Falafel, which is essentially a deep-fried chickpea croquette, is not healthy. Falafel is definitely delicious though, especially when deep-fried instead of baked. Falafel consists of ground chickpeas and herbs that are ground up and fried. It’s one of those things that you can’t really call healthy, but you can definitely call “dinner”.

Homemade chickpea falafel on a pita with lettuce, tomato, onion, and tzatziki sauce... click for the recipe!

If you bake your falafel then it becomes much healthier, but also less crunchy. You must decide, when you make falafel, whether you treasure your health more than the momentary satisfaction you will get from a crunch. I chose the crunch. Falafel is amazing when it’s crunchy!

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Homemade Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups

Have you ever had a peanut butter cup before? Slightly crunchy peanut butter encased in a milk chocolate shell is magical. In fact, Reese, the largest producer of peanut butter cups in the world, has made millions of dollars from the concept.

Completely homemade Reese's peanut butter cups. Make your own! Click for the recipe.

How do they make them though? How does their peanut butter have that slight crunch without any visible pieces of peanuts? How do they get the peanut butter in the chocolate? And, most importantly, how can you do all of that at home?

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Pecan Linzer Cookies

I made cookies. That can be exceptionally difficult without cookie cutters. I was able to make doughnuts without a doughnut cutter, but making cookies without cookie cutters is much more difficult. Especially if they’re cut-out cookies and you don’t want to settle for circles (or strangely shaped ellipses).

Pecan linzer cookies with a raspberry filling. Click to make your own!

I tried making cookie cutters out of tinfoil before but it’s a pain. I decided I would ask around if anyone had any cookie cutters I could borrow in exchange for, well, cookies. I amassed a collection of cookie cutters overnight and now owe about a dozen cookies to different people.

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