Posts tagged #dessert

Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches

Question.  Is it embarrassing that I have 2 cookie ice cream sandwich photos in my most recent photo library images?  No?  Ok, cool.  

I'm not a huge sweet tooth, as you know.  But lately I'm having a thing about cookie ice cream sandwiches.  Cookies and ice cream?  Always yes.  My little bro and his girl were in town recently, which translates to I gained about 5 extra pounds of fun food--which included these 2 bad boys:

from Diddy Riese, fresh baked cookies, at only a whopping $1.75.  DR is a Westwood late-night must-eat with a notoriously long, but worth it, line.

from Manhattan Beach Creamery, the Cream'wich.  Right on the Strand in MB so perfect for a sweet treat if you're in the South Bay.

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My go-to combo is pretty boring (read: classic): chocolate chip cookies with either chocolate chip or cookie dough ice cream.   But it never disappoints. 

Maybe I'll try to make some at home, and then I could be more adventurous (strawberry shortcake?  red velvet?  rolled in sprinkles?).  They sound pretty simple to make..

  • Bake cookies, whatever kind you like
  • Let them fully cool - 30 minutes +
  • Add 1 scoop of ice cream (about 1/3 cup) to a cookie
  • Sandwich a 2nd cookie on top
  • Eat (or wrap in plastic wrap, bag and freeze)!

Or of course Martha has a fancy recipe HERE.  Or see Betty's take HERE.  

I guess I'll have to hit up Coolhaus soon, an ice cream sammy place just up the street in Culver City or now in food trucks.  Who's with me?!

It's Fall Y'all!

Hooray, my favorite season has arrived!!  I just hope it starts cooling down here...we seem to be continuing on a bit of a heat wave.   But until then...

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One of my favorite things about Fall is the excuse to go pumpkin crazy!  I just raided my Sweet board on Pinterest, and here are a few pumpkin-inspired recipes you better believe I'll be treating myself to this season: 

Pumpkin pie cupcakes with graham cracker foundation

Pumpkin Spice Lattes, duh

Pumpkin Monkey Bread (I'd add a cinnamon sugar glaze!) or Pull Apart Bread

Pumpkin Bread with cream cheese swirl

Pumpkin Spice Donuts

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies with cream cheese filling: I made these last year and they were delicious! 

Apple Cider Pumpkin Pie Smoothie or Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

Homemade Pumpkin creamer, which we also loved having on hand last Fall! 

What are your favorite sweet pumpkin creations? 

Baked Brie

I'm not kidding, I had a MOMENT with some baked brie last week.  It was just decadent!   

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(weird lighting alert; that's why daytime photos are best...) 

I LOVE cheese, including brie, but had never had it baked until a couple years ago when my mother-in-law made it as part of a snacky dinner.  If you've never had it, it's amaaaazing!   It's cheesy, doughy, sweet, melty, buttery.  I licked all my fingers. 

The package had the "recipe" on it, and I already had all the ingredients so it was super easy.  And, I don't normally like the white casing, but when it's baked, it loses a lot of the bitter flavor, so I eat the whole thing!  This would make a good app or dessert or even a yummy/pretty/easy/unique party snack...


  • Brie wheel
  • 1 sheet puff pastry dough (thawed) 
  • Egg wash (1 whisked egg + 2 TBS water) 
  • Strawberry jam (optional + could be any fruit preserves) 


  • Preheat oven to 425.
  • Roll out sheet of puff pastry dough.  Cover in a light layer of jam.
  • Set full brie wheel in center of dough. 
  • Fold up the dough + pinch at the top to seal.  
  • Brush all over dough with egg wash. 
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until just golden brown (ours may have gone longer). 
  • Let cool for 5 minutes.   
  • Serve with crackers and enjoy! 

Our neighbor let us pick some ripe figs from his tree, so I quartered those and placed them (just raw) on top of the baked brie.  They added another sweet, fresh flavor paired with the cheese.  


MmmmMmmmmMMMM!!  Whoever's coming over next better expect this as an app or dessert!  


Posted on August 26, 2013 and filed under yummy, party.

Orange Creamsicles

The other day I was craving a Flintstone push-up pop something fierce.  Remember those guys?  Mmmm yummy and creamy orange sherbet.  So I scoured the interwebs for some info on where I could get my hands on some or for a similar recipe I could make.  Unfortunately, they no longer exist, except for a few people that have kept them since the 90s and sell them for a lot of money on ebay.  Gross, am I right?!  

Then, I stumbled upon THIS beautiful orange creamsicle recipe from Oven Love blog and made it.  And YUM!  It totally satisfied my craving.  


She lists a couple of variations.  I tried half with heavy cream and half with coconut milk.  I much prefer the cream--the coconut milk batch tasted way too sunscreeny to me.   I also  squeezed my own fresh oranges for juice, and included a little orange pulp to the  mixture.  I liked it but some people didn't like the texture, so I probably won't do that next time.  

They were so simple to make.  The hardest part was waiting for them to freeze!

Thanks Oven Love! 

 Plate: Anthropologie, Pop mold: Ikea

Posted on July 23, 2013 and filed under party, yummy.