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If you love cake and peach cobbler, you are going to go nuts over this dessert mashup. This naked Peach Cobbler Layer Cake combines a lightly spiced cinnamon cake with layers of cream cheese fluff, caramelized peaches, and crunchy brown sugar cake crumbles.
This cake is the ultimate summer dessert. It’s loaded with peaches, has caramel dripping down the sides, doesn’t require any fussy decoration (even though I love that sort of thing,) and is just amazingly good.
The fluffy cake layered with rich and creamy cheesecake filling was enough to make this dessert insanely good, but adding caramel-coated peaches and some toasty little crumbles of the cake coated in butter and brown sugar made this dessert, over the top.
Enjoy two easy to make fall desserts loaded with your favorite fruit, an Apple Crisp Ice Cream Pie with an oatmeal cookie crust topped with vanilla ice cream, caramelized apples & cookie crumbles and a French Pear Tart on a sugar cookie crust with pastry cream and sautéed pears.
If you love apple crisp a la mode, this Apple Crisp Ice Cream pie is perfect for you. This simple dessert is easy to make starting with an oatmeal cookie crust topped with store bought vanilla ice cream. The pie is topped off with caramelized apples and crispy cookie crumbles.
If you prefer pears to apples, this French Pear Tart is for you. This tart is made with a sugar cookie crust topped with luscious pastry cream. I could eat pastry cream in just about any dessert. It’s so amazing just on its own, but when spread on top of the sugar cookie crust and topped with sautéed pears, it’s heaven.
If you love cookies that are loaded up with dynamic flavors these Monster Cookie Bars are for you.
These peanut butter oatmeal cookies are packed full of chocolate and butterscotch chips, M&Ms™, Reese’s Pieces™, peanuts, and cashews, and are topped with peanut butter-chocolate ganache and even more candies and nuts.
Bundt Cakes have been popular for decades because they are super easy to make, look really pretty, and taste great. You can create bundt cakes in dozens of different flavors including red velvet and lemon.
The lemon bundt cake is a classic and probably the bundt cake seen at more pot lucks than any other. When I was asked to create a lemon bundt cake for Tablespoon.com, I wanted to make sure it had an intense lemon flavor so I started with a lemon cake mix, added lemon juice and lemon zest.
To really give it a boost, I even drizzled on a lemon glaze and sprinkled on more lemon zest.
A slice of this cake won’t make you pucker, but it comes close.
If you aren’t a fan of citrus you might prefer this Red Velvet Pound Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting instead.
I’ve never been a big fan of red velvet cake because most have a rather dull flavor in my opinion. The cakes I’ve tasted have also been rather dry. To intensify the flavor I added chocolate pudding to the recipe and to make it super moist, I included sour cream. Both additions really helped amplify this dessert to something special.
Then I topped it off with a pretty drizzle of cream cheese frosting. It’s a classic pairing because it really works.
If you sandwich some creamy vanilla ice cream between two fudgy brownies, I promise your kids will not run after the ice cream truck tonight. I had never had a brownie ice cream sandwich before making these, and believe me, once you taste one you’ll never want a store-bought sandwich again.
I enjoy creating everyday desserts just as much as I love designing cute treats especially when they taste incredibly amazing like these three sweets.
Every month I develop new recipes that I share over at Tablespoon.com. Be sure to check them out.
Caramel is one of my absolute favorite flavors and using Dulce de Leche which is caramelized sweetened condensed milk is one of the easiest ways to get amazing caramel flavor into a dessert. You can buy cans of this amazing treat in the grocery store near the sweetened condensed milk or in the International food aisle.
I used it to make this creamy no-bake caramel cheesecake on a Cinnamon Toast Crunch™ and graham cracker crust. This impressive-looking dessert can be put together in 20 minutes!
My husband could eat a lemon dessert every day so he loves when I use the tart citrus fruit in a new recipe.
He loved these Lemon Swirl Cheesecake Bars so much but he had to fight me for them being I loved them almost as much as he did.
If you love eating cookie dough, you are going to flip when you taste these crispy fried wontons with gooey chocolate chip cookie dough stuffed inside.
The exterior is crunchy like the edge of a cookie, but the filling is only par-baked so you get that sensation of eating raw cookie dough but it’s warm and gooey.
See the recipe for these Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Wontons here.
This Mexican Layer Salad with colorful layers of lettuce, olives, tomatoes, peppers, beans, cheese, tortilla chips, beef and sour cream served in a trifle bowl is easy to make and looks really festive.
It’s quick and easy to make too.
The thing I like best about this is that there will only be one bowl to clean up after dinner. That’s a big bonus when I’m hosting a family dinner.
If you like that idea too, you can find the recipe for this Mexican Layer Salad, here.
For dessert, I’ll be making these crispy Churo Bowls. Each bowl is made by baking a tortilla boat which has been coated in cinnamon sugar. Each crunchy bowl can be filled with one of three fillings.
The dulce de leche mousse is a super simple 3-ingredient treat that goes perfectly with the cinnamon sugar coated tortilla. It’s rich and creamy and has a lovely caramel flavor.
The Mexican Hot Chocolate Mousse has a delicate chocolate flavor with a hint of cinnamon and the cheesecake mousse is silky and smooth and so easy to make.
You can find the filling recipes and the churo bowl tutorial, here.
Have you ever tried your hand at making pancake art? Until recently I had not, but that all changed when I was asked to create some Pretty in Pink Pancake Art for Tablespoon.com
I really had fun creating my pancake art and found it much easier than expected. That was because I did a lot of research and found several pancake artists who use what I’d call the cold method, which is piping the colored pancake batter onto a cold skillet, then heating it up to cook the pancakes.
I figured that would be much easier than trying to draw quickly as the pancakes cooked on a hot skillet. If I made a mistake, I was able to wipe it up and start over.
Strawberry Surprise Cake
If you love strawberries you have to make this Strawberry Surprise Cake! This cute cake is filled with delicious flavors and has a sweet surprise on the inside that will wow everyone!
Tablespoon asked me to create this Strawberry shaped cake filled with fresh strawberries. I love the look of the cake but there is one big issue with the strawberries inside. You need to make and decorate this cake the day it will be served.
I did not hull the strawberries (remove the stem and leaves) because once that happens the strawberries begin to seep juice. A pinata cake needs structure to hold up due to the fact that it is hollow. A soggy cake would not hold up well.
The reason the chocolate-dipped strawberries are in a bowl and not in the cake is that the moisture inside the cake would make the chocolate very sticky and not as appealing. If you are going to serve this cake right after you decorate it, then, by all means, put any kind of strawberries you like, slices would even work.
Can you believe the footballs sitting on the edge of these beer mugs are actually cheese stuffed pretzels made from Pillsbury Pizza dough?
When the folks at Tablespoon dot com asked me to create this unusual Super Bowl snack, I had my doubts that it could be done. I was shocked when I made just one pretzel, boiled it, and baked it and it looked perfect. I wish I would have had the same luck when I made an entire batch at one time. Oozing cheese filled my baking sheet and I had to go back to my kitchen for some recipe tweaks.
I finally figured it out and was pretty excited taking these pictures. Want to know how I got the cheese stuffed inside, or why they are so naturally dark brown, or how they are sitting so nicely on the beer mugs?
Have you ever had a Smörgåstårta, a sandwich that is decorated to look like a cake? I hadn’t until General Mills asked me to create some of them for Tablespoon.com. A quick internet search was all it took to understand just how popular these sandwich cakes are throughout the world.
Many of the Smörgåstårta recipes call for several different complicated fillings to be layered in between bread, then each sandwich is frosted with a cream cheese mixture. I kept my little cakes simple using store-bought chicken or ham salad and Pillsbury Grands Biscuits. I then frosted them with a combination of cream cheese and sour cream then decorated them with vegetables, eggs, nuts, and herbs.
I have to admit that when the gang at Tablespoon.com asked me to create a zombie bunny cake, I was beyond surprised. Turning a chocolate Easter bunny into a zombie had never crossed my mind, even though I’m a huge Halloween nut. I even had a house full of zombies for our party two years ago and know zombies have become even more popular than ever.
I suppose I was the perfect person to create this cake. It was actually fun to make. It was unlike any other cake I’ve ever made. I tried to be a tad gory without making it too gross.
When the cake was shared on Tablespoon’s Facebook page, I was tentative. I didn’t know how people would react. Some have been offended, but more than not, people have been enthusiastic about it. They think it’s cool and many plan to make it for Easter.
I have to admit that buffalo chicken dip is not a beautiful looking dish but it’s such a popular appetizer to serve at parties that I tried to dress it up a bit. The puffs of bread around the outer perimeter of the dip add a nice touch aesthetically plus they add a wonderful balance of flavor to the spicy dip.
I love that this dip is baked and served in an oven-safe skillet, so there isn’t a lot of mess to clean up. That’s always a good thing at the end of the night when your party guests have all gone home.
If you aren’t a fan of spicy food then this Meat & Potatoes Crostata may be more to your liking. It is loaded with sausage, bacon, cheese, and mashed potatoes and surrounded by a flaky pie crust.
Making a crostata is so simple yet the rustic looking savory tart is quite eye-appealing.
Serve slices of this appetizer with a big dollop of sour cream and maybe even sprinkle on some diced tomatoes. This recipe is hearty enough to be served as a meal along with a side salad, is pretty enough to be served at any party, but simple enough to make that it’s a perfect snack to serve while watching the game with your friends.
The delicious dessert combines chocolate ganache with white chocolate pumpkin ganache on a crispy tart crust.
The swirl of chocolate and pumpkin make this dessert elegant enough to serve at a fancy dinner party but it’s so easy to make that you can whip one up for a weeknight meal.
If you want something that’s not quite as fancy as the Chocolate Pumpkin Swirl Tart, try making a batch of these No-Bake Mini Pumpkin Cheesecakes. They take about 20 minutes to put together then you pop them in the freezer for a while.
You can serve them frozen or chilled. I like them either way.
Each individually sized dessert has a lusciously creamy blend of cream cheese and pumpkin-spiced with a hint of cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. They make great desserts to bring to pot luck.