Mary Ellen Taylor Recipes

From my books and my kitchen

Mike’s Chocolate Espresso Cake

Mike, Rachel's husband, renowned for his skill and his place at the center of the Union Street Bakery, created this recipe, which became one of his own favorites. 2 cups of All Purpose Flour 1 cup of Cocoa Powder 1-1/2 teaspoons of baking soda 1/2 teaspoon of salt...

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Winter Cottage Apple Pie

I love apple pie in all it's variations!  This one uses Granny Smith apples.I like it so much I gave it to Megan in Winter Cottage.  It's love at first bite for Lucy and, possibly, the start of a new friendship--if Lucy stays, of course, which is anybody's guess......

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Lucy’s Chocolate Cake

I'm a huge fan of chocolate. Which makes me a lot like many of the people I know, including several major authors. Sometimes I wonder if my books would get written if not for the chocolate breaks I take along the way. I'm not the only fan of Lucy's version of...

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Jenna’s Maple Cookies

Jenna's recipe box was found behind a wall during renovations in the Union Street Bakery. Her name was in the box, and it turns out she worked at the bakery in the 1940s. Her take on maple cookies is among the many recipes that live on live on, long past her death....

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My Go-To Cookie

Whenever I make cookies for an event or just for the fun of it, I go to this recipe which I’ve used it for years. The addition of the rum extract gives the chocolate an extra pop of flavor that I really enjoy. These are easy to make and they'll make you a superstar...

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As American as Old Town Apple Pie

Yes, it's time for me to go into high gear with my baking and other prep for Thanksgiving Day! The holiday always makes me competitive with my favorite frenemy---me! I love to bake and cook, but like so many of us, despite years of success, I go right ahead and worry...

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Bake to Satisfy Your Cravings!

What I love about this cookie recipe is that it can be customized to your tastes. Once you’ve mixed the basic dough, you can add in whatever flavor combinations appeal to you. Like chocolate? Make them chocolate chip cookies. Like maple and nuts exchange the vanilla...

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