cakes & cupcakes, desserts

Spice Cupcakes with Apple Pie Filling and Cinnamon Buttercream

I needed a dessert other than pie to make for Thanksgiving. I was originally going to make a spice cake, but I opted for cupcakes because they're easier to distribute (and grab and go). This recipe uses a boxed spice cake mix as the base to save a few steps, but I disregard all of… Continue reading Spice Cupcakes with Apple Pie Filling and Cinnamon Buttercream

cakes & cupcakes, desserts, weeknight cooking

Autumn Spice Pound Cake

I wanted to bake something to take to work this week, but I also had a long day and wanted to do something easy. This cake uses a boxed spice cake mix as the base. I baked this in a loaf pan for easy transportation to work, since my cake carrier is at a friend's… Continue reading Autumn Spice Pound Cake

cookies, desserts, vegetarian

Spiced Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookies

A local magazine was having a cookie recipe contest, so of course I wanted to enter! It's an unusually chilly summer day today, and it's raining, so I think I came up with these because they remind me of fall. Makes about 4½ dozen. Ingredients 2¼ cups pecan halves 2 tbsp melted butter 1¼ cups… Continue reading Spiced Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookies

desserts, tarts and pies, vegetarian

Lemon Meringue Pie

I love classic custard and meringue pies, especially lemon meringue and lime meringue pies. This recipe is perfect for summer, but let's be honest, I make it year-round. The one in the picture is made in my vintage Pyrex fridge dish (approximately 8" x 6.5" x 2.5"), but I've also made it in a traditional… Continue reading Lemon Meringue Pie

desserts, ice cream, vegetarian

Gingerbread Ice Cream

I love gingerbread. Gingerbread cookies, gingerbread lattes, gingerbread everything - love it! I've been meaning to try to make gingerbread ice cream since around Christmas, but I kept putting it off and forgetting and then I decided to paint my kitchen cabinets, etc. So finally this weekend I decided to make it. It turned out… Continue reading Gingerbread Ice Cream

desserts, tarts and pies

Almost Bite-Sized Apple Pies

I had a few apples I needed to use the other day, and I'm a big fan of apple pie. I didn't have enough for a whole pie, so I decided to make these. I used my 3" ravioli stamp to cut out the shapes, and my pasta roller to roll out the dough. I'm… Continue reading Almost Bite-Sized Apple Pies

chocolate, desserts, vegetarian, weeknight cooking

Cherry & Brandy Chocolate Chip Brownies

Confession: I didn't make these completely from scratch. Nope. I used a box of Duncan Hines Chewy Fudge Brownie Mix as the base. Just didn't feel like fooling with the cocoa powder and everything. I think if I make these again, I will probably use regular dried cherries instead of the candied ones to give… Continue reading Cherry & Brandy Chocolate Chip Brownies