• lemon curd filled thumbprint cookies stacked
    Cookies,  Seasonal fruit

    Meyer Lemon and Earl Grey Thumbprint Cookies

    These meyer lemon and Earl Grey thumbprint cookies are the result of a fortuitous find and a little brainstorming. I was so excited to find meyer lemons this weekend, I knew their sweet tart flavor was destined for greatness. I went through the mental checklist, lemon bars, lemon cake, lemon curd. Curd is always a favorite, but sometimes you want something a little fancier than sneaking spoonfuls from the fridge late at night. An easy cookie sounded nice, no rolling or cutting. Now all that was left was deciding on the flavor profile. A vanilla bean cookie would work, but the floral notes of Earl Grey sounded like the perfect…

  • three cheesecake brookies stacked with blue towel and milk
    Bar Cookies,  Cookies

    The Ultimate Cheesecake Brookie Bars

    This is definitely the way you want to start off the new year. No need to make the hard decision like what dessert to make. The ultimate cheesecake brookie bars are the answer. A brookie, in case you don’t know, is a brownie layered with chocolate chip cookie dough, then baked. This is the perfect combination of every decadent craving you could have. Creamy, tangy cheesecake, rich, fudgy brownie and chunks of chewy chocolate chip cookie all layered together. I love that you get a unique bite each time, some just brownie and cheesecake, some brownie and cookie, and of course the best are all three. These bars are a throwback to my second…

  • salty toffee pretzels cut
    Bar Cookies,  Cookies

    Salty Toffee Pretzel Bars with Shortbread Crust

    Salty toffee pretzel bars are here for your salty sweet cravings! These twisted tongue ticklers are crunchy, salty pretzels nestled in a pool of buttery caramel-like toffee, on top of a tender shortbread crust. You guys, these are the perfect snack bar: crunchy, creamy, salty, sweet, complex yet uncomplicated. Whip up a batch for your next potluck or cookie swap and surprise your friends and family with something different. These come together quickly. Just press a simple shortbread crust into a 9×13 pan. While that’s baking up golden brown, simmer the toffee ingredients on the stove until it reaches soft ball temperature. Finally, toss in a few cups of broken…

  • Ricotta olive oil cake with cherries
    Breakfast sweets,  Cakes,  Seasonal fruit

    Olive Oil Ricotta Cake with Fresh Cherries

    The first time I made a ricotta cake, it was at the Italian bakery where I worked. We had a few standard recipes, but the owner and I liked to brainstorm new ideas for seasonal flavors. I would gather a few recipes and begin to test. This particular time, we liked the idea of candied oranges baked into the batter. After a few tries I found a pound cake-like cake with the sweet flavor of orange throughout. Fast forward a few years and I began craving that same dense, moist cake, but I couldn’t find the recipe. My mind was set on a ricotta cake, this time made with olive…

  • Cookies

    Chocolate Banana Coconut Cookies

    I’m a coconut lover, plain and simple. Real, fake, sweet, savory, it doesn’t matter, bring it on! Born in the heat of Florida, tropical flavors are hard for me to resist. When I came across the chocolate banana pecan cookies in Ottolenghi’s latest volume, Sweet, I knew the perfect tweak to make them my own. Chocolate banana coconut cookies! Don’t get me wrong, this Southern girl loves pecans, but melty chocolate and chewy coconut punctuated by sweet banana sounds like a tropical dream. I can’t wait to try these again with flavored chocolate like lime and ginger, for that extra umph. These chocolate banana coconut cookies come together easily. However, plan in…