Posts in Dessert
Double Chocolate Chip Coconut Cookies

Chocolate and coconut come together to create an epic cookie that you will want to make on repeat all summer. These have subtle tastes that leave a big impact. Soft, chewy, these will become your new favorite, go-to cookie.

This is IT people. This is the cookie you need. You want. You MUST have. I have somehow stumbled upon the simplest cookie that has the perfect combination of flavors. And this is coming from someone that could generally pass up a cookie at any given moment. AND, that doesn’t love chocolate. I know, I know, who the heck doesn’t love chocolate? Apparently I…

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Frosted Sugar Cookie Bars

These sweet cookie bars are chock full of sprinkles and smeared with a creamy frosting that will lighten up anyone’s day. Super simple and quick to make, these will feed a crowd, or fill your cookie jar for the week.

Can we just talk about how gorgeous these bars are for a minute? I don’t usually use food coloring, except when the kids make holiday cookies, for whatever reason, but I couldn’t resist with this frosting. I felt that typical white frosting just wasn’t going to do it for me that day. So purple swirls it is! And then…

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Strawberry Sheet Cake with Rhubarb Frosting

Roasted strawberries puréed until smooth make a wonderfully moist cake, while puréed, roasted rhubarb makes a fluffy Swiss meringue frosting. This cake is all about the iconic spring flavor combination that we all love and hold dearly in our hearts. This feeds a crowd, or fills your family’s lunchboxes all week long.

I am pretty darn pumped that it is officially rhubarb season. My rhubarb is HUGE! So big that I am reluctant to cut into it. Ha- just kidding! I can’t wait to chop those stalks down. Really though, I am waiting for strawberry season to hit so I can make the beloved flavor combination of strawberry rhubarb. I always hold my breath, just hoping my rhubarb will make it through to strawberry season since they are so far apart. In the meantime, while I impatiently wait for local strawberries, I like to cut away at the smaller stalks of rhubarb for different treats. And I’ll occasionally…

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Cakes, Dessert, Spring, FruitLydia
Toasted Marshmallow Cookie Bars

A new updated version of these bars uses less butter, yields more bars, but doesn’t lose any of the amazing flavor. These are one giant chewy cookie in bar form with the occasional gooey marshmallow bite. You’ll have a hard time stopping at one.

So yes, this recipe was already put on my blog a few years ago. Buuutttt, I recently made these again, and I made some minor adjustments that made for a larger pan and less butter. I mean, I love me some butter, but I don’t like to have a whole pound of butter in one 9x13-inch pan. That seems a little excessive in my opinion. But maybe not? I don’t …

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Gooey Butter Cake Bars

A chewy, addicting bar with a flaky, tender crust. These will become your new favorite dessert.

Okay GOT fans, how is everyone feeling about this last season? The episode with the battle against the Night King, I don’t think I have ever felt so stressed out about a damn TV show. Seriously! My husband and I looked at each other after the episode and said, how the heck are we supposed to sleep after that!? And this isn’t even real life!! I honestly don’t know. For non Game of Thrones fans, consider…

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Tropical Carrot Sheet Cake with Salted Caramel Frosting

No layering necessary! Untraditional carrot sheet cake filled with crushed pineapple and coconut flakes which yields an incredibly moist cake. Smeared with salted caramel cream cheese frosting, you have yourself the perfect cake.

If you are in need of a one-of-a-kind Easter dessert, here you go. Carrot cake is classic Easter, or at least Spring dessert. At least that is how I envision its perfect placement. Not that I actually follow my own thought line. I almost never make carrot cake for easter. I usually find something that seems way more exciting, or at least peaks my interest a little more than boring ol’ carrot cake. Now, my question…

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Raspberry Pomegranate Hibiscus Meringue Cake

White cake, raspberry cheesecake, baked meringue, and pomegranate hibiscus curd come together to make one heck of a cake. Perfect for that special occasion, Monday afternoon, or Easter table.

Is anyone else super excited about the fact that the final season of Game of Thrones is starting TOMORROW? I am super pumped, if you couldn’t tell. My husband and I didn’t jump on to the GOT band wagon until years after it started. I decided to start by reading the books I borrowed from a friend. I like to try to read the books first, but I couldn’t wait. We ended up starting the show before I read all the books. I guess it didn’t matter any way since the show surpassed the books. I consider myself lucky because we were able to binge watch the seasons without waiting a year before the next season…

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Toffee Espresso Chocolate Chip Cookies

Buttery, soft and chewy cookies filled with chopped chocolate, espresso and toffee bits. Everything is so right about this cookie.

I feel like every time I make a new flavored cookie, it becomes my favorite. And this is coming from someone that honestly doesn’t eat a lot of cookies. Yes, I make cookies every week. But they are mainly for packing in lunches and for a quick dessert for the kids and my husband after dinner. Cookies are definitely not the first thing I grab for when I want a sweet fix. With that being said, there are a choice few cookies that I will go to first. Most of them revolve…

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Eggnog Ice Cream

What’s better than being able to drink eggnog? Eating it in ice cream, that’s what! Creamy, rich and addicting eggnog ice cream that will satisfy any eggnog lover. Or perhaps convert someone on the fence. Enjoy a bowlful while sitting by the fire admiring the twinkling christmas lights.

So, are you an eggnog lover or hater? I am a big time eggnog lover. I don’t know how much I drank as a kid, but probably a lot more than I’d care to admit. As an adult, I have a little more restraint. Or at least I’d like to think I do. My kids have inherited my love of eggnog, much to their father’s dismay. (If you couldn’t tell, he falls into the eggnog hater category.) I always buy a few half gallons for the kids (and myself, who am I kidding?) to enjoy in the evenings during December. Growing up, it was always tradition to drink eggnog while trimming the tree Christmas eve. (Don’t ask why we waited all month…

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Gingerbread Thumbprint Cookies with Eggnog and Chocolate Filling

Soft and chewy gingerbread cookies filled with BOTH eggnog/white chocolate and creamy chocolate. These definitely, totally need to be on Santa’s plate this year. This is Christmas in a cookie with all the right flavors and combinations. You cannot go wrong.

Oh my lanta, the countdown to Christmas has commenced! Unless you start the countdown December first, or in November, then apparently I am way behind the time. But I only just realized that we’ve reached the single digits of days remaining. Eeep! Surprisingly this Christmas I am not feeling particularly overwhelmed. I was better organized with my present purchasing, which made everything…

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Lemon, Cranberry Gingerbread Cake

Moist, seasonally spiced gingerbread cake is topped with fresh cranberry sauce and a bright and creamy lemon mousse. This showstopper dessert would be an excellent addition to any upcoming holiday parties, meals or just for your own family dinner. Make ahead and keep in the freezer until ready to serve!

Hello Christmas cake! Or if you consider gingerbread and/or cranberries to be a Thanksgiving flavor only, then make a mental note to make this for Thanksgiving next year! I like the idea of gingerbread and cranberries being ideal flavors for both holidays. This flavor concept came to me in the beginning of this year, but then it kind of got forgotten during the summer months and warm weather foods. When…

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Gingerbread Cupcakes with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

These bad boys are christmas in a cupcake. Warm spices fill these moist cupcakes to create the ideal holiday dessert. A light and fluffy cream cheese frosting is filled with cinnamon to top off the already perfect gingerbread cake. Perfect for your upcoming holiday party or to make with your kids.

It seems I have been alternating between peppermint and gingerbread themed desserts of late. My youngest daughter doesn’t like peppermint (she can’t be my kid!), so I can’t make evvveerrryy thing peppermint. Even though I’d like to. So gingerbread is my next top choice. The smell of gingerbread is Christmas to me. The smell of all the warm spices together, filling the house with their divine scents, is comforting and warming to the soul. Even better if there is Christmas music playing in the background, gentle snowflakes falling outside, Christmas lights twinkling, and the smell of the Christmas tree and garlands draped…

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Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

Chocolate and peppermint come together to create a soft and chewy cookie perfect for Christmas. The cookie dough is rolled in peppermint, which creates a beautiful red, crackly crust on the outside. These are irresistible and perfect for this time of year.

To be honest, I really wanted to call these Christmas crack cookies. Buuutttt, I thought that might not be appropriate. You never know who you may offend these days, so I tend to play it cool and neutral. That’s partly why you won’t see any political posts. But mainly that’s because I hate talking politics with anyone. It can stir up..

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Gingerbread Cake

This classic gingerbread cake is tall, moist and full of spices. It’s a super simple cake that bakes beautifully into this fragrant, tall cake that is irresistible. Serve with a dusting of powdered sugar or a dollop of freshly whipped cream, and you have yourself the perfect holiday dessert.

It's the time of the year when gingerbread and peppermint everything is exploding all over the place. I kind of love it. I adore gingerbread and peppermint, and I only allow myself to indulge in these glorious flavors during the month of December. So, needless to say, I am diving in head first. I have several gingerbread recipes to share with you in the upcoming week or two that I am pretty excited about. Now for peppermint…

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Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

These pumpkin whoopie pies are perfectly spiced, filled with irresistible maple cream cheese frosting. These make the perfect little finger dessert for any Fall occasion.

So, it seems that this year I may have missed the pumpkin band wagon. I feel like we were so overloaded with Halloween candy, that I couldn’t justify making more sweets for the house. I have been itching to make pies of all sorts, but here we are, just a week until Thanksgiving and I am afraid I’ve missed my chance! Have you already made your menus for turkey day? Or are you..

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Halloween Pudding Cups

Rich and creamy, homemade chocolate pudding is the base of these adorable Halloween themed dessert. A little Oreo “dirt” is thrown in and cookies serve as gravestones. Whipped cream ghosts finish off these spooky, cute little pudding cups.

So, I couldn’t resist sharing one last cute, Halloween-themed dessert. I originally made these for my youngest daughter’s daycare party, but it got rescheduled, so I ended up bringing something else instead. Since I had the pudding already made in the refrigerator and the rest of the ingredients sitting on the counter, staring at my every time I walked by, I decided I should just make some for us anyway. I mean the pudding had to be eaten anyway…

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Browned Butter Candy Corn Rice Krispie Treats

Browned butter and candy corn come together to bring Rice Krispie treats to the next level. A little bit of nuttiness to offset the sweet candy corn. These make the perfect, simple Halloween treat for parties and treats. Fill your cookie jar with these treats and your jar will be empty in no time.

I realized the other day that I haven’t shared any Halloween recipes this year yet. For some reason, I kept thinking we had a lot more time before Halloween. But surprise! It’s in two days! Whoops. This past weekend, I had a sudden hankering for candy corn. Those terribly addicting holiday treats that you just can’t stay away from. I wanted to make a simple dessert, and something food safe to pack in the kids school lunches. Insert these Rice Krispie treats..

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Dessert, Fall, Halloween, HolidayLydiahome
Apple Cranberry Crisp

Apples and cranberries come together with warm spices and crumbly topping to create the ideal fall dessert. Served warm with vanilla ice cream, and you’ll want to go back for more.

The days are steadily growing cooler, and the nights even colder. The flannel sheets and down comforters have made their way on to the kids beds, and the wood stove has already had a few fires. Every wind storm we have, more and more leaves are blowing to the ground. Northern Maine has already had snow. The change of seasons is fully upon us. I love watching the little changes the world around us makes. When the days and nights get colder, I notice the birds are emptying the bird feeders basically on a daily basis. The small and large animals are on the constant move, gathering up food and trying to stay warm before they make the final descent into their winter slumber. The leaves..

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Apple Spice Cake

Addicting apple spice cake that encapsulates Fall at its height. Warm spices and cream cheese frosting come together to create the idea fall dish. And it makes your house smell divine to boot.

It’s obviously taken me way too long to share any apple recipes. It seems like things all of a sudden got super busy. Between canning, kid things, meetings and awesome outdoor adventures with a good friend, blogging gets pushed to the side. Oh and laundry. Because we all know how that can become an all-consuming endeavor. With five of us in the house, laundry is never..

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Browned Butter Caramel Cookies

Browned butter and chocolate caramel kisses come together to form the greatest cookie of all time. Soft and chewy with pockets of caramel, you just can’t go wrong. This will be the cookie recipe you’ll want to make over and over again.

Hello Fall! I welcome you with open arms. I am ready for cooler temperatures, brilliant colored leaves, and apples! We went on our annual apple pick at our usual orchard this past weekend. The day was perfect- the sun was shining down on our faces, and a cool fall breeze was blowing through the apple laden trees. We were so gung-ho that we picked around 140 pounds of apples. We always go a little overboard, but I must say, I love it! We are down to our last few jars of applesauce from last..

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Chocolate, Cookies, DessertLydiahome