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Cream Cheese Whipped Cream

Cream Cheese Whipped Cream

A faultless, stabilized multitasker. It’s a perfect filling and the most versatile “frosting” in my repertoire. The words “stabilized whipped cream” always sound a little scary to me. It brings to mind that waxy, flavorless topping in the cake cabinet at the grocery store. I like to use whipped cream as a topping, frosting, or layer in many desserts, but was frustrated with its inability to last longer than an hour or two…

Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

This recipe has been requested more than almost any other recipe in my repertoire. Today, I’ll let you in on my secret: a properly measured dose of cocoa and a whole lot of butter! When I began my search for a good chocolate frosting, I quickly learned just how many versions of chocolate frosting already existed. After trying a few of the different varieties, I decided to dig in deep to chocolate buttercream frosting…

Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

Don’t tell anyone, but I always lick the beaters when I make this creamy vanilla buttercream. Great for birthday cakes, wedding cakes, cupcakes, cinnamon rolls, and sugar cookies. I’m a huge believer that every kitchen tool you own should serve multiple purposes (or be used A LOT for its specific purpose). I don’t have anything in my kitchen that is only used for one thing because it wastes valuable space. I believe the…

Buttery and Soft Cinnamon Rolls

Buttery and Soft Cinnamon Rolls

Buttery, cinnamony, and pillowy soft, these are what Weekend Brunch Dreams are made of. I admit it, I always eat too many of these the day I make them! But who wouldn’t? This recipe is truly special to me. My husband’s grandmother was a cinnamon roll expert and taught me how to make these many years ago. My husband landed a six-week internship in Washington, D.C. with a congressman. We stayed with his grandmother during this…

Black & White Chocolate Shortbread Cookie

Black & White Chocolate Shortbread Cookie

This is my favorite chocolate shortbread of all time! Crisp and light shortbread with a beautiful dark and white chocolate coating. This is my favorite chocolate shortbread of all time. It is beautifully crisp and delicious. It was inspired by a chocolate shortbread recipe I found in a library cookbook 20 years ago. My children were in their library class and I was indulging in recipe studying during my few moments alone..

Best Easy Chocolate Mousse

Best Easy Chocolate Mousse

This mousse is a showstopper! Delightfully light, perfectly smooth, and chocolatey, you’ll find any excuse to make this often. I love a good chocolate mousse. I’ve tried so many at restaurants and made quite a few myself. I’ve found that there is a fine line between too bitter, too sweet, too rich, too bland. I wanted to be able to make a chocolate mousse full of flavor that hits the spot, without the heart-racing rush…

#1 Chocolate Chip Cookie

#1 Chocolate Chip Cookie

The bread and butter of my cookie repertoire. The one I have baked hundreds of times, maybe a thousand. Not too sweet, full of flavor, just the kind you imagine when you crave a good chocolate chip cookie! So, how did this recipe come to be? How is it possible that one could spend 15 years of baking and cookie creating and still be disappointed with a basic chocolate chip cookie? Getting this recipe right was a big deal for me…

Pumpkin Cookie with Cream Cheese Frosting

Pumpkin Cookie with Cream Cheese Frosting

A perfectly spiced pumpkin cookie topped with creamy cream cheese frosting is made even better in both looks and taste by the addition of a single pecan on top. This pumpkin cookie is a true gem. I have to admit that I’m not usually very fond of the fall “pumpkin spice” blend. It always feels unbalanced, with too many cloves or nutmeg that overpower the pumpkin flavor. Rest assured, I’ve done my homework here and this cookie…

Black Forest Cake

Black Forest Cake

This Black Forest Cake has lush chocolate cake layered with sweet cherries and cream cheese whipped cream and covered in smooth chocolate buttercream frosting. I promise you’ll cherry-ish this recipe forever! This cake creation was a request from a dear friend of mine. I had never made a black forest cake before. I pondered on how I could make something delicious while keeping it simple. As per my usual, I broke almost all…

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

These cookies are packed with pumpkin, spices, and chocolate. If my husband had to choose one cookie to eat for the rest of his life this would be his choice! I have a confession. I don’t usually like nutmeg in pumpkin recipes. My favorite pumpkin pie recipe is Libby’s Famous Pumpkin Pie recipe, found on the canned pumpkin label. One of the reasons I love it is because it has no nutmeg. When I first tried this Pumpkin Chocolate…

Pumpkin Roll

Pumpkin Roll

Plenty of pumpkin, perfectly balanced spices, and a light and fluffy cream cheese center make a perfect pumpkin roll that will keep you coming back for more. I love pumpkin rolls. There’s something so enticing about the beautiful swirl of pumpkin cake with the contrast of the cream cheese filling. I’ve tried many from the grocery store, but find I’m disappointed more often than not. I was going through an old family cookbook../v

Rocky Road Fudge

Rocky Road Fudge

The perfect fudge recipe. A smooth, creamy, chocolate fudge with pecans and marshmallows that will have you reaching for another piece, and another, and okay, maybe one more. I’ve eaten so much fudge in my life. I’ve had my grandmother’s milk chocolate fudge that was smooth and melted in my mouth. I’ve been to the boardwalk where they make fudge in giant batches and cool it on giant marble slabs using giant wooden paddles…