanced and healthy. So when I saw this deviled avocados recipe on Food52 I knew I had to try it out asap. This dish also happens to be from French food blogger Clotilde Dusoulier's latest cookbook, Tasting Paris so I knew it should be good.

The process is super easy: You just process some chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper for about 20 seconds and you're basically done. The recipe also calls for a generous dose of turmeric, which I loved, but if you don't have any at home cumin or curry powder would be great in this too.

Once the mixture is ready, you simply scoop it into avocado halves, top it with chives and paprika and enjoy! The recipe makes enough for three avocados so if you're on your own, you should have some leftovers.

This was ready in 20 minutes, super delicious, healthy, and it also happened to be vegan. Big thumbs up! — Marie Telling

Get the recipe here.

7. Honey Garlic Shrimp With Cauliflower Rice

Hannah Loewentheil / BuzzFeed

I often find that recipes labeled "20-minute meals" actually take significantly longer, but this quick-marinated shrimp was done in about 20 minutes flat. The marinade calls for honey, soy sauce, garlic, ginger, and olive oil, and it's so tasty. I make shrimp a lot at home, and it's easy for it to turn out bland, but this recipe is anything but. While the shrimp marinated for 15 minutes, I roasted some broccolini (but you could choose whatever veggies you like best), and I sautéed some quick cauliflower rice with garlic and scallions. Once done marinating, it takes about 3 minutes to cook the shrimp. Throw it all together, and it's an easy, foolproof weeknight meal that I'll be definitely be making again. — Hannah Loewentheil

Get the recipe here.



8. Tofu and Veggie Stir Fry

I had a bunch of veggies I needed to cook, so I whipped up this fast and delicious stir fry using stuff from my fridge!

First, press some extra firm tofu, cube it, and toss it in a few tablespoons of cornstarch. Then stir fry the tofu in a few tbsp of grape seed oil on pretty high heat until golden brown and remove it from the pan. Add additional oil, if needed, and stir fry about half a head of chopped broccoli, one large carrot cut into thin strips, and half a yellow onion, thinly sliced.

While that's cooking, mix up a really easy sauce with a few tablespoons of spicy peanut sauce, soy sauce, grated ginger, and red pepper flakes (adjust it to your liking! If you want it a bit sweeter, add a little bit of honey.) Once the veggies are cooked, throw the tofu back into the pan, toss in a big handful of baby spinach, and pour on the sauce. When the spinach wilts and the sauce thickens, it's good to go! Perfect on its own or over a bed of rice or quinoa. — Cates Holderness

9. Pistachio Rosewater Cake With Labneh Frosting


I'll admit, I'm a sucker for anything with pistachio and rose. Literally my Instagram feed if filled with things garnished with them both — so when I came across this recipe from Molly Yeh's new cookbook (which is actually entirely about yogurt) I knew I had to make it.

The recipe itself has a good amount of ingredients in it, and ones that aren't necessarily the easiest to find. I found luck by hitting up my local spice shop for everything. I picked up a bottle of rosewater, some rose petals, and some almond meal (just make sure the rose petals you get are culinary grade — you can get some here).

Making the cake is easy: It's a single layer topped with a simple frosting — but because this is a YOGURT cookbook, the frosting is made with labneh. Labneh is just a fancy word for super thick yogurt (even thicker than Greek yogurt) and makes a frosting that tastes kind of like cream cheese frosting, but lighter. Basically all you have to do is take regular ol' Greek yogurt and place it in a strainger lined with cheesecloth overnight. The excess water will strain out and you'll have labneh!

As for the taste, the cake is subtle with just the slightest hint of rose. I had it for breakfast with tea and will certainly be making it again. — Jesse Szewczyk

Get Yogurt by Molly Yeh here.

And here's the recipe:

Pistachio Rosewater Cake With Labneh Frosting


For the cake:

11⁄2 cups roasted unsalted shelled pistachios

3⁄4 cup all-purpose flour

1⁄2 cup almond meal

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1 cup unsalted butter, softened, plus more for the pan

11⁄2 cups sugar

4 large eggs

Zest of 1 lemon

1 teaspoon almond extract

2 tablespoons rosewater

For the labneh frosting:

11⁄2 cups labneh

1 cup confectioners’ sugar

1 tablespoon rosewater

1⁄2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Pinch of kosher salt

Dried rose petals, for topping


Make the cake: Preheat the oven to 350°. Grease the bottom of a 9-inch round cake pan with butter and line the bottom with parchment paper; set aside. Place the pistachios in a food processor and pulse until they’re coarsely chopped. Scoop out 2 tablespoons and set them aside for the topping. Blend the remaining pistachios until they’re finely ground. Add

the flour, almond meal and salt and pulse a few times to combine. makes one 9-inch cake

In a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each, then add the lemon zest, almond extract and rosewater. Add the dry mixture and mix until just combined. Pour the batter into the pan and use a spatula to smooth the top. Bake the cake until the top is golden and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean (begin checking for doneness at 50 minutes). Let the cake cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then turn it onto a wire rack to cool completely.

Make the labneh frosting: In a medium bowl, stir together the labneh, sugar, rosewater, vanilla and salt until the mixture is smooth. Cover the top of the cooled cake with the frosting. Top with the reserved pistachios and a few sprinkles of dried rose petals. Enjoy!

Reprinted with permission from Short Stack Editions Vol. 32: Yogurt, by Molly Yeh

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