Blood Orange Olive Oil Cake

You’re going to love this decadent Blood Orange Olive Oil Cake. No stand mixer required! Blood oranges add a beautiful visual element, but regular oranges can easily be substituted. When I received blood oranges in my farm box last week, I immediately knew I wanted to bake a cake. Lately I’ve been opting for more simple recipes– classics like bread pudding, tomato bisque, and chili. However, when I see blood oranges, I always love to think outside the box. Why

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Buttery Bread Pudding

This foolproof, easy bread pudding is made using kitchen staples: bread, eggs, butter, cream, cinnamon, vanilla and raisins. The results are buttery but not too heavy. It’s a classic dessert that’s great for parties! I’m almost embarrassed to admit this, but I technically only prepared bread pudding from scratch for the first time a few months ago. I say technically because once I got started on this recipe, I realized it was almost identical to the baked French toast variations

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Dark Chocolate Cupcakes

These moist, dark chocolate cupcakes are incredibly soft and rich without being overly sweet. Chocolate meringue buttercream frosting keeps them from feeling heavy, making these a wonderful romantic dessert option for Valentine’s Day, or for any special occasion! While I love experimenting with creative desserts, chocolate cake is a classic recipe that I never grow tired of baking. My chocolate espresso layer cake continues to be a favorite. The great thing about cupcakes is that they come together faster than

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Dark Chocolate Chunk Rumchata Cookies

Looking for Rumchata recipes? I’ve got you covered! These Dark Chocolate Chunk Rumchata Cookies are seriously amazing- like boozy chocolate chip cookies with a hint of cinnamon. People will beg you for the recipe! Please note: this recipe is in no way sponsored by Rumchata. I just really like the stuff, and it’s not the first time I’ve used it in a recipe (check out my Vanilla Runchata Milkshake). Liqueurs like Bailey’s, Kalua, and Grand Marnier add such a tasty,

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Chocolate Covered Strawberries

These Chocolate Covered Strawberries are a perfect romantic dessert for Valentine’s Day or at the end of any dinner for two! They’re also a simple treat to prepare in advance and serve at parties. I enjoy celebrating Valentine’s Day. I don’t think it needs to be a big ordeal involving gifts and cards. It doesn’t even have to involve going out to dinner. In fact, my favorite way to enjoy the holiday is by having a quiet, romantic dinner for

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Rum Cake Recipe (From Scratch!)

This Rum Cake Recipe is made completely using from scratch ingredients (no mixes!) and is then SOAKED in a dark rum butter syrup that keeps it incredibly moist and bursting with rum flavor. While it’s perfect for serving all year, this rum soaked cake will be an absolute show stopper at holiday gatherings.  A few years ago, I had the pleasure of visiting Bermuda. We were lucky enough to stay at a gorgeous resort called The Reefs, with one of

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Andes Mint Cookies

If you love Andes Mints, you are going to go crazy for these melt-in-your-mouth Andes Mint cookies. They’re full of peppermint and rich chocolate flavor. While excellent for the holiday season, I plan on making and serving these all year long! Several weeks ago, I had the honor of attending my younger cousin’s wedding, which was held at a beautiful and rustic winery. There were sweet touches everywhere. One of my favorite (and literally sweet) details was the “Candy Bar.”

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S’mores Bark

With only THREE ingredients, this amazing chocolate S’mores Bark recipe is going to be a total hit with your holiday guests. Who needs a campfire? Indoor s’mores are where it’s at! I’ll be honest, chocolate bark isn’t always my thing when it comes to holiday desserts. I’m much more of a cookie gal, as you’ve probably noticed. (In case you missed them, be sure to check out my recent posts for frosted eggnog cookies and soft gingerbread cookies with chocolate).

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Frosted Eggnog Cookies

These eggnog cookies are soft and full of flavor! They’re perfect for holiday parties, with a delicate eggnog icing that isn’t overly sweet.  There are many things I love about the holiday season, and most of them involve the kitchen. If this is the season of giving, then baked goods are one of my favorite gifts to share with friends and family. This eggnog cookie recipe combines two of my top holiday loves. Can you guess what they are?

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Soft Gingerbread Cookies with Chocolate

Soft Gingerbread Cookies with Chocolate are perfect for serving at holiday parties or giving away as gifts! They’re just the right balance of soft and chewy. There are very few foods I dislike. I’m open to a variety of flavors, cuisines, heat levels, etc. However, ginger has always been my one iffy ingredient. Sushi is one of my favorite splurges, and I have such an aversion to pickled ginger that I cannot stand having it even touch the fish. To

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