Chocolate Ganache Tart

It’s been a while since I’ve baked something new. And today, I was just feeling restless, so I decided to raid my pantry to see what ingredients I had available. It’s no shocker that I always have flour and chocolate on hand, so I decided to treat myself to something very decadent and make a chocolate ganache tart. I have a tart pan with the removable bottom and I love tarts, especially one with chocolate on it. One of the reasons I really like this recipe is that it’s so…

Mini Chocolate Donuts!!

It’s week 3 of our 30 day Paleo challenge, and I’m starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel. It’s definitely got me being a little more creative to find meals, snacks and dessert I can really enjoy. To satiate my sweet tooth, a few days ago I made some chocolate chip cookies and now I have leftover almond meal and dairy free chocolate chips. So I’m adapting a chocolate donut recipe to make it Paleo friendly. I have a mini donut tin on hand, so I’m…

Sponge Cupcakes with Mocha Buttercream Frosting

It’s been about a month since we welcomed our sweet little baby boy and admittedly, I’ve started to have a daily cup of coffee. I’m still trying to limit my caffeine intake, so I never really finish my morning cup. I get disappointed sometimes tossing out my coffee, so I wanted to put it to good use and make some mocha buttercream frosting to accompany a cupcake. Cupcake Ingredients: 1 1/2 sticks softened butter 1 cup cane sugar 3 large eggs 1 1/2 cups self-rising flour 1 tablespoon warm water…

Did Someone Say Chocolate Cupcakes with Nutella Frosting?

It’s been a while since I’ve baked cupcakes and what’s easier and more delicious than chocolate cupcakes? I happen to stumble on a recipe that used Nutella frosting; normally I use my go-to butter cream frosting, but couldn’t pass up a chance to try something new! It seems like Nutella has been quite a trend lately, who doesn’t want that delicious rich hazelnut flavor, especially over chocolate! I think that’s a win win combination! Yields: dozen cupcakes Cook Time: 17 minutes Cupcake Ingredients: 3/4 cup all-purpose flour 3/4 cup cane sugar 1/4…

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…

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…

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 Simple and Easy Chocolate Chip Cookie Snack

After dinner last night, I was having a huge sweet tooth craving; I really wanted something sweet and delicious. So this morning, after making a fruit tart, I decided to indulge in my sweet tooth craving and make some good ole fashion chocolate chip cookies! Bake Time: 10 minutes Yields: 2 dozen Ingredients: 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature 1/2 cup granulated sugar 1 cup packed light-brown sugar 1 teaspoon salt 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract 2 large eggs 2 cups…

Homemade Granola Bars

My husband, Tuan, is starting to be more active again and trying to hit the gym on a regular basis. I know I should be helping him watch his weight, and baking lots of super fattening goodies in the kitchen probably isn’t the best idea. But I do want him to still be able to snack on yummy baked goods. So I decided to make some granola bars for him; kill two birds with one stone, the granola bars would serve as a delicious and healthy snack! Yields: 12 pieces…