Category Dessert

Starbuck’s Pumpkin Pound Cake

Recipe Source: Fast Food Fix, by Devin Alexander
I doubled this recipe so I could do one with cream cheese frosting and one with the powdered sugar glaze.
  • 1 1/2 c. All Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 tsp. Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. Salt
  • 1/2 tsp. Baking Soda
  • 1/2 tsp. Baking Powder
  • 1/4 tsp. Ground Cloves
  • 1/4 tsp. Ground Nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 c. Sugar
  • 1/2 c. Fat Free Vanilla Yogurt
  • 3 Egg Whites
  • 1 c...
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North Shore Acai Bowl

One of my favorite treats on earth is the North Shore Bowl from Bowl of Heaven in La Verne, CA. They are closed the next few days for the holiday season so I decided to recreate this treat because I am REALLY craving it. You can get all of the ingredients from Trader Joe’s except for the Sambazon. I found that at Albertson’s. You can make this without Sambazon if you can’t find it...
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Turtle Cookies

Makes about 30 cookies
Source:  Adapted from America’s Test Kitchen
1 c. all-purpose flour
1/3 c. cocoa powder (I used dark cocoa powder)
1/4 tsp. salt
8 Tbsp. (1 stick) butter, softened
2/3 c. sugar
1 large egg, separated, plus 1 additional egg white (throw out 1 yolk)
2 Tbsp. milk
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 1/4 c. pecans, finely chopped
Caramel Filling:
14 soft caramel candies (I used Kraft)
3 Tbsp...
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Snowman Sugar Cookies

Thank you to my dear friend Lynette for sending this creative idea!
Happy Holidays!
1 bag of Betty Crocker Sugar Cookie – Cookie Mix (17.5 oz.)
1 stick of butter
1 egg
1 tub of Cream Cheese frosting (16 oz.)
1 bag of bite sized Reese’s peanut butter cups, cut in half to form snowman hat
Mini chocolate chips for snowman eyes
1 container of orange tic-tac’s for snowman nose
Twizzler or Red...
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Peach Baklava Strudel

Combines the flakiness and nutty flavors of baklava with the fruit of a strudel. If your apricots or peaches are very ripe, don’t let them sit in the honey syrup too long before you assemble the strudel–they’ll turn to jam. But if they’re a little firm or very tart, let them macerate a bit longer to soften and absorb the sweetness...
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Pumpkin Pie

WHICH CRUST TO USE: Dough or Graham Cracker or Both? = Pie Dough CRUST (Double the recipe for crust decorations) or use Graham Cracker Crust
Pumpkin Pie Filling:
  1. 4 large eggs, separated
  2. 3/4 cup sugar
  3. 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  4. 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  5. 1/4 teaspoo...
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Banana Pineapple Nut Bread

I purchased the stainless steel Loaf Pan from NORPRO and this recipe came with the pan. My neighbor April brought me a fresh pineapple so I decided to give this recipe a whirl. So glad I did.


3 cups flour
2 cups sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp ground cinnamon
3/4 tsp salt
1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
3 eggs, beaten
1 cup vegetable oil
2 cups ripe mashed bananas
2 tsp vanilla
1 can (8 ...

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Nutella Cookies

My dear friend Emily shared this recipe with me and got me a set of the Wilton cookie cutters. She warned me that these would take a little time but after tasting hers, I knew time wouldn’t matter. These are cute and delicious!
1/2 cup whole hazelnuts or chopped hazelnuts
3/4 pound (3 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon pure a...
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Oatmeal Raisin Cookies


1/2 pound margarine or salted butter, softened = 2 sticks (I like Costco butter)

1 cup firmly packed brown sugar

1/2 cup granulated sugar

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon salt

3 cups Quaker quick or old fashioned oats, uncooked

1 cup raisins


Heat oven to 350 degrees F


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Mud Pie

Coffee ice cream, a chocolate-cookie crust and chocolate-covered espresso beans add up to a terrific party dessert. Begin making the cake one day before serving. I got this idea from a special restaurant in Santa Barbara that my Mother in Law and I visit frequently, called “Endless Summer Bar Cafe...
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