Apple Cider Cupcakes with Cranberry Buttercream

The leaves are starting to change colors and fresh apples are abound, it is finally fall! Although it has been 80 degrees in Boston lately, I am still loving fall baking

Perfect for autumn, these simple Apple Cider Cupcakes with Cranberry Buttercream are a creative and fun dessert that everyone will enjoy! They feature easy, spiced apple cider cupcakes topped with a fresh, from scratch cranberry buttercream featuring homemade cranberry sauce . Fall flavors ring in this unique treat that will bring back nostalgic trips to the apple orchard. Click through and get baking today!

Since I love everything related to apples for fall, this week I whipped up my Caramel Apple Upside Down Cake for the Jewish holidays, and it was a hit!

In New England, apple picking is an essential fall tradition! Along with the crisp apples, the smell of apple cider donuts and taste of fresh apple cider makes the experience complete.

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13 Ways to Reduce Sugar Intake and Save Room for Dessert!

As a dietitian and an avid baker, I often get asked: “How do you balance your nutrition background with your passion for baking?”. I tell them that it is all about balance. 

No one is perfect and there should be no expectation that just because my professional background is in nutrition, that I do not eat sweets (yes people do think this!). Thus, this is my first post in a new section of my blog that will go over ways to eat in moderation so you can include dessert in a balanced diet!

13 Ways to Reduce Sugar Intake and Save Room for Dessert – As a dietitian I am always asked how I balance my nutrition background and passion for baking. I tell them it is all about balance! The goal of this post is to show you some easy ways to reduce your daily intake of added sugar so you can enjoy dessert as part of a healthy lifestyle. Click through to the article to get my tips on reducing sugar intake from food and drinks and some of my favorite sweets recipes!

First up is how to cut added sugar throughout the day to save it for dessert! Many of the foods we eat on a daily basis are loaded with added sugar. The goal of this post is to show you some easy ways to reduce your daily intake of added sugar so you can enjoy dessert (obviously my favorite meal of the day!).

13 Ways to Reduce Sugar Intake and Save Room for Dessert – As a dietitian I am always asked how I balance my nutrition background and passion for baking. I tell them it is all about balance! The goal of this post is to show you some easy ways to reduce your daily intake of added sugar so you can enjoy dessert as part of a healthy lifestyle. Click through to the article to get my tips on reducing sugar intake from food and drinks and some of my favorite sweets recipes!

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Pumpkin Spice Cake Pops

It is finally pumpkin spice season! I have a bunch of pumpkin recipes planned, but these cake pops are a great place to start! If you have any specific requests, I would also love to hear them.

These delicious cake pops feature a moist pumpkin cake mixed with cream cheese frosting all covered in white chocolate melts.

The color of chocolate you use and the addition of sprinkles makes these cake pops easily customizable and perfect for any holiday. Today though, I had Halloween in mind.

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Summer Recipe Recap & Blogging Update

As summer comes to an end, I wanted to recap all the recipes I have been baking in my kitchen over the past few months!

In addition to showcasing these recipes, I want to announce some new changes that will be coming to my blog in the coming weeks.

Let’s start with all the delicious recipes!

 Are you in need of a end of summer dessert that will feed a crowd? These indulgent summer dessert recipes are a round-up of the best sweet treats of summertime. They include simple and easy treats, an icebox cake, no bake recipes, and plenty of ideas for baking with summer fruit and berries. There are also a few frozen treats that will be sure to keep everyone cool! Your family will love these fun dessert ideas, check them out today!

Bars & Brownies

Mocha Brownies with Coffee Cream Cheese Frosting 

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Mocha Brownies with Coffee Cream Cheese Frosting

We all know that I am obsessed with chocolate and coffee. If you need proof, just check out this recipe for Mocha Fudge Cupcakes.

It should be no surprise that when I was baking brownies one night, I decided to add instant coffee.

They were delicious and were eaten so fast that my mom (the biggest chocolate lover of all of us) didn’t get to try one. Don’t worry, she got a large chunk of the final frosted brownies, which were even better!

These from scratch Mocha Brownies with Coffee Cream Cheese Frosting are the ultimate, chewy chocolate brownie that will become everyone’s favorite dessert recipe! They feature an easy, homemade classic brownie with instant coffee topped off with a simple and quick coffee cream cheese frosting. These unique brownies are a fun take on the classic and are perfect for parties or just a night with your friends. Click to discover new ways to use instant coffee in baking!

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Mini Raspberry Almond Cheesecakes

Do you love cheesecake?

Then this recipe for mini cheesecakes is for you! Mini desserts are some of my favorites, so I am definitely excited about this recipe!

These Mini Raspberry Almond Cheesecakes are a unique spin on a classic dessert. They feature a cookie crust made with graham crackers and ground almonds and a creamy raspberry filling. These individual desserts are an easy, homemade bite size treat that will have everyone wanting more!
These Mini Raspberry Almond Cheesecakes are a unique spin on a classic dessert. They feature a cookie crust made with graham crackers and ground almonds and a creamy raspberry filling. These individual desserts are an easy, homemade bite size treat that will have everyone wanting more!

This recipe for Mini Raspberry Almond Cheesecakes was first published as a guest post, and I am now sharing it with you!

I love cheesecake at any time of year, but especially for summer. This recipe for Cheesecake Stuffed Banana Bread is also a dessert (or breakfast!) for any cheesecake lover!

I decided to put my spin on this dessert by making mini cheesecakes with a delicious raspberry flavor.

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Coffee Toffee Ice Cream Pie

What could make a pie better? Ice cream of course!

This Coffee Toffee Ice Cream Pie takes the best parts of a pie and an ice cream sundae!

 What could be better than an ice cream sundae and a pie? An easy coffee toffee ice cream pie of course! This homemade, no bake ice cream pie layers an oreo cookie crust, the best coffee heath bar ice cream, and a chocolate ganache topping. This simple, creamy ice cream dessert will remind you of summer birthdays at the local ice cream parlor. Put it on your menu and in the freezer today! Click through to the recipe to find out how easy this DIY ice cream pie is to make!

We all know I absolutely love ice cream (that may be an understatement!). Read more about my ice cream obsession here.

Coffee toffee or coffee heath bar ice cream as it may be more commonly known has always been one of my favorite ice cream flavors.

When I was younger I remember my parents not allowing me to order coffee ice cream after late afternoon. I always thought it was silly, so instead, I tried to have it during the day.

This ice cream pie begins with a classic oreo cookie crust. It is layered with coffee toffee ice cream and topped with chocolate ganache. This indulgent combination is one that everyone will love!

Here are a few tips to help you perfect your ice cream pie!

  • You can use any chocolate sandwich cookie in place of Oreos.
  • The cookie crust may be on the wet side, do not worry! This allows the crust to hold together well once frozen.
  • Instead of putting together your own coffee toffee ice cream you can also buy it from your local ice cream shop!
  • It will be easiest to stir in the toffee pieces if you leave the ice cream at room temperature for 15-20 minutes until softened.
  • I prefer to cut up chocolate covered toffee pieces or heath bar instead of using toffee baking bits.
  • I find it easiest to cut the pie if you leave it at room temperature for 5 minutes.

This ice cream pie is definitely my childhood dreams coming true!

I would love to hear what kind of pie (ice cream or not) you would like to see next!

I hope you love this pie as much as I do, enjoy 🙂

Looking for other no-bake, summer dessert recipes? Check them out below!

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Coffee Toffee Ice Cream Pie

What could be better than an ice cream sundae and a pie? An easy coffee toffee ice cream pie of course! This no-bake ice cream pie layers an oreo cookie crust, coffee heath bar ice cream, and chocolate ganache topping. 

Ingredients
Cookie Crust
  • 24 oreos (2 cups cookie crumbs)
  • 6 tablespoons butter , melted
Ice Cream
  • 1 quart coffee ice cream
  • 3/4 cup plus 1/4 cup toffee pieces , divided
Chocolate Ganache
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 4 ounces semisweet chocolate , chopped
Instructions
Cookie Crust
  1. In a small bowl mix the cookie crumbs and melted butter. Press the cookie crust into a 9-inch pie pan and set aside. 

Ice Cream
  1. Place the coffee ice cream in a bowl and let soften for 15-20 minutes. Stir in 3/4 cup of the chopped toffee until evenly incorporated. Place the ice cream in the cookie crust and freeze for several hours until firm. 

Chocolate Ganache
  1. In a small saucepan heat the cream to a simmer, do not let it boil. In a small bowl, pour the hot cream over the chopped chocolate and whisk until smooth. Let the ganache sit until no longer warm, 20-30 minutes. 

  2. Once cooled, spread the ganache over the ice cream layer. Top with remaining 1/4 cup toffee pieces. Freeze until ready to serve!

Recipe Notes
  • Instead of making your own coffee toffee ice cream you can also buy it from your local ice cream shop!
  • The cookie crust may be on the wet side, do not worry! This allows it to hold together well once frozen.
  • I find it easiest to cut the pie if you leave it at room temperature for 5 minutes.

Blueberry Lemon Hand Pies

Blueberries have always been one of my favorite fruits.

My mom tells stories of me sitting in the blueberry patch as a child with my shirt covered in stains from all the blueberries I ate. Thus, it is no surprise that they are still one of my favorite parts of summer!

Every summer we always go blueberry picking, it’s a family tradition at this point. With so many blueberries, making blueberry pie was definitely one of the treats that were made.

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