Starbuck’s Cranberry Bliss Bars

Starbuck's Cranberry Bliss Bars

A copycat recipe for Starbuck’s famed Cranberry Bliss Bars. Notes of undying love are spread all over the Internet for these beloved treats. Even though I never had an original it’s easy to see they are deserving of all the attention they’ve garnered.

Layered Pumpkin Cheesecake with Belgium Chocolate

A tall and luscious triple layer pumpkin cheesecake covered generously in Belgium chocolate shavings. Rather than having a cheesecake and a pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving I thought it would be fun to combine them into a layered cheesecake. A thick layer of warmly spiced pumpkin cheesecake batter is encased between two thin layers of plain… 

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Almond Apple Bread with Rum Raisin Cream Cheese

Picture yourself in a forest. In the middle of nowhere. In a clearing with tall trees all around and random rays of sunlight shining through. You’re part of a small audience sitting before a large wooden table covered with all sorts of rustic looking tarts, breads and salads made with wild plants and herbs foraged… 

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Leftover Halloween Candy Bar Cookies

What’s better than leftover Halloween candy? Giant Halloween candy cookies packed with pieces of kit kats, peanut butter cups and walnuts! That’s what! While I usually prefer a soft cookie like Nestle toll-house, I really enjoyed these. Crisp around the edges and chewy in the middle, they take a little more time to eat than… 

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Cannoli Dessert Pizza and Chocolate Cannoli Pizzettes

Cannoli Dessert Pizza

Challenge #5 Prompt: One recipe, 100 variations! We’re challenging each of you to put your own spin on the same recipe. How you do it is up to you. Will you try out some molecular gastronomy techniques? Share a super-secret trick? Or re-envision the dish from a different perspective? For the purpose of this contest… 

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Spiced Mini Churros and Mayan Hot Chocolate

I served these charming Mini Churros for dessert at my Mexican Inspired Dinner Party along with spicy Mayan Hot Chocolate. Churros are Mexican doughnuts that are piped from a star tipped pastry bag and deep fried. I made a mini version with warm spices like cinnamon and nutmeg, rolled in sugar. The sugar gives them… 

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