Babka’s Disputed, Delicious Origin Story

The babka I grew up with was bad. It was dry and crumbly and full of trans fat. It came from a grocery store in the same suburban strip mall as my orthodontist Dr. Diamond’s office and, in our household, counted only my parents as fans. I never would’v…

The babka I grew up with was bad. It was dry and crumbly and full of trans fat. It came from a grocery store in the same suburban strip mall as my orthodontist Dr. Diamond's office and, in our household, counted only my parents as fans. I never would've dreamt of sharing a photo of it—all stale and nubby next to the bagels on the top shelf our fridge—on Instagram.

Today's babkas, however, are runway models and pageview guarantors. They're one part buttery dough, one part chocolate chunks, and one part air. They're twisted, striated, and marbled; streusel-topped, syrup-soaked, and ice cream sandwich'd. They're plastered all over the Internet, the starlets of Smitten Kitchen (2007 and 2014), Bon Appétit (2016), Food and Wine (2016), The New York Times (2016), and our very own Food52 (also 2016).

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Coffee and Bourbon Boozy Milkshakes

These boozy milkshakes are all kinds of delicious! Coffee ice cream mixed with bourbon then topped with a chocolate chip cookie for the ultimate dessert! They are truly the best dessert for so many occasions, especially a cookie and cocktail party! Thi…

These boozy milkshakes are all kinds of delicious! Coffee ice cream mixed with bourbon then topped with a chocolate chip cookie for the ultimate dessert! They are truly the best dessert for so many occasions, especially a cookie and cocktail party! This boozy coffee and bourbon milkshake are probably one of my favorite desserts and […]

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Healthy 3-Ingredient Banana Oatmeal Cookies

These Healthy 3-Ingredient Banana Oatmeal Cookies are so easy, perfect for using up those rip bananas sitting on your counter!! 3-Ingredient Banana Oatmeal Cookies Let’s not mistake these healthy banana oat cookies for traditional cookies, these are best eaten right out of the oven! They are soft and chewy, and so delicious!! Think banana nut […]

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These Healthy 3-Ingredient Banana Oatmeal Cookies are so easy, perfect for using up those rip bananas sitting on your counter!!

Banana Oat Cookies
3-Ingredient Banana Oatmeal Cookies

Let’s not mistake these healthy banana oat cookies for traditional cookies, these are best eaten right out of the oven! They are soft and chewy, and so delicious!! Think banana nut bread only as a cookie. You can even eat them for breakfast or enjoy them as a snack or dessert. I’ve also created variations of these banana oatmeal cookies, try these Chocolate Chip Healthy Oat Cookie, and my PB & J Healthy Oat Cookie.

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Frosted Cranberry Drop Cookies.

These cranberry drop cookies are perfect for the holiday season! Topped with cream cheese frosting and sparkly sprinkles, they are festive and delicious! Oh my gosh. New favorite christmas cookie alert!  These cookies are DELISH! This drop cookie is made with dried cranberries, cream cheese frosting and hit of orange or cinnamon if you wish. […]

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These cranberry drop cookies are perfect for the holiday season! Topped with cream cheese frosting and sparkly sprinkles, they are festive and delicious!

Oh my gosh. New favorite christmas cookie alert! 

cranberry drop cookies with cream cheese frosting

These cookies are DELISH!

This drop cookie is made with dried cranberries, cream cheese frosting and hit of orange or cinnamon if you wish. It’s FESTIVE. And slightly chewy. It’s so buttery and good.

cookie dough with dried cranberries

I’ll be honest. This has never been my favorite flavor combination. Cranberry orange is good but it’s just not something I would choose first. We all know what a psycho chocolate peanut butter fan I am – and those flavor combos are on two totally different spectrums.

I gotta say, this cookie may be changing my mind. This is such a good cookie!!

cranberry drop cookie dough

The original recipe called for fresh cranberries. I like using fresh cranberries sometimes, but they really didn’t appeal to me in cookies. And I often have trouble finding them other than, like, three random weeks in November. 

So here we are! An easy, buttery drop cookie stuffed with dried cranberries. YUM.

cranberry drop cookie dough

Also, the term drop cookie is funny! You really can drop spoonfuls of these right onto the baking sheet. I prefer to do a more perfect “drop” with an ice cream scoop so they are roughly the same size and look pretty. In other words, so they look instagram-pretty. You know. 

cranberry drop cookies with cream cheese frosting

These cookies are also frosted!! Clearly.

I dollop on some of my cream cheese frosting, making these some of the kids’ new favorite cookies too. Anything with frosting.

The frosting excites me too, because I liiiiiive for cream cheese frosting.

And you can totally spice this up too. Add a bit of cinnamon or nutmeg to the frosting. Stir in some freshly grated orange zest (my fave). (more…)

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32 Carolina Gelen Recipes to Make Right Now

If you’re wondering what to make for breakfast or lunch or dinner or dessert, just ask our resident Carolina Gelen. She’s the creator behind so many of our new favorite dishes, from a garlicky tomato soup to an orangey olive oil cake that’s almost too …

If you’re wondering what to make for breakfast or lunch or dinner or dessert, just ask our resident Carolina Gelen. She’s the creator behind so many of our new favorite dishes, from a garlicky tomato soup to an orangey olive oil cake that’s almost too pretty to eat. Let’s dig in.

1. Herbed Oyster Mushroom Roast

This dish was dreamed up as a vegetarian Thanksgiving main. But! Don’t let that stop you from making it all year long.

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Chewy Sprinkle Cookies.

These chewy sprinkle cookies are stuffed with white chocolate and rolled in nonpareils. They are chewy on the inside and crunchy on the outside, absolute cookie perfection! Welcome to my newest cookie obsession. These sprinkle cookies are super chewy, stuffed with white chocolate and crunchy on the outsides from all the sprinkles. THE BEST BEST […]

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These chewy sprinkle cookies are stuffed with white chocolate and rolled in nonpareils. They are chewy on the inside and crunchy on the outside, absolute cookie perfection!

Welcome to my newest cookie obsession.

chewy sprinkle cookies

These sprinkle cookies are super chewy, stuffed with white chocolate and crunchy on the outsides from all the sprinkles. THE BEST BEST BEST.

chewy sprinkle cookies

I can’t even explain how much we LOVE these new cookies. I am so excited to have a new cookie to add to my list too!

My christmas cookies every year are full of classics – ones I’ve made my entire life with my grandma or mom. Things like peanut butter blossoms and mother lovett’s thumbprints. Every few years I create a really delicious new one that makes the list, but it’s always touch and go on whether they get to STAY on the list year after year.

chewy sprinkle cookies

I made these cookies after trying the birthday cake cookie from Last Crumb. It’s a big sugar cookie stuffed with white chocolate and covered in sprinkles. It’s REALLY good, especially when warmed up in the oven. And I am happy to say that I nailed it! 

Mine are a bit smaller and maybe even chewier. I used a little less white chocolate because I’m just not the biggest white chocolate fan. But in this cookie, they work. These really do come off like birthday cake or cake batter cookies with the white chocolate and sprinkles. They taste just like cake!

chewy sprinkle cookies

These also remind me of my favorite sprinkle crinkle cookies from the pretty dish, however those are chocolate more chewy and brownie-like! But it’s the whole sprinkle-crusted outside that really reminds me of those. 

chewy sprinkle cookies

So, the details!

  • I made these cookies based on the recipe of the giant rainbow cookies from ages ago. Like, a decade ago? Those things still take off like wildfire and are so popular. They are a really chewy cookie with a slightly crunchy outside.
  • I like to chop white chocolate – I prefer a bar of it. Get a bar of Lindt white chocolate because it’s the best! I chop big and small pieces, then instead of stirring it all in (you can stir SOME in), I prefer to stuff each dough ball! So I scoop a ball of dough and stuff a few pieces inside. Love it.
  • Sprinkle spa time! Roll the cookie through a plate of nonpareils and coat the entire ball of dough. This is key for extra crunchy texture on the outside!
  • Bake bake bake! I prefer these underbaked by a minute or so. They are extra soft and chewy that way, but still cooked through. 

chewy sprinkle cookies

Of course, the best part about these is that you can use any color of sprinkles. Holiday ones, rainbow, monochrome colors, anything!  (more…)

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Savory Blue Cheese Pear Galette.

This post is sponsored by Harry & David! This savory pear galette is incredible! Flaky, buttery crust, juicy pears and crumbled blue cheese all over for the perfect sweet and savory bite. It’s delicious and fancy! Pear season is here! And I could not be more thrilled. This pear galette has a flaky, crunchy crust […]

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This post is sponsored by Harry & David! This savory pear galette is incredible! Flaky, buttery crust, juicy pears and crumbled blue cheese all over for the perfect sweet and savory bite. It’s delicious and fancy!

Pear season is here! And I could not be more thrilled.

savory pear galette

This pear galette has a flaky, crunchy crust and is topped with lots of crumbled blue cheese. The combo is perfect – a hint of sweet, a touch of savory, a little tangy. It’s everything. 

I also just love a galette because as we all know, I don’t have much patience for pie. Making a galette is just as delicious and so much easier. The crust is very “rustic” – meaning you can make it look however you want and totally get away with it! Um, sign me up. Sounds great! 

harry and david pears

I’m so excited to partner with Harry & David to bring you this delicious pear galette! If you’ve been around the blog for awhile, then you know that we’ve loved Harry & David forever – back when I was a kid, my dad would get the pears around the holiday season and we would all fight over them! They are just the best pears. 

I’ve been lucky enough to work with them for years now and I’m so excited to bring you a new recipe with their Royal Riviera Pears.

I am telling you – NOTHING beats these pears! There is not a better pear out there. So juicy and perfect, we look forward to them all year long.

harry and david pear

I’ve made so many different pear recipes over the year that I knew I wanted to take the savory route here. I’ve made salads and even margaritas in the past, but a sweet and savory galette sounded fantastic to me. 

pears in pie crust

I ADORE this galette because it’s studded with blue cheese! The pear + blue cheese combo is such a classic and so good. The juicy, sweet pears combined with tangy, creamy blue cheese – there is so much flavor there. They complement each other and are just divine.

I used the Rogue Creamery blue cheese and gorgonzola from Harry & David. Years ago when I went on a press trip to Harry & David, I got to tour the Rogue Creamery and their cheese has been my favorite ever since. It’s exceptionally creamy! Their smoked blue is also probably one of my favorite cheeses of all time.

pears in pie crust with blue cheese

To make this galette, I used my classic galette crust (mother lovett’s pie crust!) and filled it with the Royal Riviera Pears. I sprinkled a little blue cheese on the crust, which gets crispy and SO good when the galette is baked. I also like to sprinkle on more blue cheese when the galette comes out of the oven. 

The end result is packed with incredible texture and flavor, and just happens to be super pretty too! (more…)

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Pink Peppermint Christmas Ice Cream Cake.

This christmas ice cream cake is so fun and festive! Made with oreo cookies, ice cream sandwiches and a seasonal peppermint ice cream, it’s always a huge hit. Everyone loves it! Who’s in for christmas ice cream cake?! I’m raising all my hands. This cake is SO fun. Tastes amazing. Another recipe that looks pretty […]

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This christmas ice cream cake is so fun and festive! Made with oreo cookies, ice cream sandwiches and a seasonal peppermint ice cream, it’s always a huge hit. Everyone loves it!

Who’s in for christmas ice cream cake?!

christmas ice cream cake

I’m raising all my hands. This cake is SO fun. Tastes amazing. Another recipe that looks pretty darn fancy but… isn’t. It’s easy and you will love it. 

In fact, everyone will love it. 

peppermint ice cream

Layers of cookies and ice cream and chocolate, oh my. I used a pink peppermint ice cream that I found, but a peppermint bark or any other mint variety would work so well. Just wait until you bring it out for guests!

They will totally flip. 

ice cream sandwiches

I’ve been waiting almost six months to make this christmas cake! If you follow my week in the life posts, it might look familiar. Back on the 4th of July, Lacy made this cake and it was OUTSTANDING.

First of all, it looked gorgeous. It was just so pretty and enticing.

And second, it was incredible. She used mint chocolate chip ice cream which is one of my kids’ favorites. We all loved it so much!

ice cream sandwiches

Since this is my traditional christmas cake week, I knew I had to share. In years past, I’ve always shared my christmas cake on this friday. I’ve made a pink peppermint cake, a white christmas sparkle cake, a hot cocoa cake with whipped marshmallow, and last year… no cake.

Last year I made a cake that ended up being a gigantic fail. And I wasn’t feeling that great in the early weeks of pregnancy, so I scrapped it. The entire thing was VERY 2020, you know?

Oh, haha, except the jokes on us: 2021 is still almost the same? No thank you!

peppermint ice cream

ANYWAY. 

This fabulous cake comes from the NY times and it could NOT be easier. I mean, this is so incredible easy, I can hardly take it. 

The best part is that you can customize it to your liking. For example, Eddie doesn’t like the chocolate mint combo, but he loves cookies and cream. My number one choice would probably be chocolate peanut butter if we’re being honest.

But that’s what is so amazing – ANY flavor works!

pink peppermint

You won’t believe the ingredients either. It’s super simple!

You need:

  • Chocolate sandwich cookies, like oreos, for the crust. I like to use more than the recipe calls for to get a thick crumbly crust. It’s delish.
  • Your favorite ice cream. Whether it’s plain old vanilla or something fancier. And you can make this wonderfully seasonal as well. Use a flavor or fruity flavor in the spring! Go full blown strawberry for summer. Pumpkin for the fall of course and then he we are – at Christmas!
  • Ice cream sandwiches. Oh yes! That’s the secret. You layer them right into the cake and they provide a fancy looking cake layer. You want the classic rectangle ice cream sandwiches.
  • Top it off with a drizzle of chocolate, of course.
  • Finally, since we’re in holiday mode, I like to add crushed candy canes or peppermints. Super fun and festive!

christmas ice cream cake

This cake really reminds me of my mom’s frozen oreo cookie dessert too! Did you ever have that in the 90s?

christmas ice cream cake

It’s HUGE that you can make this ahead of time. Make it the day or night before – that makes entertaining SO easy. It obviously lasts and just needs to be stored in the freezer. Remove it 20 minutes or so before serving so you can slice. Everyone loves it! (more…)

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