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Recipe: Molten Midnight Brownies — Easy Dessert Recipes

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Despite all the fun-sized candy bars, peanut butter cups, and gummy worms eaten with abandon this time of year, I argue that we still need more chocolate. And that's not just because I am a chocolate fiend (which, if you're curious, I am) — it's because Halloween would be infinitely better with these brownies.

They are as dark and decadent as they come. They're insanely moist, rich, and chewy, speckled with chunks of melty chocolate that pool into hot puddles of your favorite chocolate as they bake.

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Recipe: Molten Midnight Brownies — Easy Dessert Recipes

(Image credit: Joe Lingeman/The Kitchn)

Despite all the fun-sized candy bars, peanut butter cups, and gummy worms eaten with abandon this time of year, I argue that we still need more chocolate. And that's not just because I am a chocolate fiend (which, if you're curious, I am) — it's because Halloween would be infinitely better with these brownies.

They are as dark and decadent as they come. They're insanely moist, rich, and chewy, speckled with chunks of melty chocolate that pool into hot puddles of your favorite chocolate as they bake.

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Recipe: Make-Ahead Pumpkin French Toast Casserole — Make-Ahead Breakfast Recipes

(Image credit: Joe Lingeman/The Kitchn)

This is how you do French toast during prime pumpkin season (aka right now!). It's a sweet, seasonal breakfast casserole for a crowd and powerful enough to win over the most ardent pumpkin spice critic. Thick cubes of buttery brioche are soaked overnight and infused with rich custard packed with warm spices and a double dose of pumpkin. Then it's dotted with a crunchy brown sugar and pecan streusel that takes it over the top. Amazing, right?

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How To Make Slow Cooker General Tso’s Chicken — Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn

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The craving: General Tso's chicken from your favorite Chinese takeout spot. The problem: You've got different diners eating at different times. The best solution: General Tso's chicken from your slow cooker. Yes, you'll be investing a little more time than dialing for takeout, but you'll make the best General Tso's you can at home without stir-frying and you can feed your family in shifts as they stagger in the door tired and hungry.

This slow cooker General Tso's chicken hits all the high points of your Chinese takeout favorite — crisp golden chicken with a tender interior, coated in a glossy, spicy sweet sauce. Ready your rice and your slow cooker for this better-than-takeout slow cooker General Tso's chicken.

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Recipe: Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars — Easy Dessert Recipes

(Image credit: Joe Lingeman/The Kitchn)

A slice of classic cheesecake is one of those desserts that takes nicely to added flavors and tinkering. If you love both pumpkin pie and cheesecake, these creamy bars are the perfect hybrid. There's a sturdy graham cracker crust on the bottom, then a layer of classic white cheesecake, and finally a delicate pumpkin cheesecake layer fragrant with cinnamon and pumpkin pie spices. One pan makes a lot of bars that you can take to your next party or potluck; I promise the pan will come home empty.

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The One Baking Ingredient You Should Never Splurge On — Shopping

Just like winter, baking season is coming! While it's super fun to mix up cookies, pies, gingerbread, and all those holiday treats, it can also get pretty expensive. Between fancy baker's chocolate, nuts (nuts!), several types of flour, and vanilla extract, you can spend a small fortune stocking up your pantry.

Luckily, there's one ingredient you don't have to splurge on.

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