Chocolate Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting and Coconut

Cakes are always so much fun to make! While neither of us would necessarily call cake our favorite dessert (we prefer things like ice cream, cheesecake, chocolate chip cookies, and anything citrus…a lemon bar sounds good right now), we love to make them. This cake, however, is fun both to make and to eat. It…

Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies with Nutella

For a while, we haven’t really loved Nutella, shocking though that is. Neither of us really like hazelnuts that much, so we usually don’t bother eating it. That is, until we saw these cookies. We figured that there was nothing to lose as far as making them, so why not try them out? Well, good…

Pesto Focaccia

Focaccia is something we have always had mixed feelings about. A lot of the focaccia we have had is kind of salty and crispy, almost like a cracker but thicker and more chewy (and more often then not, bland or way too herby). But then again, we had never had it homemade before, and 95%…

Butterscotch Pudding

We recently got a subscription to Cook’s Illustrated Magazine, and this recipe immediately popped out to us for two reasons. One, we had a lot of leftover egg yolks from making macarons, and two, butterscotch pudding is delicious and this sounded like a great recipe. And oh, it is. This pudding is creamy and full…

French Macarons with Vanilla Swiss Meringue Buttercream

We are super excited about today’s post because it is about our first time making French macarons and Swiss Meringue Buttercream. We have been wanting to make macarons for ages because they are just so pretty and delicious!  We weren’t able to make them until now because they require almond meal, which for some reason,…

Cranberry White Chocolate Ricotta Scones

The combination of cranberries and white chocolate is a wonderful one. The sweetness of the white chocolate seems to really work well with the tartness of the cranberries. In fact, one of our favorite store-bought cookies is the white chocolate cranberry oatmeal dunker from Trader Joe’s! It is the best! Anyway, back to the scones….

Strawberry Pineapple Kiwi Smoothies

This smoothie came together to use up some fruit that we had- fresh, frozen, and canned. We were expecting it to be great, but not this great! This smoothie is one of our favorite things we have made recently, and that is saying something. It is very refreshing, and brings up visions of a tropical…

Broccoli Potato Soup

Usually when we pick out recipes they are either a) unhealthy, which means they are probably a bad idea to make or b) require us to go get a bunch of ingredients.The other day, our mom wanted us to make something that used up things in the fridge instead.  Our solution was this soup. Potato…

Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

We both love lemon poppy seed stuff. There’s something so fresh and delicious about the combination. These muffins were no exception! A while ago, we made lemon poppy seed muffins and they were dense, dry, and lacking muffin flavor. We set out to find a better recipe, and we did! These muffins are tender, vibrantly…

Apple Cider Caramels

To be honest, I’m not totally sure why we made apple cider caramels in the middle of winter. Apple cider is usually a fall kind of thing. Regardless, though, they are awesome. Chewy (but not stick-to-your teeth kind of chewy), buttery, and tangy. They taste like apple cider and cinnamon, but who says that you…

Guacamole

Updated to add a new photo on 3.9.13 We are both convinced that there are few things better than really delicious guacamole. It makes a great lunch, snack, or dinner. Our mom likes to buy the guacamole from Trader Joe’s, and we like it too, but homemade is way better. We’ve made this a couple…

Gooey Cinnamon Squares

A lot of people seem to love gooey butter cake- a layer of cake with a creamy topping that’s baked on. While it always sounded great to us, we never tried it, for several reasons, including the fact that “butter” is part of the title- something about that is slightly off-putting when you are trying…