Oreo Stuffed M&M Cookie Cake

I made an Oreo Stuffed M&M Cookie Cake this past weekend. This is not a drill.

Oreo Stuffed M&M Cookie Cake

My inner fat kid is on full display here. I tweaked my M&M Cookie recipe, made it into a cookie cake and stuffed it with Oreos. I don’t know what I was thinking.  That’s a lie. I was thinking, “Damn, I bet that would be amazing.” And it was. This Oreo Stuffed M&M Cookie Cake is 100% indulgence, but it’s worth every calorie. 

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Carrot Cake

Fall hasn’t really begun until you have a slice of this Carrot Cake. 

Carrot Cake

 

There are some who say that vegetables and desserts do not mix—I have even said it. I think that’s because it’s easy to have bad carrot cake. Dense, raisin bran-esque, heavily frosted carrot cake. This recipe is just the opposite. Super moist, with a nice crunch from the walnuts, and plenty of fall spices. Maybe I’m biased, but it’s the best carrot cake I’ve ever had.

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Pastry Cream

I feel most connect to the dessert gods when I’m standing over the stove making Pastry Cream. 

Pastry Cream

Pastry cream is one of my favorite things to make. It was one of the first things I learned to make in pastry school, and it was the first thing that made me want to shout, “I am a pastry goddess!” after making it. I obviously think too highly of myself, but the first time you stir up a batch of irresistibly  smooth and vanilla speckled pastry cream you’ll fancy yourself immortal as well. 

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Lemon Bars

Lemon Bars, the silver lining in this never ending summer. 

Summer is almost over… YAY!!

Lemon Bars

Yes, I know that’s an unpopular opinion, but summer isn’t my season. I’m a sweaty Betty (shockingly that isn’t a Mad Men reference), I require a lot of air conditioning, and I look fabulous in a winter hat. Two weeks ago I painted my nails dark purple in protest of the 90° heat. In summary, I can’t wait for the temperature to cool down and the leaves to fall. 

There is one summery dessert that I love—Lemon Bars. 

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Whipped Cream

I’d like to formally introduce you to the gloriousness that is whipped cream. 

I’m hitting the restart button. 

I’ve done a fair bit of sifting—both literal and metaphorical—in my life, but over the past few months, I’ve been heavy on the metaphorical sifting. It’s strange that the more out of wack I feel the less I do the one thing that always seems to calm me: crank up the oven and make something sweet. Laziness is partly to blame, so is money, so is my mission to be the first person to watch every television show on Netflix, but I guess I already listed laziness…

Whipped cream has to be one of the most simple and delicious creations in the world of sugar.

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Raspberry Brownies

Rich brownies with a gooey chocolate center and a swirl of raspberry on top. Enjoy these Raspberry Brownies with your Valentine!

Rich brownies with a gooey chocolate center and a swirl of raspberry on top. Enjoy these Raspberry Brownies with a glass of cold milk!

Whenever I’m feeling down about the world , I think about the smell of butter and chocolate melting together, and my hope is restored. My need to fill my house with this heavenly smell compelled me to make brownies. Combine that with my obsession with adding raspberries to all my desserts, and you get Raspberry Brownies. Ta-da! 

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Meringue Cookies

Find my latest recipe for light and crisp Meringue Cookies in my guest blog over at The Carolina Farmhouse Kitchen! 

Melt in your mouth delicious and with a swirl of pink, these Meringue Cookies are perfect for Valentine's Day.

If you follow me on Facebook, then you know I’m writing a weekly(ish) guest blog for Jessica over at The Carolina Farmhouse Kitchen. Her blog is full of old fashioned recipes, entertaining tips, and love for local food and farming. I’m so happy to work with Jessica and to be featured on such a beautiful blog! 

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Vanilla Extract vs
Vanilla Paste vs
Vanilla Beans

Let’s take a closer look at every baker’s favorite flavor balancer, as we figure out the difference between vanilla extract vs vanilla paste vs vanilla beans.  

Almost all baking recipes require vanilla. It’s subtle, sweet, and rounds out the flavor of most baked goods. Most of the time, recipes ask for vanilla extract, but did you know you have other options? You do! And today, I’ll be explaining the difference between vanilla extract vs vanilla paste vs vanilla beans.  

The difference between vanilla extract, vanilla paste, and vanilla beans.

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