Category: Desserts

Snack Bar Madeleines

Snack Bar Madeleines

If you’re an avid baker chances are you own a madeleine pan. Madeleines are petite French butter cakes that are baked in a pan with shell shaped cavities, giving them a distinctive shape.  I came across my madeleine pan the other day and considered getting rid of it because I haven’t used it in so long. Perhaps as a way to justify keeping it I started pondering what else I could make using this classic French baking pan. And then it came to me – fruit and nut snack bars!   I’ve aptly named these delicious, healthy treats Snack Bar Madeleines. (more…)

Maple Glazed Pumpkin Seed Clusters

Maple Glazed Pumpkin Seed Clusters - raw pumpkin seeds roasted in coconut oil, coated with fall scented spices, and glazed with pure maple syrup. | QueenofMyKitchen.com

This recipe for Maple Glazed Pumpkin Seed Clusters comes with a warning – you will NOT be able to stop eating these!  The combination of salty, maple sweetness is seriously addictive. Fortunately these delicious little clusters are a healthy treat, as they contain no refined sugar and are roasted in coconut oil instead of the overly processed oils that are typically used for roasting nuts and seeds.  In addition, pumpkin seeds are one of the best plant sources of zinc, a mineral that is important for optimum immune function.  Maple Glazed Pumpkin Seed Clusters are super simple to make – just a couple of minutes of prep and 20 minutes in the oven. (more…)

Guilt Free Chocolate Pecan Turtles

Guilt Free Chocolate Pecan Turtles are made with healthy ingredients and have less than half the sugar of a traditional chocolate turtle candy.| QueenofMyKitchen.com

Next time you’re tempted to reach for a piece of candy grab one of these Guilt Free Chocolate Pecan Turtles instead.  Your craving for something sweet will be satisfied and you will be guilt free because these delightful little treats are made with healthy ingredients like dates, peanuts, flaxseed, dark chocolate, and pecans – and they contain less than half the sugar of a traditional chocolate turtle candy.  A 1 oz. serving of the most popular brand of chocolate turtle candies has 13g of sugar. The same size serving of these Guilt Free Chocolate Pecan Turtles has only 6g of sugar! (more…)

Easter Peeps in a Nest

If you have no time for decorating Easter eggs make Easter Peeps in a Nest instead. Super quick and easy and much less messy than egg decorating. | QueenofMyKitchen.com

If you have no time for decorating Easter eggs this year then try making Easter Peeps in a Nest instead. The whole process (excluding the time needed for them to set) takes no more than 15 or 20 minutes. I had plans to decorate eggs and cookies this year but got so busy with work that I couldn’t fit it in. It left me feeling nostalgic for the times when my girls were little and we devoted an entire afternoon to decorating eggs and cookies. When I saw the idea for these Easter Peeps in a Nest on The Today Show the other morning, I thought they looked simple and quick and that making them would fill the little hole I had in my heart for days gone by. I searched and searched on-line for the recipe but couldn’t find it so I decided to just wing it. I think they came out pretty cute! (more…)

Raspberry Filled Christmas Tree Cookies

Skip the mess involved in decorating Christmas cookies with icing. These Raspberry Filled Christmas Tree cookies are just as beautiful as iced Christmas cookies but require less time and skill and don't make nearly the mess. | QueenofMyKitchen.com #christmas #christmascookies #christmascookieideas #christmascookieexchange

I love Christmas cookies decorated with royal icing but they’re an absolute pain to make.   You have to mix up several batches of icing for all the different colors you want, fit multiple pastry bags with tips, and then carefully fill each bag with icing.  All that before you even start decorating!  It’s very time consuming and the clean up is no fun either.  These stunning Christmas cookies are much less work but no less beautiful.  The idea for these cookies comes from the The New York Times. Their recipe calls for a linzer cookie dough but I opted for a classic sugar cookie dough because I thought the paler color of the dough would highlight the red raspberry jam better. Plus, I already had a batch of sugar cookie dough in my freezer just waiting to be transformed into Yuletide goodness! (more…)

Thanksgiving Cookie Votives

These Thanksgiving Cookie Votives are a unique and memorable decoration for your Thanksgiving dinner table and they double as dessert. | QueenofMyKitchen.comWith Thanksgiving only a couple of weeks away, many of you who are hosting dinners have undoubtedly begun planning the meal. Getting as much done ahead of time will allow you to spend more time with family and friends. Things like pie crusts, cranberry sauce, and even gravy can be made weeks ahead of time and frozen.  You can also start thinking about your table decorations. Some people get so overwhelmed with the thought of preparing an entire Thanksgiving dinner that they put very little effort into decorating the table. I think this is such a shame! If you’re going to spend all that time cooking an elaborate Thanksgiving dinner doesn’t it make sense to put some extra thought into the table decorations? After all, this is the stage for the beautiful meal you’ll spend hours preparing. Floral arrangements are lovely, but oh so boring. Why not create something truly unique and memorable – like Thanksgiving Cookie Votives! These charming cookie votives are a little labor intensive but so worth the effort. They’ll dress up your table and are sure to be a conversation starter. Plus, you can serve them for dessert. Below are some tips for making Thanksgiving Cookie Votives. For complete step by step instructions see the printable recipe at the end of this post. (more…)

Witches’ Fingers

Shortbread cookies that looks like witches' fingers. So creepy and perfect for Halloween! | QueenofMyKitchen.comThese witch’s finger Halloween cookies are SO creepy.  A shortbread type dough is molded into the shape of a finger and adorned with a blanched almond, painted red to look like a finger nail.  The end result is a cookie that looks amazingly realistic.  It’s fun to greet trick-or-treaters at the door with a tray of these cookies.  The reactions are priceless! (more…)

mr. Good(for you)bar – peanuts in healthier chocolate

mr. Good(for you)bar

Calling all chocoholics!  Peanuts in healthier chocolate couldn’t be more delicious! This is a chocolate bar you can feel a little less guilty about eating.  mr. Good(for you)bars are made with only five ingredients and unlike regular chocolate bars they contain no refined sugar, no artificial flavorings, and no emulsifiers or other food additives.  They’re a healthier alternative to store bought chocolate and are so simple to make.  Below are a few tips for making this chocolate.  For complete step by step instructions see the printable recipe at the end of this post. (more…)

Gluten Free Blueberry Cashew Oatmeal Cookies

Gluten Free Blueberry Cashew Oatmeal Cookies

It’s the beginning of September and this time of year has me thinking about all the things school related. I’m pretty sure that’s what prompted me to make these cookies. Milk and cookies is the quintessential after school snack – the ideal kid comfort food. Even though I try to eat healthy most of the time I’ve never outgrown my love for cookies. Every now and then I crave a good cookie – one that is golden brown, a little crisp at the edges, and soft and chewy at the center. (more…)

Gluten Free Raspberry Fudge Flowers

If you have a sweet tooth but are trying to cut down on your sugar intake, you will love these Gluten Free Raspberry Fudge Flowers.  While I adore chocolate I have always been put off by the intense sweetness of fudge. I know some people are crazy about fudge but I think the amount of sugar in most fudge recipes masks the depth of flavor for which chocolate is known. These pretty little dessert flowers have the consistency of fudge but without loads of added sugar, which, with the help of a couple of tablespoons of strong coffee, allows all of the chocolaty goodness to shine through. Except for 1 tablespoon of raspberry liqueur (which you can leave out if desired), there is no refined sugar in this recipe. All of the sweetness is derived from the natural sugars in the dates, which are combined with the other ingredient to create a healthier alternative to traditional fudge.  A 1.5 oz. piece of fudge has about 150 calories and somewhere around 29 grams of sugar. By comparison these Raspberry Fudge Flowers have 130 calories and a mere 7 grams of sugar. That is a huge difference in sugar content!  And, they are gluten free and require no cooking to boot!  This recipe was inspired by the popular Lara Bar recipes that are all over the food blogosphere. I experimented with peanuts, almonds, and walnuts (and various combinations thereof) but found that cashews produce a texture most similar to fudge – soft and chewy. Serve these with dollops of whipped cream and you will be in (a healthier) fudge heaven!
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