Dark Chocolate Raspberry Macarons

Ummmm...why didn't anyone tell me that you could put sprinkles on macarons before you bake them and they still come out SO cute? Seriously! Here I was, for months thinking that you are not by any means to mess with the macaron shell. Pipe and pray, that was my routine. This changes everything.

For starters, I made these adorable Valentine's Day macarons for you guys! Can you even? I can't even.

In true Valentine's Day fashion, I paired together raspberries and chocolate to flavor these beauties. I used freeze-dried raspberries for the shell, and then filled them with a dark chocolate ganache. I also sprinkled additional ground freeze dried raspberries over the ganache to add an extra oomph of tartness!

Let me tell you, you will never go wrong with this flavor combination. It is absolutely delectable.

Now I'm off to buy more sprinkles for my macarons. If you have any flavor suggestions you'd like me to try, leave them in the comments below!


Mini Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cheesecakes

Hello everyone and welcome to my fourth installment of mini cheesecakes because evidently, I have become obsessed with my mini cheesecake pan. It is an absolute pain in the neck to wash but that won't keep me from using it over and over again. Not that I hear you guys complaining; these Nutella cheesecakes were a total hit last month!

So I am at it again, this time providing you with a wonderful idea for Valentine's Day! Ditch the overpriced chocolate covered strawberries and make these cheesecakes instead! Chcoolate ganache beats a hard chocolate shell any day of the week. 

Also, you don't have to worry about strawberries not being in season because these cheesecakes are made with freeze-dried strawberries. Shout out to my local ALDI store who recently started carrying them! Don't you just love ALDI?

Freeze-dried fruit in general is God's gift to bakers I think. It makes flavoring things so much easier! Stay tuned for another freeze-dried fruit recipe coming later this week!


Tortellini Mac and Cheese

I have a confession to make. Are you ready? Here goes nothing.

I've never made mac and cheese from scratch. Actually, I've never even made it from a box. Well, not for myself anyway. Back in my babysitting days, I would make it for the kids I watched but I never actually ate it with them. It kind of sounds sad now that I'm typing it out. How can I have never desired to taste the greatness that is mac and cheese? Especially considering my deep love for pasta and cheese?!!

I am a strange one. Correction, I was a strange one.

I recently saw this recipe on Izy's blog and thought yes, yes, and yasssssss. Mac and cheese with special ingredients like buttermilk and cream cheese AND the addition of tortellini? If I was going to try mac and cheese for the first time ever, this would definitely be the way to try it.

Obviously, I wasn't disappointed.

This stuff is seriously so marvelous that I don't even want to waste another second explaining how marvelous it is, I just want you to make it! I mean, I'm sure you guys have probably had mac and cheese before so maybe you're not totally as excited but no, BE EXCITED. Trust me, be excited. There is just so much to be excited for.


Cinnamon & Spice Almond Date Truffles

As I'm writing this, I can currently breathe through zero nostrils and my molar tooth which has had a root canal is somehow throbbing in pain. Also, there are not enough tissues in the world to soak up the oceans leaking from my nose. Too much visual? Okay, I'll stop there.

To paraphrase, I'm totally under the weather this week.

BUT, I must resume my blogging responsibilities, so today, I have for you a no-bake truffle recipe that takes literally minutes to make.

And it's healthy! We are all about the dates and nuts this month. Remember these no-bake brownies from last week? Well, these are essentially the same, except with different types of nuts and the addition of some cozy winter spices.

Clearly, my food processor didn't do a stellar job at grinding up my nuts, but I don't mind the crunch! That being said, a Blendtec will definitely be on my wedding registry!


No-Bake Raw Vegan Brownies

We're two weeks into the new year and I've come to terms with the fact that I can't stop eating desserts. No way, no how. Even one cheat day a week isn't enough for me because my sweet tooth is as big as the universe and cannot resist the mere sight of a dessert.

Therefore, I've got a new game plan. For every non-healthy dessert I make, I'm going to make a healthy version at the same time, so that I won't be tempted by the non-healthy one. Hence, these raw vegan brownies.

I actually made a batch of these peanut butter crack brownies for my brother this week, and then proceeded to eat half the pan. After which I realized I needed some serious help. So I went online and found this recipe, gathered all the ingredients and hoped for the best!

And whaddya know, these actually don't taste healthy at all! The consistency is spot on, and the ganache is what really gives them that true fudgy flavor. I've been constantly snacking on them whenever my sweet tooth strikes and it feels wonderful.