You're only six ingredients away from these delicious Paleo Chocolate Almond Butter Thumbprint Cookies! This easy cookie recipe is also refined sugar free and vegan.

Chocolate Almond Butter Thumbprint Cookies (Paleo + Vegan)

You’re only six ingredients away from these delicious Chocolate Almond Butter Thumbprint Cookies! This easy cookie recipe is also Paleo-friendly, refined sugar-free and vegan.

You're only six ingredients away from these delicious Paleo Chocolate Almond Butter Thumbprint Cookies! This easy cookie recipe is also refined sugar free and vegan.Though I do have a crazy love for peanut butter that has been more than obvious over the years of writing this blog, I’ve more recently fallen in love with almond butter. It’s a little less smooth than most peanut butter is, but I love the texture it has, and the flavor offers something a bit different from peanut butter.

Almond butter has definitely been gaining in popularity, and it seems just about every big time peanut butter maker has been expanded into almond butter territory. Being the almond butter lover I am, I’m all about it. But! You can also totally make almond butter at home in the food processor and flavor it with whatever you want. One of my favorite ways to make it is this Dark Chocolate Coconut Almond Butter. [Read more…]

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This simple Frozen Lemon Cream Tart with Browned Butter Crust is rich in texture and flavor, and super refreshing on a hot day! You'll love this easy recipe.

Frozen Lemon Cream Tart with Browned Butter Crust

This simple Frozen Lemon Cream Tart with Browned Butter Crust is rich in texture and flavor, and super refreshing on a hot day! You’ll love this easy recipe.

This simple Frozen Lemon Cream Tart with Browned Butter Crust is rich in texture and flavor, and super refreshing on a hot day! You'll love this easy recipe.This crust is seriously one of my favorite things, probably ever. It ranks right up there with peanut butter (as mentioned in my last post) and taking long walks in nice parks and listening to podcasts. If you like browned butter, (and let’s be honest, if you’ve had it, you probably love it) you’ll seriously enjoy this.

This crust is flaky and buttery, with that rich deep flavor that comes from browning the butter slowly. It has a shortbread-like texture that has just the right amount of bite and crumbles into deliciousness as soon as you take a bite. It’s melt-in-your-mouth good. [Read more…]

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These big Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Caramel Filled Cookies are soft and chewy peanut butter oatmeal cookies studded with chocolate chips, surrounding a chocolate covered caramel!

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Caramel Filled Cookies

These big Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Caramel Filled Cookies are soft and chewy peanut butter oatmeal cookies studded with chocolate chips, surrounding a chocolate covered caramel!

These big Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Caramel Filled Cookies are soft and chewy peanut butter oatmeal cookies studded with chocolate chips, surrounding a chocolate covered caramel!This cookie combines three of my favorite and most used ingredients: peanut butter, chocolate, and caramel. Let’s be honest: anything with those three ingredients makes me pretty darn happy.

And since I’ve spent the past few weeks trying to figure out all of the things that make me happy and how I can incorporate them into my new everyday life, food seemed like a good place to start. Not that food ever makes me unhappy (is that possible?). [Read more…]

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These Raspberry Chocolate Chunk Bars have a crust that doubles as a crumble topping and are loaded with raspberries, dark chocolate, and almonds. This easy recipe is gluten free, refined sugar free, and vegan!

Raspberry Chocolate Chunk Bars (GF + Vegan)

These Raspberry Chocolate Chunk Bars have a crust that doubles as a crumble topping and are loaded with raspberries, dark chocolate, and almonds. This easy recipe is gluten free, refined sugar free, and vegan!

These Raspberry Chocolate Chunk Bars have a crust that doubles as a crumble topping and are loaded with raspberries, dark chocolate, and almonds. This easy recipe is gluten free, refined sugar free, and vegan!I love when the desserts I make that are gluten free, refined sugar free, and vegan are the one’s that turn out to be the favorite. There’s something totally satisfying about creating a dessert treat that’s pretty much guilt free and even more delicious than desserts that are way more sinful.

These Raspberry Chocolate Chunk Bars are one of those secretly healthy, totally outstanding desserts. And it’s awesome, because they’re super easy to put together. [Read more…]

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These Lemon Meringue Pie Parfaits are a no-bake dessert that will be your new summer favorite! Lemon curd, graham cracker crumbs, and meringue makes the best individual treats.

Lemon Meringue Pie Parfaits

These Lemon Meringue Pie Parfaits are a no-bake dessert that will be your new summer favorite! Lemon curd, graham cracker crumbs, and meringue makes the best individual treats.

These Lemon Meringue Pie Parfaits are a no-bake dessert that will be your new summer favorite! Lemon curd, graham cracker crumbs, and meringue makes the best individual treats.

Hey guys – this is my second post for Delish.com. These parfaits were super amazing. Here’s the post – click through to the recipe at the bottom!

Lemon meringue pie is a classic during the summer, when the slight tartness of lemon curd and sweetness of meringue is just the dessert you need to break the heat on a summer day. When served cold, it’s totally refreshing.

However, I’ve always found lemon meringue pies to be a little messy. If your filling isn’t firm enough, you’ll have lemon curd filling all over the place as you try to cut slices—not to mention have to deal with the stickiness of meringue. (Sticky meringue in sticky heat? No thanks.) [Read more…]

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These Chocolate Chunk Espresso Blondies are soft and chewy with a burst of coffee flavor, tons of melted chocolate, and a little crunch from chocolate covered espresso beans!

Chocolate Chunk Espresso Blondies

These Chocolate Chunk Espresso Blondies are soft and chewy with a burst of coffee flavor, tons of melted chocolate, and a little crunch from chocolate covered espresso beans!

These Chocolate Chunk Espresso Blondies are soft and chewy with a burst of coffee flavor, tons of melted chocolate, and a little crunch from chocolate covered espresso beans!I’m all about baking shortcuts and making baking as fun and easy a process as possible. I know most people don’t like to fuss around with a ton of ingredients, and just want some delicious treats to be ready STAT. Though I’m normally a totally from scratch baker, I was recently contacted by the folks over at Krusteaz, known and loved for their delicious pancake and cookie mixes, about partnering to create recipes for them using their mixes.

Before I started baking from scratch, I loved these mixes and used to play around with them all the time. After looking over all their new delicious mixes, I said yes! [Read more…]

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Gooey mozzarella cheese and pesto are swirled throughout a light and fluffy yeast bread to make this Cheesy Pesto Swirl Bread you won't be able to get enough of! Put a slice in the toaster for a delicious snack.

Cheesy Pesto Swirl Bread

Gooey mozzarella cheese and pesto are swirled throughout a light and fluffy yeast bread to make this Cheesy Pesto Swirl Bread you won’t be able to get enough of! Put a slice in the toaster for a delicious snack.

Gooey mozzarella cheese and pesto are swirled throughout a light and fluffy yeast bread to make this Cheesy Pesto Swirl Bread you won't be able to get enough of! Put a slice in the toaster for a delicious snack.When I was a kid, I claimed my stomach had three compartments: one for bread, one for dessert, and one for the rest of the foods. Naturally, the bread and dessert compartments were the biggest.
 
As I’ve gotten older and pretty adept at creating tons of goodies to fill my two favorite compartments, certain things I make tempt me way more than others. As much as I bake sweet treats, my sweet tooth has gotten a lot smaller since I’m constantly surrounded by desserts. Usually, a bite of a brownie or cookie is enough to satisfy my sweet tooth. [Read more…]
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Blackberry Peach Scones combine two delicious summer fruits in a light, flaky scone that's perfect for breakfast or as a snack.

Blackberry Peach Scones

Blackberry Peach Scones combine two delicious summer fruits in a light, flaky scone that’s perfect for breakfast or as a snack.

Blackberry Peach Scones combine two delicious summer fruits in a light, flaky scone that's perfect for breakfast or as a snack.I’ve been thinking a lot about the things that drive me: the motivation to be better than I currently am as a person, as a baker, as a friend, and as a daughter. The support that I’m lucky to have in spades from the people who care about me and love me, as well as from all of you. The fear that I won’t find my way, that I’ll always have this directionless feeling that will allow me to float in any direction. The words, from everyone around me, but also the words in my head that whisper my deepest dreams that seem too big and scary to acknowledge.

It’s an unsettling place to be. In some ways, my fear that my life could go in so many directions just needs a shifted perspective – that fear is really opportunity. Seizing the opportunity and extracting what I want from it is the hard part. [Read more…]

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