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    Chocolate Mousse Cheesecake

    I think that cheesecake is the perfect dessert for me. Its sweet but not over the top. My favorite cheesecake growing up was one with chocolate and vanilla from Cheesecake Factory. Thankfully for me, Rob has a huge sweet tooth and loves chocolate mousse and cheesecake. So, he was all for this mash-up. I decided to combine a layer of classic vanilla bean cheesecake with a bittersweet chocolate ganache mousse layer. This gives it a combination of both worlds: the soft creaminess of the mousse on top and the firmer richer cheesecake. The bittersweet chocolate provides a good balance for the mouse so that it is not too bitter but…

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    Chocolate Mousse Cake

    I don’t know why I waited so long to make something like a Chocolate Mousse Cake. Rob will eat just about anything chocolate and I love a light fluffy mousse. On top of all that, this might be one of the easiest desserts to make ever!! Setting aside the crust (which you could just buy), its basically 4 ingredients. This was a no-brainer and makes the perfect date night dessert. The chocolate mix in the cake was a bit of a compromise between me and Rob’s tastes. Rob tends to like chocolate that is at least bitter-sweet (around 60% cocoa). I prefer mine to be a little sweeter in the…

  • Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake
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    Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake

    I haven’t really baked anything since the holidays and felt the need to get back into it. Since we had a long weekend, I decided to make another cheesecake. This time, I wanted to incorporate a fruit swirl. Raspberry is one of my favorite fruit flavors for dessert. It’s got a great tartness that pairs well with almost anything. Our wedding cake was actually part raspberry flavored. It was raspberry preserve and lemon curd in the layers. Rob actually picked the flavor combo to account for both of our tastes. Rob liked the sweet citrus curd and I liked the tart fruit. I highly recommend this combo for a dessert.…

  • Chocolate Chip Cookies
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    Brown Sugar-Cinnamon Chocolate Chip Cookies

    This has been cookie making season (more here, here, and here) for me and these brown sugar-cinnamon chocolate chip cookies were the final recipe (I think).  Between Rob’s office holiday snack tradition, my office, and my family, I have made so many this year and I am very impressed with the level of control I had not to eat them all.  I have also really experimented with the flavors a bit more than years past where I just made very basic chocolate chip cookies. I really love chocolate chip cookies for various reasons, namely that you can do so much with them to create unique flavors.  I had planned to…

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    Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

    These are probably my favorite cookies, they are great all year round but when it comes time to make cookies for the holidays these always end up on my must bake list.  Who doesn’t love chocolate chip cookies, right?  I also like to combine that with the oatmeal for that extra something.  Chocolate chips and oatmeal just go so well together, I mean think about all of the various granola and chocolate chip combos out there. I prefer my chocolate chip cookies to have a slight crunch when cool.  While I love a gooey warm cookie but I really like a good crispy one, which the oatmeal really helps.  To…

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    Orange Spritz Cookies

    This week has been big for us and baking!!  Today, I had a day off and wanted to make a classic.  To me, Christmastime means one thing: SPRITZ COOKIES!!!  They are simple and small but they are easily the most recognizable of seasonal cookies.  My husband’s family made them, my family made them, and my guess is a lot of your families made them too. This year I decided I wanted to mix the spritz cookies up and used orange zest instead of vanilla to flavor them.  It added a unique flavor and it gives the cookies a slight pop of color too.  I decided to go relatively simple with…

  • Chocolate Ginger Crinkle Cookies
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    Chocolate-Ginger Crinkle Cookies

    Needless to say we have gotten past our fear of baking!  My husband saw a lot of crinkle cookies on social media and decided we should make some.  Rob has a huge sweet tooth, so all the cookies caught his eye.  Since he had a day off, we decided to make some. I can definitively say that Rob really likes ginger cookies and chocolate.  So he took the initiative and decided to combine the two into his own creation with this one.  These crinkle cookies came out perfectly soft and chewy, with a slightly sweet flavor and a hint of that ginger spice!  While Rob normally doesn’t like to cook,…

  • Vanilla Bean Cheesecake
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    Vanilla Bean Cheesecake

    As I have previously said, baking is not my primary focus area, but this holiday season I have chosen to really expand my horizons and fill out my skill set.  Thus enters a first for me:  Cheesecake!!  My husband was so excited for this as a good classic cheesecake is one of his favorite desserts.  I decided to change it up a bit by using a chocolate cookie (Oreos) for the crust as opposed to the standard graham cracker.   I will also admit that this exact recipe was a bit of an accident.  While in the process of making the filling, I added the vanilla bean because we ran…

  • Apple Crumb Cake
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    Apple Crumb Cake w/ Bourbon Vanilla Glaze

    This Apple Crumb Cake is the perfect fall baked good that can serve as breakfast or dessert, because who doesn’t love cake, apples, and warm spices in the fall.  It has the warmth of a breakfast cake with the sweetness of a dessert, you can eat it any time of day!!   If you can’t tell from my blog, I tend to focus more on cooking than baking.  Generally, I find that baking requires a lot more precision and makes experimenting a bit more difficult.  That is where this recipe comes in, I can really adjust the spice mix and place around with the apple preparation to give it a…

  • Drop Biscuits
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    Simple Drop Biscuits

    Biscuits are one of my favorite foods but I have no patience to roll out dough, so drop biscuits are basically heaven for me.  They have all the taste of standard biscuits but none of the hard work.  They are super easy to whip together even for a last minute brunch especially because the food processor does most of the work. Print Recipe Drop Biscuits Prep Time10 minsCook Time30 minsTotal Time40 mins Course: Side DishCuisine: American Servings: 6 People Ingredients2 cups all purpose flour1 stick of butter very cold and cubed ( i use KerryGold Butter)1 tbsp baking powder1 tsp salt (if using unsalted butter1 cup buttermilk InstructionsPreheat oven to…