When I think back to growing up, certain foods (particularly sweet treats of course) figure prominently in my memories. I remember my obsession with fruit roll-ups, Big Stick popsicles and Thrifty’s Medieval Madness ice cream. Any hint of these and I’m instantly transported back to childhood. But one, sweet item that really sticks out and takes me right back to the playground is Otis Spunkmeyer Chocolate Chunk Cookies. As a kid I loved them above the rest. When it was school fundraiser time and there were Otis Spunkmeyer cookies to be sold, I was a happy girl!
I don’t know if you have heard but May 15th is National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day! Not like we need a reason to enjoy chocolate chip cookies, but an extra excuse to celebrate is always welcomed!
To make this celebration extra special I decided to not just enjoy a chocolate chip cookie, but a chocolate chip cookie with chocolate chip ice cream sandwiched together for maximum decadent indulgence. And instead of any old chocolate I decided to make both recipes with my favorite Lindt Chocolate. I used three different chocolates to amplify the chocolate-y goodness. You can of course use just one of your favorite Lindt chocolate bars or many, this recipe is adaptable. I used the Lindt EXCELLENCE A Touch of Sea Salt bar for the cookies and left the sea salt topping off the cookies and I used the Lindt EXCELLENCE 70% Dark Chocolate bar for the ice cream. These bars are a pantry staple for me and I love how versatile they are. I can enjoy them when I want a piece of chocolate and they just as easily work in any dessert recipe. (keep reading to get the recipe!)
Love chocolate cake? So do I! Bon Appetite shared a story about 3 Chocolate Cake Recipes You Need In Your Life, which got me thinking yeah you really do need chocolate cake in your life! So then I got to baking. I loved the tips in this post as well. For a more in depth read check out the original post here, my biggest take away was the addition of buttermilk for tenderness. Seems so obvious reading it, I do this with scones, but I actually don’t often do it with cake.
Of the three my favorites was the Chocolate Sheet cake, but that really just comes down to ease. While I completely ooo and awww over a gorgeous layer cake, I’m not one to jump at the task of frosting it. I’m find with one simple layer and a smathering of sweet frosting on top. Keep it easy!
I’m currently obsessed with the sweetest book – Sweeter Off the Vine. It is full of fruit desserts and is divided by season. What I love most about this book is the way it is laid out because I don’t know about you, but sometimes I’m at the farmers market or the grocery store and I see a beautiful fruit and then spend hours thinking/researching what to make with it. Well not I have the perfect one stop shop for that in this amazing cookbook. And since fruit desserts are some of my favorites to both eat and bake this book really spoke to me.
Cake cake cake cake cake… and it’s not even my birthday! Well it almost is my birthday and my blog birthday so in honor of both this week’s Sweet of the Week is the mind-blowingly delicious tres leches birthday cake from Trois Familia in Silverlake. Not only is it perfectly soaked in sweetned condensed milk with a nice crumb, but it is chock full of rainbow sprinkles uping the fun factor of the cake. Now I’ve had many cakes in my life and I have to say as far as cakes go this cake is one hundred! Run don’t walk to enjoy a slice. And if you are lucky like me you may even get a birthday candle too.
Added bonus was Chef Ludo himself helping me capture the perfect french vanilla waterfall on his churro french toast that I enjoyed as second dessert!
Trois Familia 3510 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026
This smoothie recipe is perfect for the both morning or afternoon. It is a decadent yet healthier treat to get you through the day and great for kids too. The Dannon Vanilla lowfat yogurt adds the perfect amount of creamy richness and the Jif Creamy Peanut Butter packs it full of protein. Throw in some just ripe bananas and a little honey and you have a smoothie that feels more like a milkshake and just as enjoyable as one!
E.P. L.P. in West Hollywood is a super stylish and sleek spot for great rooftop drinks and great Southeast Asian food, but what you may not know is that it is a great spot for delicious desserts! Pastry chef Zen Ong just rolled out a really inventive new Spring dessert selection, incorporating his own Indonesian/Australian culinary background and influences into the menu.
The Chocolate Ginger Honey Crunch with Valrhona milk chocolate EP honeycomb, and crystallized ginger is a play on an Aussie fave the Crunchie Bar. It is all parts delicious and paired with their EP&J a twist on a classic American PB&J in roasted white chocolate candy form, you’ve got a perfect dessert. Looking for something on the lighter side? Don’t miss their EP Sweetie Pineapple Cloud with vanilla tofu, melon ice, nutta de coca, pineapple sorbet, and kaffir lime leaf.
603 N LA CIENEGA BOULEVARD
CROSS-STREET: MELROSE AVE
PH. 310 855 9955
Wolf is the newly opened restaurant from chef Marcel Vigneron on Melrose Ave. in Los Angeles. The menu features seasonal Los Angeles cuisine made from locally – sourced ingredients. Beyond the amazing savories is a swoon-worthy dessert menu. They have a Blueberry Souffle with violet ice cream that is melt in your mouth good. I didn’t get a chance to try the Roasted Banana with maple whip, peanut tuile and cacao, but the Not Your Grandma’s Chocolate Cake was heavenly. It is topped with gianduia ice cream, candied hazenuts and gold and is essentially a refined cake version of ferrero rochers!
Wolf is open for dinner Tuesday–Thursday from 6pm – 10pm, and Friday—Saturday from 6pm – 11pm.
7661 Melrose Ave. CA 90046.
When you feel like making treats like these mini carrot cakes, but don’t feel like going to the store – Instacart saves the day with grocery delivery! It has changed everything. Now when I’m missing a key ingredient but midway through baking prep I can just order groceries only. So now you can have your cake and bake it too! Keep reading for tips and tricks to making mini carrot cakes and a sweet recipe.
Lemon poppy seed madeleines are the perfect Spring sweet treat. They are so light and lovely they are perfect with an afternoon tea or as a purse snack on the go. What made this recipe even easier was using T-Sugars Icing Mill when it was time to add powdered sugar. The T-Sugars icing mill is super simple to use and makes the process of dusting your treats with powdered sugar a breeze, a few taps and you have a perfecting snow coating over your desserts.