Toasted Rice Ice Cream

If I had to choose a dessert to enjoy for the rest of forever, it would be ice cream.

Toasted Rice Ice Cream

My favorite is to scoop some into a mug late at night and let it get a little melty while watching TV. But I’m also happy to pull into a drive-through for a vanilla ice cream-like product cone. Just no nuts, please and thank you.

Sadly, we don’t have Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams where I live. But she has shared lots of recipes for ice cream and other treats in her book. And she shared a technique for getting super smooth ice cream without making custard that is full of eggs. [Read more…]

Not Exactly Key Lime Pie with Whipped Coconut Cream

I still remember the first time I tasted key lime pie.

Key Lime Pie When I was a teenager, my family went on vacation to Florida for the whole Disney World – Epcot Center – Space Center adventure and that was all great. One night after dinner, my mom suggested that we order key lime pie for dessert. The combination of tart, smooth lime filling layered between the buttery graham cracker crust and creamy topping was heaven.
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Chocolate Snickerdoodles

Have you noticed lately that all the cookies are being baked into snickerdoodles?

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I’ve seen everything from gingerbread to peanut butter cookies twisted into snickerdoodles.  It doesn’t end with cookies either.  With a quick search on Pinterest, you’ll find waffles, cupcakes, and truffles, to name a few. Chocolate Snickerdoodles [Read more…]

Baked Chocolate Doughnuts

I understand that you try to have a healthy breakfast most days.  Really, I do.  Monday through Friday is all about high-fiber cereal and green smoothies.  But when the weekend rolls around and you just want to have cake for breakfast, I’m here for you. Baked Chocolate Doughnut

This recipe for baked chocolate doughnuts is another winner from Tracy at Shutterbean.  Imagine soft, chocolaty cupcakes topped with a rich espresso glaze, and baked in a pan with holes in the middle.  There you have it.  It helps that they’re so easy to whip together.  Perfect for mornings after you’ve slept in (just a little).  [Read more…]

Cranberry White Chocolate Cookies

I like everything about cookies.  It’s true.  Cranberry White Chocolate Cookies 4

Cookies are probably my favorite thing to bake.  They are easy to whip together most of the time, they are portable, and they please a crowd.  From the time I was a young person when my mom let me bake Snickerdoodles by myself, I have enjoyed browsing cookbooks for new cookies, and more recently, finding them online to tuck away on the pages of Pinterest.  And for real, who doesn’t love a good cookie?Cranberry White Chocolate Cookies And this cookie is definitely one of my faves.  It meets all the above criteria, and as a plus, you don’t even need a mixer to make the dough.  You could be noshing on these cranberry white chocolate cookies soon after the cookie craving strikes. [Read more…]

Cocoa Shortbread Cut-out Cookies

Can you believe that it’s time for Halloween already?  Soon the neighborhood will be full of trick-or-treating witches, superheroes, and princesses.  But then we’ll blink, and it will be covered in snow, Christmas lights, and the occasional inflatable Santa.
These cocoa shortbread cut-outs are so easy to whip up for any holiday, and they’re tasty, too.  In Martha Stewart’s Cookies, they’re cut as simple diamond shapes and drizzled with melted white chocolate.  But you can cut them into as many shapes as you have cutters.  The dough mixes up in a food processor, and is ready to be rolled out right away.  No chilling required – bonus.
While we’re on the subject of Halloween, did you watch Modern Family last week?  That show always cracks me up, but especially the Halloween episodes.  Only Claire could dress as Little Bo Peep and still frighten the kids away.  [Read more…]

Confetti Cookies

Are you looking for a party in a cookie?  This is it.  Every party starts with sprinkles, and this cookie is full of them.

The recipe comes from Momofuku Milk Bar, which is one big party in itself.  It’s loaded with cookies, cakes, and ice cream that not only make me want to bake them myself, but also visit the bakery in person one day.

This cookie starts out with a birthday cake crumb that tastes like bits of shortbread mixed with sprinkles. Since the cookie recipe only uses half the crumb mixture, you may be tempted to only make half the recipe.  I would advise against that because you’ll want extra for sprinkling over ice cream or just popping into your mouth.

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Maple Cupcakes with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

Everywhere I look, I see another recipe I want to try that is all about pumpkin.  Seriously, they are everywhere.  I know that I just made pumpkin snickerdoodles, and they were great. But what about pumpkin English muffin bread, pound cake, or even ice cream?  Even the new book from the boys at Baked has a section dedicated to this favorite ingredient of fall.  I don’t even know where to start.

 

I’m sure there is some kind of rule about posting two, three, or five recipes in a row that are all about pumpkin.  So I’ll wait.  But speaking of the boys from Baked, they have a maple cupcake in Baked Explorations that is perfect for this time of year.  They are really good, though they are crazy sweet.  Not that it’s a bad thing.  [Read more…]

Pumpkin Snickerdoodles

I know, just yesterday two weeks ago I was in denial that summer was over.  And now summer is long gone.  The days are much shorter, and the mornings are downright chilly.
When I look up to the mountains, I see leaves that are changing to autumn colors of golden and scarlet.  When I look online, I see recipes full of fall ingredients like apples and pumpkins.  That must be the reason these cookies from Annie’s Eats just about jumped off the page when I saw them.

Snickerdoodles are one of my favorite cookies anyway, but with pumpkin?  Say no more.  They looked like the perfect cookie for fall, and if the box I took to work was any indication, my co-workers agreed.  These cookies disappeared faster than the summer temperatures. [Read more…]

Big, Bold Lemon Bars with Toasted Coconut

Do you ever stumble upon a recipe with an enticing picture over these interwebs, and you HAVE to make that recipe right now?  Right now, as in, at the front of the line before countless dog-eared pages, bookmarks, and pins?  Yeah, me too, and this lemon bar recipe is an example of that.  When I ran across the recipe on FREUTCAKE, the enticing picture grabbed my attention, and the ingredient list held my curiosity.


On any given day, there’s a good chance I would pass over a chocolate-loaded brownie in favor of a good lemon bar.  I’m talking about a lemon bar with a buttery shortbread crust and a lemon layer that’s tart enough to make me pucker.  I had a feeling that these bars would not disappoint.  First, the crust is mixed with graham cracker crumbs and toasted coconut.  And then there’s the lemon layer that includes the zest and juice from eight lemons, twelve egg yolks, and four whole eggs.  [Read more…]

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