Salted Caramel Chocolate Tart

Salted Caramel Chocolate Tart has a chocolate pretzel crust, salted caramel center, and is topped with melted chocolate, pecans, and sea salt. Uhm, swoon?!

Salted Caramel Chocolate Tart has a chocolate pretzel crust, salted caramel center, and is topped with melted chocolate, pecans, and sea salt. Uhm, swoon?!

Oh, salted caramel, you are the light in a dark room. You are the jelly on an otherwise dry peanut butter sandwich. You are… amazing.

And what could be even more amazing than a salted caramel? Salted caramel made with dulce de leche. Oooh, I can hear the bellies rumbling from here.

Let me go on. Well, let me start from the beginning. This tart! The crust is made from crushed pretzels and cocoa powder. The chocolate is bittersweet and oh-so decadent. And it’s all topped with crunchy pecans and thick flaked sea salt. …

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Raspberry and Nutella Stuffed Grilled Cheese

Nutty Havarti cheese is paired with Nutella and raspberry jam to make the tastiest grilled cheese I’ve ever had!

Nutty Havarti cheese is paired with Nutella and raspberry jam to make the tastiest grilled cheese I've ever had!Get creative with any of Castello’s uniquely crafted cheeses. Click here for a $1 off coupon to create your own gourmet masterpiece.

Ahh, Monday morning. While the majority of you are groggily sipping your morning coffees, I am bouncing up and down in my chair. I I have been so excited to post this recipe, and today is finally the day! Say hello to Raspberry and Nutella Stuffed Grilled Cheese.

I’ve always been curious of grilled cheese with a sweet element, but haven’t got around to making one. That is, until now. And friends, I haven’t looked back. Mostly because I’m too busy polishing off my third G.C. this week.

Or is it fourth? Oh jeeze……

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Blackberry Cheesecake Brownies

Blackberry Cheesecake Brownies that will have everyone begging for seconds!

Blackberry cheesecake brownies that will have everyone begging for seconds

Happy Thursday, loves! Hope everyone’s weeks are going well. I’ve been feeling a bit under the weather, and am planning on taking it easy this weekend and making a ton of Chicken Noodle Soup.

Meanwhile, big things are happening: today I’m guest blogging over at Oh Sweet Basil! When Carrian asked me to come up with a delicious dessert for OSB, I knew brownies were the only option. Brownies practically run through my veins. So I concocted this recipe for Blackberry Cheesecake Brownies. …

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Orange Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

Orange Chocolate Chip Ice Cream combines zesty oranges with sweet chocolate chips and a creamy vanilla custard base. Yum!

Orange Chocolate Chip Ice Cream combines zesty oranges with sweet chocolate chips and a creamy vanilla custard base. Yum!

In high school, I worked at an ice cream shop. It was the place to work. Our “crew” consisted of awesome guys and girls, and besides the owner, no one was over 18 (that is, unless the now-college kids came home from school looking for some cash). The store was in a large building with brick walls and large black and red tiles, and we got to play whatever music we wanted.

People came for miles for the store’s ice cream. It was incredibly rich and creamy, and the freezer was always stocked with over 30 flavors. I remember on one slow night, two of the guys and I decided to make an “everything” frappe. We proceeded to take tiny scoops of every. single. flavor in the store, toss in a teaspoon of every topping available and some milk, and blend it all together. I have to say, it wasn’t half bad. …

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Lemon Poppyseed Sticky Buns

Sticky-sweet Lemon Poppyseed Sticky Buns with a lemon cream cheese frosting.

Sticky-sweet Lemon Poppyseed Sticky Buns with a lemon cream cheese frosting

Oh hello, lovely. Yeah I’m talking to you, Lemon Poppyseed Sticky Buns. I apologize for your being so delicious that I kept eating  you during your photoshoot. I couldn’t help myself. Alex saw me afterwards and said I had lemon cream cheese frosting all over my mouth. But I didn’t care, because you were worth it.

I unknowingly made these on Saturday, National Sticky Bun Day. It seemed v. appropriate and a welcomed coincidence. Beyond that, I felt it time to make a spring-inspired recipe. With all this cold and snow going around, the scent of lemon baking coming from our oven was refreshing and happy-making. …

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Cookies and Cream Macarons

Cookies and Cream Macarons: everyone’s favorite cookie just got a thousand times better.

Cookies and Cream Macarons: everyone's favorite cookie just got a thousand times better.

Disclaimer: I am currently eating one of these macarons as I type this. By the time this post is over, I will have eaten four. My hands will be sticky and my keyboard covered in crumbs, but it will have been worth it.

As the story goes, one little baker wanted to make macarons, but was too scared  to try. She didn’t have a scale to measure her ingredients, and she had tried making macarons in the past and completely failed. It was at Christmas time and she wanted to make eggnog macarons. But they came out of the oven looking more like pancakes than macarons.

Feeling hesitant, she found a new recipe online for macarons. But the ratio of eggs to sugar was low, and it ended up a very crumbly macaron. She tried again using the same recipe, thinking maybe it was something she did in the baking process. …

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