Peanut Butter Cup Blondies

November 8, 2012 Desserts and Sweets

  If you’re looking for a way to use up the last of that Halloween candy, search no further. This is a perfect recipe to get rid of at least some of those ten thousand peanut butter cups the kids collected while trick-or-treating.  You could probably throw in a few of those fun-sized Snickers and [...]

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Frozen Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip Pie

August 6, 2012 Cakes and Pies

I spent a good bit of time the other day looking for a rich, creamy peanut butter pie recipe that appealed. I chose this one because the ingredients are simple and it was one of the few that didn’t call for whipped topping. Plus, I love the idea of adding cream for a pie that [...]

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Vegan Chocolate Guinness Cake

March 15, 2012 Desserts and Sweets

I made vegetarian meat loaf a few weeks back and when my husband told his father about it, he replied, “Sounds nasty.” He seriously said that. If you know him, you won’t be surprised.   But vegetarian and vegan foods don’t have to be “nasty.” This cake is as far from nasty as you can [...]

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Chocolate Dipped Potato Chip Cookies

March 10, 2012 Desserts and Sweets

Another appropriate name for this recipe might be “junk food cookies.” But somehow that doesn’t sound as appetizing. This recipe calls for sugar, butter, pecans, chocolate, and (the star of the show) potato chips. It’s like a slumber party, birthday party, trip to the roller rink and being left alone without a babysitter, baked into [...]

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White Chocolate Cookie Truffles

January 6, 2012 Desserts and Sweets

A few days ago, a friend commented that I had been posting an awful lot of sweets on Keep It Simple Foods. Guilty as charged. And this next recipe doesn’t help matters. My only excuse is, well, it was the holidays. Ingredients: (makes about 2 dozen truffles) 1 package sandwich cookies (I used Newman’s Own, [...]

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Chocolate, Espresso, and Pistachio Pot de Crème

December 14, 2011 Desserts and Sweets

Pot de crème is one of those desserts I love to eat, but never think to make. Occasionally, I’ll order it at a restaurant and then feel silly about it because it’s a simple enough dish to make at home. It’s basically just custard- milk, cream and eggs- so there’s no need to be intimidated [...]

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Cocoa Dusted Dark Chocolate Truffles

August 7, 2011 Desserts and Sweets

I can’t take credit for this recipe. This one comes straight from book club, more specifically, from my friend Mara who made these bite-sized treats for the group. Thank you, Mara! The original recipe is for “Quick and Easy Brigadiero,” but I modified it enough (by adding vanilla, sea salt and coating these in cocoa [...]

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Chocolate Eclair Cake

July 11, 2011 Desserts and Sweets

We’ve finally returned from our vacation. For now, I’m glad to be back in D.C., but I’m sure I’ll be longing for the mountains again by mid week. While we were in Saluda this week, I found myself eating far outside my comfort zone -meaning lots and lots of dessert. Somehow, sweets were everywhere. Everyday [...]

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Chocolate Cherry Brownies

June 20, 2011 Desserts and Sweets

Pucker up. Because cherries are in season. I have quite a thing for these sweet and tangy fruits. My fridge is ready to burst. I’ve been eating these beauties morning, noon and night-  and in the hours in between. And guess what. Chocolate makes them even better. Ingredients:  Adapted from All Recipes 1/2 cup butter, [...]

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Salted Double Fudge Cookies

June 5, 2011 Desserts and Sweets

A very happy accident happened in my kitchen last week. Fresh out of all-purpose flour, I experimented with self-rising flour and, with a little help from the baking gods, these miracle fudge cookies were born. It probably helped that I crossed my fingers, prayed, and rocked back and forth on the kitchen floor between peeking [...]

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