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Want to Be Taylor Swift's BFF? Here's How She Picks 'Em

Taylor Swift: I Like 'Smart, Exciting' Friends

Originally posted 08/19/2014 01:45PM

All it takes is a quick glance at her Instagram to see that Taylor Swift is everyone's A-List BFF.

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PHOTOS: How Taylor Swift Spent the 4th of July

Inside Taylor Swift's 4th of July Weekend with Jaime King, Lena Dunham & More Famous Friends

Originally posted 07/06/2014 01:30PM

Taylor Swift spent the 4th of July with her star-studded friendship circle – and their Instagrams and Tweets prove girls really do just want to have fun.

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Taylor Swift Lives Our Dream & Gets a Cooking Lesson from Ina Garten | Ina Garten, Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift Lives Our Dream & Gets a Cooking Lesson from Ina Garten

Originally posted 06/18/2014 11:20AM

The singer even tried her first whiskey sour!

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Ina Garten's Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies | Ina Garten

Ina Garten's Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies

Originally posted 11/18/2012 05:00PM

Ina Garten specializes in decadence without breaking a sweat.

Take her catchphrase – How easy is that? – as an example. It suggests that even intimidating dishes can be made totally doable, like these pretty and delicious shortbread cookies.

The Barefoot Contessa shares a recipe for a cookie with a universally-beloved flavor profile. Who could resist chocolate, Nutella and butter?

"This is another variation of my friend Eli Zabar's delicious shortbread cookies," she writes in her 2010 cookbook, How Easy Is That?. "I love the combination of shortbread, roasted hazelnuts, and chocolate. The shortbread can be baked in advance, wrapped with plastic, and then filled with Nutella just before serving."

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