Recipes: Dessert

Recipes: Dessert

Samoa Bundt Cake

I love Girl Scout cookies. LOVE THEM! And I have been known to order cases at a time because … I’m guilty of gluttony. Thin Mints, Samoas, and Trefoils are my absolute favorites. So when I saw this recipe, I knew I had to try it! Note – I don’t make things pretty but I...

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Poached Pears w/Caramel Cinnamon Sauce

I like pears well enough on their own, but when they are warm like these are, they are even better! For those who don’t like cinnamon (who are you people?!?), you can omit it and just have caramel. Or substitute the cinnamon with something else to flavor. Chili powder, if you like spicy...

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Skillet S’Mores Dip

I love me some s’mores. I always looked forward to summer barbecues as a kid and the chance to make them.  It was such a treat. Now that I’m older, I can make them anytime I want to, but still treat them as special as they were as a kid. I decided to make this tonight, since...

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Almond Joy Cookies

These are very tasty and can become addictive. My friend Paul, also an awesome chef in the kitchen, made these a couple of weeks ago and I couldn’t stop eating them.  🙂 Ingredients: 2 cups flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon salt 2 sticks unsalted butter, softened 3/4 cup packed...

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German Chocolate Cookies

I have this friend, who absolutely loves anything to do with German Chocolate.  Cake, cupcakes, brownies, etc., pretty much anything you can come up.  So, cookies were mentioned and I offered to take up the mantle to try.  I searched for a good recipe and you’d be amazed at how many...

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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

I marred my ex-husband in September of 1998.  That Christmas, my now ex-mother-in-law sent a care package, containing the best banana bread I’ve ever tasted, pumpkin bread, bon bons, and the ultimate pumpkin chocolate chip cookies.  She was kind enough to send me the recipes for all of...

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Sticky Rice with Mango

Growing up, I wasn’t a fan of any Asian foods except a little Chinese.  Pork Fried  Rice is still a favorite.  As I’ve aged, I’ve branched out with Japanese, Thai, Vietnamese, etc.  I keep finding new things that I end up adoring. One of those things has been Thai Sticky...

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Cheesecake with champagne raspberry sauce

I love me some cheesecake.  I try not to eat a whole lot of it because, well, I don’t need all the calories!  But this is a very tasty recipe that got the compliment that I should be selling it.  I’ll take that!

This was the first time using my spring-form pan, which worked beautifully.  Be sure to read through thoroughly and at then end, you’ll find tips on how to keep your cheesecake from cracking in the middle – a very common problem for everyone.

Ingredients for Cheesecake:

  • 6 eggs
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 4 – 8oz packages of cream cheese
  • 1/2 pint heavy cream
  • 8oz sour cream
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp flour

Ingredients for Crust:

  • 1 1/2 cups of graham crackers, crushed
  • 6 tbsp melted butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar

Preheat oven to 325°.  I’ll say here that having a standing mixes is much easier than using any other method.  Also, this recipe will fill a 9″ diameter, 3″ deep spring-form pan.  If you are going to use something smaller, like a standard round cake pan – divide the recipe in half, or make mini cheesecakes in a muffin tin with the excess.

TIP:  Use room temperature ingredients, especially the cream cheese and eggs.

Mix together the cream cheese, sour cream, heavy cream, sugar, flour, and vanilla extract.  Once it becomes smooth, add the eggs – one at a time, scraping the sides of the bowl.  Try to avoid beating air into the mixture.  At the end, mix in the juice of the lemon.

It should look pretty much like this:

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