Category: Dessert

Circus Animal Cookie Truffles

Circus Animal Cookie Truffles are a fun and colorful no-bake dessert, with a pink-and-white layered surprise inside!

Circus Animal Cookie Truffles are a fun and colorful no-bake dessert, with a pink-and-white layered surprise inside!

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Well, as most of the world has heard, Houston has had a couple rough weeks.  A really bad dude named Harvey flooded our beautiful city with over 50 inches of rain.  More rain than the United States has ever measured from a single storm.  Enough rain that the National Weather Service had to add a new color to its rainfall maps.  So much rain that the water will not recede from certain neighborhoods for weeks.  Your Ready to Yumble crew was VERY thankful to make it safely through the storm, but with somewhere around 50,000 homes flooded, we all have friends and family with serious damage.  Yeah, “rough” is probably an understatement.

So why are we blogging about something as frivolous as Circus Animal Cookie Truffles?  It may sound silly, but when I’m feeling overwhelmed by my problems, it helps me to take a mental break by reading something that is, in fact, totally frivolous.  Food blogs, especially baking blogs, became a safe haven for me.  So here’s our small contribution for anyone who needs a quick mental vacation.  There’s color!  Sprinkles!  Sugar!  They’re a no-bake, kid-friendly, and totally doable pick-me-up – something we all need right now.

Circus Animal Cookie Truffles are a fun and colorful no-bake dessert, with a pink-and-white layered surprise inside!

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Nectarine Raspberry Crisp with Spiced Crumb Topping

Nectarine Raspberry Crisp with Spiced Crumb Topping is packed with delicious summer fruit and covered in a flavorful, buttery crumb.  Best served with a creamy scoop of ice cream on a warm night!

Nectarine Raspberry Crisp with Spiced Crumb Topping is packed with delicious summer fruit and covered in a flavorful, buttery crumb. Best served with a creamy scoop of ice cream on a warm night!

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I’m not usually much of a fruit-eater.  It’s a running joke with my family.  While they like to point out all the fruits I don’t eat, I tend to counter with a list of fruits I do enjoy.  It seems pretty balanced to me.

Them: You hate bananas.

Me: Yeah, but I eat apples.

Them: Watermelon.

Me: Pineapple.

Them: Oranges.

Me: Berries.

Them: Nectarines.

Me: ….well I like all KINDS of berries!

I tend to be on the losing end of this discussion.  However, I can always pull out my trump card: I will eat almost ANY fruit…provided it’s baked in a dessert.  And this Nectarine Raspberry Crisp with Spiced Crumb Topping blew my fruit-hating mind.

Nectarine Raspberry Crisp with Spiced Crumb Topping is packed with delicious summer fruit and covered in a flavorful, buttery crumb. Best served with a creamy scoop of ice cream on a warm night!

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Strawberry Ricotta Tart

This Strawberry Ricotta Tart has a simple shortbread crust, a lightly sweetened filling, and a gorgeous strawberry topping. It’s the perfect summer dessert…and you don’t have to tell anyone how easy it is to make!

This Strawberry Ricotta Tart has a simple shortbread crust, a lightly sweetened filling, and a gorgeous strawberry topping. It's the perfect summer dessert...and you don't have to tell anyone how easy it is to make!

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Aaaaaand we’re back! Cue the parade, balloons, and brass band, because in spite of our newborn baby girl (who is wonderful but time-intensive), we have managed to throw together a semblance of a blog post for y’all.  I feel kinda like a functioning adult again.

I’m pretty sure this Strawberry Ricotta Tart is the perfect recipe for staging a comeback.  I made it pre-baby, and the only real reason I had for baking it was, well, PRETTY!  I had seen it on the cover of Fine Cooking a couple years ago, and I never got the image out of my head.  I mean, those beautiful strawberries!  The glistening glaze!  I kept intending to make it, but somehow there are always more desserts on my list than there is time on my hands.  Well, I finally got to it, and in spite of the years of build up I was not disappointed.  This tart is not only beautiful, but it’s also easy and absolutely delicious.

This Strawberry Ricotta Tart has a simple shortbread crust, a lightly sweetened filling, and a gorgeous strawberry topping. It's the perfect summer dessert...and you don't have to tell anyone how easy it is to make! (more…)

Decadent German Chocolate Cake

Decadent German Chocolate Cake pairs an intense flourless chocolate cake with coconut and pecan frosting – insanely indulgent and sure to please a crowd!Decadent German Chocolate Cake pairs an intense flourless chocolate cake with coconut and pecan frosting - insanely indulgent and sure to please a crowd!

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Hello everyone!  As you may know, Liz and I are expecting a new member to join the Ready to Yumble crew here shortly, and we might possibly be using this fact as an excuse to make more decadent desserts than we might otherwise.  But you know the ol’ adage: If momma ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy.  So give this impressively decadent German chocolate cake a try (maybe for Mother’s Day?) to keep your loved ones happy!

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Sweet & Salty Cookies

Sweet and Salty Cookies combine some of my favorite treats – pretzels, chocolate chips, and butterscotch – in one soft and chewy cookie with a ton of flavor!

Sweet and Salty Cookies combine some of my favorite treats - pretzels, chocolate chips, and butterscotch - in one soft and chewy cookie with a ton of flavor!

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So I feel like I might be able to blame this recipe on a pregnancy craving…but let’s be honest, I would LOVE these Sweet and Salty Cookies whether pregnant or not.  Ross was a big fan too, so there you go.

Actually, I kinda wish I had some weird pregnancy cravings to share with everyone who asks.  Don’t get me wrong, I’ve had cravings, but they are all entirely normal.  Like, the entire first trimester I craved comfort food: pizza, pasta, tacos…but those are all things I would be happy to eat on any normal day of the week.  The melted cheese fantasies were a bit more extreme than usual, true.  I could have happily swum in a vat of mozzarella.  But who doesn’t love a good melty cheese?

Adding pretzels to cookies seems a bit more like something a pregnant woman would do.  But…not necessarily.  I am ALWAYS a fan of the salty-sweet combination.  (See: Drunk in the Kitchen Brownies.)  And I know I’m not alone in that love.

Sweet and Salty Cookies combine some of my favorite treats - pretzels, chocolate chips, and butterscotch - in one soft and chewy cookie with a ton of flavor! (more…)