Three eggnog cupcakes on a wooden plate
Desserts

Eggnog Cupcakes With Cinnamon & Nutmeg Cream Cheese Frosting

So I had this eggnog liqueur left over from the party I had last weekend. I wanted to use it up, and I'm not really one to drink eggnog, so I wanted to come up with a dessert concoction of some kind. Because I'm not the biggest eggnog fan, I wanted to do something I… Continue reading Eggnog Cupcakes With Cinnamon & Nutmeg Cream Cheese Frosting

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

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

Small apple pies
Desserts

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. They're smaller than a hand pie, which is why I call them almost bite-sized. Some of the links in this post… Continue reading Almost Bite-Sized Apple Pies