Homemade Cosmic Brownies

I have a confession to make: I love cosmic brownies. Even though they’re mass-produced sub-par brownies. They’re chocolatey and sugary and I love the candy coated chocolate pieces on top. So when I found these pretty pastel candy coated chocolate sprinklesΒ on a gourmet sprinkle website (did you even know such a thing existed?), I knew…

Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Blondies

What do you do when you have half a batch of cream cheese frosting left in the fridge? You mix it with peanut butter and an egg and bake it on top of a blondie batter studded with peanut butter chips. Or at least that’s what I did with my leftover frosting. I had made…

Strawberry Cheesecake Blondies

This recipe came about because I had half a pound of strawberries in the fridge that were about to go bad. I don’t love eating strawberries plain but I definitely wasn’t going to let them go to waste so I started racking my brain for a good way to use them up. My first thought…

Homemade Marshmallows

Making marshmallows from scratch sounds daunting and I certainly expected it to be difficult, but it’s surprisingly easy. You just need a few ingredients, all of which you can get at any grocery store, a candy thermometer, and a cup of hot chocolate. Although these are so good that you can eat them as is,…

White Chocolate Peppermint Sugar Cookies

Holiday baking season is here, and I kicked it off by making soft, chewy sugar cookies, dipping them in white chocolate, and sprinkling them with crushed candy canes. These cookies would make a great addition to any Christmas cookie line up or holiday gift swap. The cookies themselves are easy to make and the crunchy…

Millionaire’s Shortbread

I’ve had a big container of delicious, homemade caramel from a farmstand in my pantry for a few weeks now. I couldn’t decide what I wanted to do with it – make a caramel apple pie, swirl it in chocolate brownies, eat it with a spoon? Finally I decided to make a simple but classic…

Ham and Cheese Pastry Puffs

If you’re tired of having the same old sandwich every day for lunch, try these savory pastry puffs! They are easy to make and look impressive. They’re basically open-faced sandwiches but they’re better because they have a buttery, flaky crust and a cheesy sauce. The flavors I chose are a play on the classic French…

Blackberry Jam Buns

Some friends and I rented a house this past weekend when we went out of town for a friend’s wedding. I offered to bake something for breakfast, and I was also looking for a use for the homemade blackberry jam I got from my parents, so it was meant to be when I stumbled across…

Pink Champagne Cake

One of my good friends and coworkers is getting married in less than a week so we decided to throw her a wedding shower at work and I volunteered to make the cake. I’ve made a champagne cake before but decided to make it prettier (and girlier) by using pink champagne this time and coloring…

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Bundt Cake

Fall is hands down my favorite time of the year for desserts and baked goods. Apple cider donuts, pumpkin pie, warm cinnamon rolls, pumpkin spice lattes… That last one technically isn’t a dessert but, let’s be real, it tastes like pumpkin pie in a cup. Even though the first official day of Fall has yet…