… because what is life without good food?


Chocolate Caramel Nut Magic Bars

Chocolate Caramel Nut Magic Bars ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #orgasmic #chewy #layer #bars #recipe

I lied. The name of these bars is not “Chocolate Caramel Nut Magic Bars” … the real name for this recipe came about because I gave a box of these lovely bars to my yoga friend for her birthday. She told everyone at yoga how wonderful they were … so then I had to make them […]

Spiced Rum Sugar Plums

Spiced Rum Sugar Plums ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #holiday #dessert #recipe

Adapted from ChinDeep I have long been curious about sugar plums … I had a daughter in dance for many many years and had the privilege of watching the Nutcracker multiple times … the dance of the Sugar Plum fairy always comes to mind whenever I hear (see) “Sugar Plum” spoken or written. Recently my […]

Toffee Chocolate Mashup Bars

Toffee Chocolate Mashup Bars ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls 7-Layer #chocolate #PB #7Layer #Bars

Cousin to the traditional 7-layer bar, these mashup bars have a chocolate crust, topped with toffee bits, chocolate and peanut butter chips, oats, peanut butter, chocolate and caramel syrup, crunchy salty peanuts and sweetened condensed milk to stick it all together. It’s almost Thanksgiving and guess what? I’m not baking up any pumpkin pie. I’m bringing […]

Mint Chocolate Mocha Fudge Cookies {Low Fat}

Mint Chocolate Mocha Fudge Cookies ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #decadent #lowfat #chocolate #mint #cookie #recipe

Oooey gooey fudgy mint cookies with a melty mint chocolate swirl on top. I know maybe you won’t believe me when I tell you that there are only 2 Tablespoons of butter in the whole batch of these cookies, but it’s true! Of course there is some fat from the chocolate as well, but still, it’s a pretty […]

Ginger Spice Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies

Ginger Spice Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #pumpkin #oat #spice #cookies #recipe

Adapted from Chow I know, I know, it’s not October! But I found a container of pumpkin in my freezer and it needed to be used and I just felt like making my pumpkin into cookies. It’s been so chilly and dreary and wintry lately and we are all just itching for spring … I love the […]

Peanut Butter Apricot Bars {No Bake}

Peanut Butter Apricot Bars ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #chocolate #pb&j #light #dessert #recipe

I finally relented … I went into the kitchen fully to make Lauren Kelly’s lightened up peanut butter chocolate bars, but my apricots started talking to me. I was minding my own business, trying to follow the recipe as best I could (sans the sucanat, of which I have none) and the (partly-eaten) bag of dried apricots […]

Peach Pecan Scones

Peach Pecan Scones with Vanilla White Chocolate Drizzle ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #peach #pecan #scones #recipe

with vanilla white chocolate drizzle When we went camping at the folk fest, my friend asked me to bring muffins for breakfast. I said to her “no, not muffins — scones!” because I have peaches and I remembered that peach muffins do NOT travel well, but peach SCONES, now that would be quite a different […]

Vanilla Yogurt Scones

Crunchy raw sugar coating on a tender, perfectly moist yet dry scone made with vanilla yogurt. They are quite simple to make, too–I’ve simplified the recipe to the bare bones required for a perfect scone. Every time I make scones, my son asks me to make him “plain vanilla” scones. I always resist, saying “why […]

Sea Salt Kahlua Mudslide Cookies {Low Fat}

Sea Salt Kahlua Mudslide Cookies ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #lowfat #chocolate #cookie #recipe

Adapted from Cooking Light Last week was our first week at the new office downtown. The company I work for has been growing and it has completely outgrown its original home … to say I was excited about moving downtown is a complete understatement because I WISHED for an office downtown and my wish came […]

Rhubarb Cream Cheese Scones

Rhubarb Cream Cheese Scones ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #rhubarb #scone #recipe

(Confession: really, the only reason I used cream cheese was because I was out of yogurt. Either one works just as well, IMHO.) I was out of town last week for training. It was a really good trip, a great class and we did find some really good food in Minneapolis, but, as usual when […]

Strawberry Ginger Oat Scones

Strawberry Ginger Oat Scones ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #healthy #scone #recipe

Adapted from Cookin Canuck I made these scones when we were up at my parents’ place last time. We didn’t coordinate very well on who was bringing what and found ourselves with an over-abundance of fresh strawberries. So I was tasked with using up some of the strawberries. I debated over several berry recipes, but […]

Salted Crunchewy Chocolate Chip Cookies {Gluten Free}

Gluten Free Crunchewy Chocolate Chip Cookies ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #glutenfree #cookie #recipe

A crunchy twist on “The Chewy” chocolate chip cookie “What is this miracle?!?” my daughter exclaimed when I showed one of these cookies to her, fresh out of the oven. I told her it’s a chewy chocolate chip cookie coated with crunchy bits of raw sugar and a bit of coarse sea salt on top. She immediately […]

Loaded Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies {Gluten free}

Loaded Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies {Gluten Free} ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #Healthy #Cookie #Recipe

I was trying to find some other cookies to make for my gluten free friends, so I thought it would be fun to try making a gluten free version of those wonderful healthy Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies. Kelly was up for it, but Mitch was having none of that. (He only likes chocolate […]

Strawberry Poppy Seed Scones

Strawberry Poppy Seed Scones~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #wholewheat #scones #recipe

The other day I woke up and my (monster-size) son was there, in the kitchen, hungry. (When ISN’T he hungry?) “There’s NOTHING to eat, Mom!” he exclaimed. Of course there are lots of things to eat in my house … I don’t think there will ever be any shortage of food around here, but he […]

Gluten Free Thin Mint Cookies

Gluten Free Thin Mints ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #girlscout #cookie #recipe

Recipe from Almost Supermom It’s Girl Scout Cookie time. Now that my girl isn’t in Girl Scouts anymore, it isn’t that big of a deal to me, but there are some Girl Scout Cookies making their way around the office. I noticed a sad expression on my gluten free friend’s face one day when she […]

White Chocolate Orange Marmalade Scones

White Chocolate Orange Marmalade Scones ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #scones #recipe

Some days I wake up and I just want to make scones. This was a wake-up-Saturday-morning-and-I-want-scones kinda recipe. I had some candied kumquats in my fridge that I want to make good use of. I’m trying to make a better effort of using things up before I make more, so … I decided to use […]

Soft & Chewy Gluten Free Sugar Cookies

Soft & Chewy Gluten Free Sugar Cookies ~ each one is like a little pillow of sugar from Sumptuous Spoonfuls

Adapted just slightly from Gluten Free on a Shoestring These sugar cookies are soft and chewy, like a little pillow of sugar. I made them for my friend at work who has recently gone gluten free. He is really good at troubleshooting things, so I asked him if he would help me with a few […]

The Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Test


Alton Brown’s gluten free “The Chewy” cookie goes head-to-head against Mrs. Field’s Blue Ribbon Chocolate Chip Cookies in “The Cookie Test” I have a couple friends at work who have given up gluten. It wasn’t anything their doctor told them to do … in fact, the doctors never “discovered” the gluten intolerance. They just decided to […]

2013 in Review: the 13 Most Sumptuous Recipes

Top 13 Most Sumptuous Recipes of 2013 from Sumptuous Spoonfuls

At the end of the year, I like to look back and reminisce about what happened this year, what was good, what was not-so-good, what could be better. What did people like most? least? What should I do differently next year? It’s interesting stuff to think about. I think it’s funny that my foodie friends […]

Copycat Starbucks Cranberry Bliss Bars

Copycat Starbucks Cranberry Bliss Bars ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #holiday #cookie #recipe

Just a wee bit adapted from The Black Peppercorn These are not healthy for you … but they MAY help you save some money, if you’re addicted to those amazing Cranberry Bliss bars at Starbucks. I just love those things. When Steve at The Black Peppercorn posted a recipe for them, well, I just couldn’t resist giving […]

Chocolate Cranberry Plum Bourbon Balls

Chocolate Cranberry Plum Bourbon Balls ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #holiday #recipe

“While visions of bourbon balls dance in their heads” … hey, don’t we adult folks deserve some holiday treats too? I think we do … So these are my adult version of “sugarplums”.  Let’s revel in bourbon balls this year!  ( …  I also wanted to mention: these are healthi(er) holiday treats.  Made with dried […]

Heavenly Almond Joy Brownies

Heavenly Almond Joy Brownies ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #decadent #brownie #recipe

The brownie base for this recipe is adapted from the Southern Lady Cooks The idea for these brownies actually happened last summer. I was going to make a chocolate zucchini cake and top it with the classic Almond Joy ingredients. Both coconut and almonds are so delicious toasted, so putting them atop a chocolatey baked something with […]

Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Turtles

Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Turtles ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #easy #holiday #recipe

Adapted from Tastes of Lizzy T These pretzel turtles are the easiest thing to make and they are incredible! I wanted to make the pumpkin spice ones with fancy little chocolate drizzles like Tastes of Lizzy T did, but the pumpkin spice kisses are nowhere to be found. I had to adapt my plan. It didn’t matter […]

Chocolate Candy Cane Pretzel Kisses

Chocolate Candy Cane Pretzel Kisses ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #easy #holiday #recipe

At the holidays, I always want to dip pretzels. I love pretzels dipped in white chocolate or dark chocolate … they are so good … but my favorite favorite favorite holiday treat is when they are dusted with crushed peppermint candy canes. This year I discovered an even easier way to “dip” my pretzels. The […]

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