Desserts

Decadent Reese’s Peanut Buttercream Frosting

Reese's peanut buttercream frosting - rich and decadent.

Do you like Reese’s peanut butter cups?  If so, I have a treat in store for you. This recipe for Reese’s Peanut Buttercream frosting is one of the most decadent frosting I have ever had. It’s all I can do not to dive head first into the bowl with a spoon and a lack of…

Brownie Cheesecake Bars

Brownie Cheesecake bars

I like brownies, I love bars,  and I like cheesecake recipes. So, it stands to reason that I will love brownie cheesecake bars.  What is not to love?  I get three dessert favorites in one delicious recipe with these sweet treats where creamy cheesecake is layered on top of fudgy, nutty brownies. Let’s make some…

Pina Colada Ice Cream Bars

Easy Pina Colada Ice cream bars

It’s been chilly here in NC with the odd really warm day.  Weather like this makes me miss the summer.  Here is a dessert recipe guaranteed to make you think of balmy summer evenings sitting on the deck after dinner. This recipe works with any type of ice cream. You can used reduced fat or…

Apple and Pear Fruit Crisp

Pear and Apple Fruit Crumble - slimmed down to 230 calories and delcious

Printable Recipe – Apple and Pear Crisp If you are looking for a light fruit dessert that won’t break the calorie bank, this apple pear crisp will be a delight. The recipe is easy to make, and yet full of flavor.  The fruit mixture is creamy and delicious and the crumble makes you feel as…

No Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

Recipe from The Gardening Cook. Ingredients 2 cups sugar 1 stick of Earth Balance Buttery Spread sticks 3 Tbsp of dark cocoa 1/2 cup of Vanilla lite Soy Milk 1/2 cup of peanut butter 1/4 cup of slivered almonds 1 tsp pure vanilla extract 3 1/2 cups of old fashioned rolled oats (not instant)  

Date Bars with Maple Sugar

Recipe from The Gardening Cook. Ingredients 1-3/4 cups finely chopped pitted dates 3/4 cup water 1/3 cup pure maple syrup 1 teaspoon lemon zest 1 cup all-purpose whole wheat flour 1 cup rolled oats (not quick-cooking) 1/4 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon salt 2/3 cup brown sugar 1/2 cup earth Balance buttery spread Cooking spray

High End Macadamia Nut 8 Layer Bars

Recipe shared from The Gardening Cook. Ingredients 1 cup of good quality chocolate cookies, crushed 1 cup of biscotti or shortbread style cookies, crushed 1/2 cup of melted butter 1 14 ounce can of fat free sweetened condensed milk. (You can, of course, use full fat. I just was trying to fool myself into thinking…

Strawberry Shortcake

Strawberry Shortcake

Ingredients 1 pint of fresh Strawberries 1/c cup of sugar 1 1/2 cup of Bisquick baking mix (I use Heart Smart) 2 tbsp butter 1/4 tsp vanilla 1/3 cup of Skim milk To top, sliced strawberries, a piece of fresh mint, and whip cream.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies

 Printable Recipe:  Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies. These delicious cookies combine the best of three worlds – chocolate chip cookies, peanut butter cookies and short breads – into one delicious treat. The cookies are easy to make.  You just combine the dough into logs and refrigerate for a while and then slice and bake. …

Walnut Vanilla Cresent Roll Cookies

Walnut Cinnamon Crescent Roll Cookies

Printable Recipe: Walnut Vanilla Crescent Roll Cookies This recipe for walnut vanilla crescent roll cookies is very delicate and tasty.  The texture is light and fluffy and the flavor is lovely with a great vanilla and cinnamon taste. The dough needs to sit for at least four hours but you can make it the day…

White Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownies

White Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownies

Printable recipe:  White Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownies I love any kind of brownies but ones that combine white chocolate as well as peanut butter are right up there in my book. This recipe is very easy to do and the taste is delicious with creamy white chocolate with a mixture of both chocolate chips and…

Decadent Samoas Bars – Girl Scout Knock off

Decadent Samoas Bars - Girl Scout Knock off

Ingredients 1 stick of unsalted butter 1 cup of brown sugar, lightly packed 1/4 cup of white sugar 1 egg 2 tsp of pure vanilla extract 1 cup of shredded coconut 3/4 cup of whole wheat pastry flour 1/2 cup of butterscotch chips 3/4 cup of dark chocolate chips chocolate for drizzle (optional)

Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge

Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge

Ingredients Pam Butter Flavor No-Stick Cooking Spray 1 cup dark semi-sweet chocolate chips 2 tablespoons butter 1 (16 oz.) container Pillsbury® Dark Chocolate Flavored Frosting 1 cup Smooth Peanut Butter 1/2 cup of diced peanuts or nuts of your choice 1/8 tsp of pure vanilla extract

Strawberry Chocolate Chip Mousse

Strawberry Chocolate Chip Mousse

Ingredients   1 (2.1 oz) pkg of Fat Free Sugar Free Jello Pudding mix 2 cups of skim milk 10 strawberries, quartered 4 tbsp of dark chocolate chips. 2 tbsp sugar 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract Light whip cream Sprig of mint Strawberries and chocolate chips to garnish

Super Easy Chocolate Coconut Hello Dolly Bars

Chocolate Coconut "Hello Dolly" Bars

Bar desserts are my favorite type of baked goods recipes. They are normally quite fast and easy to make and most have of them require ingredients that are already in your pantry.  This recipe for Hello Dolly Bars fits that bill nicely. Making these Chocolate Coconut Hello Dolly Bars This type of bar is referred to…

Banana Nut Breakfast Bars

Banana Nut Breakfast Bars

I love banana nut muffins (or any kind of muffins for breakfast, for that matter.)   This recipe for banana nut breakfast bars gives you the home made taste of banana muffins but in a tasty bar instead. Let’s make some Banana Nut Breakfast Bars The bars are incredibly easy to make.  Just combine the…

Lightened Chocolate cherry Cheesecake

Lightened Chocolate cherry Cheesecake

Ingredient Crust 1 cup graham cracker crumbs 1/4 cup sugar 1/4 cup butter, melted Filling 5 (8-oz.) pkg. reduce fat cream cheese, softened 1 cup sugar 1 pure tablespoon vanilla 5 eggs 1(8-oz.) container reduced fat sour cream

Homemade Butterscotch Pudding Recipe

Homemade butterscotch pudding with whipped topping

 Printable Recipe:  Homemade Butterscotch Pudding. This recipe for homemade butterscotch pudding is creamy and delicious and quite easy to make. This delicious butterscotch pudding gets its fabulous flavor from dark brown sugar and pure vanilla extract mixed with 2% milk.  Puddings are one of the simple pleasures of life.  Some think of them as nursery…

Home Made Almond Joy Candy

Home Made Almond Joy Candy

  Ingredients   ½ cup Unsalted Butter 3 cups Shredded Coconut 2 cups Confectioners Sugar ½ cups Toasted Almonds 12 ounces of Semi-sweet Chocolate Coating

Great Tasting Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe

Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

Printable Recipe:  Chocolate Chip Cookies Chocolate chip cookies and a tall glass of milk. What better way is there to have a taste treat break in the middle of the afternoon?   This recipe gives a great tasting cookie and is very easy to make.  Just combine the dry goods in one bowl and whisk. …

Homemade Pistachio Pudding

Homemade Pistachio pudding

Printable recipe:  Homemade Pistachio Pudding I love the taste of homemade puddings.  They are normally a lot lighter in calories than other desserts, but still give you a sweet ending to a meal or a tasty snack. This recipe for homemade pistachio pudding combines my favorite nut with milk and sugar for a delicious dessert.…

Rich Chocolate Brownie with Pecans

Rich Chocolate Brownie with Pecans - from The Gardening Cook

  Ingredients   1 1/4 cups whole wheat pastry flour 1/2 cup cocoa 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 2 sticks unsalted butter 1 bag (12 ounces) chocolate chips, 3 large eggs 1 cup white sugar 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 1 1/2 cups pecan pieces chopped

Grilled Pineapple

Grilled Pineapple

Printable recipe: Grilled Pineapple Grilled pineapple is always delicious, but this honey and cinnamon glaze with olive oil makes it extra special. I love to serve it with chicken dishes and it also makes a refreshing summertime dessert with ice cream. The recipe is so easy. Just combine the ingredients and marinade before it is…

Peanut Butter Chocolate Bars

Peanut Butter Chocolate Bars

Printable recipe – Peanut butter Chocolate Bars Looking for a decadent chocolate bar recipe that combines peanut butter in it?  Look no further. This is truly a “death by chocolate” dessert.   The recipe has a rich chocolate base made from peanut butter and chocolate morsels, combined with a Devil’s food Cake mix.  It is…

Favorite Peanut Butter Chocolate Recipes

Round up of Peanut Butter and Chocolate Desserts

Round up of my Favorite Peanut Butter  & Chocolate Recipes. I love peanut butter and chocolate.  I could dive into a vat of it and live happily ever after. Surely, I am not the only one who feels this way? Here is a round up 6 of my favorite PB and Chocolate recipes that will…

Lemon Creme Crumb Bars

Printable Recipe:  Lemon Creme Crumb Bars I love lemon desserts of any kind. The tanginess of the lemon combined with other baking ingredients gives a wonderful flavor and tartness to the dish.  Even though the lemons don’t make a sugar concoction any healthier, there is something about eating them that seems, somehow, less guilty! This…