Valentines is right around the corner. It’s technically not a very exciting holiday and honestly, it often comes and goes and I rarely even celebrate it. But what I absolutely adore about the Valentine season is just the adorable colors, candy and decor of V-day.I enjoy the trips through the seasonal section at Target where I spend 20 minutes picking up 100 different items and saying OMG THIS IS SOOOO CUTE (but rarely actually buying anything). I guess it’s just a really good eye-candy holiday. But it is super fun to make delicious desserts that are both amazing tasting and also beautiful to look at. So today I’ve decided to compile a few of the Valentine desserts that have caught my eye this season. I’ve also included the recipe links to all of the recipes.
Dark, rich chocolate glaze covers the super fluffy sour cream doughnut, filled with sweet and tart Bordeaux (bing) cherry sauce.
Oh what a surprise, the Royal Harvest Bordeaux cherries are highlighted in another one of my recipes! LOL As you know, in the spirit of Valentine’s Day, these cherries have been my flavor of the month! I am sooo obsessed with them that I try to add them to every recipe. Hmm… which makes me think next to come may be Bordeaux cherry pancakes… are ya with me? Read More
“Cherry chocolate rain. Pull me in with that delicious stare”. Do you remember that hilarious episode of The Office was when Michael Scott mentions the time he discovered YouTube and viewed Cookie Monster singing Chocolate Rain about a thousand times? Lol I can’t even! I sing this song whenever I think of cherry and chocolate together. Like while eating a chocolate chip cookie paired with an ice cold Dr. Pepper, or drinking a Black Forest milkshake. If you are a fan of these cherry-almond/chocolate combinations, this is going to be a fiesta in your boca (mouth). Read More
Soft and chewy cookie dough texture + salty and sweet + hints of deep espresso + oozing chocolate + nutty sweetness of browned butter = MASTERFUL GREATNESS! These cookies are perfection at its finest. I have made a lot of really good chocolate chip cookie recipes in the past, but I combined so many elements into these that have seriously taken the #1 spot of the best chocolate chip cookies I’ve ever eaten.
I know I can’t speak for everyone, but these cookies seriously check every box on my list. I am obsessed with browned butter. Like, why even use regular butter if you can replace it with browned butter? When butter is browned, essentially it is caramelizing the milk solids in the butter, in turn, transforming it into a whole different ingredient. It gets rich and nutty and almost adds a caramel-y flavor to the cookie. Read More
Merry Christmas! Cheers to a perfectly lazy day. I am so happy to be on my couch relaxing watching movies… and now football. After months of running around and standing on my feet in the kitchen (about 10x more than normal) this is such a treat. I think I made one too many Christmas cookies (437 to be exact) this year and it was time to make something better, something that I absolutely adore – CANDY! So a few days ago, I decided to create a few copycat versions of some of my family’s favorite candies, but homemade with higher quality ingredients. I made York Peppermint Patties (recipe to follow) and Salted Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Patties (a take on See’s Candy) and lastly and my most favorite – Almond Joy’s! I think it’s a love/hate thing, depending on if you are a coconut eater. If you are in my boat and adore these, then you should be so happy that you have landed here on this page.
The best part about these is that you don’t need any special pan or any type of form… these are literally just a coconut mixture formed into shape, briefly frozen, then dipped in tempered chocolate (so you can get that hard snap when you bite it, and can be left at room temp). Read More
I am beyond excited to share this recipe with you. Peanut butter patties from See’s Candy are by far one of my favorite treats of all times. We don’t have See’s Candy in Atlanta, so each Valentine’s Day and Christmas I receive a box of See’s Candy from my parents. It’s something I look sooo forward to twice a year. Although See’s Candy traditionally make their peanut butter patties with milk chocolate and no finishing salt on top, this was my 2.0 version, just enhancing it to make it even better! Read More
These cupcakes are a spin on the maple bacon donuts that are wildly popular in my hometown of Portland, OR (and I’m sure in a million other places too). I am majorly obsessed with maple donuts in general and to me, salted caramel is just as fab!
Sadly, I never took any high quality photos of these cupcakes. I made these for a work party and was in too much of a hurry to bother putting them on my blog. But I’ve been asked by a few people for the recipe, so I figured it was better to share this gem instead of withholding just because the pictures weren’t up to my typical standard – I’ll replace them soon when I remake these, I promise. Read More
Many years ago, maybe in 2007-ish, there were these Sara Lee cheesecake bites they sold in the frozen section at grocery stores. They were so poppable, sort of like bon-bon’s but cheesecake instead. I remembered them a few weeks and began craving that poppable crunch that is sooo addictive. That crisp chocolate shell that snaps when you bite into it and creamy and delicate cheesecake in the middle!! OMG! So, here were are, fulfilling another food fantasy 🙂 Read More
Another “Cupcake Friday” success! At my day job (a restaurant franchise corporate headquarters), we came out with a “cookie butter” milkshake that is incredible. It’s vanilla, buttery, cinnamon-y ice cream shake topped with whipped cream and crushed Biscoff cookies.
I’ve seen Cookie Butter and Biscoff or Speculoos Cookies being used in lots of recipes right now, it’s a big trend. I was so inspired by the cookie butter milkshake and how that fresh whipped cream tastes with the crushed cookies laying on top. I knew that I needed to use homemade whipping cream instead of traditional frosting. I just loved the idea of the light, fluffy and fresh element that whipped cream gives. Read More
Yes, this really just happened. I went there and I am so sorry that I did… it’s just not right to condone eating a double funnel cake with ice cream in between. I refuse to even prepare a calorie breakdown cause it wouldn’t be pretty I can tell you that. My only justification is that you could potentially do halvesies with a spouse or a friend and then maybe we will only have 50% of the guilt?
This dessert is what my chocolate dreams are made of. The funnel cake is so soft and chocolatey and the combination of the warm fried funnel cake and the softened ice cream make this literally the
craziest BEST ice cream sandwich you will ever eat! Who needs this in their lives?? (Hint: We all do.) Read More