Chai Spiced Shortbread

It’s hard to believe that Thanksgiving is just a few days away. It feels like it wasn’t that long ago that I was in the full swing of last year’s holiday season, baking up apple and pumpkin desserts and planning on my Christmas cookie baking schedule, and now it’s back again. If, like me, you…

Caramelized Banana Pudding Cupcakes

A couple of weeks ago, we had our annual Field Day at work. For Field Day, our entire department takes the afternoon off to go to a park, have lunch with each other, and play cornhole and board games. In prior years, we’ve just done pizza for lunch but this year we opted for a…

Pumpkin Spice Cake with Brown Sugar Frosting

Last weekend marked the first official day of Fall and the start of my favorite time of year. I love when the leaves start to change colors and it’s time to break out the sweaters (and, yes, when Starbucks brings back the Pumpkin Spice Latte). Unfortunately, I live in North Carolina where it’s still currently…

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…

Cookies and Cream Cake

In today’s episode of Ellie Gets Carried Away: this cake. This cake was meant to be a simple vanilla cake with Oreo frosting for one of my coworker’s birthdays, but as I kept daydreaming about it,Β it slowly morphed into this monstrosity of a cake. The end result is an admittedly over-the-top cookies-and-cream cake that packs…

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…

Salted Caramel Mocha Cookies

A couple of weeks ago, I came across new Ghirardelli caramel chips at the grocery store and immediately bought a bag. The first thing I did when I got home was bake up a batch of chocolate brownies with the caramel chips mixed in. While they were delicious, I felt like I could do something…

Chocolate Stout Cake

You can’t celebrate St. Patrick’s Day properly without a good amount of Guinness and one of my favorite ways to consume Guinness is in this chocolate stout cake. I have been baking chocolate stout cupcakes for St. Paddy’s Day since I was in college, but this year I decided to change it up a bit…

Turtle Cheesecake

If you made a New Year’s resolution to eat less cake, I would totally break it for this turtle cheesecake. A classic, creamy cheesecake on top of a chocolate graham cracker crust is topped with homemade caramel sauce, chopped pecans, and a drizzle of dark chocolate. It’s decadent and so delicious that you shouldn’t feel…