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Easy Blender Dark Chocolate Pots de Creme

Easy Blender Dark Chocolate Pots de Creme

Pots de creme are an elegant French dessert, a custard that is somewhere between pudding and creme brulee in texture. Traditionally, the recipes call for cooking the custard in a water bath in the oven to ensure a smooth, silky texture. The water bath is what causes many people to skip making this lovely dessert altogether, as the can be a bit of a hassle ... Read More »

Baking Bites for Craftsy: Chocolate Truffle Brownies

Baking Bites for Craftsy: Chocolate Truffle Brownies

I love making chocolate treats for friends and family around Valentine’s Day. Sure, there are a lot of great chocolates out there that you can buy to celebrate (and indulge) the holiday, but there is always something a little more special about homemade goodies. Chocolate truffles, which are easy to make and always delicious, are a natural choice if you’re looking for a homemade treat. ... Read More »

6 Homemade Sweets for Your Sweetheart

Valentine's Day Funfetti Layer Cake

I believe that any food made with love can make a great Valentine’s Day treat for those who are special to you, even if it is something as simple as a batch of marshmallowy cereal bars. But taking a little bit of extra time on a special snack or favorite dessert will make your treat extra special. Valentine’s Day Funfetti Cake (above) is an impressive ... Read More »

Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Oreo Cupcakes

Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Oreo Cupcakes

I recently picked up a package of the Valentine’s Day-themed Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Oreos to try and found that the cookies exceeded my expectations. One of the things that made the cookies work so well is that the combination of chocolate and strawberry is a winner in any format you find it and the filling had a pronounced berry that contrasted nicely with the bittersweet chocolate ... Read More »

Easy Eggnog Milkshake

Easy Eggnog Milkshake

I really enjoy eggnog during the holiday season. I often make my own version of the creamy egg-enriched beverage, but there are many great store bought brands out there to choose from if you are looking to save a little time in the kitchen. The quality of store-bought eggnog has definitely improved over the years, as the drink only gets more and more popular. Eggnog ... Read More »

Lingonberry Hot Toddy

Lingonberry Hot Toddy

A hot toddy is a great way to warm you up on a cold winter evening or to help soothe your throat when you have a cold. It’s a hot cocktail that is typically made with a combination of honey, hot water and a spirit, such as whisky, rum or brandy. All kinds of other elements, such as citrus, tea and spices, can be added ... Read More »

6 Non-Pie Desserts to Try This Thanksgiving

French Apple Cake

Pie is always a part of my Thanksgiving tradition, but it’s not the only dessert I serve because I love to have options. It’s fun to have variety and multiple desserts ensures that every guest you have is going to get something they like. Non-pie desserts are also a good option if you’re taking a dish to a family member’s house for the holidays, as ... Read More »

Buttermilk Pumpkin Pie

Buttermilk Pumpkin Pie

Pumpkin pie is a staple in my home not only during Thanksgiving, but all throughout the fall season. The warm flavors of pumpkin pie spice and the creamy texture of squash-enriched pie are practically synonymous with autumn. As much as I enjoy a classic pumpkin pie, I also enjoy the many forms that it can take, from Maple Pumpkin Pie┬áto my Two-Layer Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake. ... Read More »

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