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6 Insanely Good Sweets for Your Super Bowl Party

02/01/2015 07:13 am ET | Updated Apr 03, 2015

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These are the best chocolate cupcakes: the cake portion of the recipe is adapted from Magnolia Bakery in NYC and the frosting comes from Cook's Illustrated. Together, they make an old-fashioned chocolate cupcake that is sweet enough for children but also intensely chocolate enough for adults. GET THE RECIPE

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Buttery and rich in flavor with a crisp and sparkly exterior and tender interior, these cookies are truly crave-worthy. I discovered the recipe years ago on the King Arthur Flour website, and it's been my go-to for sugar cookies ever since. GET THE RECIPE

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Every party needs a pound cake, and this one's for lemon lovers. Lemon zest and lemon juice are added to the batter, which lightly perfume the cake with lemon. Then, while the cake is still warm from the oven, it is doused with a lemon syrup to further enhance the lemon flavor. Finally, the cake is drizzled with a tart lemon glaze, which adds a pop of intense lemon flavor to every bite. GET THE RECIPE

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Part cookie, part brownie -- who doesn't love blondies? The best part is that they're almost ridiculously easy to make: they have less ingredients than cookies (plus you don't have to roll the dough into balls) and they're easier than brownies because there's no chocolate to melt. This version, made with chocolate chips and pecans, is my all-time favorite. GET THE RECIPE

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This is an old family recipe. In fact, one of my strongest childhood memories is baking the loaves with my mom, and then carting them off to every neighborhood potluck, school event and holiday party. The recipe has stood the test of time: it's still always the first dessert to go. GET THE RECIPE

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If you've been searching for the perfect brownie recipe, look no further. I promise you, this is it! Typically, brownie lovers fall into two camps: the "fudgy" and the "cakey." I dare say these brownies -- moist and fudgy in the center, and cakey and crisp on the surface -- appeal to all. The recipe comes from Nick Malgieri's Chocolate cookbook, an excellent resource for all things chocolate. GET THE RECIPE