King Cake Cinnamon Rolls

One week until Mardi Gras! The countdown is on!

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Whether you observe Lent or not, Mardi Gras is a really fun excuse to make some indulgent dishes – and these cinnamon rolls definitely fit the bill.

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Giant, Candy-Stuffed Peanut Butter Cups

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My love language is chocolate and peanut butter. Luckily for me, my husband loves the combo too, so it’s an obvious choice whenever I’m making something special for us.

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These enormous peanut butter cups were our Valentine’s day treat this year – which was perfect, because they’re sized to share.

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Chocolate Raspberry Cupcakes

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Both kids got cookbooks for Christmas, so for the past several weeks, both kids have been obsessed with playing restaurant. They browse through their stack of cookbooks, deciding what to make, and then cook and serve it out of their play kitchen.

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It’s adorable, and I’ve been eating up every second of it.

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Chocolate Poke Cake

I don’t think any of my regular readers are surprised I’m posting in honor of National Chocolate Cake Day today. Chocolate cake and I are practically BFFs.

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I’ve shared recipes for impressive chocolate layer cakes and chocolate melting cakes perfectly sized for two; triple chocolate cheesecake and deliciously boozy chocolate cupcakes. I’ve yet to meet a chocolate cake I don’t like – but this poke cake is something special.

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Cheese Danish

Happy National Cheese Lover’s Day!

I don’t always celebrate this arbitrary food holidays, but National Cheese Lover’s Day is just one I couldn’t ignore.

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Cheese danishes are a favorite of mine. Whenever we find ourselves somewhere with a spread of pastries, I always snatch up the cheese one before anyone can take it on me. Knowing how ridiculously easy it is to make them at home? Really dangerous.

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Black Forest Cheesecake #ChristmasSweetsWeek

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I always feel a little more nostalgic about my German heritage at Christmas. I think it’s a remnant of Opa’s Christmas cookie packages, which were synonymous with Christmas for all of my childhood. Without even thinking about it, I end up planning some German-inspired dessert for our holiday table – like this Black Forest Cheesecake.

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This is obviously not traditional, but the flavors are there – and, I’ll be honest, this is going to be easier than your traditional Black Forest Cake.

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Chocolate Hazelnut Doughnuts #ChristmasSweetsWeek

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I am all about a festive breakfast for holiday celebrations – and these delicious doughnuts are a perfect treat for Christmas morning!

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These pack a big punch of flavor thanks to LorAnn Oils Chocolate Hazelnut Flavor. Just a little gives these a great, complex flavor – and it’s balanced nicely by the vanilla icing. Sweets & Treats sprinkles make them extra festive and perfect for the holiday!

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Chocolate Orange Crinkle Cookies #ChristmasSweetsWeek

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Fluffy and soft on the inside, but crisp around the edges, these Chocolate Orange Crinkle Cookies will be your new favorite to leave for Santa!

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Chocolate and orange is a nostalgic Christmas flavor pairing for me, thanks to years of chocolate oranges in our stockings! These cookies taste just like that childhood treat.

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Cream Cheese Buttons with a Dark Chocolate Drizzle #ChristmasCookies

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If you make up holiday cookie trays, you know there are two types of cookies: “showpieces” and “fillers”. Your showpieces are the eye-catching ones – the iced sugar cookies, the ones rolled in sprinkles or dusted with peppermint. Your fillers are the cookies that make up “everything else”.

These are fillers.

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The thing about fillers is they’re unassuming. It’s probably not the cookie you grab off the tray first, but my goal is always to make my fillers delicious. These fillers absolutely fit the bill.

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Fruit Cake Cookie Bars #ChristmasCookies

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I grew up with my Grandfather’s stollen as a Christmas tradition, so it took me years to realize that most of the world doesn’t love fruit cake.

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Honestly, I think the rest of the world is wrong, it’s delicious. I think too many people’s first encounter was a questionably-made, mass produced dessert no one would like. If you’d tried Opa’s, I’m sure you would solidly be in my corner.

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