Classic Chocolate Cake with Homemade Chocolate Buttercream

My whole life I have been living a lie. Thinking I was not a cake person, when really, I maybe just wasn’t eating the right cake. And THIS. This is the cake that is making me a cake person. The texture never fails to achieve that perfect midpoint between dense and fluffy; not even the […]

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Fruit Pizza

Sitting here thinking how we have come up with ways to make pizza out of just about everything and how there is no pizza that I dislike. Veggie pizza=good, regular pepperoni pizza=great, fruit pizza=VERY FESTIVE AND VERY GOOD. Truly, my favorite 4th of July food. A winner in both the taste bud and patriotism categories. […]

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Blueberry Hand Pies

Blueberry hand pies are the perfect hand-held dessert! These homemade mini pies can be made with fresh or frozen blueberries. Use store-bought crust for an easy finger-food treat.

Blueberry pie is a longtime summer favorite of mine. I will eat it for breakfast, for brunch, for an afternoon pick-me-up with a milk-heavy cup of coffee, or hidden under vanilla ice cream for dessert after any meal.  But the line has to be drawn somewhere. And that line is between me and making an […]

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Chocolate Malt Sandwich Cookies

Chocolate Malt Sandwich Cookies | Homemade sandwich cookies for true chocolate lovers! Velvety malted chocolate + cream cheese filling gets sandwiched between two chewy chocolate cookies for a rich, super chocolatey cookie.

I need to tell you that I majorly fangirled Martha Stewart as a kid. I was crushed when she went to prison. CRUSHED. She debuted these cookies in 2001, and as a 9-year-old who lived for chocolate and baking and all things Martha Stewart, I immediately latched on. Baking and eating these with my aunts […]

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Giant Sugar Cookies

Sugar cookies are a long-time favorite of mine. An enormous sugar cookie from the grocery store bakery was usually my reward (read: bribe) for grocery shopping with my mom when I was little, so they have always felt like a super special-treatment cookie to me. These sugar cookies are HUGE. Which I like in a […]

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Strawberry Crumble Bars

THESE BARS! They are life-changing. Sweet and jammy and crumbly. And also really easy to make! I first had a similar bar at a class we were taking at our church. I spent the majority of the time before and after class standing over the pan, and I do not exaggerate when I say I […]

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Salted Caramel Pretzel Bark

Salted Caramel Pretzel Bark

There is a popular cookie tray occupant this time of year that involves melting a Rolo onto a pretzel in the microwave and topping it with an M&M. I once attempted to make a batch of these, believing they were a fool-proof microwavable treat (how easy!). I also was drawn to them because they seemed […]

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Peppermint Bark Popcorn

Peppermint Bark Popcorn Recipe

Do you love peppermint bark?? Honestly, I find myself forgetting about peppermint bark all of the time because there are just so many good things to eat this time of year. And, as you may have noticed, I tend to have tunnel vision for the more main-event style desserts (like the pies and tarts and […]

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Mini Lemon Tarts

Lemon Tartletts with Sugar Cookie Crust

These just might be the cutest of all cute desserts in the world.  Tarts are already one of the all-time cutest desserts, but make them tiny and pop a little raspberry on top and it’s almost too much. And EVEN BETTER NEWS: They’re so easy to make. Want to see the cast of characters for […]

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Creamy Brown Sugar Apple Dip

I think my doctor would be very pleased with the number of apples I eat when this dip is around. Maybe not so pleased that my ratio of apple slices : tablespoons of creamy, sugary dip is approximately 1 : 1, but fruit is fruit, am I right? This is by far my favorite thing […]

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