Buttery, flakey, baked puff pastry dough is wrapped around creamy brie cheese & sweet fig jam in these easy 3 ingredient Fig & Baked Brie Puff Pastry Bites! This delicious appetizer recipe is the perfect pre-dinner snack and great for holiday parties!
I love baked brie! I mean, who doesn’t? It’s melty, creamy, cheesy goodness, generally surrounded by sweet friends, like fruit and jam!
Now if you’re looking for something a little less messy and easier to tray pass, these Baked Brie Puff Pastry Bites are where it’s at! All the goodness of brie en croute, (the fancy French term for baked brie wrapped in puff pastry) but in simple bite-sized portions!
I topped these baked brie puff pastry bites with fig jam, but any kind of preserves will work. You can mix up this recipe based on the season. Try strawberry jam on top in the summer and cranberry relish in the winter!
Want to get crazy? Try bacon jam on top! I’ve done it and it’s amazing! To really mix things up, try topping them with a variety of jams, so you and your guests can try different variations of the puff pastry bites!
The best part of this recipe is that no matter how you top them, these puff pastry bites are SO EASY to make and always require only 3 ingredients!
Fluffy homemade Strawberry Pancakes are filled with fresh, juicy strawberries & drizzled with sweet cream cheese syrup. This easy breakfast recipe is made in under 30 minutes and great for kids and adults!
Breakfast is one of my favorite meals of the day! It can be sweet or savory.
Sweet treats for breakfast are one of my guilty pleasures. And these Strawberry Pancakes with Cream Cheese Syrup are at the top of my guilty pleasure list!
Cream Cheese Syrup, yes that is an actual thing. And if not, I just made it happen! You’re welcome! 😉
I’ve been making these homemade pancakes for years and I guarantee they’ll be the best, most fluffy pancakes you’ve ever had. You can even substitute other ingredients for the strawberries, such as blueberries, chocolate chips or sliced bananas.
Adding the cream cheese syrup is totally optionally. But I would be doing you a disservice if I didn’t highly encourage you to make the cream cheese syrup!
Red Velvet Puppy Chow is a fun and simple dessert recipe. It’s great for parties and perfect for holidays like Valentine’s Day or Christmas!
Whether you call it puppy chow or muddy buddies, this easy dessert recipe is downright delicious! These Nutella Muddy Buddies are always a hit at parties.
This year at my annual holiday party, I decided to put a spin on my popular puppy chow recipe. I wanted it to be festive so I added red food coloring.
But not just any red food coloring. For this recipe to work you need red powdered food coloring. You can easily buy it on Amazon using the link above or pick it up at a baking supply store.
This Red Velvet Puppy Chow was a huge hit at my holiday party! The recipe is just as easy to make as traditional puppy chow. Simply toss the powdered food coloring with the powdered sugar and you’ll get this delicious and festive beautifully sweet snack!
Fresh lemons and strawberries are mixed with bubbly prosecco for a refreshing prosecco sangria recipe. It’s perfect for spring and summer!
If you follow me on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook, there’s a great chance you’ve heard me talk about, take pictures at or check in to Queenstown Public House. It’s my “Cheers” if you will. My neighborhood bar where “everybody knows my name.” But literally, I’ve been asked if I work there because people see me there so often!
It’s a gem and I’m a creature of habit. What can I say? I find something I love, I stick with it.
One of the things that keeps me coming back time and time again is their Prosecco Mint Sangria. It’s amazing. So amazing that I decided to re-create it at home last weekend and share my version with you all!
Sparkling pomegranate soda replaces cranberry juice in this bubbly twist on a traditional cosmopolitan cocktail, topped with champagne, perfect for parties or happy hour any day!
Today’s post is sponsored by my friends at Vons! All opinions are my own.
Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and whether you’re celebrating Valentine’s Day with your significant other or Galentine’s Day with your girlfriends, this Sparkling Pomegranate Cosmopolitan recipe is perfect for the occasion!
Red velvet cookie cups filled with cream cheese frosting are a delicious and adorable dessert recipe that’s also easy to make! Perfect for Valentine’s Day, birthdays or any day you’re craving a sweet treat!
Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and no matter how you’re celebrating the occasion, these Red Velvet Cookie Cups should definitely be involved!
Having a “Galentines Day” dinner party with your girlfriends? They will love these! Celebrating with your significant other, yup, they’ll be a fan! Taking treats to a work or school party? These red velvet cookie cups will be the hit of the party!
Rack of lamb is rubbed with herb butter, then roasted and topped with a mint chimichurri sauce in this elegant dinner recipe!
Today’s post is sponsored by my friends at Vons! All opinions are my own.
There’s no better way to impress your guests this holiday season than with this Herb Butter Rack of Lamb with Mint Chimichurri, and I’m here to tell you a secret that your guests never have to know, it’s so easy to make!
That’s right, who knew something so elegant and scrumptious could be so easy to make!
Even with several different delicious components, the entire meal came together in just over 30 minutes!
A simple chocolate chip cookie recipe is transformed into delicious chocolate chip cookie cups with Nutella® Hazelnut Spread!
Today’s post is sponsored by my friends at Nutella®, but all opinions are my own.
There’s nothing better than a classic chocolate chip cookie, that is, until you make it into a cookie cup with Nutella® hazelnut spread! This chocolate chip cookie twist will have your friends and family raving over the fun presentation and delicious flavor combination of chocolate chip cookies and Nutella®.
Strawberry chocolate chip cheesecake filled wontons are a fun and delicious dessert recipe, perfect for parties and Valentine’s Day!
A couple of weeks ago I purchased a package of Wonton Wrappers at the grocery store.
They were conveniently located in the refrigerator section right next to where I was picking up some cheese and they screamed “Whitney, make some Wontons!” … so I did, of course. When wontons yell, you must listen. 😉
It’s officially Valentines Day week and what better way to sweeten up this lovely day than with a delicious treat!
Lucky for you, I have 4 great recipes to choose from! Whether it’s a mini pie, red velvet cookie or phyllo roll for co-workers, friends or a significant other, each of these recipes is sure to leave a sweet smile on someones face! 🙂
Click on each picture below to get the recipe for your favorite sweet treat!
Chocolate Cupcakes are topped with Peanut Butter Buttercream Frosting and Red Velvet Puppy Chow in this deliciously fun recipe!
I am so excited to share a recipe from my childhood friend Sarah Beth Taylor!
Although constantly being engaged with social media can sometimes be exhausting, it can also be very rewarding! Last month Sarah found me on Instagram through a mutual friend!
I was so excited when she reached out to me as I have not seen her in at least 12 years! We grew up taking dance classes together in Oklahoma, but lost touch in high school.
Funny enough, Sarah and I have led quite similar paths since high school. I moved to Southern California, while she moved to New York, we both studied and worked in fashion design for some time, then both completely jumped the ship and went in another direction… food!
Sarah is about to graduate from culinary school as a pastry chef. I was so impressed with her delicious looking baked goods on Instagram that I immediately asked her to guest blog for me!
If you would like to follow her delicious baked creations on Instagram her screenname is 5thavestor contact her by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org with any of your baking or pastry questions!
Check out how Sarah came up with the idea for her first recipe on the blog!
This cupcake idea is the fusion of two of my favorite deserts, puppy chow and cupcakes. I drew my inspiration from many of the deserts I’ve sampled from a bakery in New York called Momofuku Milk Bar. They have the most deliciously innovative deserts I’ve ever tasted and are constantly combining textures and flavors you might not expect. My challenge to you in making this desert is try not to eat all the puppy chow before you finish making the cupcake!
Ingredients – Chocolate Cake
2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
1 ¼ cups dark cocoa powder
2 ½ cups sugar
2 ½ tsp baking soda
1 ¼ tsp baking powder
1 ¼ tsp salt
2 large eggs
1 egg yolk
1 ¼ cups milk
½ c + 2 tbsp vegetable oil
1 ¼ tsp vanilla
1 ¼ cup warm water
This is a dump cake style recipe meaning all the ingredients go in at the same time. Sift your dry ingredients together first then add the remaining wet ingredients. Careful not to over mix the batter! Also, remember to always use room temperature eggs/butter/milk unless the recipe tells you otherwise. Pour into cupcake tins and bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes.
Peanut Butter Buttercream
2 sticks unsalted butter
3 cup powdered sugar
1 tbsp vanilla
½ cup peanut butter
Start by cubing the room temperature butter into the mixer. Cream the butter until it is light and fluffy and white in color, this should take approximately 5-10 minutes depending on the mixers speed. Then turn the mixer to its slowest speed and add the powdered sugar 1 cup at a time. Finally add the vanilla and peanut butter.
Red Velvet Puppy Chow
1 bag milk chocolate chips
1 cup peanut butter
¼ cup unsalted butter (melted)
3-4 cup powdered sugar
3-4 tbsp red powdered food coloring
8-9 cups rice chex cereal
Begin by placing all of the powdered sugar in a large bowl then add the red powdered food coloring with a whisk. It is somewhat tricky to find powdered food coloring but any baking supply store will most likely sell it. (Do not try to use any type of gel or liquid food coloring it must be the dry.) The powdered sugar will appear pink but will turn red as soon as the chocolate mixture comes in contact with it. Place the red sugar mixture into a freezer size baggie along with the cereal. Next temper the chocolate slowly over a double broiler or in a microwave. Finally add the melted butter and peanut butter to the chocolate and stir thoroughly. Pour the chocolate mixture into the cereal a little at a time and begin to shake the bag until all the cereal is covered completely.
Pipe the frosting onto the cupcakes, then top with the red velvet puppy chow!
These are so adorably cute for Valentine’s Day!
Thank you Sarah for the deliciously sweet and adorable recipe!