Hazelnut chocolate chip oatmeal cookies

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Hazelnut chocolate chip oatmeal cookies – Thick chewy oatmeal cookies with crispy edges packed with rolled oats, chopped hazelnuts and chocolate chips and topped with chocolate ganache. A classic lunch box treat make-over. Few weeks ago I had to bake, for a church event, desserts for around 100 people. For two days I baked, washed… 

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Going nutty with International Delight #whatsyourid

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Life begins after coffee – it’s true. When you’re trying to balance everything you need coffee to keep going. Lots of coffee! In the morning, in the afternoon and in the evening and some tea in between. With lots of creamer! I’m working again with International Delight to bring you fun games with tons of… 

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Ricotta lime tart

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Ricotta lime tart – creamy ricotta meets crunchy almonds and refreshing lime in this light tart, perfect for spring-summer dinner parties. This post is brought to you in partnership with Sargento. I’ve been working with Sargento for a couple of months now and although I love all kinds of cheese I must say if I… 

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Chocolate coffee cupcakes with coffee buttercream frosting

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Moist, sweet and irresistible chocolate coffee cupcakes made with cold brewed coffee and frosted with coffee flavored buttercream. Now you can drink your coffee and eat it too! I used to be a black tea lover, that is when my little princess took 2-3 naps a day and I had time to sit down and… 

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Raisin cheese crackers

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Raisin cheese crackers – With only 6 ingredients, you can now make your own sweet and salty cheese crackers to impress your guests at the next party! Romanians are known for a couple of things, some good, some bad but what I love most about is the hospitality. We love to entertain, we love having friends… 

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Baba au Rhum with cream and strawberries

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Baba au Rhum – a bundt no knead rich yeast coffee cake with dried fruit, soaked in rum syrup and filled with whipped cream and fresh strawberries. Thank you Red Star Yeast for sponsoring this recipe. The first time I heard the name Baba-au-Rhum I was wondering what language is that and what on Earth… 

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Dulce de leche oatmeal bars

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Only 5 ingredients needed to make these quick and easy oatmeal bars with a thin layer of chewy gooey dulce de leche. I love oatmeal bars. They are so versatile and one of the easiest treats that, probably, even my baby girl can put them together. All you have to do is add everything in the… 

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Chocolate strawberry roll cake

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Chocolate strawberry roll cake – Chocolate sponge cake filled with lighter than air cream and diced fresh strawberries. One would think that after 8 months of hosting the chocolate party I get my act together and post on time. Sorry to disappoint you but this month was so close to not having a party at all…. 

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Tropical Treat Fruit Basket {giveaway}

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Mother’s Day it’s almost here! Have you thought what to get for your Mom or Grandma? Something to show your appreciation and WOW her? I know, us the Moms, we’re superwomen making everything go smoothly for our family and we get so little credit. From the morning cup of coffee, breakfast, laundry, crafts, lunch, playdates, outside activities, dinner ready… 

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Walkers Shortbread {giveaway}

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I can not say Walkers Shortbread without instantly craving some. As a basic rule, I rarely buy store-bought cookies. Well, except Walkers shortbread. I love this Scottish pure butter shortbread. They are perfectly buttery, not greasy, and deliciously crunchy. They are perfect to dip in coffee, spread a little jam on top of them or dip in… 

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Chocolate chip bars

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Chocolate cookie base, fudge and 2 cups of chocolate chips – these over the top chocolate chip bars are a chocolate lover dream come true!  I have admitted before and I’m going to say it again. I’m addicted to chocolate, clearly visible by my pants size. I have to have some every day. Some people… 

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Chocolate marble banana bread

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 Chocolate banana bread – Rich semi-sweet chocolate swirled into a moist and delicious banana bread with a touch of cinnamon to bring out all the wonderful flavors. I rarely make banana treats. No matter how many bananas I buy, my monkey family ends up eating them while still yellow leaving me with none to have… 

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Berry sweet empanadas

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Berry sweet empanadas – flaky pastry pockets filled with creamy ricotta and juicy summer berries. A sweet twist on traditional empanadas. A few weeks ago, while writing down ideas for recipes I would like to bake, I start flipping pages through a couple of cookbooks and saw a recipe for empanadas. I have eaten countless time… 

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Alfajores – dulce de leche sandwich cookies

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Alfajores, also known as dulce de leche sandwich cookies, are traditional shortbread cookies with a dulce de leche filling, popular in Spain and throughout Latin America. Lately I’ve been on a Latin kick. With Cinco de Mayo just around the corner, I sat down one afternoon and browsed the internet for great desserts to celebrate this… 

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Tres leches cake

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Tres leches cake is a sponge cake soaked in three types of milk – condensed milk, evaporated milk and, depending on the recipe, half and half, whole milk or heavy cream. Sometimes topped with whipped heavy cream, this rich sweet cake is a sample of the Latin cuisine. The first time I heard about tres leches cake… 

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Dulce de leche chocolate cheesecake bars

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Dulce de leche chocolate cheesecake bars – rich creamy caramel-y cheesecake topped with a thin layer of dulce de leche and chocolate ganache and a sprinkle of fleur de sel. The perfect sweet and salty treat! There’s no secret my favorite dessert is cheesecake. Chocolate cheesecake, if you want to narrow it down. I don’t have… 

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