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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Old Fashioned Sour Cream Donuts with a Brown Butter Glaze

Old Fashioned Sour Cream Donuts with a Brown Butter Glaze

My all time favorite type of donut is the old fashioned donut. I love how they have a bit more crunch on the outside than other donuts, while still maintaining a soft, moist dough on the inside. The increased surface area, thanks to the ridges and indentations on old fashioned donuts, that allow for more glaze isn’t a bad thing either! ;) Since old fashioned donuts are a subset of cake donuts, you don’t need to mess with yeast and rising times in order to make these. However, we will need to deep fry these donuts, which I know can intimidate lots of home bakers. Ever since I developed my take on cronuts I have become more comfortable with deep frying. The biggest things to help with your success is…

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Creamy Mascarpone Cheesecake

Creamy Mascarpone Cheesecake

This cheesecake is a little different than most cheesecakes thanks to its addition of mascarpone. If you don’t know what mascarpone is - don’t worry, you aren’t alone! It is essentially an Italian cream cheese. It is one of the main ingredients in the cream portion of tiramisu (which if you like tiramisu, check out this recipe!). When compared to American cream cheese, it has a more buttery taste (which is no surprise since it has a higher butter content than cream cheese), which leads to a richer, creamer texture. In this cheesecake we are using equal quantities of cream cheese and mascarpone, and guys let me tell you - it will simply melt in your mouth. I didn’t add too much additional flavoring to the cheesecake itself because I wanted the cheeses to shine and not get overshadowed. However, I did add some fun extra flavoring to the crust. Rather than a simple graham cracker crust, this cheesecake has ground almonds mixed in with the graham crackers!

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Crème Fraîche Pancakes

Crème Fraîche Pancakes

In light of Valentine’s Day next week, I wanted to share this recipe that would make for a perfect breakfast in bed! Crème Fraîche Pancakes. OMG, these pancakes are so soft, moist, and flavorful. I have never had crème fraîche pancakes before, but they really are different than normal pancakes. Crème fraîche is essentially a french sour cream. However, it has a higher fat content, is richer, thicker, and has a bit less tang than sour cream. So while you can substitute in sour cream if you can’t find crème fraîche, it won’t quite taste the same. I also added some tips and tricks in the instructions and baker’s notes that will help produce the perfect pancake. So as always, I recommend reading through everything before you start! These pancakes work well with any kind of pancake topping, so pick your favorite, and enjoy!

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Rocky Road Brownies

Rocky Road Brownies

If I didn’t have work on the coldest day of this polar vortex, you can bet that I would be snuggled under a blanket with these brownies in the oven. Strangely I wasn’t a fan of rocky road when I was little, but as I have grown a liking for nuts in desserts over the years, I have come to like this classic flavor. These brownies are fudgy and rich, and topped with additional chocolate, toasted marshmallows, and chopped nuts. But if you just want some plain, classic brownies you don’t have to add the toppings! This recipe is easy to make and truly perfect for a winter day!  

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Couscous with Pine Nuts and Pomegranate

Couscous with Pine Nuts and Pomegranate

You guys, the flavors in this recipe are subtle, yet present and perfectly balanced. The couscous is cooked with butter, chicken stock, and caramelized onions, which creates a savory base for the dish. The minced parsley adds a mild bitterness, while the pomegranate seeds add a needed tartness and crunch. The feta cheese adds creaminess, and finally the toasted pine nuts add a rich nuttiness to the overall taste. This recipe is vegetarian in nature, but if you wish to add some meat, I would suggest adding chicken. This dish is easy to make, and can be made ahead of time!

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Cozy Winter Fruit Crisp

Cozy Winter Fruit Crisp

Now that we are back home, I am so excited that I can stay inside and be cozy on this overcast, freezing day, instead of feeling the need to get out and explore a new city. Today calls for a warm treat, and this Cozy Winter Fruit Crisp is exactly what I need. This dessert is filled with pears and apples and topped with a walnut oat streusel. This recipe is gluten free and uses minimal amounts of added sugars. Seasoned with maple syrup, cinnamon, nutmeg, orange zest, and cloves truly makes this the perfect winter treat! Top with some vanilla ice cream to add some additional flavoring and sweetness!

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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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Classic Cinnamon Rolls

Classic Cinnamon Rolls

Now I LOVE cinnamon rolls. There is nothing better than the smell of cinnamon-butter-dough baking in the oven, and there is nothing more satisfying than unwinding a cinnamon roll as you eat it, only to come to the gooey-delicious center. The best part about these rolls are that they can be made the day before, and they will complete their second rise overnight in the refrigerator. That means come Christmas morning (or whatever special morning you wish to use this recipe for) all you have to do is allow the rolls to warm slightly on the counter, then …

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Healthy Oatmeal Cookies

Healthy Oatmeal Cookies

Ok so these cookies aren’t your typical kind of cookie. They are actually healthier than normal cookies! They are not sweet. Yes, yes I know it is a crazy concept to make a cookie non-sweet, but hear me out. Instead, these cookies are source of energy thanks to their wholesome ingredients, such as whole wheat flour, rolled oats, coconut oil, honey, and superfoods like seeds and raisins. I don’t know about you, but during the holiday season - a time that is filled with sugar cookies, fudge, gingerbread men, etc - it’s nice to have a break from the sweetness and instead have a healthy treat. This dessert (or should I say snack) recipe is incredibly easy to make, and takes minimal time to do so!

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Sweet Potato Gnocchi with a Brown Butter Walnut Sauce

Sweet Potato Gnocchi with a Brown Butter Walnut Sauce

This gnocchi recipe is a labor of love! But cozying up at home with Christmas music in the background, and maybe even a fire going, creating these homemade gnocchi makes for the perfect hygge day! The sweet and nutty flavors from the sauce beautifully complement the earthy tones of the potato based gnocchi. Perfect for a romantic night with a loved one or a dinner party with friends!

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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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Chocolate Cupcakes with Savory Mint Chocolate Icing

Chocolate Cupcakes with Savory Mint Chocolate Icing

Alright, so CUPCAKES! Surprisingly this is the first time that I have made cupcakes for my blog. Naturally I wanted to something special, so I went with my favorite holiday flavor combo - chocolate and mint. The cupcake is a classic chocolate cupcake. It has a rich and moist consistency, and the flavor is enhanced thanks to my favorite chocolate cake “secret” ingredient - fresh coffee! It is topped with a savory mint chocolate icing. The mint flavoring comes from fresh mint leaves, so it has an authentic taste to it. The savory mint is well balanced by the sweetness of the powdered sugar and creaminess of the butter…

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Homemade Baklava

Homemade Baklava

Baklava is a Middle Eastern pastry comprised of a walnut cinnamon mixture sandwiched between countless layers of phyllo and soaked in honey. It is my absolute favorite thing to get at the annual Greek Festival in Minneapolis because it is so amazingly good. It is incredibly rich too, so you don’t need much to feel satisfied. It isn’t difficult to make - it can just tedious in the preparation when creating all of those layers. But trust me, it is definitely worth the effort!

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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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Mini Lemon Blueberry Yogurt Cakes

Mini Lemon Blueberry Yogurt Cakes

The lemon and blueberry are such a  classic flavoring pair, and are so light and refreshing in taste. The cakes are super moist, thanks to the Greek yogurt inside. Despite being made in mini loaf pans, I am calling these cakes because they are much too sweet to be called bread! (Though I wouldn’t mind calling them bread so that I can pass them off as an acceptable breakfast item!). There are two different toppings for these cakes, both used to enhance the citrus lemon flavoring. The first is a lemon syrup that is poured over the top and inside the cake via poked holes. The second is a lemon powdered sugar glaze, which could be poured over or drizzled on in a fun pattern…

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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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