Get Creative with Muffin Tops

muffin_topWe all know that the top of the muffin is the most delicious part. Whether coated in cinnamon sugar, caked with crumble, or deliciously crisped and brown, the muffin top gives the whole muffin that special something. Some people save the top for last while others don’t even bother baking the bottom half and use muffin top tins instead. So why not take it to the next level? Here are some ideas to make the muffin top even better…. 

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Bobby Flay’s Caramelized Pineapple FAGE Total Crème Brûlée with Blueberries

Fage Creme Brulee

Fage Crème Brûlée

Think yogurt is just for breakfast? It’s time to think outside the cup!

Our friends at Fage shared with us this elegant recipe developed by Chef Bobby Flay. So break out your blowtorch and get ready to impress your friends and family with this simple classic recipe with a twist!

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Go-Go Cocoa

When winter is dragging on and your go-to mug of hot chocolate starts looking a bit ho-hum, it’s time to start adding creativity to your cup (and we’re not just talking marshmallows or whipped cream).

Cocoa goes well with a variety of flavors, so it’s fun to experiment. Armed with a wide array of add-ins and toppings, you can make a new flavor combination for every day of the week.

Here are ten fun ideas to get you rolling:

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Ice Cream Sundae Gets a Makeover

Sundae

What's on your favorite Sundae?

Rev up your spoons, grab your sprinkles, and get ready to deck your bowls, this summer, to give your ice cream sundae a whole new look.

Sure, by now we’ve all mastered the art of piling up fresh strawberries and banana bits, adding fluffy pockets of whipped cream, and sprinkling chopped nuts over drizzled caramel and flavored syrups. It’s all very delicious. But where have all the ice cream wizards gone? You know, the confectionery aficionados, the culinary brave hearts who mix flavors and insist it’s absolutely fabulous way before the spoon hits their lips?

I think I found some. I poked and prodded looking for adventuresome sundae-creators. I discovered they have no formula, no real filter, and sometimes no shopping list. They start with ice cream and often open the fridge or the cupboard and survey their surroundings for what’s good. Here are some of the better concoctions you may want to give a whirl:… 

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Make Your Own Ice Cream Sandwiches!

Ice Cream Sandwiches

DIY Ice Cream Sandwiches

I scream…you scream…we all scream for ice cream!

There’s nothing that screams summer more to me than ice cream! Sweet, creamy, and cold – name a flavor and chances are I’ve tried it!

A fun and easy ice cream dessert that brings me back to childhood is DIY Ice Cream Sandwiches. When I have friends or family over for dinner, I like to set up a whole DIY Ice Cream Sandwich buffet. All it takes is a few pints of your favorite ice cream flavors along with plates filled with cookies.

Here are some ideas for fun flavor combinations:… 

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3 Easy Bite-Sized Dessert Ideas

Mini dessert

Mini desserts

Good things come in small packages, right?

Recently, our bakery department launched a new mini dessert category, featuring bite-sized versions of some of our favorite sugary treats—brownies, cookies, macaroons, banana bread

The mini sizes are great in lunch boxes, as an after-school treat, or as a moderate way to have a sweet fix after dinner without going overboard.

They also make party planning easy—get a pack of blondies, some double chocolate chunk cookies and assorted macaroons and make your own little party platter. (We also have our own mini platter coming soon—for the nights when you don’t have time to do it yourself.)

If you’re entertaining kids or a crowd with a sweet tooth, here are 3 fun mini dessert ideas:… 

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Celebrate Mardi Gras with a Pancake Party

Vanilla Soy Pancakes

Vanilla Soy Pancakes

Mardi Gras (aka Shrove Tuesday or Pancake Tuesday) is upon us; if you’re gearing up for Lent, a good way to celebrate your last hoorah is with a pancake feast. I don’t personally need an excuse to eat pancakes, but it’s nice to know there is one available annually.

One of my favorite ways to eat pancakes is for dinner, so if you don’t have time for a Tuesday brunch, why not have people over for an evening pancake buffet? Starting with a basic recipe (such as these vanilla soy pancakes), you can churn out the homemade pancakes, and your family or guests can add their favorite toppings. It’s an easy way to have fun with the kids or bring out your friends’ inner children.

Chocolate chips and blueberries are always crowd favorites (inside or on top), but there are tons of other toppings, batter additions, and combinations thereof to help you start experimenting:… 

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Getting Ready for the Holiday Cookie Swap!

Holiday Cookies

Holiday Cookies

I love the holiday season.  After all, it’s the season for giving and I love baking sweet treats to give away!

The cookie swap is one of my favorite reasons to get-together. Whether it’s with friends, family, co-workers, or neighbors, it’s a great excuse to bake my favorite cookies and come home with so much more!

When we asked on our Facebook page for our fans’ favorite cookie recipes, one fan mentioned Jam Thumbprints (a classic). I always bake sugar cookies for my nieces and nephews because they love all the decorations (like sprinkles) I add to them.

Here are 5 more simple and delicious cookie ideas for your holiday cookie swap:… 

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