Sweets

The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

I know. Everyone claims that they have the best chocolate chip cookie recipe. I’ll admit, there are a lot of good cookie recipes out there. I mean, how many times have you had a cookie and throughly enjoyed it? Well I’m going to add to the best of the best. Here is my go to, ride or die, never fail, […]

Cheesecake Creme Brûlée

Creme brûlée is one of those desserts that is so simple, yet so satisfying. For some reason, it has a reputation of being fancy, and is seen as a special occasion treat. It might have something to do with being the cliche steakhouse dessert item, or maybe it has a bad rep for being difficult to make at home. It’s true that […]

No Churn Biscoff (Cookie Butter) Ice Cream

Remember when I promised you another biscoff recipe? Well here it is. Although this is ice cream, the spices and the flavors just seem perfect for the wintertime. Or maybe it’s just me. If you’re not sure what biscoff is, read about here. Oh! And remember that time I thought I was a genius for coming up with a no […]

Strawberry Champagne Macarons

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Wow I can’t believe this year is already over (ugh I sound like literally every other person on this planet right now). I guess it’s true what they say, your 20s go by faster than you can blink. Wasn’t it my 21st birthday like last week?? Well either way, 2016 has come and gone, and what better way to celebrate […]

Biscoff (Cookie Butter) Swirled Cheesecake

If you’re still trying to figure out what to make for Christmas dinner, you can stop looking. This biscoff cheesecake is the perfect winter holiday dessert.  If you don’t know what biscoff is, it’s the original cookie butter. Remember all the hype about trader joe’s cookie butter and everyone thought it was like the best thing they’ve ever tasted? Well sorry […]

Single Serving 5 Minute Hot Chocolate From Scratch

This is something I’ve been doing for years, not really realizing that other people might find it useful. I whipped up a hot chocolate one night so that my friend could try the surprise hot chocolate ornament. She was staring at me because I had just made her a mug of hot chocolate from scratch in 5 minutes, and told […]

Surprise Hot Chocolate Ornaments

Pack your imaginary bags because hubs and I are going to Korea!! We haven’t been back since we first got married, and this will be our first christmas with my family. We’ve been trying to prepare for this trip for a couple of weeks now, but I think it’s finally starting to sink in for me (we leave in 4 days!!) […]

Pretzel Toffee Bark

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It’s officially December! Which means we’re going full speed into edible stocking stuffers and treats. Toffee is always impressive and a crowd pleaser, especially this recipe. You really can’t tell the difference between the expensive chocolate store bought stuff and this. Plus, you get to dress it up with fun toppings like pretzels! Because this is candy, it’s easy to make weeks […]

Cranberry Orange Bon Bons

Thanksgiving hasn’t always been my favorite holiday. Like any other kid, it used to be Christmas. Once I started getting excited about food and the different ways to cook and flavor dishes, Thanksgiving quickly rose to the number one spot on my favorite holiday list.  Sadly, I think the last time I had more than 1 day off right before Thanksgiving […]

Honey Green Tea (Matcha) Marshmallows

“If you’re constantly thinking you need a vacation, maybe what you really need is a new life.” I’ve been putting off writing this blog post for longer than I probably should have. I’ve been trying to think of ways to make a come back, without saying the same old “hey, so I haven’t posted in a while…” We’ve all heard […]

Tiramisu Affogato

Cream with your coffee? Puh-lease. Haven’t you heard melted ice cream makes everything better? I hear of people using it to bake stuff, so why not put it in your coffee? If you’re really feeling adventurous, I suggest mascarpone ice cream, topped with chocolate shavings, served with lady fingers. Yes, now THAT’S what I call a dessert.  This tiramisu affogato puts […]

Apple Spice Cookies: Santa’s New Favorite Cookie

‘Tis the season to be craving cookies. Ho ho ho! “And if you don’t know, now you know.” I have certain flavor combinations that I absolutely love and you will see patterns in my recipes as I go through each obsession. Earl grey and dark chocolate. Chocolate and caramel. Apples and brown butter. Currently, my obsession is apples and brown butter. […]

Stuffed Marshmallows

Do you ever have the problem when you’re making s’mores where your roasted marshmallow just isn’t hot enough to melt your chocolate? I always have my chocolate on a graham cracker next to the fire to melt it before I make my s’more, and sometimes it’s a fight for the space around the fire. Like, I get that your feet are cold […]

Apple Pie Churros

Before we start, can we just take a moment of silence for all the moisture that has decided to leave my hands?  “Moisturize me.”  I know some of you probably wouldn’t have noticed if I didn’t point it out. But for those of you who did notice, it would just be like a “I’m embarrassed for you, and you haven’t […]

Leftover Candy Mousse

This is the first time this has happened to me. I know it happens to other people all the time but me?? I thought it would never happen to me. But it did. I am officially sick of eating candy, but I have SO much leftover from halloween. Normally, this wouldn’t be an issue. Normally, I can eat candy all […]

What Happens When You Fry Cake Batter?

Well now that I’ve asked the question, I’m sure you’re dying to know the answer.  Let me tell you what happens: Only like the best thing ever. I’m sure you’ve seen from the photos already, but the moist fluffy cake you’ve all come to love becomes crispy on the outside and stays moist and fluffy on the inside. Exactly what […]

Pumpkin Bread Pudding

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Happy hump day to you, and happy super Friday to me! Finally got 3 days off this week, so I’m going to celebrate by bringing you another pumpkin recipe. Remember in my last post I said I will add one more ingredient and turn the pumpkin creme brulee into a whole new dessert? Well here it is people, and for […]

Pumpkin Creme Brulee

Fall is finally here! You can tell by the pumpkin spice everything – everywhere. Oh and that fact that it rained here two days ago and all of a sudden it went from 105°F to the low 90s. FINALLY.  Because I’m with the 90% of Americans who loves pumpkin everything (does this make me basic??), I’m going to share with […]

5 Layer Chocolate Hazelnut Cake (redo)

I’m going to take you back to my very first post: the 5 layer chocolate hazelnut cake. This cake still remains as one of my favorites, but being my first blog post, I don’t think many people got a chance to see it. Plus I wanted to redo the photos (wow we’ve come a LONG way). If you really want […]

Blackberry Jasmine Jam

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I’ve never had a good blackberry before. It just doesn’t seem like the type of fruit that you would sit there and eat a bowl of. They’re like the black sheep of the berry family…they literally look like black sheep.  LOL – I had to. I’m sorry. Blackberries though, are really good when they’re made into something. Like a fizzy cocktail or jam. […]

Ghirardelli Caramel Square Stuffed Cookies

I know everyone and their mom says this. But I’m being completely serious. I have the best chocolate chip cookie recipe. This cookie will be everyone’s favorite because there is no team soft & chewy vs. team crispy. This cookie is crispy on the outside, soft and chewy on the inside. It is the PERFECT cookie. I swear. I almost […]

Strawberry Lemon Chews

Today I’m sharing with you one of my favorite candy recipes. The lemon gives it a nice balance between sweet and sour, while the strawberry flavor stays fresh and soooo so juicy. These candies have an addictively chewy texture like Starbursts. Did I mention I also use dragon tears to get the full juicy flavor into these babies? Jk. No dragons […]

Grapefruit Pineapple Float

If you’ve been following me on Instagram, you know I finally made my way to the local store that sells pineapple whip. Yes. Dole. Pineapple. Whip. Available to you whenever you want to dish out $7 for a not-big-enough sized cup of pineapple float. Sigh.  Since they don’t offer an all you can eat deal, the only way to satisfy my never […]

Caramel Soaked Chocolate Cupcakes For One

So it’s my birthday today. 25. I feel like I should be freaking out, having a quarter life crisis or something, but I’m really not. Ok, not anymore. I may have been freaking out a couple months ago about where I am at in my career. BUT, just last month I was offered an opportunity that would put me exactly where […]

Firecracker (Pop Rocks) Macarons

3…2…1… Cue the 4th of July themed foods. I’m going to go ahead and jump on the bandwagon with my red (or maybe pink), white, and blue macarons filled with a vanilla buttercream and pop rocks. I was patting myself on the back for being such a freakin’ genius for putting pop rocks and Independence Day together…until I had to go to […]

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Cream “Pie”

Chocolate peanut butter banana cream pie. Say that 5 times. What a mouthful, literally.  We’re going to put our fancy pants on again today and take banana pie to the next level. This dessert starts with a graham cracker sable (pronounced sah-blay), has a layer of peanut butter chocolate mousse, topped with a banana pastry cream, garnished with some whipped […]

Milano Coffee Cake

I think it’s safe to assume we all know what a Milano cookie is. It’s the type of cookie you would enjoy with a cup of coffee or tea. Or at least that’s what I think normal people do. For me, it’s more like “finish the whole bag while watching Grey’s Anatomy” sort of snack.  Same thing. I honestly don’t […]

Naked Strawberry Cake

My husband often calls me a dork. Up until I started writing this post, I just figured it was flirty teasing. But no, he’s right. I was going to start off by explaining my process of brainstorming a cake for a special occasion. In short, I stay up late at night thinking of flavors, designs, recipes, and the final vision […]

Ice Cream Puffs

I’ve heard that memories aren’t what you remember back to the original moment, but it’s actually remembering the last time you remembered it. It’s kind of weird right? That’s why memories tend to fade – because we “remember” fewer details each time.  Well, I have these random moments where I crave something I have a very vague memory of. I’m not sure […]

Chunky Nutella Ice Cream

Ice cream. It’s good creamy, and it’s good chunky. But it’s especially good when it’s hot outside like today. I noticed from my last post that most of my readers will not have an ice cream maker available. I wanted to do another ice cream post to give you a second option for churning ice cream. Although this no churn method works for […]

Strawberry White Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

Summer is finally here! I know I said spring was finally here like 3 posts ago, but that’s just how it is in Vegas. It’s almost like winter straight into summer. So we’re going into summer full force with some ice cream. Remember all those strawberries I kept getting from the garden? Well they’re still coming (nonstop) and I needed to […]

Peanut Butter Lava Cakes

Hello friends! This week I had the pleasure of writing a guest post for the wonderful Ruby Kitchen. This recipe turned out ridiculously good – good enough to break my diet. Read about it here. And if that’s not enough to convince you, here’s this:  

Japanese Steamed Cheesecake

Happy Easter everyone! Spring is finally here, and I am more than excited.  I feel like Easter officially marks the beginning of spring (move over groundhog, the bunny is here!) With all the excitement of my garden finally growing and dreaming up of new ice cream flavors, I put a lot of thought into this Easter post. While looking for […]

Biscoff Treats

I’m sure most of you are wondering what in the world is Biscoff? Well I’m sure you’re already familiar with the cookie, you just don’t know it yet. Biscoff is a brand for a speculoos cookie, which is the cookie that is used to make the oh-so-famous cookie butter. Ringing a bell now? It’s got the spiced cinnamon-y, christmas-y, crunchy […]

Mint Chocolate Mousse

St Patricks Day is almost here! Up until this year, I have always associated this holiday with binge drinking, irish car bombs, shots of jameson, and a hangover from hell. Well you can say I have finally learned my lesson, because this year, staying home and taking shots of chocolate mousse sound more than fine to me. We all have […]

Eclair Cake

I love it when I get birthday requests. This seems to be the only time of the year for people to really ask for what they want. It’s a whole day, all about them, and not about their guests.  Normally, If I do a cake or dessert for a dinner party or holiday, the host wants something generic, something everyone […]

Copycat Thin Mints

Girl scout cookie season is finally here!! I know some people like to order a ton of boxes and freeze them for an endless supply all year round. For me, I can’t do that. If I have them, I WILL eat them- nonstop. So I limited myself to one box of each of my favorites: thin mints and caramel delights. […]

Strawberry Champagne Cronuts

  Valentine’s day is coming up this weekend. I hope everyone has made their reservations already! If you don’t have a date this year, that’s okay because I am about to introduce you to the lovely Mr. Cronut. Strawberry Champagne Cronut is his full name actually, and I promise he will definitely impress. A cronut is a cross between a a […]

The Best Candy Bars EVER (Crispy Bars)

I absolutely love making candy bars at home. The reason being, I can customize them exactly how I like it. I love eating a candy bar that is crispy, chewy, gooey, and of course, covered in chocolate. I made these for a Super Bowl party, and the comments I got were: “I don’t even eat sweets and this is my third […]

Gingerbread Rum Cupcakes

  I hope everyone’s staying safe in the east coast! I saw a lot of you were staying at home and baking, so I thought I would share one of my favorite recipes. These gingerbread rum cupcakes are perfect to cozy up with on a snowy day. Ingredients: 2c AP flour 1 tsp baking soda 1 tbsp grated ginger 1/2 tsp […]

Chocolates (bon bons)

Making chocolates at home definitely takes some commitment. I’m not going to sugar coat it and say it was easy, because it wasn’t. But was it worth it? DEFINITELY.  I made these for Christmas to hand out to all my friends and family. These would also be perfect for Valentines Day coming up. Making your own is way more personal, […]

S’mores Macaron Ice Cream Sandwich

  If you’ve never had a macaron ice cream sandwich before, drop everything now and make this. It’s really something you have to experience at least once (or a 100 times) in your life.  The macaron shell is chewy when frozen and the graham cracker make it just SO much better than the original. The soft and creamy toasted marshmallow […]

Coffee Caramel Mousse Cupcakes

Chocolate cupcakes filled with coffee caramel mousse topped with toasted meringue. These cupcakes are definitely a crowd pleaser. I used Averie Cooks chocolate cake for these cupcakes. I liked how it uses greek yogurt (healthier), so I thought I should switch it up a bit with the chocolate cake. Please feel free to use any chocolate cake recipe you like. You can also use […]

Bridal Shower Food Ideas

I know I know. It’s been a while since I posted. I have good excuses I swear! But I don’t want to bore you with them, so here are some pictures of the food I made for my mother-in-law’s bridal shower:   Wedding dress (mini) cupcake cake Top of the dress is lemon meringue, bottom is early grey topped with […]

Canning apple cider

I just received a bag full of apple from someone’s backyard, so here a short little post on what I did with them. We seem to be handed bags of fruit from backyards often, but hey – I’m not complaining 🙂 I have to admit I was feeling a bit lazy to actually make a dish out of these apples, […]

Ice cream without an ice cream machine

        I’m actually super excited for this post! I know some parts of the country has already had snow, but its never too cold for ice cream – at least not here in Vegas. I had been talking with a chef about the problems of a homemade ice cream maker. We both didn’t like the fact that […]

Apple Cider Caramels

Mmm… the best part about fall is all the fall dessert flavors. Apple, caramel, pumpkin, maple, ginger etc. Who doesn’t love desserts with any of those flavors?! Today we will be making apple cider caramel candies. I absolutely love the flavors in this one because it’s a little tangy, salty, AND sweet- please try not to drool. You definitely need […]

5 Layer Chocolate Hazelnut Cake

Today we will be making a 5 layer hazelnut chocolate cake (with Nutella frosting). Before we begin, I would like to apologize beforehand for the lack of pictures . I didn’t think it would be so hard to remember to take a picture of every step! Will definitely be making improvements on that in future posts 🙂 Moving on… It […]