Desserts

Snickerdoodle Cookies + Cream Cheese Frosting = WHAT?!

A snickerdoodle cookie is one of my favorite holiday cookies. They have the perfect balance of buttery softness and slight crispiness, with a warm cinnamon-sugar aroma that draws me in every time. I share these Cream Cheese Frosting-Filled Snickerdoodle Sandwich Cookies often with family and friends this time of year, which means my oven is almost always pumping out a fresh batch of snickerdoodles. This is especially handy for last-minute guests coming over for dinner and dessert!

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When Zucchini Met Chocolate Muffins

Zucchini has been a longtime favorite veggie of mine, but until recently, I never dabbled with adding it to my baked treats. But I came across more than one recipe for zucchini bread lately and I’m all for getting in a little green wherever possible, so this proved a worthwhile kitchen experiment! The shredded zucchini was almost undetectable thanks to the dark cocoa powder and semi-sweet chocolate, though it added a perfectly moist texture to these Double Chocolate Zucchini Muffins.

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Eyes on the Pies

Ripe, juicy summer fruit is bursting from grocery and farmers’ markets these days. Time for me to grab my rolling pin and reach for the pie recipes! The window of opportunity to make desserts from perfectly ripe berries or peaches is brief but glorious, and I’m asking just one thing of you: Take advantage of the bounty while it lasts and make a pie. Any kind! Blueberry pie, double-berry pies, fruit-stuffed hand pies…they’re all amazing. And with the right recipes (*cough* like the ones I picked below *cough*), they can be ridiculously easy to make too.

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One of Summer’s Best New Desserts: No-Bake, Layered AND Chocolate!

When it comes to get-togethers I host, dessert is usually an afterthought. Because I’m more of a savory cook than a talented baker, I tend to put all my energy into the main course rather than the sweet ending. However, I’ve finally found a dessert that is both incredibly simple and always delicious: No-Bake Chocolate Layer Dessert. Layers of crumbled chocolate cookies, creamy whipped topping and chocolate pudding stack up to the most popular dish at the potluck! Be warned: It vanishes magically—it’s on the table one minute and gone the next. You will love this super-easy, no-bake summer treat! Continue reading

Top 5 Red, White & Blue Desserts

Ready for fireworks? I’m not talking Roman candles, either—I’m talking the oohs and ahhs that will commence when you set down a tray of brightly colored goodies in front of your July 4th guests. And honestly, who can blame them? Desserts too often hide in shades of brown and white (not that I’m knockin’ chocolate, mind you…). But just in time for Independence Day, treats take a turn toward the bright and beautiful—a trend spurred on by the abundance of ripe red and blue berries. So in honor of our nation’s birthday, here are a few of my favorite patriotic treats, including berry-topped mini cheesecakes, a stunning ice cream cake and that grand ol’ showstopper, an American flag cake.

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Shower Power Recipes: “Naked” Cakes

Summer’s here, so it’s time to get naked…cakes, that is! Traditional layer cakes are going frosting-free, and the result is an almost un-BARE-ably awesome dessert for all warm-weather occasions: wedding showers, baby showers, grad parties—you name it, I’ll be creating naked cakes.

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