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5 Mouth-Watering Dessert Recipes

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December 11, 2016 36 Comments 7 Photos

5 Must-Try Dessert Recipes

At the risk of revealing my secret superpowers, I’m sharing my 5 must-try dessert recipes: from my all-time favorite go-tos to recent discoveries that I can’t wait to make again. (You just have to promise to send me a sample of whatever you make!)

Rose Apple Pie

5 must-try dessert recipes

This simple dessert looks as good as it tastes!

Ingredients:
1 cooked pie crust (graham cracker or regular, whichever you like!)

6-8 medium-sized honeycrisp apples
1/3 cup of granulated sugar
4 tablespoons of ginger preserves
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
Juice of 1/2 lemon

Preheat the oven to 425°F.

Slice the apples thinly & evenly with a mandoline. Save all of the slices with a half-moon shape; you can eat the others.

In a large bowl, gently toss the apples with the lemon juice, sugar & cinnamon.

Starting from the outside of the crust, arrange the apples in a tight spiral pattern, overlapping each other.

Pour the liquid that’s left in the bowl into a pan & reduce it on the stove until it thickens slightly. Pour it over the apples & then put the pie in the oven.

Heat the jam on the stovetop until it liquifies.

When the pie’s been in the oven for 30 minutes, take it out & brush the jam onto the apples.

Bake the pie for 10 more minutes, until the crust is golden-brown & the filling is bubbling.

5 Must-Try Dessert Recipes

(inspired by this recipe)

Chocolate Chip Brownies

Bookmark this page—this is truly the only brownie recipe you will ever need. The resulting brownies are fudgy & rich with a perfectly crackly top & crunchy chocolate chips.

Ingredients:
3 cups of granulated sugar
1 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
1 cup of baker’s cocoa (unsweetened)
4 eggs
1 cup of unsalted butter (2 sticks)
1 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
1 teaspoon of salt

Preheat the 350°F & grease a 9×13 baking dish.

Melt the butter.

In a large bowl, combine the melted butter with the sugar & vanilla extract.

Add the eggs one at a time, mixing thoroughly. Set the bowl off to the side.

In a small bowl, combine the flour, cocoa & salt.

Add the dry ingredients gradually to the wet until they’re all well-mixed.

Stir in the chocolate chips & then pour the batter into the greased baking dish.

Bake for 35-40 minutes.

Check them periodically after 30 minutes by sticking a toothpick into the center—when it comes out clean, the brownies are ready.

5 must-try dessert recipes

(inspired by this recipe)

Lemon & Lavender Zucchini Bread

5 must-try dessert recipes

I made this moist zucchini bread so many times this summer to use up the monstrous zucchinis that kept popping up in our garden! Here’s my secret: I ate it for breakfast, not dessert 😉

Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups of flour (I like white whole wheat, but it’s your choice!)

1 1/2 packed cups of zucchini, grated & undrained
3/4 cup of granulated sugar
1/2 cup of confectioner’s sugar
1/2 cup of olive oil
1 egg
Zest of 2 lemons
1 tablespoon of lemon juice
1 teaspoon of lemon extract—half for the batter, half for the glaze
1/2 teaspoon of lavender extract—half for the batter, half for the glaze
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
1/4 teaspoon of baking powder

Preheat the oven to 325°F.

Grease a loaf pan with olive oil.

In a large bowl, combine the sugar & lemon zest. (It smells amazing.)

Add the lemon & lavender extracts, egg & oil and whisk to combine.

Stir in the zucchini & set the bowl aside.

In a small bowl, combine the flour, salt, baking soda & baking powder.

Stir the dry ingredients into the wet & pour the batter into the pan.

Bake for 50-55 minutes, or until a knife inserted into the center comes out clean.

Let the bread cool for at least 10 minutes before you try to remove it from the pan.

In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the confectioner’s sugar, lemon & lavender extracts, and lemon juice.

When the bread has cooled completely (no cheating!), drizzle the glaze over the top & let it harden before serving.

5 Must-Try Dessert Recipes

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Cranberry Apple Crumble Pie

5 Must-Try Dessert Recipes

In this pie, the apples’ sweetness is perfectly balanced by the cranberries’ bite. It’s addictive!

Filling ingredients:
1 pie crust (raw)
4 cups of honeycrisp apples
2 cups of cranberries (fresh or frozen)
1/2 cup of granulated sugar
1/4 cup of flour
1/4 packed cup of brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg

Topping ingredients:
1/2 cup of flour
1/3 cup of brown sugar
1/4 cup of butter (1/2 stick) – room temperature
1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon
A dash of nutmeg

Preheat the oven to 375°F.

Place the crust in a pie dish and bake it until it’s light golden-brown.

Thinly & evenly slice the apples with a mandoline.

In a large bowl, gently separate the apple slices & toss them with the cranberries.

In a small bowl, mix 1/2 cup of sugar, 1/4 cup of flour, 1/4 cup of brown sugar, 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon & 1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg.

Toss the dry ingredients with the apples until the slices are evenly coated.

Add the apples to the baked pie crust & set it off to the side.

In a small bowl, mix 1/2 cup of flour, 1/3 cup of brown sugar, 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon & a dash of nutmeg.

Add the softened butter to the small bowl & mix it with your fingers until it’s crumbly.

Sprinkle the crumble topping evenly over the pie & cover it with foil.

Bake 45-55 minutes, or until the topping is golden-brown.

5 Must-Try Dessert Recipes

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Salted Caramel & Chocolate Chip Cookies

These cookies absolutely heavenly when they’re fresh from the oven. The gooey caramel & chocolate combined with the fleur de sel will have you using the heart eyes emoji for days.

Ingredients:
2 cups of whole wheat pastry flour

12 ounces of salted caramel chocolates (I like these from Whole Foods)
1 cup of brown sugar
1/4 cup of granulated sugar
3/4 cup unsalted butter (1.5 sticks) – room temperature
1 egg
2 teaspoons of cornstarch
2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
1 teaspoon of baking soda
1/2 teaspoon of sea salt
Fleur de sel or large sea salt flakes to sprinkle on top of cookies

Preheat the oven to 350°F.

Cover 2 large baking sheets with aluminum foil or a baking mat, or just grease them.

Chop candies into very small bits.

In a medium bowl, mix flour, cornstarch, baking soda & sea salt. Set it off to the side.

In a large bowl, cream butter, granulated sugar & brown sugar together with an electric mixer.

Stir the egg & vanilla into the large bowl.

Slowly add the dry ingredients to the large bowl & mix them until they’re fully combined.

Stir in the candy bits.

Form the dough into balls & arrange them 1-2 inches apart on the cookie sheets. Sprinkle them with fleur de sel.

Cook them until they’re golden-brown (about 15 minutes, but check them periodically after 10 minutes).

Once they’re out of the oven & cooling, separate them from the pan with a spatula before the caramel hardens.

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What are your favorite dessert recipes to bake? Let me know in the comments!

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36 Comments

  1. Reply

    Ana

    December 12, 2016

    Yummy! I need to try these, they all look delicious. Pinning this!
    Ana,
    http://www.365beautytips.com

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      robin@featherflint.com

      December 13, 2016

      Hi Ana, Yay! So glad you liked them, thank you for sharing the post! 🙂

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    Lora

    December 12, 2016

    These desserts look both tasty and pretty 🙂 I love the rose apple pie!

    • Reply

      robin@featherflint.com

      December 13, 2016

      Thanks so much, Lora!! 🙂

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    Sarah Jean althouse

    December 12, 2016

    That rose pie is stunning! I wonder if my husband would let me make it instead of his mom’s “Famous” apple pie. HAHA

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      robin@featherflint.com

      December 13, 2016

      Bahaha that IS a quandary!! Good luck 😉

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    Danika

    December 12, 2016

    Looks so inviting. I’m already salivating. I would love to have seen a pic of the bread. You got me at zucchini. 😊

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      robin@featherflint.com

      December 13, 2016

      Hi Danika, yay!! That’s exactly the effect I was hoping to have 😉 I almost posted a picture of the bread but the kitten picture took precedence!!

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    Dana

    December 13, 2016

    This is beautiful! I think I might have to try making it!

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      robin@featherflint.com

      December 13, 2016

      Thank you!! Absolutely give it a try, it’s so much easier than you think!

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    Kristin

    December 13, 2016

    The rose apple pie is seriously making my mouth water. So beautiful and decadent!

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      robin@featherflint.com

      December 13, 2016

      Thank you so much, Kristin!! 🙂

  7. Reply

    Amber

    December 13, 2016

    I love anything with Apple ! That rose apple pie looks amazing

    • Reply

      Robin

      December 15, 2016

      Thank you!! Totally agree – desserts, drinks, breakfasts, lunches & dinners are all better with some apple in them <3

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    francesca

    December 14, 2016

    That rose apple pie looks amazing I really want to make one of these!!

    • Reply

      Robin

      December 15, 2016

      Thank you!! Give it a try & let me know how it goes 🙂

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    Roberta

    December 14, 2016

    LOVE the apple pie recipie – easy and look YUMMY…. you could even do a crumble topping 🙂

    • Reply

      Robin

      December 15, 2016

      Thanks!! Keep scrolling, that’s here too! 😉

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    Abbey

    December 14, 2016

    I need them all right now! Haha these look amazing!

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      Robin

      December 15, 2016

      Thank you so much! Wish I could have them all at once… (insert heart eye emoji)

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    Starla Jimenez

    December 15, 2016

    They all look so yummy, especially the brownies!

    • Reply

      Robin

      December 17, 2016

      Thank you, Starla! We ate the entire tray in 48 hours 😀

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    Julia

    December 17, 2016

    These all sound so good! That apple pie is so pretty! 🙂

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      Robin

      December 17, 2016

      Thank you, Julia! Editing the pictures made me want to make another 😉

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    Joana

    December 18, 2016

    Oh my! This recipes look yummi! Surely will try them all, I will let you know how it went 😉

    Thanks for sharing 🙂

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      Robin

      December 18, 2016

      YES, would love to hear how it goes!! (Deliciously, I’m sure!) Thanks, Joana 🙂

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    Cassey Yong

    December 18, 2016

    so nice!!! mouth watering, I think I want to follow your recipe, looks so healthy and nice. I just love fruits, the berries looks tempting, I’m terrible in baking. Maybe I should pick up soon.

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      Robin

      December 18, 2016

      The key with baking is to follow the directions to a T! Every detail is important, from the measurements to the order that you mix the ingredients, but if you follow the instructions then it’s much more simple than you might think! Give it a try and let me know how it goes 🙂

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    Jamie

    December 18, 2016

    I am SO excited to try two of these things; the brownies and the zucchini/lavender bread! I’m an American expat living in Italy and would you believe they don’t have brownies here?! I’ve been looking for a good recipe ever since! 🙂

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      Robin

      December 18, 2016

      I can’t believe that among all of the amazing things that Italy has, brownies aren’t one of them – what a travesty!! Definitely give this recipe a go (and the zucchini bread, too!) – you’ll be in heaven 🙂

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    Sarah

    December 18, 2016

    Waah..I’m seriously torn between the rose apple pie and the choc chip brownies! Maybe I should make both? I love baking brownies, because it’s the easiest! but you can also turn it and incorporate it into something else – make it chewy, fudgy or cakey – really depending on your taste! So I’d like to try this one! 😀

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      Robin

      December 18, 2016

      Seems like there’s an obvious solution to me 😉 Try both!! They’re good for such different reasons, and both are surprisingly simple to make! I love that about brownies, too (and chocolate chip cookies) – you can go through so many variations before you find that perfect recipe!

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    Kimba

    December 18, 2016

    All of these recipes sound great but the salted caramel cookies sound right up my alley! (I’m a sucker for salty/sweet combos). Gotta try making them one day.

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      Robin

      December 18, 2016

      Yesss, that’s a combination that I just recently got into because of the amazing combination of caramel, chocolate & salt! You’ll LOVE this recipe – especially with some fleur de sel sprinkled on top!

  18. Reply

    Samantha

    December 18, 2016

    These look amazing and easy to create!!! I was just needing some recipes for my holiday dinner!! Thanks for sharing.

  19. Reply

    Eugenia

    December 19, 2016

    Just looking at these photos make my mouth water! The Rose apple pie is my favorite, I’d love to eat it right now! Thanks for the recipes 🙂

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