Hazelnut Espresso Cookies

Lately I’ve been craving soy lattes like it’s going out of style.  But sticking to my calorie allotment on My Fitness Pal has prevented me from indulging.

So clearly the only solution is to substitute one vice for another.  This reasoning led me on a hunt for instant espresso powder.  Not that this journey led me down a path of fewer calories, mind you…

One package of hazelnuts and the usual cookie suspects later, I created a recipe for Hazelnut Espresso Cookies.  If the Cookie Monster had a sophisticated adult cousin, these hazelnut espresso cookies would have been Mr. Sophisticated Cookie Monster’s favorite.

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Nostalgic S’more Tarts

I had a craving today… I don’t know if I’ve ever craved this before…

I had a craving for s’mores.

But then I wasn’t satisfied with just the idea of the traditional s’more. And I wasn’t about to build a campfire to make a legit roasted marshmallow for my s’more.

What could I possibly due to make A s’more prettier… a little more special. …as if that’s even possible.

So I thought… how about a s’more tart!? With a marshmallow meringue topping bruleed in the oven?

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Coconut Almond Macaroons and A Lovely Giveaway!

I know I’ve been MIA for a few weeks. I’m sorry! I’ve been helping a friend with her new venture, so I had to put some of my own adventures on hold for just a little while.

To make up for it, I have the best giveaway for you!  Enter to win volumes 1-4 of The Gathering of Friends Cookbooks by liking this post and subscribing to my blog.  Super easy!

AND I have something really special to share with you. It’ll be a gift that keeps on giving, I promise! You might not even make it to the end of the blog post before you bust out your Kitchen Aid. Especially after seeing these beauties…

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Baked Almond Tarts with Almond Filling and Fresh Strawberries

This week is all about the amazing strawberries we got.  I think those strawberries may have been magical…  I really think it’s possible.

The moment the chocolate covered strawberries were devoured, I immediately thought about what to do with the rest of the strawberries.   Make more chocolate covered strawberries?  Oh! I know!  An almond tart with almond filling topped with these delicious strawberries…  oh baby!

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Luscious Chocolate Covered Strawberries

I happened across some delightfully sweet strawberries this last weekend.   It was all I could do to not eat all of them before they had a chance to become a part of a delicious dessert.  I had to guard them from the family, too.    They were huge, and a delicious dark red, and they smelled as good as they tasted.  I can almost smell the memory of them now…

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Pretty Little Sugar Cookies

This is my first attempt at making and icing sugar cookies.  I found this amazing blog through Pinterest called The Sweet Adventures of SugarBelle.  Her site it phenomenal!  It has all kinds of ideas and very useful information that makes jumping into this sport less intimidating.

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Easy Fudgey Chocolatey Brownies Dressed Up for Valentine’s Day

Happy Friday, Lovelies!!!

If you need a last minute and easy dessert recipe for the Valentines in your life, try this yummy fudgey brownie recipe.  It’s a one-bowl, one-spoon, one-pan recipe, and it takes less than 5 minutes to put together.  And is the perfect chocolate fix!

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