Triple Berry Almond Olive Oil Cake

Triple Berry Almond Olive Oil Cake

Personally I am new to the olive oil cake game, and after this cake, I am bummed that it took me so long to get on board! If you haven’t tried an olive oil cake yet, you may be thinking that that olive oil in a cake sounds odd. But it’s not! It is a complete game changer. The olive oil has a distant flavor with a slight spicy aftertaste and bitterness, which is well balanced with the sweetness of the cake. The cake is extremely moist in texture thanks to its use of oil instead of butter. Imbedded within the cake are the raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries. You can even top the cake with more berries for decor! The best part about this dessert is that it is easy to make and can be made ahead of time. For best results and flavor, I recommend using a high quality extra virgin olive oil for this recipe.

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Lazy Girl Nutella Palmiers

Lazy Girl Nutella Palmiers

This easy to make recipe only requires 5 ingredients, and minimal preparation. As a brief overview of the recipe - you take a sheet of puff pastry, spread nutella on top, roll, cut, and bake! That’s it! Once in the oven, these treats will expand as they bake, creating their signature heart shape (or elephant ears). The sweet nutella center perfectly balances the crispy, flaky exterior. And thanks to this flaky texture, these treats make for a perfectly light snack to pair with your afternoon tea or coffee!

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Lemon Poppy Seed Donuts

Lemon Poppy Seed Donuts

These easy to make donuts are baked rather than fried, and there is no yeast, nor rest time to deal with. My husband was kind of taken aback when he tried these donuts because they don’t taste like your typical donuts - overly sweet and heavy. Rather, these donuts are merely muffins in donut form, because, well, most things are more fun in donut form!

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Challah Monkey Bread

Challah Monkey Bread

Monkey bread is comprised of individual pieces of yeasted bread that are rolled in and coated with a butter-sugar syrup mixture and cinnamon sugar. Therefore, your home will smell amazing as the monkey bread bakes in the oven. You can either cut the bread into slices, or pull apart the pieces individually. This recipe can be made the night before - just look at the baker’s notes at the bottom of the recipe for instructions! And the best part about this recipe is that it can double as a brunch item and a dessert item. ;)

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Nutty Fruit Chocolate Bites

Nutty Fruit Chocolate Bites

This recipe LITERALLY only has 4 ingredients - chocolate, hazelnuts, pistachios, and dried cranberries. It is the perfect post holiday treat when you want something sweet, but not heavy like most holiday desserts. These chocolate bars are gluten free, and you can even change the type of chocolate that you use in order to also make them vegan/dairy free. And the best part is that they are incredibly easy to make! Not a hazelnut and/or pistachio fan? Feel free to change out the type of nuts that you use (keeping to the same overall quantity, of course). The versatility, yet simplicity  of this recipe are my favorite things about it!

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No Bake Reese's Tart

No Bake Reese's Tart

In this season of pies, here’s a super easy to make tart. A Reese’s Tart, to be exact. Personally Reese’s cups are one of my favorite candies, right behind peanut butter M&M’s (see a pattern here...lol). I mean, you can’t go wrong with the classic pairing of peanut butter and chocolate, am I right?? So the fact that this tart tastes just like a Reese’s Cup is a major win in my book. The base is a simple Oreo crust, which is topped with a whipped peanut butter and chocolate ganache layers. This dessert recipe is no-bake, which means that as your oven is full with dinner entrees and side dishes for your holiday gatherings or with all of your holiday baking, this dessert won’t require an oven space…

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Ginger Chai Whoppie Pies

Ginger Chai Whoppie Pies

These ginger chai whoppie pies are the perfect fall treat! The cookies are rich with the flavors of ginger, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, black pepper, and molasses. Sandwiched between is a maple buttercream frosting. The taste reminds me of eating a gingerbread cookie while enjoying a cup of chai - a combo that I have never done before, but it’s something I can imagine. The recipe is easy to make, and the aroma that the cookies emit as they bake is heavenly!

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Orange Cardamom Coffee Cake

Orange Cardamom Coffee Cake

I have now come to realize that orange cardamom is my new favorite fall flavor. The orange’s fresh citrus taste beautifully balances the cardamom’s sense of warmth and richness. The cake has a streusel center, which is like a little surprise of sweetness! This cake works great for a brunch or as a dessert. The recipe is easy to make, and will serve a large group of people…

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Iced Maple Oatmeal Cookies

Iced Maple Oatmeal Cookies

These Iced Maple Oatmeal Cookies have a similar taste to the store-bought ones, and yet are very different. Unlike the store-bought ones, these cookies are not hard and crunchy, but rather, they are soft and moist. The maple flavoring is distinct without being overpowering, and works wonderfully with the cinnamon and nutmeg spices to create the PERFECT spiced, fall treat. Once baked, the cookies are dipped in a powdered sugar icing to add additional flavoring and sweetness. These cookies are easy to make, and makes 3 dozen cookies - so this recipe works great for large groups…

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Baked Apple Cider Donuts

Baked Apple Cider Donuts

These donuts are made with reduced apple cider to give them their distinct taste. Unlike most donuts, they are not fried, but rather they are baked (read: healthier than regular donuts). Once baked these donuts are coated with melted butter and cinnamon sugar. They are very easy to make, and are PERFECT for these upcoming crisp days.

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Orange Chocolate Scones with Toasted Hazelnuts

Orange Chocolate Scones with Toasted Hazelnuts

So to celebrate the transition into Fall, I made these Orange Chocolate Scones with Toasted Hazelnuts. These scones are rich, satisfying, and packed with flavor. The hint of orange comes from a few teaspoons of orange zest, and it is the perfect amount for balancing the sweetness with citrus without being too overpowering. I doubled the chocolate flavoring by having both cocoa powder and chocolate chips in the batter. After baking, the warm scones are dipped in a powder sugar glaze, drizzled with melted chocolate, then, finally, topped with toasted hazelnuts. The chocolate drizzle and hazelnuts will certainly have you dreaming of nutella…

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Chocolate Red Wine Truffles

Chocolate Red Wine Truffles

The truffles are rich (seriously, you only need one to feel satisfied), truly so easy to make, and only have a handful of ingredients. You start by making a ganache (which is just a fancy way of saying melted chocolate and cream). Once the ganache has solidified after refrigeration you will scoop out the truffles. Next, coat the truffles with your desired coating, whether that be cocoa powder or chopped nuts. And that's it! The truffles can become soft at room air, so I like to store them in the freezer to help keep their shape…

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