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Chocolate Almond Sandies

Sandies are a style of shortbread cookie that is known for its crumbly, sandy texture. More often than not, these cookies are made with a good amount of ground nuts to create that texture. Pecan Sandies are the most recognizable cookie of this style, but these Chocolate Almond Sandies are a de...

Vampire Whoopie Pies

It is no secret that I am a huge fan of all vampire-related things, especially if those things happen to be vampire-themed Halloween treats! I’ve made cookies, cupcakes and even pancakes before! I recommend serving them all at your next Halloween party, but if you have to narrow it down t...

Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Chocolate Chunk Oatmeal Cookie Mix, reviewed

Pumpkin seems to show up in everything in the fall, from lattes to cakes to cookie mixes. This Pumpkin Chocolate Chunk Oatmeal Cookie Mix from Trader Joe’s is one of the store’s new product offerings for the season. Naturally, as a fan of almost all things with pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice, ...

Churro Pumpkin Pie Blondies

The fall is my favorite time of the year for baking. I love the classics – pumpkin pie, oatmeal cookies and pecan anything – but I also love the opportunity to come up with fun new treats that make use of some of those classic flavors. These Churro Pumpkin Pie Blondies are part blondie and part p...

Very Vanilla Layer Cake with Vanilla Cream Cheese Buttercream

Vanilla cakes are always one of my favorites. I love it when the creamy floral sweetness of vanilla comes through in any baked good, but when you pair a vanilla can with a vanilla frosting, you get a burst of vanilla flavor that is impossible not to enjoy. This Very Vanilla Layer Cake with Vanil...

Coconut Chip Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Sometimes we all need a little break. We need a break from work, from school, from traffic or anything else that may be filling up our day and keeping our minds going a mile a minute. I usually treat myself to a cup of freshly brewed coffee when I need a break, along with a homemade cookie ...

Blueberry Banana Coffee Cake

Ripe bananas can be incorporated into all kinds of delicious banana baked goods. While a classic banana bread is always a good option, I like to mix things up from time to time. This Blueberry Banana Coffee Cake is made with a banana cake base that is packed with blueberries and topped with a butt...

Banana Batida

Blended drinks are always crowd pleasers in the summer, a great way to quench your thirst and cool down. They can be made in a variety of ways, whether you’re whipping up a batch of smoothies for all ages or mixing a pitcher of pina coladas for a more grown up party. This Banana Batida is a ble...

Tropical Smoothie Ice Cream

Fruit smoothies are a refreshing and easy breakfast or snack option on a hot day. But as delicious as they are, I often want something a little bit more indulgent for a dessert. This Tropical Smoothie Ice Cream was inspired by a smoothie I had for breakfast recently – but converted into a more de...

Gluten Free Rocky Road Brownie Pie

This Rocky Road Brownie Pie is a fantastic dessert to bake up if you’re a fan or rocky road – and it’s gluten free, too! The pie has a chocolate crumb crust and is filled with a fudgy gluten free brownie that is packed with nuts, chocolate chips and marshmallows. It’s a twist on the classic ic...

Cherry and Pecan Oatmeal Cookies

Oatmeal cookies are always comfort food in my book. They are one of the first cookies that I baked on a regular basis and they remain a favorite to this day. These Cherry and Pecan Oatmeal Cookies were inspired by cherry pie, packed with toasted pecans and dried sweet-tart cherries. Cherry pie is...
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