10-Minute Samoa Cannoli

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Crispy cannoli shells are stuffed with sweetened ricotta and crushed "Caramel Delite" Girl Scout cookies for a unique twist.  These Samoa Cannoli take just 10 minutes to make and 30 seconds to devour.   I find it ironic that Girl Scout cookie season is the exact same time as "Holy crap, I have to lose 20 pounds" season.  Really.  Just as soon as I get into the swing of healthy eating and working out semi-regularly....the doorbell rings.  And I always hope it's a present or something … [Read more...]

Red Velvet Coconut Cake with Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting

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Two favorite cakes combined into one towering dessert, this Red Velvet Coconut Cake with Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting is bright and festive.  A great dessert to share with anyone you love. I made you a cake.  It's another gigantic cake and I couldn't decide which flavor to make so I made both....in one mammoth cake mashup.  What do you think?  Do you think it's big enough? My grandmother used to make a red velvet cake when I was like 2 feet tall.  I loved it....it was my favorite cake … [Read more...]

Death by Chocolate Layer Cake

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Layers of fudge brownie, mocha mousse, chocolate meringue and rich ganache make up this chocolate lover's dream cake.  Death by Chocolate Layer Cake is the ultimate special occasion cake. Do you know what today is?  National Chocolate Cake Day!  I've been saving this recipe for just this occasion.  The first time I made it was to take to my new husband's parents house for Christmas.  I saw this cake on a show called The Best Of back when The Food Network was still young.  The Best Of was … [Read more...]

CopyCat Milk Bar Birthday Cake

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Funfetti cake stacked sky-high, filled with cream cheese frosting and topped with crunchy Funfetti crumbles.  This is the ultimate birthday treat you will crave all year-long. Today's my birthday.  Another year older and a little more fluffy.  The fluff I can fix, the age...I will embrace.  It's just a number...that's what people tell me anyway.  So, I try not to think about the "number" and focus on how brilliant I'm becoming.  Right, older and wiser?  So, I'm nearing Einstein territory … [Read more...]

Gingerbread Blondies with Meyer Lemon Cream Cheese Swirl

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Soft and chewy gingerbread blondies are swirled with a citrusy, smooth cream cheese filling.  Full of holiday spice, these blondies are a great dessert option for a last minute addition to your holiday menu. I should be wrapping gifts.  I've procrastinated all day  all month long.  I have a pile stacked to the ceiling in the closet in my basement and I just can't seem to get my butt to do it.  Plus, I have this recipe I have to share with all of you.  Because I know some of you are … [Read more...]

Triple Berry Baklava Bites

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Delicate little pouches of heaven, Triple Berry Baklava Bites are crisp and sweet.  Filled with a blend of dried berries and nuts, sweetened with honey and the perfect size for popping in your mouth.  One bite and you'll be hooked. Baklava is a gift from the gods. The Greek gods if I remember correctly.  My recollection of Greek mythology is a bit fuzzy these days since my obsession with all things Zeus and his clan waned about 20+ years ago.  Yep, I'm old.  But that's probably when my … [Read more...]

Candy Cane Shortbread Cookies

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Buttery and crisp, these festive cookies will leave a lasting impression.  Little ones will love their fun shape and everyone will love their sugary, buttery flavor.  A great project to get the kids to help with! I had the opportunity to, once again, participate in The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap.  If you're not familiar with the cookie swap you're in for a real treat!  The swap is sponsored by two food bloggers, Lindsay and Julie, along with California Olive Ranch, OXO, Sheila's … [Read more...]

No-Bake Peppermint Bark Cookies

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Light and crispy chocolate wafers dipped in peppermint-infused white chocolate and then sprinked with crushed candy canes.....these are the ultimate holiday cookie.  Easy to make with only four ingredients and no baking required.  You will have trouble keeping these around. Catalog season is upon us my friends.  It's serious.  I have piles of kindling lying all over the house because I want to give them all a chance to win my love. But I can't keep up.  Seriously.  Everytime I open the … [Read more...]

Pumpkin Bread Pudding with Eggnog Bourbon Sauce

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Rich, creamy and decadent....this Pumpkin Bread Pudding is welcome anytime of the day.  A wonderful way to use up leftover bread and so easy to make. I know we're kinda past the pumpkin part of the year, it seems like everyone clamors to get pumpkin spice out of their system by Thanksgiving and then it's gingerbread All.THE.THINGS, all the time.  But....I missed the boat this year.  I was so busy getting my cranberry on that I forgot about pumpkin.  And I don't even think I had one bite … [Read more...]

Gingerbread Latte Cupcakes with Eggnog Buttercream Frosting

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Inspired by the popular holiday coffee flavor at Starbucks, this cupcake is full of spice and topped with a creamy buttercream frosting made with eggnog.  A great addition to your holiday dessert table or just to have as an extra special treat during the holiday season. Many years ago, like two....I wasn't a coffee drinker.  I didn't start my day thinking about coffee and I didn't need to hook up to an IV filled with coffee like I do now.  (Note to self, must quit coffee immediately.) … [Read more...]