Soft Maple Sugar Cookies with Maple Glaze

maple syrup dessert recipes

Maple flavor is, to me, one of the hallmarks of fall.  So when I came across this recipe from Family Circle magazine for SOFT maple cookies I was excited.  I love soft sugar cookies and add some maple syrup to the cookie and the glaze, well, its just darn *FABULOUS*!

Recipe and Photo Courtesy of Family Circle.

Quick Apple Puff Pastry Dessert

puff pastry dessert recipes

I love using puff pastry to make elegant, delicious appetizers and desserts; it’s a huge time saver.  This apple puff pastry dessert comes from one of my favorite magazines, the free Food & Drink magazine put out by the Ontario Liquor Control Board.

Photo and Adapted Recipe orginally from LLBO Food & Drink

Pumpkin Bread with Cream Cheese

pumpkin bread with cream cheese

Nothing says Autumn more to me than pumpkin (well, apples may be a close second).  And pumpkin and cream cheese is a wonderful combination as shown in this photo.  I also sometimes add chocolate chips to the batter – yum!

Recipe and Photos Courtesy of All Recipes.

Easy Peanut Butter Cheesecake with Reeses

reeses peanut butter cheeseake

Once again a big “Thank You” to my friend Danielle over at Hugs&CookiesXOXO Blog for this totally decadent Reese Peanut Butter Cheesecake recipe.  What makes it extra yummy is the peanut butter cookie crust!

reese-peanut-butter-cheesecake

Mississippi Mud Cake

how to make a mississippi mud cake

I am a huge fan of Mississippi Mud Cakes, Brownies, Bars and Pies.  I love anything that has marshmallow cream in it and topped with the decadent Mississippi Mud icing!  When I came across this picture at Taste of Home I just had to make it the same day!  All I can say is “YUM!”

Recipe and Photo courtesy of Taste of Home Magazine.

Lemony Blackberry Vodka Gelees

how to make vodka jelly shots

I know.  Isn’t this picture amazing?  I just HAD to make them.  And although my turned out so very pretty (and totally adictive) – my pictures did not.

What can I say about this recipe?  If you do make them you will be rewarded with vodka jelly shots that will win you acclaim.  But only after a lot of time, effort and expense went into it.  Is is worth it?  In my opinion it depends on the event.  I made them for dinner party of 8 and it was well worth it.  My advice?  Follow the recipe to a “T”!

The recipe comes from Cooking Light so I even rationalized that these were good for me – LOL:)  But I do love my Cooking Light subscription - I got so many great recipes every month! (this is not a paid endorsement – I just love the mag!)

Recipe and picture courtesy of Cooking Light, July 2013

Easy Ice Cream Sandwich Cake

how to make an ice cream cake

As a subscriber to Family Circle Magazine I received 2 bonus mini mags that were bursting with terrific dessert recipes like this easy ice cream cake that uses ice cream sandwiches for a snazzy presentation and taste!

Photo & Recipe courtesy of Family Circle

Coconut Peach Cake – So Divine!

fresh peach cake

If you are looking for a show stopping summer dessert, this coconut peach cake is for you! A bit of work but worth it.  And to make it a bit easier, but still so delicious, you can dress up the cake with coconut that hasn’t been toasted (it will make a gorgeous white cake).

Recipe and photo courtesy of Bon Appetit magazine.

Chocolate Espresso Ice Box Cake

espresso dessert recipe

I have a friend that loves tiramisu and a husband that doesn’t.  To satisfy both, I made this fab recipe from Woman’s Day magazine for a Chocolate Espresso Ice Box Cake.  Using ladyfingers as the base that are brushed with espresso syrup and then piled high with chocolate creaminess; it’s a sophisticated take on an old-time favorite.

Recipe and Photo Courtesy of Woman’s Day.

Fresh Blueberry Oat Bars

lemon blueberry bars

It’s blueberry time!  And that means new recipes to showcase my favorite summer fruit!  These featundre a delicious oat crust and a lemony cheesecake filling.  And lots of fresh blueberries:).

Recipe and photo courtesy of Taste of the South magazine.