Category — Dessert + Sweet Recipes

{disco christmas} Saturday Night Fever, in Gingerbread

Every year a group of friends comes over and we make a crazy gingerbread “house” – usually more of a scene – to go along with the theme of our Christmas party. Last year I was too lazy to share photos and a description, so this year you get a twofer! We are making this year’s house tonight, so I thought I’d better share last year’s ASAP.

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December 17, 2015   No Comments

{recipe} Coconut Candied Pecans

I love candied nuts, and make them each year for the holidays. I usually do a sweet, salty, and spicy version. But lately I have discovered a way to make candied nuts that are better than the usual: by adding a generous helping of unsweetened coconut flakes to the mix. It adds a subtle coconut flavor and a welcome chewiness to the mix. I like the Bob’s Red Mill brand because the flakes are paper-thin but big enough to stand up to the nuts.

coconut candied pecans

I have been putting these on all kinds of things. I first made a version with pistachios and slivered almonds and put it on a spinach salad that also had pomegranate seeds and roasted squash on it. That was great, but last night I made them with pecans to top a pumpkin pie with whipped cream.

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November 17, 2015   No Comments

{recipe} Apple Yogurt Crackle Cake

I adapted this cake from a David Rocco recipe and have been tweaking and refining it over a series of delicious weekends. I think it’s now pretty near perfect. It’s buttery, soft, not too sweet, and with a crackly sugar crust I want to put on everything.

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October 28, 2015   2 Comments

{recipe} Chocolate Caramel Oatmeal Bars

Chocolate caramel oatmeal bars. Do these really need much more introduction than that? Probably not. What I have shared with you here is a picture of a cross-section of the bars. Gooey caramel, chewy chocolate, and a crumbly oat bar cookie both on the bottom and on the top… I can’t imagine you need much more convincing than that.

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October 1, 2015   No Comments

{recipe} Double Chocolate Buttermilk Muffins

This week, we had a pretty big milestone: my 3-year-old son started preschool. It is a fantastic and sweet little school that we can walk to, and I am genuinely excited for him and for all of us. The only thing that made me do a double-take was when they informed me that he would not be allowed to have anything sweet in his lunch, and no cupcakes or desserts even on birthdays!

chocolate buttermilk muffins

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September 2, 2015   No Comments

{recipe} Blueberry Oatmeal Cookies

Not to sound like Seinfeld here, but… what’s the deal with all those blueberry items you get that have like 2.5 blueberries total? Pancakes, muffins, you name it… nary a blueberry in sight. And when you do find them, they’re all clumped together. It’s like looking for the bacon in a salad.

Not so with these cookies: they are packed so full of fresh blueberries, you will need an extra napkin when you bite into one, to handle all of the juicy bits.

blueberry oatmeal cookies

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August 17, 2015   No Comments

{recipe} Easy Caramelized Strawberry Jam

Recently I made a pretty life-changing discovery, which is that I can make incredibly delicious strawberry jam with only 3 ingredients, and it’s super easy to do. Jam consumption in the household has skyrocketed, but since it’s so easy to make, it’s no big deal to turn out another batch.

strawberry jam coconut sugar

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April 17, 2015   4 Comments

{recipe} The BEST Gluten Free Oatmeal Cookies

I’m headed to Panama tomorrow – lucky me! I always like to bake cookies to take on the airplane with me, and these oatmeal cookies just came out of the oven. The only problem is that I think there is a very good chance that I might eat them all in the next 12 hours, and there won’t be any for the plane ride.

best gluten free oatmeal cookies

I sort of hate the trend of calling food “guilt-free,” but I will admit, it is easier to enjoy something when it’s, well, less likely to make you feel bad about yourself for eating it. So I’m going to stop just short of calling these guilt-free, but I feel it would be dishonest not to mention that it’s how I think of them.

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March 26, 2015   No Comments

{happy birthday} How To Make a Super Cool Thomas the Train Birthday Cake

Let me give you a quick piece of parenting advice that I learned the hard way: do not let an almost-2-year-old browse train birthday cakes on Pinterest. If you do, be aware that he may come to his birthday party with some seriously lofty expectations! This is how we got to this point. Luckily my sister–who, FUN FACT, earned a trophy for cake decorating in the 7th grade–was there with her super steady hands, clear design eye, and patience to help me work this out.

thomas the train birthday cake

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March 21, 2015   3 Comments

{recipe} Swirly Christmas Sugar Cookies

Here’s another fun one for the holidays – swirly red and green sugar cookies! I love soft sugar cookies that melt in your mouth. They are so easy to make and getting this swirled effect is really simple to do. So pretty!

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December 22, 2014   5 Comments