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a cast iron skillet with a golden brown cherry cobbler baked beautifully and the sunlight hitting it

Mom’s Best Ever Southern Cherry Cobbler Recipe (a family favorite)

My Mom’s Cherry Cobbler recipe is the best (we love it in our family). I can’t tell you how many nights of my life, this was dessert. Sometimes she used fresh local peaches from Holloway’s orchards, cherries from the tree in our back. yard, or fresh-picked wild blackberries that grew […]

A whole carrot cake with cream cheese frosting sprinkled with pale green freeze-dried pistachios and two slices removed.

Incredibly Moist Carrot Cake (best carrot cake recipe ever)

Carrot cake lovers hold on to your hats! This is a seriously tender, moist, and balanced carrot cake made 100% from scratch — perfectly spiced, with the warm toasted crunch of walnuts (or pecans) in delicious harmony with a tangy cream cheese frosting (that has an extra vanilla bean kick). […]

Banana bread that's really moist and the golden brown top is glistening, sliced on a tray with a squashed banana turned upside down on the cutting board to the left of the loaf.

Best Ever Classic Banana Bread (SUPER Moist Bakery Style)

I know, “best banana bread ever” is a really bold statement to make, but we’re betting that when you try this extra moist and delicious recipe for banana bread for yourself, you’ll know what I’m talking about. It’s somewhere between banana bread and banana cake and it’s 100% Crazy-Monkey (kiddo) […]

beautiful shot of the cookies piled on top of each other slightly and the sun shining in through the window on them making them look even more golden

Cookies and Cream Oreo Chocolate Chip Cookies

We love this cookie. Super soft and chewy in the middle, golden crispy edges with Double Oreo Flavor and Double Oreo Texture…plus Milk Chocolate — it’s truly a one-of-a-kind cookie. This chocolate chip cookie recipe is easy and flavor wise, hard to top it’s basically a cookie inside of a […]

a beautiful slightly pink'ish with strawberry flecks scone that's been split in half, clotted cream added, topped with homemade strawberry jam and the plate sprinkled with freeze-dried strawberry powder with strawberry coulis dots off to the side

All-Natural Strawberry Shortcake Scones with Strawberry Jam and Clotted Cream

Make the best all-natural tender and fluffy strawberry scones from scratch with this easy and foolproof recipe. Clotted cream is a perfect accompaniment as is this homemade 15-minute strawberry jam sauce and strawberry coulis. And while homemade sauces and clotted cream put these scones into a whole new category of […]

my hand holding a cherry fried pie wonton with a bite taken out and it's gloriously cherry red filling exposed inside

Lucky Lunar New Year Fried Cherry Pie “Wontons”

Happy Lunar New Year to my family and friends in China, NYC, and Australia! I love and miss you all ♡. This dessert is dedicated to you. May it bring you luck, prosperity, good health, and a whole lot of love. Start the Year off right and surprise your loved […]

Homemade strawberry coulis in my old Brooklyn Kitchen

30-Minute Strawberry Coulis (Professional Strawberry Sauce)

Make this easy homemade strawberry sauce to top your favorite cheesecakes, pancakes, french toast, or add it to cocktails or make pink lemonade. I’ve been making this homemade strawberry coulis for the better part of 20 years. And it’s the only strawberry sauce you’ll ever need. Don’t waste your money […]

Pumpkin cheesecake on a blue cake stand with a marble fireplace lined with cookbooks in the background.

Pumpkin Cheesecake with Chestnut Graham Cracker Crust

This delicious pumpkin cheesecake recipe is filled with pumpkin purée, cream cheese, pumpkin spice, and vanilla with a middle layer of roasted chestnut graham cracker crust cutting right through the middle. This cheesecake has even garnered affection from someone who claimed they “don’t like pumpkin-anything” (they asked for seconds♡).  How to Make […]

top down view stacked mini vanilla bean cheesecakes

Easy Classic Cheesecake w/Biscoff Cookie Crust (with Mini Cheesecake Option)

This creamy fluffy vanilla bean cheesecake recipe is so delicious and easy anyone can make it! In fact, this is the perfect beginner’s cheesecake recipe. It was a favorite we used for my adult and kid’s cheesecake baking classes in China. Even better, this is a no-water bath-required cheesecake. To make […]

Baked swirled Double Biscoff Cheesecake lying on a cutting board

Easy Double Biscoff Cheesecake

This creamy fluffy vanilla bean Biscoff cheesecake recipe would be great on its own, but since we LOVE Lotus Biscoff everything around here, I created an easy cheesecake recipe that packs in as much caramel Biscoff cookie flavor as possible. This is a no-water-bath-needed cheesecake recipe and it’sa perfect make-ahead-and-freeze […]

a bite of cheesecake in a small spoon and drizzled with strawberry sauce and a biscoff crust with the rest of the cheesecake in an individual terra cotta ramekin typically used for creme cramel

White Chocolate Creme Brûlée Cheesecake w/Biscoff Cookie Crust

Creamy white chocolate vanilla bean filling with a Biscoff Lotus cookie crust gets brûléed to crunchy crackly perfection and served with fruity strawberry coulis in one of our all-time favorite cheesecakes (ever).  The secret to this easy cheesecake’s smooth texture and flavor is the addition of Callebaut white chocolate and […]

a parchment lined sheet tray with just baked pan banger chocolate chip cookies with beautiful ridges all the way around multiple times from the middle to the edges like the ripples made when you skip rocks across a pond

Bakery Style Pan-Banging Chocolate Chip Cookies

This delicious homemade chocolate chip cookie recipe is something you might find at your favorite local coffee shop or bakery and tastes just as great! Wrinkled chocolate chip cookies get their signature look and texture from a fairly rudimentary professional baking technique known as “pan-banging”. And true to their name, […]

a sheet pan lined with white parchment paper with freshly baked sugar cookies with nonpareil sprinkles

Soft and Chewy Bakery Style Sugar Cookies

This is the easiest and best homemade bakery-style sugar cookie recipe EVER! Thin, soft, and chewy sugar cookies sprinkled with crunchy raw sugar for a nice sweet contrast. Buttery soft sugar cookies are perfect any time of year, but they make especially great treats for Christmas holiday baking and snow […]

Slice of an amber colored white chocolate caramel cheesecake with Oreo cookie crust drizzled with homemade mixed berry sauce with a view of green mini cypress trees in the immediate background.

White Chocolate Salted Caramel Cheesecake With Oreo Cookie Crust

This salted caramel cheesecake recipe has it all — a super creamy tangy combination of mascarpone cheese and cream cheese flecked with vanilla bean and infused with homemade (white chocolate) salted caramel and baked into an Oreo cookie crust.   Without a doubt, this is a restaurant-quality cheesecake. It’s one of […]

A stack of 5 strawberry lemon sugar cookies on a vintage wood Venetian tray.

Soft & Chewy Strawberry-Lemon Sugar Cookies

Thin, soft, and chewy sugar cookies get a yummy strawberry-lemon upgrade with homemade strawberry sugar and lemon zest. You don’t even have to chill the dough before you bake them which means they’re perfect for last-minute holiday get-togethers (or a snow day activity with the kiddos). Sugar cookies don’t get […]