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

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

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

desserts

Almost Bite-Sized Apple Pies

Some of the links in this post are affiliate links, which means I earn a commission if you make a purchase using the link (click here for more information). 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… Continue reading Almost Bite-Sized Apple Pies

Cherry and brandy chocolate chip brownies
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

desserts, disaster, vegetarian

Great Aunt Corrine’s Fudge

I used to love eating this as a kid. I took it to school as birthday treats instead of cupcakes many times. It's not as soft as traditional fudge, but so delicious! As my mom says, it's a tricky recipe, but so worth it. I had to call mom part of the way through to… Continue reading Great Aunt Corrine’s Fudge