Topic: Chocolate

Six Peppermint Chocolate Desserts You Need To Try

Posted on November 28, 2016

Six peppermint and chocolate dessert recipes to kick off the holiday season. Peppermint Mocha are my favorite holiday season guilty pleasure and it’s no surprise that I’ve translated a variation of that drink flavor into a few different desserts. The holiday season is upon us so it’s time to get baking! Double Dip Mints Peppermint…

Big Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Posted on October 26, 2016

Perfect pumpkin cookies! These pumpkin chocolate chip cookies are chewy in the middle and crispy around the edges. !!!!! I’m trying not to go crazy with anxiousness right now. We move into our house in just a few days and I can barely believe it. It’s been a long road since we closed early in…

Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl Fudge

Posted on September 29, 2016

Super easy homemade peanut butter and chocolate fudge made with just four ingredients! Life has been so hectic here, and I suspect I’m not alone. With busy work schedules, back-to-school time and life in general, sometimes cooking or baking for the family can take a back seat. There are so many weeks that I’m scrambling…

Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream

Posted on August 1, 2016

Rich and creamy no-churn peanut butter ice cream with swirls of milk chocolate and peanut butter. Part of me wants to apologize for the fact that all I want to make and eat is ice cream. I can’t even blame pregnancy or breastfeeding for this summer’s obsession. But you know what? No churn ice cream…

Double Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream

Posted on July 11, 2016

Rich chocolate ice cream full of dark chocolate chunks; no churn ice cream for the chocolate lover! Anyone who has raised a toddler knows that meal time can go in any direction. On a good day, your child will happily eat everything on his or her plate. On a bad day, a child yelling “no…

Graham and Milk Chocolate Ice Cream

Posted on June 28, 2016

No churn graham cracker ice cream with rich milk chocolate chunks. I’m here! Our internet is fixed, I survived my sister’s bachelorette party (I came back in almost one piece), and I have so many recipes piling up and ready to be shared. There are a few that I’m quite in love with, but since…

Chocolate Almond Butter Banana Cookies {Gluten-free} {Vegan}

Posted on May 12, 2016

These easy-to-make soft and chewy cookies are made with wholesome ingredients that make them the perfect kid-friendly snack!   Before I tell you all about my new snack obsession these cookies, I need to tell you about the cookbook, Eating Clean: The 21-Day Plan to Detox, Flight Inflammation, and Reset Your Body.   Before you…

Peanut Butter Chocolate Covered Pretzel Ice Cream

Posted on May 2, 2016

No churn peanut butter ice cream with peanut butter chunks and chocolate covered pretzel pieces. I’ve been working very hard to bring you the very best no churn peanut butter ice cream you will ever eat. And by working hard, I mean eating my weight in peanut butter ice cream. No regrets over here! While…

Chocolate and Pistachio Cookies

Posted on April 21, 2016

Big bakery-style chocolate and pistachio cookies are the ultimate cookie treat! I feel a little bad because I’ve been keeping these cookies to myself for a few weeks now. They are exactly what I expect a perfect bakery-style cookie to be: BIG (when it comes to cookies, bigger really is better) Full of contrasting texture…

The Fudgiest Fleur de Sel Brownies

Posted on April 5, 2016

The fudgiest brownies you will ever eat topped with fleur de sel are rich, decadent and completely satisfying. These brownies are, what I like to call, a piece of ultimate chocolate bliss. They are thick and ultra fudgy, studded with chocolate chips, layered with a naturally crackly top and sprinkled with fleur de sel. They…

Triple Chip Cookies

Posted on March 14, 2016

Crispy, chewy and loaded with three types of chocolate chips, these triple chip cookies are divine! Life has felt a little bit all over the place lately. Things are really good, but having a toddler has kept me on my toes to say the least! L’s the best little one-year-old you will ever meet, but…

Blood Orange Chocolate Truffles

Posted on March 7, 2016

Rich and decadent dark chocolate truffles with a hint of blood orange. These are the best homemade candy! Over the last few years it’s gotten increasingly harder to schedule plans with friends. Between kids, family obligations and the seemingly speed-of-light passing of time, everyone’s schedules fill up fast. The “let’s do this again, and soon…

Easy Whole Wheat Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

Posted on February 8, 2016

Healthier banana chocolate chip muffins are easy to make and great for grab-and-go breakfasts. No mixer needed to make this muffin recipe! L’s appetite hasn’t been that great over the last week (teething? cold? toddler-itis? who knows!). But you better believe when I gave him one of these banana chocolate chip muffins that within minutes…

Fudgy Brownies with Fluffy Vanilla Buttercream

Posted on February 3, 2016

Super thick and fudgy brownies covered in bakery-style vanilla frosting. A great alternative to cake for a celebration. I’ve talked in the past about how, as a kid, I never wanted traditional birthday cake. For years my first choice dessert was a Baskin-Robbins’ ice cream pie followed by brownies as a close second. Cookie cake…

Vanilla M&M Shortbread Cookies

Posted on February 1, 2016

Vanilla bean shortbread cookies are even better when there are M&Ms in them! These shortbread cookies are easy to make and delicious to eat. Use pretty pink M&Ms for a Valentine’s Day treat! I love that there are plenty of excuses to bake around Valentine’s Day. Kid’s class parties, sweet treats for friends, and of…

Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Dip

Posted on January 25, 2016

Cookie dough dip made with brown butter, cream cheese and lots of chocolate chips is a perfect super bowl treat! Sometimes I’m a really good wife. And sometimes, I make pure crack cookie dough dip when my husband’s on a diet. Sorry, Matt. But can you blame me? We were in the midst of a…

Peanut Butter Cup Football Cookie Cake

Posted on January 18, 2016

Peanut butter cup cookie cake shaped and decorated like a football for Super Bowl! While you should be excited about making a fun football-themed treat for Super Bowl, you should be really, really excited about how good this cookie cake is. I warned you about the peanut butter treats this month and this cookie cake…

Valentine’s Day Brownie Pops

Posted on January 13, 2016

Fudgy delicious brownie pops made from scratch! These heart-shaped treats are perfect for Valentine’s Day! I was in the mood to make something pretty, fun and ultra delicious for Valentine’s Day this year. And while I love cake pops, the idea of brownie pops came to mind for a change. So instead of making a…

Grown Up Puppy Chow Popcorn

Posted on January 11, 2016

Salted chocolate and peanut butter popcorn dusted with a light layer of powdered sugar. I grew up in a popcorn family. During high school, we'd eat gigantic bowls of air-popped popcorn doused in Old Bay seasoning as an afternoon snack. At night, it's a frequent TV-watching accessories at my parents'. And around Christmas, my mom and…

Peppermint Hot Cocoa Cookies

Posted on December 18, 2015

Fudgy and gooey chocolate cookies full of intense chocolate flavor, melted marshmallows and peppermint pieces make the best Christmas dessert. It’s beginning to smell a lot like… cookies! I made this batch of Peppermint Hot Cocoa Cookies for Matt’s co-workers as a holiday treat, but struggled not to eat many, many of them myself. Even…

Ginger Pecan Candy Crack

Posted on December 16, 2015

Crazy addicting Christmas candy in a very good way. This  sweet and salty “crack” is made with toasted pecans, ginger spiced caramel and dark chocolate. Last week my sister and fiancé had us over for a fun weeknight Chanukah dinner. Jess and Quoc made a delicious dinner that included perfectly crispy latkes, salmon with dill…

Peppermint Chocolate Pavlova Parfaits

Posted on December 9, 2015

Holiday parfaits layered with peppermint whipped cream, fluffy meringue and shaved chocolate. I’m having a bit of a moment with pavlovas. Something seemingly simple can be playful and surprising when you translate it into a new and different flavor combination. Over the summer we enjoyed a refreshing lemon berry combo then warmed up in the…

Chocolate Covered Oreos, Three Ways

Posted on December 7, 2015

Chocolate covered Oreos are the best homemade Christmas gift! The three different recipes for this easy no-bake treat are so much fun. Chocolate covered Oreos aren’t exactly a new thing. I’ve been making them for years and have seen them sold in many candy stores. Usually, though, they are plain milk or dark chocolate. After…

Cinnamon Cake with Chile Chocolate Buttercream

Posted on December 2, 2015

A light and airy cinnamon cake frosted with the fluffiest, creamiest chile chocolate buttercream.    Here’s the thing. This post is all about the buttercream. The buttercream, it is so stinking good. Can you see the little flecks of cayenne pepper hiding in there? Can you see how light, creamy and just spoonable it is?…

Peppermint Mocha Truffles

Posted on November 25, 2015

Rich dark chocolate truffles with a hint of coffee and splash of peppermint. The best no-bake edible Christmas gift!      Peppermint mocha is my ultimate holiday weakness. The drink, the sweets, everything. In fact, despite the fact that I’ve mostly given up fake sweeteners and usually drink coffee sans sugar, the skinny peppermint mocha latte…

Hot Cocoa Cookies

Posted on November 18, 2015

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SweetenTheSeason #CollectiveBias #ad Rich, fudgy and ultra chocolatey cookies with melted marshmallows taste like the best cup of hot cocoa you’ve ever had! It’s no secret that I love baking cookies, especially for the holidays. While I don’t…

Brown Butter Chocolate Pecan Blondies

Posted on November 16, 2015

Rich brown butter blondies with toasted pecans and rich dark chocolate are a perfect Thanksgiving dessert! It was very difficult for me to set aside my own personal distaste for nuts in blondies and brownies and throw some crunchy toasted pecans into these blondies. But Thanksgiving is coming and it would be a shame to…

Milk Chocolate Tart with Peanut Butter Pretzel Crust

Posted on November 13, 2015

An easy no-bake dessert that only uses four ingredients! This tart is simple but impressive. I'm currently joining in on the chorus of everyone asking how Thanksgiving is now less than two weeks away. My theory is that the warm fall weather we have had was actually a huge mind trick. How could Thanksgiving be coming…

Peanut Butter Caramel Bars

Posted on November 11, 2015

Gooey peanut butter cookie bars are layered with chocolate and salted caramel for a decadent bite-sized treat. Sometimes you need a dessert that makes you feel good on all levels. When it’s dreary outside or you want to eat your feelings (ahem, me.) there are only certain desserts that will cut it. You need a…

How to Make a Monkey Smash Cake

Posted on November 2, 2015

A chocolate smash cake that looks like a monkey! This first birthday cake is made from scratch and delicious. Most people were pretty shocked to find out that L’s first taste of something “sweet” was at his first birthday party. It took a lot of restraint, but it definitely made his first experience with sugar…

Mini Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Buttercream

Posted on October 28, 2015

Rich chocolate cupcakes topped with a light and super creamy peanut butter frosting. L’s birthday party might not have been the picture perfect event I had planned (have I learned nothing after a year of being a mom?), but the desserts, they were pretty on point if I do say so myself. We had the…

Peanut Butter Snack Cake

Posted on October 14, 2015

Moist peanut butter cake studded with chocolate chips for an indulgent snack or simple dessert. I’m so excited to share another blogger cookbook with you today! Jennifer of Bake or Break just released her first cookbook, Quick-Shop-&-Prep 5 Ingredient Baking: Cookies, Cakes, Bars & More that are Easier than Ever to Make. I’ve known Jennifer…

Oreo Pound Cake with Chocolate Cream Cheese Icing

Posted on October 5, 2015

Rich and ultra delicious oreo pound cake layered with luscious chocolate cream cheese icing. When you are a dessert blogger AND have run your own bakery, the expectations for birthday desserts are exponential. Not only that, but I always want to top the previous year’s birthday dessert with something new and better. Combine that with…

Oatmeal Cookie Wedges with Cinnamon & Chocolate Chips

Posted on September 30, 2015

Chewy oatmeal cookie bars filled with cinnamon and chocolate chips then drizzled with extra chocolate make a delicious and pretty party treat. It’s so exciting when one of my friends publishes a cookbook! And in the world of blog friends, it seems to be happening more and more often. Lucky for me, my friend Miriam…

Chocolate Pound Cake with Peanut Butter Whipped Cream

Posted on September 21, 2015

Rich dark chocolate pound cake topped with creamy, light and delicious peanut butter whipped cream. I have to be honest, when I first made this recipe, I was nervous that it wouldn’t meet my high expectations for dessert, but I was proved wrong. That says a lot because finding a chocolate cake that can stand…

Mini Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Posted on September 18, 2015

These are the perfect pumpkin cookie. Crispy edges, chewy middle and lots of chocolate chips! We are getting closer to L’s birthday, just under a month to go. In fact, I can see so many ways he is now transitioning from baby to toddler (insert many, many tears). There’s the way he arches his back…

Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Ritz Sandwiches

Posted on September 16, 2015

A no-bake treat that every kid and adult will love, these chocolate covered peanut butter Ritz sandwiches are almost too good to be true! These hardly need any explanation or recipe. Except, they kind of do. This past spring in Florida, when I took a brief break from eating Kilwins’ ice cream, I picked up…

Mini M&M Cookies

Posted on August 31, 2015

Mini cookies loaded with M&Ms. These are the perfect party cookie! Now that I’m thinking about a special someone’s first birthday, I’m fully focused on what his first sweet treat should be and what kinds of sweets we will have at his party. I change my mind constantly going back and forth on different ideas,…

Small Batch Chocolate Chip Cookies

Posted on August 24, 2015

A small batch of chocolate chip cookies that’s perfect a cookie craving! Let’s be honest, one cookie is never, ever enough. And a whole big batch, while appealing, is too many to eat in one sitting. Plus, sometimes you just want a homemade cookie and you want it fast. This chocolate chip cookie recipe is…

Drumstick Ice Cream Cake

Posted on July 27, 2015

An ice cream cake with all the important components of the classic Drumstick treat! You didn’t think I’d let National Ice Cream Month pass without a new ice cream related recipe on the blog, did you? Please, I wouldn’t dare! Actually, I almost forgot, but last week I finally got around to making this pretty…

Brown Butter Blueberry Chocolate Chunk Blondies

Posted on July 13, 2015

Chewy brown butter blondies bursting with fresh blueberries and dark chocolate chunks. I guess I’m on a blondie bender. Is that a thing? After this recipe, I made a monster batch of my famous KISD blondies for a friend, last week I ran into the kitchen to make this new recipe and then I actually…

Fudgy Mocha Chip Brownies with Espresso Sea Salt

Posted on June 22, 2015

The fudgiest brownies with a hint of mocha and touch of salt to kick any chocolate craving in the butt. Kind of like my beloved blondies, it’s been too long since I’ve made brownies. I know it’s summer and time for light fruit desserts or frozen ice cream treats, but all I wanted last week…

Sublime Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream Pie

Posted on June 1, 2015

This no-bake ice cream pie is the ultimate summer dessert! Oreo crust, peanut butter ripple ice cream, tons of peanut butter cups and whipped cream! This dessert wavers back and forth between hot mess and best thing ever. I’m going with best thing ever. This ice cream I shared with you? It was already pretty…

Peanut Butter Ripple Chocolate Ice Cream

Posted on May 26, 2015

You don’t need an ice cream maker to make this ice cream! Rich chocolate ice cream with a ribbon of salty peanut butter. If you love chocolate and peanut butter as much as I do, you’ve no doubt had a variation of this ice cream flavor before. I know, not as creative as this recipe…

Thin Mint Ice Cream

Posted on May 12, 2015

Creamy no-churn ice cream full of huge Thin Mint cookie chunks. Recently I found myself in a disappointing situation. The ice cream selection in my freezer was boring the heck out of me. To remedy the situation I decided to take matters into my own hands and make some no churn ice cream. You all…

Mega M&M Cookies

Posted on April 7, 2015

Big chocolatey cookies full of Mega M&Ms. I’m very aware that I eat my feelings. Tired, sad and stressed always lead me to chocolate, carbs, ice cream, cookies or all of the above. I try not to go overboard and realize that this isn’t the healthiest way to deal with emotions. But frankly, I don’t…

Monster Cookie Dough Ice Cream (No Churn!)

Posted on March 9, 2015

Vanilla ice cream loaded with monster cookie dough (peanut butter oatmeal cookie dough with M&Ms and chocolate chips!). You will enjoy cookie dough in every bite! I think the deep freeze is over (said crossing fingers and knocking on wood). And in case it’s not obvious, I (and everyone else in the northeast) am more…

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Lactation Cookies

Posted on March 2, 2015

Chewy chocolate chip peanut butter oatmeal cookies that just so happen to be perfect for breastfeeding moms! Loaded with oats, brewer’s yeast, flax and whole wheat flour, these are a delicious way to get your milk supply up! If you had asked me a year ago if I’d ever make lactation cookies, I’d probably look…

Comfort Food Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Posted on February 23, 2015

Perfect chocolate chunk cookies. Chewy in the center and crispy around the edges, these cookies are pure comfort. A good friend of mine recently brought her second baby home from the hospital. Even though I’m still getting a handle on some aspects of life with a baby, I realized it was time I started returning…

Thin Mint Cookie Cake

Posted on February 16, 2015

Thick and fudgy cookie cake loaded with Thin Mints and topped with Thin Mint Buttercream! I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again, one of the reasons I’ve loved blogging so much (and probably why I’ve stuck with it for almost five years) is that I’ve made some great friends. Not only have I…

Peanut Butter Caramel Candy Cups

Posted on February 12, 2015

Rich homemade candy  cups filled with peanut butter caramel sauce and topped with the perfect amount of flaky sea salt. I told you I had something up my sleeve for the caramel sauce. I don’t even think I need to talk too much about these little candy cups, the pictures say it all. Last minute…

Super Fun Cookies (aka Oreo, Peanut Butter Cup, Chocolate Chunk Cookies)

Posted on January 12, 2015

Cookies loaded with chunks of Oreos, Peanut Butter Cups and dark chocolate! Sometimes you just need a cookie full of fun things.  For this version, I loaded up my favorite cookie dough with chunks of chocolate, peanut butter cups and chopped Oreos.  How could it not be love at first bite? Super Fun Cookies (aka…

Smoked Sea Salt Chocolate Fudge Caramel Cookies

Posted on December 15, 2014

Rich and fudgy chocolate cookies filled with caramel and dark chocolate chips and seasoned with smoked sea salt. Are you still adding to your cookie baking list for the holidays? I hope so, because these babies are very deserving of a spot.  The cookie itself is ultra rich and like a fudgy brownie in the…

Double Dip Mints (aka Chocolate Dipped Peppermint Patties)

Posted on December 8, 2014

This recipe for Double Dip Mints was inspired by one of my favorite candy stores.  Homemade milk chocolate dipped peppermint patties are even better than the original candy you are used to! In all of my summers of going down the shore, there are definitely mixed memories of people and events  that seem to be…

Thick and Fudgy Peppermint Mocha Brownies

Posted on December 1, 2014

Super rich and fudgy brownies infused with the infamous peppermint mocha holiday flavor. Sometimes you just need a great brownie.  These peppermint mocha brownies are the perfect holiday brownie for this season’s festivities.  Thick, fudgy, rich and decadent… the peppermint mocha combination is a holiday favorite around here and it is hard to beat in…

Chewy Milk Chocolate Ginger Cookies

Posted on November 20, 2014

Chewy ginger-flavored brown sugar cookies filled with milk chocolate chunks.  This is a great holiday cookie! I have a bit of a weakness for ginger cookies.  My dad loves gingersnaps, but unless they are super crunchy (ahem, teeth-breakingly so), he will probably tell you they are underbaked.  I, on the other hand, like crunchy, chewy,…

3-Layer Cookies ‘n Cream Cake

Posted on October 20, 2014

Chocolate and vanilla bean cake layers slathered in cookies ‘n cream frosting Year after year there seems to be more pressure when it comes to birthday cakes.  I always want to outdo the previous year’s dessert but at the same time, I need to bake something true to what the birthday girl or boy loves. …

Espresso Salted Dark Chocolate Biscotti

Posted on September 29, 2014

These rich dark chocolate biscotti are extra crunchy, perfect for coffee dunking! I’m not usually one to choose biscotti as a dessert of choice.  Often times, they are dry, super hard and not all that flavorful.  These biscotti here, they are a different story.  The rich dark chocolate and espresso salt ensure that every bite…

Sweet and Salty Toll House Pie

Posted on September 22, 2014

This warm sweet and salty cookie pie is perfect with a scoop of vanilla ice cream! This is just one of those posts where I’m going to cringe looking at the pictures, but the recipe is too good not to share and frankly, sometimes the most UN-photogenic desserts are the tastiest. Way back on our…

Black and White Cookie Cake

Posted on September 18, 2014

This giant black and white cookie is a huge version of the classic New York treat! Before moving to New York City eight years ago, or I guess before I lived here the summer before that, I didn't understand the fixation on the Black and White Cookie. Matt loves them and you can find them…

Lighter Chocolate Chip Banana Cake

Posted on September 8, 2014

Super moist banana cake loaded with chocolate but not loaded with fat! My mom has made some version of this banana cake at least once (usually more) a year every year for as long as I can remember.  Chocolate chip filled for a holiday, chipless and stacked with chocolate cake and peanut butter frosting for…

Peanut Butter S’mores Parfaits

Posted on August 25, 2014

Mini dessert parfaits layered with graham cracker crumble, peanut butter marshmallow mousse, milk chocolate ganache and toasted marshmallows! I haven't posted any s'mores recipes for you this summer, I was waiting until I had something extra special.  These little parfaits... they certainly are that!  Peanut butter and milk chocolate play starring rolls, but the other…

Fudgy Brownie Ice Cream Sandwiches

Posted on August 21, 2014

This ice cream sandwich recipe is perfect for summer entertaining!  The brownie and ice cream combination is one of my favorites. Since it is my 30th birthday, I thought I should share a recipe that includes one of my favorite things in the whole world... ice cream (hello, obvious).  These Fudgy Brownie Ice Cream Sandwiches were…

No Churn Chocolate Ice Cream with Salty Candied Peanuts

Posted on July 24, 2014

Creamy chocolate ice cream filled with crunchy sweet and salty candied peanuts.  No ice cream maker needed! I was hesitant to make an ice cream that Matt wouldn’t like (ahem, peanut hater), but ultimately I couldn’t resist.  Besides, he’d choose a vanilla base any day while I am a sucker for chocolate.  Especially when that…

Chocolate Chunk Banana Ice Cream with Chocolate Fudge Ripple

Posted on July 3, 2014

This healthy version of ice cream is naturally vegan and gluten-free. I’ve got another ice cream recipe for you that doesn’t require an ice cream maker!  Although, this one is a little different.  When I was in the midst of a baking rampage a few weeks ago, Matt asked if I could try to make…

Brown Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookie Cake

Posted on June 30, 2014

This is the best cookie cake that I’ve ever had.  It has a a chewy center, crispy edges and a wonderful brown butter flavor. I’m turning 30 this year.  And actually, August 21st isn’t that far away.  How I feel about the age is a story for another post, but what I want for dessert…

No Churn Oreo Fudge Swirl Ice Cream

Posted on June 26, 2014

This easy no-churn Vanilla bean ice cream is full of Oreo chunks and a delicious ribbon of fudge. Other than the part where my tripod fell over and knocked my camera directly into the ice cream, I loved this.  After a slight moment of panic, I gently wiped the mess off of my lens and…

Espresso Cookies with Salted Caramel Ganache

Posted on June 9, 2014

These decadent cookie sandwiches are for a sophisticated palate.  The dark chocolate espresso cookie is sandwiched with a rich salted caramel ganache for the ultimate dessert. After this weekend, I could use a cookie or ten.  We spent all day yesterday and Saturday cleaning out our second bedroom.  How is it possible to have so…

{Gluten-Free} Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Posted on May 27, 2014

Brown butter chocolate chip cookies are made with quinoa flour and almond meal to satisfy your gluten-free and gluten-loving cookie cravings. It’s pretty much common knowledge that cookies can cure almost anything.  So when a friend of mine was going through a hard time, I immediately wanted to send her some.  She happens to be…

BLUEberry Buttercream Cups

Posted on May 12, 2014

These Blueberry Buttercream Cups are the perfect no-bake chocolate treats.  They are so easy to make. I think I might be a little obsessed with buttercream candy cups now.  First there were the Mint Cookies and Cream Buttercream Cups and then I made these Pretty in Pink Buttercream Cups.  The thing is, this is such…

The Best Loaded Peanut Butter Cookies

Posted on April 21, 2014

Thick and chewy peanut butter cookies for peanut butter lovers only. Wow, thank you so much for the kind notes, tweets, Facebook messages, etc. regarding our big news!  We really didn’t tell anyone (other than our parents and siblings) until a week or so ago.  Let me tell you, that is one hard secret to…

Pretty in Pink Buttercream Cups

Posted on April 9, 2014

These dark chocolate candy cups are filled with a delicious creamy buttercream. They are a gluten-free, no-bake treat for any occasion. Today's post is exciting because I'm part of a huge group of blogging ladies celebrating Steph's virtual baby shower! This sweet and talented blogger is due to have a baby girl in just a…

Fudgy Black and White Devil’s Food Cake

Posted on March 31, 2014

Four layers of rich chocolate cake filled with vanilla buttercream and covered in a luscious whipped chocolate buttercream. Not only is my mom an incredible baker, but she also happens to love cake.  Actually, love is probably an understatement and I’m not sure that “cake” accurately describes it.  Birthday cake is her favorite food group…

Mint Cookies and Cream Buttercream Cups

Posted on March 3, 2014

Rich dark chocolate candy cups filled with crème de menthe buttercream and crushed oreos. I’m not feeling all that great today so I’m going to keep this short.  These candy cups will kind of win over anyone who loves a little 2-bite treat.  My mom, while a buttercream lover, isn’t usually a fan of mint…

Extra Dark Chocolate Cake with Cookie Butter Buttercream

Posted on February 25, 2014

This light and moist dark chocolate cake is the perfect pairing for the creamy cookie butter frosting.  This is the perfect birthday cake or just because cake. Confession time:  I have all sorts of stuff going on that I can’t talk about here and it is driving me insane. I should just be super excited…

Mini Chip Brownie Bites with Pink Marshmallow Buttercream

Posted on February 10, 2014

Fudgy brownie bites full of mini chocolate chips and topped with a pretty in pink marshmallow buttercream, perfect for Valentine’s Day! This weekend completely flew by!  I've had a lot going on lately (work-wise and personally) so I feel like my weekend relaxing and me-time is extra precious.  I know myself, and I really need…

Salted Caramel Chocolate Fudge Cookies

Posted on January 27, 2014

These giant cookies are fudgy and chewy in the center but perfectly crisp around the edges.  The salted caramel enhances the flavor to create a well-balanced treat. When I originally came up with the recipe for these cookies, I thought I might end up with a chocolate cookie that came out of the oven with…

Salted Caramel Oreo Bars

Posted on January 23, 2014

These sweet and salty dessert bars are packed with an Oreo crust, chocolate, pretzels and salted caramel.  You won’t believe how easy these are to make. Of all the salted caramel recipes I’ve made, these are by far the most dangerous. The first time I made them, Matt joked about how ugly they were and…

Salted Caramel Rice Krispie Treats with Mocha Ganache

Posted on January 13, 2014

Rice Krispie treats are all grown up with the addition of salted caramel and a rich mocha ganache.  Make this special treat for Super Bowl or your next gathering and watch the Rice Krispie treats disappear! Last Monday we talked the how-tos on making salted caramel.  Just a few ingredients and no thermometer; the basics…

Funky Monkey Cheesecake Bars

Posted on December 9, 2013

Fudgy brownie topped with a creamy layer of peanut butter banana cheesecake! Sometimes you just have to go back to your roots. I’ve been having fun with pumpkin and cookie butter and white chocolate, but let’s be honest.  Chocolate and peanut butter will always have my heart.  And as I look back over the last…

Espresso Salted Caramel Buttercream Brownie Bites for Audra’s Virtual Shower

Posted on December 4, 2013

Fudgy chocolaty brownie bites topped with an extra special buttercream are a fun mini dessert for any occasion. Today we are celebrating one of my favorite people!  My friend Audra (The Baker Chick) is having a baby so a few of us got together to throw a virtual party. I’ve actually been thinking about this…

Fancy Holiday Chocolate Pecan Pie and Pie Week Giveaway

Posted on November 18, 2013

This chocolate pecan pie is the perfect addition to your fall holiday table! Get excited because in addition to yesterday's awesome Amazon gift certificate giveaway, I have a few more giveaways coming your way this week (scroll down for details).  Oh right, and lot's of pie!  A few other bloggers and I are sharing pie…

(Fresh) Cranberry Chocolate Chunk Brown Butter Cookies

Posted on November 11, 2013

Looking for a new way to use up your extra cranberries?  Cranberries get an upgrade in these brown butter cookies that are loaded with rich dark chocolate chunks. I have to tell you, these cookies surprised me!  They are so much better than I even expected.  Tart cranberries, rich dark chocolate (a lot of it)…

Double Chocolate Stout Mini Cupcakes

Posted on November 4, 2013

Moist chocolate stout cupcakes topped with a creamy chocolate stout buttercream are a fun dessert for any beer lover! I don’t have a ton of photos of these cupcakes because I was too busy the day of Matt’s party with everything else.  However, these cupcakes are too good not to share and were a fun…

Graham Cracker Cookies with Toasted Pumpkin Marshmallow Filling

Posted on October 14, 2013

Chewy Graham Cracker flavored cookies filled with a toasted pumpkin marshmallow buttercream are the best cookie for fall!  Dip them in chocolate and decorate with colored sprinkles for a festive treat. These cookies. Where do I even begin?  First of all, the graham cracker cookie is chewy, slightly crispy on the outside, and flavored like…

Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Quinoa Banana Bread

Posted on October 7, 2013

This hearty but moist banana bread is healthy enough for breakfast while still being sweet enough to feel like a treat. I have so much good stuff for you.  There was basically a three-day baking marathon to get ahead on blog posts.  The problem is, whenever I build up some recipe inventory, I have the…

Peanut Butter Cup Heath Bar Brown Butter Cookies

Posted on August 27, 2013

I took a perfect brown butter cookie dough and added chopped pieces of some of my favorite candies: Peanut Butter Cups and Heath Bars.  Topped with flaky sea salt, these chewy cookies might just become your new favorite recipe! Before I get to these crazy good cookies, I just wanted to mention that Keep it…

Perfect Chocolate Chip Muffins and a Giveaway

Posted on July 22, 2013

These Chocolate Chip Muffins are easy to whip up and make the perfect sweet treat for weekend breakfasts or holiday brunch. I made these muffins a few weeks ago and actually froze a few to bring with us to the shore this past weekend.  My grandfather kept raving about the “best cupcake” he has ever…

Chocolate Chip Cream Cheese Pound Cake with Whipped Chocolate Ganache

Posted on May 20, 2013

 Rich pound cake layers with delicious fluffy frosting and a rich whipped chocolate ganache. I don’t know what it is, but when I travel for a weekend, I always have a million different bags.  Maybe I just should take 1 big bag and call it a day?  I just try so hard to be an…

Big, Chewy, Sweet and Salty Peanut Butter Cookies: A How-To Video!

Posted on May 15, 2013

Remember when I promised you eHow videos?  Well, I’m going to try to get past my embarrassment and share them, yikes!  You already have the recipe, but I figured you might like the video for how to make these Big, Chewy, Sweet and Salty Peanut Butter Cookies.  I’d love to hear what you think! http://youtu.be/mJ60OtDLB4w

Big, Chewy, Sweet and Salty Peanut Butter Cookies

Posted on April 20, 2013

These peanut butter cookies are thick and chewy (like most cookies should be), sweet and salty, and absolutely delicious.  Last week was…. well, it sure was a week.  Emotionally my head was somewhere else.  As soon as I heard about the marathon bombing my heart just ached for everyone there.  Then there was the explosion in West, Texas.  It was…

Valentine’s Day for Chocolate Lovers

Posted on February 9, 2013

Well, Valentine’s Day is just a few days from now and what says I love you better than chocolate?  I have plenty of recipe inspiration for you, but if your sweetheart is too far to bake for, there is still time to order a chocolate sweet from Keep It Sweet Desserts! Chocolate Sweets for Valentine’s…

Fluffernutter Chocolate Cake

Posted on February 4, 2013

You favorite chocolate cake covered with peanut butter and marshmallow swirled icings. Sometimes cakes don’t work out like you want them to.  But sometimes, they turn out better. This cake actually started out as a recipe for “salted caramel fudge cake” but frankly all I got was chocolate cake.  Certainly not enough to stand on…

Sweet & Salty Party Cookies for a Virtual Bridal Shower

Posted on January 14, 2013

Sweet & Salty Party Cookies. aka Salted Milk Chocolate Almond Caramel Corn Cookies.  Nothing less for my lovely friend, Christina! For those of you who don’t know her, Christina is the incredibly sweet blogger behind Dessert for Two.  She is getting married soon and since she is such an amazing example of what a blogger…

Salted Brown Butter M&M Cookies

Posted on December 12, 2012

I have so much I want to say and tell you about what is going on here at Keep It Sweet Desserts, but my thoughts are coming through in a pretty chaotic stream of consciousness so I’ll hold off until things calm down a bit! For now, though, I can say, I am SO happy…

Baby Shower Chocolate Clusters for a Virtual Shower!

Posted on December 11, 2012

SURPRISE!!  A few of us are hosting an intimate blogger baby shower for sweet Rachel at The Avid Appetite!  Rachel is having a baby girl and I am so thrilled for her and Sean!  Rachel is one of my favorite blog friends, we've actually had dinner together a couple of times.  I'm excited for her…

No-Bake Rice Krispie Toffee Fudge Candy Bars

Posted on November 15, 2012

1 week. 7 days.  Some amount of hours that does not feel like enough. That’s how much time there is until Thanksgiving.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m so excited for the holiday, but boy did things get crazy really fast!  It seems like just yesterday I was in the summer lull and just like that…

Sweet and Salty Candy Bar Blondies

Posted on October 16, 2012

The fudgiest blondies loaded with everyone's favorite sweet and salty candies. When I asked my Father-in-Law what he wanted for his birthday dessert, his only request was chocolate covered pretzels.  Sweet and salty, who doesn’t love those? But come on, it is a birthday dessert!  And since chocolate covered pretzels are what I make as…

Chocolate Makes Everything Better

Posted on October 15, 2012

This post is brought to you by Ghirardelli Intense Dark™ Chocolate. Lately I’ve been trying not to eat about a billion cookies a day.  Shocking, I know.  But would you believe that something like that caught up with me and apparently my clothes are all a bit tight?  Apparently I need to get back to…

Banana Brownie Chunk Greek Frozen Yogurt

Posted on August 17, 2012

Well, I think I am officially old. My 28th birthday is on Tuesday and while I know that in the big picture that really isn't old, I certainly feel it.  After a late night out in the city last night, my body is just begging for a day of rest.  A big difference from when…