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Category: Desserts

The Easiest Fruit Tarts

Have I mentioned that our neighborhood has the world’s best block parties?  Actually, I think they have a party every night but we seriously can’t keep up. Can’t hang. Too old. Or something. Anyways, a couple times a summer they make a big effort to get everyone on our circle together.  Bounce houses are rented, food trucks are brought in (seriously), and everyone brings a dish to pass. Cue immediate panic.  You know… you want people to like what you’ve brought, you want it to look decent, and you don’t want to worry about how to keep it warm. Enter the world’s easiest fruit tarts ever.  Refrigerated cookie dough, instant pudding, and whatever fruit is in season.  Can you imagine these with peaches and raspberries right now?  Yum! To make the cute little fruit cups you divide the refrigerated dough up using the little squares they already have pre-cut.  Roll each into a ball and stick them into mini cupcake tins.  As they bake, they form to the outside edges and like magic you have tiny cups.  You may have to use a spoon to crack…

Pizza Bars

You guys, I am knee deep in trying to prep as many things as possible for our Thanksgiving extravaganza.  The Husband’s family is coming out to visit for the holidays and we’re so excited that most of them are making the trek to Colorado! Let’s not talk about the fact that I’ve never successfully made a turkey nor tried to feed that many people any meal… much less Thanksgiving dinner.  Thanksgiving dinner is the epitome of holiday dinners.  Like, my favorite meal of all time.  The pressure is on. In order to maximize the amount of fun we have while people are visiting and enjoy Thanksgiving dinner to the max, I’m trying to do as much food prep for all the other meals as I possibly can. One of my favorite desserts that my mom made us while growing up was affectionately called pizza bars.  From the sweet, buttery oatmeal crust to the caramel and chocolate topping… these bars are perfection to me. The best part of Pizza Bars is that they freeze and un-freeze absolutely beautifully and are a breeze to make. The hardest part of…

Cookie Owls

I’ve learned one thing from making my favorite recipes from each of my grandmothers.  I love shortening. Which means I love fat. Awesome. I’ve also learned that I should never try to replace shortening for butter.  While it sounds better on paper (to me) to have butter instead of shortening it changes the texture of my favorite comfort foods and not for the better, mind you. Plus they are comfort foods, which to me does not equal healthy.  I mean, great if it does but really when I reach for these foods its for the unforgettable taste and the millions of memories that go along with it. My favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe involves peanut butter, oats and chocolate chips all wrapped up in this delicious crumbly but still soft package of cookie. Legend has it that my grandmother made these cookies in the shape of an owl which, believe it or not, was the mascot of my dad’s high school (and grade school and middle school). His school may have been featured on ‘The Leno Show’ as having the smallest graduating class in America.  No joke. Anyways, I can almost imagine…