COOKIE RECIPES

Sweet Spider Cookies

Sweet Spider Cookies

If you find spiders crawling around your house, I sure hope they are these Sweet Spider Cookies! They are cute, sweet…

Frosted Pumpkin Sugar Cookies

Frosted Pumpkin Sugar Cookies

These Frosted Pumpkin Sugar Cookies are super soft and have creamy, fluffy buttercream frosting. It’s the perfect fall treat! With fall in the air, it seems like time to start baking again (I never really stopped, but you know what I mean.) After trying our Apple Cinnamon Cookies, I knew I needed more of them in my life. I played around with the recipe, adding pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spice. Instead of a glaze, I…

Banana Toffee Chocolate Chip Cookies

Banana Toffee Chocolate Chip Cookies

These Banana Toffee Chocolate Chip Cookies are an unexpected delight. You may not think toffee would love being nestled into banana chocolate chip dough. Try it, you’ll love it. How did this recipe come to be? I made a new friend and she was happy to find out I created cookie recipes from scratch. She asked if I could make a banana, toffee, chocolate chip cookie when we were running the cookie shop. I hadn’t tried. So I…

BAR RECIPES

Outstanding Brownies

Outstanding Brownies

They’re not called “Outstanding Brownies” for nothing! A crinkly top hides a fudgy interior packed with rich cocoa and melty chocolate chips. You’ll definitely need a glass of milk with these. I have made many brownies. Not every brownie handles mix-ins, like chocolate chips, or a frosting on top, or is able to be a stand-alone brownie. Brownie recipes are generally simple and always a favorite for bakers of any skill…

Chocolate Lava Cake Bars

Chocolate Lava Cake Bars

No need to peek inside a volcano when you can make these rich, gooey, chocolate lava cake bars. A unique twist on a decadent dessert that will have you saying “I lava these!” These chocolate lava cake bars are worth their weight in gold! With a silky chocolate layer in between soft cake dough, these are tremendously rich. Do you have a wallet… I mean a stomach big enough to hold all the richness? To make this dessert even…

Raspberry Cheesecake Brownies

Raspberry Cheesecake Brownies

These Raspberry Cheesecake Brownies are two desserts destined to be together. With a bright raspberry filling, silky cheesecake, and a rich, fudgy brownie base, you won’t be able to stop at one! I could probably eat a brownie every day of life. One day, I was binge-watching a baking show and one of the contestants made Raspberry Cheesecake Brownies. Although hers were a total flop, I couldn’t stop thinking about them…

BRUNCH RECIPES

Lemon Blueberry Muffins

Lemon Blueberry Muffins

These Lemon Blueberry Muffins are bursting with juicy blueberries and a touch of zesty lemon flavor. With a crunchy top and a moist crumb, you’ll want to eat them for every meal. I love blueberry muffins. I don’t love how if I eat them for breakfast, I’m sleepy and sluggish the rest of the morning. These Lemon Blueberry Muffins have whole wheat in them to help with the carb crash, and tons of blueberries, so you feel like…

Apricot White Chocolate Scones

Apricot White Chocolate Scones

These Apricot White Chocolate Scones are packed with delicious dried apricots and sweet white chocolate. With a beautiful, sparkly top, the flavors are the perfect indulgent addition to any breakfast or brunch! I like dried apricots and thought white chocolate and dried apricots might be good together. It seems there’s a lot of people online who feel the same way. I remember trying a scone recipe years ago…

Lemon Greek Yogurt Cake Donuts

Lemon Greek Yogurt Cake Donuts

These Lemon Greek Yogurt Donuts are a fun twist on a traditional sour cream donut. They are perfectly sweet with a burst of bright lemon flavor. These are a light, refreshing treat to eat hot out of the pan any time of year. I’ll be the first to admit that these aren’t going to win any sort of beauty contest. The dough is a bit sticky and I always have trouble getting enough flour on my surface. I honestly think it’s just…

CAKE RECIPES

S’mores Cupcakes

S’mores Cupcakes

These S’mores Cupcakes feature a crisp graham crust, rich chocolate cake, and a homemade marshmallow frosting. All the ooey, gooeyness you love in a s’more, fire optional. These S’mores Cupcakes are so decadent and such an elegant take on everyone’s favorite messy, camping treat. While the campfire is optional, I highly recommend browning the marshmallow frosting to that perfect golden brown before eating. I used a…

Orange Cream Cupcakes

Orange Cream Cupcakes

A delightful Orange Cupcake with your choice of Vanilla Buttercream, Orange Zest Whipped Cream, or Coconut Cream. “Orange” you glad you have options! During the cookie shop days, I needed a bright, fun flavor of cupcakes to add variety. This Orange Cupcake was the result. It is a desirable flavor in any season, hot or cold. I love that orange zest can be so effective in flavoring just about anything. It goes well with…

Yellow Cupcakes with Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

Yellow Cupcakes with Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

Yellow Cake and Chocolate Buttercream were meant to be friends for life, but not just any recipe will do. With this recipe, you’ll be fighting with your lifelong friends for the last cupcake! I looked at the yellow cake mix box with frustration. The last decade has brought change to cake mixes. Even though less mix is put in the box, the same amount of eggs and liquid are still called for, affecting the size and texture…

BREAD RECIPES

Chai Spice Banana Bread

Chai Spice Banana Bread

This Chai Spice Banana Bread features sweet, ripe bananas and the perfect blend of chai spices! It’s perfect for a snack alongside your favorite herbal tea or hot chocolate. With hot summer temperatures on their way out and the fall leaves starting to change colors, I’m always excited to try out a new fall recipe. I saw this idea for Chai Spice Banana Bread while scrolling through Pinterest one day. Unfortunately, when I…

Easy Monkey Bread

Easy Monkey Bread

This Monkey Bread uses frozen Rhodes Dinner Rolls to keep it simple and easy. Covered in a gooey, sticky, irresistible cinnamon sugar sauce, you’ll want to make enough to share…or not share. Many people make monkey bread dough from scratch, but we have found that Rhode’s frozen Dinner Rolls are so much faster and work just as well, providing a soft bread that tastes incredible with our cinnamon sauce poured all over it!…

Apricot Bread

Apricot Bread

This Apricot Bread is so soft and fluffy you’ll want to swap your pillow out for a slice of it. Marbled with apricot jam and topped with a sweet pecan mixture, it is a delicious addition to breakfast, lunch, or dinner. My dad loves apricot jam! It was this love that inspired my mom to create a sweet bread with apricot jam infused inside. She thought it sounded like a great-tasting bread and a perfect bread to give to others…

DESSERT RECIPES

Edible Cookie Dough for One

Edible Cookie Dough for One

Got a cookie dough craving? This eggless chocolate chip cookie dough is the perfect amount for just you, or to share with a friend as you reminisce about how great 2020 was. Let’s be honest, the last thing we need is an entire batch of cookie dough sitting on the counter or in our freezer for us to munch on all night or over the course of a few days. In order to learn some self-control and satisfy our cookie dough cravings…

Funnel Cake

Funnel Cake

Funnel cake – you know the smell, you know the look, and you know the taste! Fried dough covered in powdered sugar is sure to bring back memories and make your belly full of warm funnely sweetness. One of the things I love most about funnel cakes is how they remind me of happy memories. Whether that was going to baseball games with the family, enjoying a day at the amusement park, or heading to the local fair, a hot…

Peach Cobbler

Peach Cobbler

Wanna peach of this? Of course you do! Whether the warm peaches covered in a buttery soft cobbler topping evoke nostalgic memories of summer camps or bad fireside date nights, this Peach Cobbler is sure to create happy memories going forward. The name originates from the “cobble”-like way the biscuit topping looks when the peach cobbler is finished baking. It isn’t a perfectly smooth topping; rather, it has a rough finish…

FROSTING RECIPES

Cream Cheese Frosting

Cream Cheese Frosting

Cream cheese frosting that looks as good as it tastes. Cream cheese frosting is delicious. End of story. Okay, maybe not quite the end of the story. While we wholeheartedly support delicious ugly food here at Taste Before Beauty, we recognize that beautiful food is good for the mouth and the eyes. I wanted to create a cream cheese frosting that is not only delicious but is the perfect topping for any delicious treat…

Easy Chocolate Glaze

Easy Chocolate Glaze

Easy, delicious, and GORGEOUS! Could a glaze this beautiful be this easy? Absolutely! This chocolate glaze is my favorite! It is not so sweet that it overwhelms, and complements the existing flavor of your treat nicely. My favorite thing about this glaze is that it balances your baked goods, rather than taking over and stealing the show. If placed in the fridge, the glaze will turn dull and matte, but bringing it back to…

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…