Nutella Rice Krispie Treats

Need some chocolate today?

These remind me so much of a certain candy bar, but I can’t put my finger on which one.  They are sweet, chocolatey and chewy.  All 6 kids who were in the house when I made them gave them a thumbs up.

This is not the normal marshmallow type of rice krispie treat.  I decided to use my mother-in-law’s recipe for peanut butter rice krispie treats, but substituted Nutella for the peanut butter.  It’s an easy recipe and it’s also nice if you don’t happen to have a bag of marshmallows in the pantry.

Here’s what you’ll need:  [Read more…]

Banana Cake with Coffee (Mocha) Icing

One of my Grandma’s signature desserts was Banana Cake with Coffee Icing.  She made it from scratch as a layer cake.  I’ve made her recipe before and it uses every bowl in the house.  No kidding.  It requires whipping egg whites and stirring dry ingredients and mashing bananas and boiling water and beating egg yolks…  A delicious, time-consuming mess!

I’ve simplified things a lot with this recipe.  It’s still made from scratch.  I use a sheet cake pan instead of doing a layer cake.  But I kept the Coffee Icing recipe the same.  It’s really mocha, but we didn’t use the word “mocha” back then.  Mocha is a new-fangled word.

Here’s what you’ll need:  [Read more…]

Baby Cannoli Cakes

You are going to love these!

All that chocolate ganache.  All that delicious cannoli filling stuffed in a chocolate chip muffin.

{Did she just say chocolate chip muffin?}

Yep!  That’s right!  This muffin has officially crossed the line into dessert.

I’ve been wanting to try this since I first made Chocolate Chip Muffins.  The idea comes from The Cake Mix Doctor cookbook.  I absolutely love that book.  Anne Byrn has a recipe in there for Cannoli Cake that is divine.

I have to say though, my family agreed that the baby cakes version is better.  The muffins are not as tender and sweet as the cake.  And muffins have a bit of a crust that holds up to the thick, creamy filling better than the cake does.  [Read more…]

Zucchini Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

A neighbor gifted me with a giant zucchini the other day.  My first inclination was to make zucchini bread, but then I ran across this recipe in one of my Amish cookbooks.

I’m pretty sure that the 3 cups of veggies in this cake off set the naughtiness of the cream cheese frosting.

The only change I made to the recipe was to bake it in a jelly roll pan instead of a 9×13 size.  I would also like to say that I did shred the carrots and zucchini the way the Amish would.  I don’t have a food processor, but I want one.  I want much.

Here’s what you’ll need:  [Read more…]

Nutella Muffins

The outside looks like a plain vanilla muffin.  But inside there’s a creamy pocket of Nutella hiding.

Can it get any better?

I don’t think so.

Loy says dessert-like muffins should be called “Muffcakes”.  I agree completely.

Here’s how you make this magic – and please do go straight to your kitchen to make these.  You will love yourself for it!  [Read more…]

Coconut Chocolate Chip Muffins with Cocoa Coconut Streusel

The other day, I posted a list of 28 Muffins You’ll Want to Try and Terri left this comment:

Hi,
I was looking at your muffin recipes. They look yummy! I’m also looking for a coconut muffin maybe with mini choc chips added. Have you ever heard of something like that? I thought maybe replacing the liquid with coconut milk then add either maybe a streusel with toasted coconut and a drizzle of chocolate. What do you think? Do you have any suggestions? I have tried a couple of your recipes and passed on your site to some friends.
Thanks,
Terri

Oh, what a good idea!  I went into the kitchen and got creative right away.  These are the result.  The muffin is infused with coconut flavor and studded with mini chocolate chips.  The streusel topping has cocoa and coconut.  Oh yeah!

Here’s what you’ll need:  [Read more…]

Homemade Whipped Topping aka Make Your Own Cool Whip

A few weeks ago, on Ingredient Spotlight, we shared frozen whipped topping recipes.  Loy, one of my readers who you get to meet next week, shared a recipe for homemade whipped topping.

I’d never thought about making my own whipped topping before, but the idea was intriguing.  And when I decided to make this cake, I knew this was the time to experiment (aka play) with the recipe.  The result is light, subtly sweet and creamy.  I really wished I could have added a hint of vanilla, but I didn’t want to use extract.  I wanted to keep it pure white and I also was unsure about messing up the proportions of liquid.

Later, I thought about using vanilla infused sugar.  You can do this at home just by putting a vanilla bean in sugar and leaving it there for about a week.  (I must try this soon.)  I think the vanilla flavor would greatly enhance the taste of the whipped topping.

Here’s what you’ll need to make it: [Read more…]

Chocolate Chip Muffins

I whipped these muffins up one night to snack on during family game night.  We were playing spoons, which usually leads to ice cream for some reason.  Then the next morning we have no spoons to stir coffee or eat cereal because they’re all dirty from the game playing, ice cream eating fun the night before.

But on this night, I decided chocolate chip muffins would make a fine snack.  I love baking muffins, because it’s so fast and there’s an infinite variety of flavors.  Needless to say, these were a hit.

I have some big plans for taking these muffins to a new level that involve cream cheese and chocolate ganache.  I’m waiting for a day when I can bake in the afternoon so the photos have some daylight.  We’ve had so much rain lately, I may have to settle for a dark day.

Back to the muffin recipe.  Here’s what you’ll need.  I didn’t grab a photo of the ingredients, but they’re all common items. [Read more…]

Lemon Cheesecake Dessert

Still looking for a dessert for Easter?  Here you go!

This is the “cheesecake” I grew up with.  Unlike the real deal, this one is light with a hint of lemon.  It’s also no-bake, so it’s easy to make.

Here’s what you’ll need: [Read more…]

Easter Story Cookies

This is a fun way to pull kids into the kitchen and share the Easter Story with them in a way that they will remember.  The cookies get made in the evening and then sit in the oven overnight.  It’s perfect to do the night before Easter, but any evening will work.

Before I get to the instructions, let me share a few helpful hints. [Read more…]

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