Desserts

Hummingbird Cake

If you enjoy carrot and banana cake you’ll love hummingbird cake. Banana, pineapple, and pecans make a moist fluffy cake topped with cream cheese frosting and even more pecans.

Hummingbird Cake

Over the weekend a certain family member of mine celebrated a birthday – my dad turned 70 on Sunday! We threw him party filled with all of his golf, softball, pickleball, shenanigan, etc. friends and had all kinds of things to eat such as my dad’s cook-off winning chili, corn spoon bread, sweet and sour meatballs, cocktail weenies, buffalo chicken dip, sausage cheese bread, and spinach dip. Of course no 70th birthday is complete without scads of desserts! We had potica, pineapple angel food cake, three different kinds of brownies (turtle, hot chocolate, peanut butter), and last but not least, hummingbird birthday cake!

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The birthday boy requested this cake and even had a recipe saved for it. If you’ve never had hummingbird cake, it is like a fluffy version of banana bread with not only banana but also crushed pineapple, pecans, and cinnamon. It’s topped by the best kind of frosting on earth, cream cheese frosting, and then garnished with even more pecans. Basically it is a cake stuffed with some of my dad’s favorite things: fruit and nuts. After he quickly blew out the candles in one breath (and I sadly didn’t have my flash on and ended up with a blurry photo – below is staged), I made sure to slice him a piece with the most nuts on top!

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One year ago: Caramel Frosted Pumpkin Mini Cakes

Two years ago: Arugula Pesto Pasta

Four years ago: Caramel Apple Pie
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Buckeye Brownie Cookies

Turn the popular buckeye candies into a cookie. Brownie-like cookies are baked with peanut butter balls in the center and then drizzled with chocolate.

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It’s no secret that I love peanut butter and chocolate, especially in the form of buckeye candies which is why #PBChocSat is my favorite day of the week! Today those lovely candies are being transformed into cookies. The peanut butter center is made similarly to buckeye candies – consisting of peanut butter and powdered sugar. The peanut butter balls and places right into the center of the brownie cookie dough to bake right in. Kind of like making thumbprint cookies but you add the filling before you bake instead of after.

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When baked, the cookies look just like squashed, puffy buckeye candies. I actually hesitated to put the chocolate on top because it would hide the eye of the buckeye, and they reminded me of the reverse of the Salted Nutella Peanut Butter Thumbprint Cookies. But I decided that a little extra chocolate would be worth the sacrifice and this way the peanut butter center would be a bit of a surprise to others. Whether people were surprised I could not tell, but they were certainly devoured quickly!

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One year ago: Stuffed Shells with Pumpkin Sage Cream Sauce

Two years ago: Individual Baked Pumpkin Oatmeal

Three years ago: Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup (2011)

Four years ago: Veggie Lasagna
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Caramel Apple Pecan Cheesecake

Caramel cheesecake, speculoos cookie crust, apples, more caramel, pecans, and cinnamon whipped cream. If that’s not the works for an epic caramel cheesecake I don’t know what is.

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Time for the obligatory “I woke up to snow this morning” proclamation. Funny how living in the South for the past 8 years has already altered my Northerner mind set into thinking it is way too early for below freezing temperatures, let alone snow. But it will probably melt by noon so all is well, at least down here. I know some of my friends still living in the North are about to get pounded with snow. Not that they don’t know how to handle it up there but it is a bit early to be getting that much snow. Stay warm, my friends!

You will notice that I did not take the photos of this cheesecake during this snowy event. This is the dessert I made for Friendsgiving, when it was still warm and sunny out (was that really only 1-1/2 weeks ago?). Instead of making pumpkin or apple pie, since I knew we were get our fill in a couple weeks on Thanksgiving, I made a caramel cheesecake with a speculoos cookie crust, topped with apples, more caramel sauce, pecans, and even cinnamon whipped cream. And yes every last bit of it was devoured. One of my friends even took it upon himself to top his slice with all of the excess whipped cream.

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One year ago: Penne with Butternut Squash, Kale, and Goat Cheese

Three years ago: Baked Apple Cider Doughnut Minis

Four years: Asian BBQ Chicken
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How to Make Ice Cream at Home

I know what you are thinking, ice cream in November? Well my response to you is, why the heck not? Hear me out. Your favorite ice cream stands are closed and it’s not like you would want to stand in line in the cold anyway, yet you still crave your pies and brownies a la mode so you will end up buying it from the grocery store. But why settle for just store-bought vanilla ice cream on top of your warm, freshly baked apple pie? Not only is it easy to make your own homemade ice cream you could make a hybrid apple pie ice cream! Leftover apple or pumpkin pie? Churn it into some homemade ice cream. Even cranberry sauce would be a great addition. And lucky for you I have experience making ice cream both with an ice cream maker and without, so head on over to Allrecipes.com and read all about it in my guest post today.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Allrecipes. The opinions and text are all mine.

Holiday Time-Saver: Make Cookies and Cookie Dough Now, Freeze for Later

The holidays are upon us which means it’s time to stock up on butter for cookies! With Thanksgiving around the corning and Christmas and New Years a month later it is definitely cookie season. Save time later and start preparing now by freezing the cookies dough and/or freshly baked cookies. Head on over to Allrecipes.com to read my guest post about how to freeze your cookies and cookie dough for the holidays. Heck I use these tricks year round!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Allrecipes. The opinions and text are all mine.

Greek Yogurt Thumbprint Cookies & 4th Blogiversary Giveaway

One Greek yogurt thumbprint recipe, endless variations! These soft and chewy Greek yogurt cookies are the perfect base for your favorite coatings and toppings from sprinkles to jelly.

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Four years. Seriously, I have been doing this for 4 years? At the same time it sometimes seems like it has been longer than that but what a great 4 years it has been! I’ve met some of my favorite food bloggers and they were all as awesome as I imagined they would be. I also ate a TON of great food along the way. Speaking of food, helping me celebrate this happy occasion are a few brands which I frequent including Chobani Greek yogurt, Dollop frosting, OXO, Peanut Butter & Co., and Red Jacket Orchards. And they all contributed party favors!

4th Blogiversary Giveaway:

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These 5 party guests and I baked cookies together. We made super soft and chewy Greek yogurt thumbprint cookies coated in sprinkles, cinnamon-sugar or just left plain, and then topped with strawberry jam, cinnamon-raisin peanut butter, and hot chocolate frosting with marshmallow bits. One cookie recipe with tons of variety! And to sweeten the deal I’ve got a giveaway for one lucky reader. Just use the Rafflecopter widget located at the end of this post to enter.

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One year ago: The Bee’s Knees Peanut Butter Pie

Two years ago: Funfetti Cheesecake White Chocolate Brownies

Three years ago: Funfetti Truffle Chocolate Cupcakes

Four years ago: And so it begins
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Healthy Inside-Out Peanut Butter Cups

Everyone loves peanut butter cups, but have you ever turned them inside-out? Peanut butter outside and a chocolate inside. Made with dates and coconut oil for a healthier treat!

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Peanut Butter & Chocolate Saturdays is in honor of my alma mater Ohio State and the best treat ever, buckeye candies, because nothing beats peanut butter and chocolate. But the most common treat involving this combination comes in the form of Reese’s peanut butter cups. Several years ago they came out with an inside-out variety that I quickly became fond of. Unfortunately for me they stopped making them as quickly as they appeared. Thankfully the internet is full of recipes and I stumbled upon a slightly healthier version make with coconut oil and dates. Now I will feel less guilty about how many I eat while stress-eating during today’s football game.

Why all the stress? Today’s football game between Ohio State and Michigan State may end up being the biggest game of the season. The winner will take the lead in the East Division and will likely go on to the Big Ten Conference championship. In other words I will be glued to the TV cheering on the Buckeyes!

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One year ago: Farro, Cranberry and Goat Cheese Salad

Two years ago: Chocolate S’mores Cupcakes

Three years ago: Guest Post: Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies by Food + Words
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Leftover Halloween Candy Layer Bars

Use up your leftover Halloween candy with these magic layer bars. Any combination of chocolate candy will work. You can even add candy corn if you so desire.

Leftover Halloween Candy Layer Bars

When was the last time you bought the exact amount of candy needed to meet the demands of all the trick-or-treaters that ring your door bell on Halloween? Chances are you either buy too little or too much, with most people landing on the side with excess. Other than picking out all your favorites to hoard, what are you going to do with it all? I say throw it all together and bake it into one glorious mess. With the help of a graham cracker crust and more sugar in the form of sweetened condensed milk this dream is a reality. I introduce to you the leftover Halloween candy bar layer bars. Use whatever assortment you have. In my case it was Reese’s peanut butter cups, plain M&Ms, peanut M&Ms, Crunch, Twix, Kit Kats, Almond Joys, Milky Ways, Snickers, and Hershey’s cookies ‘n’ creme bars. Since 7-layer bars have chocolate, nuts, and coconut I figured that diverse candy selection covered it all with a little extra.

One year ago: Butternut Squash, Spinach and Feta Pizza

Two years ago: Pumpkin Bread Pudding
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Pumpkin & Ginger Ice Cream Sandwich Cookie Cake

While Lauren is away enjoying her new little man, I am guest posting on her blog Keep it Sweet. Hop on over for the recipe for this pumpkin and crystallized ginger ice cream treat! CLICK HERE!

PUMPKIN & GINGER ICE CREAM SANDWICH COOKIE CAKE

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Source: Ice cream adapted from my No-Churn Chocolate Almond Ice Cream. Cookie Cake adapted from my Reese’s Peanut Butter Cookie Cake.
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Caramel Apple Oreo Truffles

You can make Oreo truffles out of any of the different flavors of Oreo. Try this caramel apple version, dipped in chocolate to resemble an actual caramel apple.

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Happy Halloween! It seems fitting that today is also caramel apple day and since Oreo was thoughtful enough to make a caramel apple creme golden Oreo I went ahead and made truffles out of them. I even dipped them in green and light brown chocolate candy coating to resemble a caramel dipped apple on a stick. Or a green buckeye depending on how you look at it.

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Three years ago: Root Beer Sloppy Joes
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