Chocolate Chip Cookie Cheesecake Bars

Cheesecake Bars topped with Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough. Two of my favorite desserts in one!

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Another week has flown by. I think it’s because I’m getting so excited for the holidays and have started to make lists, plans and am already bursting with joy. Yesterday I found out that Minneapolis has a holiday market. I hear it’s similar to Chicago’s Christkindlmarket. It looks like so much fun and I cannot wait for it to open. Their website describes it as a magical setting showcasing delicious food, handmade goods and lots of fun. It’s completely outdoors and the vendors are all in decorated wooden huts. I know what we’ll be doing on Thanksgiving weekend :).

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Want to know about another thing that I am beyond excited about? Cheesecake Bars that come with a Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie Topping. I am basically squealing over here. There’s sooo much texture. Anything from creamy to crunchy to melt-in-your-mouth wonderfulness. I said it before and I say it again. These bars have it all. For reals. [Read more…]

Caramel Pretzel Bites with a Cream Cheese Dipping Sauce

 Pretzels in bite-size form. Not only is caramel melted into the dough but these bites are also bursting with lots of ooey gooey caramel pieces. And don’t forget about the cream cheese dipping sauce – Mmmm!

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Apparently there’s caramel on my mind this week. And yummy carbs, but that’s not really news to anyone, is it? When I set out to make today’s recipe, the wind chill outside was somewhere below zero. Don’t even ask me for exact temperatures. Once we go below zero, I stop keeping track. All I know is that it’s pretty darn cold outside and the best thing for me to do is to stay warm, sip on a cup of tea and do what I do best.

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Baking treats that will make you forget about any and everything around you. Even frigid temps. I am speaking from experience, guys.

I am having some serious feelings about these tiny bites. Aside from their cuteness, which I can hardly get over, they’re also winning in taste, flavor and every other category a single food item could possibly win.

You NEED them in your life. [Read more…]

Salted Caramel & Chocolate Filled Thumbprint Cookies

Thumbprint Cookies filled with Salted Caramel and Chocolate. These are some yummy little bites!

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And so another fun weekend comes to an end. Between spending most of our time with friends and family all weekend long (it doesn’t get much better than that), my hubby found a couple of hours to put up our Christmas lights outside. We usually try to get that checked off of our list before the first snow fall, but weren’t quick enough this time around. Yep, it happened. Earlier last week we received quite a few inches of the white stuff and our surroundings looked and felt like a winter wonderland.

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So naturally I couldn’t help but listen to Christmas tunes all week long. Can you blame me?! Saturday morning was no exception. And while my husband was installing our lights, the noise he made reminded me and our kitties of someone else who likes to make a serious clatter on roofs towards the end of December… and out of the sudden I felt the need to whip up a batch of cookies.

It was absolutely wonderful! [Read more…]

Frosted Funfetti Cake

No party is complete without cake. So why not give this one-bowl Funfetti Cake a try! Say goodbye to the box!

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You’ve made it! Friday is finally here. With all the excitement we had going on this week, it felt like time was flying right on by. And just like that we’ve come to the end of birthday week. I can’t wait to move on from my favorite day of the year to my second favorite – Christmas! I just adore this time of year. Starting with my hubby’s birthday and ending with New Year’s festivities, the fun has only just begun. I seriously cannot wait to get into the kitchen and start making a teeny weeny dent into my holiday baking list.

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But first let me tell you about this cake.

Funfetti Cake to be exact. It just had to be done. Birthdays call for cake and I wasn’t going to let this one pass without one. Although I nearly did.

After baking a disastrous version of this cake the day before, I almost decided to skip the birthday cake tradition and whip up something else instead. But I felt as though my pride and reputation were on the line. What if someone asked Adam what I had made him for his birthday and he would let them know that I didn’t deliver on the one thing he requested?! Could I even call myself a food blogger any longer? Would funfetti cake get the best of me? How would our craving for all things funfetti be stilled? And what about all those sprinkles I had just bought?

Right there and then I did what all bakers do – armed myself with a sufficient amount of flour, sugar and eggs and stared funfetti in the face! [Read more…]

The Easiest French Silk Pie of Life (Dairy-Free)

French Silk Pie EVERYONE will be able to pull off. It doesn’t get easier than this.

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Today is the day, you guys. Not only are my hubby and I the same age once again, but it’s also the day on which his French Silk Pie dreams are coming true. It also happens to be my first actual pie post here on the blog. And for good reason. Pie-baking only happens once a year in our kitchen and that is the day on which my hubby turns a year older.

It’s my least favorite thing to bake, but I gladly make an exception for my pie-loving man. So when I say this is the easiest pie of life, you better believe that I am not kidding around.

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Especially if you’ve never made a pie before; I can’t think of a pie that’s simpler and more suitable for a beginner than this one. There’s no baking involved here and you only need a couple of minutes to throw this together. This might be the easiest and tastiest recipe I’ve ever created.

Here’s how you can get your pie fix on. [Read more…]