Maui Macadamia Shortbread Cookies

Macadamia Shortbread Cookies

I asked my parents what treats they’d like me to whip up one Friday, since I was coming home that weekend (I live about 3 hours away from them). They know better than to just say “whatever you make is fine” and gave me some perfect requests. “Something shortbread-ish or muffins” was Mom’s request and “something to go with Hawaiian coffee” was Dad’s request. I honestly love these kind of requests. They’re vague enough where I can play around in the kitchen a bit but specific enough to narrow my experiments. Mom and Dad eat pretty healthy and love homemade treats. We had all been to Maui in January, so these cookies were a hit!

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Chocolate Raspberry Muffins

Chocolate Raspberry Muffins

These are really tasty and come together so quickly! The berries are tart and the chocolate’s sweetness balances the tartness out perfectly. This recipe is a great muffin base that can be adjusted to your flavor preferences. I recently used it to make black raspberry muffins using frozen black raspberries. I made these with a pint of fresh raspberries. I stored the muffins in the fridge because I never have any luck leaving food made with fresh fruit out. Continue reading “Chocolate Raspberry Muffins”

Red Velvet Cupcakes

Red Velvet Cupcakes

I had never made anything red velvet-flavored before these cupcakes. It’s not a flavor that anyone in my family asks for, but my husband’s aunt and cousin love it, so I made these for them. Anything with cream cheese frosting is a winner, but the flavor of red velvet is still kind of a mystery to me. It’s like it’s in between chocolate and vanilla somehow.

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Coconut Macadamia Nut Caramel Cheesecake

Coconut Macadamia Caramel Cheesecake

TOASTED coconut, that is…mmm. Michael fully approved of this flavor suggestion when he asked for a cheesecake and this one was bouncing around my brain. There’s kind of always a new flavor of cheesecake that I want to try out. They’re my version of cupcakes, where the possibilities are endless. Want to know my secret? Continue reading “Coconut Macadamia Nut Caramel Cheesecake”