Archive for: Desserts


Greek Yogurt Cheesecake Tart with Shortbread Crust and Peaches

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]

Juicy cherry pie with almond oat crumble! Like a pie and a crisp in one!

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 Blondies. Soft and chewy cookie bars with a subtle caramel flavor! Gluten-free.

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, with a light and fluffy chocolate frosting!

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]

Healthy Peanut Butter Oat Snack Cookies - boost your energy with these soft, chewy cookies!

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 - easy to make with puff pastry and a Greek yogurt and cream cheese filling!

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 - SO moist, sweet, and tart!

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]

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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]

The BEST Citrus Recipes for Spring!  With lemons, oranges, grapefruit, limes, and tangerines!

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 - so fun for a birthday celebration!

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]

Baked chocolate raspberry cake donuts with a sweet raspberry glaze. Perfect for Valentine's Day or any day!

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 - keep them in the freezer for quick breakfasts and snacks!

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]

Soft, chewy brown butter cookies loaded with white chocolate and cranberries. | Kristine's Kitchen

White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies with Brown Butter

Soft, chewy cookies loaded with dried cranberries and white chocolate chips. Brown butter in the cookie dough takes these White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies with Brown Butter to a whole new level. I love all sorts of cookies, but a good white chocolate cranberry cookie is right up near the top of my list of favorites. Add brown butter to that cookie, and, well, a good thing just got a whole lot better. These White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies with Brown Butter are soft, chewy, and loaded with dried cranberries and white chocolate chips. They're perfect for holiday baking, or really any time of year. Let's not limit our cookie enjoyment to just a month out of the year, ... [Continue Reading]

So easy Salted Caramel Mocha Fudge, made in the microwave in just minutes! #holiday | Kristine's Kitchen

Salted Caramel Mocha Fudge

So easy Salted Caramel Mocha Fudge, made completely in the microwave in just minutes. A perfect combination of coffee-chocolate fudge and caramel fudge, sprinkled with sea salt. It's the season of giving, and homemade gifts from your kitchen are some of the most fun to give and to receive. Today I'm sharing the recipe for this amazing Salted Caramel Mocha Fudge, which is just perfect for gifting to neighbors, friends, teachers... pretty much anyone on your holiday list! But that's not all!  Today I've also teamed up with some of my blogging friends to offer you an amazing giveaway! {Giveaway is now closed.} How handy would a $300 Amazon gift card come in for your last-minute ... [Continue Reading]

The BEST soft, chewy Gingerdoodle Cookies! #holiday | Kristine's Kitchen

Gingerdoodle Cookies

Spiced with cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves, these Gingerdoodle Cookies have chewy soft centers and barely crisp edges. They're the best of two favorites, the Snickerdoodle and the Gingersnap, all rolled into one cinnamon-sugar coated cookie! My mind is swirling with all things Christmas! For those of you who celebrate Christmas, have you gotten your decorations out yet? This weekend we put out all of our Christmas decorations and Julia helped Brad hang the lights up on our house. I love this time of year and all of the beautiful lights and decorations that are out when I walk or drive through my neighborhood. We're waiting until this coming weekend to get our tree, because ... [Continue Reading]

Peppermint Mocha Donuts.  Healthier baked donuts with chocolate, coffee, and peppermint! | Kristine's Kitchen

Peppermint Mocha Donuts {Plus a Giveaway!}

The flavors of chocolate, coffee, and peppermint shine in these Peppermint Mocha Donuts. These baked donuts are surprisingly quick and easy to make. Peppermint Mocha Donuts would be a festive addition to any holiday brunch or dessert buffet! This Norpro Nonstick Donut Pan could be yours! Enter using the Rafflecopter below. You must be a U.S. resident and 18 years or older to enter. Please see the full rules in the Rafflecopter form. Giveaway ends on Sunday, December 14th at 12:00 noon PST.  Be sure to check your email on December 14-15. I’ll be notifying the winner by email and you'll have only 48 hours to reply or a new winner will be chosen. Good luck! If you can't see the entry ... [Continue Reading]

Caramel Apple Crumble Cheesecake Bars, with a light & creamy Greek yogurt cheesecake | Kristine's Kitchen

Caramel Apple Crumble Cheesecake Bars

Caramel apples atop a layer of Greek yogurt cheesecake, with loads of brown sugar crumble topping and a caramelized oat crust. These gluten-free Caramel Apple Crumble Cheesecake Bars are the perfect treat to bring to your next holiday gathering. These bars. Oh my. Where do I even start? How about with the cheesecake (my personal favorite part). The cheesecake is a half cream cheese-half Greek yogurt cheesecake. Have you tried Greek yogurt cheesecake yet? If not, then you must. It's lighter than traditional cheesecake, and so creamy. I went with a 1:1 ratio of yogurt to cream cheese here to make sure the cheesecake could stand up to all of that crumble topping. I love 100% Greek ... [Continue Reading]

Whole Grain Graham Crackers - easier than you think to make! | Kristine's Kitchen

Whole Grain Graham Crackers

These Homemade Graham Crackers are full of whole grains and the warm, spicy flavors of cinnamon and cloves.  Once you take your first bite (and see how easy they are to make), you'll be hooked on these Homemade Whole Grain Graham Crackers! It's been a while since my last post. All of a sudden work got super crazy, and I've been spending most evenings grading papers and doing other school work. Add in a weekend camping trip, a broken washing machine (now replaced), and all of the other day-to-day stuff that's involved in caring for two kids, and blogging time has been hard to find. I was determined not to let another week pass without sharing a recipe with you, though, so here ... [Continue Reading]