Posts in category "desserts"

Berry Buckle: A fabulous and easy alternative to strawberry shortcake

Berry Buckle: A fabulous and easy alternative to strawberry shortcake
Never heard of a Buckle before? Neither did I until I found a recipe for one while I was surfing the Internet. I was looking for a luscious dessert recipe that I could bring to a potluck, but I wanted one that would also be quick and easy. I came across a recipe for Strawberry... Read more »

Holiday Cookie Recipe #2: Pistachio Cookies

Holiday Cookie Recipe #2: Pistachio Cookies
There is so much nutty goodness in these Pistachio Cookies! Plus, they have so much going for them this time of year. These luscious cookies are different from other holiday cookies. And they have a lovely greenish hue (actually, they’re a pretty light green color if you use all-purpose flour. I used whole wheat.). If you... Read more »

Holiday Cookie Recipe #1: Divine Seven Layer Cookies (not bars)

Holiday Cookie Recipe #1: Divine Seven Layer Cookies (not bars)
If you enjoy making cookies for the holidays, you’ll want to add these luscious Seven Layer Cookies to your repertoire. Before you tell me that I can’t count, I know, I know. These Seven Layer Bars actually have more than eight layers, or technically, ingredients. The cookies basically mirror the ingredients in the classic Seven Layer... Read more »
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Apple Pie Quesadillas: a quick, healthy, delicious alternative to apple pie

Apple Pie Quesadillas: a quick, healthy, delicious alternative to apple pie
Apple Pie Quesadillas. They’re the perfect post-Thanksgiving treat to eat after the guilt sets in. You know, because just like always on Turkey Day, you gobbled up far more turkey-gravy-dressing-green-bean-casserole-cranberry-sauce-pumpkin-pie-apple-pie than you intended. This recipe for Apple Pie Quesadillas makes for a sweet, satisfying treat reminiscence of apple pie but without the junk food status.... Read more »

10 tips for making a great pie crust from the owner of Hoosier Mama Pie Company

10 tips for making a great pie crust from the owner of Hoosier Mama Pie Company
When I read that Paula Haney, owner of the celebrated artisanal bakery/restaurant Hoosier Mama Pie Company, was going to be at the Morton Grove Library to speak about making a great pie crust, I had to be there. Haney is also the author of the darling, retro-looking, extremely helpful and complete The Hoosier Mama Book of... Read more »

How to make fun, easy Cannoli Cones

How to make fun, easy Cannoli Cones
Once again longtime friend and fellow blogger Bonnie McGrath gave me a cooking challenge: To come up with another version of a recipe for Cupcake Cones, which Bonnie’s daughter Molly loves. The Cupcake Cones are cuter-than-cute little cakes that are baked in ice cones and frosted to resemble real ice cream cones. Bonnie was looking for a healthier version.... Read more »
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Think of these no-sugar cookies as Methadone for sugar junkies

Think of these no-sugar cookies as Methadone for sugar junkies
Sugar is supposed to be just as addictive as heroin and I (whose Twitter handle happens to be sugarbuzzjudy) believe it. That’s why I think of these delicious little babies as Methadone for sugar junkies like me. When I’m craving something sweet and dessert-y but don’t want to give in to my inner sugar demon, these... Read more »

You won't believe what makes this Flourless Chocolate Cake healthier

You won't believe what makes this Flourless Chocolate Cake healthier
Are you ready for this? Black beans are the secret to what makes this luscious Flourless Chocolate Cake healthier! Yep, the same stuff that goes into making burritos and dips and spicy soups is used to make this fabulous chocolaty dessert. The first time that I made a version of this recipe, it was kind of... Read more »

The perfect chocolate cookie for Christmas

The perfect chocolate cookie for Christmas
I love this perfect chocolate cookie on so many levels. First of all, it’s ultra-choocolaty, delivering a double wallop of the dark, divine stuff in every rich bite. Secondly, the cookies are soft and chewey, not crispy. Just the way I like them. But best of all, the cookies are quick and easy to make,... Read more »
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The healthy dessert that tastes exactly like ice cream

No lie. This healthy, frozen treat tastes exactly like ice cream. The secret to its rich, creamy texture is–get this–the AVOCADO! Yes, the nutritionally dense avocado! By the way, we’re not talking about a dessert that tastes similar to ice cream. Or kinda sorta like ice cream. This baby has the taste and looks and mouth-feel... Read more »