Cherry Turnover Pastries

These Cherry Turnovers have a flaky pastry outside with a warm cherry pie filling (and a sweet glaze!). They are a festive treat for the holidays… these turnovers are just as quick as opening a tube of cinnamon rolls, making them perfect for breakfast or dessert! This is one of those recipes that is so simple that you almost don’t need a recipe. I got my inspiration for these from the Pillsbury’s cherry turnover kits that I loved when I was growing up. I haven’t been able to find them anymore so I decided to make my own simple version. Try … Continue reading Cherry Turnover Pastries

Gourmet Caramel Apples

Gourmet caramel apples are one of my favorite holiday treats. Just the fact that there’s a piece of fruit inside makes me feel okay about eating layers and layers of candy! I chose three different apples for this recipe and went with three different flavor combinations on top of the caramel: mini dark chocolate chips, drizzled dark chocolate and white chocolate, and (my favorite) melted dark chocolate dipped in toffee bits… I loved the sweetness of the caramel and chocolate, mixed with the saltiness of the toffee and the tartness of the green apple! It’s so easy to make fancy … Continue reading Gourmet Caramel Apples

Pumpkin Spice French Toast

It’s that time of the year, pumpkin spice everywhere! I love french toast and I really wanted to try a pumpkin version for Fall. This was my first attempt and I love how it turned out. So simple and perfect for cool mornings! This french toast is a perfect way to get your pumpkin spice fix without baking all afternoon or making a trip to Starbucks. If you’re a fan of french toast (and all things pumpkin) then this is the recipe for you! Pumpkin Spice French Toast 4 slices of bread 1 egg 1/8 cup milk 1/8 cup canned pumpkin … Continue reading Pumpkin Spice French Toast

Cream Cheese Pumpkin Bread

Fall is coming! I am absolutely in love with this season! I’ve already been overwhelming my husband with Autumn candle scents, and talk of pumpkins and Fall decor. I can hardly wait for cooler and cozy weather after the nearly unbearable Texas summer heat. In fact, the first couple of days of September were some of our hottest yet this year. In spite of the 105º+ temperatures, I turned on the oven and heated up the house in order to make this Cream Cheese Pumpkin Bread. It was a sacrifice I was willing to make. Enjoy this quick sweet bread … Continue reading Cream Cheese Pumpkin Bread

Cinnamon Sugar Tortilla Chips

Do you ever have a craving for something sweet but you just don’t have the time or the energy to bake a dessert? This simple and sweet treat is perfect for moments like that. These cinnamon sugar chips puff up slightly, leaving a a soft and warm side and a crisp, caramelized sugar side! They taste similar to churros, one of my favorites! If you’re like me you probably have all of the ingredients for this sweet snack in your kitchen right now. What are you waiting for? Go try this recipe! Cinnamon Sugar Tortilla Chips flour tortillas butter brown … Continue reading Cinnamon Sugar Tortilla Chips

Peanut Butter Bars (Reese’s copycat)

That’s right, today’s recipe is all about making homemade candy bars! Looking for a quick no-bake dessert? Look no further, these peanut butter bars are just the thing to satisfy your sweet tooth! I made these PB bars with my husband in mind… but I have to be honest, I’ve definitely eaten my fair share! Drew did love these. After his first taste, he even told me that “these are the single best thing you’ve ever made in your entire life”. If you love Reese’s, you should try these addicting bars for yourself! My recipe was slightly altered from here. Peanut … Continue reading Peanut Butter Bars (Reese’s copycat)

Pineapple Coconut Smoothie

This summer I’ve been trying to lighten up on the ice cream and milkshakes while still finding frozen and sweet treats to enjoy. This smoothie is just the thing to satisfy your sweet tooth! It’s completely dairy-free and sweetened with natural ingredients! Leave out the coconut (if you’re not a fan) for a simple and delicious pineapple shake! Pineapple Coconut Smoothie 1  1/2 cups pineapple 1/4 cup shredded coconut  1/2 cup almond milk (or half-and-half) 1-2 tsp honey (optional) Cut pineapple into chunks and then pop them in the freezer overnight. When you’re ready to make your smoothie, pull pineapple … Continue reading Pineapple Coconut Smoothie

Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie

One of my all-time favorite desserts to order at restaurants is the skillet cookie :: a warm and gooey, freshly baked chocolate chip cookie topped with ice cream and hot fudge, brought to your table in a cast iron skillet, straight from the oven. Love! There’s just something about the cookie baking in that cast iron skillet, it’s so, so good! You can get that same treat at home, all you need is a small cast iron skillet like this. Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie makes 3-4 skillet cookies (2 servings each) 1 1/8 cups flour 1/2 tsp baking soda 1/2 … Continue reading Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie

Vanilla Bean Scones

This scone recipe is one that I love to fall back on when I’m craving something sweet at night! I’ve made these vanilla bean scones so many times, it’s quick and simple (as far as baking goes)! I wrote down the recipe years ago when I was looking for a copycat recipe for Starbucks’ mini vanilla scones… these scones don’t exactly look like Starbucks’ but they do have a similar taste, and they’re much fresher! Vanilla Bean Scones                     2 dozen mini scones Needed: 2 cups flour 1/2 cup sugar 2 tsp baking … Continue reading Vanilla Bean Scones

Salted Caramel Shortbread Cookies

I’ve made quite a few iced caramel macchiatos with the caramel that I made earlier this week. So good! But I did reserve some of the caramel for these sandwich cookies. These salted caramel shortbread cookies are a new creation that I’d never tried before, I love the way they turned out! The caramel in these cookies gives the crispy shortbread a delicious flaky texture. You can find my easy homemade caramel recipe here. Salted Caramel Shortbread Cookies Needed:                                   makes 16-20 sandwich cookies 2 … Continue reading Salted Caramel Shortbread Cookies

Salted Caramel Shortbread Cookies

I’ve made quite a few iced caramel macchiatos with the caramel that I made earlier this week. So good! But I did reserve some of the caramel for these sandwich cookies. These salted caramel shortbread cookies are a new creation that I’d never tried before, I love the way they turned out! The caramel in these cookies gives the crispy shortbread a delicious flaky texture. You can find my easy homemade caramel recipe here. Salted Caramel Shortbread Cookies Needed:                                   makes 16-20 sandwich cookies 2 … Continue reading Salted Caramel Shortbread Cookies

Homemade Caramel Sauce

This caramel would make a great dip for apples, topping for ice cream, or stir a little of this caramel into your coffee (caramel macchiato anyone?)! My mom used to make caramel this way for homemade turtles at Christmastime. Yum! The only ingredient you need to make this caramel is one can of sweetened condensed milk. It couldn’t be simpler! Place an unopened can of sweetened condensed milk into a large pot filled with water (can could explode if not completely submerged). Leave to simmer for 2 and 1/2 hours (or longer if you want a thicker caramel). Make sure to keep … Continue reading Homemade Caramel Sauce

Fancy Grilled Cheese // Blueberry Cream Cheese

I love savory grilled cheese sandwiches, but I decided to try to come up with a sweet variety this time! I figured that cream cheese was a perfect option, what isn’t cream cheese good with?!? I used blueberries that I already had on hand, but you can be creative with the fruit that you use (strawberries would be great with the cream cheese filling!). Serve up this sweet grilled cheese sandwich for breakfast or as a snack! Needed: bread (sliced) blueberries 2 oz cream cheese 1/8 cup powdered sugar 1/2 tsp vanilla butter Pop the cream cheese into the microwave … Continue reading Fancy Grilled Cheese // Blueberry Cream Cheese

Mocha Frappuccino

I love coffee year round, but I especially enjoy lattes in the first cool days of Fall and icy coffee when Summery weather arrives. It’s already heating up here in Texas, bring on the frappuccinos! I’ve blended together different combinations of sweetened coffee with cream and ice before, but I’m always disappointed by the flavor… until now! The homemade mocha syrup in this recipe gives this frappuccino such a rich, creamy, chocolate-y taste. Plus, it’s frugal knock-off that you don’t even have to leave the house to enjoy! Mocha Frappuccino                     … Continue reading Mocha Frappuccino

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Muffins

Chocolate chip muffins totally justify having ooey gooey chocolate for breakfast! These moist muffins are a perfect treat, whether you decide to have them for breakfast or dessert. Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Muffins                          1 dozen Needed: 1/2 cup butter 1/2 cup brown sugar 1 egg 1 cup flour 1 tsp baking powder 1/4 tsp baking soda 1/4 tsp salt 1/2 cup oats 3/4 cup applesauce 1 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips Preheat oven to 350F. Cream softened butter and brown sugar. Mix in egg. Combine flour, baking powder, baking … Continue reading Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Muffins