Avocado Truffles

Happy Halloween!  Hope everyone big and small has some fun today! True story: until my trip to Peru this past May, I did not want anything to do with avocados.  I thought they were slimy tasteless fruits that were incredibly difficult to cut.  Then, in Peru, I was able to eat really fresh avocados with a squirt of lemon juice … Read More

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Mini Cupcakes

Line of three Peanut Butter Cup Stuffed Mini Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Chocolate Buttercream

Chocolate peanut butter cup mini cupcakes have a mini peanut butter cup baked in a vanilla cupcake and swirled with chocolate peanut butter frosting! Chocolate and peanut butter-winning combination in my book. My boss loves these cupcakes and asks me to make them whenever he’s needing some cupcakes to gift someone. Sometimes I make them full size, but that’s almost … Read More

Dessert Nachos

dessert nachos

I didn’t really know what to call these. I ended up on Dessert Nachos because you can pull them apart and each cracker is full of chocolaty, caramely, nutty goodness. My sister, thought, nailed it. She said they tasted like a combination between a turtle and a Heath bar. This was literally one of the most delicious and easiest dessert … Read More

Chocolate Peanut Butter Chunk Cookies

Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookies

Easy chocolate peanut butter chunk cookies made with chocolate cake mix, a healthy dose of peanut butter, and studded with peanut butter chips. Great things about these chocolate peanut butter chunk cookies: I love that these cookies come together quickly and easily in one bowl with one spoon.  You can whip up a batch when you have unexpected guess or … Read More

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Peanut butter chocolate chip cookies

Feeding people is my love language. (Not just people, really, I love feeding my critters too). One of my favorite things is to whip up a batch of cookies or bake a loaf of bread for a friend. It’s my little way of telling them I love them. I read, once, of a woman who prays over her knitting for … Read More

3 Ingredient Homemade Chocolate Syrup

Homemade chocolate syrup

Rich, homemade chocolate syrup recipe perfect for topping ice cream or swirling into a tall glass of cold milk.   When I was growing up, you had two drink choices for hot lunch, chocolate or regular milk.  Now somewhere along the path, I developed the notion that “good” kids always drank regular milk.  For years, I dutifully chose the blue … Read More

Casino Themed Cupcakes for a Vegas Party

Vegas themed cupcakes

Last weekend, my friend Mandy had her 30th birthday. For eons, she has talked about us going to Vegas for our 30th. However, that girl went and had herself a sweet baby boy in January and so a long weekend in Vegas wasn’t in the cards. Her husband, being the darling that he is, threw her a surprise, Vegas themed … Read More

Black Bottom Cupcakes

black bottom cupcakes with chocolate buttercream

Black bottom cupcakes are the perfect combination of chocolatey cupcake and decadent cheesecake topped with a swirl of fudgey buttercream.   I seem to have a real problem with the concept of en mise.  For those of you not familiar, en mise is the French cooking term for “everything in place.”  Basically, it means, get all your crap out on … Read More

Chocolate Owl Cupcake Toppers

Owl cupcake toppers

Last weekend I made these owl cupcake toppers for a friend of my sister who is having a baby girl in February.  I piped the toppers out of pink, white, and dark chocolate candy melts.  The cupcakes were plain white with American buttercream tinted a pale pink.

Peppermint Bark

Ok, here’s another easy one, because I am all about simplifying this Christmas. Peppermint bark. The hardest thing you have to do is melt chocolate. But we already learned how to do that. Oh, and you get to smash things with your rolling pin, which in my book is always top notch. What you need: 1- 12 ounce bag chocolate … Read More