Chocolate Truffle Cookies

These chocolate truffle cookies are a chocoholic’s dream come true! Deep, fudgy flavors meet incredible texture in this surprisingly light, easy-to-make dessert. You’ll find yourself easily inhaling one, two, or maybe even five! Lightly adapted from Allrecipes.

So I happened to be reading the Wikipedia entry for the seven deadly sins the other day and realized at one point that I was making a mental checklist as I went…I’ve been known, for instance, to procrastinate going to bed because I’m too lazy to even get off the couch (sloth), and please never ask me about my utterly gorgeous … Read more

Orange Curd Cheesecake Coffee Crumb Cake

Easy decadence meets springtime in this Orange Curd Cheesecake Coffee Crumb Cake. Indulgent with a tangy twist, this dessert features a feather-light coffee cake and a creamy cheesecake layer topped with bright notes of citrus and softly-spiced brown sugar crumbs.

I posted a Wanted ad in my imagination last week: “Zesty candidate with a tangy twist needed. Looking for dessert with serious seasonal a-peel. The crummier, the better. Lemons need not apply.”

I waited. And I waited. Then one day, this cake suddenly showed up on my oven-step with all the lusty luster of the Old Spice Guy–I took … Read more

Pumpkin Cake Roll with Cream Cheese Frosting

This Pumpkin Cake Roll with Cream Cheese Frosting is much easier to make than it looks! Featuring a springy, spiced pumpkin cake filled with sweet cream cheese frosting, it’s the perfect dessert to impress during any season.

I don’t know who needs to hear this, but it is absolutely acceptable to make pumpkin desserts in March.

You will not descend into Dante’s Sixth Circle of Hell.

You will not be smitten (smited? smote?) by the wrath of fifteen angry pagan gods.

You will not have to go to jail without passing GO and collecting $200.

What you will do is … Read more

Easy Gluten-free Crustless Cheesecake

Creamy, dreamy New York style cheesecake gets a gluten-free makeover with this easy Crustless Cheesecake recipe! Every bit as rich and indulgent as the original, minus the crust for your GF friends.

Not that Wallflour Boy needs to hear this, but this week I found myself a hot new crush. It’s steamy. It’s creamy. It’s a gluten-free-themey Grade A McDreamy.

Guys, meet the Crustless Cheesecake: Builder of Happiness, Ruiner of Waistlines, and Slayer of New Year’s resolutions. (But given that it’s almost February already, we’ve all given up on those anyway, haven’t we?)

We first swiped right on each … Read more

Introducing My New Ice Cream Flavor from Häagen-Dazs!

 Earlier this year, I won the incredible #FantasyFlavorScoopOff contest hosted by ice cream royalty Häagen-Dazs! As part of my winnings, I received a year’s worth (24) of free ice cream coupons, some awesome HD swag, AND 15 pints of my new custom ice cream flavor, Chocolate Liquor Coffee & Salted Caramel. I was not compensated for this post, and all opinions expressed here are my own.

For those of you who know me, you’ll know that I’m as obsessed with ice cream as the 1990s were obsessed with Beanie Babies and the Backstreet Boys. When I sleep, I dream of … Read more

Vegan Caramelitas

When it comes to vegan desserts, these Vegan Caramelitas are among the best I’ve ever had! A golden brown sugar crumb filled with layers of chocolate and dairy-free caramel makes these quick bar cookies an irresistible addition to any dessert spread.   

The first time my college roommate caught me eating her homemade caramelitas, she suggested (rather mildly) that I could just take one and eat it if I wanted. You see, she had put them in the freezer for safekeeping and invited me to help myself anytime–but in my half-hearted attempt at self-control, I politely declined her invitation every time. … Read more

Cheesecake Swirl Pumpkin Bread

Move aside, pumpkin spice latte! This autumn, ring in the holiday season by adding some extra spice (and cheesecake!) to a beloved favorite with this moist, easy-to-make Cheesecake Swirl Pumpkin Bread. 

Growing up, we didn’t eat pumpkin but we did eat an awful lot of cream cheese–and by an “awful lot,” I mean obscene amounts that would make most of our breakfast choices qualify automatically as dairy products. To me, a bagel isn’t a bagel unless I smother every last bit–yes, including the hole! This is very important–with an inch-high pile of creamy goodness, which is the way my mom … Read more

Golden Butter Rum Cake (with a Jonathan Gold Seal of Approval)

This luxurious boozy dessert deserves its claim to fame! Awarded “Best Tasting” by acclaimed food critic Jonathan Gold in 2014, my favorite Golden Butter Rum Cake recipe features a decadent yellow cake soaked in a slightly sweet, rum-infused syrup that will leave you (and your guests) clamoring for second servings.

I’ve got a rummy little treat for you today! I first made this Golden Butter Rum Cake in 2014 for UCLA’s annual Edible Book Festival, a literary celebration where bookworms like me get to bake their nerdiness into all sorts of crazy edible concoctions…and where I also had the Read more

Neapolitan Cheesecake

Meet the most beautiful dessert you’ll make this year! This Neapolitan Cheesecake might look super fancy, but it takes minimal extra effort and tastes like a creamy dream! Features an Oreo crust and three decadent layers of chocolate, strawberry, and vanilla cheesecake.

There comes a moment in every person’s life when something unexpected blows their world into a billion, teeny-tiny smithereens and hurls their life into a supermassive existential black hole. For some people, this happens when they realize that Santa isn’t real. Or that Hollywood starlets like Zendaya and Brie Larson are actually younger than you are.

For me, … Read more

Hong Kong Style French Toast

My hands-down favorite dessert to order at Hong Kong cafes growing up was Hong Kong Style French Toast (西吐司). Unlike traditional French toast, this classic Western-inspired recipe is made with thick fluffy bread slides and peanut butter (or sweetened condensed milk) sandwiched in the middle!

You know how people say weird things like “I love you like a fat kid loves chocolate cake”? Don’t get me wrong: chocolate cake is pretty darn amazing. This year, though, I’m petitioning the Global Committee of Overused Catchphrases to update this (terribly outdated and somewhat unsavory) simile to something a little more fun. Something … Read more