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Dessert

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 […]


Pretzel English Toffee

Pretzel English Toffee ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #dessert #candy #ImperialSugar

It occurred to me last winter when I was in my holiday baking mode that putting salty pretzels in toffee would be a brilliant idea … an idea akin to the saltine toffee that many people make, but with more crunch. So I made it … and it was wonderful … and everyone loved it […]


Pumpkin Cake w/Chocolate Cheesecake Swirl #Choctoberfest

Pumpkin Cake with Chocolate Cheesecake Swirl ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #Choctoberfest #recipe

This is my third recipe for #Choctoberfest and I’m super excited to share it with you! Thanks to Hurricane Matthew, shipments of Imperial Sugar were delayed, but I finally received mine, along with an adorable apron and a silicon mat that I know I will use a LOT! (Incidentally, I think that’s included in the […]


Strawberry Chocolate Chip Pancake Tacos #Choctoberfest

Strawberry Chocolate Chip Pancake Tacos ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #Choctoberfest #Breakfast #recipe

Another fun post to celebrate #Choctoberfest … and also “International Cook with Your Kids Day” … I think this post is SO fitting … because … Every morning I make chocolate chip pancakes (with mini chocolate chips) for my daughter for breakfast. I make the batter ahead of time and keep it in the fridge so […]


Chocolate Raspberry Ricotta Cake #Choctoberfest

Chocolate Raspberry Ricotta Cake ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #choctoberfest #cake #recipe

Inspired by Epicurious This post was created for #Choctoberfest … an awesome annual blogger event where many bloggers team up with some great sponsors to share our love of chocolate. Oh, and there’s a fabulous giveaway involved! Run over and enter now. Sooo … on to the recipe. I went to visit my parents last weekend […]


Mango Peach Crisp

I’m guest posting for my friend Shea over at Dixie Chik Cooks today! I’m super excited … Have you visited her blog? She has so many amazing recipes … and her burgers are totally epic. That girl knows how to take it over the top to crazy good! Let’s talk about this recipe for a moment […]


Baked Brie with Figs, Pistachios & Walnuts

Baked Brie with Figs, Pistachios & Walnuts ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #quick #easy #appetizer #recipe

Adapted from The Mediterranean Dish I’ve always dreamed of making a fancy baked brie piled high with lots of sweet fruity jam, fruits and nuts. Really, I’m not sure what was holding me back other than I needed an occasion to take it to … you don’t really want to bake up a big ol’ […]


(Small Batch) Bourbon Raspberry Fig Jam

Small Batch Bourbon Raspberry Fig Jam ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #easy #nocanning #jam #recipe

Adapted from Flavor the Moments A beautiful bright red figgy berry jam with no pectin or canning required … The very first time I ever purchased fresh figs in my life happened a few weeks ago and it was VERY spur of the moment. I was at Costco … one of my friends had found these […]


Lavender Cream Cheese Stuffed Figs

Lavender Cream Cheese Stuffed Figs ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #lavender #creamcheese #figs #recipe

I found some fresh figs … right here in the midwest where such exotic things oh so rarely make an appearance. The foodie in me has been extremely jealous of all the fresh fig recipes I see online … I always ooh and ah over them, wishing, oh wishing, that I could experience this marvelous-ness that is […]


Strawberry Rhubarb Upside Down Cake

Strawberry Rhubarb Upside Down Cake ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #summer #fruity #caramel #cake #recipe

Adapted from Eating Well A gorgeous fruity cake, with a pretty design on top and an ooey gooey caramel sauce that forms by itself on the bottom of the pan. When you flip it over, all that gorgeous caramel drips down over the fruit and the cake and it tastes just like heaven. I love the way […]


Piña Colada Bread Pudding Cupcakes

Piña Colada Bread Pudding Cupcakes ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #pineapple #coconut #breadpudding #recipe

This is where bread pudding and Piña Coladas collide … in a beautiful, little cupcake form. This recipe was born when I had too many Hawaiian buns left after the summer bash at Little Cellar Wine Company / Coffea last month. The buns turned slightly hard after a bit, so my kids wouldn’t eat them, but they still […]


Pineapple Blueberry Cloud Parfaits

Pineapple Blueberry Cloud Parfaits ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #light #fruity #summer #dessert #recipe

This is the quintessential summertime dessert! Light and fruity, with a creamy yogurt mascarpone mousse … it tastes decadent and luscious … add candied almond slices on top for a delightful crunch that contrasts perfectly with the rest of the tastes and textures. My uncle was in town this weekend … my aunt who just moved here recently […]


Coconut Mango Macadamia Zucchini Bread

Coconut Mango Macadamia Zucchini Bread ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #tropical #zucchini #bread #recipe

Hurrah zucchini season has arrived! I got my first BIG zucchini from an unknown friend at work who had left some zucchini from their garden in the break room with a little note: Please take and enjoy! Oh I love fresh garden zucchini. I made some delicious zucchini kale fried rice with it, but it […]


Double Chocolate Cherry Brownies

Double Chocolate Cherry Brownies ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #cherry #brownie #recipe

I made brunch for an event this month and I really wanted something chocolate … every event needs a little chocolate, don’t you think? I thought and thought upon it and brownies seemed to be the thing that was calling to me. The fresh sweet cherries in my fridge decided to join the party and […]


Strawberry Rhubarb Bread Pudding Cups

Strawberry Rhubarb Bread Pudding Cups ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #dessert for #breakfast #muffins

A long, long time ago, I asked a friend what she wanted me to make her as a treat for her birthday. She said she wanted bread pudding, but not a fancy bread pudding, she wanted a plain bread pudding. She was very specific about this. “What?” I said … “I can’t add any fruit? […]


Lavender Rhubarb Cobbler Cake

Lavender Rhubarb Cobbler Cake ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #rhubarb #lavender #cobbler #dessert #recipe

I first made this lovely “fruit-on-top” cobbler with strawberries. It was such a fun time … my little niece helped “plippity plop” the strawberries on top. Then I had to try it with other fruits. Then I made one with plums from my dad’s (very proliferous) plum tree. And this year, I thought I need to make one […]


Easy Peasy Chocolate Fondue

Easy Peasy Chocolate Fondue ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #5minute #chocolate #fondue #recipe

This super easy chocolate fondue cooks in the microwave, so it’s ready in less than 5 minutes. It will take you longer to assemble the dippers than it will to make the fondue! You see, since I made the cheese fondue, I had to make a chocolate fondue too! Because a fondue party just isn’t complete […]


Mom’s Royal Rhubarb Crisp

Mom's Royal Rhubarb Crisp ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #rhubarb #dessert #recipe

It’s May 1 and next weekend is Mother’s Day! So today I am thinking of my mom and how very very lucky I am to have such a wonderful woman as my mother. Throughout my life, my mom always encouraged me to be anything I wanted to be … she was always my confidante, someone I knew would always […]


Chocolate Peanut Butter Breakfast Bars

Adapted slightly from Food Faith Fitness Oh dear foodie friends, I did it! After 4 months, I am within 1 lb. of my weight-loss goal. Some people might say I should wait to celebrate until I’m there, but (a couple pounds ago) one of my friends looked at me like it’s time to stop … I said I […]


Mango Ginger Peanut Clusters

Mango Ginger Peanut Clusters ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #quick #easy #candy #treat #recipe #glutenfree

Spring is upon us and I have a spring cleaning bug … badly. I want to clear away the clutter in my house, in my mind, in my soul. Let it all go, make space. Strangely, that is how these little clusters came to be. I was cleaning off the clutter from the countertops, putting […]


Pretty Peanut Butter Cup Truffles

Pretty Peanut Butter Cup Truffles ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #homemade #peanutbutter #truffles #recipe

Sometimes when someone tastes something I’ve made and makes a comment, it sticks in my mind forever. So it was with this recipe… I remember one of my friends coming up to me and saying, “Oh my gosh, Ann, these truffles are like Reese’s peanut butter cups … on steroids!” I can’t help but think of that […]


Strawberry Surprise Cupcakes

Strawberry Surprise Cupcakes ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #fresh #strawberry #cupcakes #recipe

I made these cupcakes ages ago for my niece ages ago for her birthday, but I didn’t take any pictures. They were so popular with everyone that they disappeared in a flash. My kids secured a promise from me that I would make them for them again. My son asked me to make them again […]


Ricotta Dumplings with Mixed Berry Sauce #DoleRose

Ricotta Dumplings with Raspberry Strawberry Sauce ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #breakfast #dessert #dumpling #recipe #DoleRose

It’s almost time for the New Year’s Rose Parade and although I will be freezing my butt off here at home in the chilly midwest, I’m excited to be virtually participating in this year’s event with my good friend Ally Phillips (from Ally’s Kitchen), Dole packaged foods, Finn Partners public relations agency and HQ marketing agency. […]


Dark Chocolate Red Wine Fudge

Dark Chocolate Red Wine Fudge ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #easy #chocolate #wine #fudge #recipe

Red wine & dark chocolate are a heavenly match and something I just HAD to try. And then I did add just a bit of hot pepper to make it dance on the tongue. It’s not spicy at all, but it has a beautiful tingle with the creamy chocolate fudge. This lovely little fudge was […]

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