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Classic Key Lime Pie

6:15 am PST, January 16, 2020

Classic Key Lime Pie

This Classic Key Lime Pie features an easy homemade graham cracker crust, a smooth and creamy key lime pie filling, and homemade whipped cream on top. The perfect dessert for key lime lovers!

A few weeks ago we covered how to make a homemade graham cracker crust. And today, I’m giving you a reason to try out that graham cracker crust with my easy homemade key lime pie recipe!

If you’ve ever felt intimidated when it comes to making pies, this key lime pie is a great starting point. Not only is the homemade crust easy to make, but the filling is just three ingredients (yes, THREE!) and it only takes a few minutes to mix together.

An added bonus? Since this pie needs to chill for a while in the refrigerator, it’s a great recipe that you can make ahead of time too!

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German Chocolate Cake

3:00 am PST, January 9, 2020

German Chocolate Cake

This is the only German Chocolate Cake recipe you’ll ever need! This homemade cake features layers of moist chocolate cake and a delicious coconut pecan frosting. 

Do you have a favorite cake? I’ve always loved a good chocolate and carrot cake, but today’s german chocolate cake recipe has easily become a new favorite of mine!

I prefer to call this an updated version of a german chocolate cake because it’s richer and easier to make. The chocolate cake layers are made in one bowl and incredibly simple to throw together. And that homemade coconut pecan frosting? I promise it tastes better than anything you can buy at the store and not too difficult to make either!

To keep this cake simple, I didn’t add an outer layer of frosting. If you prefer to add some chocolate frosting to the outside of your cake, I’ve added that option as well!

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Banana Baked Oatmeal Cups

6:04 am PST, January 2, 2020

Banana Baked Oatmeal Cups

These Banana Baked Oatmeal Cups are packed full of oats, bananas, and incredibly delicious! Perfect for an easy and healthy breakfast throughout the week.

Have you ever tried baked oatmeal? Over the years I’ve shared a couple of my favorite baked oatmeal recipes like these apple cinnamon baked oatmeal cups and this blueberry version. It’s one of my favorite breakfasts that I can prep ahead of time and enjoy throughout the week.

So today I wanted to share another version – these banana baked oatmeal cups! These oatmeal cups are made with good for you ingredients and incredibly simple to throw together. This recipe also uses 2-3 overripe bananas, so it’s a great way to use up any extra bananas that you have at the end of the week.

I added some chopped walnuts to these oatmeal cups and they taste just like a slice of homemade banana bread.

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Soft and Chewy Sugar Cookies

5:56 am PST, December 19, 2019

Soft and Chewy Sugar Cookies

These Easy Sugar Cookies are incredibly soft, chewy, and they don’t require any dough chilling. The perfect cookie for any holiday!

Over the years I’ve shared several of my favorite classic cookie recipes like my snickerdoodles, no-bake cookies, and peanut butter cookies. With Christmas just around the corner, I felt like it was the perfect time to share another favorite of mine with these homemade sugar cookies.

This sugar cookie recipe is incredibly simple to throw together and you don’t even have to chill the cookie dough. The cookies are incredibly soft and chewy and perfect to enjoy year-round.

You can even add different colors of sprinkles and enjoy these cookies with any holiday. I’ve even included several different ways that you can change up these cookies so you can really make this recipe your own!

How To Make Sugar Cookies

To make these sugar cookies, you’ll start out by mixing up your wet ingredients:

  • Unsalted Butter: I always stick with unsalted butter because the amount of salt in salted butter can vary quite a bit between different brands.

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Peppermint Bark

6:04 am PST, December 12, 2019

Peppermint Bark

This easy Peppermint Bark is made with layers of semi-sweet chocolate, white chocolate, and packed with peppermint flavor. Perfect for an easy treat during the holidays!

One of my favorite things about the holidays is all of the candy and Christmas cookie recipes! So today I wanted to share a classic holiday treat that is perfect for Christmas (and one that I love) – this homemade peppermint bark.

This simple recipe is made with just five ingredients and a great treat to make ahead of time for the holidays. It’s also perfect for giving as a gift to friends or family, especially to anyone who adores peppermint desserts.

You can even use any combination of chocolate that you want for this dessert. However you make it, this is one recipe that you’ll want to keep on hand for the holidays!

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Pecan Pie Bars

6:01 am PST, November 25, 2019

Pecan Pie Bars

These Pecan Pie Bars are made with a buttery shortbread crust and delicious pecan pie topping. These bars are easy to make and perfect for the holidays!

When it comes to Thanksgiving, pecan pie is always one dessert that makes it on our holiday table. Over the years I’ve shared some of my favorite pecan pie recipes like these mini pecan pies and my homemade pecan pie. So this year I’m sharing a new favorite – these pecan pie bars. 

These bars are made with a simple shortbread crust instead of a pie crust, so they’re even easier than a traditional pie. All you have to do is press the crust into the pan, bake it, mix up the pecan pie topping, then pour it on top and bake it again. 

The bars are also a great make-ahead option for Thanksgiving.

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How To Make A Graham Cracker Crust

6:42 am PST, November 14, 2019

How To Make A Graham Cracker Crust

Learn how easy it is to make your own graham cracker crust with this simple tutorial! You only need three ingredients and about 10 minutes to prepare this pie crust. This recipe works great for baked or no-bake pies!

*Pictures and post updated November 2019.*

It’s been a while since I’ve shared a how-to baking post. Since we’re so close to the holidays, I thought it would be the perfect time to share one recipe that I make every holiday season – my homemade graham cracker crust recipe!

I’ve mentioned it before, but I’ve never been a fan of the store-bought graham cracker crusts. I feel like store-bought crusts are far too crumbly and it’s almost impossible to get a clean slice out of them without it falling apart.

I’ve been making my own homemade graham cracker pie crust for years now and I’ve never looked back because they’re SO much better.

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Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

4:45 am PST, November 7, 2019

Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

These pumpkin cupcakes are super delicious, soft, moist, and topped with an easy homemade cream cheese frosting. Perfect for pumpkin lovers!

One of my favorite things about fall is all of the pumpkin recipes! So today I’m bringing back an old favorite of mine – this homemade pumpkin cupcake recipe.

Originally published in 2015, I’ve updated this cupcake recipe to make it even better! This new and improved version is softer, lighter, and bakes up beautifully. I’ve also included tons of information so that you can easily perfect these cupcakes in your own kitchen.

I topped these cupcakes with a homemade cream cheese frosting, but I’ve included some different frosting options for you to try with them. These would even be a perfect addition to your Thanksgiving dessert table too!

How To Make These Pumpkin Cupcakes

To make these pumpkin cupcakes, you’ll start by whisking together your dry ingredients:

  • All-Purpose Flour: There’s only 1 cup of flour in this recipe so that the cupcakes are soft and light. 
  • Baking Soda & Baking Powder: I adjusted the amount of baking soda and baking powder to give these cupcakes the perfect amount of lift – not too much, but not too little.

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Chocolate Mug Cake

3:00 am PDT, October 14, 2019

Chocolate Mug Cake

This Chocolate Mug Cake is incredibly easy to make with just a few simple ingredients and made right in the microwave. Perfect for an easy chocolate dessert!

One of the most comment recipe requests I receive is for small batch desserts. Over the years I’ve shared a few of my favorites like these small-batch chocolate chip cookies and these small-batch peanut butter cookies. But today I wanted to share one that’s even easier – this simple chocolate mug cake recipe.

Unlike most of my other small-batch desserts, this mug cake doesn’t require an oven. All you have to do is mix up the batter, pour it into a mug, and pop it into the microwave for a little over a minute. That’s it!

Another great thing about this recipe is that it doesn’t require any eggs and uses simple ingredients, most of which you probably already have on hand.

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Apple Streusel French Toast Casserole

3:00 am PDT, October 3, 2019

Apple Streusel French Toast Casserole

This Apple Streusel French Toast Casserole is filled with fresh apples, topped with an easy streusel, and can be prepared ahead of time and refrigerated overnight. Perfect for an easy fall breakfast!

*This post is sponsored by Kroger. The opinions and text are all mine.*

Last week I shared my family’s classic apple cake recipe with you, and this week I have another delicious apple recipe to share with you too – this apple streusel french toast casserole! 

I’ve had a french toast casserole on my list of recipes to work on for a while now, but I decided to add a little spin to it by adding some chopped apples and a streusel topping. And the end result was so delicious, I knew I had to share it with you!

One of the great things about this casserole is that you can prepare it the night before, cover it, and let it sit in the refrigerator overnight.

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