Pumpkin Slab Pie

Pumpkin Slab Pie is the perfect solution if you’re serving a larger group! It makes 24-30 slices, providing a perfect portion of this classic fall dessert. Have you ever heard of slab pies? I’m really into them right now! They’re similar to sheet cakes. Basically, instead of having a round, tall pie (or cake), you bake a long, thin one using a rimmed baking sheet. This is so useful for parties where you’ll need a dessert that serves a large

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How to Make Salted Caramel Sauce

Salted Caramel Sauce is easy to make at home! You can use it to add flavor to a wide variety of desserts, such as cookies, or as a topping drizzled over ice cream. It also makes a great gift! I’ve loved salted caramel sauce for ages now (how could I not?), but I’ve been on a huge kick recently after having some amazing salted caramel ice cream during the final weeks of summer. I can’t get enough, and I want

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake

This decadent Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake has a chocolate graham cracker crust, peanut butter filling, and a bittersweet chocolate ganache topping. I’m always a big fan of chocolate and peanut butter together. This cheesecake is no exception. There’s something about the combination that’s absolutely perfect, in my opinion. I often find cheesecake heavy, so I prefer using a 10-inch springform and making a thinner cake. I also use sour cream to lighten up the texture of filling and make it less

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Peanut Butter Nutella Mousse with Chocolate Cookie Crumble

This Peanut Butter Nutella Mousse with Chocolate Cookie Crumble is incredibly easy to prepare and beyond delicious! It’s the perfect dessert! Peanut Butter Nutella Mousse with Chocolate Cookie Crumble. That’s one heck of a dessert title, isn’t it? This recipe sounds a bit fancy pants, but I promise it’s not. In fact, this is the kind of dessert I wish I’d had in front of me back in college when I was sitting around watching The Simpsons and listening to

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Salted Caramel Apple Cake

Salted Caramel Apple Cake is a perfect fall treat! No stand mixer is required for the cake, which makes it a great option for novice bakers.  A few weeks ago, I was on a retreat in Columbus with some friends, and we stopped at Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream. It was insanely good, and I’m excited to see that she’s planning to open up a shop in DC soon. While I was there, I sampled a ton of flavors. One of

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Perfect Chocolate Malt Layer Cake

Chocolate Malt Layer Cake is dense, moist and totally decadent. Chopped malted milk balls add flavor and crunch. You need this dessert! There are many sweet flavor pairings I adore, and chocolate + malt is right at the top of that list. Maybe it’s the nostalgia factor, because I can still clearly remember the first time I tried malted milk balls in the fifth grade. There’s something about childhood food memories that makes the flavors taste that much better, you

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Chocolate Layer Cake with Macerated Strawberries

You’re going to love this decadent chocolate cake with macerated strawberries! Talk about a special treat for your next dinner party. Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! California Strawberries asked me to created a classic, decadent chocolate layer cake that was bursting with fresh berries. How could I say no to that? If you’re looking for a showstopper, look no further. This cake isn’t just perfect for February 14th. It’s perfect all year round for chocolate and strawberry lovers.

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Savory Palmiers with Cheese and Herbs

Savory Palmiers with Cheese and Herbs are perfect party food! Prepare them in advance and serve at room temperature with wine or cocktails. 2016. Where do I even begin? What a strange time to try and pull together a year-end retrospective. These past 365 days have been madness on so many levels. However, for me personally, 2016 was full of career milestones and achievements. Reminiscing about everything I’ve accomplished feels overwhelming and humbling. That’s what I choose to focus on as I

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Apple Hand Pies with Rosemary Thyme Crust

These apple hand pies have a delicate crust seasoned with fresh rosemary and thyme. They’re a fragrant treat that will make your kitchen smell amazing! I think hand pies are a great recipe for novice bakers who feel intimidated by homemade dough. It’s an opportunity to get a feel for working with the dough while treating it a bit more like a large cookie. A large cookie with tasty pie filling. Plus, who doesn’t love a good single serving dessert?

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Vanilla Mascarpone Stuffed Strawberries

Vanilla Mascarpone Stuffed Strawberries are an easy-to-prepare, light dessert that your guests will adore! Holiday parties are always a bit of a mad dash, aren’t they? Sometimes I’m a big fan of over-the-top, elegant desserts, but at a certain point in the holiday season I just want to keep things as simple as possible. And there’s nothing wrong with that; the holidays are about celebrating time with our loved ones and being thankful for what we have. Not rushing around the

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