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No Bake Creamy Cheesecake Parfaits

A super light and creamy no bake cheesecake dessert that is perfect for a holiday dessert or a gathering with friends!  Top with your favorite cheesecake toppings and dig in!

With Christmas being 4 days away desserts are one thing that I always get asked to bring when we visit friends. However when I have friends over I tend to keep dessert a bit more simple because while I’m running around the house like a mad woman trying to clean, sweet, pick up crap, make food and do 9 million other things, making elaborate desserts are honestly last on my list. This no bake cheesecake is so simple yet it looks so incredibly elegant and the best part about it, is I love to set this up with a cheesecake bar where my friends can top their cheesecake with their favorites treats!

Case in point, we’re having friends over tomorrow night and let’s just say my house looks like a bomb went off in it. So while I’m running around getting the house picked up as best we can considering we’re still under construction and I’m fighting off a sinus infection, I need to figure out the foods. I’m keeping the main stuff simple – sheet pan pizza, spinach and artichoke dip, barbacoa nachos (they went nuts over them last time) and these parfaits. Truth be told I’ve not really baked any Christmas cookies for us. I just haven’t had time.

How do you top your cheesecake?

Go Crazy & Jelly Bars (Cookie Butter Peanut Butter & Jelly Crack Bars)

Taking PB&J to a whole new level! Crunchy chocolate pretzel crust, raspberry awesomeness, creamy ‘butter’ filling, and decadent chocolate ganache make these bars over the top CRAZY!

So this recipe is one of those “I need something sweet and I don’t care if I have to eat peanut butter out of the jar” type of recipes. Actually full disclosure, that’s how this recipe came to be. I was starving and wanted something sweet but also something fast. Peanut butter!  Peanut butter is my go-to dessert/sweet/protein/just-get-it-in-my-mouth-as-fast-as-possible food. I was in my kitchen, working on some recipes but didn’t have time to make myself something real to eat so out came the spoon and jar of peanut butter.

Yes, I’m one of THOSE people who eat peanut butter out of the jar. It’s my jar so I can do whatever I want. So I’m sitting there, happy as a little piggy with a newly found mud puddle when I “accidentally” grabbed the spoon from the jar of cookie butter. It wasn’t intentional though I can’t say if it wasn’t subliminal. Anyway I was like “OH! Well that’s a nice surprise!” You see I was working on my Ultimate Cookie Butter Cream pie and had it out along with a big bowl of ganache at the time.

Go Crazy & Jelly Bars - Cookie Butter Peanut Butter & Jelly Crack bars

So there I am, in the kitchen a spoon in each hand and a fretted look on my face as I really needed a third hand to scoop the ganache. That’s when I decided to whip up a few buckeyes. Well about halfway through making the filling I decided to incorporate the cookie butter and then I realized I needed a textural element thus the pretzels. See while I like traditional buckeyes, I prefer a crunch to them so often I’ll add pretzels to it or rice cereal.

Whether you go straight cookie butter, peanut butter or both, you’re going to love these bars!

Cinnamon Crumb Coffee Cake Muffins

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Fall is here which means it’s the perfect weather for a great cup of coffee, these super moist Cinnamon Crumb Coffee Cake Muffins (with secret ingredient!) and Dunkin’ Donuts® Coffee Creamers!

Oh people have I got one amazing recipe for you today!  I’ve teamed up with the amazing folks from Dunkin’ Donuts® to showcase not only the delicious their coffee creamers but also the versatility of them! Now we all know Dunkin’ Donuts® for their amazing donuts but did you know they also make coffee creamers?!  They have some amazing flavors including, Dunkin’ Donuts® Extra Extra Creamer, Dunkin’ Donuts® Caramel Creamer and Dunkin’ Donuts® Vanilla Creamer for starters. What I love about these is they marry beautifully in baked goods.

Yes, in baked goods!  These creamers are the true star of my muffins!

Cinnamon Crumb Coffee Cake Muffins

With Fall here, it’s time to break out the “warm” spices – cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and pretty much pumpkin everything. A cup of coffee without a muffin just seems…wrong. Luckily with this recipe, you’ll never be wrong again. Now, normally when you make muffins you put either milk or buttermilk in the batter to add moistness, however, today we’re not using either of those. Nope, today we’re going with something unexpected!

Reach for your Dunkin’ Donuts® Coffee Creamers when you’re baking!

Sweet Honey Butter Buttermilk Cornbread

Find out my secret to getting super tender, mildly sweet and buttery cornbread!  You’re going to fall in love with this family recipe! Get your pans ready and let’s start baking!

Cornbread is a staple in my house in the winter. It’s the perfect accompaniment to hearty chili, pulled pork and fried chicken. It makes for an amazing stuffing and fried up pieces of deliciousness in the morning. Just dip each nugget in an egg bath like you would for French toast and when done, drizzle with maple syrup! Mmm mmm mmm!  Delish! Now before I go any further, this apparently is a northern version of cornbread. I’m told that “no self-respecting southerner sweetens their cornbread”. Okay.. more for me!  I’ve made it without the sweetness and it just tastes bland to me.

Sure some southern versions will add cheese and or jalapenos for a savory version. But I have to ask if you a savory version is okay, why isn’t a sweetened version? *blink blink blink* Shrugs. Anyway, when my grandma (and Mom) made cornbread they sweetened it so that’s what I did. I’ve taken their recipes and changed it slightly as even theirs was coarse, not really soft and tender. It was delicious but kind of mealy from the cornmeal. That’s a texture I don’t care for. It kind of reminds me of sand. Blech.

Sweet Honey Butter Buttermilk Cornbread

I want cornbread that is soft, tender and has that buttery goodness that just melts in your mouth. And that’s exactly what you get with this recipe. As long as I can remember cornbread in my house was made from scratch. Mom and Grandma never bought the 49cent boxed stuff (though truth be told, is pretty tasty in a pinch when you doctor it up!). This, like many of my family’s recipes, weren’t written down which means it took me many, MANY, test batches (and failures) to finally perfect it.

Are you a sweet or savory cornbread fan?

Sunday Brunch Toffee Coconut Crunch Cookies

A crispy, chewy cookie packed with toffee chips, coconut flakes, oats and other deliciousness make this cookie the perfect treat to kickstart your week! You owe it to yourself to have a batch of these in your house today!

Okay so let’s be real here when it comes to Sundays…they are both awesome and sad at the same time. How so? Well awesome in the fact that most of us get to sleep in and not have to deal with that stupid alarm clock. You get to snuggle a bit longer, you don’t have to deal with Monday traffic, work or putting on real pants. You can chill out all day in front of the TV or head out on all day hike. So what’s the downside? Um hello, the next day is Monday. You have to get up at some ungodly hour to the most annoying sound (alarm), you sit in traffic, deal with a million emails and do that whole work thing. And there’s that whole wearing real pants thing.

Now for me, my Sundays are spent mixed between laundry, yard work, and creating new recipes. And I can’t forget to mention the photo shoots, TKW administration stuff and oh yeah, “me” time.

these cookies will rock your week a little sweeter!

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