Two apple and cranberry blondies stacked
desserts

Apple & Cranberry Blondies

I needed to make a non-pie dessert for Thanksgiving again this year. Last year, I made these spice cupcakes with apple pie filling and cinnamon buttercream. I didn't want to do a cake this year, but I also wanted to do something unique. I thought about cranberry white chocolate chip blondies, but I also really… Continue reading Apple & Cranberry Blondies

Hot chocolate cupcake
desserts

Hot Chocolate Cupcakes

I was trying to come up with a unique chocolate recipe in preparation for my guest appearance on the Conversational Chaos podcast. The Rage Monster (one of the podcast's hosts) requested something chocolate. I warned him that I was making something experimental, and if it didn't turn out, at least it would be a fun… Continue reading Hot Chocolate Cupcakes

Lemon cookies
desserts

Lemon Cookies With Vanilla Glaze

When I first started to make these lemon cookies the other day, I used a base that was similar to how I make sugar cookies. I wanted the dough to be rolled out like sugar cookies, but the dough didn't shape up to make that happen. The lemon juice and the baking soda gives these… Continue reading Lemon Cookies With Vanilla Glaze

Moose tracks ice cream cake
desserts

Moose Tracks Ice Cream Cake

I thought the 16th birthday of someone who really likes Moose Tracks ice cream would be a great time to try to make my first ice cream cake. I used store bought cake mix and frosting to cut down on the intensity of the experience since I thought this could be a bit labor-intensive. As… Continue reading Moose Tracks Ice Cream Cake

Nut-Free Derby Pie Bites
desserts

Nut-Free Derby Pie Bites

I had a get-together to celebrate my new basement yesterday, and because it was Derby day, I had a few Derby-themed items on the menu. I was going to make a Derby pie, but I didn't want anything I was serving to require utensils. I've made bite-sized Boston cream pies before, so I decided it… Continue reading Nut-Free Derby Pie Bites

cupcake
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

Autumn Spice Pound Cake
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

Spiced pecan chocolate chip 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. (Update: I was runner-up in the cookie contest!) Spiced Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookies This unique… Continue reading Spiced Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Lemon Meringue Pie
desserts, 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

Gingerbread Ice Cream
desserts, 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 and do a lot of other major things around the house. So finally this… Continue reading Gingerbread Ice Cream