Mini Raspberry Lemon Cheesecakes

Raspberry Lemon mini-cheesecakes

Happy (almost) Valentine’s Day! To celebrate, I’m sharing these adorable raspberry lemon cheesecakes with you, because what says love more than cheesecake? I originally developed this recipe for a pink-themed baby shower – they were such a hit. Valentine’s Day seemed to be the perfect excuse to reintroduce these cute, handheld, mini-desserts. Not only do they fit the Valentine’s Day colour scheme, they take a fraction of the time to cook versus making an entire cheesecake. I took my favourite cheesecake recipe, added some raspberry purée, fresh lemon zest to brighten up the flavour, and baked them into individual portions using muffin tins.  I was pleasantly surprised that the recipe fit perfectly into 24 muffin cups – it was meant to be!  Lining the muffin tins with paper liners makes for a quick cleanup and it is easy to get these cheesecakes out of the pan.

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Cocoa Nib Brownies

Cocoa Nibs + Brownies
As a dietitian, I value eating healthy. Luckily, part of eating healthy is indulging every once and a while. These brownies are my go-to when I want something sweet and delicious. The only thing healthy about these brownies is how happy you will feel when you eat them. I’ve made these brownies for a couple of gatherings over the past few months and they have caused the same reaction – everyone asks me for the recipe! So I’m here to share my recipe to ensure you always end up with the most decadent fudge-y brownies; completed with a glossy, sugar topping. Trust me, you don’t need icing, they are rich enough on their own.

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10 Minute Greek Yogurt Pumpkin Pops

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My sister-in-law over at Maman Loup’s Den gave me my Christmas present a little early this year – a Zoku Quick Pop Maker!  My present came with one condition; I had to come up with a recipe so that she could review the product.   We both have a mutual love of all things pumpkin spiced so I decided to make a healthy popsicle using greek yogurt,  pure pumpkin puree, and crushed gingersnaps for a little crunch.

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie

If you’re in need of an easy, ultra decadent, no-bake dessert I have the perfect recipe for you.  I made this dessert for a good friend’s birthday and everyone asked me to share the recipe, so here it is.  It’s almost embarrassing how simple it is to prepare.  Basically you throw all the ingredients together in a food processor and then pour into a pre-baked graham cracker crust.  The hardest part is probably waiting for the pie to set.  If you don’t have a blender/food processor you can always whisk the ingredients together by hand, but it may take a little while longer.

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Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies with Cranberries and Toffee

This is going to be a big year for me.  I’m running my first 10 km race, writing an exam, and getting married! But right now, I’m taking a break from all the studying/wedding planning/training to share this delicious cookie recipe with you. I can confidently say that these are the BEST oatmeal cookies; I know it’s a bold statement but these cookies are deserving of the title.  The recipe starts out with a basic oatmeal cookie recipe, to which I’ve added, tart dried cranberries, bittersweet chocolate chips, and finally toffee pieces to make them a truly delicious and addictive cookie.  

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Oatmeal Walnut Thumbprint Cookies

Oatmeal Walnut Thumbprint Cookies

These cookies hold so many special memories for me. My mom originally cut this recipe out of a Family Circle magazine over 20 years ago and it’s been a staple on our Christmas baking list ever since. The original recipe called for butter-flavoured vegetable shortening, but I prefer to use the real stuff – butter!

The base is a crispy oatmeal cookie, coated in chopped walnuts and topped with a dollop of jam. They truly are a perfect holiday treat. Any flavour of jam works, so choose your favourite – this year I used some homemade raspberry and marmalade jam.

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Gingersnap Pumpkin Ice Cream Cake

Gingersnap Pumpkin Ice Cream Cake {by breaking bland eats}

I am very fortunate to have a close extended family that gets together every few weeks for family dinner.  I usually bring dessert, one because I love to bake, and two I get to test out new recipes without having tons of leftovers tempting us at home.  I’m sure my family doesn’t mind being guinea pigs!

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Peach Crumble Pie with Salted Caramel Sauce

Peach Pie

With autumn just around the corner many people are mourning the end of summer. On the other hand, even though I love summer, I look forward to autumn each year; not only can I start wearing boots and scarves again but also my apartment finally cools down enough for me to use my oven! For those of you who are dreading the transition here is one of my favourite summer desserts to ease the pain.

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