Italian Ricotta Cookies

It’s no secret at this point that I have a serious cookie additions. Chocolate chip, snicker doodle, sugar – I love them all. When I came across this recipe on Pinterest, I knew I had to test it out. Not only does it have “Italian” in it (my heritage), but it’s also covered with sprinkles and looks like spring. How can you beat that?

Raspberry Tiramisu

Today is Ryan’s birthday, so naturally I saw it as an opportunity to whip up something sweet. We decided to forgo the typical cake, and opt for something indulgent instead. Ryan decided upon tiramisu, and to make it extra special, we added in some raspberries. I used a variation of this recipe, and was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to whip up. It only took about 20 minutes of prep time, and after chilling for an hour, it was the perfect birthday treat. 

White Chocolate Dipped Pistachio + Apricot Cookies

One of the easiest homemade gifts to give at the holidays is something baked from scratch. Whether it be an old family recipe, a personal favorite, or just a simple batch of cookies, putting the extra effort into a gift goes a long way to show you care. I pulled this recipe from one of my favorite books, TrEATs, by April Carter, and haven’t been able to stop eating them! They are easy to make, and a nice festive option to wrap up and give out as gifts this holiday season.

Personal Pumpkin Pies

One of my problems I always have with pies is that unless I’m bringing it to a dinner party to share, so much of it goes to waste. I’ll eat a couple of slices, and the pie will go bad before I can completely finish it up. I thought up creating mini versions of my favorite pies instead (I used this recipe as a guide), and it fixes all of my issues. I can now keep a couple little pies at home to enjoy for myself, and then distribute the rest in a nice, neat little package. These are perfect…

Cinnamon Apple Rings

In all fairness, you were warned. I’ve been on a little (okay, huge) apple bender since I went apple picking last weekend and came home with a bucketload of apples. After making two apple pies in the last week, I was ready to try something new. I found a recipe for these cinnamon sugar covered apple rings, and knew I’d hit the jackpot. The final result is a cross between an apple and a donut, and it is amazing. If you ever have a bunch of apples to use in a short amount of time, I highly suggest getting out your frying oil…

Apple Pie

Last year, at almost exactly this same time, I made my first apple pie. At the time, I was pretty impressed with myself (having made the crust from scratch for the first time). This year, to celebrate the first day of my favorite month of the year, I was ready to try a new apple pie recipe, and see just how much I had grown over the last year.

S’mores in a Jar

We’re in that awkward stage between summer and fall. It’s too soon to start whipping up pumpkin pies, but the heat is a constant reminder that summer is still here. We had a slightly cooler day than usual this week in Raleigh, and I felt inspired to whip up something that was semi fall related. S’mores remind me of summertime fun outside, but also remind me of sitting cozied up in sweaters, gathered around bonfires at the cabin. Since I don’t have a fire handy in the backyard of my apartment to create a fall-like moment for me, I learned…

Raspberry Meringue Cookies

I’ve been on a bit of a French bender recently. I don’t know if it’s my new haircut, gorgeous pictures of Paris plastered all over social media, or maybe that it was Bastille Day yesterday, but I’ve certainly been in a mood. I pulled out one of my favorite French cookbooks, Sweet Paris by Michael Paul, and whipped up a delicious looking recipe. I recently inherited/borrowed permanently an espresso machine from my parents, so naturally, I needed dainty little sweets to accompany my drinks. I made a slight variation of this recipe – I swapped out the raspberry and white chocolate filling…

Lemon ‘Meringue’ Cookies

One of  the many thoughtful gifts my sister gave me this past weekend was April Carters ‘s trEATs. While every recipe in the book looks amazing, one in particular jumped out at me. These lemon cookies with a faux meringue icing are just what I needed to help me get through the scorching hot days we’re having. The cookie itself is light and refreshing, and tastes just like a summer’s day spent by the pool. The icing is hassle free and gives the same fun appearance and sweet topping as meringue, but takes half the time to make. This cookbook…

Blueberry Crumble Pie

 After a recent trip to the farmer’s market, I came home to find myself with a surplus of blueberries. Although my house was already full of fruit, I couldn’t resist picking up a fresh carton of them to have around for snacking. The only thing to do with that many fresh blueberries was to bake up a blueberry crumble pie. So, I put on my favorite French playlist (can be found here), and started whipping up this recipe by Williams-Sonoma, and I couldn’t be happier with the end result. Ingredients For Pie Crust: 1 1/4 c unbleached all-purpose flour 1…