Tag: dessert

Baked Maple Bacon Doughnuts

Baked Maple Bacon Doughnuts // shutterbean

Putting bacon on Baked Maple Doughnuts is kinda like ordering a Diet Coke when you get a double double with animal style fries at In & Out Burger. Or maybe it’s like getting your burger protein style (lettuce instead of bread)? I dunno. Baking a doughnut is just one simple way of sparing the littlest of calories.  What happens is that it tricks your brain into eating more…and you know what. THERE’S totally JUSTIFICATION in that.

Baked Maple Bacon Doughnuts // shutterbean

I give you permission to make these for your friends.  I give you permission to be the cool one at the office who brings in the best treats. I give you permission to use the “But they’re baked!” line because sometimes you have to help people see the beauty in balance.

Baked Maple Bacon Doughnuts // shutterbean

I give you permission to eat one and then turn that into two because you really want to appreciate the nuance of maple glaze with bacon. It’s like a doughnut was put on a plate of pancakes with a side of bacon then someone who doesn’t mind their foods to touch let it alllll happen. It’s everything right.

Lastly, I give you permission to blame your sudden weight gain on me. But that now means you have my permission to buy a cute oversize sweater to cover said weight gain cuz DOUGHNUTS!

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Pear Cornmeal Cake w/ Rosemary Syrup

Pear Cornmeal Cake // shutterbean

Say hello to my new favorite cake! It sure is lovely, isn’t it?  It’s such a lady-like cake. Let’s have a tea party with it. Let’s also use up all those pears we have sitting on our kitchen counter. OK?

Pear Cornmeal Cake // shutterbean

It’s a cornmeal cake studded with pears and sweetened with a rosemary syrup infusion on top. It’s kind of like cornbread meets cake meets spoon bread meets poached pears meets LET ME JUST HAVE ONE BITE and it turns into two slices CAKE. I should also note that I sat on the floor as I ate this yesterday. You gotta do what you gotta do for good light, people.

Pear Cornmeal Cake // shutterbean

This cake is perfect for breakfast or an afternoon snack with a good book & a cup of hot tea. I suggest you do that this weekend!

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Pumpkin Pecan Ice Cream Sandwiches

Pumpkin Pecan Ice Cream Sandwiches // shutterbean

This is the part where I try to entice you with my words. But, today there are none. I MEAN.

LOOK

AT

THESE

PUMPKIN PECAN ICE CREAM SANDWICHES.

I have no words.

Pumpkin Pecan Ice Cream Sandwiches // shutterbean

I adapted my Lemon Blueberry Ice Cream Sandwiches from this summer and made them even better!

What should we do for winter??? Something cranberry-ish! Let’s think. Maybe something orange for citrus season?

Pumpkin Pecan Ice Cream Sandwiches // shutterbean

The pumpkin ice cream is dotted with cinnamon butter coated pecans and the cookie sandwich part is like a chewy ginger molasses cookie meets blondie. Iz goooooood and I CAN’T STOP EATING THEM which means YOU SHOULD MAKE THEM like NOW.

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Cucumber Watermelon Popsicles

Cucumber Watermelon Popsicles // shutterbean

Cucumber Watermelon reminds me of being a tween. Except we didn’t call it tween back then. It was just the super awkward time between 7th grade and high school. In 8th grade, I really wanted to wear deodorant because it meant you were one step closer to being grown. Well, that and sports bras, Doc Martens, liquid eyeliner, and bangs with too much hairspray. I think my first dip into the deodorant world was with the zesty Cucumber Watermelon Teen Spirit variety. It just seemed like the right thing to do. I mean, who doesn’t want their pits to smell like Watermelon Jolly Rancher mixed with the synthetic smell of chemical cucumber?  Cucumber watermelon was ALLLLLLL the rage back then but the thought of eating those two things at the SAME TIME was…blasphemy. At least in my tween head.

Cucumber Watermelon Popsicles // shutterbean

 

And this is that very flavor in popsicle form. Thankfully we’ve grown out of that not eating Cucumber & Watermelon TOGETHER phase. Now, we’re grown and there’s no crying to Boys II Men (most of the time) and no trying to force these legs into wearing boxers as shorts during volleyball practice! Hallelujah. Cucumber watermelon might be the scent of my 8th grade innocence…without the peer pressure & hormonal drama.

Cucumber Watermelon Popsicles // shutterbean

 

Also I can now dip a popsicle in a cup of vodka or gin if I’m having a rough day cuz I’M GROWN.

 

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Cornflake Marshmallow Cookies

Cornflake Marshmallow Cookies // shutterbean

I wanted to write you this whole story about how my brother flew across country with a huge box full of cookies from Momofuku’s Milkbar for my birthday but I just got sucked in on Facebook and I don’t have the energy to go into detail. I don’t know how I get sucked into Facebook, but I do. I have a few people who are into Crossfit & Paleo (OMG!), a bunch of people just got new baby dogs, a friend had a baby and some other people are performing in bands and it’s all…

RIVETING STUFF.

Cornflake Marshmallow Cookies // shutterbean

I now interrupt your allocated 5 minutes (ahem, 50) of Facebook time to tell you about these cookies. These cookies are everything. I had them many many years ago when I was in New York and I’ve never had anything like them since. I always make a point to pick one up on my trips out to NY. These cookies are crunchy (cuz of the cornflakes!), buttery, chewy and almost toffee-like. The marshmallows makes them ooey & gooey and the peanut butter chips (my addition!) make them kind of savory and leads to mouth watering goodness. Also, they are GIANT.

**please note that in real life, my hands are giant**

Cornflake Marshmallow Cookies // shutterbean

I made the mistake of leaving 8 of them on the counter while Casey was working from home. A few hours later I got a text saying, “These cookies are dangerous!”  And when I came home there was a measly half a cookie left!  He felt bad, but he had no idea that I stashed 4 uncooked cookie dough balls in the freezer. One must always be prepared!

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Raspberry Peach Buckle

Raspberry Peach Buckle // shutterbean

I’ve been buying raspberries with the intention of making dessert but every time I bring them home, I eat all of them. I suppose there are worst things to eat, but this vicious cycle has been getting in the way of me eating raspberry cake. And raspberry cake with a heavy dose of almond extract is what I’ve been craving.

Raspberry Peach Buckle // shutterbean

Cake…Cobbler…Grunt…BUCKLE. Let’s talk about the giant elephant in the room. BUCKLE! What a funny word for something that’s cake-ish. Here’s a run down of the differences. Either way, Casey refused to say buckle when he asked for another slice. When I served it up and it wasn’t so easy to cut into perfect squares, I called it a buckle. It’s like a cake that you spoon out.

Raspberry Peach Buckle // shutterbean

I call it OH WOW I LOVE THE  SWEET JUICY PEACHES, TART RASPBERRIES AND ALMONDY CAKE THAT’S REALLY A BUCKLE… THING. I think you’ll agree that this is the perfect name when you try a bite yourself. That and WHOA, Dude, WHOA.

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Pimm’s Cup Popsicles


Pimm's Cup Popsicles // shutterbean

Aaaaaand the boozy popsicle journey continues with Pimm’s Cup Popsicles. If you’re a fan the Pimm’s Cup Cocktail,  you’ll love this frozen treat. It’s super refreshing and packs a ton of flavor. You’ll enjoy how cold it is on a hot day. Cocktail on a stick!

Pim's Cup Popsicles // shutterbean

In this recipe, I added a few slices of cucumber & strawberries to the pop. So at the very end you get a nice little frozen treat. I also used Ginger Beer because that’s what I had in our fridge. You may use ginger ale if you please! If you’re wanting to mask some of the booze and make it sweet a simple syrup will do the trick. Maybe even a mint one…oooh!

Pim's Cup Popsicles // shutterbean

And if you don’t have popsicle molds, make a simple granita!

You can see how to do it with this delicious Frozen Cappuccino recipe I made last summer. I imagine it to be like a grownup slushee. Mmmm.

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Lemon Blueberry Ice Cream Sandwiches


Lemon Blueberry Ice Cream Sandwiches // shutterbean

My parents switched schools on me when I was in 7th grade. I was super nervous and pretty upset to be changing schools because I had been with my friends since kindergarten. On my first day of the new school I found out that they sold ice cream sandwiches after lunchtime. SCORE! When my friend Caley bought me one to welcome me, it was then when I knew my parents made the right decision. It was also then that I knew I had made a solid friend.

Lemon Blueberry Ice Cream Sandwiches // shutterbean

This is my first time making ice cream sandwiches and it definitely won’t be the last. There’s something so satisfying about spreading
melty ice cream over a sheet of cookie and squishing another cookie on top to make a sandwich. And when you cut out individual sandwiches, it’s like jackpot!! Who wouldn’t want this ice cream sandwich loot in their freezer?

Lemon Blueberry Ice Cream Sandwiches // shutterbean

These sandwiches are packed with flavor! The lemon zest & juice really enhances the vanilla ice cream. It’s tastes blueberry muffin ice cream! The blueberry swirl captures my heart and adds such a pretty color to what would have been a very monotone ice cream sandwich. I’m quite smitten with these and I’m sure you’ll agree when you share your first (of many batches!) with your loved ones. Ice cream sandwiches are how friends are made.

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