Easter Cookie Cake #SpringSweetsWeek

This post is sponsored in conjunction with #SpringSweetsWeek. I received product samples from sponsor companies to help in the creation of the #SpringSweetsWeek recipes. All opinions are mine alone.

Isn’t this cake just so cute?

A thick, oversized chocolate cookie decorated with vanilla buttercream and topped off with the every-popular chocolate bunny. It’s a great cake for beginners because you can hide any cake imperfections with icing… and any icing imperfections with candy.

A giant chocolate chip cookie decorated with blue frosting, candy, and a chocolate bunny.

But, that’s not all – this bunny has a really fun surprise inside!

This is a super fun dessert for Easter. Everyone will get a kick out of the surprise and, even more, everyone loves a chocolate chip cookie!

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Chocolate Matzo Tiramisu #SpringSweetsWeek

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You know what I love for holidays? Make ahead options.

Having a few things done the day before always makes the rest of the meal feel more manageable. This cake is a great make-ahead option to have waiting at the end of your holiday meal and -bonus!- it’s Passover-friendly.

No-bake cake made from chocolate mouse and coffee-soaked matzo sheets topped with ganache.

Rich dark chocolate mousse is sandwiched between coffee-soaked matzo and topped with dark chocolate ganache in this easy, icebox version of tiramisu.

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Mini Rhubarb Crumb Loaves #SpringSweetsWeek

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These little loaves are the perfect addition to your spring tea table! Just the right amount of sweetness, balanced by the tartness of the rhubarb. The bread is soft and spongy, and the crumbs add a great burst of texture and sweetness.

Small loaf of crumb topped rhubarb bread on a plate.

The little loaves are perfectly portioned for an afternoon tea – or to share with friends!

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No-Churn Lemon Ice Cream #SpringSweetsWeek

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Oh, hello there spring!

I always love the change of seasons – and especially the arrival of spring. The longer days, warmer weather, and watching everything green up just fills my soul after the winter months. And this year, it feels especially poignant. After a year of social distancing, watching the people around me getting vaccinated gives me so much hope that we’re really going to break out of this long winter.

I’m so excited to kick off spring with #SpringSweetsWeek again this year! This week, I’ll be sharing four new dessert recipes – starting off with this couldn’t-be-easier lemon ice cream.

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Mini Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cheesecakes

Two of my favorite Valentine’s Day desserts are cheesecake and chocolate covered strawberries. Combined, they make the perfect treat for your sweetie!

These are a fun take on the classic mini cheesecakes. Oreo cookies make for a great chocolate crust and strawberry preserves mixed into the cheesecake give it it’s strawberry taste and pink color. A simple ganache and strawberries make a perfect, simple topping.

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Persimmon Pecan Cake

This post is sponsored in conjunction with the #FamilyBakingChallenge. I received product to aid in the creation of the recipe. All opinions are mine alone.

It was this time last year that our obsession with tea started. Jake wanted to do the annual Santa train – and Julie adamantly did not. Instead, she requested a holiday outing that did not involve Santa, so I made us reservations at a local tea room. Julie and I were both smitten with the experience and have been recreating it at home since.

It also kickstarted my experimentation with tea. I thought I didn’t like it – but I was pleasantly surprised to realize I was wrong. A cup of tea and an afternoon treat has become one of my favorite rituals this year.

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Butterscotch Pear Croissant Pudding with Eggnog Sauce

This post is sponsored in conjunction with the #FamilyBakingChallenge. I received product to aid in the creation of the recipe. All opinions are mine alone.

You guys know getting the whole family in the kitchen is something that’s important to me – so I was so excited to jump in on the #FamilyBakingChallenge from Melissa’s Produce! Each week, they’ve been featuring a different seasonal ingredient and a few recipes. Your challenge is to take the recipe and make it your own!

Week one started off with a bang – and a new-to-us fruit: butterscotch pears! We loved them – and we loved this spin on bread pudding!

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Small Batch Chocolate Cake with Fluffy Peppermint Frosting

Have you thought about your Christmas menu yet? Now’s the time! Christmas Eve is only 2 weeks away!

I was chatting with a friend about it last week and she mentioned how hard it feels to create a menu for just a few people when you’re used to having a crowd for the holidays. I totally understand – we usually celebrate with our big families! – but it’s also the perfect opportunity to let small-batch treats shine.

This cutie is the perfect example! A petite chocolate cake that is perfectly sized for just 2-4 people and topped off with fluffy peppermint frosting – what more do you want for Christmas? It’s a great option for this year’s sized-down celebrations.

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Instant Pot Gingerbread Cheesecake

We are planning a cozy, just-the-four-of-us Christmas this year. I’ve tried very hard not to dwell on negatives this year – which means that instead of focusing on all the holiday cooking I won’t be doing, I decided to tackle some smaller-batch treats that will be perfect for our family.

Instant Pot cheesecakes are perfect for smaller crowds because they themselves are smaller – and they’re super easy to pull off . Jazzed up with the gingerbread-inspired spices, this small-batch holiday treat is a slam dunk.

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Hot Chocolate Sweet Rolls

If you’ve been a reader for a while, you know I love my sweet rolls. I also love hot chocolate so it seemed only proper that as part of this year’s Christmas sweets, I give a nod to both. These warm, sticky rolls are an ode to my favorite winter drink.

Chocolate dough is wrapped around swirls of melty chocolate chips and toasty marshmallows – and it’s all topped off with even more marshmallow cream. This is a perfect treat for brunch on Christmas day – or all winter long!

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