Category Archives: Sweet Treats

Dark Chocolate Orange Truffles

Chocolate truffles are the perfect dessert for times when we are craving something chocolaty. This recipe uses dark chocolate so we can eat our chocolate and feel good about it too 😄, especially when you consider that dark chocolate is good for you. Here is a recipe for homemade Dark Chocolate Orange Truffles.

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Roasted Hazelnuts & Cashew Granola

I got this recipe when I was watching my favorite Food Network show Barefoot Contessa with Ina Garten. She was making brunch dishes and this hazelnut granola was one of the items featured.  All it had was nuts, honey, oats and oil.  That’s it.  When was the last time you saw a granola recipe that had so few ingredients and was so easy to make that all you do is combine and bake? Continue reading Roasted Hazelnuts & Cashew Granola

Cookies, Cookies, Sweet Treats, and More Cookies!

Last week I got a post from one of my blog followers/reader Mackenzie, with a very novel social gathering. Her blog, which is mackmarie.com, had sent a request a couple weeks earlier asking her readers to submit their favorite cookie recipes for a cookie party she was hosting which she called a meet and greet party. I assumed she was asking for recipes for a cookie exchange party she was hosting at her home.

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Scandinavian Baking by Trine Hahnemann

Have you heard of FIKA? I hadn’t. Not until a few months ago that is, when I was catching up on my daily world news on BBC.com. I came across an article that read  Why Are Swedish Workers So Happy?.  This article was about FIKA, the Swedish workplace tradition of taking a coffee break with sweet treats and chatting. In many companies in Sweden this coffee break is not only encouraged but in some offices it is actually  mandatory.  Research has shown that taking a work-place coffee break leads to happier and more productive employees.

I know it’s silly of me, but when I read that people take a coffee break every day with a sweet pastry or two, all I could think of is, “Why aren’t Swedish people overweight?”  Eating that much sweet treats every day must have some negative impact on the body. Right?

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The quest for the answer to this question is how I came upon this cookbook Scandinavian Baking by Trine Hahnemann. Continue reading Scandinavian Baking by Trine Hahnemann

Dark Chocolate Brownies With Salted Carmel

My friend Rose made these outstanding dark chocolate brownies a while back, and they were perfect little bites of pure chocolate joy. These brownies were gooey, chocolaty, and moist with a hint of espresso and they were not teeth-tingling sweet. Why am I surprised these brownies were so good? Rose is an amazing baker – just amazing. Her baked goods can win awards. If only she would open a bakeshop, her goodies would sell out for sure. Rose shared her recipe for these gooey brownies, which she got from trEATs by April Carter. Here is the recipe with a few of Rose’s own tweaks. Continue reading Dark Chocolate Brownies With Salted Carmel

Dark Chocolate Fruit & Nut Bark with Apricots and Candied Ginger

I love Cadbury’s Fruit and Nut Bar. It’s my favorite chocolate. I thought about making some at home but decided it was best to leave it to Cadbury’s to make it the way they do – just perfect.  Instead I decided to make a more adult fruit and nut bar with dark chocolate and some of my favorite dried fruits and nuts like apricots, pistachios, and candied ginger. I also added saffron to give the chocolate an exotic flavor. Here is the recipe. Continue reading Dark Chocolate Fruit & Nut Bark with Apricots and Candied Ginger