Archive for: Desserts

Gingerbread Coffee Cake

The holidays are for relaxing with friends and family, and this Gingerbread Coffee Cake is a perfect special occasion breakfast. It's full of warm spices and topped with a delicious crumble topping! Tomorrow is Thanksgiving and I'm sure you've had your menu planned for a while now. If you're hosting this year, I bet you've even gotten a head start on some of the preparations for the big meal. But have you thought past Thanksgiving yet? I love turkey day and all of the delicious food that comes with it, but I think I'm most excited about the long weekend that follows. Three extra days to relax and spend time with family. Things always seem to be go go go around here, so some time to slow ... [Continue Reading]

Cinnamon Dark Chocolate Chip Biscotti

These Cinnamon Dark Chocolate Chip Biscotti are a delicious treat to enjoy with your favorite cup of coffee or tea. I haven't been doing much baking lately. Instead, I've been focused on testing new holiday side dishes recipes. But December will be here before we know it, and that means we'll be doing all the holiday baking, right? This morning I was in a baking sort of mood, so I got to work on these biscotti. Brad keeps telling me that it's been way too long since I've made biscotti, so I made these for him. :) I used ... [Continue Reading]

Classic Pumpkin Pie

An easy recipe for Classic Pumpkin Pie. Even with a homemade pie crust, this holiday pie takes just 30 minutes to prep! Over the years, I've made many a pumpkin pie recipe. I used to follow a recipe where you had to beat the egg whites separately from the yolks and then carefully fold them into the filling. It was delicious, but a lot of work. I've made recipes where you cook the filling on the stove and then cook it again in the pie crust in the oven. These same recipes also call for prebaking the pie crust with pie weights before baking it again with the pumpkin filling. You know what? None of that is really necessary when it comes to baking a pumpkin pie worthy of your holiday table. ... [Continue Reading]

Slow Cooker Apple Crisp

This Slow Cooker Apple Crisp is cooked entirely in the crock pot! This easy dessert is bursting with juicy apples, brown sugar, and a buttery oat crumble topping. My slow cooker has been working overtime lately. On Tuesday, I used it to make my third batch (in two weeks!) of this Slow Cooker Apple Crisp. As soon as that was done, I washed out my slow cooker insert and immediately got started on a batch of slow cooker turkey chili. Tuesday was a day full of delicious food, with lots of leftovers to get us through the rest of the week! I'm embracing fall flavors in my kitchen, even though the fall weather I've requested hasn't arrived quite yet. :) I'm always amazed at the variety of ... [Continue Reading]

Pumpkin Greek Yogurt Cheesecake Bars

These Pumpkin Greek Yogurt Cheesecake Bars are the perfect treat to welcome the fall season! Light, creamy pumpkin spiced cheesecake tops a brown sugar, graham cracker and pecan crust. I'm at it again with the Greek yogurt cheesecake! We loved this Greek yogurt cheesecake tart so much that I just had to make another cheesecake dessert with Greek yogurt. And what better way to celebrate September than with pumpkin cheesecake bars, right? Over the weekend I made a batch of pumpkin pie spice and immediately used some of it to make these Pumpkin Greek Yogurt Cheesecake Bars. These bars have a graham cracker and pecan crust that's pretty delicious on its own. The crust is lightly sweetened ... [Continue Reading]

Dark Chocolate Raspberry S’more Ice Cream

This post is brought to you in partnership with REAL® Seal. As always, all thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own. This Dark Chocolate Raspberry S'more Ice Cream is the best way to get your s'more fix! It's cool, creamy and loaded with dark chocolate, marshmallows, graham cracker crumbs, and raspberries! August?! How can it be August already? As it does every year, this summer is flying by. A month and a half ago I was kind of wondering how I was going to survive the summer being home every day with three kids. But we've figured out our routine, as we always do, and I am not at all ready to leave these slower-paced summer days behind. Summer's not over yet, though! There are ... [Continue Reading]

Greek Yogurt Cheesecake Tart with Shortbread Crust and Peaches

This Greek Yogurt Cheesecake Tart with Shortbread Crust and Peaches is the stuff dessert dreams are made of. It's a creamy, lightened-up way to enjoy cheesecake and so easy to make too! I have always been a sweets and dessert person. Offer me a cookie, brownie, or ice cream and I have a very hard time turning it down. With that said, I'm trying to limit the amount of sweets that I eat, and reserve them for special occasions. I want to eat a healthy diet for health reasons, and I also just feel better when I make healthy choices. I'm definitely not perfect though, and I'm still figuring some things out. When I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes during my first pregnancy, I couldn't ... [Continue Reading]

Cherry Pie with Almond and Oat Crumble

Sweet juicy cherries plus an almond oat crumble make this pie something special. This Cherry Pie with Almond and Oat Crumble just might become your new favorite pie! It had been too long since I made a pie. Baking pies is something that I tend to do seasonally. Around the holidays, pumpkin and apple pies are a given. Then there's that long pie-less stretch of months in between Christmas and summer when we are enjoying winter comfort foods and then the arrival of spring produce. By the time summer rolls around, I'm craving the process of making a homemade pie as well as a big slice of that pie! Summer fruits just about beg to be made into a pie, crisp, or crumble. Peaches, strawberries, ... [Continue Reading]

Almond Butter Oat Chocolate Chip Blondies

These Almond Butter Oat Chocolate Chip Blondies are my latest addiction!  They're soft and packed with oats and almond butter, making them a healthier cookie bar! I know we're in the middle of the week right now, but let's talk about weekends for a minute. Does anyone have any tricks for making the weekends last longer? I feel like one minute we're celebrating the fact that it's Friday, and the next it's already Sunday night and time to start a new week. And I'm left wondering where the weekend went. I've been thinking about how we spend our weekends and have come up with a few ideas that I'd like to try to help get the most out of them. ... [Continue Reading]

Chocolate Birthday Cake

A triple layer chocolate cake that's perfect for celebrating!  This Chocolate Birthday Cake with a light and fluffy chocolate buttercream frosting is just the thing for chocolate lovers! This weekend I made a chocolate birthday cake, just so I could share it with you today.  You're welcome.  ;)  I first made this chocolate cake for William's 3rd birthday, which was about a month ago now. Life's been busy (isn't it always) and I never found time to sit down and get his birthday post written. I've been working on it this week and hope to share it in the next few days, so stay tuned! Before sharing this Chocolate Birthday Cake with you, I wanted to be sure the recipe was juuust right so I ... [Continue Reading]

Peanut Butter Oat Snack Cookies

Packed with peanut butter, flaxseed and oats, these Peanut Butter Oat Snack Cookies will give you an energy boost while satisfying your cookie craving! They are perfect for after school snacks for the kids, too! Tomorrow I go back to work after my maternity leave. To say I am not ready to leave my sweet baby girl is quite the understatement. Where did the past four months go? Nothing can make up for the fact that I won't be home every day with my little ones, but if I try to look on the positive it is only three days a week, my baby will be with family while I'm at work, and I only have five weeks until summer vacation. I'm trying to look on the positive side. But it's still hard. ... [Continue Reading]

Blueberry Cream Cheese Danish

Buttery puff pastry is topped with a cream cheese and Greek yogurt filling, plus fresh blueberries. These Blueberry Cream Cheese Danish are simple to make and just perfect for Mother's Day – or any morning! Growing up, I loved being part of a large family. I'm the oldest of five kids, and I don't know how my parents raised all of us without going crazy. There were definitely (many) moments of craziness, though, as is bound to happen with five kids in the house. Those moments sort of blur together in my memory, but one thing I always knew is how much my parents loved me. When I think back on moments with my mom, ... [Continue Reading]

Grapefruit Ricotta Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Ricotta cheese makes this grapefruit pound cake extra moist, and the sweet grapefruit cream cheese frosting is the perfect balance to the tart cake.  You will love the bright citrus flavor in this Grapefruit Ricotta Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting! This past weekend I celebrated my birthday. It was a great weekend, filled with a nice balance of family time, me time, and birthday fun! Saturday morning we took the kids to a birthday party for one of their friends. Then I spent three hours Saturday afternoon cooking and photographing two new recipes. I'll give you a hint: they both include orange, both turned out fabulously, and I'll be sharing them with you very soon! Oh, and you ... [Continue Reading]

Raspberry-Filled Chocolate Lemon Cupcakes

A bright lemon cupcake is filled with a sweet raspberry puree and topped with rich, fudgy Greek yogurt chocolate frosting. These Raspberry-Filled Chocolate Lemon Cupcakes are perfect for celebrating! Five years ago today, I published my first post on Kristine's Kitchen. I shared this Strawberry Chicken Salad with Warm Citrus Dressing if you're curious. :) A lot of life has happened since then. When I started Kristine's Kitchen, Julia was just over a year old. I had gotten through the crazy first year of a first baby, and finally felt like I had more time to do something for myself. I immediately fell in love with blogging, and it became the thing I turned to at naptime when I needed to ... [Continue Reading]

28 Citrus Recipes for Spring!

We are officially 5 days into Spring!  Has the weather gotten the memo where you live?  We've had many beautiful days here recently, and by the end of this week temperatures are supposed to reach 85 degrees!  I can hardly believe it.  While California weather is awesome, it's not typically this warm for so many days in March.  I'm definitely not complaining one bit! If it's snowing or freezing cold where you live, please don't hate me.  I'm sending you some sunshine in the form of these 28 bright citrus recipes! Spring makes me think of sunshine, short sleeves, morning walks, and afternoons at the park.  And lemons!  It doesn't feel like Spring to me until I've done some baking with ... [Continue Reading]

Rich and Fudgy Chocolate Cake with Mint Buttercream

This Rich and Fudgy Chocolate Cake with Mint Buttercream is a perfect celebration cake. Whether it's for a birthday, St. Patrick's Day, or just because, this fudgy cake is fun and festive! This past weekend we celebrated Julia's 6th birthday. Last year, we threw her a colorful art party and invited her friends from school. This year we went the simple route and kept the party to just family. Julia had lots of fun playing with her cousins and so long as there was cake she was a happy girl! As soon as the kids are old enough to have an opinion on what kind of birthday cake they want, I let them decide. When I asked Julia what kind of cake she wanted for her 6th birthday, she said ... [Continue Reading]

Chocolate Raspberry Donuts with Raspberry Glaze

Chocolate raspberry cake donuts with a sweet raspberry glaze. These donuts are baked and perfect for Valentine's Day or any day! Do you celebrate Valentine's Day? It's not a holiday that I make a big deal about, but Brad and I will usually cook dinner together for the just two of us, after the kids are in bed. We are homebodies and prefer to relax at home rather than go out and compete with the crowds. It's enough of a celebration to eat a peaceful dinner without getting up time and again for more milk, more applesauce... although this year we will have a newborn so we will see how the quiet dinner at home works out for us. :) This year, Valentine's Day falls on a Saturday so there will ... [Continue Reading]

Banana Chocolate Chip Breakfast Cookies

These Banana Chocolate Chip Breakfast Cookies are filled with whole grains and flaxseed, and naturally sweetened with honey. They keep well in the freezer, for an easy grab and go breakfast or snack. As I type this, I am 38 weeks, two days pregnant and waiting for my baby girl to arrive. It could be any day now, or she could take her sweet time. Either way, I'm praying for a healthy little girl who I just know will complete our family perfectly. In the meantime, I'm enjoying these last few days of pregnancy. (I'm one of those who actually enjoys being pregnant, even despite the normal aches and pains, at least once the first trimester icky feelings go away.) I'm enjoying spending time ... [Continue Reading]