Red Velvet Cupcakes

Red velvet cupcakes

These Red Velvet Cupcakes have a light and moist interior and a beautiful burgundy color. They feature a slight espresso flavor with a little tang from the buttermilk. The frosting has a perfect balance of sweet and tangy, and comes in a variety of colors. You will love this recipe. Yesterday, I made about five dozen mini red […]

Best Homemade Brownies (Regular and Gluten-Free)

Chewy homemade brownies made from scratch, close up.

These homemade brownies are soft on the inside, with a chewy, candy-like surface on top. They are not overly sweet and have a distinct, though not overpowering, bittersweet taste. They are delicious and highly addictive. This recipe can be easily converted into a flour-less/gluten-free version with the instructions below. There are desserts that appeal to some […]

Starbucks Michigan Cherry Oat Bars

Starbucks Michigan Cherry Oat Bar Copycat Recipe. This is the best version. Period. |

Have you tried Starbucks’s cherry oat bars? They are out-of-this-world delicious! Starbucks describes them as “Plump, juicy Michigan cherries and hearty oats are topped with a buttery streusel. This seasonal bar is perfect for a quick & easy breakfast or afternoon treat.” It doesn’t have to be seasonal if you love these cherry filled treats. This […]

Light and Very Moist Flourless Carrot Cake

Flourless (gluten-free) carrot cake - light and very moist.

This carrot cake has a lighter composition compared to the more traditional carrot cakes and is noticeably less dense. Still, similar to many traditional carrot cakes, it’s very, very moist. In our family, this is THE carrot cake recipe. Although we have several really good ones we use this one more often than the others […]

Decadent Chocolate Pudding

Delicious Chocolate Pudding recipe

This chocolate pudding combines semi-sweet and unsweetened chocolate together with cocoa powder to create a delicious dessert with complex flavors that is sure to become your new favorite. I am a sucker for chocolate pudding and I tried just about every recipe my eyes landed on, from simple to quite complicated. What I learned is that […]

Decadent Chocolate Cherry Cupcakes

Made completetly from scratch, these decadent chocolate cherry cupcakes will make you forget cake mixes and canned cherries for good.

A colleague of my wife’s treated her to a few of these chocolate cherry cupcakes. I tried one. Decadent, chocolaty and filled with dark cherries the cupcake felt like heaven in my mouth . Rich, velvety smooth, chewy, moist and fruity. I asked for the recipe and my wife’s colleague graciously shared it with us. If […]

German Apple Cake

This recipe for a super moist German apple cake is a must try. The addition of almond paste and peach jam make it moister and more flavorful. A little extra effort is required to make it, but it's very well worth it.

Richly flavored, this German apple cake has an almost custard-like consistency. If you like cakes, apples, custard tarts, or even if you don’t like them that much, try this cake. It will surprise you. This recipe was originally published by Louisa Weiss in her widely popular Classic German Baking book, later published by David Lebovitz on […]

Soft Ricotta Cheese Cookies

These ricotta cheese cookies are soft and delicate and always generate a lot of compliments. It's important not to overcook them. Very simple to make and taste heavenly.

A good friend of mine recently shared with me a recipe for cottage cheese cookies. She told me that those were some of the best cookies she’d ever tried. I am always on the lookout for a great recipe so I got quite excited and tried it the next day. I used homemade ricotta cheese in place […]

Peanut Butter Shortbread Cookies

These peanut butter shortbread cookies are super easy to make. The entire recipe can be done in just 25 minutes from start to finish. The melt-in-your-mouth goodness with a drop of creamy Reese's like peanut butter filling. They are heavenly.

One of the most popular posts on my blog has been Shortbread Cookies with Jam.  I am super excited for that cookie, it deserves the attention it has been getting. Several blog readers emailed me asking if that cookie could be made with peanut butter. Some tweaks and experimenting yielded a cookie that is just as easy […]

Fresh Peach Dump Cake From Scratch

Ridiculously Easy Peach dump cake recipe! Also called peach crunch cake because of the crunchy crust. Delightful made with fresh peaches, and just as good made with canned peaches. Just dump peaches, cake mix and butter into a baking dish and bake. A cake recipe doesn't get any simpler than that.

Do you get pleasantly surprised every now and again at how good some of the most simple recipes turn out? Peach dump cake is one of those surprise recipes in my book, for sure. I am a picky eater and have a tendency to think that more complex and advanced recipes result in more refined and […]

Berry and Cheese Danish Recipe From Scratch

Berry Cheese Danish

I don’t bake danishes often, I would say I do it quite infrequently. Every time I have the motivation to make laminated croissant dough from scratch, I go for making croissants. This time around I had a good selection of fresh fruit and berries in the kitchen, and I could not resist the temptation to […]

Shortbread Cookies with Jam

These shortbread cookies with jam are easy to make, in just 25 minutes total. The melt-in-your-mouth goodness with a drop of chewy jam in the middle. They are simply to die for.

These shortbread cookies with jam have been one of my favorite for a very long time. I really don’t know what not to like about them. They taste super, melt in your mouth, have a drop of chewy jam in the middle, and can be made in 25 minutes. Even 20 if you try hard enough. […]