Chocolate Peanut Butter Bundt Cake

Chocolate Peanut Butter Bundt CakeA luscious chocolate bundt cake full of peanut butter chips and dark chocolate chips. Smothered in chocolate and peanut butter ganache, this Chocolate Peanut Butter Bundt cake looks so indulgent you’ll be shocked at how easy it is!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Bundt CakeThis May will mark our family’s one year anniversary of living in Dubai.  I’m shocked at how that creeped up on us.  We absolutely love it here and we won’t be moving back to the States anytime soon, mostly because my husband has at least 5 years of work left!  Dubai is growing like crazy and they’ve been on a theme park craze lately.  (Chris is a project manager for an indoor theme park that’s being built) It’s only one of the may under construction right now.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Bundt Cake

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Grasshopper Cheesecake Brownies

Grasshopper cheesecake browniesDark chocolate fudgey brownies with bright green minty oreo cheesecake then smothered in melted dark chocolate and crushed Oreos.  Grasshoppper Cheesecake Brownies are my introduction to Spring!

Grasshopper cheesecake brownies

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Red Velvet Caramel Slice

Red Velvet Caramel SliceThe iconic caramel slice redressed for Valentine’s Day with a chewy red velvet base, a dreamy caramel center, and topped with dark chocolate, chopped white chocolate, and cute little red heart sprinkles.  This Red Velvet Caramel Slice is way better than a box of chocolates!

Red Velvet Caramel SliceI know lots of people don’t particularly look forward to the dreaded V-Day.  Let’s look at the perks though.  Chocolate.  Red Velvet. Cheap cutesy pink and red candies.  Champagne.  Oh, and chocolate.  I know I mentioned chocolate already, but…chocolate.  I like Valentine’s because it distracts my brain from realizing my birthday was the day before and now I’m one year older.  Ughh.  It helps to gorge on copious amounts of champagne and sweets.  Which is why I’m excited to dig into this huge slice of Red Velvet Caramel Slice.

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Oreo Brownie Swirl Cheesecake

Oreo Brownie Swirl Cheesecake Thick dark chocolate brownie batter swirled right into a rich cheesecake with the most perfect Oreo cookie crust.  This Oreo Brownie Swirl Cheesecake is the most intense cheesecake you will ever have!

Oreo Brownie Swirl CheesecakeI’m not one of those crazies that claim they aren’t a fan of cheesecake.  Who are they kidding?!  Cheesecake is awesome!  I get it…it can be really intense, and rich, and thick, and freaking amazing.  But hey, if you can’t handle it go eat a salad.  I will eat the heck out of this Oreo Brownie Swirl Cheesecake.  If you are one of those unfortunate few that can’t take the heat that cheesecake has to offer, have no fear.  This big ‘ole hunk of deliciousness is more brownie than cheesecake.  It’s smack you in the face, grab a glass of milk kind of brownie dessert.

Oreo Brownie Swirl CheesecakeIs that a bad thing?

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Pistachio and Honey Bougatsa

Pistachio and Honey BougatsaA gorgeous Greek pastry made with layers upon layers of delicate phyllo dough and vanilla bean custard.  Bright green pistachios and amber honey make this one elegant pastry!

Pistachio and Honey BougatsaWhat on Earth is a Bougatsa?  I came across this funny sounding Greek dessert while hunting some inspiration for my next post.  Low and behold was this absolutely gorgeous rustic masterpiece on Phoodie.  At first glance, my thoughts were…”Well, this looks like it’s going to take some effort.  Let me think of every excuse imaginable so I don’t have to get off Pinterest…”  I checked out the ingredients and method and was shocked to see how simple it was!

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Pistachio and Honey Bougatsa

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Pear and Fig Baklava

Pear and Fig BaklavaLuscious layers of buttery phyllo dough nestled between gorgeous layers of cinnamon pear, pistachios, and pecans.  Baklava was never meant to be boring.  It was meant to be epic like this Pear and Fig Baklava!

I hope everyone is ready for a fabulous New Year’s Eve!  I’m going to live vicariously through all the cool kids tonight.  First of all, I’ve never been able to stay up past midnight.  Don’t think that’s because I’m a parent, or old, or have two early to bed kids.  I’ve been that way since my 20’s.  It’s so sad!  I blame it on my old soul.  Secondly, I do have two little kids who can’t seem to keep it together past 9.  In our house 9 P.M. is the witching hour of tantrums, whiny little voices, and utter melt downs.  So every New Years Eve it’s hot chocolate, a cozy blanket, and the good old fashioned New Year’s countdown from my quiet little television.

Pear and Fig Baklava

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Double Chocolate Chip Pecan Bars

Double Chocolate Chip Pecan BarsExtra chewy and full of pecans and chocolate, these Double Chocolate Chip Pecan Bars are sure to make an impression.  The easiest holiday pie ever just got even easier.  

Will you look at that.  That glistening chocolate ganache pouring down the sides of the best cake mix bars you will ever eat.  Yes!  These bars are from cake mix!  Pecan pie is one my favorite desserts during the holidays.   Notice that it’s usually gone before the pumpkin pie?  At least when I’m invited to the party.  Especially if it’s made with chocolate chips.

Double Chocolate Chip Pecan Bars

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Apple Pie Cupcakes with Brown Sugar Buttercream

Apple Pie Cupcakes with Brown Sugar ButtercreamSoft and fluffy spiced apple cupcakes topped with brown sugar buttercream and tart apple pie filling.  It’s America’s favorite pie turned into perfect holiday cupcakes.

Apple Pie Cupcakes with Brown Sugar ButtercreamToday the weather in Dubai has finally hit the perfect temperature!  It has been so beautiful lately and taking a walk doesn’t render you useless for the rest of the day.  I usually feel like I need a 3 hour nap after a stroll due to the heat.  Not anymore!  Oh, and the breeze doesn’t feel like a hot blow dryer.  We don’t get those gorgeous red and orange Fall leaves, but we get perfect beach weather.  I think that’s a good trade.

Apple Pie Cupcakes with Brown Sugar Buttercream

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The Best Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread

The Best Chocolate Chip Pumpkin BreadThe most delicious, moist, chocolatey pumpkin bread you will ever eat.  That’s why I’m calling it The Best Chocolatey Chip Pumpkin Bread.  Ever.

The Best Chocolate Chip Pumpkin BreadIs anyone sick of pumpkin yet?  No?  I didn’t think so, but if you are one of the few on the outs with pumpkin this season,  stick around.  I promise you won’t be disappointed.  Just one bite of this Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread and you will be back on that happy little pumpkin bandwagon again.

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15 Halloween Desserts

 

Halloween collageHalloween is only a few days away!  If you’re scrambling like me about what to make at your upcoming parties, here are some of my favorite creepy desserts crawling around on the web.  Here is a perfect round-up of 15 Halloween Desserts just in time for the scariest day of the year.  Make sure you pin this for next year too!

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