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Cowboy Cookies

Everyone else’s first blog post of the year is all about health. Maybe it’s a smoothie, or maybe it’s a salad. But I guess this is what makes me different from everybody else. A nice cookie with never go out of style. Don’t get me wrong, I mean, after months of binging on sugar, a nice salad sounds crazy delicious. But someone’s gotta bring the treats, right? And also I don’t have any other pictures stored since I was kind of dying for a while… so there’s that confession. Thi

Samoa Sheet Cake

WHAT WHAT. This sheet cake is magical. Magical in taste. And magical in that it fed an entire hungry volleyball team. That’s why I love the sheet cakes, and the slab pies, and the bar desserts. They feed the masses, and I’m a big fan of feeding the masses. Who are we kidding though, I love all things covered in sugar and happiness. This cake is like your average poke cake except not. It’s doused in a homemade caramel sauce, smothered with freshly whipped and slightly sweeten

Devil Cupcakes

You probably don’t know because I NEVER talk about it, but I’m a high school volleyball coach. That was sarcasm. I always talk about it. I won’t shut up about it, actually. I’m like a proud Mama hen because I coach the BEST girls in the history of the universe. I seriously feel like I have 20 daughters, but it’s cool because I didn’t have to give birth to 19 of them. Starting today we are heading into the State Tournament. It’s everything we’ve been working toward for the las

Hershey’s “Perfectly Chocolate” Chocolate Cake

You guys! My first recipe re-do! Does this make me a real blogger now? Admittedly, this is REALLY overdue. The last pictures were terrible. I honestly don’t even know why I posted them in the first place. You can’t even go back and look anymore because I have deleted them, though. Suckers. *Evil Laugh* Eh hehm. Oh well. You live and you learn, right? The frosting is my creamy Nutella Frosting, which is TO DIE FOR. Seriously. I had never been a fan of Nutella until this magic

Soft Banana Oatmeal Cookies with Brown Sugar Cream Cheese Frosting

SOFT BANANA OATMEAL COOKIES WITH BROWN SUGAR CREAM CHEESE FROSTING Now that’s a mouthful. Speaking of mouthful. I wish I had a mouthful of these cookies right now. Am I the only person that buys bananas with the intention of allowing them to ripen up? What? People actually eat bananas when they aren’t smashed up, mixed with sugar and flour and then baked into a delicious treat? Weird. JK, dawg. I actually eat a lot of bananas. I use bananas to sweeten almost every single smoo

Chocolate Coconut Poke Cake

Coconut is one of my favorite flavors. I know this recipe isn’t super “Fall-y”, but I couldn’t resist sharing it any longer. The first time I ever had this was actually in Hong Kong. Famous Julie made it for us while we were visiting her and Papa Steed and Roberto while they lived there. Thinking about it, I don’t even understand how she actually made it. The size of her oven was kind of hilarious. It was like trying to cook with a microwave oven… FOR A YEAR. I guess she was

Chocolate Cream Pie Cookie Cups

As I was scrolling through Pinterest one day I beheld the most magnificent title there ever was: Chocolate Cream Pie Cookie Cups. Let’s break this down. Chocolate: Who doesn’t love chocolate? Crazy people. That’s who. Cream: If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you know that I’m a fan. BIG. FAN. Pie: There are no words for my love of pie. Again. Who doesn’t like pie? Same people who don’t like chocolate. Please refer to the statement above. Cookie: The ultimate brin

Strawberry Apple Slab Pie

Slab pies are one of the greatest inventions of the 21st century. This is a spin-off of one of my favorite pies: strawberry rhubarb pie. I looked all over the place for rhubarb when I got the hankering for one. I couldn’t find it anywhere. So… sub the Granny Smith apples. I figured they were both sour, right? Oh boy. It worked. It worked like it was it’s job, and it’s getting paid a six figure annual salary. Wha???! … My brain hurts. There aren’t really that many times that y

M&M Cookies

If I’m being completely honest, I’ve never been a huge fan of M&M’s. Then I wrapped them in sugar and butter and now I can’t get enough of them. These cookies are big and soft and the hard shell surrounding the chocolate candies gives the most satisfyingly delicate crunch. These bad boys are the real deal. Putting candy in cookies will change your life. I’m stoked for Halloween because it’s like an invitation to put all the candy in all the things. And now I have a kid, so I

Coconut Angel Food Cake

I’m desperately clinging to summer with every fiber of my being. Because summer has this angel food cake in it. I’m actually really ready for Fall as you can remember from this post. Yikes. But I am desperately clinging to the fresh fruits and veggies that summer has to offer. And these light and fruity desserts that I have been posting. I mean, don’t get me wrong. I’m all about pumpkin just like the other 400 million food bloggers out there, but I’ll never get over this cak

Summer Cake with Fruit and Cream

This dessert is the epitome of summer. You could put any fruit that is currently in season on top and I’m sure it would still be magical. Right now, I’m so obsessed with peaches. If I made it tomorrow the whole thing would just be covered in peaches. You wouldn’t even be able to tell that there was anything underneath my massive mound of peaches piled in a 9×13 pan. Actually, that sounds amazing. The amount of peaches that I have personally consumed since peach season came on

Classic Peaches and Sweetened Cream

I hate that peach season only lasts like 4 seconds, and then it’s over. Maybe peaches just don’t want to be taken for granted so they make sure that their life span is really short. Peaches, you don’t gotta be like that. I promise that I would still love you so much if you stayed just a little bit longer. Because, I mean really, there is nothing like a fresh peach. Canned peaches just don’t do it for me the way a fresh peach does. If that was the case, I would just can one bi

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Filling Cake Cookies

I feel like I may have been somewhat of a tease on Friday. I dangled this obviously flawless and delicious cheesecake in front of you and then didn’t even give you the recipe. Maybe once I can figure it out then I’ll feel like I can give out the recipe. I would never ask ya’ll to do something that I couldn’t do! Even though I’m sure most of you are much more talented than I am. I feel like I can fake it pretty well around here, though. That’s the story, right? Fake it ’til yo

Raspberry Pretzel Salad

This is yet another one from the trusty ol’ Thurston recipe book. So have you ever been working on your laptop, and then you take said laptop to a public area and it’s only when you open up the laptop in this public area that you finally notice how disgustingly dirty it is? Like, it seems like every dust mite and smear in the known universe somehow made it’s way to your keyboard during your journey? Then you start thinking to yourself if only those Black Friday deals at Promo

Triple Chocolate Cheesecake

How much do you think you love cheesecake? I’m telling you, you don’t know the meaning of loving cheesecake until you try this cheesecake. It is like dying and going to cheesecake heaven. Cheesecake Heaven. It’s now a place. It’s at my house. I don’t meant to toot my own horn either, but this is the first cheesecake that I have ever made that baked flat as Kansas and had ZERO cracks in it. *toot toot* I was REAL excited about it. Obviously. And could you please take a look at

Recipes for the Fourth of July

Happy Fourth of July, tomorrow! I thought today would be a good day to remind you of some recipes that will be a hit at your Fourth of July BBQ. What shall we start with? Drinks! This Cucumber Punch is easy to throw together and super refreshing on a hot summer day. By far the most popular recipe on the blog. This Brazilian Lemonade will seriously blow you and your guests away. A few mushrooms, a few onions and a little bit of A.1. makes these sirloin burgers extra special. G

Raspberry Jello Salad

I’ve been going a little bit crazy over raspberries lately. I’ve found myself wanting to put them in absolutely everything. And I basically have… recipes to come. I can’t wait until I get a raspberry plant of my own put in my yard. Let’s be honest though, those raspberries will probably never make it into a recipe because they are just so good. Heck, they probably won’t even make it to the inside of my house after being picked. First I need to learn how to keep a plant alive,

Vanilla Cookies

I live in a weird neighborhood. I just walked out my back door and the kids that live in the house behind me were running around outside. One of the little girls was singing at the top of her lungs, opera style “IIIIII JJJUUUUSSSTT PPPEEEEEEEEEEEEDDD ONNNN MYYYY FOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOTTT!!!!!!!” I stood there waiting for the red curtain to come down when she turned and our eyes met. I broke eye contact and immediately turned around and went back into my house and she stoo

Gluten Free Brownies

I am just as surprised as anybody to see a gluten free recipe on this site. Turns out I have a lot of dear friends that have some sort of gluten intolerance all the way to full blown Celiac’s disease. I demand that they get to have good desserts too! I had never tried any gluten free desserts before this one, and after tasting these I have to admit I don’t feel like these friends of mine are missing out on much in the brownie department anymore. THESE ARE SO GOOD. Like, so go

Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Cookies

I didn’t think chocolate chip cookies could get any better. And then Averie Cooks had to go ahead and dump a bunch of cream cheese into them. Now they are magical. Can I just talk to you guys about how awkward of a human I can be for a second? The other day, I went to my neighbor’s house to drop something off and they invited me inside to chat with them. A couple of their kids were finishing eating dinner so they brought me into the dining room and they sat down while talkin

 

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