Giant Cinnamon Roll

This giant cinnamon roll recipe is made with the most delicious soft dough, cinnamon-sugar filling, and a tangy cream cheese icing. Ready to go in one hour from start to finish! Only thing more delightful than a pan of cinnamon rolls? One giant cinnamon roll. ♡ Seriously, we’ve been having such a fun time serving […]

This giant cinnamon roll recipe is made with the most delicious soft dough, cinnamon-sugar filling, and a tangy cream cheese icing. Ready to go in one hour from start to finish!

Giant Cinnamon Roll

Only thing more delightful than a pan of cinnamon rolls?

One giant cinnamon roll. ♡

Seriously, we’ve been having such a fun time serving up this variation on my 1-hour cinnamon rolls recipe over the past year. People are downright delighted each time this giant roll emerges from the oven. And when topped with my favorite cream cheese icing, sliced into wedges, served up nice and warm, and drizzled with a little extra icing for good measure (I insist), this giant cinnamon roll will definitely be stealing the show at your next brunch!

The great news for all of us is that this recipe is pretty simple to make and comes together easily in just one hour. There’s also no stand mixer required (although you are welcome to use yours if you own one), and the giant roll can be baked in a skillet, pie plate, or any other oven-safe pan that you prefer. We’ve also included detailed step-by-step instructions in the video below for exactly how to wrap this giant roll, so I recommend giving it a quick watch before you begin.

If you love cinnamon rolls as much as we do in our house, you simply must give this one a try. Enjoy!!

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One Hour Rosemary Garlic Dinner Rolls

Perfectly soft and fluffy, easy to make with or without a stand mixer, and ready to go in about one hour!

This buttery rosemary garlic dinner rolls recipe is perfectly soft and fluffy, easy to make with or without a stand mixer, and ready to go in about one hour.

Rosemary Garlic Dinner Rolls

Meet the garlicky dinner rolls that I’m going to be bringing to everything this holiday season! ♡

They’re a simple riff on my classic one hour dinner rolls recipe, made this time with lots of rosemary and garlic kneaded into the soft and pillowy dough. Then once the rolls emerge hot from the oven, they are brushed with a generous spread of melted garlic herb butter and sprinkled with a pinch of flaky sea salt to finish. Y-u-m.

This particular dinner roll recipe has long been my favorite because it’s genuinely simple to make either completely by hand or with the help of a stand mixer. And the great news is that the rolls genuinely can be ready to go in just an hour. Or if you prefer, you can also press the pause button halfway through to prep the dough up to 48 hours in advance and then bake the rolls later, which is what I typically do to make Thanksgiving day a bit less stressful.

Feel free, of course, to customize the recipe a bit with whatever fresh herbs you love best and enjoy! These rolls are always the best!

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Pumpkin Coffee Cake

Rich and moist and perfectly spiced, layered with a crunchy streusel topping, and drizzled with cream cheese icing.

The ultimate pumpkin coffee cake recipe — topped with a crunchy streusel and cream cheese drizzle, and perfectly cozy and delicious.

Pumpkin Coffee Cake

If you ask me, there’s nothing better on a crisp fall morning than starting the day with a warm cup of coffee and something sweet and and nice and pumpkin spiced…

…such as this delightful pumpkin coffee cake. ♡

It’s a seasonal riff on my favorite sour cream coffee cake recipe, which I know that so many of you have made and loved over the years, made this time with a generous amount of pumpkin purée and the perfect hint of pumpkin spice. Then if you feel like a little indulgence, I highly highly recommend adding this (optional, yet completely irresistible) crunchy, chunky, pumpkin spice streusel crumb topping on top. And hey, while we’re going all out, a drizzle of my favorite cream cheese icing too for the win.

Truly, this recipe is everything you could want in a coffee cake (well, technically a crumb cake, in this instance) and more. So if you feel like doing some fall baking this weekend, pop in the pantry to grab a can of pumpkin and let’s bake some coffee cake together!

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Quick Puff Pastry Cinnamon Rolls

This shortcut puff pastry cinnamon rolls recipe is super quick and easy to prepare, topped with a dreamy cream cheese frosting, and irresistibly buttery, flaky and delicious! Craving cinnamon rolls but don’t feel like making homemade dough? Grab a package of puff pastry! ♡ I improvised this recipe a few weekends ago when we happened […]

This shortcut puff pastry cinnamon rolls recipe is super quick and easy to prepare, topped with a dreamy cream cheese frosting, and irresistibly buttery, flaky and delicious!

Puff Pastry Cinnamon Rolls

Craving cinnamon rolls but don’t feel like making homemade dough?

Grab a package of puff pastry! ♡

I improvised this recipe a few weekends ago when we happened to be craving some Sunday morning cinnamon rolls, but then realized (whoops!) there was no bread yeast in the pantry to be found. So instead of making my usual homemade cinnamon roll dough, I decided to just try rolling up some puff pastry with cinnamon-sugar filling, popped the swirls in the oven, and drizzled them with our favorite cream cheese icing. And sure enough, they were such a hit!

To be sure, the flaky puff pastry here is considerably different than traditional cinnamon rolls, but we really enjoyed how light they were and loved the extra butter flavor that the puff pastry added. Kind of like a cross between an American cinnamon roll and a French pastry! Feel free, of course, to add any extra ingredients that you love in a good cinnamon bun — chopped nuts, orange zest, a hint of cardamon, or even a swirl of Nutella would also be delicious with this recipe. And if you’re not a big fan of cream cheese icing, I’ve also included a simple vanilla icing option here too.

Let’s make a quick batch of cinnamon rolls together!
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Bruschetta

All of the best tips we learned in Italy about how to make bruschetta! It’s peak tomato season which means…it’s bruschetta time! ♡ I’ve long been a big fan of this classic Italian appetizer. But a few years ago during our trip to Rome, my husband and I had the opportunity to take a mini-cooking class […]

All of the best tips we learned in Italy about how to make bruschetta!

Tomato Bruschetta Recipe on Sheet Pan

It’s peak tomato season which means…it’s bruschetta time! ♡

I’ve long been a big fan of this classic Italian appetizer. But a few years ago during our trip to Rome, my husband and I had the opportunity to take a mini-cooking class specifically on the art of making classic tomato bruschetta, during which we learned a few key facts and techniques that take this simple dish to the next level. So I figured that tomato season would be a good time to pop in here and share a bit of what we learned!

First off, it’s important to note the dish’s name is commonly mispronounced abroad and the Italian “ch” sound is actually pronounced like an English “k” — broo-skeh-tah. (Also, the plural of bruschetta is bruschette — broo-skeh-teh.) Its name is derived from the Roman verb meaning “to toast” or “to roast over coals,” and accordingly, the dish is commonly regarded as one of the best uses for leftover bread. While there are countless regional variations of bruschetta recipes that can be found nowadays around Italy, it is believed that tomato bruschetta in general dates all the way back to the 16th century, back when tomatoes first arrived on the scene in Europe. (Yes, believe it or not, tomatoes are a relatively new addition to the long history of Italian cuisine!)

As with most classic Italian dishes, the ingredient list for tomato bruschetta is intentionally kept minimal so that those vibrant, fresh flavors can each really shine through. All you need are ripe tomatoes, good-quality olive oil, fresh basil, garlic, oregano, sea salt and crusty bread to make an excellent batch of bruschette al pomodoro. And by contrast to the bruschetta that I used to make simply by toasting bread and scooping a tomato mixture on top, we learned that there is in fact a specific Italian method for how to assemble the ingredients in such a way that promises to bring out the best of their flavors and textures. It’s all very quick and easy to prepare. And, if you’d like, you can even prep the crostini and tomato topping hours in advance and then assemble just before serving, making bruschetta a fabulous option for easy entertaining.

All of that said, the most important thing that our instructor repeated again and again is that amazing tomatoes make for amazing bruschetta. So while ripe tomatoes are overflowing in gardens and farmers markets galore right now, let’s make the most of them and make some bruschetta!

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Cheesy Pesto Rolls

These cheesy pesto rolls are swirled with fresh basil pesto, mozzarella and Parmesan cheese and easy to make in about 1 hour! Say hello to savory swirl rolls! ♡ While making my favorite 1-hour cinnamon rolls recipe for the millionth time, it occurred to me that the soft and buttery dough could be just as […]

These cheesy pesto rolls are swirled with fresh basil pesto, mozzarella and Parmesan cheese and easy to make in about 1 hour!

Cheesy Pesto Rolls

Say hello to savory swirl rolls! ♡

While making my favorite 1-hour cinnamon rolls recipe for the millionth time, it occurred to me that the soft and buttery dough could be just as delightful swirled with a cheesy, garlicky, herb-y filling. So I decided to make a test batch one night for dinner, filled with lots of fresh basil pesto, mozzarella, and Parmesan. And oh my goodness, they were such a success — even more delicious than I had imagined. And so vibrant and pretty too!

The dough recipe itself is impressively quick and easy to make either by hand or with a stand mixer. And while we completely loved the Italian-inspired cheese and pesto combination (especially right now while fresh basil is exploding in our garden), the sky would honestly be the limit here with any type of cheese, pesto, tapenade, nuts, herbs, or other savory fillings that might sound good.

So have fun with these and let me know how they turn out!

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Easy Granola Clusters

This homemade granola recipe can be crumbled into large or small clusters, it’s easy to make with just 10 minutes of prep time, and it’s perfectly crunchy and delicious. (Gluten-free + vegan too!) Anyone else love those extra-chunky clusters that usually hang out at the top of a bag of granola? I say let’s make […]

This homemade granola recipe can be crumbled into large or small clusters, it’s easy to make with just 10 minutes of prep time, and it’s perfectly crunchy and delicious. (Gluten-free + vegan too!)

Easy Granola Clusters

Anyone else love those extra-chunky clusters that usually hang out at the top of a bag of granola?

I say let’s make an entire batch of them! ♡

With just a few simple tricks, it’s actually easy to make just about any granola recipe extra-clustery. But I’m especially partial to this granola recipe, which has been our go-to at home as of late. It’s easy to crumble into whatever size of large-and-clumpy or fine-and-crumbly pieces that you prefer. It’s naturally sweetened with maple syrup, features a perfectly-balanced blend of crunchy nuts and seeds (plus any other add-ins you prefer), and seasoned with just the right amount of cinnamon, vanilla and sea salt. And best of all, this recipe only requires about 10 minutes of prep time and yields a deliciously big batch!

After enjoying countless bowls of this granola over the past few months, my husband and I can vouch that it pairs perfectly with berries, almond milk (him) or Greek yogurt (me), a good cup of coffee. But pro tip — don’t limit this granola to just breakfast time! Those irresistibly crunchy clusters would be perfect sprinkled on ice cream, fruit crisps, pudding, salads and more. Or of course, just grabbing a few clusters on the go as a quick snack! Yum.

Let’s make some granola!

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Healthy Carrot Cake Muffins

These Healthy Carrot Cake Muffins are easy to make with oatmeal, lots of fresh carrots, and a handful of other simple and healthy ingredients. Feel free to top them with a lightened-up cream cheese drizzle too! Meet my new favorite healthier way to satisfy those carrot cake cravings… …these delightful carrot cake muffins! ♡ Many of […]

These Healthy Carrot Cake Muffins are easy to make with oatmeal, lots of fresh carrots, and a handful of other simple and healthy ingredients. Feel free to top them with a lightened-up cream cheese drizzle too!

Healthy Carrot Cake Muffins with Cream Cheese Drizzle

Meet my new favorite healthier way to satisfy those carrot cake cravings…

…these delightful carrot cake muffins! 

Many of you long-time readers may recognize this recipe as a riff on my favorite base recipe for healthy banana, pumpkin or apple muffins. Turns out, it works perfectly with freshly-shredded carrots too. And when made with some of my favorite carrot cake warming spices and topped with an optional (yet highly recommended) light cream cheese drizzle, these muffins taste like an absolute treat!

This carrot cake muffins recipe is also super quick and easy to whip up with just 20 minutes or so of prep time. It’s made with healthier ingredients, including lots of fresh carrots, a simple oatmeal base (which makes these muffins naturally gluten-free), and a minimal amount of maple syrup as the primary sweetener. Plus, these muffins also keep really well in the freezer, so I highly recommend making a double batch if you would like to meal prep for easy grab and go breakfasts or snacks.

More than anything, though, they are just ridiculously good. So if you love carrot cake as much as I do, grab some fresh carrots and let’s bake up a quick batch together!

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Cornbread

My favorite homemade cornbread recipe that’s lightly sweetened with honey, made extra moist with buttermilk, and irresistibly fluffy and delicious. Easy to make in a basic baking dish or cast iron skillet — up to you! We’re in the heart of soup and chili season right now, which means… …it’s also homemade cornbread season! ♡ […]

My favorite homemade cornbread recipe that’s lightly sweetened with honey, made extra moist with buttermilk, and irresistibly fluffy and delicious. Easy to make in a basic baking dish or cast iron skillet — up to you!

Homemade Cornbread with Honey

We’re in the heart of soup and chili season right now, which means…

…it’s also homemade cornbread season! ♡

Ok ok, I know that cornbread can be served and enjoyed anytime of year.  But for me, this sweet and buttery bread is absolute perfection served up on a chilly winter’s day alongside a steaming bowl of chili.  Especially when it’s fresh outta the oven and still warm, maybe served up with a pat of melty butter and a drizzle of honey just for good measure, a cozy batch of homemade cornbread simply can’t be beat!

That said, I’ve learned over the years that people tend to have very strong feelings when it comes to exactly what defines “the best” cornbread recipe.  There is the classic Northern/Southern debate about whether or not to add sweetener, strong opinions about which coarseness of cornmeal to use, the question of whether or not to add in chunks of whole kernel corn as well, and of course, deeply-held feelings about baking dish vs skillet cornbreads.  I happen to love all cornbreads.  But if I had to choose an all-time favorite cornbread, today’s recipe would be it!

First off, I love this homemade cornbread recipe because it’s super easy to make from start to finish in about 30 minutes (with just 10 or so minutes of actual hands-on prep time).  I also split the difference between Northern- and Southern-style cornbreads and like to moderately sweeten my cornbread, since I find the cornmeal to already be quite sweet on its own, and prefer to use honey because it adds such great flavor.  I’m also a big believer in making cornbread with buttermilk, which adds considerable moisture as well as a subtle tangy flavor to the bread.  And I also highly recommend taking the extra time to brown your butter before adding it to the batter, which adds the most irresistible hint of nutty, rich, caramelized flavor.

We usually make skillet cornbread in our house with a cast iron pan, which deepens the layer of golden, caramelized crust around the edges of the bread.  But that said, if you don’t own a cast iron skillet (or oven-proof skillet), no prob at all, I’ve also included instructions for how to make cornbread using a traditional baking pan, which will still be delicious.

Let’s make some cornbread together, friends!

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Homemade Naan

This homemade naan recipe is easy to make, perfectly soft and chewy, and always so delicious. I’ve included a garlic naan recipe option below too! Have you ever tried making homemade naan? ♡ This soft, pillowy, buttery, irresistible flatbread has long been one of my favorite sides to order out at Indian restaurants.  But while […]

This homemade naan recipe is easy to make, perfectly soft and chewy, and always so delicious. I’ve included a garlic naan recipe option below too!

Homemade Naan

Have you ever tried making homemade naan? ♡

This soft, pillowy, buttery, irresistible flatbread has long been one of my favorite sides to order out at Indian restaurants.  But while naan bread is traditionally baked inside blazing-hot Tandoor ovens in India, a homemade version is actually quite easy to make on the stovetop in a hot skillet!

My favorite homemade naan recipe is made with basic bread ingredients (flour, water and yeast) plus a generous dollop of yogurt, egg and baking powder to make the bread extra soft and chewy.  I also prefer to use touch of honey as a natural sweetener for the bread.  And if you feel like making garlic naan, I’ve included an (optional, yet oh-so-highly recommended) garlicky butter sauce that you can brush on the warm bread immediately after baking, plus I always like to sprinkle on some fresh parsley and a pinch of flaky sea salt too.

I’ve also gone back and revised this recipe to include full instructions for how to make it either 100% by hand or with with the help of a stand mixer.  And I have also included options for adding in extra herbs, cheese, and/or nigella seeds to your naan bread too.

Thousands of our readers have made and loved this homemade naan recipe over the years.  So if you haven’t tried it yet, grab a skillet and let’s make a batch together!

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