Strawberry Chocolate Hand Pies

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Strawberry Chocolate Hand Pies are a beautiful summer dessert that's not hard to make and guaranteed to impress! Are you afraid of making pie crust? I know I was. For years. A perfectly made pie crust is a real thing of beauty. But a badly made pie crust? Ugh. Just ugh. For ages, I was afraid to even try making my own pie crust. "Why should I make one," I reasoned, "when there are perfectly good pie crusts available in the freezer section of the grocery store?" Well let me tell you friends - perfectly good is nice and all, but homemade pie crust? It's perfection. And here's the best part. Once you make a pie crust once or twice, you'll be an old pro at it and you'll feel totally confident … [Read more...]

Pecan Pie Hamantashen

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Pecan Pie Hamantashen are a perfectly delicious twist on the traditional favorite.  Don't hate me people, but we're kinda going into Purim mode here. I know. I know. I don't want to face it either. Mostly because Passover is a month after Purim, and I really don't want to face that. But what can you do? It's all around us! Seriously, the purim mania seems to start earlier and earlier every year! I've been busy lately creating some amazing recipes for my column in Ami magazine, but today, I am sharing one of my favorites from last year's column: Pecan Pie Hamantashen! If you're one of those people who appreciates tradition, but doesn't actually love hamantaschen, this recipe is for … [Read more...]

S’mores Pie

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  Gooey Chocolate in a graham cracker crust topped with marshmallow frosting - S'mores Pie is the ultimate in easy desserts! A couple of weeks ago, I wanted to make a special treat for a special occasion. But I was tired. So I had this whole internal debate - should I make a fancy dessert, or should I skip the special occasion and go to sleep. Back and forth, back and forth. I was just too tired to do anything fancy. And before you ask, no, a simple dessert just wouldn't cut it. Then finally, I came up with the (obvious) solution. Make a dessert that looks fancy, but is actually pretty simple to make. Perfect, right? So I came up with this s'mores pie. Super easy, but I mean, … [Read more...]

Hot Gooey Caramel Pie

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Hot Gooey Caramel Pie is as delicious as it sounds, with very little prep time! So it started one night when I was going to take a brownie mix I had in the pantry and bake it into a graham cracker pie crust. But then I couldn't find the brownie mix I thought I had. So plan B was a cheesecake baked in a graham cracker crust. But then plan C formed in my head. What if I baked blondies into a graham cracker crust? Then my 4th and final plan formed. What if I kinda combined plan B and plan C? So I pulled out the mixer and made the first batch of this. I didn't even know what to expect out of this, it was simply a late night whim. I didn't even measure! But then it was awesome. And everyone … [Read more...]

Baked Apple Pie Wontons with Caramel Dipping Sauce

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These apple pie wontons are crispy on the outside, but soft, hot and cinnamony on the inside. Best of all? They're baked, not fried! I know I've been a bit heavy on the desserts here lately. I have an excuse though. Not a good one, but an excuse nonetheless. I've been working really hard on my holiday desserts for my magazine column. Seriously, really hard. You'll start to see the results soon, but stay tuned, because there's a second feature of mine coming up after the first! Anyway, baking up a holiday storm for weeks on end doesn't leave all that much room for cooking. Hence, no real food recipes. I do have some new ones coming up soon though, so stay tuned. In the meantime, I … [Read more...]

Cheesecake Recipe Roundup!

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I don't know about you, but I love cheesecake. All flavors, all shapes, all varieties. If it's creamy and cheesey, I. Am. In. Well the holiday of Shavuot is coming (for those of you who aren't familiar with it, click here). If there's ever a time to go crazy making cheesecake, it's for a holiday where it's traditional to eat cheesecake (among other dairy treats!). So whether you are celebrating this holiday, or just love a good slice of cheesecake, I have gathered up over 65 of the best cheesecake recipes from all over the internet. I've divided the recipes up into catergories, so scroll down, click over, and enjoy! (Links to the recipes in the photos are directly below the picture.) And … [Read more...]

Key Lime Pie Cookies

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I should probably start by saying that these cookies were the most spontaneous thing I ever did. No jokes. I'm not a spontaneous person at all. But it snowed yesterday, and nobody warned me. I know, someone should have said something. So I find myself getting home from work with a couple of inches of snow on the ground. All of my grand plans for the evening were cancelled. Instead, I slowly drove home, had some soup, and crawled into bed with my laptop. Honestly, that's the only place to be when the weather is so nasty. Suddenly though, I realized that I haven't posted anything on this blog since Sunday, and that was only a link to my guest post elsewhere. Which means that I decided it … [Read more...]

Pecan Pie Topped Mini Fudge Brownie Pies

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Let's talk about decisions, shall we? I don't know about you, but I for one, hate making them. I'm talking about literally the smallest decisions there are. Like in the ice cream store when they ask if I want chocolate, vanilla or mixed. Um, so I know I don't want plain vanilla; my love of chocolate is just too strong. But as between chocolate or mixed...I don't know! How should I decide? And when the decisions get bigger, oy. Don't get me started. I hate decisions. That's why this dessert is so darn awesome! Say you just finished a humongous meal, like, the biggest one of the year. It's time for dessert, and you don't have much room. Imagine choosing between a fudgey chocolatey dessert … [Read more...]

Homemade Cherry Pie and a Lattice Crust Tutorial

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When I was growing up, there was a store my family frequented that had an amazing bakery section. They baked everything fresh on premises, and it was all super delicious. My parents still shop there often, and they never leave the store without a loaf or two of their amazing homemade bread, or maybe a couple of bagels. There's one treat we often used to buy from this bakery that stood out in my mind above all else. Their cherry pie never looked very elegant. It was wrapped in saran wrap that often stuck to the top a bit, and the "lattice" crust was made from a cutter, not an actual lattice. But nobody could care about that, because it was just so delicious. We didn't get this pie often, and … [Read more...]

Party Pictures and Goodies Round Up

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There are no recipe in this post, so if that's all you're here for, sorry to disappoint. However, I am going to show you what I made for my sister's engagement party and how I displayed it. Partially as an explanation of why I disappeared for a couple of weeks, and partially in case you want ideas of something to make for a party. Edit: by request, I have added freezability (I don't think that's a real word) information to each item. Please comment or email me for more details. (Excuse the poor quality of the pictures. By the time I had finished setting up I had a very short window of time to take them before people arrived and started to demolish the treats.) Firstly, the set-up. My … [Read more...]