• Dessert,  Recipe

    Cheesecake Brownies

    Love cheesecake and brownies? Get two desserts in one with this super easy recipe. We’re bringing boxed brownies to the next level…… Nerdy Tips Brownies are unlike cake when checking for doneness- you do NOT want the toothpick to come out clean. Personally, I prefer my brownies under done to hard and crispy. Take them out according to the box directions. For very fudge like and moist brownies, take them out at the lowest recommended time. (Here, 35 mins) Cheesecake is similar- you do not want that toothpick clean. The best time to remove a cheesecake from the oven is when you shake the pan, it wobbles slightly. Jiggly is…

  • Breakfast,  Dessert,  Recipe

    Coffee Flavored Donuts

    Is there anything better together than a cup of coffee and a donut? Maybe having both in one gratifying bite. A subtle flavor of coffee lays in deep undertones for this simple yeast donut. Nerdy Tips use a thermometer! You will need to measure the temperature of the coffee before adding the yeast. Too hot liquid will kill the yeast and your dough will not rise. You will also need to measure the temperature of the oil before frying the donuts. take the time to let these rise. If your oven has a proof function, this is a good time to put it to use. eat warm- they are just…

  • Breakfast,  Dessert,  Recipe

    Lemon Crullers

    okay. This was a first for me. I’ve never made crullers, or anything like them. It takes some effort but wow, are they worth it!! Beautiful and bright with lemon undertones, these donuts are delicious. Ingredients 1/2 cup milk 1/2 cup water 6 T unsalted butter 1 T sugar 1 t salt 1 t vanilla zest of 1 lemon 1 1/4 cups flour 3 eggs 1-2 egg whites vegetable oil for frying Heat milk, water, butter, sugar, salt, vanilla and zest until boiling. Stir in flour and continue to heat for 2-4 minutes to release excess water. Transfer to mixer and mix on low to cool. Add whole eggs. Add egg…

  • Dessert,  Recipe

    Apricot Thumbprints

    These delicious, delicate cookies are so easy to make! A shortbread base with bright apricot jam, this is the perfect bite. Ingredients 1 cup unsalted butter 2/3 cup sugar 2 egg yolks, room temperature 1 t almond extract 2 1/3 cups flour 1/4 t salt 1/2 cup apricot preserves Heat oven to 350. Cream butter and sugar. Add egg yolks and extract. Mix. Stir in flour and salt. Roll into 1 tablespoon sized balls. Make an indent with your thumb and add a drop of apricot preserves. Bake for 10-12 minutes or just until the bottoms get golden. If desired, sprinkle with confectioners sugar. Makes 36 cookies. Nerdy Tip always,…

  • Dessert,  Recipe

    Champagne Cupcakes

    Pop the champagne a little early because you’re going to love these delicious delicate bites. Fresh strawberry cupcakes with an elegant champagne frosting are perfect for a New Year’s Eve countdown! Recipe makes 24 cupcakes. Strawberry Cupcakes 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature 2 cup sugar 1/2 cup whole milk 2 cup strawberry puree 1/2 cup strawberry jam 4 egg whites 2 eggs 2 t vanilla 3 cups flour 4 t  baking powder 1 t  salt red food coloring Cream the butter and add sugar. mix in the rest of the ingredients. add food color as needed. Bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean.  Champagne…

  • Dessert,  Recipe

    Manhattan Cheesecake

    Start this recipe now!! The cherries take at least a day. You’ll thank me in a few. Seriously, these take time and the clock is ticking….but you’ll be the hostess (or host) with the mostest! Whiskey Infused Cherries 2 cups cherries, pitted 1 3/4 cup whiskey 1/3 cup sugar put cherries (less a few for decoration), whiskey and sugar in a saucepan. simmer for 15 minutes until sugar dissolves. pour into mason jar and refrigerate for at least 24 hours. when ready to use on cheesecakes, put over medium heat and cook down alcohol until reduced, about 25-30 minutes.  Crust 2 packs of graham crackers 1/3 cup  brown sugar 1/2…

  • Dessert,  Recipe

    Champagne Soaked Chocolate Covered Strawberries

    These boozy bites are so romantic!  Ingredients 1 lb strawberries 2 cups champagne 10 oz dark chocolate chips (I use Ghirardelli 60% cocoa) sprinkles Wash strawberries then put in an 8×8 or smaller pan. Cover in champagne. Refrigerate at least 24 hours. Place strawberries on a cooling rack over paper towels to let them air dry. Put in freezer for 10 minutes. Melt chocolate. Dip strawberries then place on foil lined baking sheet. Sprinkle as you go or the chocolate will harden and sprinkles won’t stick. Refrigerate or eat! Champagne Marshmallow Dip Bonus recipe!! I really enjoyed the Champagne Soaked Strawberries, but I didn’t get enough of the champagne taste.…

  • Dessert,  Gluten Free,  Recipe

    Deep, Dark Chocolate Torte

    Flourless and rich chocolate goodness, this torte is a great treat for your gluten free friends. It tastes like you spent hours in the kitchen. In reality, it is so incredibly easy to make and takes only 6 ingredients.  Ingredients 1 cup unsalted butter 1/3 cup heavy cream 10 oz bittersweet chocolates (I use Ghirardelli 60% cocoa) 3/4 cup sugar 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 5 eggs you will also need:  9″ springform pan Preheat oven to 325. Heat the butter and cream over medium heat until simmering and the butter has melted. Add the chocolate and stir until completely melted. In a separate bowl, whisk together the sugar, cocoa powder…

  • Dessert,  Recipe

    Caramel Cake Petit Fours

    The Cake This is basically a pound cake with a few minor adjustments, including extra eggs. Eggs are the magical ingredient. Their job in this batter is to provide structure. When heated, egg proteins coagulate and give stiffness to the cake- all the better for shaping our little petite fours. Nerdy Tips It’s important to cream the butter and shortening first then mixing in the sugar. It gives the end product structure by beating air into the butter, while the sugar helps to hold the air by dissolving, leaving little bubbles throughout the fats.  Mixing in the eggs one at a time helps to create a lighter, spongier cake.  Use a…

  • Dessert,  Recipe

    Scupper’s Cherry Pies

    Ingredients 6 cups frozen sweet dark cherries **and the juice 2 Tbsp lemon juice 4 Tbsp cornstarch 2/3 cup sugar 1/2 tsp salt Take the juice from the frozen cherries and whisk in the 4 Tablespoons of cornstarch.  Add all ingredients to a saucepan. Bring to a boil, then on low heat simmer for 10-15 minutes. Let cool. Fill pie crust and bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes for mini pies or 40-50 minutes for one large pie.  I used the large sized muffin tins and these were the perfect size for individual pies. For non stick tins, there is no need to grease the pan.  Nerdy Tips If you are…

  • Dessert,  Recipe

    The Only Pie Dough Recipe You’ll Ever Need

    I have used this pie dough for over 20 years with a few simple tweaks here and there. I think I found the “un-tweaked” original recipe in a cookie magazine. But it’s how you use the ingredients makes all the difference.  Do yourself a favor and don’t limit this recipe to your usual pies. I use it for savory chicken pot pies (use less sugar) or my kids’ favorite- homemade pop tarts!  Ingredients 2 1/4 cup flour 1/2 cup sugar 1 tsp salt 1 cup cold, unsalted butter 7-10 T cold water Mix together the flour, sugar and salt. Cut the butter into 1/4″ cubes. Use a pastry cutter or…

  • Dessert,  Recipe

    Sven’s Swedish Christmas Cookies

    These traditional Scandinavian cookies taste like Christmas. Buttery with hints of warm spices, they go perfectly with a hot beverage. I took the liberty of decorating with white piping which I believe is more of a German tradition.  This dough is more workable after being refrigerated for at least one hour, but preferable overnight.  Ingredients 1/2 cup butter 1/2 cup sugar 1/4 cup brown sugar 1 egg 1/4 cup dark corn syrup 1 tsp ginger powder 1 tsp cinnamon 1 tsp ground cloves 1/4 tsp salt 1 3/4 cups flour 3/4 tsp baking soda Mix ingredients together. Refrigerate the dough for at least 1 hour. Roll out dough to 1/4″…

  • Dessert,  Gluten Free,  Recipe

    Macarons

    Yes, macarons are a particular dessert to make. They can be finicky but you can do it! They are so delicious and fresh when made at home. I taught myself to make them and I will share all of my tips. A bite of macaron will transport me to a heavenly French moment with meringue clouds and sticky sweet suggestions of flavor. Below, all the macarons themselves are vanilla flavored, differentiated by their fillings; Earl Grey tea, Pistachio, Blueberry, Lemon and Salted Caramel Chocolate Ganache.  Macarons 1 3/4 cups confectioners sugar 1 cup almond flour 1 tsp salt 3 egg whites, *room temperature* 1/8 tsp cream of tartar 1/4 cup…

  • Dessert,  Recipe

    Rachel’s Canelés

    These rich and moist custard pastries have crunchy carmelized shells that give a satisfying CRACK when you bite into them. Originating in Bordeaux, I personally had never heard of, let alone tried, canelés. My life has been seriously enriched with the discovery! Ingredients 2 tsp vanilla 2 1/4 cup milk 1 cup sugar 3/4 cup flour 1/4 tsp salt 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg 3 1/2 Tbsp butter, melted 1 egg 3 egg yolks 4 Tbsp whiskey 1 Tbsp beeswax 4 Tbsp butter You will need canalé molds. I found this great set of real copper tins on Amazon. food grade beeswax – also found on Amazon. ***The batter needs to be…