Category Archives: Sweet Treats

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

Dark Chocolate Rose Petal Raspberry Bark

Our family loves dark chocolate anything, and they especially love this raspberry chocolate bark. Kids like it with vanilla ice cream, adults like it with a good cup of coffee or port.  Either way, this Dark Chocolate Rose Petal Raspberry Bark is delicious!  Here is the recipe.

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My Signature Greek Yogurt Dessert

You know the saying, “Necessity is the mother of invention.”  That’s how I came up with my signature Greek yogurt dessert for a lunch I was invited to at my cousins Uma and Nando’s.  It was a super hot day on that Sunday and the thought of making anything in that heat was just daunting.  Even stepping out to the grocery store for ingredients felt oppressive.  For this lunch I had to make a dessert that did not involve using the oven or the stove.  For this lunch I had to work with what ingredients were at hand, and what I had was Greek yogurt, berries, chia seeds, and some dried fruits. Continue reading My Signature Greek Yogurt Dessert

All Natural Apricot Jam

My friend Rose recently gave us some homemade apricot jam and it was delicious!  It tasted like fresh picked apricots in a jar.  We were having it by the spoonfuls.  I asked Rose if she could save another jar for me, as the jam was so delicious that we were going to finish it pretty fast.  Rose was thrilled to know the jam tasted great because as I found out she used a new recipe.  It was a jam recipe without pectin or gelatin as a preservative.  It was an all-natural apricot jam.  This is one wholesome recipe that is meant for sharing, so I asked Rose for the recipe to pass it on. Continue reading All Natural Apricot Jam