Cookie Dough Cheesecake

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Do you like cheesecakes? I love them, but can no longer eat them and I have yet to find a vegan version to try (if anyone has one, please share it with me!).

I decided to make a cheesecake for my family, one that my kids would love. It also gave me an opportunity to use my Instant Pot for a new recipe. I have made cheesecakes, but this is the first one that uses cookie dough for a crust. My husband was my taste-tester and he loved these cheesecake. It was creamy, rich and the cookie dough crust was a delicious twist on a traditional cheesecake.

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Mini Ricotta Galettes with Fruit

Life is slowing down for us this summer and that means I’m able to get back into the kitchen. I’m taking full advantage of the time this weekend and made these mini galettes.

Whenever I buy ricotta for recipes, I always have some leftover. This recipe uses a cup of ricotta and the perfect way to use it. You can easily switch out the fruit to whatever you have on hand. I’m looking forward to making them again when peaches are in season.

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Crispy Peanut Butter Toffee Truffles

It’s basket party fundraiser season and that always means finding new recipes for bite-sized appetizers and desserts. I attended my first party of the year last Friday night and had a great time meeting other parents in our school district and catching up with old friends.

I decided to bring a dessert after seeing the list of what everyone else at our table was bringing. I also needed something that I could make ahead of time, knowing how busy my week was going to be.

They were decadent. Crunchy, peanut butter balls wrapped in dark chocolate with a sprinkling of toffee bits on top. They’re simple to make but will be sure to impress anyone!

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Pressure Cooker Rice Pudding

My husband and I both love rice pudding and when I happened to have all the ingredients to make a batch, I decided to try this new recipe. I loved that it’s made in a pressure cooker… not more watching a pot on the stove. It was so easy to make and was delicious. It’s a rich pudding, but isn’t that what comfort food is all about.

My husband likes raisins in his rice pudding, but you could easily swap out for dried cranberries or other dried fruit. This pudding will thicken up as it sits. Add a little milk or cream to thin it out if you prefer a thinner pudding.

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Strawberry Blueberry Crumble

I bought a little too much fresh fruit the other week and I need to use it up before it went back. I threw together a berry crumble and it was delicious! The filling was sweet, but not too sweet. The crumble topping was delicious. I can’t wait to try it with peaches before the season is over. What’s your favorite type of fruit crumble?


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Blueberry Cheesecake Cookie Cups

It was finally cool enough to do some baking over the weekend. Is the end of summer here? I’ve been in the mood for something with cheesecake and wanted to make something that was bite-sized. You know…trying to eat healthy! I figured if I made them mini, I would only be tempted to eat one and that should satisfy my sweet-tooth cravings.

The sugar cookie cups are delicious and the filling is light and fluffy. I think they would be great with a different fruit puree – maybe strawberry or peach. To elevate them even more, I would suggest adding a little spoonful of blueberry jam on top. Yum!

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Chocolate Quinoa Cake

I had recently made a batch of quinoa for another recipe and had a lot of left over. I didn’t want to throw it away, so I went on a search for recipes that use leftover cooked quinoa and came across a recipe for a chocolate cake. Hmm…that might be interesting!

I’ve used cooked quinoa in muffins and cookies before, so I thought it would be something to try. Boy am I glad I gave it a chance. This cake was delicious! Super moist, full of chocolate flavor and easy to make. I topped my cake with a peanut butter frosting…which made it very rich. You could swap out the frosting for a dusting of powdered sugar and it would be just as delicious.

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Peppermint Chocolate Delight

I hosted dinner for my family on the Saturday before Christmas and I was looking for an easy and quick dessert to make. This dessert was perfect! It had all the flavors of the holidays – chocolate and peppermint! I was able to make it the night before and it was ready for dessert. It’s so much goodness layered together – starting at the bottom is a layer of chocolate graham crackers, peppermint cream cheese, chocolate pudding, whipped topping and finished with crush peppermint chocolate candy bars. YUM!!!

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Rose Apple Brie Bites

Are you looking for an amazing dessert to impress your guests? This is it! My entire family is a fan of brie and I was looking for a fancy dessert to try out. These appetizer that look like roses are packed full of raspberry jam, sweet apples and gooey brie….all wrapped up in puff pastry. Delicious!

These appetizers do take a little time to make, but it’s worth it. The original recipe calls for soaking your apples in red wine. I skipped that step but will be doing that the next time I make them – the apples become rosy colored! I’ll list the steps below with the red wine soak, so you can try them either way.

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