Desserts

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Guest Blogger: Coordinately Yours by Julie Blanner

 

 

Julie Blanner is the voice behind Coordinately Yours, a stylish lifestyle blog filled with do-it-yourself inspiration for effortless entertaining, home design and thoughtful gift-giving. As a seasoned event planner, her approach is warm and simple: entertaining and design that celebrates life.

best chocolate cake

I’m a fan of anything chocolate – and easy! I was looking for recipes I could make for Halloween and came across this hot cocoa brownie cake with marshmallow frosting recipe on BHG. It was quick, easy, and these little ghosts vanished nearly as quick as they appeared, making this a new family favorite recipe.

I chose a fudge brownie mix to give it a great, chewy base. Spray your pan well, lining it with parchment paper for easy removal.

baking tip: how to remove cake from pan easily

Confession: I don’t own a double boiler or a hand mixer. As much as I love baking, I’m a minimalist in the kitchen. To create a double boiler, just place a saucepan that fits well into a large pot of boiling water {water shouldn’t touch pan}. I warmed the marshmallow topping ingredients accordingly, transferring it to the metal bowl of my stand mixer {which kept them warm} and beat until stiff. To make this recipe a little more child friendly, I eliminated the coffee and liquor.

diy double broiler

I piped the marshmallow cream on to create ghosts with standard disposable icing bags. I didn’t worry about them being perfect – ghosts sway in the wind, right? I used store bought gel icing in a tube for the eyes. Next time I make this recipe {which will be sooner than later}, I will reduce the bake time for the ghosts to 4 minutes for a whiter appearance.

easy cake for Halloween

halloween dessert

This cake fits into my chic black and pink Halloween decor.

best chocolate cake recipe

Aren’t they adorable?

Halloween cake

piping ghosts on a cake

but definitely not too cute to eat!

marshmallow icing

Summer may be over, but toasted marshmallows and chocolate are here to stay!


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Yummy No-Bake Bars

On Sunday I baked these yummy no-bake bars and was told by my neighbors that I MUST open up a bakery. They said these bars were the best thing they have ever tasted. I was flattered! :D

Now of course I can’t take credit for these delicious bars. I found this amazing Yummy No-Bake Bars recipe on Better Homes and Garden a few months ago. As soon as I saw the combination of rice krispies, butter, sugar, peanut butter and chocolate I was sold!

Yummy No-Bake Bars ... the perfect combination of chocolate and peanut butter!

I did change up the recipe a little bit to make it a little easier. Instead of using rice krispies and corn flakes, I just used rice krispies because that’s what I had on hand.

Yummy No-Bake Bars ... the perfect combination of chocolate and peanut butter!

I also ended up only making half of the pudding mixture. It ended up being the perfect amount. Also, can we talk about this cute spoon? It makes me happy whenever I’m baking. :)

Yummy No-Bake Bars ... the perfect combination of chocolate and peanut butter!

For the chocolate topping I melted 2 cups of chocolate chips in the microwave at 50% power for one minute. I was all out of pans and I thought I could sacrifice that extra 1/2 cup of butter that was supposed to go into the chocolate. But then again… who’s counting calories on Sunday?

Yummy No-Bake Bars ... the perfect combination of chocolate and peanut butter!

I put these yummy no-bake bars in a 13×9 pan with foil and refrigerated them for one hour. That hour was a long wait, but totally worth it!

These bars are seriously SO good. You must make them asap! Find the full recipe here.

Happy Baking! Xo- Jamielyn


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Raspberry Citrus Smoothie (and Popscicle!) – Guest Blogger: Jennifer Chong

Raspberry Citrus Smoothies / Jennifer Chong for BHG

Hi! Jennifer here again. I love making smoothies with my breakfast – I usually have a green smoothie (pineapple, banana, kale, spinach, and some coconut water) and a bacon, egg and spinach scramble for breakfast these days. I decided to change up my routine and make this yummy raspberry-citrus ‘swrilly’ smoothie mine didn’t turn out so swrilly, but it might have been because I used a coconut yogurt instead? I liked the combination of the tangy raspberry and orange juice with the creaminess from the yogurt and banana. It was like my breakfast dessert! You can find the Raspberry-Citrus Smoothie recipe here.

While I was enjoying my smoothie, I was catching up my blog reading and was reminded by my friend Joanna that I had a Zoku Popscicle Maker (makes popsicles in less than 9 minutes!) that I still haven’t used since I bought it a year ago. So set on a mission I decided to make my first Zoku pops! First pops were a success, I just added a little bit of milk to the yogurt mixture for easy pouring. You can also make this with a regular popsicle mold too it just takes a little bit longer! :) See the recipe below.

Raspberry Citrus Smoothie Popsicle / Jennifer Chong for BHG
Raspberry Citrus Smoothie Popsicle / Jennifer Chong for BHG

Ingredients
1/2 cup frozen unsweetened raspberries
1/2 cup orange juice
2 6 ounce vanilla yogurt
1 ripe banana, peeled, cut up, and frozen
2 tablespoons honey
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/3 cup of milk

Recipe
1. In a blender combine raspberries and juice. Cover and blend until smooth. Move liquid into an easy pouring pitcher.
2. Clean blender, then combine milk, yogurt, banana, honey, and vanilla. Cover and blend until smooth. You want to make sure the liquid is thin enough to pour.
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WITH A ZOKU
3. Pour 2 ounces of the yogurt mixture into the Zoku and let sit for 6 minutes, then top the remaining mold with the raspberry mixture and wait another 4 minutes or until pop is molded (Shouldn’t be more than 12 minutes).

WITH POPSCICLE MOLD
3. Fill the popscicle mold 1/3 full with the yogurt mixture and place the molds into the freezer, allow yogurt to completely freeze then top the remaining mold with the raspberry mixture. Allow mix to complete freeze and enjoy!

Raspberry Citrus Smoothies / Jennifer Chong for BHG
What’s your favorite smoothie combination? Ever tried it as a popscicle!?

Jennifer

Follow me on on Twitter and Instagram, @jchongstudio


Jennifer Chong is a designer and photographer with a big heart (and stomach) for all things food! She is also the author of a lifestyle blog focused on travel, food and design – blog.jchongstudio.com. When she isn’t working, she can be found playing beach volleyball, continent hopping (four so far!) or searching for some delightful treats to devour! You can also follow Jennifer on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest for more!


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Berry Crisp – Guest Blogger: Jennifer Chong

Berry Crisp / Jennifer Chong for BHG

Hi guys! It’s Jennifer here again, hope you all had a wonderful 4th last week!

I spent the day out in the sun playing some beach volleyball and headed over to a friends BBQ in the evening. I made a festive berry crisp dessert to celebrate the occasion. I found this easy recipe with just blueberries but decided to incorporate some raspberries into the mix too. Berries at the farmers market have been so pretty lately – peak of the season I suppose! I’m no pastry chef but I have a feeling you could use any type of fruit as long as you incorporate the same yield.

Berry Crisp / Jennifer Chong for BHG

Ingredients
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
3 cups fresh blueberries
3 cups of raspberries
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 cup packed brown sugar
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup quick-cooking rolled oats
1 1/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 cup cold butter
Vanilla ice cream, for serving

Recipe
1. Preheat oven to 375º F.
2. In a large bowl, stir together the 3 tablespoons flour and the granulated sugar. Add blueberries, raspberries and lemon juice and gently combine. Spread berry mixture evenly in an ungreased 3-quart rectangular baking dish. Set aside.
3. For topping, in a medium bowl, combine brown sugar, the 3/4 cup flour, the oats, and cinnamon. Using a pastry blender, cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle topping evenly over berry mixture. (If you don’t have a pastry blender you can use two knives or your hands, but try to keep your hands cool!)
4. Bake, uncovered, about 30 minutes or until topping is golden brown and edges are bubbly. Cool on a wire rack about 45 minutes. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream.

Berry Crisp / Jennifer Chong for BHG
Berry Crisp / Jennifer Chong for BHG
Berry Crisp / Jennifer Chong for BHG
Berry Crisp / Jennifer Chong for BHG

I love the combination of warm and cold desserts – what did you have for your 4th?

Jennifer

Follow me on on Twitter and Instagram, @jchongstudio


Jennifer Chong is a designer and photographer with a big heart (and stomach) for all things food! She is also the author of a lifestyle blog focused on travel, food and design – blog.jchongstudio.com. When she isn’t working, she can be found playing beach volleyball, continent hopping (four so far!) or searching for some delightful treats to devour! You can also follow Jennifer on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest for more!


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Best of the Blogs: Fourth of July Recipes

America’s birthday is just around the corner and I couldn’t be more excited to celebrate. As much as I love fireworks and working a red, white and blue color scheme into my attire for the day, my favorite part about Independence Day is by far the food. If you haven’t started planning your menu for the upcoming holiday, we’ve got a couple of suggestions from some of our favorite blogs.

1. I have a feeling these Peach BBQ Chicken Wings  from Add a Pinch would be the MVP of any 4th of July barbecue. Bonus: The Spicy Peach BBQ Sauce requires only three ingredients to make.

 

 

2. I’m a sucker for a savory-sweet combo and these Hawaiian Hot Dogs with Mango Salsa from Damn Delicious look well, delicious. Not only are they topped with a spicy mango salsa, they also have a slice of fresh avocado. Yum!

 

 

3. Burgers with Roasted Tomatoes, Pesto and Mozzarella? Yes, please! This recipe from Confections of a Foodie Bride takes a basic burger to a whole new level with garden-fresh tomatoes and herbs.

 

 

4. Switch up the salad section on your buffet table with this Potato Salad with Dill and Horseradish Aioli from A Thought for Food. This simple side dish is topped with a homemade horseradish dressing that’s sure to awaken your taste buds.

 

 

5. Can you really ever have enough potato salad at a cookout? This Roasted Potato Salad with Bacon Dressing from Foodie Crush is a simple dish that everyone can enjoy.

 

 

6. I love that these Layered Drinks from Get Creative Juice double as a beverage and festive decor. Even better, they can be customized with whatever flavors you want to use.

 

 

7. If you’re serving a crowd, this Triple Berry Sangria from Eclectic Recipes is perfect for your get-together. Prep the simple drink beforehand and spend your time socializing instead of in the kitchen.

 

 

8. Show off your baking skills with these Red, White and Blue Pinwheel Icebox Cookies from Just a Taste. These buttery, patriotic treats are sure to get some compliments at your 4th of July bash.

 

 

9. Okay, how cute is this 4th of July Tie Dyed Fudge from Taste and Tell? I have a feeling there won’t be any leftovers of this tasty treat.

 

 

10. Working at BHG, I have an adoration for all things red plaid. These Picnic Tablecloth Cookies from Katrina’s Kitchen are a quirky and easy way to serve up a sweet treat.

 

 

11. Jazz up a classic dessert with this Strawberry Shortcake Doughnut Trifle from Sprinkle Bakes. Even better, this wow-worthy dessert requires no baking.

 

 

12. Host the most patriotic party on the block with this Festive Fruited Cheesecake Flag from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe. Now for the difficult decision: Choose a piece with blueberries, strawberries, or raspberries?

 

 

13. No Independence Day cookout is complete without icy-cold lemonade. Keep cool at your cookout with these four-ingredient Sweet and Creamy Lemonade Popsicles from Dine and Dish.

 

 

14. If popsicles aren’t your thing, try another food on a stick with these Candy-Coated Krispy Stars from Lulu the Baker.

 

 

Can’t get enough 4th of July ideas? Our Red, White & Blue Desserts and Fourth of July Pinterest boards are packed with ideas to make this your best Independence Day yet.

Enjoy the friends, fireworks and food!

-Kenzie, BHG Social Media Editorial Assistant