Holiday Dessert Round-up!

Lets keep Holiday Treat Week rolling! As a follow-up to the Christmas Cookie round-up from earlier this week, I’m excited to share the dessert edition!  Featuring my family’s favorite Holiday Desserts on the blog!!  This crew of folks I was born into are big dessert people! No matter how many notches our belts have been loosened, we make room for dessert!  It’s nearly a requirement to joining the family! If you can put up with our loud, overbearing, opinionated, but loving nature, the food is just a perk.  The dessert dessert spread involves the most incredible cheesecake ever, sticky-gooey gingerbread cake, and lots of pies, so I would want to…

Christmas Cookie Round-up

Christmas carols are like Christmas cookies.   Everyone has a favorite – often a favorite we can vehemently argue the superiority of.  The hubs believes no christmas cookie can ever top sugar cookies with thick buttercream frosting (read: a mountain of buttercream).  My sister would go to bat for hazelnut crescents.  My brother would make a case for chewy ginger molasses.  And my dad loves the Italian Anise cookies reminiscent of black licorice.  I admit, I’m not sure I could pick just one favorite, but I don’t think my brother is too far off on this one.  But still, it might be a toss-up between pillowy Italian ricotta cookies and a…

Mexican Chocolate Pie with Gingersnap Crust

The husband is a cake and cream pie person in a fruit pie family.  Apple pie, rhubarb pie, and, in my brother’s case, cherry pie are the most common birthday dessert requests.  He doesn’t think fruit belongs in dessert.  (Except a mysterious exception is granted to peach cobbler.) Around the holidays, apple, pumpkin, & pecan pies are of course making frequent appearances at the extended family gatherings.  I.E. Lots of non-cream pies and certainly no cake. During our first Thanksgiving as newlyweds, I was tasked with pies.  My plan was apple and pumpkin (even I hate pecan).  The hubs was having none of this fruit pie non-sense, so he decided…

Persimmon Walnut Cream Tart with Shortbread Crust

You can always make pumpkin pie.  Or pecan.  Or you can switch things up a bit.  In truth, we almost never stick with the pumpkin/pecan staples.  And I’m not saying you should follow suite.  But when Thanksgiving doesn’t look all that traditional around here, why should dessert?  How about a persimmon tart with a walnut cream frangipane, and a much-easier-than-pie-crust shortbread crust?!  Plus, shortbread crust is roughly 10 times tastier and 100x less fickle than pie crust. I’m always shocked how few people have tried persimmons.  What are your thoughts??  I love persimmons.  I’ll even eat them raw.  The slightly spicy flavor pairs perfectly with the cloves, cinnamon, and nutmeg…

Girls Night in 5: Rolled Pumpkin Baklava

Girls’ Night in 5 is a monthly “how-to” series containing Girls’ Night friendly recipes with 5 or fewer ingredients and no more than 5 minutes of active prep!  This series is part of my mission to simplify entertaining to encourage readers to invest in their community through hosting and loving people well. While I have always loved baklava, the notion of all those paper thin layers of fillo looked intimidating.  Until I discovered a much simpler rolled baklava technique! This technique uses only uses 5 sheets per to create each rolled baklava log!  So so so much easier and just as delicious! Since its fall, I wanted to incorporate some…
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