Tag: dessert

Salted Caramel Macaroons

Salted Caramel Macaroons // shutterbean

I made this recipe twice on Saturday. The first time went really well until... I burned the caramel. I should seriously have a leash on me when I'm working in the kitchen with things that require attention. If I have enough counter space free, I almost always find another project to work on. It just doesn't feel right to have less than three things going on at once. After the caramel burning fiasco I sat there in my kitchen contemplating whether or not I should call these Burnt Salted Caramel Macaroons or just scrap the recipe altogether because I actually drizzled all of the macaroons with the burnt caramel. I wasn't convinced.

Salted Caramel Macaroons // shutterbean

Then I found another bag of coconut in my pantry as well as a can of condensed milk and HALLELUJAH round two!

Salted Caramel Macaroons // shutterbean

I'm glad I gave it another go because these macaroons (from The Macaroon Bible) are incredible. They taste amazing with or without the salted caramel. The caramel adds a little bit of a crunch to the crispy/chewy macaroon. Plus! It's salted so HELLO. If you haven't noticed, I'm a sucker for anything with coconutcaramel or salted caramel.
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Peanut Butter Banana Roll-ups

Peanut Butter & Banana Roll-ups // shutterbean

Is this indulgent or healthy? I'm not quite sure!

What we have here is a flour tortilla with a good/even smear of chunky (or die!) peanut butter. We add a banana to the top and roll it up to make a burrito. Then we cut the roll-up into pieces and move ourselves to the couch and watch really bad/indulgent TV.  Say Yes to the Dress? Maybe? (She should have picked the beaded bodice!) Add some nutella to the mix or COOKIE BUTTER and we're on Team INDULGENT. You might as well put on the Housewives. We're going in for a marathon.

But then maybe you're in the mood for it to be healthy? Fiiiiiine. Use a whole wheat tortilla or better yet-make it SPROUTED and we'll watch Man vs. Wild or some other Discovery Channel program. Put some chia seeds in there already! It's vegan, gosh.

 

Chocolate Chip Cookie Energy Bars

Chocolate Chip Cookie Energy Bars // shutterbean

An energy bar that tastes like a chocolate chip cookie. A chocolate chip cookie that tastes like an energy bar. Which one would you choose?

I say an energy bar that tastes like a chocolate chip cookie!

Chocolate Chip Cookie Energy Bars // shutterbean

I had a hard time naming these treats because they taste like cookie/cookie dough but they're not baked, contain no butter, eggs and oil and they're filled with health. Energy bars? Totally!  They're inspired by the chocolate chip cookie dough Larabar but even better because they've got some oats up in. There's a little more bite to them and less dates.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Energy Bars // shutterbean

They give you energy. I mean...a real cookie gives you energy but it's fleeting energy. This is the read deal kinda energy. They're also vegan! They are a great after-school treat or a 3PM where's my chocolate I NEED CHOCOLATE treat. Also great for after dinner...I'm thinking it would be good to sandwich some ice cream between two squares. What do you think about that? I think yes.

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Chocolate Cake with Strawberries & Cream

Chocolate Cake with Strawberries & Cream // shutterbean

Last Monday, I drank enough water, took my vitamins, had myself a delicious/healthy breakfast and made myself a healthy salad for lunch. Things were going well! When I got home and stood in front of the fridge trying to figure out what we'd eat for dinner the leftovers of this cake stared back at me. I accidentally put it on shelf that was at eye level and a little voice in my head said, "DON'T DO IT, TRACY!!!"  But then I did. One sliver turned into a gigantic piece. I had cake for dinner while standing in the kitchen because MONDAY.

Chocolate Cake with Strawberries & Cream // shutterbean

I made this cake for taco dinner night with my parents last weekend. It was so simple that I was able to take pictures of the process while entertaining and getting dinner ready. The ingredients are modest and the cake is actually vegan if you subtract the whipped cream!

Chocolate Cake with Strawberries & Cream // shutterbean

It's a cake that doesn't smack you over the head with chocolate; it's all about the whipped cream and strawberries!  This cake is so good, fluffy and airy that it makes you abandon your intentions of eating "healthy." It might become a staple this Summer when we're entertaining.

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Affogato Speciale

Affogato Speciale // shutterbean

Whenever we see an Affogato on a dessert menu, Casey and I simultaneously blurt out AFFOGATO GIVE YOU SOMETHING. It's a silly little line we picked up from the TV show Kitchen Confidential (Bradley Cooper was in it...not Anthony Bourdain). We just can't help ourselves!

Affogato Speciale // shutterbean

We have an espresso espresso machine, espresso beans, and a big bottle of Amaretto just hanging out in our liquor cabinet but we rarely have ice cream (cuz we eat it all) and we almost NEVER have chocolate stout at home. But when I saw this recipe I was intrigued. Chocolate stout??? And amaretto? Extra items were immediately procured. Let's seriously elevate the affogato! What we have here is a grown up root beer float! It's bitter. It's sweet. It's slightly chocolatey and super foamy because of the stout! It would be a real crowd pleaser if you're looking to impress guests at a party. I highly suggest you say- Affogato show you this cool recipe I found on Shutterbean.

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Heart Shaped Cinnamon Tortilla Chips

Heart Shaped Cinnamon Sugar Tortilla Chips // shutterbean

I got a comment the other day from a SUPER old post saying that I should make these Cinnamon Tortilla Chips heart shaped for Valentine's Day. Comment noted. Action COMPLETED. I love my readers (thanks for the idea, Sandi!). Also, that note that I wrote my 7 year old self in that post cracked me up. I need to write a note to 31 year old Tracy. There's a lot she needs to know.

Heart Shaped Cinnamon Sugar Tortilla Chips // shutterbean

If you're looking for a super last minute sweet treat for Valentine's Day, this is IT. Look no further.

You can complete this recipe the night before your Valentine's date or even while you have a movie going and your significant other is chilling on the couch.

Heart Shaped Cinnamon Sugar Tortilla Chips // shutterbean

If you haven't noticed, the sugar gets all melty and hard which creates a cinnamon-y caramel like coating!

It reminds me a lot of these Caramel Brioche Croutons. I've been meaning to make those and dip them in white chocolate...or maybe dark chocolate. I dunno. I digress. 34 year old Tracy is easily distracted.

 

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Cherry Vanilla Hot Chocolate

Cherry Vanilla Hot Chocolate // shutterbean

Hot chocolate was always a special treat when we were kids. My parents would occasionally take us to IHOP after Sunday mass. We'd order our breakfasts (always french toast for me) with thick handled mugs of hot chocolate overflowing with whipped cream. My brothers would scarf theirs down immediately, while I sat there playing with the whipped cream...savoring every bit... purposely taunting them. I played the role of little sister well.

Cherry Vanilla Hot Chocolate // shutterbean

As a mom, I employ the hot chocolate as "special treat" trick every now and then. I've learned as a parent that any deviation from the regular routine food-wise creates memories and really rattles a kid- in a good way. I still haven't gotten over that time my dad tried to make us Italian wedding soup (hilarious fail!) or the bright red strawberry slushies he made us in Tahoe while he & my mom shared margaritas. The food memories stick with you- at least they have for me.  You should have seen Cooper's face the day I let him eat popcorn while watching a movie in our bed. PURE MAGIC. Also, sorry Casey.

Cherry Vanilla Hot Chocolate // shutterbean

Hot chocolate isn't something Casey and I partake in. I mean... we went through a sipping chocolate phase a few years ago but for some reason that didn't last long. Part of it stems from my weird I'd prefer not to drink my calories because I'd rather eat them ideology. But then again, I can easily be persuaded when a drink has liqueur in it. This cherry vanilla hot chocolate is rich, creamy and super decadent.  Umm. Did I mention there's butter in it!?  And the addition of kirsch (a cherry liqueur) and white chocolate is wonderful. I gave Cooper a kids version and he wouldn't stop talking about it ALL DAY LONG. See? Food memories formed.

I can't imagine a more perfect drink for that special someone on Valentine's day.

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Tangerine Sherbet

Tangerine Sherbet // shutterbean

I remember being so frustrated/perplexed when my parents would get out of kick of my use of the word SHERBERT instead of sherBET when I was little. It took me years to figure it out and when I did, I noticed that I wasn't the only person who said it that way. Sherbet like it's a sure bet instead of sure, Burt. Oof.

Tangerine Sherbet // shutterbean

I had a lot of sherbet when I was growing up. I'm not sure why. I think it was something my grandma always had in her freezer and when we went out for ice cream, the color behind the glass at the store was like a DING DING DING, GET ME. Orange was my favorite flavor and I think it had to do with the time I had an Orange Julius with my friend Angela once at the mall when we weren't supervised by adults.  I chased that creamsicle high for the rest of my childhood. So simple/so good.

Tangerine Sherbet // shutterbean

I was delighted to find this recipe in the Sunset Magazine because I had too many tangerines taking up real estate on my kitchen counter this week and an empty spot in our freezer waiting to be filled with a frozen treat. This sherbet is SUPER flavorful, very light & refreshing and a snap to pull together. If you decide to put a little splash of alcohol on top, we'd be fast friends.

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