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Spiced Pumpkin Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting

Posted by on Sep 15, 2014 in All, Baked Goods, Desserts | 15 comments

These Spiced Pumpkin Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting are a delicious way to kick off your fall baking. 

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Last week was unseasonably cool here which makes me want to do nothing more than crank up the oven and start my fall baking. We’ve been dabbling in a lot of apple recipes lately, which are perfect for everyone making their annual trips to the orchards, but now it’s time to turn our attention to another fall baking star: pumpkin. And we’re kicking off pumpkin season with a classic: Spiced Pumpkin Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting

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Maple Apple Upside Down Cake

Posted by on Sep 8, 2014 in All, Baked Goods, Desserts | 19 comments

Sweet fall flavors are at their finest in this Maple Apple Upside Down Cake. 

Maple Apple Upside Down Cake

I know apple pie is number one in the hearts of many of you when it comes to apple desserts. And not that I blame you, especially after tasting Lisa’s handiwork. (Man, that woman can bake some serious pie!) But just give me one bite of this Maple Apple Upside Down Cake, and then let’s compare best apple dessert notes. ‘Cuz I’m totally smitten with this cake, and I’m pretty sure you will be, too. 

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Apple Hand Pies

Posted by on Aug 21, 2014 in All, Baked Goods, Desserts | 20 comments

Individual Apple Hand Pies are a tasty way to make sure everyone gets some appley goodness!

Apple Hand Pies

Apple season is right around the corner, and let me tell you, this makes my husband a happy man. Kevin could eat all the apple things, all the time. So naturally I’m always looking for new ways for him to get his apple fix. And that means I’ve got a few tasty treats coming your way. Without further ado, I’m officially kicking off apple season with these warm-from-the-oven Apple Hand Pies.

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Dark Chocolate Orange Creamsicles

Posted by on Jul 31, 2014 in All, Desserts, Sponsored | 0 comments

These Dark Chocolate Orange Creamsicles are more nutritious than you expect, thanks to Silk® Protein+Fiber Almondmilk.

Dark Chocolate Orange CreamsiclesTo say that my son, Grady, is not the most adventurous eater is an understatement. I often chuckle in amazement at the foods that Lisa’s son, Charlie (also 8), will eat, let alone request:

Grilled Salmon?
Roasted Broccoli?
Asparagus?

Is this kid 8 or 28?

I can only hope that Grady will have developed a more adventurous palate by the time he’s 28. In the meantime, I definitely have my work cut out for me when I want to introduce new foods to my family. Rather than try to get them to sample something foreign completely outright, I incorporate it into a food they already enjoy, which is why these Dark Chocolate Orange Creamsicles were such a huge hit.

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No Bake Cookies and Cream Cheesecake Bars

Posted by on Jul 30, 2014 in All, Desserts | 48 comments

Keep the heat out of the kitchen with these No Bake Cookies and Cream Cheesecake Bars!

No Bake Cookies and Cream Cheesecake Bars

Sometimes the best desserts are the easiest ones.

You know the ones I’m talking about, right? Short ingredient lists and one-bowl wonders that don’t even need to go in the oven but still look and taste like they are complex and time consuming to put together? That, my friends, is my summer love language when it comes to desserts.

These No Bake Cookies and Cream Cheesecake Bars hit all of these important criteria. It’s got the chocolate cookie crust that my kids go crazy for, is topped with layers of whipped cheesecake and has chocolate cookies wedged in between it all. Each bite is full of smooth cheesecake flavor with a cookie crunch, all without having to turn the oven on. I’ll happily crank up my oven to bake a cheesecake in winter, but summer is for easy, oven-free cooking whenever possible.

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Classic Chocolate Cake

Posted by on Jul 26, 2014 in All, Desserts, Sponsored | 0 comments

Classic Chocolate Cake….just the way Mom used to make it.

Classic Chocolate Cake

What’s your earliest memory in the kitchen?

For me, it is – hands down – this Classic Chocolate Cake. My mom always made this when I was growing up, and to this day, it is one of the only cakes that I crave. And I’m not even a cake person (Gaaaaah, I know!). But this Chocolate Cake? I will never, ever turn it down.

In fact, it’s become THE Chocolate Cake that my family requests for birthdays (or really any time). Every once in a while, I’ll try and shake things up with a different frosting or a new flavor. Let’s just say that change is not always well-received with my family. They just want the recipe that they know and love. Tradition trumps variety, and I kinda love that because many of my childhood memories stem from time in the kitchen with my mom. Life’s good in the kitchen. It’s what brings many families together. That and cake. At least in my family.

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