Category: Dessert

Mini M&M Peanut Butter Cookies

Mini M&M Peanut Butter Cookies are perfectly portioned – and perfectly delicious! – thick and chewy bites of heaven.Mini M&M Peanut Butter Cookies are perfectly portioned - and perfectly delicious! - thick and chewy bites of heaven.

These cookies are so stinking cute I almost hate to eat–

BAAAHAHAHAHA!!

Hooo boy I crack myself up.

Seriously. I loved stuffing these in my mouth. And when I say “them,” I mean roughly a dozen. Okay baker’s dozen. 82 at most.  They just go down so easy!

The only thing that gave me any pause while munching? What to call them. Because you see, not only are these cookies mini, but they also use mini M&Ms. So…mini MINI M&M peanut butter cookies?  Too much?  Too many M’s?

Mini M&M Peanut Butter Cookies are perfectly portioned - and perfectly delicious! - thick and chewy bites of heaven. (more…)

Mini S’Mores Pies

Mini S’Mores Pies combine a buttery graham cracker crust, bourbon chocolate ganache, and toasted marshmallow frosting for an out-of-this world summer dessert. No campfire required!Mini S'Mores Pies combine a buttery graham cracker crust, bourbon chocolate ganache, and toasted marshmallow frosting for an out-of-this world summer dessert. No campfire required!

You know what summer is about?

Sun.  Swimming.  S’mores.

Silly Sally simply swoons for summer!

Anyone else feel the same?  I have to assume everyone is raising their hand right now.  You can’t turn on your computer without *virtually* tripping over a recipe for a s’mores dessert.  S’mores bars, s’mores dip, s’mores cookies.  S’more s’mores?  Why yes absolutely!

I love it all.

So with these mini s’mores pies, I’m sharing with you a love for summer and all its simply stunning sweets.

Mini S'Mores Pies combine a buttery graham cracker crust, bourbon chocolate ganache, and toasted marshmallow frosting for an out-of-this world summer dessert. No campfire required! (more…)

Pancake Cupcakes

It’s breakfast for dessert – or dessert for breakfast? – with these fluffy Pancake Cupcakes, topped with a buttery melt-in-your-mouth Maple Bacon Frosting.

It's breakfast for dessert - or dessert for breakfast? - with these fluffy Pancake Cupcakes, topped with a buttery Maple Bacon Frosting.

How many of you wake up (almost) ever morning and try to figure out a way to justify eating dessert for breakfast?  No one?  Just me?  I can live with that.  And this recipe for pancake cupcakes is just the excuse I need.

PANCAKES PANCAKES PANCAKES!!!

Pancakes really hold a special place in my heart.  Growing up, they were a Sunday tradition, and I would probably count them among the first recipes I ever made.  There is something very comforting about chowing down on a big plate loaded with fluffy pancakes, dripping with butter and syrup.  Um, I’ll uh, be right back…

[Wipes syrup from mouth…] Where were we?  Right!  Pancakes!  So they’ve always been delicious, but when I got older, and started to learn of the deliciousness of alcoholic libations (and the unfortunate results of excessive enjoyment), I also learned how awesome they are as drunk food.  I became a vocal advocate for the post-party pancake run.  In fact, Liz once played a voicemail for me where I could clearly be heard yelling in the background “PANCAKES PANCAKES PANCAKES!  WHO ELSE WANTS SOME?!”.  And if I didn’t manage to get a stack of ’em at the end of the night, you can bet the odds were pretty good I was going to first thing in the morning.  So the last meal of the day, or the first the next day.  Not unlike…. DESSERT AND BREAKFAST!  I rest my case.It's breakfast for dessert - or dessert for breakfast? - with these fluffy Pancake Cupcakes, topped with a buttery Maple Bacon Frosting. (more…)

Blueberry Crumb Pie

This blueberry crumb pie is perfectly juicy with a subtly spiced filling.  The crispy brown sugar crumb puts it over the top!

This blueberry crumb pie is perfectly juicy with a subtly spiced filling. The crispy brown sugar crumb puts it over the top!Hello readers, and a belated Happy Birthday America!

Summertime means many things: the ungodly Houston summer weather (this 4th of July was somewhere between a nuclear powered sauna and the 7th circle of hell), grilling absolutely everything possible (we’ve had good luck with a grilled potato salad), and as much fresh fruit as I can eat.  While you can get berries pretty much year round, they’re fresher and better in the summer, and the best possible way to eat berries is in a pie!

This blueberry crumb pie recipe is one that my family has been using for years.

The crust is slightly sweet, and pairs nicely with the juicy blueberry filling.  It’s also has a ton of butter, so it’s a little tricky to work out, but worth the effort.  You are, of course, welcome to use whatever crust you like best.  The filling has a few slightly unusual additions that really set it apart from your average blueberry  – a little nutmeg, ginger, allspice, and – wait for it – creme de cassis.  They may not be typical ingredients, but I’ll tell you what: Liz hates blueberries, and Liz loves this pie.  True story!  She’s requested it on more than one occasion, and she couldn’t put her finger on just what tasted so delicious.  Well, whether it’s the spices or creme de cassis (we know it’s not the blueberries), this is basically the blueberry pie to end all pies.  Oh, the brown sugar crumb doesn’t hurt either. (more…)

Chocolate Chip Cookie Taste Test

Chocolate chip cookie taste test: It’s a cookie kerfuffle!  Sally versus Alton: which way will the cookie crumble?

Chocolate chip cookie taste test: It's a cookie kerfuffle! Sally versus Alton: which way will the cookie crumble?Sometimes the availability of recipes on the internet seems like a double edged sword: there are tons of quality recipes out there, but yet there are still only 24 hours in the day, so which recipe should you make?  Well, when the chocolate chips are down, we figured we could help you out by baking a couple batches of chocolate chip cookies from sources we know and love, and pitting them head to head in a delicious fight to the finish.  Many cookies were eaten, but it was a sacrifice we were willing to make for you, our readers.  So without further ado, let’s meet the challengers…

In this corner, hailing from the Food Network, the heavy weight of three cookie brothers, give it up for… Alton Brown’s “The Chewy“!…

And in this corner, hailing from Philadelphia and one of our favorite blogs, make some noise for Sally’s Baking Addiction’s “THE Chocolate Chip Cookie“!…

Of course, personally, I love our Rocky Mountain Chocolate Chip Cookies, but Liz tells me that those don’t count because with the addition of oats and nuts, they fall outside the realm of a “classic” chocolate chip cookie.  Fair enough.  Sometimes  you just want the classic.

Chocolate chip cookie taste test: It's a cookie kerfuffle! Sally versus Alton: which way will the cookie crumble?

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