Category: Dessert

Nutella Cheesecake Oreo Bars

Nutella Cheesecake Oreo Bars are just as dreamy and decadent as they sound – the perfect dessert for Nutella-lovers!Nutella Cheesecake Oreo Bars are just as dreamy and decadent as they sound - the perfect dessert for Nutella-lovers!

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Anyone who knows us, knows we tend to plan vacation activities around food.  Or sometimes, I would go so far as to say we find things to do on vacation in between meals.  (Don’t judge – I’m positive at least 38.7% of you do the same thing.)  Of course, it depends on the type of vacation.  For instance, Ross is quite the skier, and on a typical trip to the slopes, food lags slightly behind skiing in importance.

However, our recent vacation (babymoon!) to Jackson Hole was entirely traditional for us, in that food reigned supreme, and even Ross’s ski runs had a foodie link.  Fun fact: there is a cabin serving WAFFLES at the top of the Tetons!  In my preggo condition, I passed on the skiing (I’m not very good anyway), but you can bet I hopped on the tram and met Ross at the summit for a taste of those waffles.  Of course they were fantastic.

Even better than those waffles, however, was an astonishingly decadent dessert we shared at an Italian restaurant (Il Villaggio Osteria) after a snowy day of sight-seeing: a Nutella cheesecake. It had an incredibly rich flavor, silky texture, and the perfect amount of sweetness to balance it all out.  We foolishly ordered just one slice and almost came to blows over the last bite.  We knew we had to recreate it immediately upon returning home.  And with some tinkering and tasting, these Nutella Cheesecake Oreo Bars were born.

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes combine two of your favorite things into one decadent dessert!  The cookie dough filling is irresistible.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes combine two of your favorite things into one decadent dessert! The cookie dough filling is irresistible.

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We all love cookie dough.  Well, at least if you’re reading this blog, you probably do.  And if you aren’t a fan, have you actually had cookie dough?  It’s delicious!  Quite frankly, cookie dough was the bait that first got me into the kitchen as a kid.  And I still like eating cookie dough as much now as I did back them.  But even better, as an adult, I am no longer at the mercy of my mom’s  baking schedule, so I can have it whenever I want.  Sometimes growing up has its benefits.

Sadly, it is generally frowned upon to present a big bowl of cookie dough as dessert to company.  I’m not sure why, but who am I to argue with social convention?  Luckily, these chocolate chip cookie dough cupcakes allow you to bring some of those same cookie dough flavors in a more acceptable presentation.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes combine two of your favorite things into one decadent dessert! The cookie dough filling is irresistible.

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Peanut Butter Bourbon Chocolate Cake

Peanut Butter Bourbon Chocolate Cake combines layers of moist and rich chocolate cake with a craveable peanut butter bourbon frosting. Top the whole thing with ganache and peanut butter cups for the ultimate celebratory dessert!Peanut Butter Bourbon Chocolate Cake combines layers of moist and rich chocolate cake with a craveable peanut butter bourbon frosting. Top the whole thing with ganache and peanut butter cups for the ultimate celebratory dessert!

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Happy 2017! We made it, y’all!

So you know how people always swear they’re going to start new, healthy eating habits come January 1?  Back on the wagon and all that jazz?  Well, I’ve made a similar affirmation….but with a slightly different angle than most.  Here are my goals for the new year:

  1. Drink more champagne.  To prevent Alzheimer’s.
  2. Continue enjoying cocktails.  For longevity.
  3. Eat more chocolate.  For cardiovascular health.
  4. Snack on plenty of cheese.  For improved cholesterol levels and its anti-inflammatory properties.
  5. Add more peanut butter.  To prevent heart disease and diabetes.

See?  Healthy eating is EASY!

With that in mind, here’s a totally, completely healthy* addition to your new year: Peanut Butter Bourbon Chocolate Cake.  Considering the health benefits of peanut butter, booze, and chocolate (see above), this cake is basically a super hero!

(*Healthy is in the eye of the beholder.  And your internet search terms.)Peanut Butter Bourbon Chocolate Cake combines layers of moist and rich chocolate cake with a craveable peanut butter bourbon frosting. Top the whole thing with ganache and peanut butter cups for the ultimate celebratory dessert!

 

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Crockpot Hot Chocolate

Crockpot Hot Chocolate is the easiest way to make a big batch of everyone’s favorite holiday drink.  Perfect for parties, or any time you want a super rich and creamy cup of chocolate.

Crockpot Hot Chocolate is the easiest way to make a big batch of everyone’s favorite holiday drink. Perfect for parties, or any time you want a super rich and creamy cup of chocolate.

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Now THIS is a hot chocolate to beat all hot chocolates.  Our recipe for Crockpot Hot Chocolate is serious business.  Well, as serious as you can be about chocolate.  Super thick and rich, it could be called “drinking chocolate” or “sipping chocolate,” but we went for the old-fashioned name.  Don’t be fooled.  This is as far from powdered drink mix as you can get.

Personally, I’ve been trying to think how to accurately describe this Crockpot Hot Chocolate — while keeping it clean on our family-friend blog.  So let’s just say if your friend takes a sip of this, you’re going to want to have what she’s having.

Crockpot Hot Chocolate is the easiest way to make a big batch of everyone’s favorite holiday drink. Perfect for parties, or any time you want a super rich and creamy cup of chocolate.

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Chewy White Chocolate Candy Cane Cookies

Chewy White Chocolate Candy Cane Cookies deserve a spot on your Christmas cookie tray.  They’re festive, buttery, and Santa approved!Chewy White Chocolate Candy Cane Cookies deserve a spot on your Christmas cookie tray. They're festive, buttery, and Santa approved!

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year – Christmas!

…cookie season, that is.  Christmas cookie season is the most wonderful time of the year! Is there anything that makes anyone, man, woman, or child, smile as consistently as a cookie?

Ross grew up in a family that made a million different types of Christmas cookies every year.  I don’t think I’ve even tried all the variations that usually appear on their menu.  Me, my family kept it a little more simple with traditional cut-out sugar cookies and gingerbread men.  But even with all the options between our two families, there’s ALWAYS room for a new cookie.

Like these!  Chewy White Chocolate Candy Cane Cookies made a very welcome addition to our Christmas cookie tray this year.  And, I mean, they’re probably pretty tasty year-round, but the candy cane just screams festive, dontcha think?

Chewy White Chocolate Candy Cane Cookies deserve a spot on your Christmas cookie tray. They're festive, buttery, and Santa approved!

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