Candy Cane Oreo Cheesecake

Candy canes are a cheerful representation of winter and the holidays. The classic flavors will remind everyone of their favorite holiday memories! There is peppermint extract in the cake itself which gives it a classic winter flavor, without ruining the texture as candy canes would. The oreo crust is super simple to prepare and still a tasty classic. There are even crushed candy canes in the crust that give color and flavor. You can also make this cake ahead of time and keep it in your fridge for a few days. For the Crust: 2 cups of Oreos 6 tablespoons

Pumpkin Spiced Muffins

My favorite farmers market always sells a rolled pumpkin cake in the fall. Each year I look forward to the tender spiced cake wrapped around a luscious cream cheese frosting which has become a harbinger of fall in our family. These pumpkin spice muffins have the same components but are much simpler to make at home. Nothing says fall like pumpkin spice! Although you may be opposed to this seemingly basic flavor, perhaps this recipe will change your mind. This version of the fall classic is a little more complex with its sweet spices, including cinnamon and ginger. Cream cheese

Roll Cake

The roll cake, or bolo de bolo, is the most traditional fall dessert in Brazil. Coming from the northeastern Brazilian state of Pernambuco, bolo de rolo is unique because of its numerous fine layers, made of alternating thin sheets of cake and a traditional guava paste filling. In 2008, bolo de rolo was officially considered a cultural legacy of the state of Pernambuco because of its special contribution to the Brazilian cultural gastronomy. The bolo de rolo was originally developed in the seventeenth century as a version of colchão de noiva (bride’s mattress), a Portuguese dessert consisting of a sponge

Frozen Lemon Tart

This frozen lemonade tart is the second best part of summer (summer break being number one, of course). It is everything you want in a summer dessert: cool and refreshing, easy to make, and most importantly, you do not even need to turn on your oven! Golden Oreos make the crust rich and sweet to contrast the frozen lemon cream filling. From barbeques to pool parties, this tart is perfect for every summer event under the sun. It’s so good you will want to sneak some in during the long winter, too! Note: If you do not have a tart

Dessert of the Month: Brazilian Brigadeiros

Brigadeiros are perhaps the most famous Brazilian dessert. There is nothing like them anywhere else. The tasty treat is a cross between caramel, toffee and chocolate truffles. Pronounced bree-gah-day-ro, the traditional dessert is nothing more than cooked condensed milk with chocolate and a touch of butter. The simple ingredients and easy preparation make for a spectacular treat that won’t fail to surprise anyone who tastes it. Decadent and chewy, brigadeiros are enjoyed all over the country. The dessert is commonly served at celebrations, especially at birthday parties. It has sentimental value for most Brazilians as it often represents a bond

Caramel Apple Cupcake Recipe

Nothing makes me think of fall quite as much as going to the apple orchard with my family. Picking apples for hours, driving the long trip home (with a caramel apple for the road, of course), and ending up with enough jars of mom’s cinnamon applesauce to last the winter. I came up with this caramel apple cupcake recipe a few years ago, and it’s been a tradition in my family ever since. The apples in the filling provide bites of tartness and crunch to cut through the sweet syrup. (Put extra on top of pancakes for an easy fall

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