Snowball Christmas Cookies

Christmas Snowball Cookies ~ nutty, buttery melt-in-your-mouth shortbread, dusted with confectioners sugar outside. Skill level: Easy

Dessert | November 30, 2017 | By

Snowball Christmas Cookies, sometimes known as Russian Tea Cakes, Butterball Cookies or Mexican Wedding Cookies. Buttery, nutty, melt-in-your-mouth shortbread lightly dusted with confectioners sugar. A holiday must!

As you know, I don’t do a lot of baking, but the holiday season brings out the best baker we can be in all of us. Snowball Christmas Cookies are my holiday favorite. No other cookie comes close to their nutty, buttery, melt-in-your-mouth flavor and the dusting of confectioners sugar seals the deal.

I love them with a mug of hot tea and literally eat one after the next with little self control. They blend quickly with just a few ingredients and the skill level to make these cookies is easy ~ just how I like it.

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Snickers Cheesecake Bites

Snickers Cheesecake Bites ~ easy decadent 1-2 bite sweet-salty dessert. Pretzel crust topped with creamy cheesecake, chocolate ganache and caramel.

Dessert | August 5, 2017 | By

Snickers Cheesecake Bites ~ decadent, sweet and salty blend starts with a pretzel crust filled with creamy candy-cheesecake drizzled with chocolate ganache and gooey caramel.

Snickers Cheesecake Bites ~ easy decadent 1-2 bite sweet-salty dessert. Pretzel crust topped with creamy cheesecake, chocolate ganache and caramel.

I love a really tasty dessert, but I’ve been known to eat a mediocre dessert or in an ‘emergency’ a handful of animal crackers to satisfy my sugar craving. These Snickers Cheesecake Bites are one of the best desserts around. I may have eaten one. . .or three today alone.

I used to make a full-size Snickers Cheesecake years ago that was a total show stopper but the days of full size anything in our house went by the wayside when we became empty-nesters. It’s much easier to share extras of single-serve or bite-size anything so I repurposed that cheesecake into these Snickers Cheesecake Bites ~ equally fabulous but just because they’re mini doesn’t mean you have to stop at one.

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Lemon Blueberry Zucchini Bread

Lemon Blueberry Zucchini Bread ~ easy, moist, blueberry packed quick bread, made with shredded zucchini and yogurt, drizzled with lemony glaze

Breakfast, Dessert | July 29, 2017 | By

Lemon Blueberry Zucchini Bread ~ an easy, moist quick bread packed with fresh blueberries and a light burst of lemon. Shredded zucchini and yogurt make moist and the lemony glaze drizzled on top makes it a delicious dessert, brunch or breakfast bread.

Zucchini is one of those unassuming vegetables that effortlessly transforms into a delicious side, ramps up a marinara sauce or in this case, adds moisture to an already delicious quick bread.

Zucchini is everywhere right now from farm stands to farm markets to our local grocery stores. My daughter’s vegetable bin is already filled with zucchini from her garden so when she asked if this recipe was easy to whip up (she’s the mother of two toddlers), the answer was yes ~

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Homemade Strawberry Sauce

Homemade Strawberry Sauce: easy homemade sauce made with fresh strawberries + just a few other ingredients. Use over ice cream, waffles or cheesecake.

Dessert | July 2, 2017 | By

This delicious Homemade Strawberry Sauce post and the following scrumptious recipe was written by my daughter, Lauren Dezenski who was in Cuba in this photo. Lauren works in advertising, loves good food and wine and is always on the lookout for her next travel adventure!

Homemade Strawberry Sauce: easy homemade sauce made with fresh strawberries + just a few other ingredients. Use over ice cream, waffles or cheesecake.

I love ice cream. Love. Ice cream. While it’s popularity spikes during the warm months, we don’t have a seasonal relationship and I don’t discriminate on flavor. I do, however have a slight obsession with strawberry sundaes – something my dad and I have in common. When it comes to food my dad has a very traditional palate. I on the other hand tend be much more adventurous. Strawberry sundaes with Homemade Strawberry Sauce are one dish that continues to bond us.

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Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cookies

Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cookies~soft inside, slightly crisp bottom. A perfect blend of the sweet fall flavor of cranberries and semi sweet chocolate.

Dessert | November 14, 2016 | By

Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cookies ~ slightly crisp bottom, soft inside with a delicious blend of semi sweet chocolate and tangy dried cranberries.

I was literally like a kid turned loose in the candy store today on the hunt for baking supplies for a virtual cookie swap I was invited to join. A virtual cookie swap is collection of cookie recipes from some amazing bloggers. What’s not to like, right? I was flattered that a non-baker like myself would be asked so I jumped ~ with both feet and accepted ~ then stressed because the cookie bar was set high!

I almost wore out the tile floor in the baking aisle of the local grocery store, but finally decided on Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cookies ~ a classic, with a twist. One bite of the raw dough convinced me I made the right decision.

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Key Lime Pie

I kid you not, this is the best Key Lime Pie, thanks to a secret ingredient that enhances the flavors. It whips up quickly and is a proven winner.

Dessert | September 26, 2016 | By

Some of the best Key Lime Pie I’ve ever eaten is from Publix in Florida. Seriously. It’s made in their bakery and it’s smooth and creamy with just the right amount of tangy lime flavor, real whipped cream and slivered almonds around the edge. We escape to Florida every winter to relax with family, soak up some sun, swim in the Gulf and probably eat more Key Lime Pie  than should be legal. Unfortunately, I don’t have a Publix within several states of me, but whenever I get the chance to have a slice, it reminds me of warm breezes, swaying palm trees, Jimmy Buffett music, salty air and the sun on my face.

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Fruit Tart Recipe

Dessert | April 6, 2016 | By

Fruit Tart Recipe ~ sugar cookie crust topped with both a cheesecake-like and nutella layer then fresh, seasonal fruit.

If you’ve been following, you may remember the zero calorie Fruit Tart I made for Easter dinner. This Fruit Tart Recipe is actually it, but it only became zero calorie when the entire thing slid off the cake platter onto the floor face down and no one was able to eat it = zero calories.

 

I can no longer make the zero calorie claim ~ unless yours ends up on the floor too, which I don’t recommend because this Fruit Tart is worth every caloric bite. 

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Pumpkin Monkey Bread Muffins

Pumpkin Monkey Bread Muffins

Breakfast, Dessert | October 6, 2015 | By

I don’t necessarily rely on a calendar tell me when it’s fall. Oh no. . .I lie in wait for my local grocery store to stock Nestle´ Coffee-mate Pumpkin Spice coffee creamer. Now that may sound a little totally crazy to you, but when that yummy pumpkin creamer shows its gorgeous face I just know it won’t be long before I bust out snuggly warm sweaters, tall leather boots and scarves and eat warm donuts dipped in tangy cider at one of several nearby cider mills. I am only slightly ashamed of my behavior one day last fall when I couldn’t find the pumpkin creamer at my local market. It was only October — they couldn’t be phasing into Christmastime peppermint yet!! Hopefully that stock boy is no longer in therapy. But this whole pumpkin thing got me thinking — what else can I pumpkinize? Hmmm. . .how about. . .Pumpkin Monkey Bread Muffins? Hello? Can we really put two amaaaaazing fall flavors together — pumpkin AND monkey bread?

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