Strawberry Trifle

Layers of cake, rich vanilla pudding, and juicy strawberries make for a delicious and impressive no-bake dessert. Anyone who loves…

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Layers of cake, rich vanilla pudding, and juicy strawberries make for a delicious and impressive no-bake dessert. Anyone who loves strawberry shortcake will be a fan of this easy strawberry trifle!

Close up of strawberry trifle layered in a trifle dish.

If you’re in my generation, there’s a certain 90s/early 2000s TV show that you probably think of when you hear the word “trifle.”

Listen, I do agree with Joey that all of the things that were in Rachel’s Thanksgiving trifle are good, but you won’t catch me eating them all together in the same dish, ok? Luckily, we can make a much better trifle ourselves.

I love making trifles because they are so easy but look so fancy! My brownie trifle is a big hit any time of year. I’ve also made ambrosia trifles at Easter and even pumpkin trifles during the fall. 

My homemade banana pudding isn’t exactly a trifle, but it is beautiful when served up in a trifle dish. So we can let it into the trifle club.

This time we are making a fresh strawberry trifle. It’s a no-bake beauty that is perfect for summer gatherings or as a centerpiece for any holiday dessert table.

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Glazed Lemon Cookies

Glazed lemon cookies are packed with lemon zest and lemon juice in both the cookie dough and the glaze. These…

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Glazed lemon cookies are packed with lemon zest and lemon juice in both the cookie dough and the glaze. These big, chewy cookies are the perfect balance of sweet and tart.

Three glazed lemon cookies stacked on a plate and topped with a halved cookie.

I don’t need to tell you about my love for lemon again, do I? 

Whether it’s mini lemon cheesecakes, lemon poppy seed scones, or my favorite homemade lemon bars, if you put chocolate and lemon in front of me and ask me to choose, I’m most likely gonna pick the lemon every time.

So when I saw Sarah Rae Vargas make some big lemon cookies on her Instagram, I was in the kitchen almost immediately playing around with the recipe. 

These glazed lemon cookies are big, chewy, and the best mixture of sweet and a bit tart. I can’t get enough of them!

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Mini Fruit Tarts

With a crisp tart shell, vanilla filling, and fresh fruit topping, these mini fruit tarts are as delicious as they…

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With a crisp tart shell, vanilla filling, and fresh fruit topping, these mini fruit tarts are as delicious as they are beautiful.

Close up of 3 mini fruit tarts at the top of a tiered dessert plate.

Long-time MBA readers know how much I love mini desserts. I have made all kinds of mini cheesecakes, mini bundt cakes, and even mini cinnamon rolls over the years. 

These mini fruit tarts are my newest mini dessert love affair. With the buttery tart shell, luscious vanilla pudding, and bright, fresh fruit, they are a whole lot of goodness in a single bite (or two).

Since I made these during the summer I was able to use a whole variety of my favorite fruits, but I can’t wait to try a berry version, a tropical fruit version, and even a citrusy version during the winter months.

It’s like having multiple recipes all in one! 

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Banana Bread Muffins

</p> Whether you’re making them for an on-the-go breakfast or an after-school snack, these easy and delicious banana bread muffins…

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Whether you’re making them for an on-the-go breakfast or an after-school snack, these easy and delicious banana bread muffins are sure to be a family favorite.

Basket of banana bread muffins with a halved muffin arranged on top.

We make and eat muffins year-round at our house. But there’s still something about muffins that makes me think of back to school season.

I guess because I love digging into my muffin recipes and whipping up a batch as snacks for my girls. And they are always great for freezing for quick and easy weekday breakfasts, too.

Dominique Ansel’s banana bread is a family favorite around here, so I decided it was time to tweak the recipe and turn it into banana bread muffins. 

I know I’ll be making these on repeat when my oldest goes back to school next month. If you are already anticipating a busy fall season, save this recipe to help simplify at least one area of your life.

I can’t solve all of life’s problems, but at least I can offer you some amazing muffins.

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Cocoa Powder 101

Have you ever wondered the difference between the types of cocoa powder? Find out the difference between natural, dutch-process, and…

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Have you ever wondered the difference between the types of cocoa powder? Find out the difference between natural, dutch-process, and black cocoa and how to know which one to use in your recipe.

Overhead view of three bowls. From the top down, they hold: natural cocoa powder, dutched cocoa, and black cocoa.

I’ve been baking for a long time. I grew up watching my nana make her famous pumpkin rolls and easy cheesecake and loved helping my mom in the kitchen.

But I know that not everyone learned to cook and bake as a kid. So a lot of us are trying to learn as much as we can as adults. 

If that’s you, there’s zero shame in not knowing how to make a quick buttermilk substitute or needing someone to teach you how to measure flour or how to cream butter and sugar correctly. 

Cocoa powder is one of those baking ingredients that sounds really basic, but then you get to the grocery store baking aisle and see multiple types. How do you know which kind to buy? What is natural cocoa powder and how is it different from dutched cocoa?

Before you panic, keep reading. I’m going to teach you about the types of cocoa powder, how to know which one to use, and a few tips on how to store them and know if and when they go bad.

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Easy Chocolate Chip Cookies

With a crackly, crisp outside and a soft, slightly chewy center, these easy chocolate chip cookies require zero chilling time…

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With a crackly, crisp outside and a soft, slightly chewy center, these easy chocolate chip cookies require zero chilling time and use basic pantry ingredients. Make them on the fly any time you have a craving for chocolate chip cookies!

Easy chocolate chip cookies scattered on a piece of parchment paper next to a glass of  milk.

I know that it’s still July, but I am also aware that kids will be heading back to school in a month. And when school starts up, I like to have easy treats that I can whip up as an after-school snack for that first week. 

Classic rice krispie treats, easy s’mores brownies, and these easy chocolate chip cookies are all on my list. Make them in almost no time at all, with minimal energy and basic pantry ingredients and your kids will be the happiest campers ever.

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Blueberry Pancakes

Fluffy, flavorful, and bursting with fresh blueberries in every bite, these homemade blueberry pancakes are the very best way to…

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Fluffy, flavorful, and bursting with fresh blueberries in every bite, these homemade blueberry pancakes are the very best way to start your day.

Syrup being poured over a stack of blueberry pancakes on a white plate.

Pancakes are one of the very best ways to start the day. My family loves digging into a big stack of fluffy pancakes on a Saturday or Sunday morning.

Some weekends I throw together a simple batch of bisquick pancakes. Other times I’ll whip up banana pancakes or pumpkin pancakes.

But during the summer, there is nothing much better than blueberry pancakes. 

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Blueberry Lemonade

Refreshing, fruity, and the perfect balance of tart and sweet, this blueberry lemonade is sure to become a summertime favorite.…

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Refreshing, fruity, and the perfect balance of tart and sweet, this blueberry lemonade is sure to become a summertime favorite.

Two glasses of blueberry lemonade on a countertop with lemon wedges and fresh blueberries.

Even as someone who cooks and bakes from scratch on a regular basis, I fall back way too often on coffee shop drinks or bottled lemonades from the store.

And then I remember that I can make my own iced shaken espresso or homemade strawberry lemonade or chai concentrate and it becomes a hyperfixation for a while. 

Last summer I was all about my watermelon lemonade and this year I’m all about this blueberry lemonade. It’s got a great blueberry flavor and is just the right amount of tart and sweet.

There’s nothing better than a cold glass of this lemonade while hanging out next to the pool!

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Oreo Pie

This no-bake Oreo pie is an easy recipe that will put a smile on everyone’s face! An Oreo cookie crust…

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This no-bake Oreo pie is an easy recipe that will put a smile on everyone’s face! An Oreo cookie crust is paired with a cookies-and-cream filling for a cool, creamy, decadent pie.

Close up of a slice of oreo pie topped with whipped cream and an oreo cookie on a white plate.

If you grew up thinking that classic pecan pie and fruit pies were your only pie options, think again.

Don’t get me wrong; I love a slice of homemade cherry pie or apple crumb pie, but during the summer I really love cool and creamy pies.

I’m talking about pie recipes like no-bake s’mores pie or rich peanut butter pie. These pies require very little to no baking and are served chilled, so they are both a satisfying sweet treat and cool you down on a hot summer day.

This Oreo pie is my new favorite no-bake pie. It’s a dream for anyone who loves cookies and cream ice cream and wants those same flavors in pie form!

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Easy Cherry Cobbler

Made with homemade cherry pie filling and a simple batter, this easy cherry cobbler comes together in just a few…

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Made with homemade cherry pie filling and a simple batter, this easy cherry cobbler comes together in just a few minutes for a summery dessert that is perfect when topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Close up of a serving spoon in a pan of easy cherry cobbler.

Cobblers are a summertime favorite for a reason. They’re easy, delicious, and there are so many different ways you can make them!

From biscuit-topped stone fruit cobbler and pie-crust-topped mixed berry cobbler to easy peach cobbler or easy blackberry cobbler and even savory tomato cobbler, I love them all. 

This easy cherry cobbler is a take on my homemade peach cobbler. It’s quick to make and can be made any time of year thanks to using cherry pie filling. 

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