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These flaky, melt-in-your-mouth Nutella Raspberry Rugelach are almost too easy to eat - they'll disappear before your eyes! They also keep incredibly well in the freezer.

Nutella Raspberry Rugelach

These flaky, melt-in-your-mouth Nutella Raspberry Rugelach are almost too easy to eat – they’ll disappear before your eyes! They also keep incredibly well in the freezer.

These flaky, melt-in-your-mouth Nutella Raspberry Rugelach are almost too easy to eat - they'll disappear before your eyes! They also keep incredibly well in the freezer. Today marks the second day of Hanukkah (Happy Hanukkah to my Jewish readers!!), and I don’t know about you guys, but my favorite part of Hanukkah is the food.

Let’s be honest, food is my favorite part of a lot of holidays, but on Hanukkah, I can’t resist tearing into the challah, devouring my grandma’s chicken and brisket, and eating way too many rugelach. If you’re not familiar with rugelach, let me explain. [Read more…]

This Chunky Chocolate Cranberry Pecan Granola uses a secret ingredient to keep in chunky, and is the perfect guilt-free DIY holiday gift!

Chunky Chocolate Cranberry Pecan Granola (GF) + $300 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway!

This Chunky Chocolate Cranberry Pecan Granola uses a secret ingredient to keep it chunky, and is the perfect guilt-free DIY holiday gift! This granola is gluten-free, delicious, and perfect over yogurt in the morning.

This Chunky Chocolate Cranberry Pecan Granola uses a secret ingredient to keep in chunky, and is the perfect guilt-free DIY holiday gift! We’re taking a quick break from holiday cookies for a healthier, yet still totally giftable treat: chunky chocolate cranberry pecan granola! Phew, long title, but it still doesn’t describe everything I want you to know about this granola. We’ll get into that.

For a long time, variations on this coconut macadamia nut granola and this coconut pecan granola were my go-to granola recipes. But, then I fell in love with dried cranberries and started wanting to cover everything in chocolate, so I tweaked things to create this new favorite, and discovered a new fun trick for making granola extra crunchy and clustery: egg whites. [Read more…]

These Peppermint White Chocolate Pretzel Bars have a salty-sweet pretzel crust, a sugar cookie-style bar that's loaded with peppermint and white chocolate, all topped with melted white chocolate and more peppermint!

Peppermint White Chocolate Pretzel Bars

These Peppermint White Chocolate Pretzel Bars have a salty-sweet pretzel crust, a sugar cookie-style bar that’s loaded with peppermint and white chocolate, all topped with melted white chocolate and more peppermint! These celebrate winter in the most delicious way possible.

These Peppermint White Chocolate Pretzel Bars have a salty-sweet pretzel crust, a sugar cookie-style bar that's loaded with peppermint and white chocolate, all topped with melted white chocolate and more peppermint! Fa la la, it’s holiday time! Which in my baking-centric head, means bring on the peppermint, gingerbread, and too many cookies for anyone to reasonably eat.

…seriously though, how did we get here already?! It’s almost CHRISTMAS! And HANNUKAH! I’m a lucky kid who grew up celebrating both, one with each side of the family. I have amazing, special traditions I associate with each, and one of the things I love most about this time of year is getting to spend time with my family. [Read more…]

Paleo Pecan Pie | A healthier, grain-free, gluten-free, refined sugar-free alternative to traditional pecan pie. This is the BEST Paleo pie crust I've ever tried! Recipe from Bakerita.com

Paleo Pecan Pie

This Paleo Pecan Pie is a healthier version of a holiday favorite! This recipe is a gluten-free, grain-free, refined sugar-free alternative to traditional pecan pie with the best Paleo pie crust I’ve ever tried!

Paleo Pecan Pie | A healthier, grain-free, gluten-free, refined sugar-free alternative to traditional pecan pie. This is the BEST Paleo pie crust I've ever tried! Recipe from Bakerita.com Phew, just barely sneaking in one last Thanksgiving recipe before the big day. This is a good one though, so listen up: I took a super guilty, sugar-free favorite and I made it way more guilt free. This pie proves that pecan pie sooooo does not need corn syrup to be good (in fact…it’s way better without that nasty stuff).

Pecan pie is a favorite of mine, and has been ever since this recipe entered my life. It’s full of browned butter and brown sugar and tons of pecans. That recipe is absolutely delicious, and is what this one is based off of. However, that one, though corn-syrupless as well, is still full of sugar and definitely a sinful treat. [Read more…]

This Apple Berry Crisp is the perfect fall treat. Baked up in a skillet, the tender apples and sweet berries pair perfectly with the buttery oatmeal pecan crisp topping. | via Bakerita.com

Apple Berry Crisp

This Apple Berry Crisp is the perfect fall treat. The tender apples and sweet berries pair perfectly with the buttery oatmeal pecan crisp topping. This easy comfort dessert is sure to be a crowd pleaser!

This Apple Berry Crisp is the perfect fall treat. Baked up in a skillet, the tender apples and sweet berries pair perfectly with the buttery oatmeal pecan crisp topping. | via Bakerita.com I get asked a lot what my favorite dessert is, and while I always hesitate and think about it for a while, the answer always ends up the same: anything with apples in it. I’m a huge sucker for apple desserts, and of all the apple desserts, ones that are piled high with crisp or crumble topping top the list. Add in pecans or oats, and I’m in heaven. Oooh, and with caramel sauce – like my caramel apple crisp? Always a winner.

So…while I definitely can’t make apple crisp frequently for fear of devouring it ALL to myself, it’s the one thing I MUST make every fall. A while back, my housemate Olivia was talking about a crisp her mom made, Bumbleberry Crisp, which was apples mixed all up with a bunch of berries. It sounded amazing, and served as the inspiration for this recipe. [Read more…]

The Ultimate Snickers Cake | Dark chocolate cake, peanut caramel filling, peanut butter cream cheese frosting, with chocolate ganache and caramel. Recipe from Bakerita.com

The Ultimate Snickers Cake

The Ultimate Snickers Cake | Dark chocolate cake, peanut caramel filling, peanut butter cream cheese frosting, with chocolate ganache and caramel. Recipe from Bakerita.com This cake is not for the light of heart. It’s big, it’s messy, it has a lot of (pretty easy) steps, and it takes a little while. BUT: it tastes just like a Snicker’s bar, and it’s worth every second of effort that you put into it.

I don’t wanna scare you guys, it’s not a hard cake…but the recipe does look a little scary and daunting down there. Yeah, it’s a lot of steps, but the actual steps aren’t too hard, and I promise, this cake is forgiving! And every piece of it tastes so delicious, there’s no way you can go wrong. [Read more…]