January 23, 2009

Desserts & Cookies

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Easy Pumpkin Cheesecake & Gingersnap Trifles

Happy National Dessert Day!  Treat yourself to these quick, easy, and delicious pumpkin cheesecake trifles with crushed gingersnaps.  They're so good, you might find yourself eating the whole thing like I did!




It started a couple weeks ago while we were celebrating the wedding of some friends.  After a very touching, beautiful ceremony, we found ourselves enjoying cocktail hour with friends and family.  Mid-conversation, a tray of what looked to be martinis were presented to us.  Pumpkin martinis you say?  Sure, I'll try one.  One sip, ahhh - I was in heaven!  They were the most it was the most (okay, so I had two!) delicious pumpkin...



Cherry Crumble Bars

Oh, how I love sweet cherries!  They are in season for far too short a time, so I jump on them as soon as I see a good sale.  As a little girl, I remember my Grandmommy putting them in the freezer, pits and all.  Later on in the evening, we would take them...



Tropical Oat Bars with Pineapple & Coconut

Looking forward to your next vacation?  These oat bars will send your taste buds straight to paradise!  Sweet pineapple, flaked coconut, and freshly squeezed lime juice give them a delicious tropical flare.  The pineapple filling in the center is made...



(Flourless & Butterless) Carrot Cake Cookies with Cream Cheese Glaze


Just because we're spring cleaning our diets doesn't mean that we have to deprive ourselves of the things that we love!  I had a few hours to myself between my little sous chef's dance recital and violin concert this weekend, so I decided to fool around with some ingredients and make healthy cookies that I can treat myself to throughout the week.  I came up with these flourless and butterless...

Cinnamon Applesauce Crumb Cake

Confession.  I'm not the best baker in the world.  I'll admit it - I don't like sticking to recipes, and I especially don't like measuring out ingredients.  I guess it's just because I'm lazy I'm so used to not measuring things when I'm cooking.  With baking, everything has to be exact - there's no eyeballing it.  So, one of the things I have been trying to do recently is...



Cold & Flu Popsicles with Strawberry, Kale and Thyme

We have been a hot mess of sickness in my home for these past few weeks, and my little sous chef was the last one to get it.  Since all of our weekend plans were shot, I had a little extra time to play in the kitchen.  I wanted to give my baby some relief from her symptoms, so I came up with these cold and flu...


5 Minute, 5 Ingredient Microwave Chocolate Mug Cake

Baby, it's cold outside!  I don't know about where you live, but it was 0 degrees this morning in Pennsylvania!  Even schools were calling off because of the cold.  I decided to treat myself for braving the bitter cold weather today, so I made this warm chocolate...


Affogato with Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream & Kahlua


Sometimes, it's the simple things that are the best!  Just three ingredients go into this Italian dessert.  Well, it's technically a drink, but I say it's both!  The word affogato means "drowned" in Italian.  Simply drown a scoop of mint chocolate chip ice cream in hot...


Apricot Ribbons

Every year, someone asks me to bake these cookies either as a gift for someone else or for a party.  This year, I was asked to make 7 dozen of them so they could be given as Christmas gifts for other people.  These cookies are so delicate and buttery, they...


Holiday Eggnog Cake with Eggnog-Rum Glaze

This eggnog cake will knock your Christmas stockings off!  Whether you're looking for reasons to use up the rest of your eggnog or you just really adore it like I do, it really makes for a delicious, super moist and fluffy cake.  



How to Make Apple Pie

I recently had the privilege of working with Food.com on how-to's for their website.  It was a bit odd making stuffing and roasting a turkey in the middle of August, but it was a lot of fun!  

How to make Pie Crust

I recently had the privilege of working with Food.com on how-to's for their website.  It was a bit odd making stuffing and roasting a turkey in the middle of August, but it was a lot of fun!  


I recently had the privilege of working with Food.com on how-to's for their website.  It was a bit odd making stuffing and roasting a turkey in the middle of August, but it was a lot of fun!  

Pumpkin-Filled Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese Glaze

It was a gorgeous, bright and chilly fall day and I happened to have the entire day to myself.  What did I do with my free time?  I spent the majority of it in the kitchen, of course!  I had chili planned for dinner and I decided on these pumpkin-filled cinnamon rolls...




Pop Tarts with Homemade Strawberry Jam & Vanilla Glaze

Brace yourself!  These pop tarts are made with homemade strawberry jam and slathered in a delicious vanilla glaze.  Wrap that sweet strawberry jam in a buttery, flaky pie crust and you have amazing pop tarts that annihilate the store-bought competition. 


Triple Berry Crisp


My family went berry picking at Linvilla Orchards and I have a whole lot of berries to play with!  I decided to make a triple berry crisp for desert tonight.  I love this recipe because it is simple, delicious and I always have these ingredients on hand in my pantry.



Cinnamon Toast Crunch Bars



I've had an incredibly busy last couple of weeks and have had very little time for cooking let alone blogging.  Finding myself in a break from the action, I decided to make some cereal bars for my daughter as a special treat.  These are so good!  My little sous chef...

Madelyn's Creation:  Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cake

My daughter and I had an entire day to ourselves and I asked her what she wanted to do.  "I want to create something new for Cooking Creation!"  One of the greatest joys that I have experienced from this food blog is seeing my daughter get excited about cooking. 


Grilled Peaches with Ice Cream & Mint


Grilled peaches are a perfect dessert to finish off any cookout.  When you grill peaches, it enhances their sweetness and makes them even juicier.  They may look fancy but they are incredibly easy and fast to prepare.  After your guests have had their fill...



Peanut Butter & Chocolate Bars



Just as I was about to post another fish recipe a few days ago, it was kindly brought to my attention that maybe I should consider holding off on posting it because I have been posting a lot of fish recipes recently.  The thought hadn't even crossed my mind...


3 Ingredient Strawberry & Champagne Cupcakes with Icing

I know I've been doing a lot of cupcakes recently but I just had to share because these cupcakes are special.  Why are they special, you ask?  Well, because they are made with just three ingredients!  Three ingredients?!  Yes!  Well... sort of.  First you have the sweet...



Eggnog Cupcakes with Kahlua Buttercream Frosting

Only 2 more days until Christmas!  Are you prepared?  My gifts are all wrapped and I am anxiously counting down the days until I get to share them with my loved ones.  I have also been doing quite a bit of baking recently but have had very little time to blog...






I don't know about you but I am far from finished my Christmas shopping.  In addition to gifts for family and friends, I also enjoy whipping up homemade treats like cookies, salted caramels and mini cheesecakes for my daughter's teachers, bus driver, etc...



I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  Thanksgiving Day happened to be extra special in our family because my little sous chef turned 8 years old.  *Sigh*  My little girl isn't so little anymore!  I planned a spa-themed birthday party complete with hair, manis...




Halloween is right around the bend!  I wanted to highlight one of my favorite tasty Halloween recipes that would be a perfect treat for your festivities!  The delicious, creamy Kahlua cream cheese frosting is for adults only, so if you are serving children, simply leave out the Kahlua.  



This has become one of my favorite fall traditions.  Poached pears in red wine is a beautiful and elegant dessert that is simple to make and divinely delicious.  Put this on your list of desserts to try - you will not be disappointed!  



Stuffed Baked Apples with Brown Sugar & Walnuts

These baked apples are warm and sweet and one of my favorite autumn treats. 


Nutella Chocolate Chip Cookies

Who doesn't love Nutella?  These delicious cookies were deemed "stunning" by my daughter and my husband requested them for breakfast the following morning.  They are chewy on the inside and crisp on the outside.


Fruit Loop Crispy Treats


With her little nose pressed to the window, my daughter waved goodbye and blew kisses to me before the bus left for school today.  I always miss her while she is at school but I found myself missing her much more than usual, so I decided that I would surprise...


Homemade Strawberry Sherbet

This strawberry sherbet is sweet, refreshing and perfect for the upcoming summer months.  There is no cooking involved, so it is as simple as processing the ingredients together and pouring them in an ice cream maker.  If you are like my husband and prefer...



Strawberry Cinnamon Pastries & Cream Cheese Glaze

These pastries are absolutely delicious and very easy to make.  They are slightly crisp on the outside, fluffy and warm on the inside, and, when paired with the sweet strawberries and gooey cream cheese glaze, they are out of this world!  Just a forewarning...

Chocolate Chip Brookies (Brownies + Cookies)

What do you get when you cross a brownie and a chocolate chip cookie?  A brookie!  My friend, Rachael, recently introduced me to the concept of a brookie.  When she shared her recipe with me, she warned that they are addicting.  Her recipe calls for three...


Both my husband and I have been very sick for nearly the entire week.  You don't realize how much you take your health for granted until you are knocked flat on your back with sickness.  I didn't cook (or really eat much of anything) for an entire week!  Thankfully...

"The Best Carrot Cake"


On February 11, 2012, my family got together for dinner to celebrate my Grandmommy's would-be 80th birthday.  For the dinner menu, we all brought dishes that she used to make.  When I was very young, one of my favorite things that she used to do was...





Mini Red Velvet Cakes Dipped in White Chocolate

Chances are, as you're reading this, my husband and I are up in the air on our way to an island to celebrate our 8th wedding anniversary.  While we're having fun in the sun, I planned ahead and scheduled some Valentine's Day recipe posts to share with you. 


Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting



There is something elegant about red velvet cake and it really is a perfect Valentine's Day dessert to impress your significant other with.  This cake is so moist and when paired with the rich cream cheese frosting, it is absolutely divine!  Red velvet cake is...



Mummy Cupcakes

My daughter's fall classroom party is today and I decided to make some cute little mummy cupcakes for the class.  They were so easy and so adorable!  The kids loved them!


Mini Pumpkin-Walnut Cheesecakes


These little personal cheesecakes are so delicious and full of flavor and perfect for fall festivities!  I stumbled across the recipe on GroupRecipes and knew I had to try it the same day.  The cheesecakes did not crack in the center and the recipe is very forgiving. 



Apple Crisp


Hands down, my favorite dessert is apple crisp.  Fall doesn't officially begin for me until I've had a bowl of it.  Here is my absolute favorite recipe for apple crisp that I came up with after years of trial and error.  I am a heavy-on-the-crisp kind of girl and this...


Mini Pear Pies

Something about autumn makes me wish I could do nothing but bake all day.  From the moment I woke up this morning, I purposed in my mind to bake something.  I had some pears that I needed to use up, so I decided on mini pies.  Please tell me -- is there...



White Chocolate Scones with Orange Glaze

Maybe it's because my memory fails me from time to time, maybe it's because I like to be organized or maybe it's a little bit of both but, either way, I am a list person.  For the past two months, I have been working on a list of fall foods to make and blog about.  Some...

Peach Cobbler

Several months ago, I scheduled our family vacation in Cape May, New Jersey.  We were supposed to leave this weekend and I have been looking forward to it for some time now.  Well, hurricane Irene had some plans of her own, forcing mandatory evacuations...


I cannot believe that I am already halfway through my 12 Days of (Christmas) Cookies! I have had so much fun doing all of this baking and it has really put me into the spirit of Christmas. Biscotti is one of my favorite things to have with a hot cup of coffee.

Homemade Blueberry Popsicles

These are so refreshing and perfect for a hot day like today!  I personally love little fruit chunks in my popsicles but my daughter is not a fan, so I strained out the "yucky lumps" for her.  It was quite hard getting a decent photo; as soon as they come out of the freezer...




Strawberry Flaugnarde

Months ago, my mother surprised me with a cooking class for a day.  One of the things we were shown how to make was a French dessert, apple claflouti.  I had never heard of it before but when I tasted it, I fell in love.  Today, I wanted to recreate this yummy dessert...


Easy Homemade Rocky Road Ice Cream


I bought an ice cream maker last year and have experimented with all types of ice cream.  There is really no need for me to ever shell out money for store-bought again.  This rocky road ice cream turned out amazing!  The wonderful thing about it is you pretty much...



Orange Ice Cream 

It is hot out there today!  I dusted off my ice cream maker and began to search of ice cream recipes.  There are so many tasty homemade ice cream recipes out there and I could not make up my mind.  I asked my daughter to give a suggestion and she asked for...

Banana Split Cake Pops

I am one who hates wasting things.  Wondering where the cupcake tops went when I coned them out of the Patriotic Apple Pie Cupcakes?  I made them into cake pops!  I know, I know!  I keep talking about the weather but it has been crazy hot.  A few days ago, the heat...


Patriotic Apple Pie Cupcakes


These are a fun and slightly healthier twist to cupcakes.  The kids especially loved these at our Memorial Day picnic yesterday.  Once again, Happy Memorial Day!



White Chocolate Raspberry MousseI saw these beauties at Katie's Cucina and just had to try them as soon as I got a spare moment.  Go try them now!  They are so adorable and very tasty!   This is the perfect dessert for Memorial Day.  I want to make them more patriotic for a Memorial Day picnic...


Homemade Ferrero Rocher Candy

I had an entire day off with no obligation.  My daughter was playing outside with the neighbors for hours, I had no work, I had no cleaning to do and I had no errands to run, so my wheels immediately started turning and I fixed myself in the kitchen.  I found myself craving...



Baby Shower Cake Pops

My mother, sister and I threw a baby shower this past Saturday for my amazing sister-in-law, Samantha, who is having a boy.  One of my tasks was the party favors, which I immediately knew would be edible.  Once I made up my mind that I was going to make baby cake pops...




B's Pecan (Meringue) Pie

Baby, it's cold outside!  I don't know about where you live, but it was 0 degrees this morning in Pennsylvania!  Even schools were calling off because of the cold.  I decided to treat myself for braving the bitter cold weather today, so I made this warm chocolate...


New York Cheesecake


I hope you all had a wonderful Easter!  My mother had Easter dinner at her house this past Saturday and I offered to bring a dessert.  I hadn't had cheesecake for a long time and I was in the mood for it, so I decided to make one.  I originally obtained this recipe from allrecipes...


Little Lamb Cake Pops

Have you ventured into the cake pop world yet?  I have and am completely hooked.  They are so easy and fun and what you can do with them is only limited by your imagination!  Bakeralla has these cute lamb pops and I instantly knew that I would be making them for the kids at Easter...


Peanut Butter S'more Cups

I find myself daydreaming a lot about camping under the stars with my family.  There's something magical about sitting by a warm fire while it crackles away in the night, watching the embers glow and sharing stories with those you care about as the shadows...



Baked Doughnuts

Today is April Fool's Day and it seems like everyone has been getting in on the fun.  Even nature played a wonderful prank on us this morning with snow.  What a strange sight it was to see my day lilies covered in snow.  As my husband was leaving for work, my...

Oatmeal Cream Pies

They say the sense of smell is the strongest and most vivid for long-term memories.  While I don't doubt that's true, sometimes I wonder if my sense of taste sometimes is stronger.  When I was a little girl, my Grandmommy would buy Little Debbie's oatmeal...


Oreo Cookie Fudge

This past Friday, it got up to 75 degrees and I loved every minute of it.  Tomorrow morning, the weatherman is calling for snow... and I am dreading every minute of it.  I had already started daydreaming about the sound of the waves rolling onto the shore, the smell of the salty 

Rosewater Turkish Delight

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe was one of my favorite movies growing up.  I remember watching it at least once a day during summer break from school and memorizing every line.  One thing that I could not understand is what it was about the Turkish...




Apple Clafouti

Clafouti is a French dessert, which is normally made with dried cherries arranged in a buttered dish and covered with a thick flan-like batter.  Apples are used in this recipe along with dried cranberries (Craisins, to be exact) and it is very healthy and wonderfully...


Easy Homemade Peanut Butter Cups


Happy National Peanut Butter Lovers' Day!  Yes, that's what it really is today.  To celebrate, I thought I'd make my family some peanut butter cups.  These are so easy and so close to the taste of store bought that you will never want to buy them again!  Try experimenting...



Raspberry-Filled Meringue Heart Cookies



Valentine's Day marks marks seven years that I have been married to my sweetheart, John. We met when I was in the summer after 9th grade and by the end of our first date, I knew he was the one without a doubt in my mind. He is an amazing man. He is considerate, honest...

Chocolate Doughnut Holes in Vanilla Glaze

I'm pretty sure there are about 18 inches of snow outside right now. There was lightning in addition to blizzard-like conditions (thunder snow) last night and it was amazingly beautiful. We have had one snowstorm per week for at least the past month and I'm beginning...


Salted Butter Caramels


You would think that after doing 12 days straight of Christmas cookies I would be tired of baking. I actually had gotten used to baking so much and now something just doesn't feel right... I think I'm going through cookie withdrawal!



Pizzelles

I am very sad to announce that today is the last day of my 12 Days of (Christmas) Cookies. I have had so much fun doing all of this baking; however, I am a happy to be free of the degree of commitment this venture has required. Every year, my mother-in-law 


Snickerdoodle & Candied Bacon Cookies

Yes, I said bacon and cookies. It seems as though bacon in baking is all the rage in the food blog world, so I thought I would jump on the bandwagon. Don't knock 'em until you've tried 'em. I, too, was skeptical in the beginning but they are delicious! You get a sweet and salty fix at the same...



Double Chocolate Crackles

Originally, I had cocoa rum balls planned for day 9 but I decided to stray from my list. Why? Honestly, I just was not in the mood to have rum balls, especially after I realized that my husband doesn't like them and my daughter can't really eat them. Besides...




Classic Peanut Butter Cookies

When I originally told my husband about my plan to do 12 Days of (Christmas) Cookies, I asked him if there was any specific cookie he would like me to bake. My husband is not a fan of sweets at all, so when he said peanut butter cookies, I added it to my list...


Chocolate Truffles


This was my first time making truffles. I'm not going to lie -- they take a lot of work, a lot of time and definitely produce a lot of dishes but they are so worth it in the end! I thought I would make these a little more festive by coating some of them in crushed candy canes...


Raspberry Ribbons

When I was in college, I would frequent a little bakery down the road and rotate ordering between a bagel and 2 raspberry ribbons for breakfast with my cup of coffee. Unfortunately, that bakery in Florida is a long way from my home in Pennsylvania but I don't have to miss the taste...


Peanut Blossoms... with a Twist

We have all enjoyed the peanut buttery, chocolaty goodness of the classic peanut blossom. This is by far my favorite peanut blossom recipe and I would love to share it with you. But, let me introduce you to one of my creations, the peanut butter and jelly blossom! 


Russian Tea Cakes

It is only day 1 and I am already having a lot of fun with this! This is my favorite Russian Tea Cake recipe. I decided to get a little creative and make little snowmen out of them. Don't you just want to eat him up!? For the hat, I melted some chocolate coating and dipped  

Butternut Squash Pie

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving with your loved ones! We had a great dinner at my husband's parents' house on Thanksgiving. Because I won a free turkey from the grocery store, I will be cooking my Thanksgiving dinner tomorrow. It will be my first...


I am planning for my daughter's six-year Hello Kitty kids' birthday party on this coming Saturday, so any spare time I can muster is spent planning for that. Thankfully, tonight is Wednesday. Every Wednesday night, Madelyn has church and I have about 1 1/2 hours...

Marshmallow Fondant

I have always wanted to make fondant but I was always too intimidated to try. My husband's birthday is coming up, so I decided this was the best time to try it out -- glad I did! It was so easy and fun... a little messy but totally worth it! It is not nearly as expensive...




Snookies (Snickers in Cookies)

I have a friend who is going through a difficult time right now. In an attempt to brighten her day, I thought perhaps cookies might help. I know they at least "help" me feel better in hard times. I named them "Snookies" (not to be confused with a certain...


Caramel Apple Pie Cupcakes


I have been searching the internet and cookbooks for some autumn treats a lot recently. I have come across so many great ideas and I wish I had time to try them all! As soon as I saw these, I knew I had to make them instantly. Two of my favorite treats in one! I used...



Personal Pumpkin Pies



Oh my goodness! It was FREEZING out today! My heater actually automatically kicked on around 2:00 today, so I know for a fact that my house dipped below 65 degrees. Don't get me wrong; I am not complaining. I have been sick of the heat waves for a long time and I...

Maple Cinnamon Walnut Sticky Buns

Here we are again with one of my favorite flavor combinations, maple and walnut. I found this recipe years ago in a Kraft Foods magazine and have changed it a bit over the years. Everyone will want this recipe. The salty, crunchy walnuts compliment the sweet...


Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream


Thanks to my wonderful parents, I used my birthday gift card for Le Gourmet Chef on an ice cream maker! Today was my first day using it and it definitely will not be my last. I cannot begin to explain to you how amazing having an ice cream maker is. The best part...



Chocolate Pound Cake with Chocolate-Rum Ganache



Since the weather has been so amazingly cool (anyone else ready for autumn?), I decided it was time to fire up my oven and bake something chocolate and something sweet. I found a chocolate pound cake recipe onallrecipes that sounded delicious...


Maple-Walnut Cookies with Toasted Walnuts & Maple Glaze

I have been craving sweets all day today and have been trying to concoct a recipe using one of my favorite flavor combinations, maple and walnut. These turned out DELICIOUS (yes, caps worthy)! You would never know that light maple syrup was used. The glaze...



Homemade Jolly Rancher Lollipops

Here is another really fun and easy treat for the kids... and adults!   I had a bag of jolly ranchers lying on my counter that was calling my name. In the back of my mind, I was still thinking about those wonderful chocolate lollipops when it hit me -- jolly rancher...






Happy Fourth of July! July 4th is also my granddaddy's 81st birthday and we always have a huge picnic to celebrate both occasions. Other than hot dogs and hot dog buns, I was bringing a dessert. I recently came across a recipe that I have been dying...


Strawberry-Cinnamon Galette

After dinner yesterday, we all went outside to enjoy the lovely weather. My daughter eventually found some neighbor friends to play Barbie with and my husband serenaded me while I was relaxing on the hammock. We lingered outside a little longer than normal...




These cupcakes are perfect in so many ways -- oh, my goodness! This is better than box mix! They are light and fluffy and so tasty!! This is now my go-to vanilla cupcake recipe. I found the idea for the decoration from "Hello, Cupcake!"



I have been in a baking mood since I woke up this morning and Madelyn and I finally had some time to get around to baking cookies. I definitely was not in the mood to run to the store, so I was limited to the ingredients in my pantry. These taste just like the girl scout oatmeal... 

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