5 Desserts You’d Never Know Came From Canned Biscuits (Recipes)


By Cooking Panda

Dessert is surely an essential part of any good meal, but it can be a pain to make, especially when you have company coming over!

More often than not, you might find yourself out of money, time or ideas when you put together the perfect meal and then realize that you haven’t given the sweet finale a second thought. What do you do?

Enter the life-saving miracle ingredient that has saved many a dinner party: canned biscuit dough! The pre-made stuff provides a lovely and affordable shortcut, because there’s really no reason to make things hard on yourself, right?

These desserts whip up in a flash, so that you can spend some much needed time socializing with guests or relaxing on the couch and enjoying the fruits of your not-so-hard work!

1. Cardamom Cinnamon Donuts

Who knew that you could make donuts out of biscuit dough? I sure didn’t! Donuts seem like tasty yet laborious treats, but it doesn’t need to be that way! Just shape and fry the cut biscuits and top them with cinnamon, sugar and cardamom or your favorite glaze (glaze recipe here).

2. Apple Pie Pull-Apart Bread

This is waaay faster than making apple pie from scratch, that’s for sure! If you’re pressed for time, go ahead and substitute canned apple pie filling and skip all the chopping.

3. Pineapple Upside-Down Biscuits

With just five ingredients and only a couple of steps, these bite-sized fruity treats couldn’t be any easier.

4. Petite Nutella Pochettes​

These gooey chocolate hazelnut pockets look just as cute as the name implies! This recipe uses from-scratch dough, but you don’t need to do that. Just use the canned stuff and skip instruction #1.

5. Banana Caramel Pecan Donuts

You’d think that banana caramel pecan anything would take all day to make, but that’s not necessarily true! While this recipe is a little more labor-intensive than the others, it is still pretty simple, especially with a nifty canned dough shortcut. Nice!

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Class Up Your Table With 7 Tea-Infused Desserts (Recipes)


By Cooking Panda

Calling all tea fiends! (Tea haters can come too!)

Want a fun way to level up your dessert-making? Change the flavors around on your favorite sweet treats by adding the subtly earthy, bright hues of tea. It is easy, affordable and, above all, delicious.

These unique desserts will sure make you look forward to tea time!

1. Chamomile Tea and Lemon Shortbread

Soothing chamomile and zippy lemon bring a little something extra to these delicate, yummy cookies. If you like something with a little more of an in-your-face tea flavor, consider using Earl Grey leaves and vanilla instead of the chamomile.

2. Oolong Donuts With a Milk Tea Glaze

If you aren’t into the sweet, strong and earthy quality of oolong, you can use green or black tea, or even orange-colored Thai tea. Any of these make for a satisfying way to eat your favorite flavor of milk tea in donut form.

3. Chai Teacup Pies

Ready for fall? Bake these spiced, individual-portioned pies, which stay plenty rich and moist on account of the evaporated milk and unflavored pumpkin puree.

4. Brown Sugar Jasmine Tea Caramels

The molasses-tinged brown sugar and softly floral green tea play delightfully with the richly dark, nutty flavors you know and love in gooey caramel. This recipe is a keeper!

5. Strawberry Matcha Roll Cake

This delicate, fluffy Japanese green tea powder cake gets rolled up with light, sweet whipped cream and summery strawberries for a gorgeous way to end a lunch or brunch.

6. Apricots Poached in Chamomile Tea with Vanilla

Craving something lighter to stave off your sweet tooth? Grab some apricots (peaches or pears will work too, though apricots are particularly harmonious with this recipe!) and simmer them in sauce that brings an easy, light sweetness to the tart fruits. These are so good served warm over ice cream …

7. Blackberry Earl Grey Tea Pocket Pies

If you want to add some richness and depth to blackberry pie filling, you can’t do much better than pairing it with floral Earl Grey syrup. These divine mini pies are perfect for breakfast or dessert!

Featured Image: Pixabay

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10 Stupidly Delicious Kinds Of Fudge You Should Make (Recipes)


By Cooking Panda

Do you find yourself wondering what on earth to make for dessert this weekend?

Pies and cakes are great, but it can be a bit of hassle getting them to look just-so. Plus, what if you want to sneak a slice? What do you do then?

Well, if you’re craving something thick, rich and easy to present, why not make something that works equally well for a Netflix weekend as it does for a big party? Cook up some smooth, versatile fudge and watch the magic happen.

Note: Fudge doesn’t do well when overcooked — it can tend to get crumbly. To avoid this, make sure to take it out just when (or a minute before) you think it is done and err on the side of undercooking it.

1. World’s Smoothest Chocolate Fudge

No, that title is not making baseless claims. This back-to-basics recipe is a perfect foundation you can use to mix in all your favorite additions, if you want. Or just keep it simple and marvel in the fabulous texture that comes from using creamy condensed milk instead of granulated sugar. You’ll love this one!

2. Easy Salted Caramel Fudge

A spoonful of bourbon, a bit of butter and a beautiful scoop of dulce de leche make this easy fudge absolutely glorious. (Leave the bourbon out if you want, but it’s quite tasty!) Plus, this recipe includes a helpful how-to when it comes to keeping your fudge from sticking to the pan.

3. Sea Salt and Nutella Fudge

You can leave out the sea salt if you want, or top with some finely chopped dark chocolate and/or hazelnut pieces. Either way, you have a fabulously easy, dense fudge that just about makes itself.

4. White Chocolate Cookie Dough Fudge

As if this eggless cookie dough wasn’t enough of a draw, you get to make your white chocolate fudge (or milk, or dark, if you’d rather) with a glorious tub of marshmallow fluff that surprisingly ensures that everything stays fluffy and smooth.

5. Easy Chocolate Fudge with Pretzels

Who doesn’t love this delightful sweet and salty combination? Crunchy pretzels are an absolutely spellbinding addition to a classic, gooey chocolate treat.

6. White Chocolate Cranberry Pecan Fudge

Craving something a little fruitier? Try this fresh version that’s tasty with just about any dried fruit. Blueberries? Mango chunks? They are all a perfect match!

7. Butterscotch Fudge

Only five ingredients, and two of them are different-flavored candy chips. Note: If you don’t have rum extract, you can sub it out for vanilla extract, actual rum (or cook it down a little to let out the harsh alcohol taste if you prefer) or whiskey.

8. Cookies and Cream Oreo Fudge

Crushed sandwich cookies make just about every dessert better, don’t they? This recipe only requires three ingredients, and it really couldn’t get any easier. So go ahead and knock yourself out with this one, especially if you forgot to go grocery shopping but need something to serve to guests pronto!

9. Salted Dark Chocolate Toffee Fudge

Want something a little darker? With velvety dark chocolate, crunchy buttery toffee and flaked sea salt, you’ll adore this easy five-ingredient fudge that would be just fabulous with a nice coffee.

10. Peanut Butter and Jelly Fudge

The best sandwich ever, back to life as a fabulous dessert that will please kids and adults alike! Not into jelly? You can use chocolate (or similar) ganache or even a dollop of Nutella instead.

Featured Photo Credit: Katie/Flickr

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8 Fantastic Beer Desserts You Need To Try (Recipes)


By Cooking Panda


We love our yeasty, malty, crisp alcohol friend that can be light, dark, heavy, sweet, sour, bitter and/or refreshing, depending on your selection. There’s nothing quite like a thirst-quenching lager, pilsner or pale ale on a hot day — except perhaps for a thick, dark cask-matured stout on a cold day.

There’s a brew for just about every occasion — and every meal, from pizza to ice cream — and we will sing beer’s praises forever. Plus, cooking with it is nearly guaranteed to immediately improve whatever dish you are making, especially if it’s a dessert. 

Don’t believe us? Make one of these recipes and you’ll be a beer dessert convert in no time:

1. Beer Bread Pecan Rolls

Not only does swapping out the yeast for beer cut down on time, but it also infuses your dough with a nice, deep maltiness. If you want to double up on flavor, feel free to use a dessert-flavored ale.

2. English Pub Toffee

Beer, bacon and pretzels team up for an absolutely delicious sweet spin on your usual pub staples.

3. Summer Shandy Cupcakes

Looking for a little bit of a different way to add an exciting, bright twist to your cupcakes? Dump in a little bit of shandy — half beer, half lemonade — for a subtle zesty complexity to these fluffy treats.

4. Beer Doughnuts with IPA Lemon Curd

If you’ve never made your donuts with beer, you should absolutely start. The rich, yeasty flavors are absolutely brilliant in fried cakey donuts, and citrus-packed IPA is the perfect complement to the thick lemon curd filling.

5. Blackberry Peach Saison Galette

Mild yet full-bodied and sometimes even a little sweet, a few spoonfuls of your favorite saison go stunningly well with that complex peach flavor for the most sophisticated tart-like creation you’ve ever made.

6. No Bake Pretzel and Bourbon Beer Balls

Ok, if you have a barrel-aged stout, the last thing you might want to do with it is donate half a cup to making a dessert, but it really is worth it. If you can’t get your hands on a barrel-aged beer, feel free to use the same amount of any sweet, thick and rich stout. If you want the bourbon flavor, you can add a spoonful of actual booze.

7. Grilled Apricot Saison Shortcakes with Ginger Mascarpone Whipped Cream

Grilled stone fruit is always just perfect! It gets this excellent caramelization going, which gives it a unique texture and makes your dessert look stunning. If you don’t have apricots handy, swap them out for peaches, pears, apples, plums or nectarines.

8. Oatmeal Chocolate Stout Ice Cream Sandwiches

Really, what more can you want than a hybrid oatmeal cream pie and alcoholic ice cream sandwich? Top it with a little warm butterscotch sauce and you’ll be in heaven.

Featured Photo Credit: The Bojon Gourmet

Tags: beer dessert, cooking with beer, dessert recipe, unique dessert, weekend dessert recipes
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Pretend It’s Summer With 8 Marvelous Blueberry Desserts (Recipes)


By Cooking Panda

Summer isn’t quite here yet, but it sure feels like it’s on its way, doesn’t it?

If you are lusting after warmer weather, why don’t you trick yourself into thinking winter is over by making some sweets with summer’s favorite fruit — the blueberry? Fresh or frozen works equally well in most of these recipes, so grab some healthy, delicious berries and get to work!

1. Easy Blueberry Pie

What’s more summery than a fruit pie? This one is so easy, even with the lattice crust, although we won’t judge you if you buy premade ingredients either!!

2. Lemon Blueberry Cake

How can you say no to soft, moist cake, crammed full of blueberries and three different sources of refreshing lemon? Top it all off with a cream cheese frosting, and we’re in business.

3. Balsamic Blueberry Grilled Cheese Sandwich

This dish is great because you can eat it for breakfast, lunch, dinner or dessert — or all of the above! Plus, you get to put a few greens inside, so it’s totally healthy, right? If you want to elevate this sandwich to the next level, why not toss in a bit of fresh basil or mint?

4. Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake Bars

We adore cheesecake in bar form, because it’s delicious and fun, but also because it’s way easier to make this way, and you don’t need a springform pan or a water bath or any of that nonsense. Not to mention that if you are baking these for company, it’s a lot easier to get away with sneaking a piece!

5. Elegant Blueberry Honey Ricotta Tart

“Elegant” is in the name, but did you know this fresh, bright beauty is actually pretty easy to make even so? If you want to really simplify things even further, you can always use store-bought crust.

6. No-Churn Blueberry Cheesecake Ice Cream

That’s right — no churn! Simply mix up all your ingredients, pour them into a pan, and chill for a while until your ice cream freezes up. That’s it!

7. Glazed Blueberry Donuts

We just love how jam-packed these cakey delights are with tender blueberries, but what really seals the deal is the bright lemon glaze. If you want to go over-the-top flavorful here and play up the zippy, fresh tastes, you can add a bit of basil, rosemary or pistachio. It’s up to you!

8. Blueberry Dutch Baby Pancake

This is basically a giant, dense pancake that gets baked in the oven, which is every bit as wonderful as it sounds. Theoretically, it is supposed to be a meal or dessert for the whole family, but then again it’s so delicious that you can eat it all by yourself and still be able to say that you only had *one* pancake.

Featured Photo Credit: Averie Cooks

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Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth With 12 Dreamy Cream Pies (Recipes)


By Cooking Panda

Would you care for some dessert?

Let’s make something silky smooth, sweet and EASY. How about a luscious cream pie? If you’ve ever had one before, you know how addicting and amazing they are! 

If you want to keep things super easy, you can always grab some Cool Whip and a store-bought pie crust for a real cinch of a recipe, or you can spend a few extra minutes crafting an absolute masterpiece. Either way, we see this as a win-win situation.

1. Butterscotch Cream Pie with Gingersnap Crust

We love this easy cookie crust! By the way, if you don’t have time to make your own brittle, you can buy it, leave it out, or just use any type of toffee-esque candy you like. The options are limitless!

2. Favorite Banana Cream Pie

You can’t go wrong with this classic! If you want it to be nice and rich, swap out the two eggs for four egg yolks, and make sure you give the filling plenty of time to thicken. Delicious!

3. Mexican Chocolate Cream Pie​

A little ground red pepper and espresso powder take this chocolate cream pie to new and exciting flavor-packed territory, but if you prefer a more classic version, feel free to omit.

4. Earl Grey Pie

If you are a fan of Earl Grey, you will LOVE this pie, which is complemented perfectly by earthy, bright pistachios and sweet vanilla.

5. Award Winning Peaches and Cream Pie

Pretty much all you need to know is in the title. If you’re a canned (or fresh) peach addict who goes nuts over summer cobblers, consider branching out to this delectable pie for a welcome change of pace.

6. Grammy’s Lemon Cream Pie

Anything made by Grammy is automatically 10 times better than any other recipe. Sorry, other recipes.

7. Dark Chocolate Stout Cream Pie

The boiled-down beer adds a nice deep, malty, chocolaty complexity to this all-over stupendous pie. Why didn’t we think of that?

8. Boston Cream Pie “Pie”

What makes this creamy dessert extra special? It gets topped with chunks of pound cake. It’s pretty hard to go wrong with that!

9. No-Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Cream Pie

Did you say Oreo crust and chocolate cream??? We are so there.

10. Easy Strawberry Cream Pie

If you’re looking for a refreshing, fruity dessert to throw together in a matter of minutes, thaw a bag of frozen strawberries, and grab some cookie crumbs, instant pudding mix and cream cheese. Oh, and don’t forget the crucial last step, which is to serve it with a tired smile and pretend that you spent HOURS making this thing. Nobody will be able to tell the difference.

11. Nutella Chocolate Cream Pie

We love that the filling and crust come together in minutes and only require a handful of ingredients! Feel free to swap out the hazelnut spread for your favorite smooth peanut butter or cookie butter though, if you’re more in that kind of mood.

12. Caramel Cream Pie 

We love this super-easy recipe because CARAMEL (hello gorgeous!) and also because it uses a bunch of delicious shortcut ingredients, like marshmallow cream, condensed milk and an easy graham cracker crust. Still tastes like a million bucks though!

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Tags: chocolate cream pie, cream pie recipe, creme pie recipe, dessert recipe, weekend dessert recipes
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8 Reasons To Make ‘Sipping Chocolate’ Immediately (Recipes)


By Cooking Panda

Everybody knows that hot cocoa is basically the best thing ever, especially when you are feeling chilly and need something to warm you up.

But let’s try something different here. Let’s go even more rich and decadent.

How, you ask? Enter “sipping chocolate,” also known as drinking chocolate, which is a little less sweet than the powdered stuff but much thicker, because real melted chocolate is used in it. And the best part? It’s actually a lot easier to make than you might think, since you just need to melt a bunch of stuff over the stove.

Swap out your hot cocoa for rich, luxurious sipping chocolate. You won’t regret it!

1. Quick and Easy Drinking Chocolate

This might be the easiest recipe ever that you can make just about any time. Plus, you can change up the flavor on this one however you want, whether you are a French vanilla lover or a pumpkin spice fiend.

2. Spiced Sipping Chocolate

With honey, dark chocolate, cinnamon, chili powder and a little bit of orange zest to give that extra pop of flavor, we can’t imagine ever turning down this powerful, rich masterpiece.

3. Lavender Drinking Chocolate

This recipe calls for super-dark raw chocolate, but use whatever you fancy. The floral lavender aroma will dance the tango on your tongue with the slightly bitter, heavy chocolate. Want to go the extra mile? Plop a couple of homemade marshmallows on top.

4. Vegan Mayan Drinking Chocolate

RICH and satisfying Vegan Mayan Drinking Chocolate! #vegan #glutenfree #chocolate #minimalistbaker

With subtle spices and the ultimate thick creaminess of coconut milk, we predict that you will fall in love with this “I didn’t know it was vegan” delight.

5. Vegan Peppermint Drinking Chocolate

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If mint is more your thing, consider swapping out those spices for a few drops of peppermint extract, or even just melting in a bit of crushed peppermint candy.

6. Caramelized White Hot Chocolate

Ok, this one is not technically drinking chocolate, but the rich, nutty, butterscotch flavors you’ll taste are so delicious that we don’t think you’ll be too mad, especially because you can go easy on the liquids and heavy on the white chocolate to mimic the dark-chocolate type.

7. Salted Sipping Caramel with Mezcal

Another hybrid here. In the event that you want something like drinking chocolate but not quite chocolate, we’ve got you covered. This incredible sipping salted caramel will hit the spot, complete with an optional adult addition of smoky Mezcal to cut through a little bit of the richness. P.S. Bourbon would be awesome here, too, if you can’t get your hands on Mezcal.

8. Nutella Hot Chocolate

Yes, this IS what dreams are made of. Feel free to go easy on the milk and sugar, and add them in gradually, to taste, in order to achieve the perfect sipping chocolate effect.

Featured Photo Credit: Minimalist Baker

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12 Coffee Desserts You Should Make Right Now


By Cooking Panda

Hey, you over there!

Yeah, you!

You look a little sleepy. Need a pick-me-up?

If you have been dragging your feet lately and crave a little extra caffeine in all forms or just adore the deep, bold taste of coffee and espresso, might we suggest using said elixir of life in your desserts? Here are some great coffee-boosted treats that will add an extra pep to your step:

1. Kona Coffee Kahlua Brownies

We love a nice, rich, sweet and moist brownie – who doesn’t? – but when you add a sizeable dose of coffee and Kahlua, you add an extra bold kick that will really elevate these brownies to another level. We definitely won’t be sharing these.

2. Chocolate-Dipped Espresso Meringues

Meringues? Those are a lot of work, aren’t they? NOPE. Just grab your mixer and whisk your ingredients for a couple minutes, bake it and, BAM! Meringues. Magic.

3. Apricot and Chocolate Pastry Pillows

Puff pastry + jam + chocolate chips + coffee = YES.

4. Mocha Cheesecake Bars Recipe

Nearly everyone loves cheesecake, but it can be a real pain making it. If you’re not in the mood to wreak havoc on your entire kitchen, consider making these simple guys in bar form. They taste just as delicious, and the rich chocolate-coffee flavors provide that extra kick that you’re craving.

5. Spice Cupcakes with Mocha Frosting Recipe

The molasses, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg really bring something special to these light, fluffy delights. Combined with a rich mocha frosting, these cupcakes are completely unforgettable!

6. Cool Coffee Gels

We’re still trying to decide if the coolest part of this recipe is how simple it is to make, how tasty it is or the low-calorieness of the whole thing. Either way, we’re going to make these ASAP.

7. Coffee-Caramel Creme Brulee

We know you like creme brulee, but did you know that there is so much more you can do with that mini torch than simply setting vanilla custard ablaze? Next time you’re making the classic treat, consider adding a bit of coffee and caramel to the mix for a while new level of excitement.

8. Coffee Cream Eclairs

These light, airy profiteroles are ridiculously low in sugar, but you’d hardly know it, considering how sweet and decadent they taste! Fill them up with vanilla coffee cream, and now we’re talking!

9. Kahlua Fruit Dip

Fruit and coffee? Sounds weird, but this super simple dip is so addicting that you’ll want to make sure you make a double batch. Trust us on this one.

10. Frappe Oreo Ice Cream

Combine your favorite Greek refreshment with everyone’s preferred sandwich cookie and turn the whole dang thing into ice cream for something smooth, rich and chocolaty.

11. Chilled Amaretto Coffee Affogato

Spike your coffee with a dose of amaretto and then pour on top of a mound of decadent ice cream for a chilled beverage that will transport you to the cosmic realm. Top the whole thing with whipped cream and chopped almonds, now we’re talking!

12. Coffee Cheesecake Ice Cream Pie

Ice cream pie? Oh yes, this is real! Use a pre-made graham cracker crust and this thing whips up in minutes (minus freezing time).

Featured Photo Credit: The Well Floured Kitchen

Tags: coffee creme brulee, coffee desserts, dessert recipe, easy coffee pie, weekend desserts
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8 Deep Fried Dessert Recipes You Won’t Be Able To Resist


By Cooking Panda

It’s the weekend. Live a little! We’re thinking of something a little … crunchy! Dust off your deep fryer, heat up your wok and grab the oil. It’s time to FRY EVERYTHING. Let us make our case:

1. Deep Fried Mexican Chocolate Cake

This slightly spicy chocolate cake is awesome, but if you have leftover or store-bought cake, you are more than welcome to use that instead.

2. Jian Dui (Deep Fried Glutinous Rice Balls/Sesame Seed Balls)

You can totally make your favorite dim sum dessert at home. Who can resist the crispy shell and chewy, sweet interior?

3. Fairytale Butternut Squash Dessert Ravioli

Butternut squash and cream cheese is SO much better than pumpkin pie filling, let’s be honest. Plus, you get to fry pot sticker wrappers for a dessert that’s super crunchy, sweet and creamy all at once.

4. Deep Fried Ice Cream

Because everybody knows the best way to improve upon ice cream is to deep fry it.

5. Turon (Banana Lumpia)

Glazed banana egg rolls? Who could resist when they are this easy to make?

6. Deep-Fried Coke

If you are a cola fiend, you’ll adore this deep-fried Coke-based batter. These taste just like mini donuts with a twist.

7. Apple Havarti Beignets

Havarti cheese in a dessert? YES. It’s creamy, buttery and mild and goes perfectly melted with apple slices in fried dough. Perfectly.

8. Dessert Fruit Tempura

Fondue is so passe. It’s all about tempura. If you have a deep fryer, you can bring it out with some tempura batter and an assortment of fillings and have a fondue 2.0 party. You know you want to.

Featured Photo Credit: Phillip/Southern Fatty

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Forget Pumpkin Pie: 9 Unique Thanksgiving Desserts


By Cooking Panda

Are you burnt out on pumpkin pie? Does your family start a rift every year because they can’t agree on whether to serve pecan, pumpkin or sweet potato pie at Thanksgiving? Don’t worry, we have a solution for you. No matter what the problem — whether it’s picky eaters or just a bad day — we’re pretty sure you’ll find the solution in at least one of these perfect dessert recipes that will knock your Thanksgiving spread right out of the park!

1. Malted Walnut Pie

If pecans are too mainstream for your Thanksgiving, whip up this festive, not quite as sweet spin on the usual dessert, with barley malt syrup for an extra kick.

2. Cinnamon Streusel Dessert Pizza

If there’s ever a right time to eat dessert pizza it’s…Every. Single. Day!

3. Pioneer Vinegar Pie

It sounds a little weird, right? But trust us (and Martha Stewart) on this one — if you and your guests love lemon and tangy sorts of pies, you’ll adore this relic from the covered wagon days. It tastes just like lemon custard.

4. Lemon Cranberry Pie Bars

Tired of pumpkin spice? Make these simple bars, with an easy crust and tangy lemon curd filling swirled with gorgeous, festive cranberry puree.

5. Polenta Grape Cake

Want a rich, creamy sturdy cake? Try this one, studded with beautiful red grapes and fragrant rosemary.

6. Sweet Potato Pie With Marshmallow Meringue

We know you love sweet potato pie, but if you aren’t doing it with toasted marshmallow creme, you’ve got a thing or two to learn. Pay attention.

7. 2-in-1 Pumpkin-Praline Pie

If indecision is what ails you, look no further. Nothing bad ever came of mixing pumpkin and pecan pie. Nothing! Would it be too much if you topped this with a little homemade chocolate syrup? We think not!

8. Apple Crostada with Brown Butter Streusel

Never underestimate the power of a nice buttery streusel to bring the family together!

9. Sweet-Potato Bourbon Bundt Cake

If you want something that screams tradition, but you’re just not really into pie filling and crust (who ARE you?), go ahead and make some magic sweet potatoes and bourbon for a rich, moist cakey (and way lighter than pie) after-dinner treat.

Featured Photo Credit: Justin Bernhaut/Food And Wine

Tags: dessert recipe, holiday pie, pie, thanksgiving, Thanksgiving desserts
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8 Crave-Ably Perfect Salty-Sweet Pretzel Desserts


By Cooking Panda

We’re in the midst of a lifelong love affair with pretzels! There’s just something so satisfying about that salty crunch in just about any form, but who can resist a nice sweet-salty combo?

If you love chocolate dipped pretzels as much as we do, put your beloved salty snacks to good use and mix them into delicious chocolate desserts. Here are some of our favorite ways to do it:

1. Chocolate Pretzel Poke Cake

Caramel topping adds an extra beautiful layer of sweet-salty to the mix. Feeling ambitious? Try making your own caramel sauce from scratch (recipe here).

2. Peanut Butter Cup Pretzel Cheesecake Bars

This is kind of just a super tasty, easy cheesecake recipe that doesn’t involve a water bath or any of that mess. Plus, peanut butter and pretzels!

3. Caramel Apple Soft Pretzels

Don’t forget about the underrated soft pretzel! Don’t even think about going to the mall for it, either. Stay home and fold up these beauts for a real treat.

4. Nutella Chocolate Covered Pretzel Milkshake

All your favorite things in one salty, sweet, crunchy sip. Feel free to customize it by adding or subtracting chocolate, swapping out the Nutella for peanut butter, or drizzling in some caramel sauce. Sky’s the limit.

5. Deep Dish Peanut Butter Pie with Chocolate Pretzel Crust

Yes, we said peanut butter pie. The coolest part about this one is that you can freeze it indefinitely until you *need* to eat it. Good luck.

6. Pretzel Chocolate Chip Cookies

Your favorite classic ‘chips but with a little something-something extra to bring back that spark.

7. Salted Pretzel Brownies

If you want to kick up the flavor a little more, add a tablespoon of instant coffee granules to really bring out the deep chocolate notes, and sprinkle a little extra salt over the top of your batter. You can even add a thin layer of cookie dough on top of the brownie batter if you want to go HAM.

8. Strawberry Pretzel Salad

Don’t worry, this isn’t really a salad. It’s just strawberries, Jell-O and creamy filling atop a pretzel crust. But no one needs to know that if you want to tell them you’re eating healthy.

Featured Photo Credit: Yammie's Noshery

Tags: dessert recipe, peanut butter pretzel recipe, pretzel, salty dessert, weekend dessert
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Kick Off The Olympic Games With These 6 Adorable Desserts


By Cooking Panda

The Olympics are upon us!

What better way to watch the whole world come together than by throwing a party in honor of one of the world’s oldest traditions? Sure, you may already have your drinking game planned out, but what about your snack set-up? Fear not — we got you covered with some of the cutest (and easiest!) Olympic-themed desserts out there.

1. Torch Cupcake Cones

Perfect to eat during the opening ceremony, and they are just so dang cute! You can use any mini cupcake recipe you like — even store-bought or boxed cake mix will work fine here. We love them with these chocolate cupcakes, complete with Irish cream frosting (mix in a little orange food coloring if you’re so inclined), but you do you.

2. Gold Medal Brownie Batter Hand Pies

In the event that you’re low on time, you can always use large chocolate coins instead, golden sandwich cookies, or even cookies dunked in frosting and coated with gold, silver and/or bronze colored sanding sugar. It’s all good.

3. Olympic Swimming Pool Cake

Michael Phelps would totally approve of these cute little pretzel swimmers. If you want, you can totally use gummy bears, teddy grahams or anything along those lines as a replacement for pretzels.

4. Weightlifting Cupcakes

This is super easy and adorable, and the best part is that you can use just about any cupcakes you want for this — yes, even store-bought ones. Don’t know where to start? Try them with this stupendous chocolate chip cupcake recipe.

5. Olympic Nanaimo Bars

We absolutely adore these coconutty, buttery, graham cracker-y and generally delicious dessert bars. Let’s be real — you probably don’t have Olympic ring-shaped cookie cutters around, so you can either make them (like this or like this) or just cut them into bars. The icing rings on top will still look every bit as cool.

6. World Flag Cookies

Decorate sugar cookies with an assortment of flags from around the world. Need a sugar cookie recipe? Try this one paired with this royal icing. Delicious!

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Bring Leftover Donuts Back To Life With These 9 Recipes


By Cooking Panda

what to do with leftover donuts?

Since there’s a good chance that you’ll buy way too many donuts for National Donut Day and won’t be able to eat them before they go stale, we have some excellent ways to revitalize them by turning them into a whole new dessert. Leftover donut bread pudding takes your uneaten glazed donuts and turns them right into a scrumptious dessert. Let’s just call it fusion food. Here’s what you should be made with leftover glazed donuts:

1. Donut Cake with Mocha Whipped Cream

Because donuts and coffee are a match made in heaven. Upcycle your leftover mini donuts, or follow the recipe to make your own.

2. S’more Donut Sandwich With Easy Homemade Beer Marshmallows

You don’t necessarily HAVE to make your own marshmallows, but you absolutely should because beer.

3. Coffee and Donuts Milkshake

Donuts. Ice Cream. Coffee.  Never have to choose again.

4. Glazed Donut Breakfast Sandwich

The perfect sweet-savory combination. Note: You can make grilled cheese with donuts too.

5. Glazed Donut French Toast

It’s pretty much the same as regular French toast, except YOU CAN MAKE IT WITH DONUTS.

6. Munchkin Bread Pudding

Any type of donut hole will work for this, or even regular-sized stale glazed donuts ripped into bite-sized pieces.

7. Krispy Kreme Waffles

Got a waffle maker? Use it to bring stale glazed donuts back to life.

8. Donutmisu

Seriously, you can substitute donut holes for lady fingers for a cool twist on tiramisu.

9. Donut Chips

If you don’t have a panini press, use a hot pan or griddle and weigh it down with something heavy like another pan.

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12 Amazing Cheesy Desserts To Try This Weekend


By Cooking Panda

Allow us to get cheesy for a moment.

We know that creamy, gooey, stretchy cheese is uniquely addictive – even scientists say so!

So we figured, why deprive yourself? Think about it – you love cheesecake, right? There’s something about the rich, decadent and ever so slightly sharp, savory flavor that really jazzes up your palate, right? Well, don’t limit yourself. There are so many delicious cheesy desserts out there. Try some of our favorites:

1. Goat Cheese Custard with Strawberries in Red Wine Syrup

This luscious custard is creamy, soft and smooth, with crazy good sweet, sour and tangy flavors. If you’re not into strawberries, blackberries or raspberries are great too.

2. Baked Pecorino Cheese with Honey and Walnuts

If you’ve never baked cheese before, you absolutely must give this a try. The walnuts and honey absorb into the cheese and caramelize slightly for a truly rich and unique treat.

3. Goat Cheese Cheesecake

Add a little goat cheese to make that tangy flavor shine. Top with vanilla pineapple rum compote to take this to the next level.

4. Deep-Dish Apple Pie with Cheddar Crust

As American as apple pie… and… cheddar cheese?

5. Pear and Goat Cheese Tart

This slightly-sweet tart is bursting with perfectly complementary flavors. Give it a try.

6. One Bowl Mascarpone Brownies

Got some mascarpone? Whip up some brownies with it! You’ll be amazed by the rich, creamy texture.

7. Honey Ricotta Cheesecake

Light, floral, and creamy, this cheesecake is a real crowd-pleaser and is a great change of pace if you want to switch up your cheesecake. Add a little lemon zest if you want to highlight the floral flavors even more.

8. Cheese Slices: The Dessert Course

There’s a right way to eat cheese for dessert, and there’s a right way. We won’t judge you – but here’s how to dish up the ultimate dessert cheese plate to turn your favorite sweet, soft or stinky cheese into an after-dinner treat.

9. Ensaymada

This popular Filipino dessert consists of a soft, light cake topped with buttercream frosting and lots of cheddar cheese. You’ll love it!

10. Cheddar-Caramel Chicago Mix Cupcakes

The classic sweet, savory, salty caramel-cheddar combo, turned into a cheddar cupcake topped with caramel buttercream. Yum!

11. Apple Cranberry Gouda Puff Pastry Roses

They are equally gorgeous and delicious whether you serve them as an appetizer or dessert.

12. Brie and Blueberry Waffle Grilled Cheese

Blueberry compote, melted brie and crispy buttermilk waffles – you truly cannot go wrong, whether you make this grilled cheese for breakfast, lunch, dinner or dessert.

Go forth and have a cheesy weekend!

Featured Photo Credit: Sugar Hero

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10 Simple Muffin Tin Desserts For The Weekend


By Cooking Panda

Are you looking forward to making something sweet this weekend, but a whole huge cake or pie seems like a little too much? Want to make cheesecake but lost your springform pan? We got your back. Here are some quick treats you can whip up in a muffin tin.

1. Oreo and Peanut Butter Brownie Cakes

Grab some brownie mix, Oreos and peanut butter, and you’re all set! Don’t have brownie mix? Here’s a super easy way to make it yourself. 

2. White Chocolate Pumpkin Cups

Got a can of leftover pumpkin puree from Thanksgiving? Turn it into a decadent white chocolate dessert. No oven needed.

3. Cookies and Cream Cheesecakes

If you’re craving cheesecake but don’t want to spend your whole day whipping it up, make these instead. You’ll get all the cheesecakey goodness with none of the fuss.

4. Mini French Silk Cookie Pies

A cookie crust with light, smooth chocolate filling? Count us in.

5. Clementine Upside Down Cakes

You’ll love these mini buttery pound cakes baked with clementine slices. They taste great with pineapple, too.

6. Almost No Bake Mini Chocolate Peanut Butter Pies

Everyone will think you spent hours on this decadent dessert with a creamy peanut butter filling, smooth chocolate ganache and a toffee graham cracker crust, but guess what? It takes less than 30 minutes to make.

7. Pecan Tassies

These mini pecan tarts are every bit as delicious as a full-on pie but with so much less hassle.

8. Mini Apple Pies With Streusal Topping

If apples are more your thing, give these guys a try.

9. Hot Chocolate Cookie Cups

These adorable, rich chocolate pastries are just right when you want to curl up with a comforting treat. The pretzel handles are super cute, but if you don’t want to go through the trouble, they’ll taste just as good without them.

10. Peanut Butter S’Mores Cookies

Love s’mores? These soft peanut butter cookies packed full of Nutella and marshmallows will float your boat.

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11 Crunchy Desserts To Give Your Weekend Some Pizzazz


By Cooking Panda

The weekend is here, and that means it’s time for a sweet treat. How about adding some excitement to the mix and making something with a little crunch to it?

1. Snickers Cheesecake Bars

Crunchy, chocolaty, creamy, chewy…this dessert has it all. If you love Snickers, cheesecake and Oreo cookies, you’ll be in heaven.

2. Yogurt and Apricot Pie with Crunchy Granola Crust

This fruity pie is creamy and light all at the same time. A real crowd pleaser.

3. No Bake S’mores Chocolate Crackle Cake

This dessert only requires 15 minutes and a few ingredients, and the payoff is sweet.

4. Double Chocolate Copycat Kit Kat Bars

Kit Kat Bars are even better when you make them yourself! Oh, and they’re gluten free.

5. Easy Almond Brittle

Anyone can throw a few ingredients in the microwave. So simple and so delicious!

6. Deep-Fried Cookie Dough with Fleur de Sel

Cookie dough and fried stuff – two of our favorite things. Feel free to substitute the cookie dough for similar sweet fillings and other good stuff like cheesecake balls, Oreos or candy bites.

7. Dessert Nachos

Dessert nachos combine the best of both worlds and are even better than they sound! If you want to really go for it, try subbing the nuts for our fried cookie dough bites, or maybe even some fried mini cheesecake balls. Want to go a little lighter? Sub out some of the ingredients for fresh berries and apples.

8. S’mores Nachos

If, like us, you are jumping on board the dessert nacho train, here’s another great recipe that only takes 10 minutes to make and brings all the goodness of a campfire right into your kitchen.

9. Chocolate Shortbread Hearts with Toffee Popcorn

Honestly we’ll be impressed if you can hold off on devouring the ingredients long enough to combine the shortbread and the toffee popcorn.

10. Easy Peach Crisp

Mix a bunch of ingredients together and dump them into a pan, bake, and devour. Super easy. Feel free to use whatever fruit your heart desires.

11. Homemade Pop Tarts

Because there’s only one way to improve upon perfection — make it yourself.=

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