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Patriotic Peanut M&M Cookies

Fourth of July Peanut M&M Cookies

M&Ms usually release colorful bags of their candies for the holidays. This means red, white and green candies around Christmas, then reds and pinks around Valentine’s Day. I often use these seasonal M&Ms to give a pop of color to an otherwise ordinary batch of chocolate chip cookies, so when I saw a bag of red, white and blue peanut M&Ms on the shelf, I ... Read More »

Red, White and Blueberry Cupcakes with Swirled Frosting

Red, White and Blueberry Cupcakes

The Fourth of July is a colorful holiday, where we bring red, white and blue into all kinds of decorations for cookouts, picnics and other parties. I love incorporating colors into my desserts, and the Fourth of July is no exception. I often reach for red and blue food coloring, however I will opt for all natural coloring options – such as fresh or freeze ... Read More »

Vanilla Pots de Creme

Vanilla Pots de Creme with Rodelle

Vanilla beans are often use in custard recipes because it is easy to infuse them into hot milk and cream. But you don’t need a vanilla bean to make a great vanilla custard – you just need good quality vanilla extract. High quality extract is always made with high quality vanilla beans, and that will translate to a strong vanilla flavor in your dessert. These ... Read More »

Lemon Zucchini Mug Cake

Lemon Zucchini Mug Cake

Zucchini is both a blessing and a curse during the summer growing season. It grows quickly and easily, but it grows so quickly that it is easy to be overwhelemed by your crop if you don’t keep eating your way through them. This Lemon Zucchini Mug Cake is a quick and easy to use up a little bit of leftover zucchini or to make a ... Read More »

Cherries Jubilee Shortcake

Cherries Jubilee Shortcake

Shortcakes are wonderful desserts to make during the summer. They typically start with a lightly sweetened biscuit, which is split and stuffed with fresh fruit and whipped cream. Strawberry shortcake is the best known example of a shortcake, but you can make shortcakes with other types of fruit, including peaches and blackberries – and this Cherries Jubilee Shortcake is just one more delicious example. Cherries ... Read More »

Nutella Fudgsicles

Nutella Fudgesicles

Chocolaty fudgsicles were always one of my favorite popsicle flavors growing up. I made a huge mess almost every time I ate one – getting chocolate smears all over my face and my shirts – but since I wasn’t old enough to do my own laundry at the time, that was just part of the fun. These days, I still enjoy fudgsicles, though a few ... Read More »

Vanilla & White Chocolate Cake

Vanilla & White Chocolate Cake

Just about everyone enjoys a good chocolate cake now and then. When you picture a chocolate cake, you probably think of a deep cocoa-colored cake that has a bittersweet dark chocolate flavor. A dark chocolate cake is delicious, but dark chocolate isn’t the only type of chocolate that makes a great cake. This Vanilla & White Chocolate Cake is not your run-of-the-mill chocolate cake because ... Read More »

S’mores Oreo Mocha Ice Blendeds

S'mores Oreo Mocha Ice Blended

I definitely have a sweet tooth for s’mores and s’mores-inspired goodies. The combination of toasted marshmallow, melting chocolate and nutty graham crackers is simply too delicious to resist! While the classic campfire s’more will always be my favorite, I am always on the lookout for new ways to enjoy this treat. Recently, I picked up a package of the limited edition Oreo S’mores. These sandwich ... Read More »

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