Chocolate Cheesecake Cookie Cups


I’ve been on a pumpkin kick lately, but I wanted to break it all up with something good and chocolately. I’m not a huge chocolate fan, although my other half is. But sometimes I do crave some chocolate. I love a good piece of fudge or a soft chocolate chip cookie. But I thought these Chocolate Cheesecake Cookie Cups would be the perfect thing to make. These suckers will be lucky to make it until tomorrow in my house.

The base is a delicious chocolate cookie and it’s filled with a light and creamy chocolate cheesecake. It’s got some powdered sugar in it as well so it kind of reminds me of a frosting…which I love. There are so many different flavor options you could try. I’m pretty sure that in the next couple of weeks I’ll try out a fall flavor. Can you imagine how wonderful a Caramel Apple Cookie Cup would be?

So the original recipe that I saw has Nutella in the Cheesecake Filling. My other half doesn’t like nuts, so I figured I’d put something else in there. I saw that Herseys now has a Chocolate Spread, so I figured I’d try that. [Read more…]

Pumpkin Cake with Fluffy Cream Cheese Frosting


Even though Halloween and is done and over with, that doesn’t mean Pumpkin is off of my radar. I love to include a pumpkin dessert on the Thanksgiving dessert spread. And you can be sure that this Pumpkin Cake with Fluffy Cream Cheese Frosting will be there. You can either keep the cake whole straight out of the jelly roll pan, or you can  use a circle cookie cutter and cut out circles like I did. No matter what, the cake will be amazing and so moist! I don’t know about you, but I’ve had some dry Pumpkin Cake before. This is anything but dry. This is very moist and goes so well with this light and fluffy Cream Cheese Frosting.

I decided to whip the heck out of the frosting. The cake is on the heavier side, so I wanted a light frosting on there. I don’t use the whisk attachment on my KitchenAid mixer much, but I used it for this frosting. If you don’t want a super fluffy frosting you can just use the paddle attachment and mix it until combined. I love to add that extra air in there to fluff it up. Perfect combination, in my opinion! [Read more…]

Pumpkin Pie Biscotti


I think that Biscotti is that perfect thing to take on-the-go to eat for breakfast with a good cup of coffee. I love to take some Biscotti to work with me in the morning. It goes so well with either coffee or tea, and I think the flavors are even better along side a good cup of joe.

Since I love fall, I thought that Pumpkin Pie Biscotti would be the perfect thing to make that was quick and easy to eat in the mornings. I love a good coffee cake. Don’t get me wrong. But Biscotti holds a special place in my heart. There are so many different flavors you can make that it never gets boring.

You don’t need one, but I bought this Biscotti pan and I absolutely love it. It makes it just that much easier to make Homemade Biscotti. I don’t have to worry about anything – I just throw the dough in there and bake! It’s perfect.

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Soft Pretzel Bites

Here in Philadelphia we LOVE soft pretzels. They are everywhere. You can get them on the street corner, in convenience stores, and in a lot of restaurants. You can get a variety of dipping sauces, but I love just a basic spicy mustard to dip my pretzel into. Sometimes I can get down with a cheese sauce, but sometimes that’s just too heavy for a light & fluffy soft pretzel. And other times – I like them by themselves. Nothing on them. Plain Jane.

Believe it or not, soft pretzels are really easy to make at home.  They may seem really difficult, but they aren’t. If you’ve never had a real soft pretzel you’ve gotta try making these at home. They are so good. And they are much better than Auntie Anne’s pretzels. Those are just so heavy with all of that butter on them. Don’t get me wrong, I like butter. But wow. They are just too buttery for me.

Look at these. Aren’t they cute?! [Read more…]

Philly Cheesesteak Soup


Here in Philly we have a thing for Cheesesteaks. I think that kind of goes without saying. There’s always the big debate about who has the best cheesesteaks in Philly. Some people have a strong opinion about it. When I’m asked who has the best cheesesteak, my answer is always Jim’s. I agree with many other people in Philly that say that Pat’s and Geno’s is way overrated. They are tourist traps. And they just aren’t that good in my opinion. [Read more…]