Cranberry Swirl Coffee Cake

A nice change from your classic eggs and toast kind of morning, this Cranberry Swirl Pear Coffee Cake will start your day off the right way. Packed with rich flavors and a hint of pear, it is the perfect accompaniment to a nice cup of coffee. And we love that it takes only 10 or 15 minutes of prep time, plus 45 minutes in the oven. Helpful hint: For the crumb topping, mix the ingredients with your hands to get the best consistency.

The Best-Ever Blueberry Muffins

Have you ever known someone who, no matter what new restaurant they try or what movie they go to, always says, “It’s the BEST.” I have a friend like that. Every movie is the best, every new bistro on the corner is the best. Our family now has a joke: If anyone raves about something, we laughingly ask, “Is it the best?” Well trust me when I say, these are the BEST muffins I have ever put into my mouth. With a light, airy texture and flavor [... more]

Masterful Muffins

In our humble opinion, muffins don’t get the credit they deserve. Maybe it’s because their sweeter counterpart, the cupcake, takes all the glory. Well, these Whole Wheat Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins may change all that. The muffins incorporate the flavor of classic banana bread with a hint of chocolate to achieve the perfect balance of flavor and sweetness. But unlike cupcakes, these baked gems feature a few healthy ingredients, such as whole wheat flour, Greek yogurt, and coconut oil. Try them for breakfast, dessert, or a mid-afternoon [... more]

Spain’s Sweet Treat

As Southerners, we indulge in fried fare from time to time (in moderation, of course). So the churro, Spain’s native version of the doughnut, seems right at home down South. If you haven’t tasted one of these traditional breakfast pastries then you’re in for a treat. Thankfully, you don’t have to leave home to delight your taste buds because we’ve found a 30-minute recipe for the sinful sticks of fried dough. When paired with a decadent chocolate dipping sauce, they’re sure to wow. Indulge yourself with a [... more]

No-Smoke Campfire Cookies

This delicious recipe for Graham Cracker S’mores Cookies puts a sweet twist on the traditional campfire treat. Graham crackers, the base of this dessert, line a baking sheet, then scoops of homemade chocolate chip marshmallow cookie dough top the crackers. After the cookies bake in the oven for a bit, Hershey’s chocolate squares (logo up) are sprinkled on top before baking a little longer. You can enjoy these beautiful golden brown s’mores cookies any time of the year—and without smelling like a campfire! Photo Source: The Girl [... more]

Tickled Pink

Let’s get real: Sometimes your typical loaf of bread gets boring! A delicious alternative, Cherry Bread With Cherry-Almond Glaze has a beautiful pink hue and offers a refreshing sweetness your run-of-the-mill bread lacks. Light, fluffy, and moist, this bread is perfect for a decadent Sunday brunch or as a snack alongside a large glass of milk. Small chunks of maraschino cherries throughout the bread hint at its rich cherry flavor. The icing on the cake, or in this case, bread, is the warm cherry-almond glaze made of [... more]

A Curious Cocktail Combo

Have you ever been at the farmers market, glanced at the sticks of rhubarb next to bulbs of fennel, and wondered, “What in the world could I do with that?” I sure have. One thing I definitely wouldn’t have thought of was, “Wow, that would make an incredible cocktail,” but here it is! In Rhubarb Fennel Fizz, the rhubarb adds a tart tang and a pretty ruby color to the homemade sweet syrup. The fennel infuses a mild licorice flavor into the gin. Now the true magic [... more]

Guilt-Free Treat

Eating cookies can leave you feeling a bit guilty. Not so with Healthy Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies, which not only taste amazing, but also won’t blow your diet. That means no more unbuttoning your pants after eating a few. The recipe calls for no oil, flour, eggs, or sugar—we know, right? Another bonus: These cookies work as a quick protein fix in the morning. So what are you waiting for? Get started and make yourself some tonight to last you the rest of the week.     

We Want Samoas!

With Girl Scout Cookie season in full swing, you no doubt have lent your support to your local GS troops. We sure have! But what will you do once the cookies are gone? Make them at home, of course. The from-scratch version of the crowd-favorite Samoas features the same tasty trio of ingredients as the real cookie: chocolate, caramel, and coconut. While the recipe takes a couple hours of prep time (including chilling), you’ll find the end result well worth the effort.     

Snap, Crackle, Pop!

It’s time to unite two timeless breakfast favorites: Rice Krispies treats and delicious, buttery pancakes. The surprising crunch of crispy rice cereal and the sticky sweetness of mini marshmallows combine with light and fluffy pancakes to create a tasty and filling breakfast that will bring out the child in everyone. To top it off, a browned butter syrup blends the flavors of salted butter, brown sugar, buttermilk, and vanilla extract. The kids will come running when they find out about this unexpected treat!     

Sweet Bread

Honestly, who doesn’t like bread? How about when it’s doused in butter and sugar? Even better! Try this Cinnamon and Sugar Pull-Apart Bread recipe for the most sinful treat you’ve ever had. As the bread cooks, the folds of dough stay soft and tender on the inside but form a golden brown (almost caramelized) crust on the top. We warn you: Once you start peeling the layers of bread and popping them in your mouth, you won’t be able to stop! Photo Source: Matkonation

Happy Pi Day: Adorable Cherry Pies

Making homemade pies can be intimidating to many people, but these Mini Cherry Pies are too darn cute not to try! The dessert bakes in a cupcake pan, producing 12 of these little sweeties. You can totally get creative with the tops of each cherry pie. A few ideas include a pull-apart lattice top, a woven lattice top, a sunshine burst, or a happy face, but the possibilities are endless. The pie crust recipe—a Pate Brisée—makes a flaky, buttery shell for the sweet cherry pie filling. Don’t [... more]

Family Tradition

A recipe can mean so much more than just a mundane meal. It can remind us of special moments and even cherished family and friends. Julie Blanner of Coordinately Yours shared with us what she refers to as “The Best Cheesecake Recipe,” which was passed down from her beloved aunt who was “the ultimate hostess,” Blanner says. She reminds us, “Making old family recipes always brings back great memories and gives us a sense that they are still present in some little way.” You too can create [... more]

Is It Summertime Yet?

Key limes go with summer like Jimmy Buffet and Key West. So if you’re craving warmer days and beach vacations, whip up these Rustic Key Lime Tarts. Drenched in key lime juice, these little mini-pies offer just enough sweetness to remind us that summer is around the bend. Well…maybe around a few bends. As you pop one of these little darlings into our mouth, you can almost feel the cool surf rushing up over your toes, and you’ll soon be humming “Margaritaville.” Photo Source: Idle Wife

Monkey Bread Impersonator

The gluten-free lifestyle is one of the fastest growing “trends” in the food industry. Because gluten is found in wheat, gluten-free people assume they must avoid homemade bread, but this recipe for Gluten Free Chocolate Pull-Apart Bread proves that’s not the case. The base of this sweet treat consists of traditional gluten-free bread flour, while the filling combines butter, cinnamon sugar, and chocolate. This prepared loaf looks an awful lot like what many of us know as Monkey Bread. If you serve it to your family and [... more]

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