Posts from the ‘Desserts’ Category

A Tale of Two Shortbreads

Once upon a time there were two shortbreads.  Both were very delicious but each claimed to be the MOST tasty and demanded a judge to taste them both and decide who was indeed the best tasting cookie.  So the judge tasted one flavor and then the other…but could not make up her mind…so she tasted both again and then again.  Then she called in her family and friends to taste the decadent cookies and help her make her decision!  FINALLY she realized that she loved both shortbreads equally and turned to give them her results, but alas…the plates were empty as both batches of shortbread had been eaten up!

So I had never made a shortbread cookie until today…and today I made 2 delicious varieties!  I have been craving baking and was wanting to make something new and unique and thought I would try this out!  I made 2 separate half batches of shortbread cookies, one was a chocolate chip shortbread cookie, and the other was an orange, cardamom chocolate chip shortbread cookie!  Both were VERY easy to make and really really yummy!  I think dipping both of them in chocolate also helped to improve the fabulous flavor!  The Orange Cardamom variety would be especially fun for the Thanksgiving and Christmas as it has a spicy and warm flavor…and basically tastes like the Holidays!

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Individual Blueberry Pear Crisps!

I am back to blogging after a 4 month break!  I had my sweet baby boy in July and he has quickly won my heart!  I have been spending the majority of my time with him, but now that he is taking longer naps…I am having a bit more time to spend cooking and blogging!  This dessert is simply amazing!  It is a perfect late summer/early fall dish and and a great finish to any meal!  This recipe is very similar to other crisps that I have made with one additional surprise ingredient added to the topping.  I think you will really enjoy it!  Also thanks for sticking with me even though I haven’t posted in awhile!
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Turtle Cheesecake Truffles and my One Year Blogiversary Giveaway!

One year ago today I started this blog and it has been a really fun year of trying and sharing new recipes and interacting with all of you wonderful people via this blog!  I have thoroughly enjoyed this year and am looking forward to many more!  I thought it would be appropriate to celebrate one year with at Chocolate Covered Recipe and I chose to feature these Turtle Cheesecake Truffles adapted from Steamy Kitchen’s blog!  I made them for my Mother-in-law’s 60th birthday party and they were a huge hit!  They are easy to make and are absolutely STUNNING on the plate!  They are not overly sweet but are very rich and are perfect for a party!  They also keep very well in the fridge for a couple days if you need to make them ahead of time.

I ALSO thought I would start off my second year of blogging with my first GIVEAWAY!  I am going to make a batch of my Famous Chocolate Chip Cookies for one lucky reader!  The rules are simple:  All you need to do to enter is to be a subscriber of my blog and leave a comment on this post!  I will then randomly pick a winner and contact you via email to find out where to send the cookies!  This giveaway is unfortunately restricted to within the USA.  Good luck to all!

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Strawberry Pear Crisp, a delicious improvisation!

Happy Easter!!!

Ok..Easter was yesterday, but as I did not get to wish you all a Happy Easter then…today will have to do!  My husband Chris and I are in the middle of purchasing our first home, and are busy packing up our house while getting everything ready to paint and clean up our new place before we move it!  Saturday is the big move and the only reason I have one single second to put up a blog post is because the closing on our house keeps getting delayed, so we cannot get in the new place yet to start working!

That is also the reason I had time to make this quick, impromptu dessert for our Easter meal yesterday!  I was going to cop out and just buy some ice cream as I had been packing all morning!  However, all you need to make this crisp is flour, sugar, butter, cinnamon, lemon juice and FRUIT!!!  Even among the packing I was able to put together a quick topping mixture and then we went by the grocery store to grab some ice cream and any fruit that looked good!  I wanted this dish to be Springy instead of Falley so I didn’t want to make an apple crisp.  The only other fruit that looked ripe and ready for me were the Strawberries and Pears!  SO, I thought…what the heck…lets make a Strawberry Pear Crisp!  And it turns out that Strawberry Pear Crisps are AMAZING!!!

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Lemon Meringue Pie

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Lately I have been CRAVING all things lemon and have thus far satisfied this craving with lemon cake, and a lemon Bismark Donut, and Citrus drinks including Lillian’s SLUSH!  As it is a NEW YEAR, I thought I should celebrate the 1st of January with trying something new!  So this was my very first attempt at a Lemon Meringue Pie and all in all I think it turned out great!  I am not a big crust fan and think that next time I will simply make the lemon filling into little individual custards topped with Meringue!  I do know that most people LOVE crust so feel free to make and eat all of the crust you like…with no judgement from me!  This particular filling recipe was adapted from Paula Deen’s Recipe on Food Network.

We had some good friends over to enjoy this pie with us and their little son Cooper even enjoyed a small slice.  Watching his cute little face smile at the first taste and then slowly move into an involuntary pucker was one of the CUTEST things I have ever seen! We were all laughing really really hard watching him eat it, and then he started cracking up too in between bites enjoying the attention!  It was a pretty wonderful and precious moment…all thanks to this pie!  That in itself is a reason to try it!

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Soda Cracker Delight…or the easiest “Toffee” you will ever make!

photo by my friend Matt Turner

This is an old school recipe that is still around for a reason…it is awesome!  I believe it has many names and many different versions and this is simply my adaptation.  I will warn you (don’t say I didn’t warn you) it is one of the most addicting desserts ever so you might want to make a couple batches…one for yourself and one to share with others!

I was first introduced to this recipe in high school at my friend’s the Eichler’s house!  Bethany Eichler is one of my oldest and dearest friends and this dessert is one of the many important contributions she has made to my life!  This is really an easy dessert but is impressive both visually and deliciously!  I hope you will try it this holiday season and that it will make a beautiful addition to your dessert table!

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Christmas Fudge

One of the things that I LOVE about the holidays is the traditional foods that show up year after year!  There are certain foods that actually taste like Christmas to me and this fudge is one of them!  I make it every year and if it didn’t show up on the holiday dessert table, I might be excommunicated from the family haha…well not really I hope!

It is easy to make, you just need to be patient!  I made two batches this year.  I made one Dairy Free Vegan Batch and one regular batch with a little bit of peanut butter added in to make it extra special…and it was!  This dessert freezes really well and makes quite a lot so it is great to make early on in the season and then take to share at all of your holiday parties!

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