Old-Fashioned Iced Oatmeal Cookies

Nostalgia never tasted so sweet! These old-fashioned oatmeal iced cookies are filled with warm spices & taste even better than the original that we grew up eating. Recipe very lightly adapted from Sally’s Baking Addiction.

This past weekend, I checked an unexpected item off my bucket list: I got to go to the one, the only…Super Bowl!

With an LA Rams victory on the horizon and high spirits flying all around, celebratory tailgates cookies were (of course!) the order of the day in our household. We decided to whip up a batch of these Old-Fashioned Iced Oatmeal Cookies, … Read more

Small-Batch Mickey Mouse Rice Krispie Treats

Add some adorable chEARs to your new year with these cute, marshmallow-y Mickey Mouse Rice Krispie Treats! This small-batch recipe makes just two or three treats, making it perfect for a date night or sweet snack to share.

Happy new year, friends!

I’ve been sitting on the news for a teensy while now, but in the spirit of 2022, I’m beyond thrilled to share my latest life update with you all: I’m back making magic at the House of Mouse!

A few months ago, I finally returned to Disneyland as a Disney cast member–for the first time in forever!–and salted … Read more

{Vegan} Vanilla Crazy Cake for Two

Vanilla Crazy Cake gets its name from how CRAZY easy it is to make! This delicious white cake is egg-free, dairy-free, and hassle-free. Best of all, this adapted recipe makes just two small slices–perfect for a quick & cozy indulgence! Adapted from Totally the Bomb.

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of crazy, it was the age of crazy cake, it was the epoch of belief that this crazy cake is the best thing that will happen to you this year.

While it still irks me that one of the … Read more

Oatmeal Lace Cookies

These Oatmeal Lace Cookies are the heavenly light delight you never knew you were missing–and take only 20 minutes to whip up! Overtones of brown sugar caramel blend perfectly with chewy oats and a crisp crunch.

What’s crispier than a newly-minted $10 bill, tastier than Chris Hemsworth lounging shirtless on the set of Thor: Ragnarok, and even sweeter than coming home to a hot shower & homemade quesadillas (courtesy of the one and only Wallflour Boy)?

100% these Oatmeal Lace Cookies. Friends, bookmark these now and thank me later–20 minutes later, to be exact!

Taste, texture, time. These cookies … Read more

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

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

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