It’s Starting to Smell Like Fall with Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread

It’s that time of year when the air gets crisp, the days get shorter and my oven just begs to be used again! I adore the Fall. And I honestly can’t think of a better way to ring in my favorite season other than doing some baking with a quintessential Fall icon, the pumpkin! To be frank though, I’m not a huge fan of pumpkin, I do not like it in a pie or in a hot beverage. However, my husband has been asking for some pumpkin bread and I…

Fresh From the Oven Banana Bread

Inspired by all the baking and cooking happening on Twitter, I really wanted to make something new and decided I’d give banana bread a try. I’ve been on a banana kick lately anyway, so I just so happen to have some ripe bananas in the house. Cook Time: 1 hour Ingredients: 4 ripe bananas 1/3 cup unsalted butter, melted 1 cup cane sugar 1 egg, lightly beaten 1 tsp vanilla extract 1 tsp baking soda pinch of salt 1 1/2 cup all purpose flour Preheat oven to 350. Cut the…

S’more Bites for Dessert

Sometimes I’m just in the mood for a quick dessert and really don’t want to pull out my KitchenAid mixer to whip something together. I came across a recipe for s’more cupcakes and tweaked it a little to make one-bite cupcake treats! It seemed easy enough to make and I could already picture myself devouring these bite-size goodies! Yield: 24 pieces Cook Time: 7 minutes Ingredients: 7 whole graham crackers 1/4 cup powdered sugar 6 tbsp unsalted butter, melted 2 bars milk chocolate candy, broken into large chunks 12 large marshmallows, cut in half…

Getting a Serving of Veggies with Zucchini Muffins

I was really in the mood for pumpkin muffins, especially after seeing all the gorgeous pumpkins at the farmer’s market. But my husband isn’t a big fan of pumpkins and I just couldn’t bake a dozen muffins and eat them all myself; I still wanted that hearty and spiced full  muffin to satiate my craving, so I decided to compromise and make zucchini muffins instead! I love zucchini bread, so why not make it in a muffin tin. Serving Size: 1 dozen Cook Time: 35 minutes Ingredients: 3 cups finely…

Chocolate-Mascarpone Cookie Sandwiches!

It’s been a while since I’ve tried baking something new in the kitchen, so after my husband ordered a whoopie pie for dessert one night, I wanted to make something similar at home. I found a variety of recipes for simple cookies and filling, but nothing that really wowed me. So I decided, why not mix two of the things I truly love, chocolate and the mascarpone frosting for my tiramisu cupcakes! Serving Size: 9 cookie sandwiches Cook Time: 10 minutes Ingredients: For the Cookies 10 tablespoons unsalted butter, room…

Satiating My Sweet Tooth with Coconut Cake Balls

For the past few days, I’ve had a huge sweet craving, much stronger than ordinary. And I realize that there’s only so much chocolate that I can consume before it gets too unhealthy. So after dinner, I wanted a small dessert that wasn’t over the top. I wanted to originally bake a cake, but didn’t want to go through the trouble of icing it. So the next best thing, mini cake bites, mini coconut cake bites to be exact! There’s been a craze lately for cake pops, so these are…

Quick and Simple Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

There are many times when I just sit around after dinner and really crave something sweet! And sometimes, I just don’t have the motivation to bake anything too complicated. So what’s the next best thing, simple and quick cookies of course! I’ve modified an oatmeal cookie recipe I tried before to make it simpler and much more doable late at night. Serving Size: 2 dozen Cook Time: 15 minutes Ingredients: 2 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature 1 cup dark brown sugar, lightly packed 1 cup cane sugar 2 large…

Chocolate Dipped Shortbread Cookies

The other night, my husband and I saw a commercial for those Keebler fudge stripe cookies and it totally gave both of us a huge craving. For me, I was reminiscing about the carefree days when I could just polish half a pack of those cookies in one sitting. Being more conscious of my food and the ingredients now, and since I’ve given up high fructose corn syrup, a lot of my favorite sweets are no longer available to me. However, the loop hole is that I can attempt to…

A Very Special Lime Cupcake

My oldest and dearest friend, Catherine, is relocating to Richmond,VA.  As much as I’m gonna miss her, I know she and her husband are moving for the right reasons and it’s the best decision for them. So her husband’s friends are doing a little dinner party to wish them adieu. My contribution is pseudo key lime cupcakes. Catherine grew up in Florida, so I felt that a key lime cupcake would be a bit nostalgic and cater to her sweet tooth. Serving Size: 12 cupcakes Bake Time: 25 minutes Cupcake…